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Hyderabad is the second largest city of Sindh and sixth largest in the country.
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Points of Interest in Hyderabad
There are many historic monuments in the city which include old Mud Fort, Sheikh Makai Fort, Kalhoro Monuments, Talpur Monuments and Miani Forest. Hyderabad Fort (Packo Qilo): The fort built by Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro is the best landmark of the Hyderabad and a 'must see' for visitors.
Rani Bagh is the most famous park of the city. It has a zoo containing indigenous and exotic animals, a funland and an open air theatre.
In the north of the city are the tombs of the Talpur Mirs and the Kalhora rulers. The tomb of Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro is one of the finest, although its dome collapsed and has now been replaced by a flat roof.
Also worth to visit is the Institute of Sindhology Museum at the University of Sindh. It has dioramas which display many aspects of Sindhi history, heritage, music and culture. Some very interesting dioramas depict the lifestyles of the desert tribes of Thar and Kohistan.
Hyderabad Fort or ‘Packo Qilo’: One of the 'must do' in Hyderabad is to see the historic Hyderabad Fort or ‘Packo Qilo’. Though the ‘Packo Qilo’ is not well maintained and in worst condition due to negligence, it is something one must not miss to see from outside. There is nothing to see inside as most of the area inside the compound has been inhabited by people who migrated from India in mass exchange of populations in 1947. The main gate of the fort and one building of the Talpur Mirs is still there for visitors to see and take photographs.
Sindh Museum: The Sindh Museum has many nice items on display which depict the history and heritage of Sindh and Indus Valley Civilization. Items from various ruling periods of Sindh, including Sama, Soomra, Kalhora and Talpur periods can be found in the museum.
Old Houses of Hirabad and Amil Colony: These areas are not well kept and a victim of un-organized, haphazard development in the post-1947 period. However, one can still see the buildings or pre-1947 times with wonderful architecture and façades. The streets of these areas were washed with water containing rose and sandalwood essences in pre-1947 British times.
Badshahi Bungalow (Kings Bungalow): It is wonderful palace of Prince Mir Hassan Ali Khan Talpur, the son of the last ruler of Hyderabad, His Highness Mir Naseer Khan Talpur. It is owned by one of his descendents. His permission and appointment is required to see it from inside. However, one can see it from outside any time. It is located a Tando of Talpur Mir near Latifabad Unit No. 4. If one can get appointment, one can have chat with Talpur Mirs and also see the palace from inside.
- Shrine of Abdul Latif Bhittai, Bhit (about 56km from Hyderabad on the National Highway N-5.). A beautiful structure covered with traditional Iranian-tiles, glazed in the colours like blue and turquoise, is the final resting place of Sindh's renowned saint and great mystic poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (1689 - 1752). He is remembered for the compendium of his poetry called 'Risalo', a treasure house of wisdom as well as romantic folklore and fine pottery. He also founded a musical tradition of his own which is still popular. Devotees sing with fervor and frenzy his love-intoxicated Kafis to the strains of ek-tara (single string instrument) mainly on the occasion of his "Urs" held every year between 13th and 15th of Safar, the second Islamic lunar month.
The city was founded in 1768 by Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro upon the ruins of a Mauryan fishing village along the bank of the Indus known as Neroon Kot. It has often been referred to as, in the olden times, the Paris of India; because its roads were washed daily with perfumed water.
The city was made capital of Sindh under Kalhoras. It expanded, progressed and flourished more under the later Talpur rulers. Traditionally, old city buildings are topped by ‘Manghu’ or ‘badgir’ which looks like chimneys on roof tops. They catch the cool breezes which blow steadily from south-west to north-east during the hot summer days beginning in late April. In few old sections of the town, cows still roam the streets giving it a distinctly medieval atmosphere.
- Pan hyderabad famous pan at paka kila chowk
- Bombay Bakery cakes
- Grilled Pallo Fish at the Jamshoro bridge food stalls (Al-Manzar Restaurant) on the banks of River Indus
- Pallay jo Pulao is rice with Pallo Fish
- Fried Kur'ro Fish One can easily find fried fish near Giddu Chowk area near overhead railway crossing at the end of Thandi Sarak
- Chicken Karhai - the most common fried chicken in the city
- Lamb Sajji in nearby Tando Adam town (little more than one hour driving distance)
- Haji Rabri (Hyderabad's famous speciality sweet - plenty of shops around City Gate PAKA KILA )
However, KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut are also available in the city.
- Thadhal drink. However, make sure the water used is filtered and ice used is clean.
- Murree Beer You can find in various places Alcoholic at licensed Beer Shops and Non-Alcoholic at any Grocery Shop.
- Sweet Lassi Sweetened Lassi can be found at most sweets shops and dairy shops, one famous and good quality Lassi can be found near Hyder Chowk area opposite to Cantonese Chinese Restaurant at a Dairy & Sweet Shop
Resham Ghiti and Shahi Bazaar: The visitor of Hyderabad must go to see and shop in these narrow lane bazaars which are several kilometers long . The word Shahi is derived from the word 'Shah' which means 'kings'. This bazaar is known as Shahi Bazaar because it was first established by Kalhora ruler who, when changed the capital of Sindh from Khudabad to Hyderabad, persuaded many traders to come and start trading at this bazaar. It starts from the very gate of the Packo Qilo Fort and extends up to the Naval Rai Clock Tower. The Reshm Ghati is a lateral extension of Shahi Bazaar. Large variety of glass bangles, Sindhi 'Kundan' gold jewellery as well as imitation jewellery can be bought from Resham Ghiti.
A similar extension of Shahi Bazaar, albeit with different kind of shops is the Chhotki Ghiti, located at some distance from the ReshamGhiti. Electronics,electric items and crockery shops can be found in the Chhotki Ghiti.
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