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My trip to Hyderabad and Bangalore – Part II

March 7, 2010

I think its better late than never to write about my Hyderabad. My memory is fading out and now the 2 parts I wanted to post shrinks to only one post(less suffering for you all) and before it goes just about posting pictures as memories, I am typing down here.

For the trip I had no plans in my mind. The only two things I kept in my mind was I have to meet Swaram and then should watch Avatar in IMAX 3D by the night of 30th December, 2009. So slept nicely, getting up at my own time and then deciding where to go or whether to go out or not πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ So the ultimate definition of vacation is satisfied.

Meeting Mr.BJ and His roommates:

It’s really great of Mr.BJ to come all over to railway station on that really cold(that’s what he said, I never felt it πŸ˜† πŸ˜† ) morning and take me to his room on the day I landed in Hyderabad(Ameerpet). Its quite hard to believe for me that we are really close friends now considering our conversation in the class for the whole of 3 years wouldn’t have gone more than 2 pages πŸ˜€ :D. Few days he left early to accompany me and also made sure that I am not ending up in wrong places πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

And from the Anna’s stayed with him, I have tasted some wonderful foods for dinner. Its really tasty and I loved it.

Meeting Swaram and Sumanth:

After going to the room of Mr.BJ, I swiftly started to get ready to go to Swaram’s home(Only day I started early from the room) and then again ended up pretty late there to meet the sweet couples. It’s a day to go to office for Swaram but waited for me patiently and treated me with Aloo Paratha for breakfast. It’s the best aloo paratha I have had in my lifetime with the caterers in my office providing some dish named Aloo paratha. As we see Swaram in the blogs, she never gets tired. She is fully energetic and on that day itself, she joined us to watch laser show in Lumbini park and also came with me to Eat street. And I think she knows almost everything about Hyderabad from what to see, how to go… she is an information depot πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

After bidding bye to Swaram from her home :mrgreen:, me and Sumanth started our endless conversation on few of the Indian peoples favorite topics cricket, politics, food and yeah about ourselves. Time was passed on in no time to afternoon and we had lunch together. Sumanth accompanied me to Charminar and I am sure would have stood puzzled going there as the route was complex and non-availability of proper bus services.

I am really glad that I have met Swaram’s father, sister, Sumanth and Swaram again at the end of my trip there.

Meeting Saritha akka, Varunavi and Pinkuda:

This is the real surprise meeting with Swaram called me up on the day I met Swaram to tell that Saritha was coming here for a small vacation. And there I met her on the last day of my trip. I was really happy to see her, her mother and the kids. I had to catch the train after meeting her so half the time went watching the time πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

Pinkuda was so cute running to play with Varunavi in the stairs but her mom didn’t allowed her as she thought she was too little to go and play there πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Varunavi seemed to be more responsible kid playing without disturbing anybody. I had very little time to spend there but happy as I had that.


This is the first place I have visited in Hyderabad. A superb monument, now taken care well by the government after plenty of damage is done. It’s really great to see either side of the road from the top of the Charminar and Sumanth has told me that its really good to see it by morning. We planned to go by morning by some other day but somehow couldn’t make it 😦 😦

Mecca Masjid is so close to Charminar and after a long time I have seen a lot of pigeon in the same place. Its quite a sight to watch them in evening.

Hussain Sagar Lake:

Actually there are lots of attractions around this lake. And I spent 2 evenings there. By the first day evening me, Mr.BJ, room anna, Swarama and Sumanth went to the laser show in Lumbini park and trust me it is one of the best show I have seen and the cost for that show is 35 rupees, which is damn cheap.

Then me, Swaram and Sumanth went to Eat street(Mr.BJ left to office as he had some little work) and there can’t be better place than that to have a nice evening with food. Lot of varieties were available there but a bit costly. Surely worth a visit.

