Hyderabad, with its twin city Secunderabad, presents a fine picture of Muslim and Hindu cultural co-existence, a convergence of the past and present as well as the coming together of north and south India in its population, monuments, modern buildings, bazaars and way of life. Hyderabad is also known as "the land of nawabs". The Nawabs are the royal people of Hyderabad. It is a multi-lingual state. The state language is Telugu and the language used for trade and commerce is generally English but the Hyderabadis generally speak Urdu. The city of Hyderabad is famous for pearls and the oldest shopping Center known as the lad (Lord) Bazaar (bazaar of Lac bangles). Hyderabad is fast emerging as the fifth metropolitan city in India offering large growth opportunities. The city is highly cosmopolitan, and is endowed with a variety of cultures. The city is equally modern with sophisticated five star hotels & hospitals, shopping centers, fast food joints and entertainment facilities. The Hyderabadi cuisine is famous for its royal dishes such as the Hyderabadi Biryani, Sheekh Kabab, Bagara-Baigan, Dum-ka-Ghosht etc….
This old and culturally rich city is now fast emerging as the center for all Computers related activities in India. It has been selected by the Microsoft Corporation to have its only software development center outside USA. The city is also coming up with a Information Technology Park near the out skirts (Madhapur, Jubilee Hills) called the Hi-tech City. It is also rapidly growing the field of Entertainment. After Bombay, Hyderabad is emerging as a center of activities related to the Film Industry. Some of the largest film studios are Annapurna Studio, Ramakrishna Studio, Film City etc. The city presents an attractive amalgamation of ancient & modern architecture to name, a few which are great attractions for the tourists: Charminar, Golconda Fort, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Salarjung Museum, Falaknuma Palace, Mecca Masjid, Hussain Sagar (Tank Bund), Lumbini Park, Public Gardens (Bagh-e-aam), Naubat Pahad, Birla Mandir, Birla Planetarium, Purani Haveli, Nehru Zoological Park, Osmania University, Film City, Hi-Tech City etc.
Five universities, the famous Osmania University, the University of Hyderabad, the Jawaharlal Technological University, the Agricultural University and the Andhra Pradesh Open University, make Hyderabad an important centre of education. It is called the training capital of India, having the largest number of training centres in India. Hyderabad continues to welcome visitors with an old world charm so rare today. There is music in the language and a gentleness of life that permeates beyond Hyderabad's industrial boom. The quintessence of Hyderabad lives on.