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      05.09.2008 12:44
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      A must see Historical city...

      About Hyderabad:-

      This 400 year old city was named after Hyder Mahal wife of the ruler Quli Qutab Shah. Today Hyderabad, the fifth largest metropolis of India, is the state capital of Andhra Pradesh.The state language being Telugu.
      The Twin Cities of Hyderabad-Secundrabad offer an enriching experience to the visitor. The city is a fine blend of nostalgia and the excitement of the modern present and the future.Hyderabad combines an old world charm with the bustle and atmosphere of a business city.This transition has happened in the past few years, from around the year 2000, with the technological boom..

      It's language and mannerisms still exude it's rich and legendary past. The Nizam's of Hyderabad were known to be one of the wealthiest Royal's of the past.The family still has a lot of clout and has a considerable amount of wealth even today.
      Hyderabad is called as the second Silicon Valley in India after Bangalore. Hyderabad has a Software Technology Park with leading industries like Intergraph, UUNET, TCS, Wipro, Baan, Satyam, Park International, etc...
      When we began the tour of the city our first impressions was that the city had a well-laid out infrastructure, more specifically the roads, does the work for you...

      The city has a well laid out road structure and a lot of green cover, well looked after and maintained.The new International Airport is one of the best in Asia.It is connected to most major cities in the middle eastern countries, Far east , Europe and the United States of America.

      Hyderabadi cuisine is very famous especially the Hyderabadi Biriyani which is generally served here with accompanied by side dishes like Mirchi ka Salan( Capsicum masala), Dhai-Ki-Chatni( curd based chutney) and Baghare Baingan( Whole slit Aubergines cooked in spicy gravy).I personally liked the food at "The Jewel of Nizam" located at Hotel Golkonda Masab Tank.. and Ohris Banjara Hills...both have a wide variety of very tasty Hyderabadi cuisine..
      The Vegetarian food in Andhra is very spicy and famous all over India.There are any number of vegetarian restaurants in hyderabad serving authentic Andhra cuisine..

      Major Tourist Attractions:

      Charminar :- The Charminar is a magnificent square edifice of granite, built upon four grand arches,high slender minarets and spiral staircases.It is these four , which translates 'Char' in urdu and Minarets which is Minar in Urdu that gives the building, its name 'Charminar'..I was very dissapointed on visiting this.The entire place is covered on all sides by shanty buildings of all shapes and colors and the courtyard outside of this magnificent structure is being used as a open bazaar with hardly any room for tourists to movearound and enjoy the beauty of the monument.I fail to understand why the tourism department is looking the other way..a pity

      Golconda Fort : - Built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1525, Golconda Fort stand as a backdrop to the sprawling city of Hyderabad. The fort epitomises the opulent Nawabi culture of the time( The Mughal kings).There is sound and light show here every evening..thankfully this being away at a distance of nearly 20 kms from the city, there is not much invasion by the traders.It is a lovely place, very large and very beautiful...

      Qutub Shahi Tombs (7 Tombs) :- Situated close to the Golconda fort , the tomb structures are made of black granite or green stone with a shape of square or octagonal base. Its dome is in onion shape and arches are with fine sculptures...it has a serene look and it is a major tourist attraction.7 members of the Nawabi family have been laid to reat here..One can walk round the place,

      Salarjung Museum - Situated at Afzal Ganj, this is one of the largest private collections in the World,housing a collection of more than 43,000 art objects and 50,000 books in the 38 rooms spread over three floors of the building....This is one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad, i spent an entire day looking at the
      stunning display..truly worth visiting

      Hussain Sagar Lake - This large water body connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. A major attraction at the Hussain Sagar is the 16 meter high, 350 tonne monolithic Buddha statue on a rock.There is a lovely park on the banks of the lake and boating on the lake, a lovely place worth visiting.

      There are other places of interest like the Birla temple, Ramoji Film city and A planetarium, Mecca Masjid...

