Hyderabad (Telugu: హైదరాబాద్, Hindi: हैदराबाद, Urdu: حیدرآباد, pronounced [ˈhaiːd̪arɑːbɑːd̪]) is the capital and the most populous city of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is known as the "City of Pearls" and the "City of Nizams" .

Hyderabad has a population of over 4 million. The twin cities, Hyderabad and Secunderabad come under the ambit of a single municipal unit, The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, and form the sixth largest metropolis in India, with a population of 6.38 million. The city has been classified as an A-1 city in terms of development priorities, due to its size, population and impact.

Hyderabad has developed into a major hub for the information technology industry in India. Madhapur and the HITEC city are the center of the IT boom in the region. It is the capital of biotechnology and pharmaceutics of the country. The city houses the most costly residential real estate in Andhra Pradesh in the posh Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills.

The city is home to the world's largest film studio, the Ramoji Film City, as well as the Telugu Film Industry, the second-largest in India, known regionally as Tollywood. It is also a sporting destination with numerous sporting venues and stadia. Various national and international games are conducted here, and the city is the home of the Deccan Chargers, an Indian Premier League team.


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