A Visit to the City Of Pearls and Nawabs-Hyderabad Part II

“Live your life by Compass and not by Clock”

    After enjoying the many activities of Ramoji Film City, the next morning was an      early start for a day full of sight seeing of the many historical and iconic places of       Hyderabad. Bharti and self wrapped up early breakfast with delicious filter Coffee    with a spoon of organic jaggery(an awesome combination) and left home at 7.30 am  and reached Charminar at 8.30 am. The bustling Charminar area in the morning was very quiet and peaceful. Since the place opens at 9 am, we headed to the  Mecca Masjid which is a walking distance from the historic Charminar.

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The Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid is the biggest and the most spectacular mosque in Hyderabad. It is also one of the largest mosques in India and is listed as a heritage building. It is believed that a strand of Prophet Mohammed’s hair is preserved in a room in the mosque’s courtyard. The bricks used for the construction of the mosque were brought all the way from the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. For this reason, this gorgeous mosque was named after the Grand Mosque in Mecca.This ancient mosque of Hyderabad has a large hall that can accommodate over 10,000 devotees at a time. One is bound to be awe-struck by the beautifully patterned walls of the mosque, which are made of granite. What’s more, the verses of the holy ‘Quran’ are inscribed on the arches of Mecca Masjid, which makes this mosque look divine. If you are in Hyderabad, make sure this monument is on your must-see list! Since it was early morning we sat and enjoyed the serene and peaceful atmosphere with hordes of pigeons to give us company.

                          There were few hawkers setting up shop and we bought a few things from them.Next we headed to the Charminar(entry tickets Rs  5 per person for Indian nationals and Rs 100 for foreigners).The visiting hours of the Mosque are from 9 am to 5.30 pm.We were the first visitors hence we climbed quite fast to the top of the monument .The stairs are steep(not too many of them) hence if  the place is crowded it would take time to climb up(avoid wearing a saree as it would be difficult to climb up).From the top, one could view the Jama Masjid – one of the oldest mosques of  Hyderabad.                                      

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The Jama Masjid as Viewed from the Charminar

The Charminar is a monument and mosque.The structure was built in 1291 AD it is the most famous building of Hyderabad and also one of the most famous buildings in India.It was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shahi to celebrate the end of a deadly plague.The Charminar lies near the bank of the river Musi. It is close to Laad Bazaar and Makkah Masjid. Charminar is taken from two words Char and Minar which translate as Four Towers in English.

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Inside the Charminar

Charminar was the first structure to be constructed in the newly built city of Hyderabad. It is said that Quli Qutab Shahi prayed for the end of the plague and vowed to build a mosque if it was eradicated. Mir Momin Astarabadi, the prime minister of Qutb Shah played an important role in the design and layout of Charminar and the city of Hyderabad.The structure is of Indo Islamic archietecture  with some Persian elements. The city of Hyderabad was divided into four divisions equally around the Charminar. After clicking some photographs we proceeded to the World famous Salar Jung Museum.

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Outside the Charminar

                          A visit to Hyderabad is incomplete without a visit to the Salar Jung Museum.The timings are 10 am  to 5 pm.Entry Ticket for Indian nationals is Rs 10 and for foreigners Rs 150. Still camera charges are Rs 50.Video shooting is not permitted. We reached around 9.45 am when the gates were closed. So we  decided to visit the High court and  after taking a few photos, we headed back to the museum..

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Salar Jung Museum

About Salar Jung Museum:

                        The Salar Jung Museum was established in 1961 in Dewan Deodi,the ancestral palace of the Salar Jungs,an illustrious family who served as prime ministers to the Nizams,erstwhile rulers of Hyderabad.The entire collection which is repository of art objects from nearly all over the world,right from Europe to the far eastern countries of Asia was shifted to the present building in 1968 which was constructed on the southern banks of river Musi.In addition,on either side of the main building two blocks were added in the year 2000.

The Museum has in its collection the works of art of European,Middle Eastern and Far Eastern origin,apart from chronicles of rich Indian Heritage dating from the Maurayan to the Mughal dynasty and the rule of the Nizams in Hyderabad.

