On Diwali Day, we ventured to the third heritage walk – the one that we missed earlier– Charminar to Chowmahalla Palace. I called our guide Suryakanth Sambrani the previous night and he said the walk was on at 730. (Of course the call centre chap at the Tourism Centre told me confidently and politely that the a) walk had been discontinued b) will start at 2 O clock 3) will start at Tank Bund and 4) there are only city tours and no heritage walks any longer. Don't call them, call Sambrani.)
|Mecca Masjid from the side entrance
|Lane to Mecca masjid
We headed west of Charminar, into the famous Laad bazaar which they say was the trade route that connected Charminar to Golconda. The Laad bazaar market is full of little shops selling bangles, dresses , perfumes, laces, mehendi, etc. Of course the shops were mostly shut and one or two were opening for the festival shopping.
A few meters into the street and we went left and saw the secondary entrance to the Mecca masjid. The street is worth a walk, for its tiny houses and shops. We headed back to the main road and saw the Jilu Khana gate, an old entrance to the Chowmahalla palace. It shows how far the Chowmahalla extended – its almost half a kilometer away from its entrance now. This entrance was the official entrance for dignitaries once. A couple of pics and off we went.
|Jilu Khana gate - the main entrance to Chowmahalla once
|Clock Tower at Mehboob chowk
|Mosque behind clock tower
|Mohammedia Naan in front of the mosque
|Loved this building
|Khairunnisa's house in the middle
|Ground at Khurshid Jah Baradari
|Khurshid Jah baradari
|First sight of Chowmahalla palace