Purani Haveli, or the Old Quarters, may perhaps be the more modest of Hyderabad’s many palaces. Certainly, when compared to the imposing sprawl of Golconda Fort or the extravagant grandeur of the Chowmahalla Palace Complex, it is easy to see why there are fewer mentions made of it in the more mainstream tours in the city. That having been said, this is still a place that many tourists should consider seeing, especially as it still hosted quite a few of the city’s historic figures and events, besides remaining one of its most beautiful old structures.
Getting Inspired by India
Did you know that the country with the second-largest population is also one of the most visited? Literal millions come here every year: 2012 alone saw over 6.5M foreign tourists coming into the country. Fortunately, the land is large enough to support the constant influx of sightseers. India is also one of the largest countries in the world in terms of land area—the seventh largest, to be exact. This is no small territory that you can cover in a day or a mere week. Getting to know India and feeling the rhythm of the land’s heartbeat requires time and more than a little bit of exposure to the country through traveling. It only makes it all the more worthwhile to explore for the eager adventurer.
Where should one start? Well, why not with the great monuments? India owns more than its fair share of world heritage sites and internationally known locations, including that epic tribute to romantic sentiment, the beautiful Taj Mahal. In Jaipur one may see such sights as the Jal Mahal, a five-story building in the middle of a lake and sitting on the water instead of on an island. In Mumbai one can discover a trove of treasures at Chor Bazaar, where the best buys can often be found by the best hagglers. In Srinagar one may see for oneself the changing colors of the pool at Kheer Bawani (black waters at the pool have generally foreshadowed a disaster). Every part of India boasts something at which mankind may marvel.
One may bask in Indian culture as well: why not don a sari or learn the local dances, or perhaps participate in some local festivals? And if all this seems too rustic for you, why not get your cultural experience from the comfort of a modern theatre, where Bollywood films can be found playing with the latest flicks from Hollywood?
India is indeed a land of marvels for the eager tourist. There is much to be seen and sampled, much to touch and taste. And for the tourist who comes with an open mind and heart, there is surely the experience of a lifetime just waiting for him.
Those passing by the Tank Bund of Hyderabad may spot an old tank alongside the road at some point: this is the Patton Tank of Hyderabad, one of the minor memorials of the city that tourists love to check out in particular. Enthusiasts of army tanks shall note that the model is an M47, notable for having been the last of the tanks from the United States to sport the type of machine gun setup it has on its hull. To those who know the history behind the Patton Tank, though, there is far more to it than its mere model or make: there is also a triumph for India and an important war.
To understand the history of the Patton Tank of Hyderabad, one first has to take a look at the history of the country with its neighbour, Pakistan. The two countries have long had a rather friction-filled relationship, and that friction sparked off a full fire in 1971, with the [Read more…]
Everyone has a most cherished childhood memory of visiting the zoo – watching in wonder as the huge elephants eat hay, being amazed by the tall giraffes, wondering how the weather is up there, avoiding the monkey’s spit as they swing inside their cages with mouths full of water, feeling the thrill and danger as the lion stares back at you from the other side of the enclosure. Who hasn’t at one time or another felt all these in their young life? Visitors will then definitely feel young again when visiting Chennai’s wonderful Vandalur Zoo.
Visiting zoological parks always bring out a sense of wonder, amazement, thrill and excitement in all of us. Not just for children, zoos have the ability to make adults feel like young boys and girls once more. [Read more…]
The city of Udaipur is often associated with palaces and lakes. But one aspect of the city which is most distinguished is its gardens. One of the oldest gardens in the city is Gulab Bagh (Rose Garden), and is also the most famous one from ages.
Located on the eastern side of Lake Pichola at Lake Palace Road, the Gulab Bagh is a marvelous rose garden built by Maharana Saijan Singh during 1850s. It is considered as the biggest garden of Rajasthan, covering more than 100 acres of land. Also known as Saijan [Read more…]
Knowing important tips on travel health in Udaipur can be useful for those who intend to visit this beautiful place. Each traveller, who wants to avoid getting sick, should follow certain health and safety precautions when travelling to Udaipur.
There are no vaccination requirements for entry to India. But it is recommended to talk to your physician at least three months prior to your travel to ensure that you are up-to-date with the standard vaccinations. Typhoid vaccinations, polio, meningitis, tetanus and [Read more…]
Just 23 kilometers northwest of Udaipur is the sleepy little town of Nagda, a site of ancient ruins nestled on the banks of Lake Bagela. This town is believed to have founded by Nagaditya of Guhilot, the fourth Mewar king during the 6th century. He named the place ‘Nagahrida’ and became the capital of Mewar. Today, there is no trace of the old capital except for the ruins of Shiva, Vishnu and Jain temples. The place is still adorned with many great temples rich in art, the main highlight being the ‘Sas-Bahu’ temple and the Jain Adbudji temple.
Nagda became very famous for this temple that was built way back the 10th century. The name ‘Sas-Bahu’ means ‘mother-in-law’ (Sas) [Read more…]