October 4, 2016
Hyderabad, the host city of ENDO 2017, is the perfect blend of traditional and modern – a city where sleek skyscrapers share space with heritage monuments and an eclectic mix of communities ensures a vibrant culture. Located on the Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad is the sixth largest city in India and the capital of the southern Indian state Telangana. Originally famous for its bustling jewelry trade, the “City of Pearls” has recently developed into “Cyberabad” – an international high-tech hub, where internet companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon have opened offices in the past years.
Founded in 1591, Hyderabad became India’s most important pearl and diamond trading posts: the region is known for the mines that have produced some of the world’s most famous gems, including the Koh-I-Noor and the Hope Diamond. Being a trading center for centuries, you can be sure to find a plethora of shops and bazaars all over the city, with Madina Market and Laad Bazaar as the most famous markets for pearls, gold jewelry, luxurious fabrics, saris and glass bangles.
In the city center, the Hyderabad Old City, you can still find many landmarks bearing witness to the city’s splendid past: Most famous is the Charminar, an archway and mosque, which is the impressive icon of Hyderabad. The well-preserved ruin city of Golconda was the city’s ancient citadel and fort, with world-famous diamond mines that brought incredible wealth to Hyderabad. Nearby are the serene Qutb Shahi Tombs, the ancient domed mausoleums of the sultans. Other sightseeing highlights are the Salar Jung Museum, the art collection of India’s former Prime Minister, which is considered the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world, and the Osmania University, one of the oldest and largest universities in the India.
Within only 30 minutes driving distance from the Hyderabad International Congress Center where ENDO 2017 will take place you can get quickly to the Hyderabad Old City and other sightseeing highlights such as Golconda Fort and Qutb Shahi Tombs.
For more details, please visit www.endo-2017.org