The Nawabs are getting sporty!!
Sports in Hyderabad was always the vestige of Royalty. The truly global sport that came to India was Cricket, through the British. Patronised later by the ruling Nawbas and Princes of various states all over India. It gained prominence to its current state now where Cricket is next only to religion.
Hyderabad has been home to the most laziest set of people who had it all at their beck and call since time immemorial. Though they had the best parks and facilities, you would have hardly counted a dozen doing thier jogs early morning. Its only lately that you see gyms bursting to the seams, parks having a traffic jam on the jogging track, and Necklace Road full of beautiful ladies trying to keep that figure perfect!!
But despite this laziness, it still threw up sporting superstars quite often. It has played a significant role in inspiring confidence in the country's ability to produce sportsmen of caliber. Football was one sport that ruled the roost through the 60's and 70's, with Hyderabad throwing up quite a few sportstars who played at the international level. Hyderabad gave the world of cricket Md. Azharuddin and VVS Laxman, they best of the lot. Tennis had Pullela Gopichand -Badminton, and finally Sania Mirza hits it hard for lawn tennis.
But the food still beats the average hyderabadi, after a sumptous hyderabadi dinner its very difficult to do the jog in the morning!!
These are the places must to...
These are the places must to be seen in Hyderabad :-Charminar / Golkonda Fort / Salarjung Museum
Ramoji Film City / Tank Bund / Lumbini Park
NTR Ghat / Indira Park / Sanjeevaiah Park
Hitech City / Shilparamam / Gandipet / Tombs
Mecca Masjid / Birla Mandir /Birla Planetorium & etc.
The Charminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra or the Eiffel Tower is of Paris. Often called 'The Arc de triumph of the East', Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, built Charminar in 1591 at the centre of the original city layout. Legends has it that it was built as charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at that time. Four graceful minarets soar to a height of 48.7 m above the ground. Charminar has 45 prayer spaces and a mosque in it. The Charminar is a square edifice with four grand arches each facing a cardinal point that opened once upon a time into four royal streets. At each corner stands an exquisitely shaped minaret, more than 55 mt. in height with a double balcony. A bulbous dome crowns each minaret with dainty petal like designs at the base. A beautiful mosque is located at the western end of the open roof and the remaining part of the roof served as a court during the Qutub Shahi times.
Built with granite and lime-mortar, the Charminar is a fine example of the Cazia style of architecture. The intertwined arches and domes are typical of the Islamic architecture. The graceful floral motif atop the Charminar is enchanting.The Charminar depicts the Indo-Saracenic tradition - a symbiosis of the Hindu and the Muslim traditions, which has woven the magic of a rich Deccani culture. The nightly illumination of Charminar is spectacular.
Located in the lower Tank Bund area, it is one of the oldest parks in the twin cities. After its recent renovation, the park looks drastically different and has got a vibrancy about it.
A child's paradise, the park has ample space for kids to run around and play. It also has swings, seesaws and other outdoor game facilities for children.
Couples have ample private space for themselves with not many people around. Boating facilities are also available.
Hyderabad...the pearl city.
This pic shows famous shopping mall hyderabad central glittering during night.
Hyderbad offers rail,road,air transportation.Although buses and auto rickshaws are most famous among road medium. Buses are normally crowdy, if you are having a medium size budget you can easily see the city by auto rickshaws.If you need a air conditioned transport,you can easily get cabs on a call which offer you high comparatively to auto.Auto rickshwas or tuk tuk are the most easily available form of transport.Although rail is not that common,but if it suits on your route, it is very peaceful and less crowdy journey.I have once travelled from hitech city to necklace station, it was amazing journey.Limitation is they might be late at times.Adjoining picture shows necklace station.
Picture shows old and famous golconda fort located on the outer skirts of the city.Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India.
Secret lake or durgam cheru lake as it is called, is located in the hitech city.It is in its best form during monsoon season,best when visited in the evenings and cloudy weather.There is also an adjoining restaurent known as sometihng fishy where you can have drink or eat anything to get cosy with the weather.
Hyderabad is also the most techno savy city of india.Attached picture shows cyber towers,the first and the most advanced architectural design in hyderabad akka cyberabad. This is the first building that you will see while entering hitech city.
Hyderabad is one of the main education destination of the nation.It offers wide range of educational institutes ranging from universities,schools,certification centres to tutorials.Any type of colelges including law,management,engineering, medicine and teaching can be found here.Enclosed picture is taken from Internation School of Business which is premium business school of the country,every year ISB products are placed all around the globe which shape up the future economies.
Although a lot has been mentioned already in the travel page, but in this travelogue i will just put a picture of one of the famous italian food join in jubilee hills,Little italy.Starters superb and food tastes real gooood.
"Not really hyd!"
This pic is close to my heart..i clicked it from my office window.This is a old vintage car lying in garbage in open in the adjacent compound,whenever i get to see through window,i just look at it smile....a different feel.There is a lot behind the paper when you look at the picture.