Weekly Photo: Chowmahalla Palace – Hyderabad

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One of several palaces that used to house the Nizams of Hyderabad back in the day and how is used mostly as a tourist site and museum.  It was the official residence of the Nizams during their rule of Hyderabad up until they were exiled after Indian Independence.  It is believed to be modeled after the Shah’s palace in Iran.  If you … [Read more...]

Wandering in the Jungle – Andhra Pradesh

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“Time spent in India has a extraordinary effect on one. ” – Tahir Shah He clearly never spent much time at an Indian bus station, or perhaps that effect might be anger, frustration, or confusion.  I jest…sort of.  It’s 600am and we are wandering through the crowds of the city bus terminal in Hyderabad.  Buses, cars, rickshaws, carts … [Read more...]

Visiting the Bone Setter – India

Visiting the Bone Setter - India

An old city injury requires an old city solution. Or at least that sounds like justification enough. For those who don’t know, I’m pretty accident prone.  Ok I’m very accident prone as I’ve been known to fall down going up stairs, find mysterious wounds on me, or walk into the occasional wall.  I’ve even been told that I’m better on skis than … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Hanging in mid-air – India

Kite Festival - Hyderbad, India

My mom has been talking about heading to India this winter and it made me think back a bit to my last trip there.  I have been trying to figure out if it would be feasible for me to head over there with here and depending on how the next 2 weeks go it should give me a good idea if I end up going along as well.  They always say you always … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Charminar — Hyderabad, India

Charminar -- Hyderabad, India

Charminar or "Four Towers" is easily the most famous site in Hyderabad and a defining feature of the old city.  Built by Sultan Quli Qutb Shah it was erected to commemorate the the end of the plague that ravaged the city.  Nearby the monument is the lively Laad Bazaar which we had went to spend the day shopping with family members. … [Read more...]