Hyderabad is the capital of the Indian state of Telangana and de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh. Occupying 650 square kilometres along the banks of the Musi River, it has a population of about 7 million and a metropolitan population of about 8 million, making it the fourth most populous city in India. At an average altitude of 542 metres much of Hyderabad is situated on hilly terrain around artificial lakes. Hyderabad emerged as the foremost centre of culture in India with the decline of the Mughal Empire in the mid-19th century, with artists migrating to the city from the rest of the Indian subcontinent. The Telugu film industry based in the city is the country’s second-largest producer of motion pictures. Hyderabad wheelchair access is poor, make no mistake.
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