Hyderabad City in India.
Ways of Travelling to Hyderabad - Indian Railways, car and driver and Flying to the Hyderabad.
Flying there: Hyderabad's modern airport is called Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and has replaced the old airport at Securanabad. Direct flights go to international destinations such as Bangkok, Muscat, Singapore and Dubai with international airlines such as Thai Air, Oman Air, Silkair and Singapore Airlines. Domestic direct flights are
available for places such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Indore, Raipur, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Nagpur and Kochi and flights are provided by Air India, Spicejet, JetKonnect and Indigo.
Although the airport is around 30kms to the south of Hyderabad City centre once out of the city centre's traffic chaos getting to the airport is pretty fast since there are
expressways and a huge flyover available.
Using Indian Railways: Hyderabad's Deccan Railway Station - which is generally known as Nampally Railway Station - is located a little to the south of Hussain Sagar Lake in Nampally. This important station originates express trains to locations over many parts of India including New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune and
Hiring a car and driver to go too Hyderabad is not that an expensive way to get between locations and is very convenient - also you can stop off on the way if something of interest is spotted. For instance this is a reasonable alternative method if travelling too or from Hampi in Karnataka or continuing on to perhaps Phopal rather than messing about on the slow Indian express trains.
Hyderabad is easily the largest - as well being the capital - city of Andhra Pradesh State in India. Although archaeologists have found evidence of people living in the area since the Iron Age the city itself was established in 1518 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah who was the 5th Sultan of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty. The Dynasty built some
beautiful tombs on the edge of the city for themselves which can be seen at the Qutb Shahi Tombs Complex.
Hyderabad city is amazingly busy with traffic - getting anywhere on the roads within the central part of the city seems to just take forever even by nippy auto-rickshaws - the roads seem to have traffic lights every few hundred yards and most of the time the traffic is just sat waiting at them. Immediately to the north of Hyderabad City is
Securanabad but the two are in effect one huge busy city with only the large Hussain Sagar lake sat between them. For such a huge lake the Hussain Sagar is a pretty mucky and polluted stretch of water - there is plenty of smelly rubbish and debris which in some parts stretches quite a few yards from it's shoreline. Equally and perhaps far more polluted is the poor Musi River - this really is one
smelly and rubbish strewn bit of water by any standards.
Places to sightsee and look round in Hyderabad. Golkonda Fort is very interesting to look round and also fairly close to the fort at Ibrahim Bagh there are the Tombs of the seven Muslim Qutb Shahi Dynasty rulers who ruled the kingdom of Golkonda. There are quite a few mosques around and some of the buildings in Hyderabad are probably really beautiful and
colourful - "probably" is because the air pollution at Hyderabad can be quite bad so seeing things clearly is not always that easy.
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Hussain Sagar Lake
Hyderabad Boys School
Hyderabad High Court
Hyderabad's wealth came from the gems especially those mined Kistna Valley at Golconda - these gems included the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond (Mountain of Light) which ended up cut and forms part of the British Royal Crown and it's twin diamond the Dary-ye Noor (Sea of Light) which now resides in Iran.
Visiting and About Golconda Fort (Golkonda Fort) - Hyderabad, India. Golconda Fort is a massive three-tiered granite fortification which is protected by a moat and has eight entrance gates. Quite self-contained the fort has armouries, granaries, mosques, magazines as well as a township enclosed by a 7km outer wall. The outer walls originally had 87 semi-circular bastions and entry was via eight elephant-proof gates. In addition the fort has an excellently designed water supply system. The original fortification originates from the 12th century and took
it's name from it's actual location which is on Shepherd's Hill (Golla Konda). Originally a mud fortification it was re-built out of granite by the Qutb Shahi Kings and made the capital of the area in 1518 by Sultan Quli. The fort is around 11kms to the west of Hyderabad Old City centre and is open daily - entrance to The Citadel is through Bala Hasar Gate and costs 100 Rupees for non-Indians.
Galconda Fort armoury
Galconda Fort Citadel
On the way up the steps you pass Taramati Mosque (Taramati's Mosque) which is a good example of Qutb Shahi architecture. It has three arches with the central arch somewhat larger than the other two and the overhang above the arches has a Chhajja (Hindu architectural design which was copied by the invading Muslims).
The Citadel is fairly spread out and the climb up to the top whichf is capped by Durbar Hall is quite steep - the way passes by water tanks, Ramdas Gaol (which is where the court cashier was once imprisoned) and further along Ibrahim Mosque. Ibrahim Mosque is another example of Qutb Shahi architecture and art style with its three arches and in addition the base of the mosque has nine small arches.
Baradari Hall - or Durbar Hall - sits right on the top of Shepherds Hill - the three storied building has open terraces and an audience hall. The lower two stories are called Diwani-I-Khas and Diwani-Am and were the audience halls.
Also at the top there is a temple (Mahakali Temple) which has been built into the rocks.
Golkonda Fort view
Golkonda Fort gates
Golkonda Fort outer wall
The views from the top of the fort are excellent with the outer walls and distant Hyderabad visible. There are gardens in the lower parts of the Citadel whcih are pleasant to wander around especially after having climbed up so far - also there are Camel Stables, the Queens Palace and Mosque
as well as other structures to look at.
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