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Charminar & City of Nizams, Hyderabad


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An overview of Hyderabad city.

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Charminar & City of Nizams, Hyderabad

  1. 1. Welcome to Hyderabad Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh The city is conveniently located 2 hrs from New Delhi and an hr from Mumbai by air The city is also a treasure trove of culture and tradition. It was the capital of the kingdom of the Nizam The city is also India’s technology and healthcare hub with everyone from Facebook to Novartis setting up Research facilities
  2. 2. The city of smiles, of lights, of a thousand faces, endearingly called the City of Nizams or Pearl City, Hyderabad offers a variety of tourist attractions ranging from Heritage monuments, Lakes and Parks, Gardens and Resorts, Museums to delectable cuisine and a delightful shopping experience. To the traveler, Hyderabad offers a fascinating panorama of the past, with a richly mixed cultural and historical tradition spanning 400 colorful years.Some of the tourist attraction includes…..
  3. 3.  This landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India.  The Charminar was constructed by Qutub Shah, who had also laid its foundation. The monument was intended to serve as a Mosque and Madraasa.  The area surrounding Charminar is also known by same name. The monument overlooks another and grand mosque called the Makkah Masjid.
  4. 4.  Charminar (Urdu: ‫چار‬‫مینار‬ ) built in 1591 AD, is a landmark monument located in Hyderabad, India. The two words Char Minar of Urdu language are combined to which it is known as Charminar (English: Four Towers). These are four ornate minarets attached and supported by four grand arches, it has become the global icon of Hyderabad and is listed among the most recognized structures of India. The Charminar is on the east bank of Musi river. To the northeast lies the Laad Bazaar and in the west end lies the granite-made richly ornamented Mecca Masjid.
  5. 5. Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty built Charminar in 1591 AD,shortly after he had shifted his capital from Golconda to what is now known as Hyderabad.He built this famous structure to commemorate the elimination of a plague epidemic from this city. He is said to have prayed for the end of a plague that was ravaging his city and vowed to build a masjid (Islamic mosque) at the very place where he was praying. In 1591 while laying the foundation of Charminar, Quli Qutb Shah prayed: "Oh Allah, bestow unto this city peace and prosperity. Let millions of men of all castes, creeds and religions make it their abode, like fish in the water."
  6. 6.  The mosque became popularly known as Charminar because of its four (Persian/Hindi char = four) minarets (Minar (Arabic manara) = spire/tower).  It is said that, during the Mughal Governorship between Qutb Shahi and Asaf Jahi rule, the south western minaret "fell to pieces" after being struck by lightning and "was forthwith repaired" at a cost of Rs 60,000. In 1824, the monument was replastered at a cost of Rs 100,000.  In its heyday, the Charminar market had some 14,000 shops. Today the famous markets known as Laad Baazar and Pather Gatti, near the Charminar, are a favour, of tourists and locals alike for jewelery, especially known for exquisite bangles and pearls respectively.
  7. 7.  : The structure is made of granite, limestone, mortar and pulverised marble. Initially the monument with its four arches was so proportionately planned that when the fort was opened one could catch a glimpse of the bustling Hyderabad city as these Charminar arches were facing the most active royal ancestral streets. There is also a legend of an underground tunnel connecting the Golconda to Charminar, possibly intended as an escape route for the Qutb Shahi rulers in case of a siege, though the location of the tunnel is unknown.
  8. 8.  A ruined city of south India and capital of ancient Kingdom of Golconda is situated in Hyderabad.  Their first capital, the fortress citadel of Golkonda, was rebuilt for defense from invading Mughals  They laid out Golkonda's splendid monuments, now in ruins, and designed a perfect acoustical system by which a hand clap sounded at the fort's main gates, the grand portico, was heard at the top of the citadel, situated on a 300-foot (91 m)-high granite hill.
  9. 9.  Home to various Tombs dedicated to Rulers of Qutub Shahi dynasty, located at Shaikpet, near Golconda Fort. These are an example of Deccan architecture with large minarets, huge domes, delicate marble designs and multiple inner passages.
  10. 10.  Paigah Mosque Spanish Mosque, Begumpet : This Mosque is one of the marvelous mosques present in Secunderabad/Hyderabad. It’s well known among the people because of its amazing architecture. The architecture followed in this mosque is the Andalusi/Spanish Architecture. The mosque was constructed by Sir Vicar- ul-Umra a Paigah Nawab in 1906.
  11. 11.  Hyderabad is a place where many traditional and historical Bazaars are located. Hence, attracting many tourist who would like to shop in streets.  The Laad Bazaar and nearby markets have shops that sell pearls, diamonds and other traditional ware and cultural antiques.  Other street shopping paradise includes Pearl Market, Begum Bazaar and Sultan Bazaar.
  12. 12. Pearls & Jewellery :Carrying on the ancient prosperous pearl trade, of the expensive, the exclusive, and the rarest in the world, Hyderabad still remains the pearl capital Lac bangles :Hyderabad itself is known for its bangles made of glass and lacquer and studded with stones. The place to shop for bangles of the largest variety and at reasonable prices is the Laad Bazaar adjacent to the historic Charminar Handicrafts -Handicrafts and toys are among the most sought- after pieces for the shopper in Hyderabad . Bidriware , 'Kalamkari' , Paintings from Cheriyaland brass metalware from Pembarti are some of famous work Handlooms & Sarees - the magic of the hands:Hyderabad has innumerable showrooms that showcase the most distinctive heritages of the city - Handlooms. Dharmavaram silk saris , Narayanpet saris , Pochampalli saris , Gorgeous Gadwal
  13. 13.  Hyderabadi cuisine comprises a broad repertoire of rice, wheat and meat dishes and the skilled use of various spices.  Hyderabadi Biryani and Hyderabadi Haleem have become iconic dishes of India.  One must visit Hyderabad to experience the taste of Biryani.
  14. 14.  The "Cyberabad" of India Hyderabad is the city where global conglomerates such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, Yahoo and Facebook have established their Research centres.  Every year Hyderabad's IT exports reaches to US$ 4.7 billion and 22% of the NASSCOM’s total membership is from the city of Hyderabad.  Hyderabad evolved from a traditional manufacturing city to a cosmopolitan industrial service centre with establishment of Indian Enterprises such as BHEL, NMDC, BE, DRDO and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.  This blend of Industrialization and growth of IT firms makes Hyderabad truly a Cyberabad of India
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