HYDERABAD – THE CITY OF PEARLS
We always wanted to visit this destination to hog the famous biryani and to explore in and out of city as it has many places worth visiting. Independence day holiday was the perfect opportunity for us to plan a long ride, we could not see all the beautiful places as we had only 4 days but yes we definitely made full use of the time we had to cover as many places as possible. Luckily, we had our friend – Deepan Devraj who recently shifted from Mumbai to Hyderabad so we had no trouble roaming around in Hyderabad.
Our stay was arranged at Deepan’s friend’s place which was very pleasant as it was in the outskirts of the city and away from the crowd. 3 of us were riding from Mumbai to Hyderabad and Deepan who rides a Ninja 300 was waiting for us in Hyderabad to accompany us.
Day 1 – Mumbai to Hyderabad
- Date: 15th Aug’14
- Route: Mumbai – Pune – Solapur – Hyderabad
- Distance covered: 730 kms
- Time taken: 12 hours
- Road condition:
- Mumbai – Pune – Solapur: Roads are in excellent condition;
- Solapur – Naldurg: Good roads with occasional bad stretches;
- Naldurg – Humnabad: Moderately good roads and potholes in multiple places;
- Humnabad – Zaheerabad – Hyderabad: Bad section. Roads broken and this is the section where one needs to ride / drive carefully.
- Since it is a two lane highway which is filled with lorries and buses, you have to be extremely careful especially while overtaking.
- While riding / driving behind a 4 wheeler it is important to keep an eye on pot holes else you’ll end up with a broken rim.
- Sightseeing: Naldurg Fort
Day 2 – Hyderabad Exploration
- Date: 16th Aug’14
- Distance covered: 50 kms (within city limits)
- Sightseeing: Nehru zoological park, Sudha car museum & Golconda Fort
We initially had planned to visit Salar Jung museum in morning however on the way we decided to skip that museum and rather see the Nehru zoological park. Being a wildlife enthusiast I got extremely excited when Deepan said this is one of the largest zoological park in Asia and star attraction is the White Bengal Tiger. Nehru zoological park is close to 300 acres in area and luckily the park had facilities where we could rent bicycle for Rs.20 per hour to explore the park. Overall it was a fantastic experience to see all different types of animals and birds in place. It was a different experience than other zoo’s because of the animals are in moated enclosures.
After spending good 4 hours in the Nehru zoological park, we headed straight to Sudha car museum. Sudha Cars Museum is the first and only handmade Wacky Car museum in the World. Owner of this museum – Mr. K Sudhakar is a Guinness World Record Holder for making the Largest Tricycle in the World. This museum has also been featured in Ripley’s Believe it or not! It’s definitely recommended to visit the place at least once to check out all the creativity that has been put into each car.
To complete our quota of sightseeing for the day, we moved on towards Golconda Fort. It was almost 6 PM when we reached Golconda and it was crowded outside due to the queue for sound and light show which we mistook for a laser show (Too tired to check the write up in ticket ;)). We roamed around the fort for an hour and relaxed for sometime. At 7 PM when the sound and light show started it took us only 15 minutes to decide that it’s not worth it! The sound and light show takes the audience back in time where the Golconda fort is narrated however we did not enjoy it one bit and the place is full of mosquitoes. We will not recommend spending money to watch it unless you’re someone who is interested in listening history of golconda with help of random lights and audio.
Our sightseeing for the day was done and it was time to buy some stuff to carry back home. We headed to Karachi Bakery which is famous for tasty biscuits, luckily had good amount of space in my tal bag to carry as much as 5 boxes of biscuits 🙂
Final halt was at Shah Ghouse Restaurant to hog the famous Hyderabadi Biryani and it was delicious to say the least, we ate as much as we could and it was time to hit the bed.