Abids

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Abids
Abids
అబిడ్స్
neighbourhood
Abids circle with the Nehru statue, and the GPO in the background
Abids circle with the Nehru statue, and the GPO in the background
Abids is located in Andhra Pradesh
Abids
Abids
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 17°23′35″N 78°28′23″E / 17.393°N 78.473°E / 17.393; 78.473Coordinates: 17°23′35″N 78°28′23″E / 17.393°N 78.473°E / 17.393; 78.473
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Hyderabad
Metro Hyderabad
Government
 • Body GHMC
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 500 001
Lok Sabha constituency Hyderabad
Vidhan Sabha constituency Khairtabad
Planning agency GHMC

Abids (Telugu: అబిడ్స్) or Abid Shop (Telugu: అబిద్ షాప్) is a major commercial center in Hyderabad, India. Abids is well known as it is the oldest and most famous business area in Hyderabad. The state government building APSFC, and the President Plaza are located here. A very wide variety of businesses are located here, unlike most markets which are known for specialising in a certain trade. This area's importance has increased because of its close proximity to Nampally Railway Station.

History[edit]

The area had a shop belonging to Abid ali sahab,a nawab of Nizam VI of Hyderabad state, hence the area came to be known as Abid shop.

Commerce[edit]

Today the whole area is one of the main shopping centres in the city and the main street is known as Abid Road. The General Post Office or GPO headquarters is located in this area. Major businesses are textiles/clothing shops, hotels, jewellery, footwear stores and electronics. BSNL, the largest telecommunications provider in the city, has its headquarters located here. The famous Jagdish market, which is well known due to the many custom notified shops that existed in the area, and is now a bustling grey market for mobiles and electronics, is also located here. The GHMC office is also located here, situated adjacent to the GPO. The old Taj Mahal hotel is a major udupi restaurant set up in early 60s.

Some of the popular shops and establishments situated here today are Samasthan Gadwal Handloom Centre, Hollywood Footwear, G. Pulla Reddy Sweets, Taj Mahal Hotel, Palace Heights Restaurant, YOUDAN Computers, John's Bakery, Cherma's, Grand Restaurant and Lodging, Metro Footwear, Bulchand Jewellers, F.D. Khan Textiles, Meena Bazaar, Bata Footwear, A.A. Hussain & Co., Abdul Razzack & Sons Pharmacy, Nizamia, Aziz Company, Hindustan Leathers and Hina Pen and Stationary Store.

The area is a major business hub and has lots of hotels for travellers interested in the businesses that serve Hyderabad and several government departments.

Culture[edit]

Missionaries used to visit this place and have brought with them the English system of education. They have set up schools and have brought early education to the citizens. Their sacrifices have seen the development of the region educationally.

Some famous Temples are located here especially on the Nampally & Abids road, such as the Hanuman Temple, Hyderabad ISKCON, Hyderabad, which are considered to be heritage sites.

Education[edit]

It has some of the best known and oldest schools in the whole city. Namely, Stanley Girls High School, Methodist School, St. George's Grammar School, Little Flower High School, St. John's Grammar school, Rosary Convent High School, All Saints High School, Seventh-Day Adventist High School etc.

Transport[edit]

The Abid Road is an arterial road of the city, connecting parts of the old city to the new and also to Hyderabad's twin city - Secunderabad via Tank Bund Road. Abids is well connected by state run buses to Ghatkesar, Koti, Nampally, Dilsukhnagar and other areas of the city.

The closest MMTS Train station is located a kilometre away at the Nampally railway station. Other public modes of transport such as autos and taxis are found aplenty as they keep shuttling between this area and other areas of the city.

Shopping[edit]

  • MPM mall which is the city's first shopping mall is located in Abids.
  • New Marketing complex situated on Tilak Road in Abids

Shop for sarees, leathers goods, jewelery, and other special souvenirs

  • Mubarak Bazaar

Ideal for shopping for women clothing, accessories, shoes and custom tailoring

Offices[edit]

  • Insurance Office (Tilak Road)
  • Directorate of State Audit (Insurance Building, Tilak Road)

External links[edit]

  • "Abids, the Heart of Hyderabadis" - The Hindu 7th Oct, 2012 [1]
  • "Proud heritage of Abids in a state of neglect" - Postnoon 23 July 2012 [2]