Hyderabad – Rich Heritage, Modern Brilliance

by Prof. Noorjahan Begum


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Hyderabad, the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh, founded by Quli Qutub Shah in 1591, is now the fifth largest city in India. Lately Hyderabad and Information Technology have become a synonym with the growing conglomeration of multi-national companies in it. And no doubt it is called Ciderabad or a Silicon valley of India. The 400 years old metropolis with an urban population, cosmopolitan, gifted with varied cultures and languages, magnificent monuments and mansions speaks the language of glory of the past heritage and a modern brilliance – a legacy of education and information technology.


Hyderabad boasts of the most exotic cuisine in India – a rich tradition build up on Mughal, Konkani, Maratha and Tamil components and not without Arab, Persian, Turkish and Afghan influence.


Hyderabad is known for its glittering diamonds, pearls and other precious stones and the extraordinary golden embroidery on silk and cotton. It is considered the biggest market for pearls in the world.


This renowned city is also a remarkable centre of learning with its nine universities and many more national level research and training institutions.