Indian about best pearl shops and she/he invariably points to
Hyderabad, inspite of the fact that Hyderabad is neither a
coastal area or for that matter near a coastal area. This
aspect of world class pearls' availability dates back to 400
years of rich culture of Hyderabad history with an
amalgamation of arts and crafts.
The royal kings of Nizam lead a rich life inviting craftsman
from all over the world especially from the middle east, where
we get to see rare pearls in abundance. That's why quite
rightly most people associate Hyderabad with pearls.
Source of the pearls
China and Japan supply the entire city market with all the
pearl it needs. Raw pearls are drilled, boiled for about four
days and bleached to rid them of their dark colour. Later,
they are placed in glass bottles containing hydrogen peroxide,
water and ether and sunned for four to five days in glass sun
boxes with mirror base. Finally, they are washed and assorted
according to their shape and size.
Where to shop
Patar Gatti and Lad bazaar in Charminar are the oldest
commercial areas in the twin cities where pearls can be
transacted for. Some pearls stores present here are more than
a century old. Those shops market mainly stones like garnets,
topaz, jade and corals.
Areas such as Abids and Basheerbagh are flooded with pearl
shops. Some of the shops such as Suraj Bhan Jewellers,
Basheerbagh, Jagadamba Pearls (Basheerbagh and Secunderabad),
Mangatrai Pearls have exclusive sections for pearls.
Secunderabad too has its share of pearl shops.
The Simple natural pearl test:
To find out whether pearls are natural, simple dip them in
hot water. Natural pearls retains their colour while cultured
pearls tend to fade.
The eternal sound of Wrists
Hyderabad's history of enchanting pearls, Beautiful poetry,
mouth-watering multi-cuisine, we also have the Hyderabadi
Since time immemorial, bangles, like Bindhi, has become an
integral part of an Indian woman, more so, for a traditional
Hyderabadi woman. They love to adorn their wrists with
colorful bangles and their elders simply love the sound of "chan-chan"
on their younger women folk.
Bangles are not just a decoration for a woman but is a beauty
in itself, ask any Hyderabadi man and he will vouch for it!!!!
There are many types of bangles and roughly a couple of
hundreds of shops are present near and around Charminar
itself, where bangle sellers weave a web of magic around your
wrists. The most famous is the Hyderabadi Lacquered Bangles,
molded out of pure lac and studded with glittering and
beautifully cut glass pieces of various colors. These bangles
are a must for every Hyderabadi bride. Again Lad Bazaar is the
main market for Bangles.
A word of advice and caution:
Although most of the shops are genuine a new shopper to
this area may be easily duped. Either tag along with an
experienced Hyderabadi shopper or take care to demand a
receipt of your purchase.
The Royal King of Hyderabadi Dishes
Mouth-watering Shahi Cuisine of Hyderabad. There is a saying
among the younger generation of Hyderabadis these days. They
say " Let us starve ourselves for hours before its arrival on
our tables". This saying is actually a tribute to the
Hyderabadi Biryani. Even, we, the Staff of Reachout, feel the
same way. Whenever we plan to go out for Biryani, we make sure
that our appetite is super strong and our stomachs completely
empty so that we can indulge in a pure, unadulterated,
sumptuous taste of Hyderabadi Biryani.
Hyderabad's strong Mughalai influence is perhaps the reason
why the Hyderabadi Biryani has become so popular all over
India. This famous dish has been experimented time and again
to a perfection. Infact the Biryani has influenced a
Hyderabadi's tongue so strongly that usually other famous
dishes of Hyderabad takes a back seat. It takes an extra
ordinary taste for other dishes to beat the competition of
Biryani. Also when it comes to special places for Biryani, one
cannot choose from many many restaurants because all of them
prepares very good Biryani. Bawarchi, Percy's, Niagara, Parwaz
are some of the places that you can visit.
Nevertheless, Hyderabadi cuisine is never complete without
mentioning these dishes which truly complement a Hyderabadi
Biryani. We have the Kababs, Khormas, and lukhmi(Pastry). Then
there is this all-pervading Hyderabadi Haleem during the month
of Ramzan, which is delectably enjoyed by everyone
irrespective of their religion. We also have the Kichri (Rice
and Lentil Preparation), Keem Methi (minced meat with
Fenugreek), Nahari (a stew of tongue and lamb trotters),
Rumali Rotis (very thin bread), and Chakna (a spicy dish of
For vegetarians, we have dahi vadas (lentil dumplings in
Yogurt), mirch-ka-sabu (chilies in a cream gravy), and the
more common Bagaara Baingan.
On the dessert menu, Hyderabad is famous for double-ka-meetha
(a bread and cashew nut pudding), Badam-ki-Jhab (marzipan),
and Dil-e-Firdaus (a rich milk based sweet).
Well, we have carried you from a simple appetite to the most
heaviest of platters of Culinary Hyderabad. You will be
excused if are tempted to lash your tongue a few times on your
lips or if you involuntarily happen to get some water in your
America: Coke : : Hyderabad:Irani Chai
Coke to America, Irani Chai is to Hyderabad. Next to Pearls,
Hyderabad is synonymous with Hyderbadi Irani Tea, locally
called Chai, thanks mainly to the Iranians who have set up Tea
Cafes in almost each and every Galli (Bylane) of Hyderabad.
It is not 5 star restaurants, it is not banquet halls, and it
is not the posh lunch tables, but it is the Irani Cafes where
many business meetings are held over a cup of Tea. Visit any
Irani Cafe and you can invariably find groups of people rich
or poor discussing everything under the Sun and even about the
tasty Tea they are having at that moment.
Maybe in no other city of India would you find so many Irani
Cafes like the ones springing up in Hyderabad. Another notable
feature is that almost every Irani Cafe has got a small cabin
outside just attached to the Cafe which is more famously
called as 'Paan Dabba', where people after having tea will buy
a Cigarette or a 'Paan' (Betel leaves on which the Paan
specialists mix many different eatables substances to get many
And last but not the least, if you happen to go past an Irani
Cafe with your friends for the first time, please don't forget
to taste the Hyderabadi Tea and also don't forget to ask for a
1/2 Chai, which is a True Hyderabadi Tradition and
Hospitality. So, try our Hyderabadi Chai and with it you will
discover the Vigor, the Vitality, and the Friendly faces of
Right now, the only competition faced by Irani Cafes are the
growing number of Internet Cafes. The choice is yours, Chai or
the Chip. Of course Reachout recommends best of both worlds.
Why don't you have a cup of Tea while on the internet?