History of Hyderabad Streets & Locality names

I have been to Hyderabad (India) so many times and I really love the city for a number of reasons. Since I am a resident of the city called Lucknow (India) which is almost like Hyderabad … maybe that what makes it so comfortable for me to be there and also makes me curious to know stuff about the place and the history of Hyderabad 🙂

But either ways, the city is awesome with it’s old history and rich culture, with all kinds of people from all over the country living and leading their lives.

I love that it has so much extremes of everything like the old city and the High-tech city … and with the sophisticated people with their BMWs and Porches … and also people like who still wear “Lungis” and eat their food on a Banana leaf (rather than a plate)… but I love it all. This is the view which I get from my place in Hyderabad, when I stand in my balcony and gaze over a beautiful part of the city which I adore, called the Necklace road (Hussain Sagar / Tank Bund).

Well there are a lot ore things I could go on saying about the city, but since everyone knows that nobody can sum up all the things they feel for a place which they actually love or have been living in for a long time in just one small blog post, so I’ll just try to keep it short and express what I really want to in this blog… and also share a small part of the history which allows us to remember the parts of the city with their respective names and also tells us more about the history of Hyderabad as a city.

1. A.C.Guards

A locality to the West of Lakdi-ka-pul. The barracks of┬áAbyssinian┬áCavalry Guards of Raja of Wanaparthy ÔÇô (1910) (Abyssinia is the old name of Ethiopia, an East African country).


2. Abid Shop

A Valet and steward of Nizam (VI) Mahboob Ali Khan. This man had his first shop here.


3. Afzal Gunj

The V Nizam (Afzalud Dawlah) gifted land to the grain merchants for trade and commerce. The place was named Afzal Gunj.


4. Basheer Bagh

The┬ágarden┬áof Sir Asman Jha, Basirud-dulah ÔÇô a Paigah Noble, who had a palace at the Garden.


5. Begumpet

Basheerunnissa Begum, daughter of Nizam II was married to a Paigah noble. She received lands in dowry. The village came to be known as Begumpet.


6. Begum Bazar

Land gifted by Humda Begum ( the wife of Nizam Ali Khan Nizamul Mulk) to the merchants of Hyderabad for trade and commerce, finally developed as Begum Bazar.


7. Debirpura

The village named after Abdul Samad with the titles; Dabir-ul Mulk, a noble man.


8. Himayat Nagar

New locality named after Himayat Ali Khan, Azam Jha, eldest son of VII Nizam, Osman Ali Khan ( in 1933). His name was Himayat Ali Khan.


9. Hyderguda

New locality named after Hyder Ali, who was 1st Talukhdar (District Collector) and owned lands in the village formerly the Jagir of Vaheed Unnisa Begum, wife of Nizam. The locality is called after him, as Hyderguda.


10. Kadve Saheb Ki Gali(lane)

After a person, who was always angry-faced and talked ill of others. This lane is in the old city.


11. khairatabad

The jagir granted to Khairunnisa Begum daughrer of Ibrahim Qutub Shah, nown as  Khairatabad.


12. Malakpet

Named after Malik Yakoob, a servant of Abdulah Qutub Shah Golconda King where he resided had a market, hence the name Malakpet.


13. Ma Saheba Ka Talab:

Hayat Bakshi Begum, wife of Quli Qutub Shah VI ÔÇô┬áwas called Ma Saheba.┬áThe tank constructed by her to irrigate lands of Mallepally village, was called Masaheba ka Talab. Finally it was called┬áMasab Tank.


14. Naampally

Raza Ali Khan, was the Dewan of Nizam’s State in 1670 AD. His Title was ‘Nekh Nam Khan’. A jagir was granted to him, which came to be called nekh-Nampally.


15. Noor Khan Bazar

A market developed by Noor Khan, who came from Lucknow, during the time of the II Nizam.

16. Saidabad

A Jagir village of Sayed Meer Momin, Dewan of Golconda (1591).


17. Saroornagar

Named after Sarwari Afzal Bai, mistress of Arasthu Jha. Dewan of Hyderabad, who granted a Jagir,and constructed a palace and Garden for her.


18. Secunderabad

Named after Sikander jha (1806) (III Nizam). The Village where British troops were stationed.


19. Somajiguda

A revenue department employee, named Sonaji, who owned lands and resided in this village. Sonaji became Somaji and the hamlet came to be called “Somajiguda”. (Guda is from Godem a hamlet).


20. Sultan Bazaar

After 1933, the Residency bazar,  was renamed Sultan Bazar. When returned to the Nizam, by the British (Residency).

Well I am pretty sure there would be more names that will come up in the future and then those streets and locations will also have something which will add to the “History of Hyderabad” as a city.
Be sure to leave your comments, in any case you wanna share some story behind another street / place which I have not mentioned here.

Thank you.

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