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Nizam-ul-Mulk was a title taken by the Asaf Jah dynasty, who ruled as governors in the Deccan for the Mughals, before declaring their independence in 1719.Under the Nizam’s Hyderabad was transformed in a massive and exceedingly rich princely state. The diamonds and emeralds from the Golkonda mines had much to do with driving this wealth. Osman Ali Khan, Hyderabad’s last Nizam was reputed to be once considered the world's richest man but was also reputed for his miserliness. This half-day/full-day tour with an expert tour companion who will give offers you an insight of Hyderabad's history as documented by the many monuments associated with the rule of the Nizams. Depending on the duration, the tour will cover (from) Chowmahalla Palace, Purani Haveli, Laad Bazaar, Mecca Masjid and Paigah Tombs.
The Salar Jung Museum with its amazing collection of exhibits offers a window into the fabulous life and times of Hyderabad’s Nizam –era. Founded in the 16th century by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah the city became the capital of the larger state of the Asaf Jahi Nizams, who ruled for two centuries till India’s independence. Chowmahalla Palace was built by Nizam Salabat Jung in 1750; it is a finer replica of his palace in the city of Tehran in Iran. The fabulous Faluknama Palace, built by a nobleman of the Nizam has been now transformed into a five-star hotel. Purani Haveli served as a residence for the sixth Nizam Mir Mehboob Ali Khan; it also houses the Nizam’s Museum.
The Paigah Tombs, monuments to the noblemen of the Nizams date back to late 18th century. Located in Begumpet they are notable for their fine architectural lines which follow the Indo-Saracenic code. Adorned in marble inlay they feature intricately designed interiors and beautiful jali work.
We will wander around Laad Bazar and soak in the rich atmospherics of this ancient bazaar famed for the shiny lac bangles. Our walk takes us through the by lanes where we can see and meet the craftsmen who create this evocative filmy ‘bling’.
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