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Brief About Hyderabad District
Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh consists of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and is a bustling 400-year-old metropolis with an urban population of 6 million people approximately. Hyderabad is famous as the former seat of the fabulously wealthy Nizams of Hyderabad. Built on the banks of the river Musi, and surrounded by huge prehistoric rock formations like petrified, gray elephants.

Hyderabad is a blend of the fairy tale and earthy, a pot pourri of old and new. Hyderabad, India's fifth-largest city was founded in 1590 by Muhammad Quli, the fourth of the Qutb Shahi kings. They ruled this part of the Deccan from 1512 until 1687. Before founding Hyderabad, the Qutab Shahi kings ruled from the forted city of Golconda, 11 km to the west. After Aurangzeb's death in 1707, Mughal control over this part of India rapidly waned and the Asaf Jahi viceroys who had been installed to look after the interests of the Mughal Empire broke away to establish their own independent state.

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Bewitching palaces , timeless corridors, fairy-tale courtyards and whispering water ways.

Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh consists of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and is a bustling 400-year-old metropolis with an urban population of 6 million people approximately. Hyderabad is famous as the former seat of the fabulously wealthy Nizams of Hyderabad. Built on the banks of the river Musi, and surrounded by huge prehistoric rock formations like petrified, gray elephants, Hyderabad is a blend of the fairy tale and earthy, a pot pourri of old and new.

Hyderabad, India's fifth-largest city was founded in 1590 by Muhammad Quli, the fourth of the Qutb Shahi kings. They ruled this part of the Deccan from 1512 until 1687. Before founding Hyderabad, the Qutab Shahi kings ruled from the forted city of Golconda, 11 km to the west. After Aurangzeb's death in 1707, Mughal control over this part of India rapidly waned and the Asaf Jahi viceroys who had been installed to look after the interests of the Mughal Empire broke away to establish their own independent state. They gave themselves the titles 'subedar' and 'nizam'.

In 1798, a subsidiary alliance for military and political cooperation was signed between the Nizam and the British East India Company. Thereafter an area north of what is now the Hussain Sagar Lake was established as a cantonment. The area was named Secunderabad after the then Nizam, Sikander Jah. Both Hyderabad and Secunderabad grew together and have now merged. An imaginary line drawn across the Tank bund is still used to distinguish the two cities. Hyderabad is among the few Indian cities, which has a well-preserved cultural heritage. Hyderabad invokes nostalgia among old residents for its culture, fine arts and certain sophistication in manners. Much more than anything, Hyderabad presents a true picture of secularism.

Hyderabad is the fifth largest cosmopolitan city in India, rich in culture, enduring history and industrial growth. It is unique in being one of the few cities where tradition and technology co-exist. With a dynamic leadership, the state is steering the nation to new dimensions in the fields of Information Technology, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, and Business Management to emerge as a city of immense business opportunities.

Language
Andhra Pradesh is the first state in India that has been formed on a purely linguistic basis. Telugu, the official language of Andhra Pradesh, is described by C.P. Brown as the 'Italian of the East'. Next to Hindi, Telugu is the biggest linguistic unit in India. Telugu is found recorded as early as the 7th Century AD but it was only in 11th century AD that it broke out into a literary language. Next to Telugu, Hindi, Urdu and English are widely used.

Time Zone
India is 5 1/2 hours ahead of GMT, 4 1/2 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard time and 10 1/2 ahead of American Eastern Standard Time (summer).

Traveling in Hyderabad

Auto rickshaws
Autos are by and large the easiest and most economical mode of transport. Tourists should be wary, as there’s always the chance of being (if you’ll pardon the pun) taken for a ride! However, this doesn’t happen often. But knowing how far you intend to travel — in advance — is a good way to avoid unpleasantness. The minimum meter charge is Rs. 8/-. Make sure that the auto driver turns the meter on before you begin the ride. From 2200-0500 you will be asked to pay double the meter charges.

Private Taxis
Taxis are not widely used in Hyderabad although prepaid taxis are available at the airport, Secunderabad and Nampally railway stations. You can certainly arrange for taxi services from your hotel’s travel desk.

