After what seems like way too many posts, I have finally arrived at the last in the “India In Pictures” Series. I know you all were getting a little tired of them lol.
I decided for the last post I would start at the beginning, and then add in some pictures of my very short trip to Delhi. While in India, my base was the city of Hyderabad, but surprisingly I didn’t do much sight seeing in the city. I guess in some ways I was more excited to see other cities especially after realizing it wasn’t difficult or expensive to visit other cities. In some ways I associated Hyderabad with work, rightfully so, and other cities were my weekend escape from the long hours I was pulling during the week. I spent a few weekends in the city and I was able to see some of the sights, and even attended a Holi, Spring Festival of Colors, party (picture where I am covered in powdered paint and water). As much as I tried I just did not like Hyderabad Biriyani, but I discovered the amazing world of paneer, garlic naan, dosas, and butter chicken.
On my last night in India, my colleagues and I went to a nice dinner, where they gave me a very lovely figurine of the Hindu Ganesh Deity, He is the god of wisdom and learning, as well as the remover of obstacles, and then they smeared cake all over my face which was hilarious. India was very good to me in a lot of ways I was not expecting. I got a chance to bond with my colleagues who I had worked with for years prior to that, and it gave me a better appreciation of them as a part of my team. I got to meet new people who have fast become friends, and more than anything I got the chance to explore India, to witness her beauty, culture, and her people. India will always have a special place in my heart.
- Golconda Fort- I climbed all 380 steps to the top and was rewarded with an amazing view of the city, and a lot of school children, field trip day perhaps. The girls came up to me first and started asking a bunch of questions, and they wanted me to take their pictures, the off course the boys, in true fashion, came over and took over the show… lol
- Taj Falaknuma Palace tour
- Qutb Shahi Tombs
- Shilparamam- This is an outdoor market where they have a lot of local vendors who sell their wares. You can bargain here to your hearts content and I bought most of my souvenirs from here; carved elephant statues, Scarves, sandals, Harem pants, a hammock. Yes I bought a hammock despite the fact that I don’t have a yard and effectively have nowhere to hang said hammock, but in my defense it was a beautifully designed, hand woven hammock for less than $20, totally worth it.
- Swati Pearls & Jewelers- Hyderabad is known as the city of pearls so I made sure to get some while out there, thankfully I’m not big on jewelry, so I just kept it simple and bought a few items.
- Spice Market Tour
- Raj Ghat