A dose of adventure @ SAAHAS

I am exceptionally lazy person.  Since childhood I  have been  considering myself utterly intellectual type and this made me to ignore any sports. Leave being adventurous. These days my adventurous journey  ends at  arguing with  manic patient at the closed (psychiatric) ward. ( Mind you, even that is an adventure). After  almost a month of near sedentary life sinking neck deep into studies, patients and projects, we decided to have a break though all we could get was a single day. We had to look for a single day activity or a short trip and came up with this brilliant idea of paying a visit to SAAHAS.

This place had been luring me since the announcement by Ramoji film city as it was first of its kind in Hyderabad. The website description is

“Sahas – Ramoji Adventure Land brings multiple adventure experiences to this part of the world.We bring to life, mesmerizing and awe-inspiring experiences to escape from the mundane and the boring. ”

It is located inside the Ramoji film city( A film studio holding the world record for being largest & also a well known tourist destination as RFC  in Hyderabad)

The grand entrance to Ramoji Film City (RFC)
The grand entrance to Ramoji Film City (RFC)

SAAHAS

It is an action world filled with various options to engage your day in activities of different levels ( and the night with annoying body pains). They have bunch of exciting activities from High roap course, net course to ATV raids. There are various packages with the least starting from 900 bucks. There are options for SAAHAS alone or SAAHAS+ RFC trip. We chose the former as we had visited RFC 6 times already. ( Yes, 6 times)

From the entrance we are taken to  SAAHAS in a separate vehicle where we are given multiple options of activities to chose from. We chose three activities first as we were not sure how much our energy would let us. My excitement started creeping slowly till it reeched my head and I started hopping.

The first activity itself drained me, it was a Net course which looked childishly simple but proved devilishly difficult.  We crawled like lizards, swung like Tarzan and spider man ( or woman) and did many UN-describable things for 40 mins.  It was a long and difficult and nearly killed my sportswoman ship and  adventure spirit.

Just the begining
Just the beginning
The spider Man
The spider Man
Mini tarzan hurdle ( I named it)
Mini tarzan hurdle ( I named it)

SAAHAS

Shaky logs..
Shaky logs..

SAAHAS………………Never ending hurdles

One leg goes that way, one leg this way...
One leg goes that way, one leg this way…

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Next was this high rope  course and was a two storey high and  had many more storey fun.

All set for rope course
All set for rope course

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Later i SAAHASwent to this Bungee ejection which was one was the most dangerous ones I have ever been to. We did other activities too..like Zip line, Sumo fights and ATV ride but did not click pictures ( with exhaustion, my husband warned me he would rather push me off the rope course rather than clicking a single photo more).

I would have preferred a bright but shady but ended up with a hot day and was out in the sun from 10 in the morning to 4 in the evening and by that time we were stinking in sweat like pigs. For next two days, I walked like a robot with sore and stiff muscles and swore not to try anything like that in future. Once my body was in condition started making plans for future trips to SAAHAS. I enjoyed the place thoroughly and recommend it to everyone.

TIPS

  1. Carry as many bottles of water as possible.
  2. Better to be in a activity allowing dress.
  3. Best to go in shoes, even if you don’t have they would give you. But only you have to wear some old stinking shoes.
  4. Apply loads & loads of sunscreen.
Always wanted by meee
Always wanted by meee adventure, film city, hyderabad

 

A day out to Golkonda Fort

Helloo friends!! This in another proof to say I am too lazy. I started this series  with intention of writing at least one post a month and see now I literally forgot about it. However I  got a sudden impulse to make another post. This time I am going to write about the day out to Golkonda fort.

Golkona fort

The entrance with heavy doors
The entrance with heavy doors

Golkona fort

The official venue for flag hoisting on August 15 ( Independence day ) has been shifted from parade ground to Golkonda fort last year … and why not? Golkonda fort stands as a symbol of  Telangana history, power and prosperity.

Golkona fortGolkona fort

A hall
A hall
Rani Mahal Light and sound show happens here
 Open court
Light and sound show happens here
Some stone ruins
Some stone ruins
The never ending stone steps
The never ending stone steps
Don't ask me, what was I looking at
Don’t ask me, what was I looking at

The 800 year old fort stood watching the change of powers, withstood many battles and represents engineering marvels of earlier brains.

Golkona fort

City and fort view from the top
City and fort view from the top

Golkona fort

Baradari, top most place
Baradari, top most place

Earlier when I visited as a child the fort was in some distance to the city. Now with expansion of city, it became part of it. It is surrounded by a huge rock wall which protects an area with a 10 km circumference.

Golkonda name was derived from It was first built as a mud fort by Kakathiya dynasty. ( To read about other wonderful works by Kakathiya dynasty, read Ramappa ) .  

Later it was occupied by Bahmani dynasty and from them to Qutubshahi dynasty. The later developed the once simple mud fort to a massive fort with architectural wonders. The acoustic works are especially astounding. The fort is built in  such a way that sound made at a specific point near the entrance (lowest point of fort) reaches the highest point of the fort (Bala hisar pavilion). The mechanism is supposedly  made to warn the royal family in situations of threat.

I don’t want to write about the entire history and architecture for it would take up 2-3 posts. One thing worth mentioning is its relation with few world famous diamonds. The Golkonda fort used to harbor some famous diamonds found in Andhra pradesh. These include Koh-i-noor and Hope diamonds.

We spent some 4-5 hrs at this place. Climbing all the stairs took a lot of time, later we took some rest at the baradari. There is a mini canteen where you can get some drinks.

There will be a sound and light show which is enjoyable.

Tips

It is advisable to go only on some less sunny day.

Best to carry water bottles with you.

It will be very difficult if you take  small kids or very old people with you. The stairs are made with rock and it’s troublesome to climb them. Include Sound & light show in your plan.