Buses
There are two types of city bus services; ordinary Road Transport Corporation buses and the Metro Liners, operated by the APSRTC between 0500-2300 daily. RTC buses are crowded during rush hour. Metro Liners are comfortable but seats are limited. Metro Liners aren’t available everywhere, so it’s a good idea to check the route chart before you set out to see if there is service available.

Places of Interest
Charminar:

Charminar a majestic architectural monument standing in the heart of the old city of Hyderabad, built by Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah in 1591 supposedly to commemorate the eradication of plague from Hyderabad.

Mecca Masjid:
Mecca Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. The constructions of this mosque was started by Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah and was completed in 1694 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Golconda Fort:
Golconda fort is a majestic monument, which lies on the western outskirts of Hyderabad city. It speaks of a great cultural heritage of 400 years and is a place worth visiting.

Salar Jung Museum:
The Salar Jung Museum is the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world. The museum exhibits over 35,000 objects of art like Chinese Porcelain, Aurangazeb's Sword, and Daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jehan, Emperor Jahangir & Shah Jahan, Sculpture, Indian paintings & Persian carpets. Some of the highlights are the Veiled Rebecca, the translucent white marble statue by Bezoni, the Arms section, The Jade section & the Oriental Section.

Hussain Sagar:
Hussain Sagar is a large lake in the midst of the city and was constructed in 1562 AD. Also known as Tank Bund, it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Jama Masjid:
The Jama Masjid is the oldest mosque in Hyderabad and is located at a few meters away from the Charminar. Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah built it in the year 1597.

St. Joseph's Cathedral:
The Cathedral of Saint Joseph is located in the Gun foundry area and is perhaps the most beautiful in the twin cities.

St. Mary's Church:
St Mary's Church is in Secunderabad. Mother Mary is worshipped here.

Birla Mandir:
Birla Mandir is a beautiful modern temple overlooking the south end of Hussain Sagar, in Hyderabad. It provides an excellent view over the city from the summit. This magnificent structure was built entirely out of marble from Rajasthan.

Birla Planetarium:
Located in the heart of Hyderabad city, on the panoramic hillock of Naubat Pahad, the Birla Planetarium is a tribute to the advances made in science and technology since the dawn of civilization.

Falaknuma Palace:
The palace is one of the most magnificent of its kind in the country. Built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra Bahadur, it is located atop a 650m high hill, about 5-km from Charminar.

Hi-Tech City:
Hyderabad has been developed as a destination for Software Companies. The Hi Tech City, at the city outskirts, is been developed to create a favorable climate for these companies.

High Court:
It is a beautiful Mughal-style building laid out along the Musi River near Afzal Gunj Bridge. Built in 1916 of local pink granite with red sand stone carved panels and columns at an estimated cost of 2 million rupees, it is perhaps the most striking work of the British architect Vincent Esch.

Qutub Shahi Tombs:
About a kilometer from the Golconda fort are the tombs of the Qutub Shahi rulers. The tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single storey while the larger ones are usually two-storied. In the center of each tomb is a sarcophagus, which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below. The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which now only a few pieces remain. It is open daily from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Closed on Fridays.

Paigah Tombs:
Situated at Santoshnagar, these tombs belong to the 'Paigah' nobles (tied by blood and marriage to the Nizams) and are about 200 years old. These unique lime and mortar tombs are beautifully carved and have marble inlay work on them.

Chote Hazrat Ki Dargah:
Chote Hazrat ki Dargah is situated inside Devan Devadi, Hyderabad. Climbing 400 and more stairs takes you to a place of worship built during the period of the Asif Jahis. The row of arches on the hill leading to the top is a wonderful sight. The Dargah or mortuary was built in the memory of Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad.

Raymond's Tomb:
Michel Raymond, a French mercenary, was a military commander in the service of the IInd Nizam and also his close friend. His tomb, which is 7m high, made of black granite bearing the initials JR, lies in Saroornagar off the Vijayawada road about 3-km from the Eliphant Bridge, in east Hyderabad.

Sanjeevaiah Park:
Sanjeevaiah Park is a major recreation centre located next to Hussain Sagar, at the end of Necklace Road, in Hyderabad. It is named after the former President of India, Mr. Neelam Sanjeev Reddy. It houses a rose garden, rock garden and a floral clock.