                     Nawab Mir Yousaf Ali khan,Salar Jung III is mainly responsible for the collection. The museum also has a large collection of rare manuscripts and a well equipped reference library thus making it not only a place of Art but also a source of knowledge for those seeking to know more about our history and heritage.

Exhibits at the Japanese Gallery

Infrastructure : Salar Jung Museum contains thirty eight galleries, which are spread on two floors. There are twenty galleries on the ground floor and eighteen galleries on the first floor. Each gallery in the museum exhibits artifacts that are under separate subjects. The museum also has an education section, a laboratory for chemical conservation, a reading room, library, cafeteria and a sales counter.
Salar Jung Museum encompasses the Nawab’s prized ancestral collections, which are displayed beautifully in this museum. Some of the many historical artifacts include the paintings of the famous Raja Ravi Varma, Tipu Sultan’s wardrobe, daggers crafted with gems that belonged to ancient kings and queens, Aurangzeb’s sword and jewel encrusted boxes. The museum also comprises of ancient furniture collection that belongs to the 14th and 17th centuries. Some of the other important historical articles include wood cut paintings, the statue of ‘Veiled Rebecca’, Mughal miniatures, European sculptures, Chinese porcelain, embroidery works, metal-ware, jade carvings, Japanese silk paintings and elegant ivory works as well. One can also admire the ‘Mestophiles’ and the ‘Lady with the Lamp’, which are some of the highlights of the museum.

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Veiled Rebecca

“The 19th Century British Musical Clock” is the most prized artifact among the other three hundred clocks within the museum.The English Bracket Clock is said to have been manufactured in England and assembled in Calcutta in the late 19th century. It was acquired by Salar Jung III, Nawab Mir Yousuf  Ali Khan (1889-1949) from the Cooke and Kelvey Co. The Clock has more than 350 parts. It contains a mechanism by which a small toy figure of a bearded man comes out from the enclosure three minutes before every hour and exactly at 60th minute strikes the gong as per time (eg. Five times at 5′ o clock) and then goes back inside. There is another toy man visible who is a blacksmith seen holding a hammer and striking the seconds without any break. Enriched with nicely wrought metallic mounts, the huge mechanical clock has three dials for day, date and month in addition to chimming every fifteen minutes.This musical clock is one of the biggest attractions of the museum and daily during the museum timings at every hour people gather in big numbers just to see the striking of the gong by the toy. 

     We entered the museum at sharp 10 am . We  commenced our visit from the Ground Floor which is divided into Eastern ,Central & Western Block. In the Central Block you have Indian Sculpture Gallery,Moghal Glass Gallery,Ivory carvings and the famous Veiled Rebecca in Room no 7,Arms and Armour Gallery,Metalware Gallery,Walking Sticks Gallery to name a few.Eastern Block has Far eastern wood Carvings,Far eastern Wooden Furniture.

The Western Block has Bronze and Marble Sculpture gallery.It also has Nawab’s Exhibition Gallery.At about 10.55 we came and sat in front of the Clock .The clock is on the ground floor centrally placed with a screen and there are chairs for people to sit There were excited school children with their teachers and as the clock chimed, there was pin drop silence and people eagerly waiting for the bearded  man to strike the gong.It struck for eleven times enough for me to take photographs.I had heard and read about this clock so much that I could not believe I actually saw it !!. 

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The Musical Clock

After this I headed to the first Floor which is again divided into Eastern ,Central and Western Blocks. As the name suggests, the Eastern Block had Chinese,Japanese & Far Eastern Porcelain galleries.On display were exqusite  iitems from the 4th & 5th centuries as well. When I had just finished,the time was nearing 12 ‘o’clock  and I was debating with myself whether to go down to see the clock once again.After a few minutes I decided to go ,although it was getting late for our next sojourn  but you get to see these things not everyday so why not make the most of it ! There was no place to sit but I managed to sit with a small school girl in the front row .The excitement was a bit less this time as I had already witnessed the spectacle but the school children were very happy and excited. After seeing the bearded man strike the clock twelve times  I Once again made my way to the First Floor to the Central Block.and got fascinated seeing  the  exhibits at The Toys & Dolls Gallery,Children’s Gallery,,Carpet gallery,manuscripts Gallery,Coins gallery,Kashmir gallery,The famous Jade Gallery and many more were part of the Central Block.The last Block was the Western Block which consisted of the European clock Gallery,European Porcelean  and Glass gallery and the French Gallery..I was fascinated by seeing the beautiful collection.

