News: Ministry of Tourism’s Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series organized the 50th webinar titled “Cultural heritage of Hyderabad”.
- Hyderabad: It is known as the “City of Pearls” and the “City of Nizams” and has been the centre of a vibrant historical legacy ever since its inception by the Qutub Shahi dynasty.
- Established by: Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah established Hyderabad in 1591 to extend the capital beyond the fortified Golconda.In 1687, the city was annexed by the Mughals.In 1724, Mughal governor Nizam Asaf Jah I declared his sovereignty and founded the Asaf Jahi dynasty also known as the Nizams.
- Important Cultural Sites:
- Golconda Fort: It is a fortified citadel and an early capital city of the Qutb Shahi dynasty.It was first built by the Kakatiya dynasty in the 13th century.
- Chowmahalla Palace: It has bagged the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Merit Award for Culture Heritage Conservation.
- Charminar: The monument was erected when Quli Qutub Shah shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad.
- Mecca Masjid: Completed by Aurangazeb in 1693.The bricks used here are believed to be from Mecca and hence the name.
- Warangal Fort: This fort appears to have existed since at least the 12th century when it was the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty.
- DekhoApnaDesh webinar series: It was launched by the Ministry of Tourism in April 2020 to create awareness about and promote various tourism destinations of India.
- Incredible India: It is the name of an international tourism campaign maintained by the Government of India since 2002 to promote tourism in India.