Friday, 3 June 2011

"Pearls are timeless, just like diamonds" - Kellie

This is the Charminar in Hyderabad.  It was build in 1591!  It is really pretty.  We didn't get to go inside it because there were a ton of people and we didn't have enough time, but we plan on going back.  I couldn't get that great of a picture because I am too scared to stand in the middle of the street for too long.  There are a lot of things that could happen to me if i stand there for a second too long.  I could get ran over by a person, cow, motorcycle, bike, cart, auto, or just a plan old car.  I could also get my purse stolen if I am not paying attention or step in something that I didn't see.  No I was not chewing gum.  

This is actually a hospital.  It is next to the Charminar and was built around the same time I believe. 

The Charminar is really pretty and very ornate.  I am impressed with how well it has lasted especially in it's location.  

There is a huge bazar in the streets by the Charminar.  They have tons of stuff.  We found a friend or actually he found us and he showed us some of the shops.  We ended up in this wholesale pearl place.  It was really cool.  I got a whole lesson on where what they do with the pearls until they are in the shop complete with visuals and demonstrations.  Behind me those tupperware are full of different kinds of pearls.  

Lexi really like holding all of the loose pearls, she dropped some but we found them...

Pearls, pearls, and more pearls

This was part of the pearl lesson.  These are all the different colors of pearls.  I had no idea they came in so many different shades.  The black ones are treated I guess to look that black.  It was a great trip to the pearl place and I plan on going back.  


  1. What a beautiful building! The detail on the stone work is amazing! What a contrast to the current surroundings, makes me wonder about the society that built them, and what they were like, and what happened to them. It is clear that they truly had "skills" and knew a great deal about engineering.

    About the pearls, Hyderabad is a long way from the ocean, where do they get them from, and are they cultured?

    By the way, the monkey in the zoo with the crimped hair was some kind of baboon--30 years of reading the National Geographic Magazine has not been for not, Ha!