The history of Andhra Pradesh dates back to the time of Ashoka the Great Mauriyan king ( 3rd century B.C.). This state became an important Buddhist center during his reign. The Satavahana dynasty (2nd century BC/2nd century A.D), also known as the Andhras, took control of central and southern India. By the end of the third century AD the Pallavas took over. Art and Architecture advanced during this period. By 4th century AD the Anandas established their rule which lasted till 6th century. During the 7th century the Eastern Chalukyas exercised  their power for about four centuries.

In the 14th  Muslims repeatedly attempted intrusion into Andhra. In 1332 AD Ulugh Khan established themselves.   In 1518 the Sultan Qili Qutub Shah declared himself independent and founded the Qutub Shah dynasty which existed till 1687. During this period literature, art and architecture advanced significantly. The city of Hyderabad was laid in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah. The Mughals put an end to the Qutub Shahi rule in 1687. After this the Asafjahis called Nizams emerged. They influenced Andhra Pradesh till the 18th century till  Andhra Pradesh was ceded to the East India Company. Gradually the whole of Andhra Pradesh except Hyderabad was under the British till 1947. In 1956 Andhra Pradesh was declared as a state. Andhra Pradesh  has zealously guarded its rich history along with becoming one of the fastest developing states in India.

Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh is tipped to be the next 'IT city of India' . Hyderabad is known for its rich history, culture and architecture representing its unique character as a meeting point for North and South India, and its multilingual culture, both geographically and culturally. Also known as The City of Nizams, Hyderabad is today one of the most developed cities in the country. Hyderabadis, as residents of the city are known, have developed a distinctive culture which is a mixture of ancient Hindu traditions of Telugu people and Islamic Culture.

 The galleries below show some examples of these treasures as well as views of the daily life and landscape of Andhra Pradesh.


Daily Life Gallery


Cities and Monuments Gallery


Portrait Gallery


Color and Shape Gallery






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