Walking along the Bhagsu waterfall , a trek of about 30mins will take you to this remote cafe . A menu of various delicacies is offered. I ordered a honey banana pancake along with hot chocolate and enjoyed it sitting in between the flow of water on a rock with an unbeatable view.
Kuntala Water Falls
As this is the first time I'm visiting a Waterfall, i was awestruck. It is a 147Feet waterfall such a feast to the eyes. We were warned by the guards not to enter into the waterfall following the event happened in Warangal the previous day. So, we just stood on the banks enjoying the scene, experiencing water droplets and not to mention we took a hell lot of photos down there. We've spent an hour and a half and started to climb the steps. We were thirsty and exhausted by the time we reach the top.
A part of the South India Shopping Mall, this is a restaurant which is famous for its Hyderabadi Biryani and kebabs. Paradise has now become like a brand name and people refre it to Paradise biryani rather than biryani from Paradise Restaurant. The quality and quantity are both more than awesome and the taste of the juicy kebabs are simply to die for. It is a little down from the mark during the peak hours but then this happens when you have to manage such a huge place. Dine in and take away are both available.
Birla Temple Road
Day 1: It was a late morning for us. After a delicious home lunch, we decided to leave for Birla Temple in the afternoon. Be it hospitals, science museums or temples, the Birla’s are ruling everywhere and it was no different in this part of the city as well. I am not a strict believer of idol worship, but the remarkable white marble architecture made me climb up the stairs. The top of the temple gives you a skyscraper view of the Hussain Sagar lake running close by the city road, bringing me memories of the Mandavi river in Panaji. You could feel the faith when you see the queues running inside to reach God Balaji. To me, the place was ideal for photography, had these cameras been allowed inside. Nevertheless, the visual pleasure of seeing the city basking in the cool winds was no less than worship to me.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
It was an early morning flight. But there is more to it. When I reached the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, it was still dark. The time of the flight departure was about an hour apart from that. But least to my knowledge and much to my surprise, the flight took off at the break of the dawn.We all have seen sun rise from the best of the venues on earth, but being up in the sky when the first ray of the sun strikes, was the first ever experience I had. It was an ethereal experience as the sky turned black to crimson and then gradually the sun light spread all over. If the beginning of the journey was so blissful, I could imagine how wonderful the rest of the trip would be.
Laad Bazaar Road
In the evening we walked inside Laad bazaar which is located opposite to one of the gates of Charminar and adjacent to Mecca Masjid. Women visit Laad bazaar to essentially buy colourful bangles (choodi) made of laad, handmade jewelry, local wedding items and traditional Indian dresses like Sari and salwars. Laad Bazaar is quite colourful and well lit. Do not spend too much on shopping because items are quite cheap and may not be authentic but don't forget to buy souvenirs. It is a heaven for photographer like me.
Sarvi Restaurant & Banquet Hall
When you are in search of some yummy, authentic Hyderabadi cuisine, this is the place to Stop. Sarvi Restaurant is known to serve some of the best biryanis and kebabs in the city. They offer dine- in as well as take away but the latter is preferred more due to many reasons. First of all the space inside is small and for comfortable eating a take away is better. Again the take awy prices are cheaper and the quantity is more too. As it is their quantity is enough for two hungry souls but take away is even better. A visit to this place is a must on your trip.
Woke up early in the morning, started again back into the dense forest by 6AM. It was slightly drizzling with around 12 degrees temperature. It was quite energetic to wander the forest in such a climate and temperature.There were a lot of small villages and tribes living deep inside the forest.
Kachiguda Railway Station
One of the three central railway stations of Hyderabad, it is administered and managed by the South Central Railway zone of the Indian Railways. The station was constructed in the year 1916 when the authority was known as the Nizam's Guaranteed State Railway. The station has a Gothic Style of architecture and is a multi functiional station with food joints, shops, restaurants and so much more.
