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Having visited the 400 year old heritage monument a few times earlier, it was for the first time that I climbed up into the innards of the Charminar in Hyderabad. The climb took me up a narrow, dingy spiral staircase to a height that was five stories high, though commonly referred to as the first floor. From here I could see elevated views of old Hyderabad and the choked streets that led away like spokes from the monument hub. The elevated corridor was just below the dome height and encircled the Charminar, with arched windows that looked outside and down into the atrium.

From the Charminar, I walked a short distance past shops erupting in color and chaos, to the Chowmahalla Palace – a first time visit for me. At the Palace, I strode down corridors and marble floors where time stood still, past signature exhibits that were slices of the past, and gazed upwards in wonder at the ornate chandeliers and the fresco ceilings. The Royalty of yore knew how to live in pomp and pageantry - opulence at its lavish best! The visit to Chowmahalla Palace was an incredible experience and a visit is highly recommended!

The gallery takes you to the Golkonda Fort and the Qutub Shahi tombs and ends with some images at night around the Charminar

In slideshow mode, you can listen to a popular Qawwali song
The busy shopping arcade on the streetUntititledUntititledThe antique clock that keeps ticking awayUnder the dome of the CharminarUntitledElevated view of the side streetsFour Brothers and the Kamaan in the backgroundAt the atrium of the CharminaruntitledUntitledNuts and spicesMannequins all, except one..The Chowmahalla PalaceThe Chowmahalla PalaceThe Chowmahalla PalaceInside the Grand DurbarInside the Grand DurbarInside the Grand DurbarInside the Grand Durbar

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Guestbook for Hyderabad revisited
Howard Youth(non-registered)
Wow, Rags.
More phenomenal work. This group of photos really takes you to the place and takes me back to our days in India, though I never got to visit Hyderabad.
Just fantastic how you captured the color and action in some many different angles and compositions.
Keep up the great work, and thanks for sharing it with us.

Howard
Ramesh Rudrappan(non-registered)
Lovely pics, Raghavan.
Pradip Chaudhuri(non-registered)
Borda,
There are some very stunning images in there! The qawwali also added to the effect. Great work as ususal> Cheers!

Regards
Pradip Chaudhuri
Subu Kota(non-registered)
Incredible collection. I go HYD six times a year. I have never seen this much detail. Thanks for sharing.
Prashanth Palakurthi(non-registered)
Rags, You make me want to go to my home town NOW...What a brilliant collection of pictures....Thank you....
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