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About Hyderabad - Andhra Pradesh Tourism

Hyderabad, also known as Pearl City, offers wide range of tourist attractions starting from heritage monuments to religious structures, gardens, parks and lakes. Hyderabad provides a fascinating cultural and religious experience to travelers taking them through the 400 long years of rule of princely states. The city of Hyderabad is also visited for the beautiful pearl jewellery and tourists flock to the ‘Patther Gatti’ – street with rows of shops selling Pearl Jewellery.

Hyderabad was rated as 19th among the list of "41 places to go" by New York times in 2011. The city holds an important position in the tourism map of India/Andhra Pradesh for its two main travel destinations - Charminar and Golconda Fort. The other main tourist attractions of Hyderabad are Chowmallah PalaceHussainsagar lake, and Salar Jung Museum. Hyderabad also holds an important position as a religious tourist destination with numerous Mosques, temples and churches. The major religous travel destinations in Hyderabad are Mecca Masjid and Birla Mandir.

Hyderabad is the capital of South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh that is full of history, as the city has seen the rules of Qutab Shahis, Mughals and Nizams. This city has also been known for being the global center of diamonds and pearls export. Travellers can still find numerous shops of pearls in the historical bazaars of Hyderabad, like the Laad bazaar near Charminar. Hyderabad also holds an important position as a religious tourist destination with numerous Mosques, temples and churches. 

Hyderabad History - Andhra Pradesh Tourism

Hyderabad was founded by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth sultan of Qutb Shahi dynasty, after he seized the reign from Bahamani kingdom in 1512 and established the Golconda fort. Hyderabad was founded as a new virgin city that was planned after epidemic struck Golconda with the plans of expansion. The city was planned on grid-iron pattern reflective of well related precincts with an iconic monument as the main foci. He also ordered the construction of the Char Minar in 1591 a tall structure to oversee the urban development and to keep watch of the river banks flooding the nearby areas causing epidemics of grave nature. During the Qutb Shahi reign Golconda became one of the leading markets in the world for diamonds, pearls, steel, arms, and also printed fabric.

Hyderabad's fame, strategic location and Golconda's legendary wealth attracted Aurangazeb who captured Golconda after a long seize in 1687. Under Mughal Empire's rule the importance of Hyderabad declined and the city fell into partial ruins. However, very soon the Moghul empire decayed and began to disintegrate, and the viceroy, Asaf Jah I proclaimed himself the Nizam and established independence rule of the Deccan. Hyderabad once again became a major capital city, ruled by successive Nizams of the Asaf Jahi dynasty until the state was merged into Indian Union in 1948.


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