Jun 23, 2013

Charminar to Mahboob Chowk

Of the numerous lanes and bylanes radiating from the Charminar, the most fascinating is probably the Laad Bazaar road that ends at Purana Pul, the ancient bridge across the River Musi. This weekend, I had the pleasure of going on a photowalk through this historical route with the very talented Anuradha Goyal who writes one of my favourite travel blogsHere's what early mornings look like in the first stretch, from Charminar to Mahboob Chowk, without the hustle and bustle of the bazaars.
A sugarcane juice stall that hadn't opened yet
One bangle store was open, and we almost asked the shopkeeper 'dude, why are you up so early?' But we didn't, and he kindly let us take as many pictures as we wanted.
Hyderabadi Bangles
Stacks and stacks of bling
Afzal Miya's lace shop is a treasure trove for lace, tassels, ribbon, borders and pretty much any kind of embellishments for your clothes. Can you see "century old ladies fashion" written on the shutter?
Afzal Miyan Lace Centre
Soon, the Julukhana Kaman appeared on our left. This was one of the original entrances to the nearby Chowmahalla Palace, but all you see behind it now are shops, shops and more shops.
Julukhana Kaman
Julukhana Kaman
We continued to walk through Laad Bazaar and reached Mahboob Chowk. This is the Mahboob Chowk Clock Tower. 
Mahboob Chowk Clock Tower
Mahboob Chowk Clock Tower

In front of the clock tower, is the Moti Mahal that is over a hundred years old. It was first a palace of the Nizam, then a homeopathic hospital, and now, a function palace. You can spend hours browsing through the shops selling books and antiques (so they claim) in the ground floor of this building.
Moti Mahal
Moti Mahal
A cluster of shops around the clock tower specialize in duplicating keys. The blue machine you see in the next picture? It is a key duplicator!
Key Duplicating Machine
Key Duplicating Machine

The Mahboob Chowk Beef Market. It is called a beef market, but has shops selling all kinds of meat.
Mahboob Chowk Beef Market
Mahboob Chowk Beef Market
A naan shop in the Chowk had soft fluffy naans, a Hyderabadi staple for almost the last two centuries, cooking in a tandoor.
Hyderabadi Naan
Inside the tandoor
Hyderabadi Naan
Hot naans straight from the tandoor
We chatted with the men in the shop, and they showed us how the naan is made. And then we walked on.

5 comments:

  1. When I was in the vicinity during Ramzan month, two years back, I was pestered by the clueless Islamic student manning Hilal Pen Store near Gulzar Hauz to end my shopping and leave. It was 6.45 AM and they were open all the night! They closed at 7AM and opened in the evening again.

    I went there again on the night before Id at around 11PM, it was a surreal experience. :)

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    1. Hahaha Ravi, that's awesome :)

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  2. I was lucky enough to visit Hyderabad and Charminar. It's a nice city. I have fond memories of this city.

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    1. Yes Celine, it is :) Glad you enjoyed your time here :)

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  3. Khurram Mirza4:47 AM

    Dear Madhu

    Thanks for your blog and very interesting pictures. Its not just that because I am a hyderabadi at heart and live very close to the charminar that I love these beautiful pictures :)
    But your selection of subjects is really nice

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