Located at the crossroads of north and south India, Hyderabad is well placed to be the financial, economic and political capital of the State of Andra Pradesh.
With a population of approximately four million and an additional 2.3 million in the greater metropolitan area, Hyderabad is the sixth most populated city in India.
Underpinned by the country’s second-largest film production industry – Telugu Film, commonly known as ‘Tollywood’ – and bolstered by emerging biotech and pharmaceutical industries, Hyderabad has one of the fastest growing economies in India. Due to the high number of IT-related companies that have established headquarters and large campuses there; Hyderabad has recently earned the nick-name ‘Cyberabad’.
Besides major industries, Hyderabad has a number of universities, research and training institutions for defence, police and administrative sectors.
The official language of Hyderabad is Telugu. Reflecting the diversity of the region, Urdu, English and Hindi are also spoken. Although Hindus form a majority in the city, Muslims constitute about 40 percent of the population and they form the largest Muslim community in Andhra Pradesh.
Hyderabad has a rich history that is expressed through cosmopolitan culture and architecture. It is a city that welcomes people of different religions, languages and races.
The region has hot summers from late February to early June, a monsoon season from late June to early October, followed by a pleasant winter until early February. It has several well-known tourist attractions, including Charminar, Qutubshahi Tombs, Golconda Fort and the Zoological Gardens.
Perched on the Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad (and the surrounding metropolitan area) covers around 1864 square kilometres and was founded in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah after the earlier capital city of Golconda became overcrowded. Hyderabad and its twin city, Secunderabad, form a single local government unit: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
For more information visit the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation website.
On 5 October 2010, Brisbane and Ipswich signed a world-first tripartite Sister City agreement with the Indian city of Hyderabad. This will deliver economic benefits at home and abroad.
You can view the media release Brisbane, Ipswich sign world first with India.