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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.
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
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.