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Discover the 'Pearl City', a former centre for diamond trading with interesting historic sights in the old city.

Hyderabad, known as the Pearl City, is the capital of the southern state of Telangana. Although the city is over 400 years old, today it is a modern, high tech city where companies like google and other tech giants are based, utilising the expertise of the highly skilled urban population. The city has many shopping malls, restaurants of all kinds and some excellent hotels.

There is also a historic part to Hyderabad, particularly the old city where you can discover Golconda Fort, a former diamond-trading centre. Built in the early 13th century, when it was ruled by the Kakatiya’s followed by Qutub Shahi kings, who ruled the region in 16th and 17th century. The fortress rests on a granite hill 120 meters high while huge crenelated ramparts surround this structure. Another highlight is the Charminar, located near the Laad Bazaar, a 16th-century mosque with 4 arches support towering minarets. Equally fascinating is Mecca Masjid is located next to Charminar. The construction of this mosque started in the year 1614 by Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah and was Aurangzeb completed in 1693. 

Situated on the southern banks of Musi River is the Salarjung Museum, the third largest museum in India with a large collection of antiques including the world famous statue of Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a fine collection of jade, daggers owned by Queen Noor Jahan, Emperors Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb’s sword and other timeless masterpieces.


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