Abids circle with the Nehru statue, and the GPO in the background
|Metro||Hyderabad Metropolitan Region|
|Named for||Albert Abid|
|• Official||Telugu, Urdu|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Hyderabad|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Khairtabad|
Abids 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 TSFC, and the President Plaza are located here. A very wide variety of businesses are located here, unlike most markets which are known for specializing in a certain trade. This area's importance has increased because of its close proximity to Nampally Railway Station.
This area had a shop known as Abid's belonging to a Jewish merchant known as Albert Abid, a valet of Nizam VI of Hyderabad state, hence the area came to be known as Abids. Albert Abid left for England, but as per another version the area got its name after a shop run by Abid Evans. In 1939, the store was demolished and a cinema known as "Palace Talkies" was build in its place. Later in 1980s this theatre was also demolished and a new structure built in its place. Now this space is occupied by Big Bazaar
Today the whole area is one of the main shopping centres in the city and the main street is known as Abids Road. The General Post Office or GPO headquarters is located in this area. The major businesses are hotels and shops for textiles, clothing, jewelry, footwear, and electronics. BSNL, the largest telecommunications provider in the city, has its headquarters located here. The GHMC office is also located here, situated adjacent to the GPO.
The famous Jagdish market, a bustling grey market for mobiles and electronics, is also located here.
The area is a major business hub and has lots of restaurants for travellers interested in the businesses that serve Hyderabad and several government departments. Palace Heights,The Taj Mahal Hotel and Grand Hotel are the best restaurants in Abids.
Some famous temples are located here especially on the Nampally & Abids road, such as the Hanuman Temple, Hyderabad and ISKCON, Hyderabad, which are considered to be heritage sites.[dubious ]
Through colonialism and missionary work, many English medium schools were established in the area.
List of Schools
- Stanley Girls High School
- St. George's Grammar School
- Little Flower High School
- Rosary Convent High School
- All Saints High School
- Nazareth High School
- Slate the School
- St. John's Grammar School
The Abids 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 TSRTC buses to Ghatkesar, Kothi, Nampally, Dilsukhnagar and other areas of the city.
The closest MMTS train station is located a kilometer away at the Nampally railway station. Other public modes of transport such as auto-rickshaws and taxis are found aplenty as they keep shuttling between this area and other areas of the city.
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