Hyderabad, (Telugu: హైదరాబాద్ IPA: [ɦəjd̪ərɑːbɑːd̪], Urdu: حیدرآباد Hindustani pronunciation: [ɦɛːd̪(ə)raːbaːd̪]), is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, India. Located at the crossroads of North and South India in Deccan Plateau. Hyderabad is one of the largest metropolitan cities of India, covering an area of (621.48 km2). It is the sixth most populous city and the sixth-most populous urban agglomeration in India. It is known with the sobriquet The City of Pearls, and referred as Heart of the Indian Peninsula by the Time Magazine US. Hyderabad is ranked nineteenth in the world by The New York Times in The list of 41 Places to Go in 2011. Hyderabad was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 AD on the banks of river Musi. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad come under the ambit of a single municipal unit The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. According to Business Today survey, Hyderabad ranked as fourth best city to live in India. The city houses Microsoft's biggest R&D facility outside the USA. In addition to the IT industry, various biopharmaceutical firms have their operations in Hyderabad owing to its established Public sector in Life Science Research and Genome Valley.In 2008, the city's prime residential realestate reach the highest growth percentage in India. The city is home to the Telugu Film Industry, known popularly as Tollywood. Hyderabad hosts national level Urdu Mushairas regularly. Residents of Hyderabad are generally referred as Hyderabadis. Hyderabad has developed a unique culture that is reflected in its language and architecture.
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