      Hyderabad has been the target of successive terror attacks in the past 2 years, mainly due to the lax attitude of the authorities and heightened Naxal activities, which again can be blamed squarely on the concerned authorities.
      Hyderabad has become increasingly commercialised ,thereby certain areas are loosing their uniqueness , beginning to look like any other modern city across the globe..

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        19.03.2006 10:14
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        Come to believe me

        HYDER= Brave
        ABAD= The living, The prospering, The Happy.

        We have 2 Era's in Hyderabad history, pre Chandrababu Naidu, post Babu Naidu in pre Babu we have Golconda Fort, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Masab Tank, Hussain Sagar, Parade Grounds, Abids, Nampally, Secundrabad, Toli Mosque, Begumpet, Osmania University, Salarjung Museum, Birla Mandir, Toli Masjid, Legislative Assembly, etc.,

        There was a man Hussain Shah Wali, people were dying from lack of water and draught and they went to this pious man Hussain Shah Wali to give them solution, he was hardworking, he took with him 400 men and women and started digging a man made pond when the pond was complete he prayed , until recently this pond served the drinking needs of Hyderabad. This is the biggest man made pond anywhere. This is now known as Tank Bund, for there is a Tank on display from the 2nd World War. Now this pond is lined by a beautiful road, called Necklace Road, 18 Km. long, there is I-Max Shopping Complex and theater along it with numerious parks, Boats Club, Ferry Rides, Afloat Restaurent on a yatch. There is Secretrait nearby the seat of the Cheif Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh, where he is present solving problems of his state Andhra Pradesh.

        Legislative Assembly is near it and there is open air theater, Ravindra Bharati a drama and stage theater, Nampally Railway Junction, a Bogie repair yard biggest in South India. Police Central Control Room, Birla Mandir made of Marble and artistically lit up in the night Abids Circle, this has the biggest shops concentration in one area since now 150 years.

        We are a city famous of Gem Traders so we have CARAVAN just look at this whole area to know the beauty of planning went in it. The KOHINOOR was cut in this area of the old, this is one cluster of things I describe and if I go on like this. many words limit of dooyoo will not be enough for me.

        We have Fateh Maidan Stadium, it has got this name for being a camp to the Armies of the 1st.Nizam (Administrator) this is the meaning of word Nizam, we have Lakdi-ka-pool (Wood Bridge) very old, Salarjung museum (Biggest collection of artefacts by a single man) Golconda Fort (450 Years old) Sound and light show conducted here is worth seeing. Osman Sagar a beautiful lake, Zoological Park where we have safari rides , we are inside a bus and Lions are free around us, there is a cute meter gauge train ride for about 45 minutes along the zoo.

        We have big network of metro trains commuting from east to west and north to south every area is accessible, we have city buses in every nook and corner of the city, we have Auto-Rikshaw 3 wheel, yellow colour, black top like cute butterflies spread on all roads of Hyderabad, they charge you with meter no bargains no headaches, get on get down and pay the meter, call taxis available everywhere, call them and give your location and go where your heart desires they charge you by kilometer. We have sight seeing tours of all historical monuments run by Tourism
        Department, they take you to Badshahi Ashur Khana, 7 Tombs , many other worth visiting places. Renuka Choudhary, India Tourism minister is from Hyderabad.

        Everything is cheap in Hyderabad, you will love to spend money just to have the pleasure of spending this you wont get anywhere in the world. Everyone is bigger than you in other parts of the world, the Shop Owner, the Taxi Driver the Bus Conductor, the Restaurant Waiter, but in Hyderabad culture the SPENDER is the BOSS.

        Culture ok, we will talk about culture, we have Urdu, Telugu, Hindi, English understood by every child of Hyderabad, every other place people worship their cities, they resent outsiders they dont want to share their city with anyone, they have gangs for this purpose. We dont worship our city , we LOVE it and we want you to come judge and see our love is justified on not ????? we have world renowned colleges and universities.