Indira Park:
Indira Park, a recreation park for children situated near lower Tank Bund, Hyderabad. It is named after the former Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. It is one of the oldest parks in the twin cities.

Naubat Pahad:
A couple of small rocky hillocks in the middle of Hyderabad beside the Hussain Sagar Lake are known as Naubat pahad and Kala pahad. ('Pahad' means hill and 'Naubat' means drum). It is said that the Mughals used to beat large drums to announce official proclamations from Naubat Pahad.

Public Gardens:
The Public Gardens are the largest gardens in the city. Within it's premises are a number of important public buildings including the State Legislative Assembly, State Archaeological Museum, Jubilee Hall, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranam, an open air theatre.

Nehru Zoological Park:
Nehru Zoological Park is one of the biggest zoos in Asia with over 250 animal species. The lion safari park, natural history museum, pre-historical animals park, nocturnal birds, a children's park with a train ride are other impressive sights.

Health
The medical care sector in Hyderabad has witnessed an enormous growth in infrastructure in the private and voluntary sector. The private sector, which was very modest in the early stages, has now become a flourishing industry equipped with the most modern state-of-the-art technology at its disposal. An added plus had been that Hyderabad has one of the largest pharmaceutical industries in the country. Using the latest technical equipment and the services of highly skilled medical personnel, these hospitals are in a position to provide a variety of general as well as specialists services. These services are available at extremely competitive prices; encouraging patients not only from developing countries but even from a number of developed ones to come to Hyderabad for specialised treatment.

Banks and Post Offices
Banking in India has its origin as early as the vedic period. It is believed that the transition from money lending to banking must have occurred even before Manu, the great Hindu Jurist, who has devoted a section of his work to deposits and advances and laid down rules relating to rates of interest. Today the commercial banking system in India may be distinguished into :Public Sector Banks, Private Sector Banks, Co-operative Sector, Development Banks. You have a number of state, national and international banks in Hyderabad along with their ATM centres, which are easily accessible.

In spite of the advanced electronic services that are available in Hyderabad, postal services are still in demand. Check your nearby post offices, if you need any.

Call Centers
Hyderabad, the capital city of the state of Andhra Pradesh is moving at a fast pace in the development of information technology and infrastructure. some of world's largest and most reputed companies like GE Capital, Deloitte Consulting, HSBC, Baan, Nokia, Oracle and Microsoft have chosen Hyderabad as the base for serving their business operations in Asia Pacific, the UK, the US and beyond by setting up their Call Centers here. The reason behind this is that Hyderabad provides a stable, English-speaking base for the international remote services and development centres of these companies.

As a city where the business and investment climate is favourable, Hyderabad is making waves in the world of Hi-tech. Today, Hyderabad, and indeed the entire state of Andhra Pradesh has seen investment bring healthy returns for numerous indigenous and multinational business houses. In fact, it is the only state in India to have a great number of first generation entrepreneurs.

Leisure
It's time to do your own thing. Spend those free hours browsing the top websites on Hyderabad, or stop to find about the prime bazaars in Hyderabad streets. If you still have some energy pick your place of entertainment here - Cinema Halls

History of the District

Historical Back Ground of Hyderabad City:

Hyderabad the Historic beautiful city is the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Originally it was founded by Sulthan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah the 5th King of the Qutub Shah dynasty in 1590 A.D. at Golconda Kingdom.

Formerly, Hyderabad was known as Bhagyanagar. This was named in the sweet memory of the Sulthan’s beloved Bhagamathi. After her death, the name Bhagyanagar had 2 or 3 changes and at last, it was named as Hyderabad Deccan.

The Following were The Qutub Shahi Kings:

1. Sultan Quli Qutub Shah - 1518-1543
2. Jamsheed Quli Qutub Shah - 1543-1550
3. Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah - 1550-1580
4. Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah - 1580-1611
5. Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah - 1611-1626
6. Sultan Abdullah Quli Qutub Shah - 1626-1672
7. Sultan Abdul Hasan Tana Shah - 1672-1687

The Dynasty of Hyderabad

The Qutub Shahi Kings who ruled over are given in detail in Golkonda Chapter. The Asif Jahi kings(Nizams) who ruled over Hyderabad were as follows:

