Heritage is most exciting when it's exclusive, but collective isn't all that
boring. Not even when it's the government is taking care of it. The big reason
is that it's Hyderabad, remember? This is when we get to be tourists in our
own city, and it's real fun, especially as you realize so much about the place
you're spending your life in!
The Department of Tourism is organizing a series of eight heritage walks, the
first of which was held On August 26th. This is the second walk to be held,
and is titled "The Moghulpura Walk". It will start at the Charminar and will
proceed via Malwala Palace to end at the Daira Min Momim.
So why Moghulpura? The reason is that the place became a settlement immediately
after the Mughal invasion. In the 19th century, Moghulpura boasted of large
deorhis (small palaces) with gardens. The second oldest mosque Jami Masjid is
here, the first being on top of the Charminar. The other famous places near
here are the Sardar Mahal, the Malwala Palace, Ali Jah Kotla and the Moghalpura
Tombs. These are part of the old city now.
The walk will culminate at Daira Min Momim. The then Prime Minister and architect
of the city, Mir Momin, had purchased this land, and in his honor the walk will
Interested people can contact the Department of Tourism at 666-7360 for further