Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hyderabad - the land of the Nizams, Pearls, and Biryanis

Last week we went on a short trip to Hyderabad, the capital city of Andra Pradesh, also famous for its pearls and biryanis. It was founded by Sultan Mohammed Quli of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty and it was named after Bhagmathi, his lady love. When Bhagmathi entered the Shahi family after marriage to Sultan Mohammed, she embraced Islam and took the name of Hyder Begum, and so the city was renamed as Hyderabad.

Hyderabad is a vast city and can be divided into the old city, the new city, and the Hitec city. The old city has all the historic places such as the Charminar, the Chowmohalla Palace, the Nizam's silver jubilee museum, the Mecca Masjid, the Salarjung Museum etc. The lanes are narrow and crowded. The new city consists of the Lumbini Gardens, the monolithic statue of Lord Buddha standing on an island in the Hussain Sagar Lake, the NTR Gardens etc.  The Hitec City is home to various software companies and is relatively the most recent part of the city. Other places of importance are the famous Golkonda Fort, the Ramoji Film City, Birla Mandir, and the Nehru Zoological Park.  I will elaborate on each of these places in detail in separate posts, as otherwise, this will be a lengthy post.

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