Hyderabad is the capital of the Indian State of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Occupying 650 square kilometres (250 sq mi) along the banks of the Musi River, it is situated on hilly terrain around artificial lakes.
The city is famous for its food which includes Hyderabadi biryani and Hyderabadi haleem, and has emerged as one of the foremost centres of culture in India, with artists migrating to the city from the rest of the Indian subcontinent.
Hyderabad was historically known as a pearl and diamond trading centre, and it continues to be known as the “City of Pearls”. Special economic zones dedicated to information technology have encouraged companies from India and around the world to set up operations in Hyderabad, and the city is the fifth-largest contributor to India’s overall gross domestic product.