Along the banks of the Musi river, amidst the low hills of the Deccan lies the majestic city of Hyderabad. With seven million people living over 650 square kilometers, it is believed to be the nation’s fourth most populous city. Crafted as a cultural centre since its very inception, the city is noted for the many cultures that reside within it.
Hyderabad was established by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591, and has since benefited from the rule of the Qutb Shahi dynasty and then the Nizams, under Mughal and British patronage. The legacy of its rulers continues to be reflected in the mannerisms of the city today. Be it in its distinctive cuisine, or its special Indo-Islamic architecture—dotted with dazzling monuments and century old bazaars, the ‘Best Heritage City of India’ is truly unique.
On the Northern banks of the Musi are most of the administrative and recreational establishments, as well as its upscale residential complexes. This is the ‘New City’—complete with wide roads and modern infrastructure. The city’s very own metro project too is underway. In sharp but not altogether jarring contrast from the Old City, this half of the city is abounding with the offerings of urbane modernity.
While this duality is compelling, what truly makes Hyderabad remarkable is how it comes together to make an unbroken whole; a city varied but not conflicted; the perfect juxtaposition of tradition and modernity.