My skepticism of the media flared “Telangana issue” had been forcing me to procrastinate a long pending visit to the…Read More
Hyderabad is a city with many identities. It is a heritage city with many historical sites exuding an old world charm. By contrast, it has emerged as a global hub for the IT industry as embodied by Hitec city, situated on the outskirts. Roads in this state capital are being improved and added while, a light rail transit system as well as the upcoming metro system supplement the large fleet of public transport buses. It is on the international aviation map as well.
Hyderabad’s many attractions have something for everyone. For history and art lovers there is the Golconda fort, Charminar, MeccaMasjid, AP State Archaeological Museum, Salarjung Museum to name only a few. Nature enthusiasts would love to visit the beautiful Public Gardens, Nehru Zoological park, Hussainsagar Lake and KBR National Park within the city. Around Hyderabad are Mrigavani National Park, Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park. Osmansagar Lake and Shamirpet are excellent picnic spots. A tour of the Ramoji Film City is also an interesting experience.
Food lovers would enjoy the Hyderabadi cuisine including the famous Hyderabadi Biryani which has emerged from a unique blend of Mughal and Arab influences. And for those who wish to carry a little bit of Hyderabadi ethnicity back with them, they can shop at the Laad Bazaar of the old city (near Charminar). Bridal wear, Pearls and the traditional Hyderabadi glass and stone studded bangles are sold here.
Best Time to Visit: Moderate climate during the period September to February would make it an ideal time to visit Hyderabad
Languages Spoken: A typical Hyderabadi could be either a Telugu or an Urdu speaking person. Hindi is also widely used.
Climate: The city experiences a hot summer, warm and humid monsoon (July to September) and a moderate climate during the months September to February.
Heritage sites: Charminar, Golconda fort, Mecca Masjid, Qutb Shahi Tombs
Knowledge centres: AP State Archaeological Museum, Salarjung Museum, Birla planetarium, Shilparamam(Arts and Crafts village), Taramati Baradari Culture village
Picnic Spots and Fun places: Public Gardens, Nehru Zoological park, Hussainsagar Lake, KBR National Park, Mrigavani National Park, Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, Osmansagar Lake, Shamirpet, Ramoji Film City
Holy places: Birla Temple
This is my first solo travel and I was a little bit scared because it would be on the country where social media says a lot of precaution especially for a woman. But all the doubts and fears of whatRead More
Day 2 : Kamptee to Jhansi
Start early morning at 5.00 AM and head toward Chhindwara. This section is mix of good and bad stretches. Reached Chhindwara around 7.00 AM, stopped for a fuel refill and headed toward Narsinghpur. At Chhindwara ask for Narsighpur direction, I remember as soon as we cross the railway crossing within Chhindwara town took Left road and head toward Narsinghpur(a small direction board for Narsinghpur is placed at railway crossing which is not visible). I loved this section after Chhindwara. Like good road even single lane road, ghats section, Jungle, a lot of villages on road side. Be careful at Ghats section as usually people drive fast on these types of ghats section. Please check out your speed and same time be very careful from vehicle which is coming from other end. Ghats road end before entering Narsinghpur. Road from Narsinghpur to Babina is good. Careful with diversion, cases where need to drive on wrong direction. Full of heavy trucks. Bypass Sagar and Lalitpur. Keep following Jhansi. Road from Babina to Jhansi is horrible, Need to enter Babina town which is really horrible. Road condition is very bad till Jhansi. A lot of local traffic between Babina and Jhansi. Stretch of around 25 KM. Reached Jhansi around 5.30 PM and took night halt. During night while roaming in Jhansi got the route map to exist Jhansi and follow Gwalior. Total drive time = 12 Hrs. KM drive = Approx 640 KM, toll around = Rs 200Read More
Once you cross the MP border and enter Maharashtra, the real pain begins. The border was a stretch of non existent roads with craters all over it. To add more to misery, there was a RTO checkpost which was checking the trucks and had created a huge Jam at this place.
After crossing the border, roads were bad, though there was tar on top but sudden potholes do surprise you and take a hit on your suspension.
After around 30 Kms from there, 4 lane road started which took me straight to Nagpur byepass. Paid my toll @ Mansar, and drove down the Nagpur byepass. I had initial plan of taking a stoppage at Nagpur and then start afresh from there, but never found any boards inviting me inside Nagpur, and I reached the next toll gate which was outside Nagpur. Now I had covered more than 250 Kms and wanted to have some rest but there were no dhabas or motels available.Read More
The road conditions were really good looked like the same good roads from Krishnagiri to Chennai. Smooth 2 Lane Highway.