Jubilee Hills (Hakeem Baba dargah) - Cost: Rs 0 | Time: 24/7We captured amazing pics in DSLR Camera and it felt so great to prove that it is possible to visit these places on weekend. Travel bug can take you to so many places and in fact I made many early weekend morning trips to Lotus Pond (Jubilee Hills), KBR national park (Jubilee Hills), Botanical Garden (Kondapur), Zoo, Falaknuma Palace, Ameenpur Lake, Butterfly and Dear park. You can also visit Salarjung museum and several other lakes. There are ample of places to visit in Hyderabad on weekend. All you need to do is get up and explore.Follow me on Tripoto :)
Karachi Bakery Hitech City
The Hyderabad Information Technology and Engineering Consultancy Hub is a major business district of the city. This is also one of the leading business hubs of India and is spread over Madhapur, Gachibaoli, Kondapur, nanakramguda and Manikonda. It is a suburb of the Jubilee Park and is comprised of everything starting from industrial plants to offices, schools, residential buildings and all that a complete city can comprise of.
About 70-75km from Hyderabad. Great treat for nature lovers. Monsoon and winter are best time to visit. Transit- Best option is to rent a motorcycle for lone travellers. Hiring cab is also comfortable and convenient from Hyderabad. Public transport include trains from Nampally and Secundrabad railway stations. Bus services available from MGBS (Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, Hyderabad) No proper lodging in Vikarabad town except a resort at Ananthagiri Hills. Better to stay in Hyderabad or Secundrabad taking a day to visit this place.
We were looking for good weekend getaways from Hyderabad, to shrug off our software coolie tag for a while and chill and Papikondalu turned out to be just the place for it. Set amidst majestic hills, serenading waters and completely noncommercial tribal populace, it is easy to see why this place is such a hit. We booked a tour with an online tour operator, because it is quite easier and also economical that way. A two-day package with food, sightseeing and transport cost us around 2.5 INR, excluding the train/bus/air travel to-fro Bhadrachalam/Rajamundry. We were picked up from Rajamundry railway station by the tour operator's cab, dropped off at a three-star hotel for freshening up. We were again dropped at the launch-starting point called Pattiseema ( 35KM from Rajamundry). Breakfast was a simple idli-vada with tea/coffee. This launch starts from Pattiseema around 9.15ish AM. It was a beautiful journey with nothing but greenery and hills on either sides. We got off the boat around 11 AM at Gandipochamma temple for a darshan. Getting off and on the boat requires some amount of river-water contact and precarious balancing on wooden planks. It is advisable to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. After that, we resumed our journey again. Lunch was a delicious vegetarian fare on the boat itself. We hadn't realized how hungry we were until that point :) We made a tour of Papikondalu (kondalu means hills in Telugu language) while still on-board, and later got off the boat to visit Ramakrishna Ashramam. It took small 8-minute walk uphill to reach this place. Entering any Hindu holy place requires washing your feet, which we did in a natural stream running right in front of the ashram. It was soothing to sit with feet soaked in water after so much travelling. After this darshan, we were dropped off at Kolluru island, a place we were stay until the next day. It had bamboo huts which were helpfully divided into two sections - family/bachelor ( boozing). Since we had girls in our group, we were unanimously put into the family section. The huts were clean, but carry a mosquito cream and a hand sanitizer. As per the bathrooms, like most village bathrooms, there is no roof and no hot water either. It was a nice experience, nonetheless. The cellphone reception in this place is almost non-existent. There is a satellite phone, though and a tuck shop which has snacks, medicines and other knick-knacks. Coming back to the trip, after having chai, we played river-bay volleyball and disc-throw. It was a great way to end the day - soaring spirits, soar muscles and all. In the night, the place was eerily calm and dark ( no electricity, just minimal amount of light-bulbs that run on solar power) We sat around the campfire with some other trip members and talked through the night. We woke up bright and early and did yoga at the time of sunrise, thanks to one of our friends who is a yoga instructor. After that we had breakfast and went about exploring the tribal village. It was short 2 KM walk to Pamaleru vagu (vaagu means stream in Telugu language). There were already tons of people frolicking in the stream already which had chest-high water for a person, say about 5.8" height. The stream is completely safe in the months of summer and winter, with no chance of people getting washed away. We played water-volleyball and disc with strangers which included families mostly, it was a memorable experience. After which we had wonderful lunch again (both veg and non-veg of Andhra cuisine) and before we knew it, we were hauled off in a boat back to Polavaram*. From there, our tour-operator arranged auto-rickshaws for us to reach Bhadrachalam. After spending a good couple of hours at the Bhadrachalam temple, we boarded our train back to Hyderabad. Rivers, hills, islands, temples, campfires, streams...all rounded off in one wonderful trip.
