An Evening Photo Walk at Taramati Baradari Hyderabad
Last time when I visited Taramati Baradari with my kids we were not able to take pictures during the night as it was raining a little and the lights that illuminate the monument were not switched on.So when our photo walk club HWS organized a walk to Taramati Baradari I was hoping it would be in evening, as most of the photo walk organized are during the day.
It seems lady luck was smiling on me and this photo walk was organized on Saturday evening rather than Sunday Morning as most photo walks are.Smiling, we all climbed the 3 levels of the stairs to reach the top to discover couples cozying up at the top. The poor couples soon vanished on seeing a battalion of 21 photographers armed with lenses of all shapes and sizes. The monument is lit in psychedelic lights once it gets dark and we were waiting for it to get dark and lights to come so that we can shoot the Taramati Baradari in these lights.
The Sun was playing peek a boo from the arches and giving an interesting color to the pink walls of the baradari. Once the has gone to illuminate the other side of the watery planet the psychedelic lights came in their full form. I am not sure if they have been installed to recreate the atmosphere of Taramati singing during the time of the Qutub Shahi Kings when Mashaals ( torches made of cloth dipped in oil) would have lit the monument on the night, while the king got lost in the melodious voice of Taramati. I reached the venue a little late only to realize that the group has been denied permission to take pictures of the monument.
Fortunately one of the senior members of group Chandrasekhar Singh (He is the Nat Geo, moments Mega award winner for this year) was able to persuade the power that be, to allow the group to take pictures at the monument. Smiling, we all climbed the 3 levels of the stairs to reach the top to discover couples cozying up in the arches where Taramati used to sing for the Emperor of Deccan. The poor couples soon vanished on seeing a battalion of 21 photographers armed with lenses of all shapes and sizes. I wonder what did they thought we have come to click?
Only then I realized I have not brought my Tripod and will not be able to take long exposure shots. I was wondering how to keep my camera still on the less than 2 feet tall boundary, fall from where either for me or camera would mean instant separation of body mind and soul. Sathish Kumar Chandolu (one of the group members and an upcoming talented photographer) who traveled with us to Hampi temples came to rescue and offered to share his tripod with me. (He is the one you see with Tripod in the picture below). As you can see this has resulted in a much sharp picture of the Taramati Baradari and wherever the tripod has not been used pictures are not that sharp due to low light conditions. Once the group started clicking pictures it was as if there is no tomorrow and it was as if you are in a bazaar, with everybody scrambling for best action, and due to the changing hue and direction of light every few seconds it gave a very different kind of view with shadows, tripods, and moving photographers on the top of the platform with shadows and lights giving a very interesting pattern in the night. I was unable to decide what to call the colorful spectacle of light as the baradari was glowing like a damsel in Holi Colors yet with the effervescence of erupting lava from a volcano, heating up the cool air of the top of the hill. It is indeed an experience to cherish and I highly recommend visiting Taramati Baradari in evening to soak in the colors and the cool breeze simultaneously.
Points to remember
The lights are turned on around sunset and you will have about 1 hour to click pictures in the evening before the guard comes to shove you off. Apply a ton of mosquito repellent cream as the resident mosquitoes are bloodthirsty and go straight for the jugular. Taramati Baradari is open from around 10:30 am in the morning till around sunset, after which you are not allowed to the protected monument, you are free to stay in the restaurant and the gardens, if you are in a mood, get your blood sucked by mosquitoes.
There is ample free parking and there is no ticket to enter the monument, the pool is available in the resort on paying hourly charges if you want to use it for swimming.
An earlier post on Taramati Baradari is here it is a good place to visit in the late afternoon if only you are equipped to deal with the mosquitoes.
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