        I always find people smiling on Airport and Railway stations of Hyderabad , it may be because of the humor of Hyderabad, you hear loud sounds of laughter all around, because we have the longest running comedy stage show in the world (Adrak-ke-Panjay) evolved from our culture, it entered (Guiness book of world records) Ram Gopal Verma is a product of Hyderabad. We all owe these achievements to our delicious Biryani.

        We have BIRYANI everywhere in the world : Hongkong, Karachi, Chicago, Toranto, London, New Jersey, Melbourn, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, Jeddah, Dubai, Cairo, come taste Hyderabad Biryani and tell us, we want it from your mouth.


        We have unique cuisine available in all corners a mixture of food from north, south, east, west India blending in our culture to bring a flavour of its own, we have Dhabas, 5 Star Hotels, popular Resturants spread all over our city. There was a plauge in old times, the King Quli Qutub Shah(Ibrahim) built CHARMINAR as a triumph over this plague.

        All Historial buildings in hyderabad has combination of architecture Afgan, Hindu, Persian, Arab mixed togather to produce buildings nowhere visible in India, Mecca Masjid minarets are based in a huge culdron cut out from solid rock. This is worth seeing and believing what I am saying above.

        Italians say come to Naples and die, we say come to Hyderabad and learn to live life, we have around 2500 water bodies in and around, no severe cold and heat, we have moderate temperature ranging from 15 to 40 degrees. Easy transport, cheap shopping, good food, happy people (no resentment) and loads of History and pretty Geography.

        We have International Airport, No Sea tho, well connected by Road Network and Air to all parts of India, we are 600 Km from Mumbai (Bombay) 550 Km from Chennai (Madras) 450 Km from Banglore. Modern Hyderabad is improving fast, roads widening, townships, arcades, malls, formula one circuit, flyovers, stadiums are being constructed at supersonic speed and still a flat in prime location cost Rs.700,000/= (US$ 15,500) is that CHEAP or what ?

        Yo WORLD checkout Hyderabad, a city of History and pretty Geography !!!!!