The other day I spent sitting in the lawn around it and watching everything happening around me. Then took some experimental photos and as usual results are not encouraging πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Salar Jung Museum:

I went there on the day when the whole of city was in Bandh and I am glad that they are open. They are safeguarding lot of precious works but the only problem is, the dumbo I am, don’t know the worth of them. I loved watching veiled Rebecca and the musical clock. They are the two things I watched for twice there. Another interesting work there is two-body statue – a statue with male face on one side and female face on other side.

But the only disappointment is they are not allowing photography there.

Golconda fort:

I went here by the 3rd day of my trip. This fort is really well-built and makes me wonder how the workers then made this possible. Those high walls to safeguard the fort and the building for the King at the top, truly amazing. But more than architecture I treated this as a trekking experience. And I really enjoyed it as I had lot of time and I walked slowly to the top and sat there for a little time and returned back.

It reminded me of the gingee fort near Chennai. They both were quite similar.

A funny thing happened there. I have seen the below the view of the top from the bottom and I went towards this.

And at the top I have seen this part and I was looking here and there for the top and also the path to climb further. After a lot of search I found that the place I am standing is the top πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Paradise hotel:

This is the only place I visited at the last day of my trip. Me and Mr.BJ went there and had a delicious briyani. That is the best briyani I had in hotel after a very long time. But somehow I felt full before finishing one plate of briyani. Maybe the mixture of Chicken and Mutton briyani didn’t worked well, I think πŸ™„ πŸ™„

Kaakathiya Mess:

This is a hotel in Ameerpet providing exclusive Andhra meals and I really liked it. One thing I like about the Andhra messes are that the dhal powder and the ghee combination they serve as first thing. Anybody who goes to Ameerpet and love to have a meal means I recommend you to take a meal there. I have heard that they are serving only meals for all the 3 times of the day πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Travel in Auto:

I mostly travelled in Auto in Hyderabad and I think I haven’t travelled in auto that much in the whole of my life. But my friend said the cost for Auto travel is very much reasonable than in Chennai. Actually its one of the most important transport in Hyderabad along with bus and train πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

A funny mishap:

When I thought that everything was going fine, this thing has happened. Me and Sumanth started to go to Charminar. We have seen a bus that goes to a place near to Charminar but we have to go atleast a 50 to 100 meters to reach the bus stop to catch the bus. We started running towards the bus stop but the bus reached before us and started. We closed in on to the bus and I let Sumanth to get in, thinking I can get in easily but after he got in, I thought I can’t get in and stopped there.

Now I don’t know whether to stay back there and to move to the next stop to see Sumanth. And thankfully mobile came to the rescue with Sumanth got my number from Swaram and called me up to come to the next stop.

A disappointment:

I was really excited to go to IMAX theatre and booked tickets to watch β€˜Avatar’ 10 days before itself. But alas, the TRS and other parties called bandh on that day and theatre was closed and missed watching the film there 😦 😦

On the whole:

This is the best trip I had after my college final year tour. I don’t judge a trip by the places I visit but the feel I get a day before about leaving and missing the whole thing, when I reach back to home. I felt it a day before the end of my trip and that’s the best thing can happen in a trip.

As I have already said, Mr.BJ, Swaram and Sumanth made this trip into a memorable one for me and they never let me felt alone in that twin city. Many, many thanks to them for all the love and care shown towards me. I hope to visit the city again someday and I wish they are there.

42 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2010 7:01 am

    Finally the rest of the trip details!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    kanagu: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    ME first!! πŸ˜€

    kanagu: Yes.. you are πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    We also need to eat the said aloo parathas to certify them too!!! πŸ˜‰

    kanagu: LOL… πŸ˜† Swaram replied πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    You didn;’t get scared because of her eyes like Vimmmuuu??!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    kanagu: I am not a kid like Vimmuuu πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    The pics are lovely too! πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thanksu πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Swaram permalink
      March 7, 2010 10:30 am

      I dont need ur certificate buhahahaha πŸ˜€

      • March 8, 2010 12:24 am

        I agree with Pixie – when are we getting to taste the parathas πŸ™‚

        kanagu: As soon as you meet Swaram πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. March 7, 2010 9:57 am