The Clocks at The Clocks Gallery               

I rushed through the Galleries but still took me 2 ½  hours. If you want to see the museum at leisure, you require at least half a day.But it Is worth spending the time if you love arts and artefacts.Bharti had booked a Palace tour with a sound and light show at the Golconda Fort..The tour costs Rs 2000 with AC coach and guide. However if you want to enjoy a high tea at the Taj Falukhnuma then the tour costs Rs  3200.

The Pick up time was 1.30 pm and we had to still have lunch.The pick up was from Hotel Golconda so we decided to pack some sandwiches from the hotel. Two glasses of juice and two plain veg sandwiches cost us Rs 1200.The hotel did not look like a five star but the rates certainly were !!

The tour was booked with Telengana Tourism. It was an AC bus and the guide was very good. He took pains to explain in great detail about the palaces.The first stop was the Chowmohalla Palace and enroute we could sight  important buildings of Hyderabad like the secretariat.

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The Chowmohalla Palace

 The entry  ticket to the palace is Rs 50 and Rs 50 for still camera, for video camera the charges are Rs 100.The timings are 10 am to 5 pm.We waited near the Northern Courtyard for the guide to get us the camera tickets .One could also use the washrooms here as this was the only place with washrooms.We all gathered near the fountains under the shade of the trees and the guide apprised us of the history of the palace. Once regarded as the center of Hyderabad, the magnificent Chowmahalla Palace was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty where the Nizams entertained their official guests and royal visitors. Built over 200 years ago, Chowmahalla is renowned for its unique style and elegance. A synthesis of many architectural styles and influences, the Palace Complex has been meticulously restored.

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The literal meaning of this place is “Four Palaces” with “Chow” means four in Urdu and “Mahalat” which is the plural of “Mahalel” meaning palaces. Chowmahalla palace is said to resemble Shah Palace of Tehran in Iran.The Palace initially covered 45 acres, now only 12 acres are left and  the rest of it has been encroached upon.The Palace consists of two courtyards The Northern and the Southern.The southern courtyard of the palace has four palaces which are the Afzal MahalTahniyat MahalMahtab Mahal, and Aftab Mahal as well as the Grand Khilafat(The durbar Hall).

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The Northern Courtyard

The Northern Courtyard : This part has Bara Imam, a long corridor of rooms on the east side facing the central fountain and pool that once housed the administrative wing and Shishe-Alat, meaning mirror image.

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The Northern Courtyard

It has Mughal domes and arches and main Persian elements like the ornate Stucco work that adorn the Khilwat Mubarak.These were characteristic of buildings built in Hyderabad at the time.

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Khilafat Mahal

After that we proceeded to the khilafat Mahal The exquisite carving on the walls and pillars and the beautiful Belgian Chandeliers kept us entrhralled.One could sight photographs of the Nizams in all their splendour in the images Gallery.The armoury is also displayed on the walls in the armoury section. The clock above the main gate to Chowmahalla Palace is affectionately called Khilwat Clock. It has been ticking away for around 251 years. An expert family of clock repairers winds the mechanical clock every week.

After the Khilafat Mahal we proceded to the Mehtab mahal where we could sight the Furniture – beds,dining table and antiques.After this we proceeded to the Afsal Mahal called the crown of  Chowmohalla –the Nizams treated their royal guests here.The Chandeliers here are  mind boggling..we rushed through the palaces as it was getting late.

Striking Features of the Palace.

One cannot miss the  beautiful  lawn, its green landscape contrasting the yellow and white motifs of the palace a “hypnotic sight.”

A huge water fountain in front of the palace, with artistically carved pillars is the first thing to offer a peek into the architectural excellence of the Chowmahalla palace.

Intricate carvings on the walls and ceilings of the palace are also worth noticing. Glass chandeliers with different designs in each Mahal are also not to be missed.

