Saturday, June 02, 2007

Hyderabad Blooms!!!

In these two months i managed to visit few of the tourist destinations in Hyderabad. Thanks to the ex-CM, the roads in Hyderabad are well connected and well maintained.

  • Chilkur temple: This is a wonderful and famous temple located far off the city. Roughly around 15kms from the heart of the city. Compared to the size of temple back in Chennai/Tamilnadu, the size is small yet attracts a lot of devotees. There is a superstitious belief that if we come and pray here we'll get our US visa. So its called the visa temple.
  • Golconda Fort: One of the most famous tourist destination in Hyderabad. Its situated 10km from the old city. This fort is built on an isolated hill and is more famous for its acoustic effects. Most part of the fort are almost in ruins now. We can catch a good glimpse of the city from the top of the fort. The entrance fee is frugal just Rs.10

  • Salarjung Museum: This museum took me by surprise cos im not very fond of museums. I have rarely visited museums in my life. Infact i have not even visited the museum in Chennai once. This museum is just 5km from golconda fort and is located pretty close from there. There are a lot of attractions in the museum. The Nizam's dresses, all theirs and their ancestors artifacts, paintings, handicrafts, ceramics were just mind blowing. The painting and the other show pieces are must seen things out there in the museum.

  • Charminar: This is almost like the symbol of Hyderabad and is called the old city of Hyderabad. This stretch is alone over crowded there. The shopping paradise of Hyderabad or the pearl city. The best place to get pearls, sarees and bangles which are very famous there. One need to know Hindi and should bargain atleast 50% of the quoted price. I visited this place thrice and the mecca masjid is situated right next to charminar.

    Its a beautiful mosque with a huge pond and we can find a lot birds fluttering around.
  • Hussain sagar lake: It is one of the largest gathering place for recreation. The lake is the venue of many a water sporting events. There are normal and speed boats available. There is a huge Buddha statue situated in the middle of the lake. So if we travel by the ordinary boat we can get down near the statue and look around and enjoy the serenity.

  • Lumbini park :
    A new amusement park at tank bund. It has a musical fountain and laser show which is awesome. The laser show is between 6:30 and 8:00pm. Its one of the must see places in Hyderabad. It has beautiful lawns which is well gardened and the boating to the Buddha statue starts from here.

  • NTR park :
    This park is built in memory of the popular hero there. This place is unique for its topography landscape and a lot of attractions are available for kids. This park is as huge as lumbini park and is located just opposite to lumbini park.

  • Birla temple : This beautiful white marble temple of Lord Venkateshwara is built on a hillock. This exquisite temple has great sculpture excellence and a profusely carved ceiling. Its a beautiful sight at night when illuminated. standing against the dark sky and looking down on Hussain Sagar Lake.
  • Shilparamam : Its a crafts village set amidst lovely rocks, rippling waterfalls and gorgeous lawns located at Madhapur. It is also the cultural hub of the city hosting several cultural programmes all around the year. This place also has variuos stalls where we can get a variety of dresses,pearls and artifacts.
I missed out ramoji filmcity as i did not find time. Hyderabad biryani is one food item one should never miss eating while visiting Hyd. If you are a veggie still you can try out veg biryani. Few of the famous biryani outlets are Hyderabad house and bhavaji(@ RTC cross road) in Hyd. I tried the paradise in secunderabad which is a very famous eatout for biryani. Some of the other shopping destination in Hyderabad are koti, Ameerpet, Abids and Punjagutta.
(Sorry for the bad quality of pictures, i took them using my mobile)



Blogger Cogito said...

I feel like I rewinded 5 yrs in my life. Hyd is an awesome place, glad that u enjoyed it.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Harish said...

Hmmm...nadakatum nadakatum...

8:11 AM  
Blogger KK said...

Thanks for refreshing my Hyd memories... lumbini park wasnt there when I went :)

10:09 PM  
Blogger cricket freak said...

well written.. thrz someone who likes hyd!!! I was browsing thru Aparna's blog..I found ur link.... and it isnt bhaji but BAAWARCHI :) Hyd rockz.. and good that u mentioned that it was coz of the ex cm that the sicty has well connecetd roads:) and one last thing loved ur theme :)

4:36 PM  

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