So today I find myself in Hyderabad, India – which is a first. Here are some facts I found out before I arrived.
- With a population of around 9.5 million people, Hyderabad is the fourth most populous city in India (Mumbai, Delhi & Bangalore are the top three).
- It’s a crowded place with around 18,500 people per sq.km. By comparison Stockholm has density of 3,500 and London 5,500 people per sq.km
- It was briefly an independent state before being annexed into India in 1948
- Around 1.7 million residents of Hyderabad live below the poverty line and in a slum
- Hyderabad was known as the ‘city of pearls’ because it was a pearl and diamond trading centre
- Hyderabad is the IT capital of India
- Telugu & Urdu are the official languages of the city
- At least half of the city are Hindus, at least a third Muslim and around 3% Christian.
- It’s a key city for Christian ministry (according to Operation World) as nearly 200 Christian organisations have bases here.
- August is time for the summer monsoon – so I’ve packed my umbrella. It’ll also be hot & humid. Nice.
Photo by Prasanth Photography