Hybrid-abad April 08, 2016 19:09
Hyderabad, the combined capital city of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, is a city that rests on a bed of astounding culture intermingled with the history of the land. Tradition interfuses with modernity, rather perfectly and seamlessly, in this legendary city. There are numerous things which make this city attractive. The historical monuments, the lakes, the parks, there’s lots for the eyes and mind to explore, and must we remind you, given their exotic biryanis and kebabs, it’s a treat all the way for the taste buds too. Throw in some shopping too, given the exquisite, world famous Hyderabadi pearls and traditional arts and crafts, and hey we see your fingers clicking on the travel agents number already!
The grandeur and charm of the Charminar is almost akin to the Eiffel Tower of Paris. Constructed in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutab Shah, the Charminar was built to celebrate the end of a deadly plague in the Hyderabad city. With the passage of time, the Charminar has become the heart of all bustling activities and the city of Hyderabad has almost become synonymous with this monument. Not far from the Charminar, is the Mecca Masjid, that is described as poetry in stone. This is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad and gets it’s name from the fact that Mohammad Quli Qutab, for the construction of the central arch of the mosque, commissioned bricks to be made from the soil brought from Mecca, the holiest site of Islam. House to rarest of rare pieces of art, the Salar Jung museum in Hyderabad also has an interesting history behind it. A major portion of the collection at this museum was acquired by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, popularly known as Salar Jung 3. The zeal for collecting art objects continued as a family tradition for three generations of Salar Jung. With a view to perpetuate the name of Salar Jung as a world renowned art connoisseur, the Salar Jung museum was brought into existence and opened to pubic by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India in 1951.
Another pearl of wisdom one’d give someone visiting Hyderabad is to buy the world famous pearls there. Considered to be distinctly exquisite, pearls can be found in abundance in Hyderabad. Interestingly, the monicker “City of pearls’ that Hyderabad has acquired, also has a history. The wealthy lifestyles of the Nizams who inhabited this city, attracted scores of gem traders and jewellers from all over the world, particularly those from the Middle East, who offered pearls to the Nizams at unbelievable rates. Thus, pearls are found in profusion in this city and continue to remain an important aspect of the culture in Hyderabad to date.
Hyderabad is a heaven for food lovers. Not enough justice can be done to this place, without talking about its food. Hyderabadi cuisine is a blend of traditional South Indian, Mughal and Persian palates and has a rich variety to choose from. Aside from the exotic spices and liberal use of ghee, the cuisine also uses fresh fruits instead of dried fruits, but to get the real taste of Hyderabadi food, one must try the city’s iconic dish The Dum Biriyani. Prepared in a unique style of cooking practised by the Nizams - Hyderabadi Biryani has a distinct aroma. Another must try is the Haleem. Minced meat, cooked with butter and ground wheat, Muslims break their Ramzan fast with this perfect dish because of it’s high nutritional value. Other native delicacies include Khubani ka Mitha, Phirni (a sweet vermicelli delicacy eaten during the festival of Diwali.
There is a marked distinction between the old and new city along with the recently developed cyber city, which too falls under the jurisdiction of Hyderabad. New Hyderabad demonstrated its business sense and pushed the IT revolution and biotech hubs, making it a perfect and remarkable juxtaposition of two worlds, in more ways than one.