The Incredible Hyderdabad
Located on the banks of river Musi and in the heart of Deccan plateau, Hyderabad is the capital city of Telangana infused with the spirit of liveliness, radiantly glowing with its glorious past, enriched with magnificient structures, shimmering with eloquent pearls and jewels and of course the best of all, its mouth savouring dishes. Having derived its name from Queen Haider who was a Hindu commoner wife of a Mughal Nizam, Hyderabad is the immaculate and immortal symbol of irrevocable love. Hyderabad envisages the virtue of pure love which is far above the petty human boundaries even in the present day, which is evident in its very aura. I’ll love to recount the beautiful three days I spent in this incredible city which is the immaculate amalgamation of tradition and modernity.
DAY 1 The very first morning I was sure that if you don’t start your day with Upma, Wada and Uttapam in breakfast in this city, you are sure-as-hell gonna regret it. We initiated our journey to explore Hyderabad from old Hyderabad where we first went to Gol Conda Fort that is one of the reminiscent of the rich heritage of Hyderabad. The beautiful fort and the wild grass that now claims the once-upon-a-time posh gardens seem no lesser than some dreamy reality. In the fort, there is a temple atop the fort that you have to reach by mounting these million stairs and although it was a tiring expedition, yet I enjoyed every moment of mesmerizing sceneries midway with family.
Finally we moved on to our next destination towards Birla Mandir, enjoying these delicious oranges and some traditional dessert midway. I guess it is inevitable that you are in Hyderabad and you don’t try out the fruit chats here. It’s a MUST-DO and for all the fruit-lovers, this is the place for you. Finally reaching the Birla Madir, we witnessed a heavy rush. It is a place with magnificent architect and jaw-dropping brilliance. And if you happen to visit this place, don’t hurry down the stairs. Just sit for a while and look at the mesmerizing and unfathomable views this place can provide you with. I guess one can capture the perfect elegance of Hyderabad from up here. Although it is a pity that cameras ain’t allowed inside temple to capture (or extend, as in memory) those charismatic views of Hussain Sagar Lake and these million square and rectangular shaped buildings visible from the top, yet I am happy that I got to enjoy those sereneful sceneries that have been captured in my eyes forever.
Then after having lots of Hyderabadi dishes in Famous Gokul Chat that Dad was all excited about and of which we liked Dahi puri the most; we proceeded on our journey and spent some memorable moments in Salar Jang Museum. Treasuring the glorious history of its past within its walls, Salar Jang museum is something that you surely can’t afford to miss.
DAY 2 We started first with visiting Char Minar, the first monument that was built during the construction of Hyderabad. All the scary, steep and narrow steps I mounted sighing throughout was worth it when I finally saw the city in its full view from the top of the minar. Another charming fact about this glorious structure is that a mosque and temple has been made along with each other. Regarding it as a city that was named by a Mughal Nizam after her Hindu commoner wife, Haider, I think that’s the reason why there’s a mosque and temple built along with each other. Ain’t that so lovely? Another thing one needs to know is that the market behind char minar is full of beautiful jewellery and pearls of all kind and for all the shopaholics and jewellery-lovers, this is definitely one place for you.
Next we went to watch this marvellous Chowmahalla. I truly loved everything about it from its charming gardens to adorable sarees to vintage cars to this gorgeous portrait of latest Nizam’s wife to the Mahal’s breathtaking library. This place left an unfathomable chasm on my mind with its rich heritage and affluent history.
Then we had this delicious chicken briyani and prawns in the Paradise Hotel’s roof garden. You definitely shouldn’t miss the finger-licking good Chicken Briyani here if you are a non-vegetarian. And after having its another famous delicacy, the Irani tea with well-baked chocolate chips cookies, we moved towards our next destination towards the Necklace road. In the way, Dad decided to refresh the memories of the place that has completely transformed from the place where he used to live 17 years ago. And he was completely buoyed by the mind-boggling development of the place, symbolic of the dynamism and progression with which human society is evolving in the modern twenty-first century.
Finally after sightseeing the Hussain sagar and its famous Buddha statue, we moved on to MTR garden on Necklace road where we tried our hands in shooting and water walk. After clicking some memorable pictures, we finally went to watch laser show in Lumbini gardens and after the show; we had a sight viewing ride of Hussain Lake in the night with lights shimmering charismatically around the city. The view from up there was beyond words. This is truly one beautiful city!
DAY 3 The day was well-spent in Ramoji film city that was not only a experience full of colours and grandeur, but was also renovating and refreshing with the humour dose that was provided by the tour guide as well many show creators in the studios. It was a marvellous adventure. Although I was feeling li’l dizzy and tired in daytime but I consequently recovered from my drowsiness and enjoyed the evening stage shows and carnival parade in addition to the diverse hues of the spirit of the film city. In addition to that, I learned how the real heroes are the ones that are behind the stage. Take John Fawley, for instance, of Hollywood studios who invented the sounds without which movies will seem to be lifeless today. I guess Hyderabad’s visit ain’t worth it if you finally don’t visit this place full of colours, diversities and life.
To be accurate, we enjoyed this trip to the core! Gleaming with exoticness and tradition, Hyderabad is truly an incredible place.
About the Author
Urvi Sharma is an Editorial Intern at Agrasar Foundation. Hailing from City of Temples, Jammu; Urvi is an ardent traveller who has the knack of putting her travels and experiences in words. She has visited a whole variety of places ranging from Kerala to Jaipur to Delhi to Mumbai to Goa to Nasik to Hyderabad to Bangalore to Tamilnadu to Kolkata to Amritsar to Leh to Manali to Dharamshala to Kargil to Srinagar to Dehradun to Kanpur.
She believes that the kaleidoscopic colours of diverse places not only leave an unfathomable chasm on man’s mind but also arises in man’s heart the indelible feeling of being alive, vital for one’s over-all personal growth.
Having finished her B.Sc. from Jammu University, she is currently pursuing her M.A. English in Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her other interests include Blogging, Photography, Fashion, Reading and Social networking.