A Tale of Nizami Stone Walls

Ever wondered what the story of Hyderabad is, or how the city’s street names and language came about or even more commonplace, what makes the Biryani, Osmania biscuits and Irani Chai of Hyderabad so famous?

In today’s fast paced life, it has become easier to overlook the stories behind the cobbled streets and the dusty stone walls of those Forts. We walk the streets everyday without realizing the origins of its culture and how does it contribute to the food, arts, and traditions that encompasses it. We see those bricks and pass them by, nonchalantly, not knowing the wealth of heritage contained it them.

For example, do you know why Bowenpally of Hyderabad is called by that name? The word “Bowenpally” derives from Bhuvanapalli. It is named after the King of Chalukya, Trailokya Malla Bhuvanesvara, from the 10th century. The State Archeology Department found an inscription on a pillar dating from the Chalukya times, thus confirming the name. Or, consider Golconda: originates from the word ‘golla’ meaning shepherd ‘konda’ meaning hill. There was actually a time when diamonds used to be sold by weight in the erstwhile kingdom of Golconda. Or, how about the famous landmark ‘Paradise Circle’? People often assume that the name comes from the Paradise Hotel, but it was named after a cinema hall called Paradise Theater; long before Paradise Hotel’s Biryani got famous.

Micro tours or heritage walks give us a chance to know our neighborhoods better with entertaining and interesting facts and trivia. Every city, every town has hundreds of streets named after people. Who were those people? What was their contribution to the city to have streets named after them?

Micro Tours can help uncover these highly interesting portions of localities, exposing art and cultural heritage. Although, where do you start exploring these historical pockets of of your city? If you are in Hyderabad, you are in luck. RuddBuddy hosts a set of Heritage and Food walks, to satiate your hunger for authentic Nizami food, as well as your curiosity for its origins. 

But, even after all this, one might ask, why is it important to know our heritage anyway? Heritage, whether it be national, cultural, or family is an endowment of unique sets of the knowledge of YOUR history. It is responsible for how we came to be; it is a very large part of who and what we are; and it determines what we will become.

All you need is a stroll with a different perception to do something different this weekend. All you need is a couple of hours and a curious personality to rediscover this heritage and subsequently discover ourselves.

So, which micro tour will you be on this weekend?

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