1. Mir Qumaruddin Ali Khan Asif Jah I 1724-1748
2. Mir Nizam Ali Khan Asif Jah II 1762-1803
3. Mir Akbar Ali Khan Asif Jah III 1803-1829
4. Mir Ferkhumda Ali Khan Asif Jah IV 1829-1857
5. Mir Tahniat Ali Khan Asif Jah V 1857-1869
6. Mir Mehaboob Ali Khan Asif Jah VI 1869-1911
7. Mir Osman Ali Khan Asif Jah VII 1911-1947

There were 7 Kings of the Asif Jah Dynasty, the last of whom was Mir Osman Ali Khan Asif Jah-VII. He died in 1967 and nominated his grandson, Nawab Mir Barkat Ali Khan as his successor. The period of Mir Osman Ali Khan can be called the golden age of the Nizam.

GENERAL FEATURES OF HYDERABAD DISTRICT

1. A Word About The District:

Hyderabad (Urban) District in its present shape has come into existence in August, 1978 consequent on formation of a new District, Ranga Reddy from the erstwhile Hyderabad District. All the rural areas of erst-while Hyderabad District have been included in Ranga Reddy District, while thearea of Muncipal Corporation of Hyderabad (Exclding a small part), Secunderabad Cantonment, Lalaguda and Osmania University are included in Hyderabad District. There are 66 villages in the District an d they are grouped into erstwhile talukas, Viz., Charminar, Golconda, Musheerabad and Secunderabad.

The State capital being in this District, it is highly developed in all aspects. With a view to bringing up the administration to the door steps of the people to solve their problems upliftment of the people, the Government as a policy took a decision to restructure the Lower level administrative set-up in the state consequently, Revenue Mandal were setup.

2. Mandal Set-up:

As per G.O.Ms No.107 Revenue (Mandal-II) Dept., Government of Andhra Pradesh dated 16.5.1985, Hyderabad District was divided into four Revenue Mandals Viz., Charminar, Golconda, Musheerabad and Secunderabad with effect from 25.6.1985.
In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Andhra Pradesh District (Formation) Act, 1974 the Governor of Andhra Pradesh in the interest of the better administration and development of the areas concerned and after having published proposals in that regard as required under sub-section (5) of of section 3 of the said Act and having taken

consideration, the objections and suggestions received there on from all persons in the area concern and likely to be affected there by creation of 16 Mandals in the existing 4 Mandals in Hyderabad District by diminishing the areas of 4 mandal wise Secunderabad, Musheerabad, Golkonda and Charminar with effect from 27.12.1996.

3. Physical Features:
Hyderabad is the 5th largest city in India. It has twin cities Viz., Hyderabad and Secunderabad with its suburbs extending upto 16 miles. The Hyderabad city is situated in 1o 11’ of the Northern Longitude and 78o 27’ of the Eastern Longitude. 1778’ above MSL and on grey and Pink Granites among the world’s oldest. The highest point in the city is Banjara Hills, 2206’ above MSL. The contour level falls gradually from west to east creating almost a through near the Musi River which runs through the city. This natural feature has facilitated water supply by gravity.

4. Climate:
The climate of the city is fairy equitable. However, of late, citizen are experiencing arête climate, which seems to be a common factor for all metropolitan cities in the country. The normal rain fall of the Dist. Is 786.8mm and against that the actual rain in 2002-03 is 614.7mm. South west mon-soon period is 472.0mm. North East Mon-Soon period is 96.5mm. Winter period is
7.5mm and hot weather period is 38.7mm.

5. Population:

The total population of the district according to 2001 Census is 38,29,753which is purely urbanized. The decennial growth rate (1991-2001) is 21.74 percent against the growth rate of 14.59 percent for the state. The density of population in the district is 19,149. The sex ratio in the district is 945 females per 1000 males among the total population only. The population consists of 29.24 percent Total workers.A large percentage of people are living by Non-agricultural occupation covering mostly urban trades, construction and industrial fields.
A. SCHEDULED CASTES POPULATION:

The population belonging to the Scheduled Caste is 3,07,248 as per 2001 Census forming 8.02 percent of the district population. They are mainly concentrated in the slum. There are 835 slums in the district. It is estimated that 71.5 percent of scheduled cast population is in the slums, the rest being scattered over the twin cities.
B. SCHEDULED TRIBES POPULATION:

The population belonging to Scheduled Tribes is 34,560 as per 2001 Census forming 0.90 percent of the district total population. They are mainly concentrated in slum areas.

