Hyderabad is the capital of one of the most techno
savvy state in India, Andhra Pradesh. This city is also called the
city of pearls because of the major dealing of pearls that is done
from this part of the state. There is also a love story that is
related to the founding of the city of Hyderabad. The story goes
something like this that once there was a young prince, Muhammad
Quli, who fell in love with a small time maiden from Chichlam village
across the river Musi. Ibrahim Qutb Shah, father of Muhammad Quli,
built a bridge on the river so that the crown prince did not endanger
his life. When Muhammad Quli ascended the throne, he built a grand
structure, the Charminar, at the place where village once stood.
The city was then called Bhagnagar to appease his beloved, Bhagmati.
Later on it was called Hyderabad. Bhagnagar means city of good fortune.
Hyderabad was modeled after the Isfaan, that is in Iran and was
built under the supervision of the prime minister of Muhammad Quli,
Mir Momin. Mir Momin tried to create a replica of the Paradise to
suit Muhammad Quli's status as the greatest of the Qutb Shahi rulers.
The city was completed in 1592. The French traveler, Tavernier when
visited India in 1652, compared Hyderabad to Orleans and in 1672,
Abbe Carr was much impressed by the city as the center of all trade
in the East.Hyderabad is now turning itself into a more commercially
aggressive city in India. City of Hyderabad has been hosting some
of the major trade shows and
technology fairs in India for the past couple of years.
Place to See
The principle landmark of Hyderabad is the Charminar (four towers),
the massive arch built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in 1591 to commemorate
the end of a devastating epidemic of the plague. There is a small
mosque on the second floor, which is the oldest in Hyderabad. In
the south-east corner is a small Hindu shrine honoring Laxmi, the
goddess of wealth. Each evening, the arch is illuminated and is
a sight worth seeing.
Salar Jung Museum
One of Hyderabad's prime attractions is the Salar Jung Museum, the
world's largest collection by a single individual, Sir Yusaf Ali
Salar Jung III. The 36 rooms, house around 35,000 exhibits from
all over the world including sculptures, illuminated manuscripts,
unusual collections of jade, marble statues, rare manuscripts, Persian
miniature paintings, Chinese porcelain and other objects d'art.
The collected items in the museum could be far better classified
because a lot of the really good pieces of art need to be hunted
for. Whatever the inevitable drawbacks of a one man collection,
a must visit. The museum is closed Fridays.
One of the largest mosques in the world, the Mecca Masjid is said
to accommodate upto 10,000 worshippers. The foundation of the mosque
was laid during the reign of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in 1614, but
was completed only in 1687, when the Golconda Kingdom was annexed
by Emperor Aurangzeb.
You can visit this modern enchanting temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara
on your tour to Hyderabad. The Birla Mandir stands in all its grandeur
on the hilltop of Kalapahad. The intricately carved, tiered tower
at the base is typical of the southern Indian shrines while the
smooth dome at the top is in the north Indian Rajasthani style.
Made of pure white marble from Rajasthan, the Birla Mandir overlooks
the serene and placid waters of the Hussain Sagar Lake. The Birla
Mandir presents a colorful spectacular sight when illuminated at
Gandipet, located at a distance of about 20 kms west on your tour
to Hyderabad city. Mir Osman Ali Khan formed this water body as
a result of damming of the river Moosi in 1920. Anyone visiting
Gandipet is pleased to see a vast stretch of placid water that shimmer
like gold with the rays of the morning sun.
How to Reach
: Hyderabad has its own airport, so travelling
air to Hyderabad is not a problem.
: The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderbad
are connected to all the major cities of India.
: Hyderabad lies on National Highway No. 7
and 9, hence is connected by the rest of the country.