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.
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.To be continued. To read the next part, please click here