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          23.01.2003 03:25
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          India assaults your senses. It's a cliché, but it's true nonetheless. Step out of the plane, and there?s a definite change?everything: smell, heat, noise, all these things are different. You've left Europe behind and you?ve stepped into another, older, world. Different rules apply, different customs. And that's just the airport! Wait 'til you get outside! Arriving in Hyderabad towards the start of the city's business day, we were thrust directly into the maelstrom of an Indian rush hour. The cars the hotel had sent to meet my two companions and myself were tiny and apparently had no air-conditioning. They were also driven by people who seemed firmly of the belief that dying on the road would be a fine way to go, and, (to my untutored eye) they did everything in their power to make it happen. Somehow, despite travelling for much of the way on the wrong side of the road, we were delivered to our hotel: Sheraton Grand Kakatiya Towers, or Sheraton Towers Grand Kakatiya - anyway - those four words in one order or another, where we were suddenly immersed in the kind of quiet luxury I'd like to be able to afford on a long-term, if not permanent basis. We did the room allocation stuff and the settling in thing, and headed out. This time in a car with decent air-con, and as we had divested ourselves of our luggage, we could all get in the same vehicle. The two guys with me were a doctor, who now lives in Burrton-on-Trent, but hails from Delhi, and a colleague who had been in Delhi a few weeks prior to this trip. Both were struck by how clean Hyderabad seemed compared to Delhi, and how well-mannered the traffic was. As I was alternating between hiding under the seat and trying to get out, I somehow failed to be impressed by these insights. Every manoeuvre our driver made took us within millimetres of gathering an ornamental cyclist for our bonnet, or ourselves becoming the hood orname
          nt for some other, larger vehicl e. The traffic seemed totally anarchic to me, with three-wheeled mini-taxis, bicycles, buses and the omnipresent Ambassadors weaving in and out of lanes, honking horns and occasionally using the other side of the road as a convenient passing lane, despite the looming presence of a bus bearing down at speed or a laden lorry flashing lights and sounding off like some armour-plated dragon. This is how it?s done in India, and eventually I got used to it...but that first day! Sadly, as I was in Hyderabad to work, I had a limited amount of leisure time to explore the city and the surrounding country. However, I did get to visit a few of the 'must see' sights, and perhaps a few that are less commonly found by the visitor. Here then is the Sleevie Guide to What to See in Hyderabad (and a brief guide on What to Buy in Hyderabad, as a special Sleevie Bonus). Golconda Fort: Pivotal to the history of Hyderabad, this hilltop fort and its fortifications are stunning. The top of the fort is the highest point for many miles around, and the views are enough to have you reaching for your camera every few seconds. Visit it, but be warned -wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared for a lot of steps! A word about the history of Golconda: The fort dates back at least to the 14th century, and was already a fortification when Sultan Quli Qutub Shah, a Turkoman adventurer from Persia made it his capital. The dynasty survived through to the fourth generation, at which point Mohammed Quli founded the city of Hyderabad (remember Hyderabad? This is an article about Hyderabad - pay attention!) in 1590. Another three generations of the family reigned, but the final ruler of the dynasty: Abdullah, was forced into exile by the Moghuls, and died in 1672. The area around Golconda was famous for its diamond mines, and indeed, arguably the most famous diamond of all: the Kohinoor, which is today p
          art of the British Crown Jewels, was mined here. If you visit Golconda in the company of a reputable - or at least a knowledgeable - guide, you will discover the secret of 14th century telegraphy. From a point just inside the main portal to the fort, and as a result of some astonishing architectural and engineering feats, a handclap can be heard clearly several hundred metres away inside the fort, and various simple signals were used to carry information from the entrance to the body of the settlement - and what's more, from a point high among the walls of the upper fort, a handclapped signal can be heard - and replied to - at the outer perimeter wall - some 3 kilometres away! Water for the settlement had to be hand-pumped up the steep hill, and to facilitate this, there are 7 cisterns, each the size of a VERY deep swimming pool, ranged around the hill. From the fort, a clear view of another of the essential sights of Hyderabad can be gained. These are the Grand Qutub Shahi Tombs: burial place of the Persian rulers, the Qutub Shahi, and their relatives. These tombs are built in the same grand scale as the Taj Mahal, and in a similar fashion, with huge domes and many minarets. Sadly, I couldn't visit the tombs 'close up', due to a ministerial visit...bloody politicians! Leaving Golconda and the tombs behind, with just a brief glance over the shoulder at the huge gates through which the road now runs, but which were once an essential part of the fortifications, and another look for the fabled Bolboa tree, which stands just inside the outer perimeter wall, and has a trunk some 80 ft In diameter, we head back towards the city, and a few more essential sights. The first of these has become a symbol of Hyderabad, and its likeness can be found everywhere. It has stood at the heart of the old town of Hyderabad since it was built, under the auspice of Mohamed Quli, around the turn of the 17th century. It is Ch
