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HYDERABAD                             General Information of Hyderabad

HYDERABAD is the capital of Andhra Pradesh. With a population of over 4 million, Hyderabad is bursting at the seams. Elevated to the status of the fifth big city, the state capital is no longer the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It is now a tri-city, with the addition of Cyberabad. Founded by Quli Qutub Shah on the banks of the Musi, the city has a Hindu-Muslim ethos that began with the Sultanís romance with the beautiful Bhagmati.

Places to see

Birla Temple & Planetarium

The Lord Venkateshwara temple or the Birla temple is built in white Rajasthani marble and graces one of the twin rocky hills overlooking the south end of Hussain Sagar lake. Itís open to Hindus and non-Hindus alike and gives an excellent view of the city, especially at sunset. On the adjacent hill is the planetarium and science museum. This museum has regular presentation on various subjects related to astronomy and space. Presentations in English at 11 am, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Itís closed on the last Thursday of every month.  

Charminar

A proud sentinel in the heart of the Old City, this magnificent monument built by Quli Qutub Shah, is the unique symbol of Hyderabad. It was built in 1591 by Quli Qutb Shah. to commemorate the end of the plague that had ravaged Hyderabad, The four graceful minarets from which 'Charminar' derives its name, literally meaning 'Four Minars' soar to a height of 48.7 Mts. each, above the ground.

Hussain Sagar Lake

The dam which is a link between the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad is one and half mile long named after Hussain Shah Wali and covers area of about 8sq.miles.
The major attraction of this lake is the 18 metre high, 350 tone monolithic staue o lord buddha on the rock of Gibraltar. The bund is lined with 33 statues of famous personalities of the state. Boating and Water Sports are a regular feature at Hussain sagar

Golconda Fort

Golconda is one of the historic fortresses of hyderabad spread over a radius of 3 KM . The fort which is a massive structure with a walled enclosure, with eight gates was built on a hill which was once the territory of the Kakatiya Kings of Waranagal

Mecca Masjid
 
Mecca Masjid which lies 100 yards south-west of Charminar is the biggest mosque in city.The name is derived from the grand mosque at mecca on which it is patterned The hall is 67m by 54m and 23m high.The roof is supported by 15 arches, 5 on each of the three sides.The western side is blocked by a high wall to provide the Mehrib. This mosque is one of the largest mosque in India and can accomodate ten thousand people at a time.

Salarjung Museum
 
The name of Salar Jung immediately conjures up visions of priceless antiques that constitute one of the largest private collections in the world. Though credit for amassing the collections goes to Salar Jung III, the beginners were made by his grandfather and father
The Museum attracts nearly ten lakh visitors annually. The Salar Jung Museum was declared as an "institution of national importance" by an act of parliament in 1961      

Hyderabadi Cuisine
Hyderabad's 400-year-old culinary history, like its culture, is unmatched by any other state in India. In fact Hyderabad was known for the spectacular way its aristocracy entertained. Of all the Muslim cuisine, Hyderabadi is the only cuisine of the sub-continent that can boast of a major vegetarian element. This has much to do with the local influences. Considering that the elite of the erstwhile Hyderabad state came from the north of India and was almost entirely Muslim, this is a little surprising. The nation's vegetarians, of course, stand to gain by it.

Some of the salient features of Hyderabadi food are the key flavours of coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds. The key spice is chilli, which is used in abundance and is the reason for the sobriquet "Dynamite Food". Other culinary delights include 'Gosht', which is kid or baby goat, and is more or less, synonymous with Hyderabadi food. 'Murgh', which is chicken, is the second favourite. When it comes to gosht, Hyderabadis prize the meat of the male goat.

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