The Beautiful Chandeliers of the Palaces

Various galleries in the Palace with each presenting an interesting display of crockery, clothes, furniture, coins and currency notes, pictures from the Nizam era, etc. are sure to keep you engaged. Display of weapons has been especially done in an interesting manner,these are displayed not just inside glass cabinet but on the walls as well, reaching till the top.

Quran section showcasing Qurans of various kinds such as hand written Quran which has been restored by using Japanese technique, Naskh script, miniature Qurans printed in metal, some of which have been inscribed in gold and many others.

Vintage car and Buggee display is another major attraction of Chowmahalla Palace. A fish motif on a pole, which was gifted by Mughals, is also going to catch your attention.

Vintage Cars on Display

Another part of the Chowmahalla Palace that draws one’s attention is the Afzal Mahal. Entry to this part of the palace is not allowed. However, there are glass windows and a door through which visitors can see the inside. The hall of the palace which has been maintained as it is, shows us the opulent  lifestyle of the Nizams.  

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Inside View of  AFzal Mahal

We had a cup of hot tea before boarding the bus. We started from Chowmohalla at 4 pm and was an half an hour drive to Taj Falukhnama Palace

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Taj Falukhnama Palace

 Taj Falaknuma Palace was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra. With the construction laid out in 1884, it took almost 9 years to complete the construction of the palace.at a whopping cost of Rs 40 lakh some 130 years ago. One of the popular tourist spots of Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace was later purchased by Nizam VI in 1897. The palace served as a royal guest house to him.

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Entrance of  Taj Falukhnama

Constructed over an area of 32 acres and approximately 2,000 feet above Hyderabad, the Falaknuma Palace has been constructed with Italian marble. Built by an Italian architect, the palace is one of the architectural wonders of 19th century and is often referred as “mirror of the sky”.

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The location of the palace is at an advantageous position as it offers sweeping view of the city.With two wings spread out in two directions the palace resembles a scorpion(Sir Vicar’s star sign.)The Library has been modelled after Windsor castle’s library and treasures a large collection of rare manuscripts and books.Besides the innumerable Venetian Chandelliers and the architectural beauty of the Palace two things captivates  the visitor – one is the majestic 101 seater dining Table and the other  is a musical instrument weighing 2 tons in weight in the ballroom. It is believed to be the only one of its kind..With interiors decorated lavishly, the palace has close to 220 rooms and 22 halls, each designed beautifully.The palace represents the glamour of Nizam era and its carefully designed architectural beauty.

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A buggy  ride for the Guests of the Hotel

  The Falaknuma fell into disuse after the 1950s. The last important guest was the President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad in 1951. The palace was then restored after being leased by the Taj Group of Hotels; after the restoration with the help of  H.H Princess Esra Jah, the first wife of H.E.H The VIlIth Nizam of Hyderabad.Fallakhnuma reopened its doors as a Heritage hotel in 2010.

                        The tourist bus left us at the entrance. There were golf carts to ferry the visitors to the Hotel which is a 2 km drive, on our way we could see innumerable peacocks.

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There are vintage buggys to ferry the guests of the hotel.

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Buggies used to ferry Guests of the Hotel

As we disembarked a heady rose fragrance greeted us at the gate.One can tour the palace only through Telegana Tourism  otherwise it is not open to tourists.After freshening up at the beautiful washrooms of the palace we were ready for the tour.

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Entry to the Washrooms

Only part of the palace is open to visitors.The guided tour is by an employee of the Hotel.As the guide took us through each room we were enthralled by its sheer magnificence and beauty.The ceilings and staircase were not  touched during restoration ,the tapestry was washed  a number of times to match the vintage look of the palace.When we entered the dining room we were awestruck by the sheer size and magnificience.It is here that the Prime Minister hosted Lunch for first daughter Ivanka Trump during the Global Entrepreunership  Summit. The walls of the dining hall feature 28 paintings, depicting various food items. The Nizam, it is said, used to point to the items he wanted to eat, which were then served to him.

