Remembered as the dominion of the Nizams, with a singular emblem- The Charminar, Hyderabad is a lively 400 year old metropolis and the capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Driving through Hyderabad in an autorickshaw, you can arrested by the living remenants of the old city. Through the trees, and notwithstanding the scyscrapers, you can see majestic spires, cool white domes and lyrically delicate archways. The old crumbling mansions that you might occasionally come across, have a magic of their own. The finest buildings that have been kept alive or put to use are the Legislative Assembly, Faluknama Palace, Purani Haveli, Osmania University, Hyderabad Public School, among many others.
Under the Charminar, by the grand Mecca Masjid, lies the old city. For OLD HYDERABAD was not merely a land of palaces and jewels.This city of Nizams and colourful bazaars, no doubt looked a lot more refined in 1948. Hyderabad is popularly known for its pearls, which are also exported oversees.The Telugu Film Industry or Tollywood is also here. Nowhere can you find the delectably cooked fine biriyani and meats. So, just wind your ways through the crowds of men and burqa-clad women, in the cobbled lanes of the bustling Old Bazar to explore the city's craftsmenship.The warm hospitabilty of the hyderabadis, welcomes all visitors with an old world char, which permeates beyond Hyderabad's recent indusrial boom.