Friday, 30 December 2011

Hyderabad: Visiting the city of Nawabs- Part 2

Hyderabad: Visiting the city of Nawabs-Part 2 

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Overview: We started our second day with a visit to the Golkonda fort. The fort was built by the Hindu Kakatiya kings, which was taken by Qutub Shahi kings in the 16th century with Golkonda as the capital. The city and fortress built on a granite hill that is 120 meters (400 ft) high and is surrounded by massive crenulated ramparts. The beginnings of the fort date to 1143, when the Hindu Kakatiya dynasty ruled the area. The fort finally fell into ruins after a siege and its fall to Mughal emperor Aurangazeb.
Golkonda consists of four distinct forts with a 10 km long outer wall with 87 semicircular bastions, eight gateways, and four drawbridges, with a number of royal apartments & halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables, etc. inside. The lowest of these is the outermost enclosure into which we enter by the "Fateh Darwaza" (Victory gate, so called after Aurangzeb’s triumphant army marched in through this gate) studded with giant iron spikes near the south-eastern corner. At Fateh Darwaza can be experienced a fantastic acoustic effect, characteristic of the engineering marvels at Golkonda. A hand clap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance reverberates and can be heard clearly at the 'Bala Hisar' pavilion, the highest point almost a kilometre away.
We could also see a cave temple near Ambar Khana which was lined with carvings of various Hindu Gods on the walls. The Kala mandir is also located within the fort at the top. Many people visit that temple for blessings.
It took around 2 hours to visit the fort without a guide. Its really nice to visit such a place with rich heritage.
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After the fort we visited the Charminar and Mecca masjid in the evening. Its the central point of the old city and its in the middle of all the hustle bustle. Took some shots of the Charminar and had the famous Irani chai in a tea shop opposite Charminar. The street next to it is lined with bangle shops and jewellery stores which looks colourful during evenings.
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After the Heritage view of Hyderabad, we went to Gokul chats which is a popular eatery in Hyderabad. From there we went for a movie at the Prasad's IMAX.
This was the end of a colourful trip to the city of Nawabs and there is plenty more in Hyderabad to explore for which I will come back.
How to reach: Rail: Plenty of trains available from Bangalore to Hyderabad, best option being 12786 Bangalore-Kacheguda express leaving Bangalore at 18:20 and reaching Kacheguda at 05:40
Bus: Plenty of KSRTC, APSRTC and private buses ply from Bangalore to Hyderabad.
Car: Head on NH7 towards Hyderabad. Its a long drive of around 600 kms on good roads to Hyderabad.
Food/Accommodation: Plenty of options available for food on the way to Hyderabad.
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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Hyderabad: Visiting the city of Nawabs – Part 1

Hyderabad: Visiting the city of Nawabs- Part 1 

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Overview: My friend in Hyderabad was requesting me to visit Hyderabad since long. And the time had come when he himself was shifting his base to Bangalore. So finally we decided to visit his house and do some touristy in Hyderabad. Though this was not my first visit to Hyderabad and definitely not my last either, my wife was visiting Hyderabad for the first time. My friend had purchased a new Ford Figo so a comfy ride around the city was assured.
We reached Hyderabad on Saturday morning. It was a rainy morning but didn't dampen our spirits. We went to the Buddha Vihar which was close to my friend's place. From there we picked up his wife on the way and then went to the necklace road and went to have some chats beside the Hussainsagar Lake. It was nice and cool and was drizzling a bit. We got a chance to catch up with one more friend at the food court.
We headed towards Gandipet which is around 20 kms from there. Gandipet, or Osman Sagar lake as it is also called is built over 45 sq kms of area with a garden and a dam built over the river Musi. Gandipet has become a main centre of attraction around Hyderabad. A couple of old structures built near the lake by the Nizam of Hyderabad Osman Ali.
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From Gandipet we went to Taramati Baradari which is a sarai, which was built in 1625 AD during the reign of Qutub Shah. It is an open pavilion built of Granite stone using Lime Mortar. The terrace has 12 arched doorways while the base of the terrace has 9 arches. The perfect acoustics of the fort enabled the ruler to enjoy Taramati's song even from the fort. As a tribute to Taramati, she was buried in the Qutub Shahi tombs. This ended our first day in Hyderabad.
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