Hyderabad, among the largest metropolis of India and the state capital of Andhra Pradesh, has the atmosphere of an Arabian Nights fairy tale with elegant palaces, erstwhile stately homes and crowded bazaars. Hyderabad is attached to its twin city, Secunderbad. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderbad are separated by the Husain Sagar, an artificial lake.
The palaces and buildings, houses and tenements, gardens and streets
have a history and an architectural individuality of their own, which
makes Hyderabad a city of enchantment. Hyderabad has rich history and
culture with monuments, mosques, temples, a rich and varied heritage in
arts, crafts and dance. The city's important landmarks include
Charminar, a 16th century gateway, the Salar Jung Museum which exhibits
priceless treasures alongside trivia that made up the personal
collection of the owner, Mecca Mosque and Golconda Fort. Nagarjunakonda
is the site of ongoing excavations which have revealed Buddhist
temples, stupas and monasteries.