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The Dining Table

The 101 chairs at the dining table are made of green leather and are identical, except the chair which was used by the Nizam. The armrests of his chair were higher.The tour was of 90 minutes duration.We had a glimpse of the Billiards room,jade room,the library,there was a gossip room for the royal ladies as well 🙂

                        The tour of the Taj Falukhnuma Palace left  me  to wonder at the sheer opulence of the Nizams.

                           The sound and light show at the Golconda fort was scheduled at 6.30 pm and we just made it on time.The sound and light show gave an interesting narration of the history of Hyderabad.The narration was enriched by the deep resounding voice of Mr Amitabh Bachchan.The show was for an hour.One must dress up covering every body part to avoid becoming a meal to the mosquites.You are also given mosquito repellant at the entrance.The show timings are :- 1st Show English (All Days) 2nd Show in Telugu on Monday, Wednesday & Friday, and Hindi on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday. Timings: (Nov to Feb) 1st Show 6:30pm ,2nd Show 7.45pm, (Mar to Oct) 1st Show 7:00pm, 2nd Show 8.15pm.The entry ticket for executive class is Rs 140 and Normal class Rs 80.

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Sound & Light Show

After a fulfilling day we reached home at around 9pm.Dinner was delicious Hyderabadi Biryrani along with Chilly paneer and rotis.We ate hungrily  as  we were famished. The next day being the last day, I had planned to visit the Golconda fort and the Seven Tombs.After catching up at home I called it a day.

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Part of Golconda Fort

       I reached Golconda Fort at 9 am after a sumptuous breakfast cooked lovingly by my dear friend and was dropped by her driver accompanied by Mr Reddy who waited for me till I returned after finishing my trek to the Fort. The Fort  is located in the western part of Hyderabad city and is about 9 km from the Hussain Sagar Lake. The outer fort occupies an area of three square kilometers, which is 4.8 kilometers in length.

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Entry to the fort

After buying the entry ticket(Rs 15) as I entered the Fort, I was pestered by the Guides and after much thought I decided to take one  since I wanted to finish the trek fast.The rates of the guide are fixed at Rs 700 for taking the longer route and Rs 500 for the shorter route.For a group they charge Rs 1200.The  Fort remains open from 9am –5pm. As I wanted to see the full fort and also know the history of the place I paid Rs 700. Enroute the guide explained and told me stories about the fort. It was originally known as Mankal, and built on a hilltop in the year 1143. It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal. Later it was fortified between 14th and 17th centuries by the Bahmani Sultans and then the ruling Qutub Shahi dynasty. Golconda was the principal capital of the Qutub Shahi kings. The inner fort contains ruins of palaces, mosques and a hill top pavilion, which rises about 130 meters high and gives a bird’s eye view of other buildings.

Golconda fort is undoubtedly one of most magnificent fortress complexes in India. The history of Golconda Fort goes back to early 13th century, when it was ruled by the Kakatiya’s followed by Qutub Shahi kings, who ruled the region in 16th and 17th century. The fortress rests on a granite hill 120 meters high while huge crenellated ramparts surround this structure.

It was initially called Shepherd’s Hill, meaning Golla Konda in Telugu while according to legend, on this rocky hill a shepherd boy had come across an idol and the information was conveyed to the ruling Kakatiya king at that time. The king constructed a mud fort around this holy spot and after 200 years, Bahamani rulers took possession of the place. Later the Qutub Shahi kings converted this into massive granite fort extending 5km in circumference. The fort is considered a mute witness to historic events. The Qutub Shahis reign at Golconda ended in 1687 when it was run over by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who intentionally left it in ruins

Golconda still boasts of mounted cannons, four drawbridges, eight gateways, and majestic halls, magazines, stables etc. The outermost enclosure is called Fateh Darwaza meaning Victory gate, after Aurangzeb’s army marched successfully through this gate. At Fateh Darwaza one can witness fantastic acoustical effects, which is one among the many famous engineering marvels at Golconda. Clapping your hand at a certain point near the dome entrance reverberates which is heard clearly at the hill top pavilion, almost one kilometer away. This served as a warning note to the inhabitants of the fort of any impending danger, Of course it now amuses visitors. The fort gains an impressive place among the architectural marvels and heritage structures of India and is a testimony to Hyderabad’s glorious past.

