Oct 22, 2010

The Walled City

With the conquest of Golconda by Aurangzeb, the reign of the Qutb Shahi dynasty came to an end.  Later, in the early 18th century, when Farrukh Siyar was the Mughal emperor, his subedar Mubrez Khan started the construction of a wall around the city of Hyderabad. A part of the wall was the already existing stretch built from Purana Pul to the Delhi Darwaza during the reign of Sultan Abul Hasan Tana Shah, the last Qutb Shahi ruler. 

The wall around the city was completed only during the reign of Asaf Jah I, the first Nizam of Hyderabad. 

At the time, the wall had 13 gates (the Delhi gate mentioned above was one of them), of which only two now remain:
Dabirpura Darwaza
Purana Pul Darwaza
Sadly, Hyderabad is no longer  a walled city, as large stretches of the wall were washed away during the 1908 floods, and some of the darwazas became victims of modernization. But do check out this article with some really gorgeous photographs of walled cities around the world.


  1. your blog is a great resource for hyderabadi history..love the way you are documenting such exquisite details...:)...every hyderabadi has to thank you for all the effort and time you are putting in

  2. f-stop3:36 AM

    hmm...got a good camera
    and have the luxury to roam around
    and ...may be bandwagon of people who say "great" for whatever you click
    sorry to say , I am deeply disappointed at this so-called "photography"
    not even a different angle or camera placement! its like a paid-guide taking photos to be on tourism department brochure.

  3. Sudha - thank you very much :)

    f-stop - This blog is about Hyderabad, not photography. I don't remember asking you to check out my pictures, so if you don't like my work, stay away from it. I welcome constructive criticism, but not pure venom.

  4. It is a very good blog. It has helped me in my project very much.Thank You?