Intresting history of Hyderabadi locality names

January 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm 12 comments

charminar_hyderabad_india_photoHistory of hyderabad is more than 400 Years old, I wonder how  the streets and locality names have been given to them and I was desperate to know the reason behind it. Finally, I got the funtastic reasons which I would like to share with you all.


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. This became ‘Nampally’.


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.

The jagir granted to Khairunnisa Begum daughter of Ibrahim Qutub Shah, came to be known as Khairatabad.
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.
Sultan Bazar:

After 1933, the Residency bazar was renamed Sultan Bazar, when these areas were returned to the Nizam, by the British (Residency).
Afzal Gunj:

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

Named after Sikander jha (1806) (III Nizam). The Village where British troops were stationed.
Ma Saheba Ka Talab:

Hayat Bakshi Begum, wife of Quli Qutub Shah VI – was called Ma Saheba. The tank constructed by her to irrigate lands of Mallepally village, was called Masaheba ka Talab. Finally it was called Masab Tank.
Kadve Saheb Ki Galli (lane):

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

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.
Basheer Bagh:

The garden of Sir Asman Jha, Basirud-dulah – a Paigah Noble, who had a palace at the Garden.

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nadia  |  January 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Very, very interesting! There’s a story behind each place and street in Hyderabad. Can’t wait to visit this historical city again soon 🙂

    ~ InshaAllah, we will be visiting soon again. By the way am still searching to find a history behind “Lakdi Ka Pul” as am sure you will ask me again when we visit Hyderabad:)

  • 2. Roohi  |  January 21, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Asalaamu Alaikum,

    I was just blog hopping (even though I should be working on some assignments!) and came across your blog. I’m hyderabadi too and it was interesting to know the origins of all those places. I was actually also wondering where the name “Lakdi-ka-pul” came from because that’s where my mom’s family’s from. If you find out, do post please! Thank you.

    And nice blog Mash’Allah!

    ~ Walaikum Salam, great to know one more Hyderabadi, and InshaAllah I will surely let you know once I find about Lakdi-Ka-Pul. Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  • 3. Niyaz  |  January 21, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Wow very interesting to knw bhai 🙂


  • 4. Wakas Mir  |  January 22, 2009 at 3:11 am

    “Begum Bazar” chalein.. 😛

    Good stuff bro!

    ~ LOL, Begum bazar main begum nahi miltin btw 😉

  • 5. Wasif Mohammed  |  April 28, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Good stuff man, tht’s cool.

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    tks for the effort you put in here I appreciate it!

    ~Most Welcome 🙂

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  • 12. lekha  |  April 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Lakdi-ka-pul – there is no authentic information on how the area derived its name. However, according to a popular legend, a bridge with wooden poles (lakdi) was built across an old pond and so it was named Lakdi-ka-pul. Despite the construction of a concrete bridge and the lake vanishing, the name still continues to be in use, Thanks, Lekha

    ~Yeah, I heard that too. Funny 🙂


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