Should we keeep the Hidden Canyon of Hyderabad a secret?
A few days ago while on a photographic jaunt with some of my photographic friends we stopped at an isolated spot to plan where to go next. While we were talking as to where to go next to go to the next birding hot spot in Hyderabad like Gandipet or go and click one of the monuments like Taramati Baradari. While we were debating on the same, one of us started exploring the area and this is what he found
We were all very exited on this discovery just next to a major artery of the city but still hidden from the eyes of the busy motorist who is in too much hurry to look around.
We all clicked a lot of pictures and I posted the same on Facebook page of desi Traveler. Just for fun I named the site as Hidden Canyon of Hyderabad as it reminded me of the famous Horse shoe bend in Grand Canyon. ( only our canyon is about a million times smaller).
I was surprised at the response the post received on Facebook. With more than 800 views and many requests to tell the exact location of the Hidden Canyon.
Would it remain this pristine if 100s come for picnic?
Now I was a bit worried, as when we stumbled upon the canyon it was filled with water that is very clear without any signs of human apathy. I was wondering if on seeing one picture so many people want to visit it, should I disclose the exact location that will make some people happy but also may lead to complete ruin of the water body just like most lakes in Hyderabad. Check this post that I wrote about cleaning Peerancheru lake near PBEL city from where more than 10 bags of garbage, bottles, Styrofoam etc was removed last year. This year the exercise was repeated and again same amount of garbage was removed. Similarly my friends in GHAC clean Khajaguda every few months as people keep on dumping garbage there whenever they go for hiking etc. Do I want the same fate for Hidden Canyon?
I am pretty sure a few people already know about the Hidden Canyon and I am in no way the only person to know its exact location, but I am sure they have not disclosed the same to others. I see no reasons to share the same with over enthusiastic visitors who may start treating it like a garbage dump. Just check the pictures of Khajaguda or PBEL city cleaning drive in the links above.
Do we want this at Hidden Canyon
While I do not have any right to pass moral judgement on others, but I have every right to think of the Hidden Canyon as our canyon and try to keep it as hidden as it has been for last so many years. May be once in a while I will go there sit on a rock and close my eyes, and when I will open my eyes praying that it remains pristine like this only. I would also request all those who find it or visit it to let it remain as pristine as it is today.
We have lots of options for places to see in Hyderabad, and for weekend getaways from Hyderabad, I guess we can leave one out. What do you say?
Do you think I am being selfish? Please give your opinion in the comments.