          arminar: a splendid four-towered edifice bearing splendid detail work across its proud surface, and it is without doubt the most ornate roundabout in the world...because...one of the other things to see and wonder at in Hyderabad is the traffic, and a massive amount of this flows constantly round the flanks of Charminar. So...what's so special about the traffic? Well, in part it is down to the seemingly random nature with which vehicle change lane or direction, and the seamless manner in which cycles, buffalo carts, mini-taxis (more in a moment) cars, buses and lorries weave in and out of each others' gravitational pull, and in part is due to the massive amount of exhaust clouding the atmosphere. The wonder, in light of both of the foregoing, is that anyone survives! But survive they do, and they do so with great good grace, and a smoothness of acceleration and braking sadly lacking in many a Western drivers' repertoire. It is a veritable ballet, but one most comfortably seen from a car fitted with air-con and decent filters. The other way to see the traffic - a much more immediate and involving way - is to grab a mini-taxi or aito-rickshaw. These are three-wheelers, with scooter engines and box bodies which can (in theory) carry up to four passengers at a time. They are open-sided, noisy, dirty and dangerous. They are also great fun and far and away the best way to get around. The drivers slide through seemingly impenetrable traffic with ease, and putter off to deliver you to your destination rumpled, wheezing and with a big grin plastered over your face. Fantastic! In the immediate vicinity of Charminar, you'll find a great fruit market (don't forget to wash the fruit or peel it) where two beautifully fresh and sweet pineapples cost me a massive 10 rupees (about 12p). I suppose I could have haggled, but what the heck...let him have his victory! In the same part of the old town, you'll find t
          he Lad Bazaar, where shops and stalls vie for your custom to sell you bangles of every conceivable colour and sparkle. Venturing into one of the shops, you'll be shown stack after stack of bangles, and only by a great effort of will can you hope to escape without a boxful - though why you'd want to escape eludes me, as these are the perfect gift for every female friend and acquaintance back home, and it won't break the bank, as with a bit of astute haggling you'll be astonished how many shiny things you can afford! Lad Bazaar is also a happy hunting ground for the photographer, with shops displaying towering stacks of copper and steel pots, stalls overflowing with second-hand books, barrows laden with a million bangles, bundles of peacock feathers hanging from a doorpost, and, looking back up the street, a great view of Charminar! Pearls are another 'must buy' in Hyderabad. There are numerous shops selling pearl jewellery, or you can visit the more informal 'market' around Charminar. Cultured and seed pearls are the two most common (and affordable) finds, and if I tell you that four pairs of gold and pearl ear-rings, one pair with three tiny diamonds in each, cost less than £40 (after a haggle) you'll realise that India affords great value for gift buying! OK, it's getting late. You've been up and down the fort's many steps, you've braved the traffic and the bazaar, you've shopped yourself stupid and it's starting to get dark. Pausing only to squirt a bit of mossie repellent on the exposed bits, I suggest you jump into a taxi of one sort or another and head back to Golconda, where, for a very small sum, you can join the many visitors who nightly sit down to enjoy the sound and light show which zips through the history of the region in dramatic fashion, with narrative, songs and poetry. You can choose the English language show or the Hindi (actually, I went to both, and while I lea
          rned more form the English, I enjoyed the Hindi version more, as there seemed to be more...poetry about it. And not understanding a word didn't seem a disadvantage at all!) There are many more things to see, do buy and enjoy in Hyderabad and its sister city Secunderabad, but I'm going to finish this whistlestop tour with a trip 35km or so up the road to Ramoji Film City. You've probably heard of Bollywood: the Indian film industry's Mumbai 'home', but Ramoji is also responsible for Hindi and Telegu films, and to dazzle and entertain, they run tours through the outdoor sets, gardens and buildings on their beautiful and substantial plot. They have also incorporated two hotels and a number of attractions to encourage visitors. BUT We are NOT talking Universal. We are NOT talking Disney. We are NOT talking MGM. Imagine if you will a visitor to Disneyland Paris who unwittingly takes a substantial dose of some hallucinogenic drug before his excursion. He wanders through the sights and sounds of Mickey?s Magic Kingdom. Some days later, he tries to describe his experience to someone with whom he doesn't share a language, sketching some things and miming others. The person to whom he has been describing Disneyland then goes off and tries to brief a building company to construct something similar in plaster-of-paris and fibreglass - but no white-knuckle rides, OK? Voila! Ramoji Film City! This isn't to say it's naff - though frankly it is - I'm just trying to convey how...surreal the whole experience was. It was also great fun, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Which pretty much goes for my whole trip to Hyderabad. If you don't believe me, you're going to have to go for yourself and find out, aren't you? I flew with Emirates to Hyderabad, with a change of planes in Dubai. Booking direct
          on their website (www.emirates.com) will net you a fare of around £740.00 return, or less, depending on the day of your travel and a few other factors. Business class is around £1,800.00. I stayed in the Hotel Kakatiya Sheraton & Towers, where an executive room (I don't know if they have anything else) cost around $105 per night. There are four restaurants in the hotel, each offering a different style of regional cooking, and the staff are great. It was a much nicer hotel than the Taj, along the road, where we went to eat one evening. I'm sure the Taj is fine, but it all seemed very...western... to my eye, and the food wasn't great either.