When you are hungry after a lot of trekking and exploring the beautiful Triund, this is a place to relax and satiate your hunger pangs. There is also the Shiva Falls nearby and thus the name of the café. The place is oerfect for all types such as breakfast, lunch and dinner. The best part about this place is however the peaceful ambience and great views.
The Kadem is a river which runs along the Adilabad district of Telangana. It is a branch or a tributary of the Godavari River and is now even more popular due to the Kaddam Reservoir Project. It is being built and developed to strengthen water power and supply to the neighbouring places and is being helped and supervised by the Sriram Sagar Project. This is now one of the prime places to tour along in the state of Telangana.
The famous Hyderabadi biryani should be tried at Paradise Hotel which has branches located at various areas in the city. Also famous there is a dessert known as qubani Ka meetha which is made out of dried apricots, worth a try! The very famous Karachi Bakery has many branches located in different parts of the city. There is not much to shop from Hyderabad, except lac bangles which are specially for the ones who love a bit of bling and glitter. Lac bangles can be purchased from the Laad Bazaar which is located right adjacent to the Charminar. There are loads of shops selling bangles. If you want to buy genuine pearls, then do not buy from Laad Bazaar. Bargaining will help and the prices are adjusted deeply. There are malls in the city featuring all the famous brands, located mostly at Hi-tech city and Banjara Hills. Banjara Hills and Jubilee hills are the cosmopolitan areas of the city where a lot of politicians and celebrities reside.For the ones who love pearls and are willing to buy them from the famous City of Pearls, here is a piece of advice- you never know if it is genuine or fake. Hence, take precautions and make your buy from a reliable shop which does not believe in bargaining. Check for yourself and confirm about the genuineness of the pieces before you splurge on them.
Makkah Masjid, is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, And it is one of the largest Mosques in India. Makkah Masjid is a listed heritage building in the old city of Hyderabad, close to the historic landmarks of Chowmahalla Palace, Laad Bazaar, and Charminar. Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, commissioned bricks to be made from the soil brought fromMecca, the holiest site of Islam, and used them in the construction of the central arch of the mosque, thus giving the mosque its name. It formed the centerpiece around which the city was planned by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah.
This place is also called Kala Pani and was used as by the British to imprison those Indian revolutionaries who instilled thoughts of a free nation in the minds of the masses during the first war of independence. This place has a reputation of being the most torturous and inhuman of prisons on earth. Rebel from Indian, Karachi and Burma were also exiled here in the year 1896. During World War II, the prison was taken over by the Japanese and many British soldiers were then imprisoned here. The prison walls tell stories of how the Japanese would torture the prisoners here.
Kaddam Narayana Reddy Reservoir
This is aproject which was started along with the Sriram Sagar Project to strengthen the catchement area of this region. The funding also comes down from the Sriram Sagar Project which aims at building the Saraswathi Canal. The Kaddam is also known as the Kadem Reservoir since it is built over the Kadem River which is a tributary of the River Godavari. There you will also fnd two canals namely the Left and the Right Canal. The project has been done near Kaddam Mandal in the Adilabad District of Telangana.
The place is situated near Sultan Bathery. You need to trek a lot to get to this place. First we need to do steep trek of appx 1.5-2Km and then after reaching the caves, you need to do stair trek (approx 500). A very good city view awaits for you at the top. Also includes stone age writings.
