Sunday, June 24, 2007

Life in the city of Nawabs - Hyderabad

Life in the city of Nawabs - Hyderabad

Well after about an 8 days trip of Europe back to Hyderabad, boy we had a fantastic trip and mainly kids did great so over all a very memorable and fun trip. Now back at Hyderabad it feels great to be home. It very satisfying to see people of your own and nothing like waking up to someone giving you a hot cup of Bru coffee.
Its been pouring in Andhra Pradesh, thankfully this has made weather very pleasant and bearable. Life in India amazes me with its changes on every visit, people seem to be in a run all the time, seems like city never sleeps. There is mall culture prevailing in every nook and corner, people are so brand conscious, every Tom,Dick and Harry seem to carry cell phones, its very very interesting and it seems like a happening place with everyone very upbeat about economy and in general about life.

This weekend we went to Pragathi resorts in Hyderabad to celebrate our anniversary, I was so impressed with the resort. Its about 35 km from Hyderabad and so full and luscious with vegetation, Resort is very well maintained and its like a botanical garden. Lucky me I am enjoying the last crop of Mangoes .This resort had acres of Mango, Sapota (chikoo), Anar, Papapya, Coconut, Guavas, Kala Jamoon ( neeradu pandu), Banana's . You could practically live off these fruits for a days. They also had beautiful tropical flowers like Malli (jasmine), jaji, mari gold, Hybiscus. Its was a joy to the eyes. Since they created this resort apparently like a botanical garden with Aurvedic therapies etc they had some exotic plants like Rudhraksha, Camphor etc. check the whole list here
Food was awesome, one thing I really missed in US was dry gobi Manchurian, for some strange reasons this was never offered in hotels in bay area. so ate that to heart content. These days they have an elaborate wine list too , also a huge menu of Mocktails. I had the Blue mocktail made of sprite, lemon and syrup of blue Curacao tasted great. Also on menu were some very "desi" mocktails made from coke and masala etc..

Over and all India seems not the same that I grew up, It seems to be running faster, more vibrant and buzzing.There is a lot of catching up to do, will keep you posted.Few pics from the resort.

( sampinga- very fragrant flower)
(Rudhraaksha - tree from which ridhraksha's made)

Mangoes hanging on the trees
Clusters of Mangoes

Overall a great place to hangout with family and kids in a very serene and beautiful location


Sharmi said...

waw you were in hybd. I miss hybd like hell. I have not heard of this resort, is it on the kompalli side?

Asha said...

Sreelu,I envy you:))
I am on vacation here too but nothing like your's girl.Enjoy.More photos please:))
Happy anniversary.

Suganya said...

Looks like you had a great time. Happy Anniversary

Cynthia said...

Sreelu, such lovely memories and comments on your travels and your visit back home. The pics are beautiful too. It is always a pleasure to visit home huh and note the changes, good, bad and indifferent.

Dee said...

Wow sreelu, I have been to pragathi resorts too and I loved it. I miss hyd like crazy now!

Roopa said...

oh hats off lady! looks like you had an enjoyable trip. looking forward for more....

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Belated Anniversary wshes, Sreelu!! Have a nice time...

Arts said...

Belated Anniversary Wishes, Sreelu..
Seems u having a gr8 time back in India..
Enjoy Madi!

Vcuisine said...

They are so beautiful pictures and sweet memories. I love that flower too much. Viji

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