6. Literacy:
The Hyderabad district is occupying the highest position in the state with regard to literacy with 68.80 percent of literates to the total population of the district. The percentage of literates in the state is 61.11 percent.
7. Agriculture Land use pattern:
The Non-Agriculture sector is the basis of the economy of the district covering 98.09 percent of the total Geographical area of the district is put to Non-Agricultural uses indicating predominance of non-agricultural activities in the district.

8. Education:
Education facilities in the district are largely improved. There are 1298 Primary, 482 Upper Primary Schools, 849 High Schools, 254 Junior Colleges, 164 Degree Colleges, 12 Post-Graduate Colleges functioning in the district during 2002-03. Besides this, there are 7 Medical Colleges and 11 Engineering Colleges functioning in the district.
There are 6 Universities in this district and its
1. Osmania University
2. J.N.T. University
3. A.P. Agriculture University
4. Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Open University
5. Hyderabad Central University
6. Potti Sri Ramulu Telugu University
9. Health:

There are 12 Allopathic, 2 Ayurvedic, 1 Unani, 2 Homeopathic Govt. Hospitals functioning in the district during 2002-03 The total strength of the Doctors working in the above hospitals is 627. The total bed strength of these Hospitals is 5651.
10. Hyderabad Urban Development Authority:

Hyderabad Urban Development Authrity (HUDA) has been constituted on 2-10-1975 with the jurisdiction extending over an area of about 1154 sq.kms including the Muncipal Corporation of Hyderabad with the following objectives.
1. To promote and secure land for various purposes by within its jurisdiction according to the Master Plan and Zonal Development Plan.

2. To control the use of the land for various purposes and acquisation developments and disposal.
3. To carry out the Development works and co-ordinate and regulate the activities development area.

11. Quli Qutub Shah Urban Development Authority:In addition, the Government of Andhra Pradesh have also constituted Quli Qutub Shah Urban Development Authority in August 1981 for the planned Development of Old city of Hyderabad with the objective of promoting the Development in a planned manner. The main emphasis of this authority is on providing better civic amenities including communication, electricity, water supply, drainage, housing, education recreational and marketing facilities

Hyderabad – An IT Hub
Andhra Pradesh has moved to develop a world class IT base to become the premier IT centre of India. The State is now a preferred location for global IT players like Microsoft, Oracle, Baan and Metamor.

In recent times, the State Capital, Hyderabad has generated much momentum in attracting global player. Recent initiatives include the setting up of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, a creative collaboration between the Government and the private sector. This has spurred prominent companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SUN Micro systems to setup training institutes in Hyderabad.

In addition the Government has initiated the development of the Hi-Tech City at Madhapur in Hyderabad complete with State-of-the-art infrastructure.

The presence of public sector companies, such as CMC and ECIL, and of private IT companies has created a strong technology base in the State Capital. Today, over 150 companies (as compare to 14 in 1997) are registered with Hyderabad’s Software Technology Park ( STP). Prominent companies in Hyderabad include Satyam Computers, Baan Software, Oracle, Metamor and Intergraph. The most important attraction to the software development centre decided to locate a software development centre in Hdyerabad focusing on cutting edge technologies.

Bringing Information Technology into the service of the People.

In the Hyderabad District the entire revenue department is liked with inter connectivity for easy process in finalizing the land records, individual benefits etc., All the Mandal Revenue Offices are provided with complete infrastructure. The facility is being enabled the public to get their problems redressed within no time.

The Chief Planning Office is also provided with sufficient no of PC’s and a separate Computer Room designed to update the Janmabhoomi information. Not only entering the information but it is also facilitated to give administrative sanctions without delay.

The NIC centre in the collectorate is doing the best in computerising by developing the software to the most valuable feed information from various departments into the computers.

CARD (Computer Aided Administration of Registration Department) is a comprehensive project of computerising one of the oldest wings of the Government – the Registration & Stamps Department. CARD has been operationalized from 4-11-1998. The introduction of CARD has improved the quality of registration services as shown below.

