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What's Hyderabad Like?
Hyderabad, known as the City of Pearls, is the urban epitome of India's syncretic culture. Hyderabad has centuries-old architecture and long-held regional traditions alongside 'Cyberabad', the new information technology center of India, which has brought a wealth of jobs and technology-focused culture with it. With almost even populations of Hindus and Muslims living alongside each other, Hyderabad could perhaps be a worldwide model for religious tolerance. There are several languages spoken widely throughout the city including Telugu, the official language of Andhra Pradesh, Hindi, Urdu and English. Hyderabad is also home to India's 'Tollywood' or Telugu film industry and the largest film studio on Earth.
Region and Population
Hyderabad is located in the center of India, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The city has recently grown into India's fourth, with almost seven million people, and is the center of economic activity for the region.
Hyderabad has a rather predictable, warm climate year-round. For most of the year it is hot and dry, but in the monsoon months from June to October, it rains regularly. The winter months are most enjoyable, with summer being hot and humid.