Hyderabad, the luxurious metropolitan city today is the capital of Telangana state (India). Skyscrapers, swanky malls, bustling with traffic – the city roads, is just the facade of that city which has come to be known as a technology hub and sends the maximum number of software engineers to US. Deep inside is a city which has many stories of an illustrious past and grand history in the form of those royal monuments standing silently, places which narrate the episodes of valour of the rulers of yore, the grandeur with which life was celebrated and the imperial afterlife.
The Land of Nizams as the historical city of Hyderabad is known, it was founded by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the 5th Qutb Shahi ruler. Located on the Musi river to the east of Golkonda, it was under the rule of Qutb Shahi dynasty for over a century. Constantly in conflict with the Mughals, finally the reigns of power passed on to the hands of the Mughals when Mughal emperor Aurangzeb conquered the Deccan. It was later when the Mughal viceroy Asif Jha declared ascendancy to the throne in Hyderabad, he created his own dynasty – the Nizams of Hyderabad. Once the largest and most prosperous among all the princely states of India, Hyderabad came to be ruled by seven nizams for two centuries.
It is under the royal patronage of the Qutb Shahi as well as the Nizami rule that art, architecture, literature and culture proliferated and even today we have the remnants of the relics illustriously dotting the landscape of old Hyderabad. The distinctive cuisine they introduced centuries ago is popular world over. It is to explore this quiddity one loves to travel to this land. The memoirs of this visit and the heritage walks within a limited period of time to some of the most splendid monuments could only be brought back with a few images captured through the lens.