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            Hyderabad, now part of India was initially a separate state when Pakistan was made. It did not actually belong to India or Pakistan. However, the city of Hyderabad is now a part of India. Hyderabad Dhakan is well known for its accent, the Char Minar and its food. Hyderabadi cuisine is loved throughout the Asian subcontinent. Food such as 'Kache gosh biriyani' (biriyani made of mutton that has been marinated in special spices before being cooked in the rice), 'Baghare baigan' (a slightly sour but hot curry made using aubergines), 'Pasanda' (mutton cooked in a special mild curry)and 'Khalaakhun' (a special sweet made using milk) originate from Hyderabad and each has its own special taste. These are to name but a few. There is actually a place called Hyederabad colony, in Karachi, Pakistan, where Hyderabadi food is loved.

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              Hyderabad or Hyderabad Deccan as it is sometimes known is found in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. If you want a ‘different’ place to visit in India other than Bombay, Shimla,hill stations in Northern India etc, then Hyderabad is definitely different. It is situated more or less in central southern part of India. It is not a hill station of picturesque beauty but a modern thriving city full of charms and surprises. This is where BIRYANI originates from and believe me you will not taste such authentic 'Hyderabadi biryani' anywhere outside Hyderabad, made with pure saffron and basmati rice!! (apart from home cooked biryani in peoples houses). It is a mixture of modern influences with memories of the past whereby the Nizams ruled that part of India. It has a wealth of old palaces and beautiful architecture, though sadly many of the palaces are in ruins. More recently, it has become known as the hi-tech city of India due to its fast developing software and web developers. Bill Gates & Microsoft have recently opened its first office in India there, investing $50 million . Hyderabad is booming with an interesting array of modern buildings, alongside the old, yet beautiful ‘moghul’ architecture. There are still remains of some British architecture when they ruled there too. Places of interest include the many old beautiful Palaces, such as Chiran Palace, QUTUB SHAHI Tombs, GOLCONDA FORT, Charminar (this is in old part of city). Hyderabad is famous for pearls and there are many pearl shops and other jewellery shops. Ladies, when visiting parts of old city it is sensible to dress modestly even if it is scorching hot. If you get a chance to drive out to suburbs of city you have to eat out in a DHABA (this is a place whereby usually long distance lorry drivers make their stop on long journeys, like the services in UK), however the food is excellent and freshly prepared. It is coo
              ked open air, on open fire, its delicious. These have become popular with families too as the food is delicious and the surrounding spacious and cool. Other places to visit:If you happen to visit Hyderabad in the month of January, you must visit the HYDERABAD EXHIBITION, this is an outdoor exhibition which takes place once a year throughout the month of January. Here, merchants and vendors from all over India come to sell their exhibits, from Indian Silks, Handicrafts from Mysore, ornaments, Kashmiri Carpets, Jewellery from Rajesthan etc etc. Anything else you may wanna know.... Well, I warn you the traffic is bizarre!! I don’t think nowhere in the same city would you expect to find the latest Mercedes Benz, alongside cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws, buses, cycles, buffalos (yes, buffalos march calmly down the busy streets, completely undeterred by the busy traffic!!) bullock carts, and the odd march of cows through rush hour… It is an interesting array of modern influences and historical and traditional charms. Not your usual touristy place. Getting there? 8 hour flight to Bombay, then a short (1hr) internal flight to Hyderabad, there are direct flights with Air India, but my personal experience is not too good with that airline!! There a range of hotels to stay in from budget to many 3* and the city boosts of two 5 star hotels, and in India 5 Star hotels are just excellent and don’t cost anywhere near European rates and are very reasonable in price. Of course, there are loads of other accommodation options, if you know people out there… they are only too pleased to let you stay. Well worth a visit!!

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