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I have always been fascinated by the heritage and history associated with Hyderabad. The city, so metropolitan and urbane in its thinking and development, also has a rich past associated with it that’s intrigued me so much that visiting it had been on my agenda for forever.
When I heard that the Sensation 2016 India tour was going to be held in Hyderabad, I knew this would be my golden chance to a) attend the greatest dance festival in the world and, b) explore the true culture of the city I have always wanted to visit. Yay!
My day began reaaaally early as I had a morning flight from Delhi to Hyderabad, which I didn’t mind at all because I was so excited! I landed in Hyderabad at 12 pm and headed straight to what is one of the city’s most popular South Indian restaurants, Chutneys, for brunch. I have to be honest; it totally lived up to its hype. After devouring a deliciously authentic South Indian meal, I headed to The Park Hyderabad, which is where I was put up (more like, pampered and spoiled rotten) for the entire duration of my visit to Hyderabad. Everything about the hotel, from the elaborate layout to the opulent interiors to the generous staff, all made me feel like royalty. I was already in love with Hyderabad.
After settling into my luxurious room, I had the privilege to meet some of my beautiful readers who made my day with their warmth and affection. We sat together, chattering and laughing about things and took some lovely photographs to capture the wonderful moments. Post the fulfilling meet-up with my Bohofam, I headed out to Paradise to indulge in some scrumptious Hyderabadi biryani. You can’t visit Hyderabad without making a stopover at Paradise – that’s just not a thing! Soon after my late lunch, I headed out to explore the shopping scene at the local markets in the city, after which I came back to my hotel room, slipped under covers and had the most peaceful sleep I could have asked for.
I woke up to a bright and sunny morning and headed straight to savour the elaborate buffet spread that was laid out at The Verandah restaurant at The Park, leaving me spoiled for choice. Since it was nearly impossible for me to choose what to eat, I treated myself to a lavish breakfast and gorged on almost everything on the menu – fresh fruit juices, dosas, croissants, doughnuts, fresh fruits – you name it, I ate it all! ðŸ˜€ After having eaten to my heart’s content, I decided to head out to what is known the old city of Hyderabad – Charminar. As soon as I set foot into the old city streets, I could see what a beautiful contrast there was between the rest of the city and this. Myriad colours, quintessential Nizami architecture, strikingly different sartorial tastes amongst people and other very distinct elements that made Charminar stand apart from the rest of the city. I was deeply enamoured by the profusion of beauty and vibrance at the Begum Bazaar where I did some bangle shopping for me and my friends and family back home. I grabbed a quick bite after shopping and headed back to my room at The Park to get ready for Sensation.
After spending a remarkably fun evening at Sensation, I got back to my room and crashed. The day had been quite long but very fulfilling.
Day 3 and 4 tomorrow on the blog.
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