Forts and Palaces

Jan 052015
A Visit To Agrasen Ki Baoli in New Delhi

Is Agrasen Ki Baoli A Haunted Stepwell in Delhi? I was standing on the last step of Agrasen or Ugarsen Ki Baoli and looking at all the skyscrapers surrounding the hundreds of year old Stepwell when some pigeons decide to punctuate the blue sky. As if by reflex I press the shutter button trying to freeze their flight forever. Today when we open a tap we expect clean drinking water that originated thousands of miles away in some Himalayan glacier or has been hiding in an abyss hundreds of meters deep. India my motherland is a land of so many [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 032014
Guess Where Contest

  Guess Where  is this beautiful palace Your’s truly was busy last few weeks traveling both for fun as well as for work, now as for me Work is also fun sometimes the boundaries are a bit blurred.  So today I give you couple of pictures of my travels while I work on a detailed post about one of the places I visited. This is a very unique fairy tale type location and the bold colors should give away where it is.  But if you can pin point the exact place I will send you a large print of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 012014
Ibrahim Rauza Bijapur Karnataka

A Picture from Bijapur: Scooter in front of Ibrahim Rauza Adil Shahi dynasty was one of the 5 Deccan Sultanates that were formed after splintering of Bahmani Sultanate, the first Islamic dynasty in South India that shaped the history of Deccan for centuries.  Even the Qutub Shahi Emperors  of Golconda were originally generals of the Bahmani Sultans.  But this post is about the Adil Shahi tomb Ibrahim Rauza, built by the 5th Sultan of the Bijapur for himself.  While I work on a detailed post on the same let me share this picture of the bright yellow scooter in [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 272013
Royal Dining: A Peek at cutlery of the Nizams

  How the Royals Dined in Hyderabad The Nizam of Hyderabad was known as one of the richest man on earth during his time. He probably still is, considering his vast wealth spread around Hyderabad and surrounding towns.  I got a glimpse of his Royal Highness’s lifestyle a few days back when I visited the Chowmalla Palace in Old Hyderabad, just behind the Charminar near Lad Bazaar. While a more detailed post is in the works here is a glimpse of some of the Royal Cutlery, that I clicked. As you can see they are made from finest China and [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 272013
7 Tombs of Qutub Shahi Emperors Hyderabad

7 Qutub Shahi Tombs: The Resting Place of Golconda Emperors This weekend I once again visited the 7 Qutub Shahi Tombs, where 7 generations of the Qutub Shahi Emperors are resting. The tombs are on the way to Golconda fort but are normally given a miss by most of the visitors, who are happy to visit only Golconda Fort. But once you visit the Qutub Shahi Tombs you will realize what you have missed. I think it won’t be wrong to say that Qutub Shahi tombs form the Golden Triangle of Hyderabad along with Golconda Fort and Taramati Baradari from the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 272013
Padharo Mhare Desh-Welcome to Rajasthan

 Road Trip from Delhi To Jaipur Ever felt like you owned the world, after taking a loan and neck deep in debt? That’s how I felt after buying our first car. The aroma from fresh plastic made me dizzy giving a high hard to describe. On the very first weekend after getting the car we hit the Jaipur Highway. A brand new car, “Dhoom Machale” blaring from speakers, almost empty highway, it was a heady cocktail; the louder Tata Young crooned the harder I pressed the accelerator. But  pleas from Missus to slow down brought me to senses. Once [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 252013
Places to Visit around Hyderabad- Weekend Getaways, Family Picnic , Kids fun, Shopping, Wildlife & Nature

  Places to visit in and around Hyderabad- Day trips, family picnic, wild life, nature, Weekend Getaways, Shopping, hanging out: Travel Guide When we moved to Hyderabad a few years ago we were told there are no places to see in and around Hyderabad except for  Charminar and Golconda Fort and you can not drive anywhere as everything is more than 500 KM away. Well how wrong those people were as slowly we discovered the charms of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and started discovering its hidden gems from Nizam  and earlier eras one by one. So [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 152013
A City Rises Again-Ruins of Bidar Fort

  A City Rises Again-Ruins of Bidar Fort This picture of Bidar Fort taken during visit to the Bidar Fort about 100 KM from Hyderabad. The fort was capital of the empire in Deccan before Golconda gained prominence. Here you see a tourist standing in an arch of the ruins with the new town modern apartments visible in a distance. Hence the title ” A City Rises Again”   Please click on picture to read the post about Bidar Fort.  This post is part of Skywatch friday. Detailed post on visit to Bidar Fort and Guduwara Nanak Jheera is here [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 262013
The Baobab Tree and Ranganath Temple Nanakramguda Village Hyderabad

 Old Baobab Tree & Rangnath Temple Nanakramguda Hyderabad Before Chandra Babu Naidu said “ Let there be Investments in IT”, Nanakramguda was a sleepy village with its only claim to fame being 400-year-old  Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple. Today it is difficult to find from the main road as it is surrounded by glass faced IT parks. But my reason for visiting Nanankramguda village was not to visit the temple, though I did click some pictures from outside of the temple. No, I am not an atheist; I will tell you why I did not enter the temple later in the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 192012
An Evening At Taramati Baradari Hyderabad

  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 [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]