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Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities) Our Beautiful Cities

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Last updated on August 1, 2020

Hyderabad and Secunderabad (Twin Cities)  Few Vital Information

Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities is now part and parcel of my life.  Though I am born and brought up in Kerala, one of the southern states in India, I am replanted to this city almost 36 years back.  Yes, as I said, now I am part and parcel of this BIG city called Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities)

Thirty-six years after now when I look back, I can see the tremendous growth/developments taken place in the city in the recent past.

Here is a glance of this city’s history:

Until it became a state of India in 1950 it was an independent nation.  In 1956 India reorganized its states and divided Hyderabad among the states of Bombay (Gujarat and Maharashtra), Mysore (Now Karnataka), and Andhra Pradesh.

Golconda Fort –  In Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities) 

Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad

Hyderabad was part of the Mogul Empire from 1687 to 1724. Then a Mogul viceroy (governor) made it independent.  During 1800 Britain gained Hyderabad’s foreign affairs.  The NIzam’s (rulers) of Hyderabad were famous for being the richest people in the world.  Though they were Muslims, four-fifths of their subjects were Hindus.


When India was partitioned in 1947 Nizam refused to join either Pakistan or India. Clashes followed between Muslims and Hindus.  In 1948 India set up a military government in Hyderabad.  When the Hyderabad state was partitioned, Hyderabad City became the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities)


Charminar- Hyderabad and Secunderabad (Twin Cities) 

Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities)
Image Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle Daily Newspaper Secunderabad

It has several historical monuments, and Charminar is one among them and it was built in 1591. The building has four minarets (towers) and four arches through which the main streets of the city pass.

The city of Charminar is one of the biggest trading centers, for textiles, guns, glassware, paper, flour, railway cars, etc.

Hyderabad is the capital and largest city of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.  Andhra Pradesh (Now, after the bifurcation it is the capital of Telangana State).

Hyderabad occupies 650 square kilometers on the banks of the Musi River. Hyderabad has an estimated population of 8.7 million with a population density of 18,480 people per square kilometer (47,000/sq mi It is founded in 1589, by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah the ruler of the Qutab Shahi Dynasty.

Hyderabad and Secunderabad (Twin Cities) 

Twin Cities: Though Hyderabad and Secunderabad are two cities and is known as the twin cities.  The name Secunderabad is rarely used outside,  it is known or called as twin cities.

Secunderabad’s history runs parallel to that of Hyderabad, with some scholars claiming that its origin was technically established back to the time when Hyderabad was also formed.

Hussain Sagar,  a man-made beautiful lake built during the reign of  Qutub Shahis in the 16th century, separates Secunderabad from Hyderabad.  In spite of the close connections between the two, though, both cities have a  mixture of cultures, with Secunderabad having fully developed under a direct British rule while Hyderabad has been a princely state ruled by the Nizams.

Some scenes captured from Hyderabad and Secunderabad (Twin Cities)  

Below are some of the images captured on a mobile, by the blog author P V Ariel

Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities)
A Road Side Fruit Vendor From Sainikpuri, Secunderabad
An aerial view of famous General Bazar, Secunderabad
Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities)
A busy lane in General Bazar, Secunderabad
Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities)
A Scene from Sainikpuri Secunderabad
Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities)
A view from Tankbund Secunderabad


Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities)
A little girl accompanying her father in his business
Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities)
A view from the banks of Musi river, near Charminar Hyderabad

Secunderabad And Twin Cities

Secunderabad was established in the 18th century when Hyderabad was under the reign of the third Nizam of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, Sikandar Jah. It was founded in order to station the French and, subsequently, the British troops back when the British and the French established their hold over India.
Secunderabad holds one of the chief British military stations in India and as of now is the headquarters of the 9th Division of the Southern Army.
Secunderabad also includes Bolaram, the former military station of the Hyderabad contingent, which has now been merged in the Indian army, and Trimulgherry, the artillery military station that, today, is now a well-developed suburban part of the city.  In 2007, Secunderabad celebrated its 200th year of formation.

The Muslim community in Hyderabad constitutes about  40% of the total population.  In the whole of Telangana State, Hyderabad has the largest Muslim population, their presence is felt strongly in the old city of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad population is also constituted of Christian groups of different denominations are found in the city, though at a very small scale,  you can see a good number of churches throughout the city. The prominent ones are situated in Hyderabad’s  Abids area and Secunderabad.

