|| Old Wines of New Bottles: ( Series – 3: Hyderabad ) ||
The capital of the newly formed Telangana state, the City of Pearl holds an agglomeration of IT companies in its Hitech City and SEZ areas. Beside this new side, Hyderabad holds a tradition of an enormous and glorious history that can welcome any of the history buffs to get engrossed into.
Let’s take a historical walk through most of its Royal architectures and culture.
History of Hyderabad:
It remained under the rule of Qutub Shahi Dastak for a century after it was established in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutb. Mughal rule started with the Nizams of Hyderabad from 1724. The name of this city is said to be changed from Bhagya Nagar after Bhagya Masi the local dancer with whom Mohammed Quli Qutb fell in love after she took Islam and adopted the title Hyder Mahal. The city was renamed in her honor.
Some of the reminiscents of this history are given here for your reference:
1. Charminar – the Global icon of Hyderabad:
History says that this four pillars structure was built in 1591 to commemorate the eradication of plague. There are many more stories associated with its construction theories though. There are 149 winding steps to reach the upper floor and is open to the public during daytime.
P.S. Enjoy the view of the old streets Bazaar from the top in the afternoon time especially during the month of Ramadan
2. Chowmahalla Palace:
It is a palace of the Nizams located near the Charminar. All ceremonial functions used to be held in this palace. Almost 200 years old, the palace originally extended from Lord Bazar on the north to the Aspanchowk Road on the south.
P.S. Entry time is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; Friday it is closed
3. Golconda Fort:
Located on the top of a round shaped Hill (Gol-Conda), Golconda was the capital of the medieval Sultanate of the Qutub Shahi dynasty (1518-1687). It is the place known for producing the Kohinoor Diamond, 11 kilometers west of Hyderabad. The fort was built by the Kakatiya dynasty. It finally fell in 1687 to the hands of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Take your time to completely discover the history that lies within the fort. A professional guide might also be helpful. Don’t miss the acoustic engineering marvel that lets reverberate the clap under the Fateh Darwaza (Entry Gate) clearly at the Bala Hisar pavilion (highest point of the Fort – approx 1 kilometer away). This acted on as a warning for the Royals in the case of an attack.
P.S. Enjoy the beautiful sunset over the city sitting at the top of the hill. You would surely never forget that in your lifetime.
4. Mecca Masjid:
The oldest mosque in the city and the 400-year-old monument, it was constructed using the soil from Mecca. Hence, the name. Located close to the Charminar, it is a must visit to get the feel of an old Masjid that holds an era of prayers and stories.
P.S. Maintain the etiquettes of the mosque, especially during the month of Ramadan.
5. Salar Jung Museum:
One of the three National Museums in India (other 2 being Indian Museum of Kolkata and National Museum of New Delhi), it is the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world.
P.S. Take an all day off to completely visit this museum. Photography is not allowed inside the museum.
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