Hyderabad houses some of the most famous historical sites including Salar Jung Museum (among the world’s largest private collection museum) as well as art galleries, libraries, and theatres. Legend has it that Charminar was built to honour a promise Quli Qutb Shah, the person under whose rule it was constructed, made to Allah to mark the end of the plague in the city of Hyderabad. Hyderabad was once the capital of a filthy-rich princely state. After India’s independence, the palaces and pleasure gardens were sold off, built over and looted, and you had to be really sharp to see the city’s beauty. But several palaces in Hyderabad’s Old City have recently been refurbished, including Falaknuma Palace, a seven-star hotel that was skilfully restored by the Taj Group and is now an exceedingly plush time capsule. Other monuments and buildings are being fixed up, but the city, and many of its architectural gems, are still off the radar – which keeps the masses at bay. Elegant and blossoming, but also weathered and undiscovered, Hyderabad’s Old City is ripe for exploration. When it comes to shopping, Hyderabad is nothing sort of a paradise. From antiques to beautiful rich dresses to rare semi… Read full this story
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