New Delhi, August 25, 2020.

Ministry of Tourism’sDekhoApnaDesh Webinar Series reached a landmark of 50th session with the webinar titled “Cultural heritage of Hyderabad” presented on 22nd August 2020.The webinar series was launched on 14th April 2020.The Ministry of Tourism is organizing the DekhoApnaDesh webinars with an objective to create awareness about and promote various tourism destinations of India – including the lesser known destinations and lesser known facets of popular destinations. It also promotes spirit of Ek Bharat Sreshtha Bharat.

The webinar on “Cultural heritage of Hyderabad” was presented by Ms. MadhuVottery, Heritage education Consultant, Author and Conservation Architect.  The webinar showcased the culture of Hyderabad which is quite distinct from the rest of Telangana with its strong Islamic influences inherited from the period of the Nizam rule which is starkly visible on Hyderabad’s architecture, food, lifestyle and language especially in the old city. The presenter also highlighted how the  new city represents a more cosmopolitan culture. Hyderabad has a rich tradition of literature and fine arts, with many museums, art galleries and exhibitions dedicated to the display of Hyderabadi heritage.

Ms. Vottery explained how, Hyderabad is popularly known as the “City of Pearls” and the “City of Nizams”, and has been the centre of a vibrant historical legacy, ever since its inception by the QutubShahi dynasty. The city was later  conquered by Mughal Empire and finally falling in the hands of AsafJahi dynasty. The presenter spoke about the  influence of how the royal past shines even today in the culture of Hyderabad, food and iconic architectural structures such as Charminar and Golkonda Fort which stand as testaments to the city’s glorious history.