there is a lot more of the Hyderabad's history that is often unexplored, especially its core Persian culture. Founded in 1591 by Mohd, Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth of the Qutb Shahi (Golconda) monarchs, Hyderabad was in fact one of the earliest cities that was built in a gridiron design in India. Most of its original monuments (of which only a tiny percent survive today) are of Persian architecture and are not even on tourist maps. Edifices like the Badshahi Ashurkhana (place of mourning for Shia Muslims), and the Qutb Shahi tombs, which is possibly one of the world's largest necropolis', often go unnoticed. Through the walk, we will explore how the city of Hyderabad, which was built between a Telugu speaking region, grew as a modern city in the Deccan between the 16th-17th centuries, until it was destroyed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
With 8 years of experience in reporting, Yunus Y. Lasania is a journalist who last worked as the state correspondent for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana with Mint (HT Media). During his 3 years with Mint, he primarily covered politics of both the Telugu states. apart from business. His work also involved travelling to rural areas of Telangana and Andhra, especially to cover farmer/rural issues. Currently, he is writing a book on oral history accounts of people who lived in the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad (1724-1948).
What is included in the tour
- 100 Minutes Session on 'Hyderabad's Persian Roots'
- A/V Presentation followed by discussion with the speaker
- Founding of Hyderabad
- Original Monuments that survive today
- One of World's largest acropolis
- Destruction of the city by Aurangzeb