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Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad February 17th 2019

MINI CHRONIQUES INDIENNES Y’A PAS DE PQ… Pas de place dans le train de nuit. J’opte pour l’avion. Me voici à Hyderabad. L’aéroport de Visakhapatnam (d’où je viens) et celui d’Hyderabad (où j’arrive) sont parfaitement organisés, sortes de bulles aseptisées dans le capharnaüm indien. Le taxi (au compteur) fait un grand détour, mais comme je suis le trajet avec mon navigateur, je lui indique que, par mégarde, il se trompe de chemin. Ça va être moins facile d’arnaquer les touristes naïfs puisqu’ils ont maintenant la possibilité de savoir où ils sont et où ils vont ! Je remets le taxi dans le droit chemin, carte à l’appui, bien qu’il n’en fasse tout de même qu’à sa tête. La circulation est particulièrement dense (et bruyante). Nous arrivons enfin à l’hôtel, le FabHotel Arastu (les Fabhotels sont une ... read more
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EPICES DE KUNDLII
TAS DE TOMATES

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » Secunderabad February 3rd 2019

The early morning Indigo ATR 72 turboprop Pratt & Whitney powered engines landed at Madurai starting from Hyderabad early morning at 5:20 Am on the 30th January 2019. The chilly wind at Hyderabad and the warm humid weather at Madurai , the Tamil -English - Hindi combination language speaking driver takes me from Madurai to Rameswaram stopping on the way at the Meenakshi Amman temple. The pathway to the temple entry is the narrow street with flowers, coconuts, artefacts, saris vendors and some small restaurants. There is a whiff of spirituality as you enter this temple town and also the traditions being followed for centuries. As I enter this magnificent temple , I am awestruck with the architecture of the 12th century constructions. The amazing pillars around 1000 to be precise 985 and each unique with ... read more
Rameswaram Railway Bridge
The Bascule Bridge
Rameswaram sea

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad January 28th 2018

Woolly says – In the attempt to avoid the dust and fumes for one journey at least, we decided to try out Zoe’s uber app for the first time in India, as if by magic she put in our location and the destination details and a car pulled up beside us, we sat in comfort as we headed through the city and towards the outskirts. Today was a day that had I really been looking forward to and just hoped that my army of men were up to the challenge….. who am I kidding of course there not! Golconda fort was once the capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty from 1518 until 1687, the city and fortress were built on a granite hill that is 120 metres (390 ft) high and is ... read more
Main gates look pretty good!
Mortuary Baths
Inside the baths

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad January 27th 2018

Having caught up on sleep we were ready to take Hyderabad by storm, unless of course that involved a temple which we were drawing the line at for a few days. Woolly says – My plan involved a museum with a difference and having shown a nearby driver the name of the place we crawled into the heavy traffic and sat inhaling exhaust fumes for the next half an hour. As we pulled into a tree lined road which had been swept and had no piles of rubbish, very pleasant indeed compared to a lot of the city, I scrambled out of my seat and waited for the women to join me, there appeared to be a slight problem. As I looked across the road and read the large silver sign on the gates, ... read more
Khilwat Mubarak
yep there cars as well
The Khilwat Mubarak and throne

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad January 26th 2018

Woolly says – We were quietly proud of ourselves having found our overnight bus tucked down the back streets of Hampi, having stored the big backpacks and climbed into our double bunk we settled down for what we hoped would be a good night’s sleep. The speed at which the driver left the town behind meant us all being thrown around like rag dolls, trying to doze while part of your body is constantly leaving the mattress is tricky. As hour after hour passed and I could hear not just my own teeth rattling but everyone else’s as we sped over bump after bump, it was painful to keep landing on my trunk! The girls lay watching the cars go past and trying to not fall out of the bunk, until Zoe had a desperate need ... read more
The Lake
Celebrating Republic Day
Up close to the big guy

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad December 10th 2017

These places are big, really big. Not just big, but massive. Grand. Outlandish even. The building blocks are huge, walls towering, and architectural details surprising at Golconda Fort, a complex of buildings that spreads over many acres and crawls up a hill. Seven kings (nizams) of the Qutb Shahi dynasty ruled over the fort from AD 1518 to AD 1687. The first three nizams built much of the fort during the first 62 years of their dynasty, fortifying the fort that had been there already for several centuries. I launched my day of the big-place tour with a hike through Golconda Fort, noting the imposing outer walls that look exactly as you’d expect a royal fort to look. To my dismay, a group of bouncing teenagers beat me through the front gates, but I managed to ... read more
Minaret
Doorway detail at Qutb Shahi Tombs
A mausoleum at Qutb Shahi Tombs

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad December 7th 2017

Yes, I’ve dropped into another world. I’ve experienced similar places in India: people weaving across busy streets, through streams of cars, motorcycles, auto rickshaws; endless honking, people spitting everywhere, pools of spittle, some tinged with red betelnut, women clad in dark draperies, eyes peering from a human mask. How beautiful those women must be—but I see their eyes only, darting, staring at me, then withdrawing their gaze, clutching a toddler’s hand, comforting a crying baby. The noise, oh the noise, swelling voices, arguing, calling, discussing prices in the market, crowing, the creak of the wheels of portable stalls, rumble of motors, honking, endless honking. What’s different about Hyderabad? A city of over 5 million, crammed with movement, the drone of the call to prayer early in the morning and several more times throughout the day, men ... read more
Charminar
Chowmahalla Palace
Arch—Chowmahalla Palace

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad July 26th 2017

India is wearing the scintillating attire of Royalty from the ages of old. It is not only expressed through their living styles but their contributions in constructing bygone cities with marvelous architectural outlook have idiosyncrasies to share. Just to charm you well with charismatic royalty, let me take you towards 400 years old city in vibrant country, India which is well-renowned for its brilliant culture and past. It is an honorarium of physical artefacts and intangible attributes of many rulers. To reach Hyderabad, one can get down at Hyderabad railway station and means of transport are easily available to reach the old city. When I reached there, I found flooded city, not by water but with the people. It was brimmed up to neck. This sentence significantly matches with the gracious desire of the founder of ... read more
The Spellbound Rooftop: Charminar Mosque
Bustling Streets
Attar in the Glass Vials

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad July 17th 2016

Nothing special to add, just another turnaround. / Nie mam nic specjalnego do dodania, kolejny turnaround.... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » Secunderabad October 2nd 2015

Hyderabad The region of the subcontinent , today , known as Hyderabad in the district of Telangana , is very aged and dates back to the iron ages . Many episodes have shaped the character of the city and shot it to prominence in the last 400 odd years. Deservingly, the city has had hundreds of well illustrated articles describe its allure in manifold publications over several generations . Mine is not a regular tourist essay on Hyderabad per se . I will not be ( though righteous ) predictably waxing eloquent about the obvious locales like Charminar or Salar Jung Museum . My family has lived in that province for over a century . They have lived in the Deccan forever. So needless to say , we have a huge extended family spread all over ... read more
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