Hyderabad, the real Koh-i-Noor

I cannot stop feeling mushy whenever I step my foot in Hyderabad. No other city makes me feel so connected than Hyderabad. This is a tribute to all the things that I love about it.

Hyderabad is not complete without its city buses in the hustle and bustle. Isn't it amazing to see a lady ticket collector all clad in a saree and garlands of jasmine which is traditionally dominated by men?

Summer is synonymous to wedding season, mangoes, jasmine blooms, and sugarcane juice in South India.

A piligrimage to Gokul Chat, a fast food place, is a must for any Hyderbadi student and families alike. So much so that this tiny place in the heart of the city was target of terrorist attacks.

For the sweet tooth, there is always Famous Icecream and Karachi Bakery at Mozamjahi Market.

Ganesh (Elephant God) temple in Secunderabad (the twin city of Hyderabad) for the devote.

Begum Bazaar in Afzalgunj is a place to go to buy anything at wholesale rates. These huge utensils are meant to cook food for wedding cermonies.

Hyderabad is not complete without its 400 hundred year old Charminar referred to as the Arc de Triomphe of the East. Hyderabadi's literally revolve around this beautiful limestone monument.

(thanks to Nataraj for posting this video on my facebook)
Historic Laad Bazaar (Bangle Street), Makkah Masjid and the Nizam General Hospital near Charminar.

We may have lost our Koh-i-Noor but for us it is right here, the city itself!
Happy Birthday India.

~ Kalyan


Cathy said...

Happy Birthday India! I loved your tour. It's all so beautiful.

Stephanie said...

The Ganesh Temple so colorufl and ornate. I clicked on the picture to enlarge it and you could look at it for ages and still be amazed. How wonderful to have warm memories of a place you love.

Nat said...

Very nice post, It reminds me of the good time in Hyderabad. Did you check out the Pullareddy sweets branch in KPHB?

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I know the feeling you describe. Whenever I go to where I grew up it is like taking a piece of my heart and reliving it and loving it more. It is appreciating things that make us who we are and places that have given us experience. Thanks always for sharing.

Avinash Shahdadpuri said...


I have not been to Hyderabad but your pictures gave me a nice tour. May be I should visit once and check it out for myself.

Its a lovely post.

kalyan said...

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments.

Usha Kandala said...

Kalyan - your pictures made me feel nostalgic, esp the Gokul chat and the mangoes. thanks for sharing the pictures.