There were some minor ghat sections on the way which were super smooth laid and the car was able to do them at 80+
I had initially planned for stay at Sagar, but the roads were inviting and on the Highway I missed the entry into Sagar town, so I thought of stretching the limits and reach the next town which I hit.
It was already 7:30 and it was dark all around, stopped at a roadside Dhaba for my dinner and enquired about the roads ahead and the general safety in the area, once assured, I took a decision to venture ahead and reach Narsinghpur which was another 150 Kms from Sagar.
The Road till Narsinghpur was not complete fully and had a lot of diversions in between with non existent roads. As I had my last petrol filled at Jhansi, and I was planning to start early morning from my stoppage to Nagpur, I had to get the fuel filled so that I have a tank full in the morning. Before Narsingpur I passed a small town of Kairali and found a good petrol pump.Read More
We breezed through to Gwalior and the Road to Jhansi is in very bad condition. In fact, there is no road but a mud path and some small stretches of intermittent roads. We avoided the bypass to Lalitpur in Jhansi and we found it wise. We came out of Jhansi and once we are on Lalitpur Road we had our so called lunch and proceeded further to Lalitpur. The Road to Lalitpur is a good single road upto 60 km and later it a smooth 4 lane road to Sagar. One has to be on constant alert for sleeping cows on Lalitpur- Sagar ghat section. It’s a pleasure to drive on this highway. It was 5.00 pm by the time we reached Sagar. As we were advised by Hotel personnel at Nasimhapur that the Sagar – Narsimhapur is a 4 lane road except for a few patches of diversions, we decided to move further to Narsimhapur and stay there overnight.
This we found to be good in a way and bad in another way. Good in the way because, had it rained, it could have been totally impossible to go forward as we found it later. Just before Sagar there is a signage for diversion to Narsimhapur on the Highway. When we took the road and after going some distance, I had an inconvenient feeling that we are heading a wrong direction, so we stopped and asked a villager who is going on a bike, whether that road goes to Narsimhapur. He told us as that we are heading a wrong direction, and the Highway is closed as for construction of a bridge, we should go into Sagar town and at Makronia Chowk we should take left turn to go to Nasimhapur. We entered Sagar and the people are very helpful in giving proper directions and putting us on the right road to Narsimhapur. It was just getting dark as we headed towards Nasimhapur and our Nightmarish Journey started. From Sagar outskirts to Narasimhapur Highway, tRead More
The Qutub Shahi tombs have a unique place in the history of Deccan and India as buried here are the rulers of Deccan from 1518, till Aurangzeb captured the Golconda fort by deceit and took the last emperor prisoner and shifted him to Daulatabad. So except for the seventh king Tana Shah (Abdul Hasan Qutub Shah), the previous 6 rulers and other members of the royal family are resting here. FRead More
A visit to this Museum is a delight for art lovers. Even if you are not interested then also you should visit it once. When ever you are visiting Salar Jung Museum make sure you must have at least 3 hours so that at least you can see the galleries (not in detailed although).The Museum is very big and you actually get tired walking inside all the galleries. But still it is worth watching. If you are visiting Hyderabad and not visiting Salar Jung Museum then your trip is incomplete.Read More
Before coming to Hyderabad I had done my homework on Hyderabad all thanks to Google. If you go through APTDC website it shows you around 63 sight seeing points at Hyderabad. So I was very much confused but sure on two points first was Golconda and second was Ramoji film city. We had taken help of our cousin to choose spots for us to visit in these 2 days. . Thus Friday’s point were Nehru Zoological park, Sudha Car Museum , Birla Temple, Hussain Sagar Lake and Golconda Fort. We started our visit at 1200 hrs and hired a cab as it was convenient as well as will help us in covering our planned points.Read More
So after we had finished viewing our shows it was almost 1600 hrs and we had only 1.5 hour left with us to see the Gardens. So we quickly went to Bus stop to catch the bus. Again the guide in a bus was so good, so friendly with everyone, knows all three languages (English, Hindi and Telugu). But 1600 hrs bus timing is the last bus timings and you are not allowed to get down and see the gardens and the sets. There are approximately 120 gardens, so many beautiful fountains and so many readily available film sets like railway station ,airport , Foreign country , village, Hospital , Jail , Highway , streets , Raj darbaar etc.The guide was explaining us about all the gardens, sets, which all movie shot at RFCRead More
The drive from Nagpur to Hyderabad was a breeze as most of the way was 4 laned highway with occasional diversions through Andhra villages. It also provided a lot of scenic views on the way.Read More
Had taken the Delhi-Hyd road trip around one and a half years back. Sorry guys for writing this article so late….but then…Read More