Back to life

A month ago, I had an opportunity to visit the Qutb Shahi tombs site and had a (brief) look at the restoration activities and to say that it is a mega project would be an understatement. The entire restoration project is divided into three phases and each phase is planned such that the visitors can move… Continue reading Back to life

Naya Qila

When the Quli Qutb Shahi dynasty was ruling the Deccan region successfully, Aurangazeb had set his eyes on the Golkonda fort. Buoyed by victories over various kingdoms in 1656, Aurangazeb directed his forces to the surrounding areas of Golkonda. Abdullah Qutb Shah, who ruled Golkonda at the time, shut the gates to the fort. Aurangazeb… Continue reading Naya Qila

Kaman-e-Sehar-Batil

The text below is an excerpt from an article published in the Hindu titled Glory of the Gates – http://www.hindu.com/mp/2004/03/10/stories/2004031000490300.htm. The western arch was the grandest, most significant and has an interesting legend attached to it. Called the “Kaman-e-Sehar-Batil” (the arch of the magic breaker) now corrupted to Kaman Sher-e-Batil and Mitti-Ka-Sher, it was the gateway… Continue reading Kaman-e-Sehar-Batil

Charkaman – Introduction

The text below is an excerpt from an article published in the Hindu titled Glory of the Gates – http://www.hindu.com/mp/2004/03/10/stories/2004031000490300.htm. The following posts will talk about the four arches that stand in front of the Charminar. When the fifth Qutb Shahi poet-king, Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah conceived the plan for the new city of Bhagyanagar –… Continue reading Charkaman – Introduction

Khurshid Jah Baradari

The images that were seen in the last few posts were the interiors and details of the Khurshidjah Baradari, known more for the playground and cricket club than its history and heritage. Although it is called a Baradari, the twelve doors aren’t present. Instead you see eight iconic  imposing pillars supporting the pediment , reminiscent… Continue reading Khurshid Jah Baradari

Jubilee Hall Throne

Known to be the richest man in the world during his time, H.E.H. Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Asaf Jah VII, was the last Nizam of the Princely State of Hyderabad, until it was invaded and annexed by India in 1948. He ranks fifth in the list of richest people in the history of the… Continue reading Jubilee Hall Throne