Secunderabad is often recognised as the twin city of Hyderabad. It was named after Sikandar Jah and lies at a distance of about 7.7 km from Hyderabad. Since it was developed directly under the British rule, the architecture of many of the buildings has been stamped with British style. Start your tour of the city with Golconda Fort. One of the most famous forts in India, it is situated on a 120-m-high hill, encircled by mighty ramparts and circles of fortifications. The almost impregnable fort is home to several beautiful palaces and houses the famous Fateh Rahben gun, one of the cannons used in the siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb. In the evening, a unique light and sound show takes you back in time when Golconda was full of life, glory, and grandeur. The next stopover can be the Birla Mandir, which is constructed in white marble brought from Rajasthan. Built in 1976, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Sri Venkateswara. The temple boasts a combination of Utkal (Odia) and South Indian styles of architecture. Along with a temple dedicated to Lord Buddha, the Birla Mandir complex also houses shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Hanuman, Lord Brahma and Goddess Lakshmi.Another attraction of the city is the Ujjaini Mahakali Mandir, which is a 190-year-old temple dedicated to Goddess Mahakali. The idol of the goddess is seen in the padmasana posture. According to a legend, there was a cholera outbreak in 1813 and Suriti Appaiah, a member of a military battalion prayed to Mahakali Devasthanam at Ujjaini, promising to install an idol of the goddess in Secunderabad if people were saved. This led to the construction of the temple. Secunderabad is also famous for wedding shopping as there are many shops that sell wedding outfits.

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