Hyderabad - The History of a Capital

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Floohoo Travels offer Hyderabad Tour Packages. Book Hyderabad Tour Packages from a wide range of tour packages based on your interests and needs. Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah founded the city of Hyderabad in 1591 AD, and for almost a hundred years, the Qutb Shahi dynasty dominated the region before it eventually fell to the Mughals. 

In 1724, the erstwhile Mughal Viceroy of the Deccan and tributary Asif Jah I declared his independence when the Mughal Empire in Delhi was weakened.  Historically, his line was believed to belong to Samarkand in modern day Uzbekistan.  With this unchallenged declaration, Asif Jah founded the fabulously wealthy Turkic dynasty of the Nizams of Hyderabad, ruling from 1724 to 1748.

Asif Jah I went by many names, including Mir Qamar ud din Khan Siddiqi, and was also known as Chin Qilich Khan, a title awarded by Aurangzeb. The word "Nizam" is shortened from "Nizam ul Mulk" translating to "Administrator of the Realm".
The Nizam's dominions were consolidated into a princely state under the patronage of the British.  The dynasty ruled for 150 years, with Hyderabad as its capital - a status it continued to enjoy even after the state merged with the Indian Union in 1948 and became Andhra Pradesh.

In 2014, a new region called Telangana was formed when it split from Andhra Pradesh, and Hyderabad was mandated to continue as the joint capital of both states until the year 2025.

Hyderabad displays its signature royal pageantry with pride.  The last cultural and architectural vestiges of the Qutb Shahi are visible all over the city and even in the courtly local mannerisms and customs of the people.  The distinctive aromas of the city's iconic cuisine, known as Mughlai, or "that of the Mughals," have reached all corners of the sophisticated, civilized world, and their famous kebabs, biryani, and haleem are served at the tables of the rich and famous and less fortunate alike.
The Qutb Shahis and Nizams carefully nurtured Hyderabad as a refined, cultural universe, attracting scholars of distinction from all over the globe.  The cultural shift happened after the decline of Delhi's emperors, and the population swung towards the music, dance, poetry, theatre and beauty that have come to characterize Hyderabad today.  This is a fairy tale city enriched by its trade in pearls and diamonds from legendary mines like the Golkonda, from where the Koh-i-noor was first taken.  Hyderabad continues to be distinguished by its moniker: the City of Pearls, and visitors rarely leave without indulging in pearl shopping.