    Lovely recount πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thanks Ash πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    And yes its important to put up these posts asap. Otherwise the memories start fading. I wrote points for my Chennai post on the day I landed up else I wudnt remmember!! Now am gonna put it up! πŸ˜€

    kanagu: yes.. you have done the right thing… I forgot some of the conversations you have mentioned in the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and I loved the post πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Great… between u and Swaram, now I know where all to visit if i ever come to Hyderabad!! yay! :mrgreen:

    kanagu: πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • Swaram permalink
      March 7, 2010 10:31 am

      Pls do come soon πŸ˜€

  3. March 7, 2010 10:19 am

    Hi Thambi

    It was really nice meeting u in hyd,wished u had some more time.

    kanagu: next time.. will plan better πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Even i heard about kakatiya mess and infact u can find many andhra messes in ameerpet than any where else in hyd.

    kanagu: My friend said that it is the best one there πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Nice to know that u have seen many places then i have seen in hyd and one among is salarjung museum.Since i was a kid i wanted to visit museum but never got a chance to go there.

    kanagu: You should… you will like it… I don’t have much taste for arts… still I liked a few πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Liked ur photo experiment of tank bund πŸ˜‰

    kanagu: Tank bund 😯 where is that???
    It was nice meeting and talking to u thambi,wish we catch up again some other day πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Surely.. I hope to πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • March 17, 2010 5:19 pm

      The area arnd Hussain Sagar is Tank Bund πŸ˜‰

      kanagu: Thanks for the info πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Swaram permalink
    March 7, 2010 10:32 am

    Wow Kanagu .. u did put up all the details dint u:)

    kanagu: I should have missed some for sure….
    My colleagues speak a lot abt the Kakatiya mess too πŸ™‚

    kanagu: You should taste their food.. its real good…
    Thanks to u for getting us the laser show tickets. N this is too much of appreciation for me πŸ˜›

    kanagu: Hiyo.. what’s this??? if I want to thank you then I have put for the whole post…. Anyway my friend bought the tickets for us :mrgreen:
    LOL @ just like on my blog .. U mean I talk a lot na πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    kanagu: No.. so energetic πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • Swaram permalink
      March 7, 2010 10:33 am

      N eh .. I cn totally understand .. ppl who may nt hv been very close while in school, college etc.. we end up talking so much when we meet yrs later no?

      kanagu: Its not like that… just started as phone conversations after college… and then it came to this far… generally I won;t feel comfortable with people I am meeting after lot of years…. 😦 😦

  5. March 7, 2010 3:01 pm

    I wanna taste swaram’s paratha’s too!! πŸ™‚ have already been to hyderabad, now only thing i want to go there is to meet swaram and eat those mouth watering aloo parathas πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    kanagu: SUrely .. a must visit and u should taste it… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. March 7, 2010 4:58 pm

    Please o please, write full names of people….these initials are killing me…especially, the one you wrote in this post !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    kanagu: Ok fine… from next post only names… no initials πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    your memories of this recent trip is fading….bro, i have still not completed my europe series which happened somewhere in may last year !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    kanagu: I know… but still you manage write a post about each day πŸ™„ my memory is not good, I guess πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ but when are you hoping to finish it??? with an anniversary post??? πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    Swaram knows everything in hyderabad except the way to her own home !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ After watching ARRs concert, she took all of us in circles to find her house !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    kanagu: LOL… πŸ˜† glad I went by Auto alone πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    and ever since you met Saritha, she has stopped blogging !! what did you do to them ??? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    kanagu: haven’t you seen her comment below???? she will be back soon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ see Solilo talked with you.. for that itself she is not regular now…. tell me.. what did you do??? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    nice pictures, never could see all this ! probably, during my next trip to hyderabad ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    kanagu: U should see them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Btw, who is Sumanth, I thought Swarams husbands name was just Su !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    kanagu: Then I have same question as Swaram πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • March 8, 2010 11:36 am