Also, there are a good number of  Christian educational institutions are scattered all over Hyderabad and Secunderabad cities.

Apart from Telugu speaking people a large number of the population is Tamilians (or Mudaliars) and they have managed to maintain their distinct identity across the centuries.

Malayalees (Keralites) Bengalees, Kannadigas, the business communities of Marwaris, and parses are also settled in different parts of these beautiful cities.

The headquarters of the Indian Railways’ South Central Railway is situated in Secunderabad. The oldest and largest railway station in the Twin Cities, the Secunderabad Railway Station, is in this city. Telugu, Hindi, Urdu, and English are the main languages of communication of the Hyderabad population.

Watch this latest video made by using the latest technology.  A lovely one to get the full view of my lovely city.  Never seen the beauty of Hyderabad City…

A Must Watch Video To Get A Clear Picture Of Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities)

Video Credit YouTube/ HYBIZTV-  


Hyderabad And Secunderabad (Twin Cities) The Worst Traffic System

Though Hyderabad’s glory is at its highest peak there is a sad part too.  The traffic system in this city is one of the worst; one can find the most terrible traffic system here in Hyderabad and Secunderabad (Twin Cities).

Watch the following videos to get a glimpse of the worst Traffic system in Hyderabad

The latest report says that  “The population under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits is all set to cross the one crore mark by this year-end of which the electorate will be around 70 lakh. This was disclosed by election commissioner H S Brahma recently.

As per the 2011 census, the urban population of Hyderabad city was more than 77 lakh. The population of Greater Hyderabad urban conglomeration was estimated to be above 91 lakh. The population of the state is 8.7 crore and is set to cross the 9 crore mark by the end of this year with 5.81 crore voters. (A news report from The Times of India).

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Last updated on April 09, 2019.

Published on: Apr 9, 2013 @ 18:38

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  1. It’s crazy how much cities change over time. India seems like such an interesting country with so much beauty. I hope to visit there one day.

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    April 10, 2013
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      April 18, 2014
  2. Tina

    Nice to learn a bit (quite a bit!) about where you live. Great pictures and videos. Thanks for sharing, Philip!

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    April 10, 2013
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  4. Ann P
    Ann P

    Hi you wrote about our lovely city,
    hey hey hey
    Keep it up
    Thanks for sharing

    April 11, 2013
  5. Vashishtha Kapoor
    Vashishtha Kapoor

    Nice and wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing such beautiful scenes of the natural Hyderabad’s and Secunderabad’s Beauty.
    I really like all scenes portrayed here. It really looks like your’s is a very lovely city.
    If possible I’ll visit in my life. I also wish to meet all the bloggers in their city.
    Thanks for updating this post and letting me know about it.
    I know I am over excited, but the pictures and the write-ups about your city have made me that excited.
    Thanks for sharing. Keep sharing!
    Have a Good Evening
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  6. Riya

    Very valuable information you shared about the twin cities. Great share, it really helped me to know more about the erstwhile kingdom of Nizams.
    I personally absolutely really enjoyed by reading this information about Twin Cities.
    You have done a fantastic job. Keep it up and keep sharing more such valuable posts to your readers. I will come again to read more.

    April 11, 2019
  7. The Masters
    The Masters

    It is true both cities are very beautiful.
    Both cities are related to our history.
    A well-presented post about Nizam’s city!
    Thanks for sharing.

    April 11, 2019
  8. Yogesh Kannam
    Yogesh Kannam

    Thanks for sharing this great information.
    My great grand father is from Hyderabad city also known as the city of Nizams. Thanks for sharing such a lot of information with lovey scenes from the coty. I appreciate your efforts is posting the history of a week known city!
    Keep sharing.

    April 19, 2019
  9. Fariah Ahsan Rasha
    Fariah Ahsan Rasha

    Hey Mr. Philip Verghese, thanks for sharing nice information about Hyderabad and Secunderabad. I knew a little about this two-place but through your post, I learn more.

    Can you please tell me more about Secunderabad? it will be grateful for me because I have a plan to take a tour on India next year.

    July 4, 2020

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