Legacy Of A Dynasty, Hyderabad
To live in Hyderabad is to live in an age gone by . Hyderabad is much more than a picture post card setting. A city of subtle contrasts everyway you look at it. It is here that old n the new meet, the pre-modern and the modern mingle, palatial buildings and slums co-exists.
Hyderabad is an important center for Islamic culture and is a still recognised as the last haven for Hyderabadi language n culture. Consisting of twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad , it is the capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for being seat of the wealthy Nizams of Hyderabad, who ruled the Southern part of India, known as Deccan. The foundations were laid more than 400 years ago by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah. He was quite a romantic n bestowed the city of Hyderabad on the woman he loved.
The landmarks of the past stands in the the emerging concrete jungle. The passage of time has left its mark on every facet of life. There is a distinct change in the lifestyle of the people. The yuppie culture and the western haute culture are in. But the muslim traditional outfits remain. The muslim society as such remains uneffected by the large scale changes that have taken place in Hyderabad. The deccan Urdu has become more popular now than ever before.
The Hyderabad which was once known for Domes and Minarets is now famous for a new name, "Cyberabad" an investor's paradise in the field of Information Technology.
Pic courtesy: "A City In history-Hyderabad" by Raza Ali Khan.
Fondest memory: Roti, kabab with lime on Tank-bund at a hotel called Bade-Miyan kabab. Those were the days.........
Never miss to see Charminar /Golkonda Fort / 7Tombs /
and there are lot of places to be seen. The city of Pearls. Hyderabad is famous for Pearls and Bangles. There is a street called Laad Bazar, near charminar which is famous for Bangles, it is the biggest bangle bazar in the world.
Fondest memory: When I am in Hyderabad I feel very great and secure, when I am away from it I feel very lonely and deserted. This is the city which is very caring, the people are very good and helpful.
Visit the Charminar. Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, in honour of his wife, Bhagmati, built Charminar. The famous monument derives its name from the four pillars surrounding the structure. It was in 1591 that Charminar, one of the most remarkable monuments of Hyderabad was constructed. This structure was built to commemorate end of Plague in the state. Elegant balconies, exquisite decorations and a small mosque adorn this structure.
The Charminar reaches 150 feet--33 metres high and is built in tiers. The corner towers have winding spiral staircases right to the top. There is a big arch at the bottom and a small mosque/religious school on the storey. When it was built there were wide-open parks and flowering trees and shrubs all around.
Over the years, though buildings have crowded around and created extremely narrow congested roads This is one of the he oldest mosques in Hyderabad.
From the minars, there is a panoramic view of the city. Markets and many other structures surround Charminar, which adds to its grace like, Shahali Banda, Laad Bazar, Kali Kaman and Patthar Gatti flank Charminar on its four sides. Charminar shows mixed Indian and Mughal architectural styles.
visit the old part of town...
Near the Charminar stands the Mecca Masjid, begun by Muhammad Qutb Shah in 1617 and completed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1693. It is a grand edifice with a huge courtyard which can accommodate nearly ten thousand men at prayer.
Favorite thing: GOLCONDA FORT... Originally built in the 13th century by the Kakatiyas, it was later expanded into a huge granite-walled fortress by the Qutb Shahi kings.
Favorite thing: QUTB SHAHI TOMBS... final resting place of the departed kings of Golconda.