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The Outer Wall of the fort

 We reached at the entrance of the Fort known as the Bala Hissar Gate where a cannon was kept and tourists were taking photographs with it.I requested the guide to take one for me too.

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Cannon outside Bala Hissar Gate

Outside the Bala hissar gate is the Curtain Wall – A kind of obstruction to the enemy  to get inside the Fort.The original wall was destroyed by Aurangzeb  and the present wall was erected much later.After crossing the main entrance one gets a view of the majestic Fort.

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The weight used to measure Rations

At the entrance the guide pointed out a huge stone which weighed 250 kgs used as weight to measure the rations of the soldiers. Legend goes only those soldiers who could lift it were recruited..A little further we crossed the famous Nagin bagh and climbed the steps leading to the top of the Fort.

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The steps leading to the Fort

There are about 380 uneven  steps to be climbed and one needs stamina and should keep self well hydrated..I had handed my water bottle to the guide and whenever required took sips from it. After climbing some steps we saw some water tanks.They had an elaborate and efficient water supply system for continous water supply to the fort .A little further and we saw the morturary baths where the deceased royalty and harem ladies were given ritualistic bath before the burial.

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The Carvings of Gods at the Ramdas Cell

Further we reached a cell known as Ramdas Bandigraha.He was the treasurer of  Sultan Abul Hasan and  was arrested and kept for misuse of funds. He was a Ram bhakt and carved images of Ram,Lakshman and Hanuman. His prayers were answered and the charges on him were proved to be false and he was released..I climbed up the steps and prayed and then we continued with our interesting journey.On the way we saw the soldiers barracks..

Further we reached the Qutub Shahi Mosque built by Sultan Ibrahim Qutub Shahi..

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The QutubShahi Mosque

A little further we reached the Jagdamba Maa temple dedicated to Goddess Kaali. I entered the temple and prayed to goddess Kaali. This temple was left untouched by Aurangzeb when he had invaded the fort..

Kali Temple

On top of the kaali Temple there are two giant rocks known as the sister rocks.

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Sister Rocks

Adjacent to the temple there is a two storeyed building known as the Baradari.From the open terrace one gets a beautiful view of the country side.

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Ruins of the Baradari

After spending some time we started descending and came to the open Air Theatre where I had watched the Sound and Light Show.The place looked so different during the day.!! Moving further we reached the Taramati Mosque and also  a hall where prisoners were brought for the verdict of the king.The walls are very high, the king could see the prisoner from the top but the prisoner could not see the king.We also saw a kind of dressing room for the royal ladies a little further and then we reached the entrance..

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There was  a tunnel connecting the fort to the City.When the fort was besieged Supplies were brought in the Fort using this Tunnel
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The Dressing Room

It  took me about  2 ½ hours to tour the entire fort .After paying the guide I called up Mr Reddy for the car and we proceeded to the Seven Tombs which is very close from Golconda fort.

               The timings for the tombs  are 9.30 am – 4.30 pm and the place is closed on Fridays  I paid Rs 100  for ticket,camera and car parking .As I entered I was again  besieged by guides and I decided not to take one as the Tombs had proper boards with detailed description about the tombs Qutub Shahi Tombs consist of tombs of seven Qutub Shahi rulers. Considered to be few of the oldest monuments of Hyderabad, these tombs captivate their visitors with the architectural excellence presenting a beautiful blend of Persian and Indian architectural styles. You can see the influences of Hindu, Pathan, Deccan as well as Persian styles in the structure of tombs.

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Qutub Shahi Tombs

The entrance and corridors of the tombs presents an Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, while ornamental parapets and minarets showcase the Islamic architecture. Two-tiered terraces, false ceilings and central pillars, which form an essential part of the structures, have also been intricately decorated.

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These tombs were planned and built by Qutub Shahis. These were renovated by Salar Jung III, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan in the 19th century. Constructed on an elevated platform, these tombs are made up of grey granite. These are dome-structured and have quadrangular shape. Each tomb is surrounded by pointed arches and is of 9-15 meters in height from the platform. These pointed arches also add on to the beauty of these structures. Each tomb is also decorated with beautiful ornamentation.

