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Pearls of Hyderabad — April 22, 2015

Pearls of Hyderabad

Some call it the city of pearls while some call it architectural gem- mosques, tombs, museums and palaces;most maintained, few weathered. Many call it the IT dynasty these days while few remember the rich cultural background. One of the most famous place for food lovers, offering Haleem and Biryanis as it’s specialty. It is one of the very few cities offering a long list of tourist attractions. Listing a few here.

  • Charminar – Worth climbing all the steps and get on the top of it. The city view from the top is breath taking. Macca masjid is next to Charminar, worth taking the pictures from the top. Closed at night, and crowded with beggars in day time.
  • Salarjung Museum – Truly a great collection for a single man. Must watch are veiled Rebecca and two faced sculpture. No good restaurants around, so make sure to carry your own food. Minimum time required to visit the museum is 3-4 hours. It is closed on Fridays and National Holidays, and also is very particualr about its 5 o ‘clock closing time.
  • Birla Mandir – Calm and serene place on a small hillock,completely built by marble stone. Quite near to Lumbini park and Hussain sagar. Very nice view from the top. Photography is prohibited here so make sure to keep your camera safe.
  • Hussain Sagar – Lumbini Park –  is at the entrance of Hussain Sagar lake. its a small garden with small play area for kids. There is a laser show around 7.15 which is quite good. You can go for a boat ride to Buddha statue that is in the middle of Hussain Sagar lake. The lake is not very well maintained. Best time to go is around sunset to enjoy the lighting effects.
  • Ramoji Film City – This place is situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad. There are buses provided to and fro to the inside of studio. They provide you with good facilities for water and food. The studio gives an insight of Bollywood films. If you want to see the city completely, reach by 9am for the opening ceremony. Once opening is done,you can go for site seeing tours in buses operated by Ramoji and cost is included in tickets. Afternoon you can go for shows like Ramoji tower, Ramoji movie magic,Stunt show etc. Other attractions include butterfly park, birds zoo and the bonsai garden.

Veiled Rebecca Two Faced Scuplture Bird Garden-Film City Sun Chario - Film City Hussain Sagar

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Dapoli..! — February 4, 2014

Dapoli..!

Dapoli is rightly famous for its untouched scenic beauty. A perfect destination for a weekend break. The 5 hour journey from pune can get little tiring due to poor condition of roads but once u enter the konkan strip, the visual treat of small houses with sloped roofs and coconut trees relieves you of all your stress. The clean beaches add to it. Murud beach is famous for small set of water sports. Connected to it is karde and then ladghar beach. Not very big or populated but perfect to chill you down. This strip of beaches is also famous for another activity : dolphin watching. Localites say dolphins used to play at beaches until few years ago. Human interventions have pushed them in the deep sea. If you’re lucky enough, you can get a glimpse of their play when you go for a boat ride else simply enjoy a ride in sea. Food at beaches is mostly available on pre-order. Restaurants are available only in dapoli. Homely food served with lot of hospitality adds to the stay there. Sunset on the beach is a must watch. One of the places of attraction which search engines help u find are panhekelaji caves which are said to be carved by the pandavas. The road to the caves is, which I personally don’t want to call bad but rather, adventurous. Small local roads of red mud, which have no touch of tar. It’s simply not for naive drivers. And once you have reached after an hours drive along this small rural road, steep slopes and dense vegetation on both side of road,all covered with red soil, you enter with high expectations for the caves. However you find a series of unatended small caves and lot of scope for exploration. This place is meagerly populated. It’s completely “enter at your own risk.” But at the same time full of scenic beauty and historical Importance for all those who have the interest. You can surely return back with loads of beautiful memories and a lot of sand..!!

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Kundalika River rafting — July 25, 2012

Kundalika River rafting

Adventure is the soul of my life, so my first blog dedicated to one of the best adventure..

Kundalika is a small river flowing from hills of Sahyadri to Arabian  Sea. Its an ideal place for short overnight or day trips. I never knew there was such a wealth of adventure in the deep forests below Mulshi and Bhira dam.

The one and half hour,wet and wild run down the 14 km stretch has been a heart throbbing experience. the force of water.. the energy.. you know nothing but gushing water around and the edge you have to reach to survive. Its a “must be” experience for every adventure lover, but under professional guidance for novice.

As long as I live, I wish to hear the waterfall and birds chirping.. to interpret the rocks..learn the language of storms..and live the wilderness of forests..

Coming up next is water rappelling experience..!!