Timings

9:00 -5:30 daily, Entry- Rs 5/- for Indians, Rs 100/- for foreigners.

Visiting time- 3-4hrs

Sound & light show: 1st Show English (All Days) 2nd Show in Telugu on Monday, Wednesday & Friday, and Hindi on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday. Show Timings: (Nov to Feb) 1st Show 6:30pm 2nd Show 7.45pm (Mar to Oct) 1st Show 7:00pm 2nd Show 8.15pm

Fee: Ranges from 80rs to 140rs.

If you see  itineraries of Hyderabad from any travel companies , you will find Golkonda Fort as the first place in a day.

I hope this is helpful, Don’t forget to visit this place on your trip to Hyderabad.

 

Pride of Hyderabad -Charminar

hi dearies !!!!!!I am back with the post in the ‘Amazing Hyderabad ‘ series. The very first thing I am going to talk about is obviously ‘The Charminar ‘. The reason i said ‘obviously ‘ is that Charminar is the most famous spot in Hyderabad. In childhood whenever we got a question like ‘Write about the torist places in  Hyderabad ‘ ,the list would start with Charminar . In many Telugu pictures if they want to show that any actor arrived at Hyderabad ,they would show Charminar ( symbolism ) ; Forget that ,even if you Google ‘Hyderabad ‘ ,the first page picture is of ‘Charminar’.

So I think it is appropriate to start the list with it.

Charminar

Charminar literally means ‘Four towers’ ( Char =4 ,Minar =towers )

History

charminar

Charminar was constructed in 16 th century by Mohammad Kuli Kutubshah. ( You can read his love story  & story of Hyderabad here ) . There are various theories circulating as of why it was built .Mostly accepted theory says that Charminar was built at the center of the city, to commemorate the eradication of plague”, a deadly disease which was wide spread at that time . Another theory says that it was built to celebrate the Second Islamic millennium year.

charminar

Architecture and Structure

charminar

It is of Indo-Islamic architecture style, incorporating Persian architectural elements. The main part of the structure is square with of 20 mtr height with 4 towers,each of 56mtr at each corner. The central structure has a small water body with a fountain.

The towers have steps (It is very much  strenuous to mount those steps  ,it is an extremely  dark,cozy and tight place . If one misses a step ,you can not imagine how much damage that can cause. )

The minars and the interiors at many places offer a visual feast with delicate ,fine carvings . I really advice you to visit at sunset as you can get a spectacular view of sunset over the old city of Hyderabad.

charminar

charminar
Roof

charminarcharminar

 

 

charminarcharminar

 

charminarcharminar

 

 

charminar

charminar

How to reach

Being a metro city ,Hyderabad offers many means of transportation . I am planning to dedicate one entire post for this in future.

 Never understood why people do this
Never understood why people do this

Timings

9 am t0 5:30 pm,Open on all days of week.

entrance fee

For Indians a nominal fee of 5rs.

charminar
Busy Old city from the top of Charminar
Temple on the lap of Charminar
Temple on the lap of Charminar

Things to do

charminar
Mecca masjid from charminar
  •  Visit Charminar and enjoy the beauty ,which takes around 1 to 1 and half hr.
  •  Visit Mecca musjid ,which is just few steps away.
  • Shop : Charminar is one of the prominent street shopping areas of Hyderabad. You can find jewellery ,clothes,bags and much more.
  • Pearls : Remember Hyderabad is known as pearl city . You can find many Jewellery shops around Charminar, some of them are exclusive for pearls.
  • Food  : Street food is very tasty here. In Ramdhan month ,you can find many Haleem stalls . You can also find famous Osmania and Nilofer biscuits (cookies) in bakeries around Charminar.
    Street shopping
    Street shopping

    charminar

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amazing Hyderabad : A New Series

Hyderabad is the hot topic in this post. Few days ago I saw a news that Nat Geo website has listed Best 20 trips for 2015 and guess what ? Hyderabad is one of them . (Read the entire post here)  Like everyone else from Telangana I was super happy and super excited ,then I realized that i have never considered writing about Hyderabad .Telangana Talli (mother of Telanagana) will never forgive me .As it happens we really take the things at hand for granted .So i decided to do a series of posts about this city .

Hyderabad

I really understand the fact the everyone goes crazy about their respective places and that is quiet common. Like every other city on earth  this city also has its own special history.The history of Hyderabad literally has a special place in Indian history. If you remember from your childhood Hyderabad was made a part of India only by force which is called as ‘Police Action ‘.

The merging of Hyderabad in to India is a history itself.I really do not want to go in depth coz it needs several posts.

The thing that needs to be mentioned is  about ‘Bhagamathi’. Some people might know that the city Hyderabad is called ‘Bhagya Nagaram’ . It is said that the name took origin from the name of queen Bhagamathi who married Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 16th century. Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah was the the fifth sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, son of Ibraham qutub shah . He fell in love with  a brahmin dancer called Bhagamathi . He used to swim across the river Musi to visit her daily even on those days when the river was roaring. The sulthan (his father ) came to know about this and built a bridge across the river. Later when they got married Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah started building  a city called Bhagyanagar ..(Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah  was the founder of Hyderabad ) .Later when she became Hyder mahal ( Her muslim name) Bhagyanagaram had become Hyderabad.

Is not it extremely romantic ? almost a fairy tale !!!

I had been hearing this story since childhood till the time when the historians gave me a shock of life time by announcing

that ‘ Bhagamathi might be a myth as well as the love story’ . The discussion is still on, but for time being i am believing in Bhagamathi.

All i wanted to tell you finally is that i want to start a series on Hyderabad and I lost my track .

But I am really excited to start this,tell me if you want to know specifically about any place in Hyderabad.

 

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