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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hyderabad Pakistan: a short introduction

HYDERABAD
Hyderabad is the third largest city of Pakistan, at present and its history goes back to pre-Islamic times, when Ganjo Taka (barren hill), a nearby hilly tract, was used as a place of worship. Hyderabad became the capital of Sindh when the Indus changed its course from Khudaabad in the time of the Kalhora rulers. Hyderabad was previously known as Neroonkot, ‘Fort of Neroon’. The fort was in possession of the Buddhists at the time of the conquest of Sindh by Mohammad Bin Qasim in 712 A.D. In the 16th and 17th centuries it continued only as the district headquarters. The tomb of Mian Shah Kalhora, the founder of Hyderabad, is one of the most important monuments of the city which was constructed in 1772 A.D.

PLACES TO SEE

• Sightseeing tour of city visiting Hyderabad fort, local bazaar, museum.

• Half day excursion for Miani Forest.

• Half day excursion for Sehwan Sharif - Shrine of Sufi Saint (Shahbaz Qalandar) .

• Full day excursion for Ranni Kot fort.

• Full day excursion to Hala – the home of the Mahdooms and exquisite hand painted pottery in blue &  turquoise.

• Full day excursion to Umarkot – the birthplace of the Great Mughal emperor Akbar.

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