Skill, capacity, talent, ability, efficiency, education, general knowledge, wealth, status, high caste birth or any such endowment is partial, while culture is of the whole. Culture characterizes a particular people having different religious faiths. Hinduism is the most ancient or the Sanatan Dharma that prescribes worshiping gods in different forms while Islam believes in formless singular God. The fusion of all the religious faiths gives rise to Ananta-Allah-Om-Wahi that could be witnessed at Hyderabad, the 400 year old city that has rich historical, cultural and monumental background.
Hyderabad is of particular interest to those having the craze and curiosity to go deeper into the history and culture of a place. Opening the pages of history of Hyderabad, one will find that it was a part of the empire of Ashoka, the Great who after accepting Buddhism became the harbinger of peace and humanity. Hyderabad has clear traces of Buddhism. The culture of Hyderabad has been mingled with the influences of the contemporary ruling dynasties such as the Ikshvakus, Kakativas, Qutub Shais, Mughals, Nizams and the British.
Hyderabad finds its name recorded in the Guinness Book of World Record for having the largest production of films. Popularly known as Tollywood, Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad attracts large number of movie lovers who get the opportunity to find ‘what happens behind the large celluloid screen’. Besides for movies, tourists come to Hyderabad for enjoying the charm of the Carnatic music and Kuchipudi dance.
Hyderabad is best known for its ‘Biriyani’ and shopping facilities for items like pearls, bridal wears, jewelry, glass-wares and stone-studded bangles. They may visit any of the shopping centers such as Begumpet, Sultan Bazar, Ameerpet Laad Bazar or Baseerbagh. The varieties, qualities and prices of international brand goods are facilities tourists can avail. The omnipresent dosas, idlis and vadas of Udipi and Tamil Nadu cuisinea are the eateries that must be tested.
Hyderabad has everything to carter to the needs of a curious and prudent visitor that come in the shapes of monuments, lakes, parks, resorts, museums, cuisines, the culture and the most of all; ‘a hospitable populace’.
Those interested in monuments may visit the Charminar, Mecca Masjeed and Golconda Fort, Qutub Sahi Tomb, Birla Planetarium, Chow Mohalla Palace, Durgam Cheruvu, and Chilkur Balaji temple. . The Charminar is the signature of Hyderabad with four majestic minars of height 48.7 maters each. A mosque inside has 45 spaces for prayer. The Fateh Rahben Gun located at the topmost location of the Golconda fort, surrounded by wide walls stand mute witness wars, victories and royal debacles in the past.
Those interested in art and antiques may visit the A.P State Archaeological Museum and the Nizam’s Silver Jubilee Museum, Jubilee Hall, Jawahar Baal Bhawan and Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranam. Besides, a spectacle of nature could be had at the KBR National park, Public garden and Nehru Zoological Park at Hyderabad.
Visitors may have participation in any of the festive occasions such as Deccan Festival during February, Bakrid or Id-uz-Zoha, Ugadi, Ramzan, Diwali or the Lumbini Festival at Hyderabad.
A culturally rich Hyderabad holds the visitors glued to their schedules chalked out in their well-planned itinerary.