The area in which the city was originally located is now known as the Old City, for in the 416 year since its founding, Hyderabad has grown a great deal beyond its original borders. It is now a relatively expansive city whose metropolitan area stretches out from both sides of the river and encompasses approximately 100 square miles and is home to more than 6 million people.

Because of its location at the crossroads between northern and southern India, Hyderabad has been ruled by a number of different peoples, from the original Qutb Shahi dynasty to the Mughals, the British, and then finally, after independence from British rule, themselves. Today, Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh state and one of the most important cities in the modern-day renaissance of India's technological sector.

The first thing most visitors are struck by is the sheer beauty of the city itself. For although it is relatively young by Indian standards (some cities on the subcontinent have histories that extend back thousands of years), it is, nonetheless, home to some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world. The Qutb Shahi tomb is an excellent example of the kind of grand architecture that abounds in Hyderabad. The construction of this tomb was actually overseen by the man buried inside-yes, that's right: Qutb Shahi tradition dictated that the Shah actually have a say in the ultimate appearance of his own final resting place. It is every bit as grand as you'd imagine.

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