Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Travelling by overnight sleeper train north from Hampi I reached Hyderabad. This was for the start of the series of India vs England cricket matches, but i’ll come on to that in my next post. Before that I had a couple of days to do some sightseeing around Hyderabad city. First on my list was to try the famous Hyderbad Biryani. The origins of the dish are not certain, but the city is very much known for this dish, and is perhaps the most popular dish across India. It is made with spiced flavoured rice, then layered traditionally with meat or vegetables and cooked together. This one below was a chicken biryani, and one of several good versions I had whilst in the city.

The Qutub Shahi Tombs were built during the 16th & 17th centuries and set over a few kilometers. Home to several tombs and mosques dedicated to the Qutub Shahi Dynasty.

It was a large peaceful area to walk around and experience these grand buildings with their traditional architecture, on a warm sunny day in Hyderbad.

The weather did make it a hot hard climb up Golconda Fort, which is set nearby the tombs. You can see the long way up across the ruins and fort below.

The climb was worth it though as this was the view from the top of the fort. Some areas of the fort and citadel date back to the 11th century here.

It was good to have a few days around Hyderbad. I also visited the impressive Birla Mandir Hindu temple. At the temple no phones are allowed inside though, but that did not detract from the beautiful temple and view across Hyderabad.

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