HI-TECH CITY
(Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy City)

The Government have recognised that Information Technology can educate the people on a scale unimaginable 10 or 20 years of age empowering them to complete in the global economy, interms of industry, Research and Development, Employment and Exports and in helping the State to usher in a responsive Government.

The HITEC City is a joint venture of APIIC Limited and M/s Larsen and Tourbo Limited for providing State of the Art integrated infrastructure of IT industry which can just move in, plug in and start working. The project is being constructed in phases and the first phase of 5.8 lakh Sq.feet is completed. It has also been decided to grant exemption of Stamp Duty, transfer of Property Tax and Registration charges on the space purchased by User IT companies with HITECH City premises.

HITEC City on integrated Techno Township designed to serve the business and social needs of business organisations. The Township’s architecture and Engineering enable easy adaptation to the changes in Technology and the growth in business. HITEC City offers an earth Station, thus putting the world within easy reach. Add to this the township is in close proximity to schools, colleges and hospitals. Phase I of the project offers companies a ready-to-run business complex from day one. Companies can also construct buildings of their own design in the main city area. Truly, HITEC City will serve as a one-stop-shop solution, catering to the business activities as well as the social needs of the corporate community.

The entire project is being implemented in a phased manner covering 158 acres at a cost of Rs 1500 crores. The total builtup area proposed to be created in all the phases is around six million Sq.feet.

Software companies such as Microsoft, Metamor, Oracle, Appli Soft and Toshiba etc have purchased space in HITEC City, besides service sector firms like ICICI, Andhra Bank, Thomas Cook, Tata Tele Services, DOT, STPI etc have also purchased space in the HITEC City.

The Phase I of HITEC City was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 22-11-98 and foundation stone was laid for Phase II on the same day.

Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad:

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has launched of focussed plan to develop Hyderabad as silicon valley of India. The ambitious plan of the State Government received approbation and applause from the industry both within and outside the country. The establishment of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Gachibowli 15 Kms from Hyderabad with the participation of internationally reputed Information Technology Companies is an important milestone in this direction.

The IIIT is the first of its kind in the country which will offer under-Graduate and Post Graduated Programs, Doctorate Programs, Research and Development and Training in emerging branches of Information Technology. The IIIT will be a centre of excellence in IT, which will be industry driven, industry sponsored, self sustaining and autonomous. The State Government would provide the physical infrastructure in terms of land and buildings and will also support it till IIIT, comes in to being.

In this connection, the Government of Andhra Pradesh, leased an extent of 62 acres of land in Sy.No. 25 along with the existing buildings of 207695 Sq.ft plinth area at Gachibowli, Hyderabad for establishment of IIIT, APIIC is moulding the entire area into a beautiful campus on par with international standards. The facilities vis-à-vis buildings, data linkages, essential services etc., will be state of the art. Additional building capacity of nearly 2.00 lac Sq.ft have been added recently, besides a 288 seater boys hostel and 108 seater girls hostel are under construction.

Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) will be supported by the corporate schools which would run under the umbrella of the IIIT for the long term and short term programs in different areas of specializations such as Main frame computing operating systems, RDBMS, net work computing computer communications, telecommunications, project Management etc. Organisations such as Tata IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Metamor and Satyam Computer services have already agreed to establish their schools in IIIT and entered agreement with the Government. Discussions are at various stages with other major companies to establish their schools in IIIT.

The schools of IBM, Metamor and Oracle have already been established. IIIT itself also started of its courses of Bachelors Degree during the Academic year 1998-99.

Hyderabad International Exhibition & Convention Centre (HICON):

APIIC has proposed to establish an International Exhibition and Convention Centre at Hyderabad and the issue has been discussed in detail in SIPC /SIPB meetings.

APIIC has already taken possession of 75 Acres of Government Land in Sy.No. 41/2 of Khanamet Village, Serilingampally Mandal of R.R.District on 12-11-1997. Further, the Government vide G.O.Ms.No. 179 MA&UD (F2) Dept. Dt 22-4-1998 issued orders transferring the peninsular lip of Sanjeevaiah Park to APIIC for the establishment of Conversion Centre and the Commissioner & Spl.Officer, MCH has been requested to handover the site.

