Hyderabad: The City of Pearls!

Hyderabad -The City-of-Pearls

The capital of Telangana, Hyderabad, is the sixth most populated city in India and is home to a crowded multicultural society. Hyderabad is popularly known as the “City of Pearls” and the “City of Nizams”. The culture of Hyderabad is a diverse one. Not only does it have an amalgamation of different cultures, but Hyderabad also boasts of a rich cultural heritage too.

Hyderabad has been the center of a vibrant historical legacy, ever since its inception by the Qutub Shahi dynasty, to be later on conquered by the Asaf Jahi dynasty, it came to be known as the “city of Nizams”.

The city is known for its opulent heritage, with a wide array of mosques, churches, temples, monuments, historic places, food, and the arts. The influence of this vast royal past shines even today in the culture of Hyderabad iconic architectural structures such as Charminar and Golkonda Fort which stand as testaments to the city’s glorious history.

golconda-fort-Image
golconda-fort-Image


Hyderabad has developed a culture that is distinctly a mixture of both Muslim and Hindu traditions, the locals of the town are referred to as
Hyderabadis. It has acquired the moniker ‘City of Pearls in India’ due to its booming pearl processing and trading industry that has been supplying the finest of pearl jewelry to India and the rest of the world for more than 400 years.

Language

The official court language of the royals of Hyderabad was Urdu. Telugu has been another popular spoken language in Hyderabad for centuries and also serves as the native language of Telangana. The population of Hyderabad speaks other languages as well making Hyderabad, a truly cosmopolitan city.

Festivals

A truly cosmopolitan city resulted in many festivals being celebrated on a grand scale all over Hyderabad such as Dusshera, Ramzan, Eid, Christmas, Diwali, and Navaratri. The Deccan Festival is an important event and is held in Hyderabad annually.

Cuisine

Hyderabad is mostly popular for its delectable flavors, with a profound use of desi ghee, dry fruits, meats, and spices. People are proud of their ‘Irani Chai’ (tea), Hyderabadi Biryani,’ Double Ka Meetha’, ‘Mirchi Ka Salan’, ‘Lukhmi’, ‘Naancut Biscuits’ and ‘Haleem’. A perfect blend of Mughal, Nawabi, and Andhra cuisine, the food in Hyderabad is a paradise for all.

 

Irani-Chai-image
Irani-Chai-image


Arts and crafts

Bharatanatyam-dance
Bharatanatyam-dance

Kathak, a popular dance form, whose inception was in the courts of the Mughals and Nawabs, is the most famous dance form in the city, followed by Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, and Odissi.

salar-jung-museum
Salar-Jung-museum

If you love paintings, regular exhibitions at the various arts and cultural centers in Hyderabad will give you a whiff of typical Nawabi styled portraits and contemporary paintings.

The Nizams applied the European style of architecture in some of the palaces. North Indian architectural styles are also visible in some buildings one example of this is the Birla Mandir, which is a magnificent Hindu temple of Lord Venkateshwara

Cinema

Ramoji-Film-City
Ramoji-Film-City

Tollywood the most significant Telugu film industry in the world. Hyderabad has Ramoji Film City, which is the largest integrated film city in Telangana. Ramoji Film City Guinness World Record for most massive studio complex in the world. It is spread across 2000 acres.

It is a popular tourist destination, also has an attraction for tourists including an amusement park. It is the major film production center in Hyderabad and also hosts some of the most prominent film festivals in India


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