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Hyderabad or Hyderābād (హైదరాబాదు in Telugu, حیدر آباد in Urdu) is the capital and the most populous city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh / Telangana. It is the 6th largest metropolis in India. It is known for its rich history and culture with monuments, mosques, temples, and a rich and varied heritage in arts, crafts and dance. The city is home to the world's largest film studio, the Ramoji Film City, as well as the second largest film industry in the country, the Telugu Film Industry known popularly as Tollywood. Hyderabad and Secunderabad, its twin city, make up the new IT and bio-technology hub in India.

The city has grown over the centuries on both banks and is now a metropolitan area that spreads out from the Musi river. Hyderabad was founded as Bhagyanagar on the banks of Musi river by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, in 1590; this relocation was intended to relieve a water shortage the dynasty had experienced at their old headquarters at Golkonda.

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The Golconda Fort (or Golkonda), Telugu గోల్కొండ, is a ruined city of south-central India and capital of ancient Kingdom of Golkonda (c. 1364–1512). Situated west of Hyderabad, was Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah Wali, the fourth Qutb king. It was the capital and fortress city of the Qutb Shahi kingdom, near Hyderabad. The city was home to one of the most powerful Muslim sultanates in the region and was the center of a flourishing diamond trade. Golkonda was once renowned for the diamonds found on the southeast and cut in the city. At that time, had the only known diamond mines in the world. Some known diamonds of Golkonda are the Koh-i-noor, the Hope Diamond and the Regent Diamond. The fortresses consists of four distinct forts with a 10 km long outer wall with 87 semi-circular bastions; some still mounted with cannons, eight gateways, four drawbridges and number of royal apartments & halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables…, inside.The architectural grandeur of the magnificent monumental edifice is unmatched in beauty, which it has preserved brilliantly despite being more than four centuries old. Built on a granite hill (120 metres in height), the entire massive fort is the best possible example of architectural planning and its magnificence.
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The Abids commercial area is one of the older business districts of Hyderabad.
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The Abids commercial area is one of the older business districts of Hyderabad.

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Secunderabad About this sound pronunciation  (Telugu: సికింద్రాబాద్) is the twin city of Hyderabad and the two cities are popularly called Twin cities. In common parlance however, Secunderabad is seldom used these days outside the twin cities. The city of Secunderabad which was once said to be modern compared to its twin during the Nizam rule, has grown tremendously over the years to catch up with the metropolis of Hyderabad. The cities present different fusion of cultures with Secunderabad having developed under direct British rule until 1948, and the city of Hyderabad, as the capital of a princely state. It was founded in the 18th century as a cantonment, and has a large army and Air force presence to this date. Today, the Secunderabad Cantonment is the largest among the 62 cantonments in India. Named after Sikandar Jah, the third Nizam of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, till recently Secunderabad had its own municipality and city government. Sir Ronald Ross conducted his initial research on the cause of malaria in the city of Secunderabad. Secunderabad Railway Station is the largest station serving the city and also the headquarters of South Central Railway zone of the Indian Railways.

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Golkonda used to be the world's leading source of diamonds before the discovery of African diamond mines?.


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Old City, Hyderabad

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The Old City, Hyderabad, is a walled city of Hyderabad, India, located on the banks of the Musi River built by Qutb Shahi sultan Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 AD. It remained the royal seat of the nizam of Hyderabad until the end of the reign of the last nizam, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII (r. [clarification needed] 1911–1948). Named after Hyder Mahal, wife of the ruler Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah, Hyderabad takes pride in its possession of magnificent antiquated structures, domical mosques, and monuments (r. [clarification needed] 1580–1611).

As the historical region of Hyderabad, the old city contains many landmark buildings, including Charminar (literally "Four Minarets"), a structure built on the spot where Quli Qutb Shah prayed for the end to a plague epidemic.

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Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy (8 July 1949 – 2 September 2009), popularly known as YSR, is the former chief minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He was born at Jammalamadugu Mission Hospital near Pulivendula to Y. S. Raja Reddy and Jayamma. He graduated with a degree in medical science from Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College (MRMC), Gulbarga University, Karnataka, and completed his house surgeonship at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. He was the elected leader of house surgeons association at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati. From 1980 to 1983 he was a minister holding important attributions related to rural development, medical health and education. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kadapa constituency four times and was elected to the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly six times from Pulivendula constituency. Reddy was the leader of the opposition in the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly for five years. During mid-summer of 2003, he led a 1400 km long paadayaatra (journey by foot), covering some of the backward areas in the state to understand the ground realities and living conditions of the people there. He was elected as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh by the Legislature party of the Indian National Congress in the May 2004 election and remained as chief minister until his tragic death of helicopter crash in September 2009.
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