Ekashila Waterfall & Children Garden
A park behind Fort, named "Ekashila Childern Garden" which has a play area for children and also a small lake. But, to a corner, there is a hill/huge rock with a small temple on top. The hilltop scenerary is good which gives a view of all the greenary around that place.
Koti Sultan Bazar For Your Silverware Needs -During the British rule in India, this place was called Residency Market. In existence for around 200 years, Koti Sultan Bazar is famous for the latest fashion when it comes to women’s clothing. From silver junk jewelry to rare pieces, this market is a one-stop-shopping destination for all you ladies out there. From stylish Indian salwar kameez sets to churidars and dazzling footwear, this market has row after row of shops that display the finery that Hyderabad has to offer. Before you venture out to shop here, you should brace yourself for a long day. The variety on offer is mind boggling and the amazing deals you can get here will surely confuse you.
The Nizams of Hyderabad were always known for their style of Grandeur and Flamboyance. One, can agree with this statement without any back-step, on their visit to the Taj Falaknuma Palace. The palace is a good old 130 year royal palace of the Nizam dynasty, which has been undoubtedly beautifully restored by the Taj.This has been an experience of a lifetime! Taj, has brought into life the dreams of many to live King size. The palace is named 'Taj Falaknuma Palace' being one of South Asia's luxuries hotel. The palace has been converted into a luxury hotel of 60 rooms along with a prestigious Presidential Suite and other grand suites. Taj, has not failed a bit to not bring in the style of the Nizams.The entrance to your stay itself includes a horse carriage entry leading to a rose petal shower while we enter the palace in customary Nizams tradition. Coming to the suites, they will just make you feel pampered and treat you as the 'Highness'. The palace has retained many of the highlights of the original Falaknuma for the residents to see like the 101 Dining room, the Durbar hall, the Hookah room, the Jade room, the Central library and many more all of which are located in the heart of palace.Taj, has made sure that guests don't miss out on their great taste for food with restaurants like Celesta and Adaa. They also offer something called as a Heritage Walk, taking you back in time with a brief history of the palace with a walk through the highlights of the palace. Just when it's 7 pm, woah! Your eyes get a treat with the entire palace lit up to Royal-hood.Next, the leisure aspect has not been given up with the availability of luxury spa services and a beautiful swimming pool across the garden of the palace. The palace hotel also has to offer The Falaknuma Collection of cocktails which are an in-house collection of Falaknuma.The view from the palace is again something amazing, as the palace is located 2000ft above the sea level which gives us a fantastic view of Hyderabad city. The palace has two stores one the Taj Khazana and the other being a traditional attar store which helps you take back home some collections in the Nizam's style.Walking along the courtyard and other different parts of the palace, I'm sure you'll be living your midnights dream of being the King himself. Taj, has taken utmost care of hospitality with a really dear staff who you can locate at all points of place, ready to treat you again - King size. Overall the experience has been one of a kind, thanks to Taj to bring forth this Majestic palace into life for the public.
Sriram Sagar Project
At 01:50Pm, After travelling 67Km through Neredigonda and Gamjal Tollgates. We have reached Pochampad. We paid Rs. 20 and continued onto Sriram Sagar project. On the reservoir, we found that Boating is OPEN. What a chance!! It was just Rs. 100/person. 3 of us had a boat ride in the reservoir. The speedboat operator promised us to take 1Km into it and back. Meanwhile, he performed some crazy maneuvers with the boat drifting on the surface of water. For this Rs. 100/person is definitely worth the money. Then we went to see the spillway and dam gates, unfortunately none of the gates were open. Still, it was a nice boat ride. Then we returned.
Moazzam Jahi Market
All Guns At Mozzam Jahi Market -How about a market that packs in good deals and beautiful architecture from the Nizam period? Exciting right? It was the seventh Nizam who ruled the place, Mir Osman Ali Khan who had the market built during his reign through 1933-1935. Christened after his son, Mozzam Jah Bahadur, this granite structure started as a fruit market but later began to deal in ammunition as well. Today, dozens of stalls and shops line the market selling everything from fresh chicken and goat meat to fruits, vegetables, ittar – a local perfume and dry fruits. The famed Karachi Bakery is housed in this very market. You will find it a pleasure to get caught in the crowd while you sample the dry fruits, buy some ittar and enjoy every bit of the experience. This is yet another place that falls into the category of 6 cheap places to shop in Hyderabad.
Nampally – Exhibition Extraordinaire -If you visit the city of Hyderabad, it would be a treat to visit Nampally. This shopping destination is known for the diversity merchandise found here. Clothes, footwear, bangles, bags and wallets, jewelry; you name it and this market stocks it. If you happen to be in the city anytime between the months of January and mid-February, the Numaish exhibition is the place to be at. One will find every imaginable product at this famous exhibition. This carries on into the year and you will get what you are looking for at this marketplace. The icing on the cake is the pricing at this place doesn’t hurt the pocket. You are sure to get the best deals here and will also save up some money.
The Begum Of All Bazars In Hyderabad - Begum Bazar -For all the tobacco takers, Begum Bazar is the place to be at. By far, this isn’t the only product sold here. As a matter of fact, Begum Bazar is renowned for the variety of items sold here. This includes household products and décor, kitchen essentials, cosmetics and daily use items, toiletries and perfumes, and the list is endless. This market has been in business for the past one hundred and fifty years (150). Gold, silver, exotic dry fruits and fresh fish are also sold here. This place is one of the largest commercial markets in Hyderabad and retailers from all across the country deal with products from here. You can very well imagine the awesome bargains that one will get here. This message goes out to all the shopaholics – get your shoes on, purse ready and head to Begum Bazar.
Coco's Bar & Grill
Situated in the Jubilee hills Region, this is an open air bar and restaurant with live music always available. Their specialties are steaks and barbequed stuffs and you can also come here for some drinks and hangout with friends. The cool breeze and open air setting is what pulls customers the most. The food is really good and the service is prompt too but what tops the list is the ambience.
The Nizam's Museum
The residence turned museum of the Nizam is a collection of gold and silver. But what's more fascinating is the 176 feet long two level wardrobe. I just wonder if today somebody has a personal wardrobe of this size. The Nizam is said to have worn each costume only once and the officials here are trying to recollect them based on photographs to maintain authenticity.
To our rescue, there was Gabbarsing Restaurant. It is not a restaurant but after climbing 300 steps.. yes it is more than any Bawarchi or Paradise. We had water there took rest for some time. As they require some time to prepare chicken we have ordered to make Bread Omelet and Roti Daal. The bill was around Rs. 150. Then we returned from Kuntala to Sri Ram Sagar Project. Planning to have lunch somewhere on the highway as 12:45Pm is little early for lunch.Sriram Sagar Project...
We got back onto bus no.700 for a 2 and a half hour ride to Jungmun-dong where we slept in a Korean style room at Green Pension for ₩50000 ($50) a bit over our budget but this is considered cheap for this area but the Green Pension was walking distance to Chocolate Land, Teddy Bear Museum 테디베어박물관, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum 믿거나 말거나 박물관 and Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls 천제연폭포. But we would rather suggest you to stay just outside this area as accommodation will a lot cheaper.
Tobacco Bazar For The Best In Fashion -Known as either Tobacco bazaar or General Bazar, or both, this place on M.G Road must make it to our list of 6 cheap places to shop in Hyderabad. The market begins as a small lane but let that not dampen your spirit as there are over 300 shops to browse through. Standing tall for 60 years, this market has a reputation for selling the best fabrics. If variety is what you are looking for, then that is exactly what you get with the market dealing in chiffon, pochampally, brocade and much more. Women can go through thousands of options when it comes to purchasing kurtis, dupattas, salwar kameezes and blouses. As for the male folk, one can get good quality, shirt, trouser and suiting material at this market. Would you believe it if we told you that the price range for the fabric here starts at just Rs 40/- a metre? Stop rubbing your eyes, this is a fact. The prices depend on the fabric and can also go up to Rs 2000/-. So if you are looking to stock up for the upcoming festivities, you can do all the shopping here and stock up.