There’s something about the old city that really appeals to be. I’m not one for crowded shopping malls – they make me a little overwhelmed and anxious. But put me in the middle of an old city, anywhere in the world, and I feel completely at home!
The sights and smells, the tiny shops and the multitude of people, the sheer history of the space – I don’t really know what part of it appeals to me so much, but appeal it does!
On our recent trip to Hyderabad, we spent an entire day walking through the many narrow lanes branching off of Charminar. From the bangles and dresses at Laad bazaar; to the numerous pearl shops on the approach to Charminar; to the tool workers and antique stores at Chowk, we explored it all!
This is a shot of the old city from the vantage point of Charminar. I managed to overcome my claustrophobia and climb up the monument, but I don’t think I’m going to pull that stunt again any time soon!
Before you go, tell me this: Do you enjoy the hustle and bustle of old cities too, or would you much rather avoid these spaces?
I am not for the crowds whether it is malls or busy markets. Parks are the places for me provided they have less people. Hoping to see less of people is not a wish easily granted when in India.
Less people – that’s a luxury in India! And as a woman in Delhi, less people can be a little scary too!
I love an old city. I love exploring the squares, back alleys and of course the buildings and history.
Yes, it’s so fun to explore old cities! I love how well preserved they are in the US and Europe – I wish we did more to preserve our history in India!
I adore old cities. We are lucky in Ireland as we have many.
Ah, Ireland is on my list of places to travel to. I hope I can make it over there sometime!
You would love it!
I am not for crowds but I wouldn’t mind going to an old city when not many people were there. #Ablogginggoodtime
Not many people is a rarity in India – and in an old city, even rarer!
Iam not a big fan of crowds in old city but I love shopping in charminar.
I enjoyed exploring it too!! So fun!
I do. I wrote a post long ago on why one must explore old bazaars. I’m not sure if you have read that post. But I do think it is a great travel experience.
I don’t think I have….will look for it on your blog!
you climbed all the way up? I wouldn’t dare :). Hope the view was worth it.
Yes, I did! I’m very claustrophobic, so it really wasn’t one of my brightest ideas. I sure as hell wouldn’t do it again!
I haven’t experienced many older cities, only traveled to a few countries and living in Australia where we do not have a lot of history to enjoy. I think it would fascinate me and it is something I would love to experience someday #ABloggingGoodTime
It is a fascinating experience! I hope you get to walk down some lovely old markets soon!
History is one my my biggest passion. I could spend (and have spent) days wandering old, historic cities. This is a lovely photo of Hyderabad. You’ve captured its charm very well.
I love the hustle that a small city and bylanes offer. When I visited Charminar, it was closed for the day and I could not climb up. I feel sad about that but I did got a beautiful view of the monument.
Your picture clearly shows how busy that area is.
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