      U dumbo? Where did we go arnd in circles man? Che .. u just can’ take it when someone says something gud abt me hmmpff!!!! Y hv u nt written a post abt our meeting still? U cn write abt colour combos but nt abt me eh .. che che πŸ˜‰

    • March 8, 2010 11:39 am

      And who is Vimal πŸ˜›

  7. March 7, 2010 7:53 pm

    Awwww…that is sooo nice!! I want to visit Swaram and Co. too :-)))

    kanagu: You should meet them Pals πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ come over here πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  8. March 8, 2010 12:29 am

    I am now super jealous! You did seem to have a lovely time and met Swaram and Saritha not to mention Pinkuda and Varu! Lucky lucky you!

    kanagu: Yeah… I had a nice time Smitha πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I am really lucky to meet them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Your account reminded me of my visit to hyd – ages ago – but not have as much fun as yours πŸ™‚

    kanagu: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ you should go now with Swaram around πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. March 8, 2010 1:14 am

    you gotto visit Golkonda? nice πŸ™‚ thats one thing I missed when i went to HYD. Oh and I totally agree, Swaram’s a bundle of energy. Does not rest and keeps herself busy. Both Su and Swar are great hosts and am glad you got to see that πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    and veiled Rebecca is my favorite. what a piece of art. amazing!

  10. March 8, 2010 10:24 am

    You can to Hyd Kangu? I thought Vimmmu came…I am confused…
    Swaram…ya what you siad about her is true..she is one info depot only….Next time you come, don’t forget to visit me and aryan…swaram knows the way to me house!!!!!

    kanagu: Yeah.. I came… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    she is.. she has all the infos πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ surely will come to your home to visit you and Aryan πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I love to meet you both πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • March 8, 2010 11:37 am

      Wow AM .. many thanks to Kanagu .. I am getting to hear so many nice words today πŸ˜›
      Happy Woman I sure am πŸ˜€

      kanagu: Why the thanks to me?? πŸ™„ πŸ™„
      be happy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. March 8, 2010 11:04 am

    Wow! what a wonderful travelogue πŸ˜€

    Loved seeing Hyderabad through your eyes and words πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thanks CB πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Swaram indeed is a depot of energy and information. We can sense it in never failing to read tons of blogs and sharing wonderful views on articles of any niche πŸ˜€

    kanagu: True πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    It must have been loads of fun catching up with people about whom we’ve just read through their blogs πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Yes CB.. its definitely fun πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  12. Mystery permalink
    March 8, 2010 3:33 pm

    Aww..nice account of your trip Kanagu..

    kanagu: Thanks Mystery πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Swaram and Su have been a wonderful company? I am sure i would one day go meet them and say more about them πŸ˜€

    kanagu: You should meet them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    And you get to meet and Saritha and her wonderful kids i m sure u might have enjoyed it too…

    kanagu: Yes.. I really enjoyed πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Charminar..visiting it in the night time is also so much fun..with all the lighting around it will be one good view…

    kanagu: Two times I went there.. both the time I missed 😦 😦
    Golconda..i went there when i was i school..dont remember it exactly..

    kanagu: Its good for group tours.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    museum.. the walking clock is so much fun na..

    kanagu: yes.. I loved it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Kakatiya mess…yummy food.. simple an tasty andhra saritha said there are many number of messes in the area of Ameerpet which serve such kind of food..

    kanagu: πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ my friend said that the good one there.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Paradise chicken biryani is YUMMY..i just realized i haven’t had it since about 6 months 😦

    kanagu: have it soon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    LOL at the funny mishap… it happened manytimes with my friends.. one of us gets into the bus the other misses it and we get down at the next stop and wait for them πŸ™‚
    Loved reading this account Kanagu

    kanagu: LOL.. thats fun πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  13. March 8, 2010 4:15 pm

