Apr 26, 2014 at 02:11pm IST

Historic images of Hyderabad show regal polo team and pet cheetah: 10 vintage, black and white photos of the City of Pearls

Hyderabad, once a princely state, was India's main trading point for diamonds and pearls. These historic images of Hyderabad, the City of Pearls, offer a fascinating glimpse into the heart of its rich heritage.

1888: Racegoers crowded in to the grandstand of Hyderabad racecourse, during the days of the British Raj. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)



A group of colonials photographed with a pet cheetah at Secunderabad, near Hyderabad, during the days of the British Raj. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



A 17th century Mughal cotton textile painted with a floral pattern, circa 1900. Part of a ceremonial girdle or 'patka', from the wardrobe of the Nizam of Hyderabad. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



Circa 1905: The Nizam of Hyderabad, Ali Mir Mahub, (1866 - 1911) (Photo by Augustus Young/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



21st August 1958: A Muslim Priest in Hyderabad, India. (Photo by Edward Gooch/Edward Gooch/Getty Images)



20th January 1961: Kamala Bai of the Banjara tribe in Hyderabad wearing a patterned outfit and carrying a jar balanced on her head. (Photo by Derek Berwin/Fox Photos/Getty Images)



20th January 1961: A girl from the Andhara tribe in Hyderabad wearing a patterned outfit and an array of jewellery. (Photo by Derek Berwin/Fox Photos/Getty Images)



Circa 1880: Indian princes and British Army officers in the Hyderabad contingent polo team. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



Circa 1800: The Madras Army and troops under the Government of India. Front row, left to right: Governor of Madras' bodyguard; Queen's Own Madras sapper in field uniform; Queen's Own Madras officer, review order; Madras pioneer; Sowar bodyguard of the Governor of Madras; Central India horse, Russuldar, (Sikh); No 4 battery Hyderabad contingent, drill order; 1st infantry Hyderabad contingent, subadar major; Central India horse, trooper in field service kit; 1st Hyderabad contingent, cavalry, jemadar. Back row, left to right: 1st Madras lancers; Camel orderly, 3rd cavalry, Hyderabad contingent; 2nd cavalry, Hyderabad contingent. Supplement to The Graphic (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



Circa 1890: Passengers waiting on the platform at Hyderabad Station in India. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



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