A view from atop the highest point of Golconda Fort – the ‘Old’ of Hyderabad. Beginning life as a mud-built structure in 1143, this citadel and capital of the Hyderabad region, was gradually enlarged and fortified over the next 5 centuries, experiencing it’s greatest period of growth under the Qutb Shahis in the 1500’s. The architecture, gardens and legends of the Golconda Fort make for a terrific day out; fabulous diamonds were mined and traded here – it was in fact the centre of the World’s diamond trade for hundreds of years; the very best finding their way into the Crown Jewels of Iran, Great Britain and France. At it’s greatest extent, the perimeter wall measured some 15km in length and the line of it can be seen running through the greenery in the middle distance of the photo.
In the far distance is the ‘New’ of Hyderabad – Hitec City. This is an area of ultra-high-technology IT businesses and office blocks, which along with Hyderabad’s booming pharmaceutical and film industries present a thoroughly modern, savvy and advanced face of the city.
Unfortunately, as evidenced by what you see in the bottom of the photo, not all aspects of a modern city infrastructure are advancing at the same rate; rubbish is everywhere – discarded without care or thought. There doesn’t appear to be sufficient government provision for the collection and waste treatment services necessary to cope with it all, nor the mindset, culture, or willingness of individuals to overcome it. I have to say that the situation is no worse, or better, than any other major city in India that I have visited, it is just that in this city, with its fabulous past and its incredibly promising future, the sight of so much rubbish jars that much more.