1. Sunrise in my city at the Hussain Sagar lake.
I especially treasure the morning walks which I have been going there over the years, watching sprinters training, pausing a wee bit for the pigeons and see them glide in rhythm to the wave of the hand feeding them grains, listening to my playlist and more importantly watch the sunrise right in front of my eyes while adding colour to the sky.
All I want to say now is – ’Take me to the lake’. The best ever feeling, lakeside elements ? that which definitely heals pain and refreshes the mind.
Choose a spot that you like along the necklace road stretch. From Prasads circle you can either head to the necklace road plaza which has ample parking lots and eateries too.
Early morning, Hussain Sagar lake
Staying about a couple of miles away from the lovely Hussain Sagar lake, I miss this happy place when I am indoors now.
Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad. Different shades in different seasons.
2. Sunrise from Lumbini Park and NTR Gardens
Sunrise near Lumbini Park
Lumbini Park is a recreational area for the Public. One can also take a boat ride to visit and see up close the Statue of Buddha. The boat ride is lovely, especially with the light evening breeze.
Note: Check timings and fee
3. Blue Hour on Tank Bund, Hyderabad.
Blue hour view from tank Bund, Hyderabad[/caption]
This Bund that connects Hyderabad and Secunderabad is long and wide. The pavements are well designed As seen in image, pedestrians can soak in the view of the lake while the sun sets behind the Statue of Buddha.
4. Visit the 16 -17th Century Tombs
The famous tombs near Golconda[/caption]
The Qutub Shahi Tombs built in the 16- 17th Century in the Indo Islamic style of Architecture are located close to the Golkonda Fort. One can easily spend the second half of the day here.
Later, walk slowly or take the vehicle to the Golkonda fort and understand the stories of the previous rulers and the trading activities of this area centuries ago.
5. Visit the Golkonda Fort
Part View of the Golkonda Fort.[/caption]
Make sure to purchase tickets for entry and also the sound and light show which starts soon after dusk.
6. Bouldering at Khagaguda
Climb, Boulder and Summit – khajaguda hills[/caption]
Hyderabad, part of the Deccan Plateau has rich scope of rocks and boulders scattered around. Something unique and natural about this city. The favourite spots for Bouldering is Khajaguda and Moula Ali.
Early Morning Meet up are often arranged by adventure group members, mostly over the weekend to enjoy the thrill, adventure of walking, climbing, sometimes even rolling to reach the summit. All you need is a pair of good footwear, sipper of water and good to go.
7. Visit the Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel
Hyderabad is a city with rich heritage properties built especially by the Nizam Rulers.
Among the Palaces, Falaknuma Palace has been converted and renovated by Taj Hotels into a luxury hotel and is now known as Taj Falaknuma.
Hotel Taj Falanuma Palacet
Falak-numa means “Like the Sky" or “Mirror of the Sky" in Urdu.
Falaknuma is a palace in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is on a 32 acre area once belonged to the Paigah family, and it was later owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad. .
In the picture is #golbungalow for outdoor dining at the #tajfalaknumapalace . One can get to see a panoramic view of the southern part of the city from this level . I could also see the halfcrescent moon in the clear blue sky even during twilight.
For any dining experience, if you aren’t a guest staying in the palace hotel one has to reserve and have prior booking confirmation before reaching the palace. Entry is strictly reserved and once you are there the impeccable Taj hotels service is all out to make your visit comfortable, enjoyable and most importantly very memorable.
High Tea and Dinner reservations also includes a wonderful guided tour of the palace.
8. Visit to Khairatabad Utsav Pandal
Jai Deva Shri Ganesha
One of the tallest idol of Shri Ganesha is the one installed during the Ganesh Utsav in Khairatabad, Hyderabad.
What started as one foot idol in 1954 grew each year after that.
Each year I try and visit the pandal and enjoy the fervour.
Jai Dev Jai Dev Jai Mangal Murti
The Sweet Laddoo is auctioned and the highest bidder gets it . One way of collecting funds to organise this event at such scale year after year.
It is also the beginning of the long festive season in the months ahead.
Tallest Ganesh Pandal[/caption]
Jai Dev Jai Dev Jai Mangal Murti
Thousands of People from far and wide visit this Pandal in the ten day long festival. On the Ananth Chaturthi day the idol is taken on a specially created base drawn by a heavy duty vehicle and taken to the lake shore for immersion. People come out in open and celebrate the gaiety and culture of this festival.
Pujas are conducted, singing Bhajans, chanting hymns and dancing in celebration in bidding the lord goodbye requesting him to come back.
ganapati bappa mourya
9. Drive to Pocharam Lake
My group of friends who love trekking and photography equally, went on a drive to Pocharam lake. After spotting monkeys and birds and lazing around for a while we head back to Hyderabad. On the return journey we stopped briefly at the Medak Church. Since the Sunday mass was on going we just took a few shots of the building architecture from outside.
In an attempt to capture the tall front elevation I could also capture a candid moment showing a slice of everyday India and its secular breath truly.
I am practising and born Hindu and in the frame I can see a person from Islam religion appreciating the religious house of Christianity.
It truly defines India the land of #unity in #diversity
10. Visit the largest Church in Asia, Medak, Telangana
Biggest Church in South India
Some of the things that surprises people traveling from other countries to India is to find churches as huge as in Europe.
This Church is also one among the biggest in Asia is Medak Cathedral located about 90kms from the city of Hyderabad.
The cathedral is 100 ft (30 m) wide and 200 ft (61 m) long, and conforms to the Gothic Revival style. It can accommodate about 5,000 people at a time. The stained glass and mosaic tiles some of which are imported are very interesting features of this society.
11. Having Tea at Secunderabad Club Lawns.
Hundred years old Club in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.