New York Times: Returning to Hyderabad, Once a Land of Princes and Palaces

January 22, 2015 2:39 pm

If you only read one article I’ve ever written, view please let it be this one. My second story in this weekend’s New York Times Travel section (the other one is my Frugal Traveler piece on South Africa’s Route 62) is one that’s very close to my heart: a Personal Journeys narrative on the rapidly vanishing history of Hyderabad. The southern Indian city is where my family hails from, online and I’ve grown up visiting it my whole life, health but it was only during a three-week visit last year that I began to truly appreciate how rich the history is — and realize how quickly all vestiges of the past are being decimated. You can wait to see it in print in this weekend’s Travel section or just read it here. I’d love to hear what you think!

NYT Hyderabad Layout


  • Mirza Baig

    Thank you for such an interesting article, it brought back so many good memories from my
    hometown, it was such a wonderful place to be swallowed by time. Hope you will write often.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, really means a lot to me that you liked it and took a moment to share your thoughts. I’ve written a few other Hyderabad stories as well – You can search for them on the site, they should pop up. And I have another one coming up soon. Thanks again!

  • Abu-Zar

    Insightful piece Sarah. It’s the city of my parents too and have fond memories of the old city where my family still reside. From a young age I was taken to visit the city on a regular basis and having being born and raised in Scotland, it was a unique experience as it meant the freedom to explore and try various culinary delights. To this day the Old City still remains as it was decades ago impacted by the lack of economic development. As a teenager I was unaware what locals refered to as the ‘New City’ which frankly was a blessing in disguise. However, the city has changed ten-fold due to globalisation and as a consequence mass-migration, which has resulted in the infrastructure unable to cope. Nevertheless, it still remains a relatively ‘untapped’ tourist destination.