Hyderabad is a historical place and it has grown stronger to become a big metropolitan city. If you are visiting Hyderabad then old city is the one place which you should check out. Old city is one of the historical regions of Hyderabad.
The Old city has a distinct culture than rest of the state. The old city mostly shows the Islamic influences and nearly shows the rule of Nizams. The city is more conservative and new western dresses are overlooked here by many people. Urdu is the main languages which is spoken here and also you can see Hindi too spoken.
Old city has all the historical attractions existing from the Qutub Shahi dynasty. It got its name basically because this region of Hyderabad covers the historical monuments of Hyderabad. The area which comes under old city are Afzalgunj, Charminar, Chaderghat, Falaknuma, Purana Pul, Nayapul and lot more. Following are the monuments which are worth watch in old city.
When you think of Hyderabad, Charminar comes first and it has been an icon of Hyderabad since a long time. Charminar is more than four minarets standing in the middle of the four way junction. Atop the minarets you get a panoramic view of the city. Each tower of Charminar rises to a height of 50 meters above the ground.
Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad and it’s one of the biggest in Hyderabad. It took many years for this masjid to taken into this shape starting from Muhammed Quli laid the first bricks till Aurangzeb in 1694. Read more about Mecca Masjid Hyderabad.
When you are hear you will come to know the lifestyle of Hyderabad Nizams. Chowmahalla Palace is now taken over by Taj Group and they have made it into four star hotel available for booking. Know more about Chowmahalla Palace which was the beautiful palace of its time.
One of the extreme ends of old city lies the Golconda Fort which was the official residence of Qutb Shahi kings for many years. The Golconda fort is more than just a fort, it’s a tiny city with many features. During its time it had iron gates, darbar hall, temple, mosques, graveyard, well, jail and gardens. Its built on a granite hill rock 400 feets high from the sea level. Qutub Shahi dynasty ruled it until 1590 and then they shifted it to Hyderabad as their capital. At the highest point of the fort you get the bird eye view of the Hyderabad city.
Qutub Shahi Tombs
Qutub Shahi tombs are the tombs of seven Qutub Shahi rulers located in Ibrahim bagh closer to Golconda fort. These tombs are highly ignored as the road drills around this locality has completely shade out the beauty of it.
The Nizam’s Museum
Also known as Purani Haveli is the collection of articles and things of the Nizam kings. For the art lovers there are interesting collection here.
Salar Jung Museum
The Salar Jung Museum is the best museum in Hyderabad and it’s the third largest museum in India. Its spread over an area of 10 acres over 4 story building with more than a million objects collections, established in 1951.