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Hyderabad – Nov 2010 – A short tour of the Pearl City

The last time I came to Hyderabad, the pearl city… was around March 2010. Yea,the weather was certainly a lot hotter back then as compared to now, but the city was the same. It’s buzz, the awesome landscapes and the most beautiful people and food of the city is what keeps me getting back to the blocks of this wonderful Hyderabad. Besides enjoying every bit of the Biryani and of course making sure that I had the most amazing raita along with it, I also decided to take a short tour of the city in the five hours that I had on a Sunday morning, before returning back to Mumbai.

This time around, had been to Hyderabad for work. Thought of taking some great shots in the Lumbini Park, AP State Museum and some on the streets of Hyderabad. Given the time that I had, I made sure that I captured every moment in due course of time and ensured that not a lot of shots were repeated from when I had been here earlier.

Yea, did miss out on Charminar, Salar Jung, Golconda… but don’t regret it as I got some great shots. The most enchanting place till now in Hyderabad for me has been of course the Golconda Fort. But this time around I was short of time, so I decided to skip that part of the city and stick to what was near the station. Nonetheless, last time around when I had been to the Husainsagar lake and the Lumbini Park, it was in the evening. Which of course is the right time for you to go there, especially if you want to enjoy the beauty, the fireworks, the laser show blah blah and blah.

But this time around, since I was there during the day, I decided to get some good Macros, monochromes and of course some great close up shots of the Lord Buddha Himself. As far as the AP state museum was concerned, I wanted a canvas of the Canons in the park. Imagine shooting a Canon with my Canon (1000 D) 😛

Overall, short but sweet, here are a few pics from that short trip. Hope you guys like it.

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Hyderabad Feb-Mar – 2010 “The Pearl City”

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Hyderabad! Pearl City…Here I come

*Smiles Galore* The lonnnnnnnnng weekend’s here. Decided to take some time out. Some solitude and sway away to my travel adventures yet again… Yes the travel continues. Officially on this blog, this is my first travelogue! Will be updating my past misadventures pretty soon. But this time around, it’s Hyderabad guys. I’m already set… My quest to travel whole of India. Is on again. Another place on my travel map and yes ‘Pearl City’ Hyderabad! Here I come.  Hope to get really good fotoz, like the compilation I picked out from our GOOGLE Uncle! *Thanks* @hiway.. thank’s for your recommendation… Will certainly visit the Public gardens!They look enchanting. Right now RAC at 110 Damn…but one of my good friend, @swaps1906, who’s mom works in the railways..Some setting will work out..If not, then chalu ticket bhai!!! But I think it’ll work out! So these are the places on my visit list. Now added these locations on My Google maps on mobile. Now ‘Somebody Stoppppppp Me!! If you can!!! Hyderabad, main aata…

Nehru Zoological Park:
Spanning 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers. It has over 250 species of animals and birds, most of which are kept in conditions as close to their natural habitats as possible. This is the first zoo to create moated enclosures for animals. The Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Children’s Train are the added attractions. APTDC runs an ice-cream parlour and restaurant here. Nehru Zoological Park: Spanning 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers. It has over 250 species of animals and birds, most of which are kept in conditions as close to their natural habitats as possible. This is the first zoo to create moated enclosures for animals. The Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Children’s Train are the added attractions. APTDC runs an ice-cream parlour and restaurant here.
Public Gardens: @hiway recommends!
Hyderabad has several beautiful gardens, one of the most popular being the Public Gardens, which also encloses the State Legislature, State Archaeological Museum, Jubilee Hall, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranam, an open-air theatre.
Lumbini Park:
This beautiful entertainment park is situated on the shore of Hussainsagar lake. The landscaping here is a visual treat. A musically synchronized water fountain and a floral clock are major attractions here. Lumbini Park jetty is a major point for pleasure boating of AP Tourism.
Hussainsagar Lake:
Excavated in 1562 A.D. by Hussain Shah Wali during the time of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah, the lake has a promenade that is a busy thoroughfare today. Boating and water sports are a regular feature in the Hussainsagar. One of the World’s tallest monolithic statues of the Buddha stands on the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’, in the middle of the lake.
Taramati Baradaru:
Taramati Baradari is an amalgation of the romance and the grace of the middle ages. The 7th Sultan of Golconda Abdullah Qutub Shah ode to his favorite courtesan Taramati through the Baradari the open pavilion with 12 doorways. The Taramati Baradari is a popular tourists attraction.
Chow Mohalla Complex:
Built in several phases by the Nizams between 1857-1869, this is now one of the heritage buildings. The complex comprises four palaces in Moghal and European styles, of which the main palace is double storeyed with the others being single-storeyed blocks.
Legislative Assembly:
Built in 1913, the building was originally the Hyderabad Town hall. The architecture is a synthesis of Rajasthani and Persian styles, with an all white, aesthetic look. Located adjoining the picturesque Public Gardens, a massive statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a sitting posture is erected at the entrance park to the Assembly.
Hitech City:
One of the modern monuments of trade and technology, it embodies the newfound attitude of Hyderabad and today finds a place of pride. Situated on the outskirts of the city, it is the nucleus of Cyberabad, the IT destination in this part of the world. Cyber Towers is the main building here.
Birla Mandir:
This white marble temple of Lord Venkateshwara floats on the city skyline, on Kala Pahad. The idol in the temple is a replica of the one at Tirupati.
***And last but not least…the most important and the best of all!***
Charminar:
The Charminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra or the Eiffel Tower is of Paris. Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, built Charminar in 1591 at the centre of the original city layout. It was said to be built as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at that time. Four graceful minarets soar to a height of 48.7m. above the ground. Charminar has 45 prayer spaces and a mosque in it. Visitors can view the architectural splendour inside the Charminar. The monument is illuminated in the evenings and a pedestrianisation project around the monument is under implementation.

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