India, Hyderabad Guide (B): Hyderabad: Enamour of the Old City

Hyderabad: Enamour of the Old City
Often called the city of pearls, the historic city of Hyderabad is truly multifaceted. While the booming IT industry in the last decade and a half has given the name Cyberabad to the city, the good old charm of the city is still intact despite changing times.

This is especially evident in the area of the “old city” or “real Hyderabad” as it also known. Founded by Qutb Shahi Sultan Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591, Hyderabad was originally built on the southern banks of the river Musi. With time the city grew in all directions, but the area south of the Musi remained the “original” Hyderabad and is often referred as ” Old City” or “shehar” (Hindi for the word city).

With heritage structures, bustling markets and authentic food, the area is literally the heart and soul of the city. Bursting with people and teeming with activity, it is one of the best areas to experience the eclectic flavors, colors and culture of this magical city.

View of a street in old city

Here is a slice of what you can expect to see in this truly fascinating vicinity.

Charminar:

One of the most well known structures of the country, Charminar is the global landmark of Hyderabad. The iconic structure which is a renowned monument and mosque literally translates in English as “four towers”. The magnificent structure is square with four orante arches each facing and opening into four different streets in four directions. Almost 184 feet in height, each minaret ends in ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Hyderabad: Enamour of the Old City
Guide Location: India » Hyderabad
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Charminar   Osmania hospitals   Chowmahalla Palace   Pista house  
Author: Rashmi Gopal Rao
Read it on author's website: http://rashminotes.com/2016/06/22/hyderabad-enamour-of-the-old-city/