Begum Bazaar is one of the biggest and oldest commercial markets in Hyderabad. It was established during the Qutab Shahi rule on the land gifted by Humda Begum (the wife of Nizam Ali Khan Nizamul Mulk) to the merchants of Hyderabad for trade and commerce.
Begum Bazar is the place where the first Ganesh Mandap was establish in Hyderabad before spreading to the whole of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.
I planned for a photo-walk with my workshop participants around the markets on a Sunday afternoon (week-days are too busy here) without any clue of what we are going to find. As it usually happens, we were pleasantly surprised.
Here are some pictures from the walk. We started at Begum Bazaar post office. As I was passing by the lanes to reach the meeting place, I did see some beautiful old architectures.
This building is right opposite of the Post Office building.
We took a left turn and saw some old and colourful buildings. Most of the buildings had shops on the ground floor and residences on the first and subsequent floors. Most of the merchants Marwaris originally belonging to Nagaur, Rajasthan.
I was enjoying the old architecture when something I saw took me by surprise. I saw a man who looked very similar to Amitabh Bachchan peeping out of his shop. I was surprised to see that he was already a public figure just because he resembled the great hero. I had a talk with him and he said that his pictures have been published in all the local newspapers and in news channels. He also makes his appearance in political party meetings to pull crowds. Some days ago, a magazine company took his picture in different costumes as AB wore in different films.
I moved on and met a flute seller.
Around the corner, we found the ‘Mitti Ka Sher’ This structure was about 150 years old and has a history associated with it. I was not able to find much information online.
A little ahead, we passed by the fish market. From the look, I could make out that this was a very old market. the pillars where made up of cut stones. It was evening and the market wore a deserted look.
There were shops selling some vibrant saris.
We crossed the main road and went towards Purana Pul. We found this majestic palace which was a private residence. Photography was not allowed from the entrance, but I did take some pictures from the road on the other side.
Krishna Janmashtami was approaching, hence these shops where selling Krisna idols, swings and decorated pots.
This was a huge door with intricate wooden carvings.
It was heartbreaking that there is no one to care for these heritage structures. Most of the owners demolish them and build new houses.
This house at the corner of a road in Begum Bazaar was almost in ruins.
The we saw this small dargah – Hazrat Syed Sadath Shah Mahmood-e-Alam
From the dargah, we could hear sounds of loudspeakers. We went ahead and saw the celebrations of Janmashtami going on. Many people observe fast to celebrate the birth of the Hindu god, Krishna.
It was getting dark and was time to go back home.
Thanks to you all for spending your time on my blog.
I will soon be back with another interesting place. You might like to read my previous posts.
This article is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer. He strives to ‘make every camera-owner a great photographer through his Photography workshops and Photo Tours and Photowalks.