    So had a another aweome trip huhhh…….how do u manage to visit this much places

    kanagu: There are just 3 or 4 places.. the way I wrote made it looked like I have visited entire ANdhra πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    must visit place in hyderabad(next time 4 me) — Swaram’s place πŸ˜€

    kanagu: πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  14. March 8, 2010 6:57 pm

    I can’t contibute much except that I am OK with Parathas.

    kanagu: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  15. March 9, 2010 10:27 am

    You have nice friends everywhere, Kanagu.

    kanagu: I am a blessed guy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I had gone to Hyderabad and visited some of the places you have mentioned here. I remember commenting about how Golconda fort has become a urinal for our people. No one gives importance to ancient heritage buildings, here. I like Charminar also, did you go up the narrow stairs? Interesting.

    kanagu: Now the Golconda fort is changed I think… because I never seen anybody passing urine there… and I went thru that narrow stairs of Charminar.. its really ggod πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    In Salar Jhung museum, the clock didn’t look very unusual for me (may be it was extraordinary in olden days), but I loved the paintings of some Italian painters, I think. The eyes of the paintings was very natural. Yes, man-woman painting was unique.

    kanagu: I loved the clock much and seen it 2 times πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I don;t have a great taste for arts 😦 😦

    Their paruppu podi and gonkura chutney are famous. I always taste them when I go to Tirupati too!

    kanagu: Its heavenly πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I love that paruppu podi.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Yes, I used auto a lot over there and they are quite reasonable. Swaram and Sumanth are great friends, you are lucky to have them, Kanagu.

    kanagu: Surely I am a lucky one.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  16. Vinnie permalink
    March 9, 2010 12:31 pm

    ok ok..i envy u….still u had some great events happening da…one lucky guy..will read it properly again…
    hope u remember me!

    kanagu: Nice to see you back Vinnie πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ hope the things are good with you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    ha ha ha.. it happened 2 months ago.. something or other I am doing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ like to see you back πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    what happened to me to forget you??? πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  17. March 9, 2010 10:16 pm

    seems u had enjoyed a lot πŸ˜€
    nice snaps πŸ™‚ a must visit place on my list now πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Yes.. I am … πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ surely you should visit πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  18. March 9, 2010 11:21 pm

    Glad that you liked my city. I am as proud as a parent can be when their child is 1st in the class. I know its weird but I am.

    kanagu: Its not weird Harini… even I feel the same when someones says they love Chennai πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Eat street is our general hang out spot. We sit there for hours together and talk and have fun. The best part of that place is that no one asks you to leave even if you sit for like 5 to 6 hours.

    kanagu: Wow.. cool πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    You seriously need to be a pro to catch a bus in Hyderabad. Its very difficult especially if the bus is full. I hope you pay a visit once again here :).

    kanagu: Yes.. buses in Hyderanad were complicated πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I wish to visit πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  19. March 10, 2010 2:51 pm

    You left me all nostalgic abt Hyd !!! (weep, weep) !!!

    kanagu: 😦 😦 😦

    Aloo paranthas for breakfast, WOW !!! Swaram, we’re packing and coming to ur place !!!!

    kanagu: You should visit her home πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Kanagu, Am so glad that you found friends everywhere to enjoy the trip perfectly. You are indeed a sweet soul.

    kanagu: Yes.. I am a lucky and blessed guy πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ thanks for the nice word on me πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  20. March 12, 2010 1:33 am

    Hey Kanagu πŸ™‚ that was a nice travelogue! and yeah Swaram is indeed full of energy πŸ™‚ I dont remember Hyd because I had visited it when I was a very small kid. After reading about all the places here, I really feel like visiting it. And meeting friends is infact the most fun part of any trip πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thanks AK πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ surely a must visit city where you can see some history… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ yes meeting friends is real fun πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  21. March 18, 2010 8:29 am

    U know Hyderabad is on my to visit list! Sorry that u could not watch Avatar. I think it is the oil in biryani that makes the stomach full quickly.

    kanagu: May be.. that oil spoiled the taste lingered in my tongue… 😦 😦 you should visit it soon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


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