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However with the passage of time, these ornamentations are not clearly visible now.I took a quick round of the Tombs.,Some renovation work was being done on two of the tombs  so I saw them from a distance. As I was short of time I did not go inside the tombs.By the time I finished it was 12.30 pm. I reached home, packed and after lunch left at 2pm for the airport.  Enroute we also visited the Sudha Car Museum which is an interesting and unique place to visit; the first of its kind, not only in India but also in the world. It is a hand made car museum. This unique museum in Hyderabad has its theme around vintage cars and creative vehicles.

It is established by K Sudhakar, who has the fame of having a Guinness World Record for creating the largest tricycle in the world, which is about 41 feet and seven inches tall. On the other hand, he also has designed India’s smallest train with a seating capacity for 10 people. It is only 19 foot long. This creation was completed in just 20 days.

Sudha Cars Museum adds a touch of uniqueness to Hyderabad – the city that boasts of an extensive range of sightseeing places varying from historical monuments, lakes, gardens, entertainment parks and shopping streets. It offers a completely different experience to its visitors.

Not just for car lovers, this car museum should be visited by anyone who admires art and creativity. It is an exemplae of sheer genius and unmatched innovativeness. There are a wide range of cars and bikes that you can see. Each designed in a unique way, owning a different shape and structure and along with bright colors. Designs of these vehicles are beyond one’s imaginations.

There are cars in almost every shape one can think of. An ornament train with its bogies in the shapes of jewellery; cars in the shape of bridal dresses or the captivating ladies collection which includes cars in the shape of handbags, lipsticks, compact and stilettos and replica of red London Buses are just a few of the cars that you will see.

Sudha Cars Museum also houses vintage cars and displays many kinds of modified cars as well. Here you will find mainly three kinds of vehicles that have been showcased such as creative cars, commercial cars and bikes.This place also displays almost 30 designs of bicycles, each with a unique look and catchy names like Penny Farthings, Made For Each Other, Tandems, etc.

What makes the collection even more attractive is the fact that most of the vehicles customized, have been built by using old and unwanted pieces. Most of the vehicles on display here are in working condition, and are not a showpiece. These unique vehicles shapes take about 20 days to 3 years of time for designing.

Sudhakar is said to have designed a bicycle by the age of 14. By the time he turned 15, he had designed his first Easy Rider Motorbike. He also had designed his first car when he was studying at the intermediate level. It was then when he has created “Dune Buggy”, a rugged looking four wheeler.

Sudha Car Museum Timings and Charges: Entry ticket is Rs 50 and camera charges Rs 50.The museum is open from 9.30am -6.30 pm.It took me around 30 mins to see the museum.After this we shopped at Decathelon where I bought a pair of good trekking shoes and a trekking bag.I am excited to use the same for my next trek hopefully it will be soon.Decathelon is in the premises of the impressive Hyderabad Airport.I reached the Airport at 5 pm and bid adieu to my dear friend and the historical city of Hyderabad with lifelong memories to be cherished.Thus my luxuriuous trip came to an end.The four days were packed with activities carefully planned by my dear friend to whom I remain indebted forever.

“ I travel because it makes me realize how much I hav’nt seen,how much I am not going to see and how much I still need to see”

Travel Tips

You can travel by Train or by Air to Hyderabad.There are several trains to Hyderabad.If you book your Flights in advance you can save quite a bit on your airfare.For Hotel I would suggest “ Athithi Inn” they are listed in all hotel portals like Booking.com,Make my trip,Trivago etc.For sight seeing the hotel helps you to book a cab with reasonable fare.

Book online the Ramoji Film City Tour. There are various tours available and you can book one of your choice.

Book online the Telengana Palace tour. They come up with different packages – book the one which suits you..

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8 thoughts on “A Visit to the City Of Pearls and Nawabs-Hyderabad Part II

  1. Very accurate Reena. A tribute to our Hyderabad. Impressed…

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  2. So elaborate n perfect pics to go with ur narration. I almost felt i was in person there.thank u reena. Keep guiding n sharing.

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  3. Stunning your all pictures and article too really nice thanks for sharing n keep it up thanks a lot..!

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  4. Very nice and tempting to visit

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