The ‘twin cities’ of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are
one of the major centres of Information Technology development,
so much so that Microsoft has one of its two overseas offices
here. A delightfully elegant disposition, a miracle of technological
revolution or a city with quite some tradition - Hyderabad
is really all of these and more. The wide roads and public
parks in the garrison town of Secunderabad, the leisurely
pace of Hyderabadi people who still have the time and the
gentility to offer adaab and to cook up a slow simmering storm
in flavourful cauldrons do this special city real proud.
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Birla Mandir, a modern temple on the shores of Hussain Sagar
Lake in Hyderabad provides an excellent view over the city
from the summit. The magnificent marble structure stands atop
the 'Kala Pahad', the twin hillock of 'Naubat Pahad'. It is
said that the marble used in its construction was brought
all the way from Rajasthan and it is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara.
Qutub Shahi Tombs:
The tombs of the Qutub Shahi rulers are domed structures built
on a square base surrounded by pointed arches. In the centre
of each tomb is a casket overlying the actual burial vault
in a crypt below. Originally, these domes were overlaid with
blue and green tiles. However only a few of them can be seen
The tomb of Michel Raymond, a French mercenary and a close
friend of the then Nizam lies in Saroornagar in east Hyderabad.
An annual commemorative 'Urs' fair is held at his 7 m high
black granite tomb bearing the initials JR.
Nehru Zoological Park:
One of the biggest zoos in Asia, it houses of over 250 species
of fauna. Some of its highlights are the lion safari park,
pre-historical animals park, natural history museum, nocturnal
birds, a children park with a train ride along with special
sections and amusement facilities.
Salar Jung Museum:
Salar Jung Museum has the largest one-man collection of antiques
in the world, exhibiting over 35,000 objects of art such as
Chinese Porcelain, Aurangazeb's Sword, Daggers belonging to
Queen Noor Jehan, Emperor Jahangir and Shah Jahan, Sculpture,
Indian paintings and Persian carpets. The most notable of
these are the Veiled Rebecca, Bezzoni's translucent white
marble statue, the Arms section, the Jade section and the
St. Joseph's Cathedral:
The Cathedral of Saint Joseph is perhaps the most beautiful
in the twin cities. It is situated in the Gun foundry area.
Situated on the hillock of Naubat Pahad, the Birla Planetarium
is a tribute to the advances made in science and technology.
Sorting a beautiful dome-shaped architecture, tt was inaugurated
by Late Mr. N.T. Rama Rao on 8th September, 1985.
Hussain Sagar Lake:
Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah constructed Hussain Sagar Lake in
the midst of the city in 1562 in the honor of Hussain Shah
Wali, who helped him to recover from illness. Forming a link
between the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, it
is also known as Tank Bund as it was once the cantonment area
A preferred destination for famed Software Companies; Hi-Tech
City is the hub of IT industries and is situated in the outskirts
of the city.
Situated at Santoshnagar, the tombs of Paigah nobles, relatives
of Nizams, are said to be about 200 years old and have unique
lime and mortar construction and are beautifully carved sporting
a marble inlay work on them.
Sanjeevaiah Park, a major recreation centre next to Hussain
Sagar, is named after the former President of India, Mr. Neelam
Sanjeev Reddy. The highlights of the park are a rose garden,
rock garden and a floral clock.
Chote Hazrat Ki Dargah:
Chote Hazrat ki Dargah situated inside Devan Devadi was built
during the period of the Asif Jahis, in the memory of Hazrat
Ali, the son-in-law of prophet Muhammad. The row of arches
and 400 stairs leading up to Dargah present a majestic sight.
Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah built the Jama Masjid, the oldest
mosque in Hyderabad, in 1597.
A beautiful Mughal-style building built in 1916 of local pink
granite and red sandstone carved panels and columns, the British
architect Vincent Esch designed it. It is said to have been
estimated at a cost of 2 million rupees.
Falaknuma Palace (Star of Heaven):
One of the most magnificent of its kind in India, it was built
by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra Bahadur atop a 650 m high hill.