Hyderabad, a city known for its rich heritage, enormous monuments, their own version of the Hindi language and the Hyderabadi biryani! For years Hyderabad has been a hub for trade and commerce along with being an exotic destination for tourists all over pouring in to savour the beautiful architecture and be mesmerised by numerous artificial lakes.
Hyderabad not only gained its popularity because of rich and intriguing history but also because of the development in the medical and IT sphere. With many prestigious medical, engineering and business institutes set up, Hyderabad has witnessed a tremendous growth as a city.
If you are planning to move to Hyderabad or just planning a short visit, here are few things you should definitely know about the city and what makes Hyderabad truly stand out.
- Hyderabadi Hindi
Hyderabadis definitely do know how to add their own very flavour even if it is to an existing language. The Hindi spoken in the city draws heavily on Urdu and to an extent on Telugu vocabulary. A person unfamiliar with the language might have some initial difficulty communicating with vendors and auto-wallahs because Hyderabadi is significantly different from regular Hindi. Par hallu hallu tum bhi inlogon tarah boltey Miya!
- Artificial and Natural Lakes
Hyderabad is a home to many natural and artificial lakes that gives a much-required change from the hustle of the city. Situated on the Deccan plateau enabled the construction of multiple lakes in ancient times that served as reservoirs to store water. Some of the most famous lakes in Hyderabad are Hussain Sagar Lake, Osman Sagar Lake, Durgam Cheruvu, Shamirpet Lake and so on.
- World’s Largest 3D Imax Screen
The city’s Prasad’s IMAX has the world’s largest 3D IMAX screen. Prasad’s multiplex remains the city’s most preferred movie theatre and has attracted more than 80 million visitors till date. Movies like Inferno, Avatar, Spider-Man 3 and the Harry Potter series have had the highest audience in Hyderabad’s IMAX.
- Charminar was built for a cause
right after Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah transferred his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad a plague broke out as an epidemic. He promised to consecrate a monument while offering prayers to the Almighty (Allah) in order to save his new capital from the plague. While most of the historic monuments in India were built by the kings, sultans, rulers and emperors as mementoes of their victory in battles. The Charminar in Hyderabad is an exception to it.
- The birthplace of Koh-i-Noor Diamond
Hyderabad State in British India was the origin of the world famous Koh-i-Noor diamond, which travelled from India to England via Lahore. The diamond adorned the crowns of many kings in India and queens in England. It dazzled Shah Jahan’s Peacock Throne, Queen Victoria’s brooch and Queen Alexandria’s crown. Koh-i-Noor was in the treasure of the Golkonda Fort during the Kakatiya Dynasty in the 13th century before it was embezzled and possessed by the rulers of the next dynasties and empires.
- The flavour of Hyderabadi Biryani
Hyderabad borrowed Biryani from the Mughal cuisine when Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was in the Deccan for a long period. Hyderabad mixed its own flavour with the Mughal Biryani before introducing the delicacy to the kitchens of the Nizams. Thus the Hyderabadi Biryani came to exist in as many as 149 varieties, which used to be cooked in the era of the Nizams.
So while you’re in the city of Nawabs don’t’ forget the mesmerising monuments, finger licking biryanis and the serene lakes to call it a day. If you are planning to move to Hyderabad here are few tips for you to make your move swift and hassle free.
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