Monday, February 27, 2017

Hyderabad, City of Pearls

Hyderabad located on hilly terrain around artificial lakes, the capital of Telangana. This city was founded in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, and later it changed hands from the Qutb Shahi dynasty to Mughals. Later Mughal viceroy Asif Jah I created his own dynasty, known as the Nizams of Hyderabad. Historically it was known as a pearl and diamond trading centre, and even today it is known as the 'City of Pearls'. 

Today the city has historical side which forms the the Old City of Hyderabad one can immerse one self into the grand history of the city showcased by its impressive old structures. Other side of the city is much younger Hi-Tech City, or 'Cyberabad' comprising of malls, multiplexes, clubs, pubs and sleek restaurants.

The places of interest here are:

  • Charminar
  • Mecca Masjid
  • Golconda Fort
  • Qutb Shahi Tombs
  • Taramati Baradari
  • Birla Mandir
  • Nehru Zoological Park
  • Hussainsagar Lake
  • Buddha Statue of Hyderabad
  • Chowmahalla Palace
  • State Assembly
  • Ramoji Film City
  • Hyderabad Botanical Gardens
  • Paigah Tombs
  • Sudha Cars Museum
  • Toli Masjid
  • Salarjung Museum
  • Telangana State Archaeology Museum

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tazia Tower, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer always been a place that delight tourists who visit it. Like everyone else we were also very much impressed by the architecture. One of the prominent attractions in the city is Tazia Tower.

It was builtin 1866 AD by Muslim craftsmen in the shape of a Tazia and gifted to their royal patron. It is a delicate pagoda that rises from Badal Mahal. It is a five-tiered architectural marvel with each story graced by a delicately carved balcony.

The exquisite design and fine carvings on the walls of each floor of the Tower reflects the rich artistic creativity and imaginative skills of the local craftsmen of the bygone era.