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Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Between northern and southern India, Hyderabad has a rich history and multi-lingual culture, and has boasted peaceful coexistence of Mulsims and Hindus.

Hyderabad is famous world over for its fabulous Diamond markets, glass embedded bangles and the delectable Hyderabadi cuisine. It has a Hindu – Muslim culture with a number of monuments of historical importance. Legend says that in 1589 Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutub Shahi dynasty founded a new city along the banks of river Musi for his ladylove, Bhagmati. The city was then called Bhagyanagar. Later when Bhagmati entered the royal family, she was honored with the title Hyder Mahal. And Bhagyanagar became Hyderabad.

Places to see in Hyderabad:

Golconda Fort
This fort, originally built by the Kakatiyas, the rulers of the neighboring state, was made with mud. Later, the Shahis converted it into a marvelous piece of architecture using advanced acoustics wherein sound signals could pass from the entrance of the fort to the top without the use of any electric gadgets. There is a sound and light show in the evening which is quiet popular.

Charminar
It is the principal landmark of Hyderabad. In 1591, Mohamed Quli Qutub Shah built Charminar to commemorate the end of a devastating epidemic. Charminar, which means four towers, stands 56m high and 30m wide creating four arches facing each of cardinal points.

Salar Jung Museum
A major attraction for art lovers, Salar Jung Museum was put together by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III), the Prime Minister of Nizam Osman Ali Khan. One of the largest private collections in the world that covers exhibits from every part of the world, the museum has over 35,000 items comprising of wood carvings, sculptures, Persian miniature paintings, weaponry and a library of 50000 books.

Birla Mandir
As the name indicates, Birla Trust in 1976 constructed the temple. Built with white Rajastani marble, the temple is located on Kalabahad, one of the twin rocky hills overlooking the south end of Hussain Sagar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is a replica of Venkateshwara temple at Tirupati.

Qutub Shahi Tombs
The royal cemetery of the Qutub Shahi kings lies about 2km from the Golconda Fort. The tombs are a scattered group of large domes and terraces. Perhaps this is the only place in the world where one can see so many tombs in one place. All the Qutub Shahi kings except Abdul Hassan Tana Shah who died in captivity in Daulatabad are buried here. These graceful domed tombs are surrounded by landscaped gardens.

Hyderabad Fair & Festivals:

Deccan Festivals
The deccan festival highlights Hyderabad’s arts, crafts, culture and cusine. This festival also includes a Pearls and Bangles fair and a food fair. Cultural programs, food stalls arts and craft shops etc. are also organized.

Lumbini Festival
This festival is organized to celebrate the Buddhist Heritage of Andra Pradesh. The festival is celebrated in Nagarjunasagar and Hyderabad for three days from 2nd Friday of December every year.

Ugadi
This native New Year comes soon after the celebration of ‘holy’ in April-May. Spring is considered as the first season of this native New Year of Andra.

Vinayak Chaturthi
The day is celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm throughout the country, because on that day Lord Ganesh was born. Every year the largest Ganesh Idol is installed at Khairatbad in Hyderabad that is taller than thirty feet. On the 11th day of celebration, processions converge at Hussain Sager Lake. The ten-day Ganesh festival concludes with the immersion of Ganesh idols in the lake.

Climate:

Summer
March – June, Temperatures hit 40 degrees celsius. Sunstroke is common. Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen.

Monsoon
July- September. Usually it doesn’t rain much, but occasionally you get thunderstorms.

Winter
October – February, Average 8 degrees celsius. Sometimes bitingly cold, but mostly pleasant.

How to get there:

Air
Has international airport.

Rail
Being headquarter of South Central Railway, Well connected from all major cities of India.

Road
Hyderbad, being Capital city is well conected by Road from all major cities in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra and Orissa.

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Do you have any upcoming plan for spending your holidays in Spain? So you must have chocked out a plan for where to visit or not. When you go there you are very keen to visit some of the several fiestas, which form the center of attraction. Some of the out of the blue places are described in this article.

1. Sanfermines A visitor going to Spain is all familiar with the World famous event, which in English is known as “Running of the Bulls”. On July 7th of every year in Pamplona, takes place the Festival of San Fermin for a week. Spanish men like to elude the bulls wearing customary white shirt and red sash. In Tudela (July 24th – 28th), Estella (first Saturday in August), Tafalla (August 20th – 25th), and Sanguesa (September 11th – 17th) same event takes place but in smaller dimension.

2. Feria de Abril One must not ignore the Flamenco dancing taking place at Seville every April. In the new form of the festival it is flamenco paradise, complete with sherry wine tasting and Tapas all through the evenings, which originally was a cattle market. During this lively event most of the Running of the Bulls takes place.

3. Semana Santa The priest made the zeal of Christ more comprehensive to the common mass in the Easter weekend in the 16th century. Parishioners chanting and cheering for their respective church, a long, complex procession of people playing out the characters in the story, and thousands of spectators would be seen by the visitors during this time.

4. Las Fallas de San José Visitors will see 10 days of cardboard constructions being burnt to the ground on the last day of the festival fireworks, more of bullfights, and a lot of flamenco dancing and attires during the Valencia celebration of springtime.

5. Ceremonia del Tributo de las tres Vacas “Three Cow Tribute Ceremony” is the English translation of the festival. Every year the town’s dignitaries dress up in medieval gowns on July 13th and can be seen by the visitors; this ceremony dates back to 1375. People of Piedra San Martin are given three cows showing tribute to French inhabitants of the Baretous valley.

6. Travel Spain: Day of Inmaculada From singing traditional song fraternities from all over Spain, to the statue of the Virgin Inmaculada in Seville, which is a late night festivity. Danza de los Seises always happens in the cathedral, it is a dance comprised completely of children who are also dressed in medieval gear next morning on December 7th.

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Clinton Maxwell published predominantly for http://www.alicante-spain.com , a web page with information about living . His comments on Living in Spain are found on his website .