HISTORICAL PLACES

1. Charminar
Charminar is Hyderabad’s best known historical landmark. It was built in 1591 by Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah. The original Charminar a huge construction in wood representing the tomb of the Muslim saint Imam Hussain was as charm to safeguard the city against the outbreak of cholera in the late 16th century. When the epidemic subsided, the Charminar was rebuilt in stone and mortar at the same place where the original structure was built. It is an elegant rectangular edifice of four grand arches facing towards the four cardinal points. Each side of it is 100 ft and pitch of the arch is 50 ft above the ground. The minor height is 180 ft. The remarkable architecture was built under the supervision of Engineers and Architects of Arabia, Turkey, Persia and India. The teeming lanes that around the Charminar encompass one of the colourful bazaars in India. The famous Lad Bazar is also located here where the colourfully stone Bangles and other beautique are available.

2. Birla Mandir
A temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara sits on the Hill top of Kalapahad, over looking the Hussain Sagar Lake. The architecture is a balance of North and South Indian styles of Temple architecture. A breath taking view of the city can be seen from the top of the temple, a monument of grandeur and magnificence in marble.

3. Macca Masjid
Macca Masjid situated very near to Charminar. It is one of the largest and most impressive mosques in South India. A unique feature of Macca Masjid is its massive door arches and colonnades which were carved from single slab of granite. The Macca Masjid was started by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in the year 1614 and completed by the Mughal Emperor Arranges in 1687.

4. Osmania University.
The University was founded in 1917 by Sir Akbar Hydri, Home Secretary to the Nizam Government who later became Prime Minister of the State in 1934. The University was shifted to the present campus in 1939 at College of Arts. The architecture is a blend of Hindu(Ajanta) style and Perso-Arabic style. The University also has beautiful picturesque landscape garden.

5. Salarjung Museum
The world famous Salarjung Museum displays around 35,000 antiques and art objects collected by Nawab Laser Jung III, Prime Minister to the Nizam of Hyderabad reputed to the World’s largest one-man collection. The most important exhibits are Turban & Ivory chairs of Tipu Sultan, Aurangazeb’s diamond studded sword veiled statues of Rebecca and Margaret Mephistopheles.

6. Qutub Shahi Tombs
The Mausolea of Sultan of Golconda stand beside each other in silent garden about 1 km. North of the Golconda Fort. They are all similar-a square base with arch ways around and a dome on top. They are a blend of Pathan, Persian and Hindu Architecture.

7. Golconda Fort
This legendary fort once famous for its diamond market was the capital of the Qutub Shahi Kings who ruled the surrounding territories from 1518 A.D. to 1687 A.D. The fort originally belonged to the Kakatiya’s who ruled the neighbouring areas from Warangal, their capital city. They ceded it to Bahamanis, who changed its mud construction into masony from the Bahamanis, Golconda passed into the hands of their successors, the Qutub Shahis. The most remarkable feature of the fort are its acoustics, where by a clapping of hands at the entry gate can be heard at the top of the fort which is 61 meters high. Water was raised by and ingenious system through laminated clay pipes and Persian wheels to cool the roof gardens and high walled palaces.

8. Birla Planetorium
On the hill of Naubat Pahad is located India’s newest and most modern Planetorium with Japanese instrumentation. It was constructed by Birla Archaeological and Cultural Institute. It is developing into a center for astronomical studies. On this hill is built a modern science museum intended to be the best in the country.

9. Science Museum
Besides Planetorium, the second phase of the center is the large B.M. Birla Science Museum. The Science Museum highlights Science, Technology and Industry, in Confirmity with its Motto “DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF SCIENCE”. The Science Museum building which is a magnificent structure with superb interior décor covers an area of nearly 10,000 Sq.ms. One floor af about 2000 Sq.mts. houses an interactive, Science Centre, with participatory exhibits in section on perception, Mechanics, optical Illusioins, Mathematical Puzzles, Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, Vibrations and Sound, Energy and Motors, Computers and Robots, Life Sciences, Astronomy and space, Chemistry and other topics. The B.M.Birla Science Museaum was inaugurated in March, 1990. The Museaum also has an archaelogical section exhibits objects of immense interest.

10. Nehru Zoological Park
The Nehru Zoological Park sest up in 1959 is a natural habitat of all types of birds and animal species spread over 300 acres of undulating landscape. The Lion Safari Park is the first of its kind in South Asia. Inside the Zoo is a museum of Natural History, ancient life and extinct animals in reconstructed models.

