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Located presently in the Indian state of Telangana, Secunderabad has been called the "Twin city of Hyderabad". The city, located on the northern part of the Deccan Plateau, was established in 1806 by the English as a cantonment after they defeated the Asaf Jahi dynasty. While Hyderabad has still retained the influences of the Nizam's rule in its culture and architecture, Secunderabad has a more English touch to it as it was under the British until 1948.

The city of Secunderabad is divided from Hyderabad by the Hussain Sagar lake, but still forms a part of Hyderabad's Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). One of the largest cantonments in India, Secunderabad enjoys a significant presence of an army as well as airforce personnel. As a cosmopolitan city, it is home to many communities apart from the natives, including many Parsis and Anglo-Indians

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Local Culture of Secunderabad

While the city may be called the twin city of Hyderabad, Secunderabad enjoys its own distinct culture, far from Hyderabad. As it was formerly a British cantonment, the city still shows influences of British culture, while also holding onto the magnificence and sophistication of the Nizams. The city has a very laid-back mood to it, but this doesn't mean the people from Secunderabad compromise on their culture. Home to a large number of communities, the people of all castes and religion, celebrate every festival like their own- be it Christmas, Sankranthi, Muharram- every festival is celebrated with the same zeal and enthusiasm. Dance and music also play a prominent role in Secunderabad's culture. People here are very fond of classical music, and dance and no festival concluded without a dance or music performance. Food of Secunderabad sees influences roots from the Mughlai, the Deccan as well as the Hyderabadi cuisine. Some favorite dishes you should try if you're in Secunderabad are Kofta Curry, Hyderabadi Biryani, Dun ka Keema, Raw Banana curry, Phirni and Dil Khush.

History of Secunderabad

Located six miles away from Hyderabad, the city of Secunderabad has enjoyed a very long yet radiant history. Today the city that is known as a prominent hub for IT and trade centres, Secunderabad was once under many prosperous dynasties. After the decline of the Chalukya Empire in the 11th century, the areas under present-day Hyderabad and Secunderabad were then under the Kakatiya dynasty. The Mughal emperor, Ahmad Shah Bahadur was defeated by the Marathas in the year 1754 at Secunderabad. In the 18th century, it came under the Nizam. It is also said modern-day Secunderabad gets its name from Nizam Asaf Shah II, who was defeated by the East India Company and was therefore founded as a British cantonment.

Shopping in Secunderabad

An important commercial centre in Andhra Pradesh, Secunderabad is every shopper's destination. From sarees to jewellery, antique and handicraft shops, the city has got it covered for you! The city is well-known for wedding sarees, and you are sure to find some fantastic wedding saree stores around. MG Road, Subhash Road, Sardar Patel Road, Sarojini Devi Road as well as Rashtrapati Road are a few shopping destinations you can visit while in Secunderabad.

Suggested Itinerary for Secunderabad

Day 1: Reach Secunderabad in the morning. Eat breakfast and take a small nap. You can freshen up and start your tour with Konaseema. After this, you can visit the Ananda Buddha Vihar Temple or the Mahabodhi Buddha Temple on the Mahindra Hills. You could break for lunch and then visit the Ujjaini Mahakali Temple, which is almost 191 years old. After the temple, you can visit the Sri Subramanya Swami Temple.

Day 2:
You could off your day by visiting the Guruvayurappan Temple. Then, you can visit the Laser Game Hyderabad to have some fun time with family/friends. After this, you can also visit Alliance Francaise and end your day after visiting the famous St.Mary's Basilica Catholic Church and go shopping to one of the streets in Secunderabad.

Day 3: You can utilise the last day to go around the city and experience the local culture. First, visit the old theatre, Sangeet Cinema in the city of Secunderabad which was built during the time of the British to watch English movies. Go to St.Mary's Church, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Secunderabad and then the Spanish Mosque at Begumpet to experience Moorish style of architecture. Hussain Sagar Lake should also be on your to-do list as it is this lake that divides Secunderabad from Hyderabad. It also offers some fantastic scenic spots and gardens where you can sit and relax. Lastly, you can visit the Trimulgherry Fort and Victoria Prison, which hold historical prominence and are proof of the influence of the British on Secunderabad's culture, that exists even today.

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What is the best time to visit Secunderabad?

While the monsoon season (June to Oct) can be a good time to go to Secunderabad, it's best to go from Oct to Feb as the winters are pleasant and not as harsh as the summer heat.
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What are the things to do in Secunderabad?

The top things to do in Secunderabad are Secunderabad Clock Tower, Shamirpet Lake, Hussain Sagar Lake, Peddamma Temple, Paigah Palace, All Saints Church, Secunderabad. You can see all the places to visit in Secunderabad here

What are the places near Secunderabad?

The top places near to Secunderabad are Hyderabad which is 6 km from Secunderabad, Hampi which is located 319 km from Secunderabad, Nagore which is located 9 km from Secunderabad, Nalgonda which is located 79 km from Secunderabad, Warangal which is located 131 km from Secunderabad

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