Hyderabad is the capital of southern India’s Telangana state. Hyderabad was known as a pearl and diamond trading place, and it continues to be known as the “City of Pearls”.
The city is famous for biryani and traditional bazaars. All the bazaars meet together in the middle at a beautiful monument called “The Charminar”. Nowadays it also becomes a hi-tech and IT city in India. Hyderabad wasn’t on my list to visit at first. But when planning different routes by train, it became clear this was the ideal city to do a stopover. It looked like a great place for a short visit. And in the end, I loved this city.
Took a night train from Bangalore to Hyderabad. I think Indian trains are the coolest experience ever. During my trip in India, I’ve tried different kind of sleepers. Also the lowest second-class, where it’s very crowded and you have to jump off a moving train to get off… (Otherwise you miss the chance to get out because those who try to get in are jumping in as soon as the arriving train is slowing down). You can get cheap chai, coffee, snacks or you can even order a mealbox in advance and collect it at a certain stations. Wonderful!
In the early morning, many breakfast shops were still getting ready to open. The atmosphere and architectures of Hyderabad center reminded me of some Moroccan cities.
The landmark in Hyderabad – the Charminar was built in 1591 by The fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. The Charminar boasts of the rich heritage of Indo-Islamic architecture. As an ancient trading center, Hyderabad is famous for its traditional bazaars. All the bazaars meet together in this beautiful monument at the middle of the city. Normally it’s the busiest place in the city, but when I was there, it was Ganesh Festival. Most locals closed their shops and went to the Hindu temples to celebrate.
Besides the bustling bazaars in the center, Hyderabad is also famous for a dish called Hyderabadi biryani. Before I went there, I’ve heard from many Indians that I could eat very nice biriyani in Hyderabad. This dish originated as a blend of Mughlai and Iranian cuisine. It resembles Pilaf rice in many Central Asian cuisines to me.
During my visit, it was the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The 10-day festival remembers Ganesha’s birthday, and celebrates him as the god of good beginnings, prosperity and obstacle remover. In Hyderabad, there were several street festivities. I saw huge colorful Ganesh idols everywhere in the streets. After a long procession, locals moved Ganesh inside a temple.
Sugar cane juice squeezer in a market.
I made a stopover in Hyderabad before catching the flight to the North. I walked around the city, had much fun with Ganesh idols. I have another task here, which is buying sarees. I went to the tailor area in town. Luckily there were some shops still open during the festival. For example, this”Fancy Store”. I quickly got my saree top stitched.
What do you think of my saree?
Auto rickshaw on the way to the airport.
城市中心最具代表性是这个叫Charminar的门型建筑。400多年前，南印度经历了一个穆斯林化的朝代。 这个非常特别的“门”由当时一个统治者建成。它的建筑风格是典型的印度伊斯兰建筑。 作为历史上一个主要的贸易城市，海德拉巴以众多的巴扎闻名。城市里所有的巴扎都汇集于这个门型建筑。正常情况下，这里是城市最繁忙的地方。但是我去的时候正值印度的象头神节。大部分的店都关门了，只要零星的几个小贩买一些小零食。大部分当地印度教的人都去庙里奉献神灵了。
由于海德拉巴只是我的一个中转站。除了在城市里随便逛逛，看到各种甘纳什像。我还有个其他任务，就是买印度传统服饰 – 纱丽。印度的纱丽真是美啊，而且一块布绕啊绕啊就变成了衣服。我在班加罗尔买了几块做纱丽的布，但是没有时间找裁缝店。海德拉巴不愧是集市城市，即使在节日，也是轻易让我找到了裁缝街。我在一家叫做“华丽”的店里很快缝好了纱丽。