11. Budda Poornima
It is a comprehensive metro Project coming up near Tank Bund. It has boating facility for a joy ride in the water of Hussain Sagar and in the midst of the lake a 60 feet statue of Lord Buddha, the tallest monolith statue, along side the Lumbini Park with star attractions of Floral Clock and Musical Fountain.

12. Public Garden
Public Garden was developed in the region of Nawab Mir Mahaboob Ali Khan Asif Jah-VI. Many changes took place during the region of H.E.H. the Nizam Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan Asif Jah-VII. The Public Garden is open to the open to the public free of charge and it is used as a recreation place by the citizens of the district. The important placesin the public garden are Health Museum, Ajanta Pavilian and Archeological Museum. The Assembly Building is also located in the Public Garden. There is also Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Auditorium at this place.

13. The Falaknuma Palace
The Falaknuma Palace is about three miles from Charminar. This palace was built by one of the three paigan chief, Nawab Sir, Viquar-ul-Umer. He sold this palace to the Nizam VI, Nawab Mir Mahboob Ali Khan at the cost of thirty five lakhs of Asif Jahi Rupees in 1897 it is regarded as one of the finest palaces in India. No building in the City of Hyderabad equals this from the point of view of architecture and design. There is a much similarity in this palace as that of king Lousis-XIV.

14. Asman Garh Palace
The palace was designed and built by Sir Osman Jah, a noble belonging to the Paigah family and one time Prime Minister of Hyderabad State. The granite turrets and arched windows of Asman Garh stand atop a hill some distance ahead of the Hyderabad TV tower. The palace now houses an archaeological museum.
13. Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park

The park is located at Vanasthalipuram, at a distance of 20 km from the city and originally the area was under the Nizam. The park was established in 1977. The flora is of dry scrub jungle with grass lands. Major plant species found here are Neem, Butea (Flame of the forest), Acacias, Bauhinias etc. apart from a variety of thorny scrub species. The park is famous for the endangered Black Buck, the state animal of Andhra Pradesh. The other species of animals commonly seen are Monitor Lizards, Mongooses, Porcupines and Hares besides a variety of Snakes. The avian fauna of the park comprises over 100 species and includes Partridges, Quails, Peacocks, Doves and birds of prey like Kites, Vultures etc. A variety of migratory birds can also be seen round the year. Short-toed Eagle is another rare species nesting in this area. This center offers audio-visual education on nature and wildlife and is supported by a good nature library. An exhibition hall displaying exhibits explaining intricate problems of wildlife conservation. Tourist facilities There are sheds for rest and observation towers for viewing the animals. A van is provided to take the visitors inside the park to see the animals from close quarters. From 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily except Mondays. The safari rides are between 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Rates of admission into Vanasthali in departmental van or mini bus are Rs.5/- per adult and Rs.3.00 per child. The best season to visit is Throughout the year Wildlife Warden, Wildlife Investigation, Aranya Bhavan, Saifabad, Hyd-4 Range officer of Mahaveer Harina Vanastali National Park. Tel: 25502180

15. Shilparamam
Shilparamam is an arts and crafts village showcasing various art forms and handicrafts of various artists from all over the State. Shilparamam plays host to myrid traditions of arts and crafts of the country. The annual All-India Festival of Arts and Crafts held here in February brings to the limelight the cultural and artistic traditions from every nook and corner of the country and is a unique opportunity to take home a piece of India. Potential buyers can come and pick up objects of art directly from the artisans without having to deal with middlemen. At Shilparamam, every season brings with it the mood of festivity and an occasion to celebrate. Here Indian festivals are celebrated in the most traditional way and unique festivals bring together talents from the world over. At the heart of this picturesque crafts village, designed along the natural slopes, is the amphitheatre where performances ranging from classical music concerts and dances to contemporary English plays are staged. Further inside is the boating facility with both peddling and rowing boats. Shiparamam is a perfect place to take a day off from the busy city life. How to reach: Shilparamam is about 25 km from Hyderabad railway station and 31 km from Hyderabad bus station. Located at Madhapur, it is easily accessible by road and well connected by public transport.

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