Associated with the Nizams, Hyderabad is a cultural fusion of ethnic traditions with modernity. Also known as 'the City of Pearls' Hyderabad is the land of the Char Minar and Lepakshi sculptures.
Known for its handicrafts centers and educational institutions, Hyderabad today with its twin city Secundrabad is known as the HITECH CITY.
Hyderabad as it exists today was established on the banks of River Musi by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah in an attempt to shift his capital from Golconda, where there was an acute shortage of water.
In the ancient ages (1st century), Hyderabad was under Satavahana rule. The Chalukyas dominated the region during the 7th to 10 centuries. Later the Cholas, Kakatiyas and Vijaynagar Empire left their mark on Hyderabad.
It was during the rule of Nizams that Hyderabad developed as a center of arts, crafts and architecture.
Tourist attractions in Hyderabad, South India that deserve a visit are: the Golconda Fort, Mecca Masjid, Hussain Sagar Tank, Lumbini Park, Purani Haveli, Birla Planetarium, Falaknuma Palace and Salar Jung Museum.