Hyderabad, known as the ‘City of Pearls’, is a beautiful example of old-world charm and modern sophistication. It is a historic city, known for its rich heritage, monuments and culture, and with ample opportunities to explore the diverse culture and historical tradition of this city. It is a fast-growing city and has now become one of the famous tourist destinations. Once known for its pearl and diamond trading centers, the city has become one of the eminent financial and Information Technology hubs in India.

The city was founded by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in the year 1591. Many dynasties came to this city and constructed various beautiful monuments and forts that reflect different architectural styles. Qutb Shahi Dynasty was the founder of the city and contributed much to the development of the city.

Hyderabad is the meeting ground between North and South India. The city has a culture that is distinct from the rest of Andhra Pradesh, showing Islamic influences as well as a courtly presence imparted from its period as the capital of the Nizamate,  a style most evident in the old city. The new city resembles many provincial state capitals in India. Secunderabad is more cosmopolitan, as the Cantonment area is located in this part of the city.

 

 

 

Picture: the Charminar (“Four Minarets”), constructed in 1591, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad.