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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The post semester vacation got a little monotonous and dull due to late beginning of the hols. Unable to find something to kill time, suddenly got an interesting idea. Thought came to my mind, "why not spend some time in nature's lap, away from the boredom of lazy holidays. Let's go to a very close to my heart- Hill station not very far from Hyderabad, the city where a great part of my life was spent. It was 6:30 when I finally reached Secundrabad Railway station. The weather was perfect, cool and fresh after night's rain. I checked into one of my familiar hotels (memories of my intermediate student life in Hyderabad). Here I freshened up and had a great breakfast and again started for the railway station to check for trains to vikarabad.The 'Palnadu Express' started for here at around 10:30am and took me to Vikarabad Junction in about 2hrs. There I was received by Mahathi, my closest friend from my college (she lives there). At her home I rested for some time met her very friendly and interesting family (joint families are always fun), Aunty (her mother) cooked great lunch. After hearty lunch we finally started for The Ananthagiri Hills, about 6km from her place, thanks to her car. We both reached the 'Anantha Padmanabha Temple'. This is an old temple (really unable to recall the period - apologies) surrounded by lush greenery of forest. After visiting the Lord, we decided to explore and trek through the woods. Near the temple also exist a pool, also called as 'Kund' in proper hindi ('Kundam' - telugu) where it's believed that washes a lot of our sins. Don't know about the sins but obviously gives a great pleasure to the eyes. After the temple we drove uphill to many view points on the top of the 'ananthagiri hill', got splendid views of the place around and nature, as usual, never disappoints. After spending great time praising the beauty of the nature and talking beautiful things, we both decided to drive back to the town. After biding adeus to her and her family I took a train to Secunderabad and checked in my hotel room for some rest. I was very lucky to have such a great companion and travel partner with me. I didn't have to care for food and transport there. Mother Nature combined with Best companion gave a great treat along with the constant romance oozing from the nature and partner.
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.
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.
After we are done with the Day-1 plan, we headed towards Eturunagaram Wildlife Sanctuary which is about 110KM from Warangal city via Mulugu and Pasara villages on NH163. The road is now newly laid. And I recommend you to reach the Sanctuary before 5PM in the evening, because the raw materials from the forest would be transporting in and out of the sanctuary in the evening hours, and it will be completely occupied by hundreds of lorries. We had to suffer a lot to get into the place for about 40KM with a slow traffic of 20-30KMPH speed, we almost crossed about 100-120 lorries coming out of the forest carrying raw materials. We reached the village at 9PM, booked a room there, had dinner and went to bed.
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 :)
Later in the evening we hit the swimming pool , well maintained and friendly staff.Closing time was 1800 hrs on special request it was extended to 1830 . After that we moved to our suite and refreshed ourselves and ordered for onion pakodas with nice tasty coffee .Taste was very good.Service was very good except for that non working EPABX system. We had a lazy walk around the guest house after snacks. We went to the place when we were students 27 years back in a degree college and took pics at the same spot .Later we came back to guest house and relaxed in the room .Around 2100 hrs we ordered for rotis , veg curries sambar rice and curd rice .All were tasty and was served hot . Since TV was not working , we chatted , shared our old memories till 0200 hrs and hit the bed Next day 26th Sunday we got up around 0700 hrs , refreshed , had early morning walk , took few pics, had tea , took bath and were served with complimentary breakfast for two , rest was paid. We were served with hot idlis, vadas, upma and awesome sambar n chutney. Chef serves tasty food. Had a cuppa tea. Left first for Sri Lakshmi Ananta Padmanabhaswamy Temple , had darshan of the lord and left for kotipally reservoir via dharur road[ kutcha road] 20 kms from guest house ..Amazing lake side you can do kayaking , boating ...Nearby Tent he served fish , egg n omelets, cool drinks and we sat on the lakeside and few guys went for a lovely swim From There we went back to guest house , relaxed in the room , Lunch was served around 1300 hrs .Post Lunch we cleared the bill and came via chevella road not the ORR , Distance was shorter to reach Mehdipatnam , dropped two of our friends from there dropped another at Old Bowenpally and later Via suchitra crossroads came back to Alwal . Great Place for Nature lovers and Bird Lovers ..rare birds sighted ..Not many sight seeing spots but decent weekend getaway is my view.Great Trip, Made beautiful memories , Last time we went it was 27 years back , missed the guys who made it last time ,this time out of 6 guys , only 3 missed it first time and all of us enjoyed the trip .Thanking the Lord Almighty for making our trip pleasant, beautiful and fruitful without any mishaps Ashwin Naidu 27.2.2017
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 Yacht Club of Hyderabad
Born and brought up in Delhi, I was a little skeptical about moving to Hyderabad for work. Money matters and so I finally moved here 4 months back. Being an avid traveler, I wanted to explore this city to the fullest and so I spend weekends on the road and weekdays on browsing for places to visit. All I came across were Charminar, bazaars and temples but I was in search for something exciting. Unfortunately after days of browsing through blogs and Instagram pictures, I had to accept that there was not much to see in Hyderabad until I came across a Facebook page called – The Yacht Club of Hyderabad.
After we reached there, total group was divided into two. One who are interested in Kayaking and one who are interested for pics. kayaking was a bit costly there, 250 for half and hour, 350 for one hour. If you have never done kayaking, it's worth. First group was busy in buying tickets and waiting for kayaks. Other group started posing for pics.
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...
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.
Hakeem Baba Dargah
Hakeem Baba Dargah is near by Jubilee Hills IN Hyderabad, from Hakeem Baba Dargah one can see entire city including Golconda fort. There is a Lotus pond and KBR national park located nearby which is often visited during specific morning and evening hours. Jubilee hill is just a posh area in Hyderabad after Banjara hills.
Ramappa Temple - This temple is around 60 km away from Warangal city. It is also called as Rudreshwara temple as this temple is dedicated to loard shiva. Temple is a legendary example of kakatiya art. The temple was constructed during the reign of kakatiya ruler Ganpati deva. Here we hired a guide, who explained the history and other details of the carved pillars of temple. There are three entrances to the temple the main entrance to the temple faces the east where a Nandi mandapa placed. The interesting part is that, across India you will find Nandi sitting in relaxed position in all Shiva temples but here the Nandi is sitting in an alert position waiting to execute the command of lord Shiva.