Gifts for kids under 1000

Video game

This will stir up the 90s kids’ nostalgia. With an amazing 600mAh rechargeable lithium battery and preloaded with 400 games, this video game is an excellent gift for kids.
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DIY Wall Hanging

Tired of screen time for kids? This is a fun DIY craft for a kid’s room with a very simple set of instructions. It can be easily turned into a family craft project.
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Bow & Arrow gear/ Sports gear

This is an amazing product for fun activities. The set contains a quiver for arrows and a robust board for target practice as well and can be easily carried for outdoor events.
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Einstein box

This is a value-for-money box. The box comes with not only simple basic experiments but also helps to grasp the basic concepts of science. It’s rightfully “science made fun”. There are different boxes for age groups.
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Kid’s foosball

Who hasn’t dreamt of a foosball set? This is another DIY craft project with child-friendly wood pieces. The project is constructive and will help the kids to understand the fundamentals of assembling tiny products.
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Trip to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

One of the largest and most well maintained dams, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is around 150 km from Hyderabad. Co-ordinated by both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Government, this dam took around 12 years to be constructed. The foundation stone of this masonry dam was laid by Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru. Flanked by Guntur district from Andhra Pradesh and Nalgonda district from Telangana, the dam is most visited after monsoons when the flood gates are usually open.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
the flood gates are open
As seen from the bridge

Nagarjunakonda is situated as an island in the middle of the reservior which can be easily reached via ferry boats. Ferry boats are operated by both APDTC and TSTDC and are quite frequent in service. The island has a small museum which treasures the relics of the excavated monasteries. Nagarjunakonda is deemed to be the glorious capital of Ikshvaku dynasty. Though there is canteen on island, it is advisable to buy water bottle and carry it with yourself. Its around 2 km walk from the ferry jetty to the museum.

Ethipothala Waterfalls is around 15 km drive from the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. We have to cross RTA check post where a nominal charge of 50 Rs is taken to cross over to Andhra Pradesh border. The undulated roads is a delight for eyes as we can enjoy the green valley which is also part of Forest reserve.

Ethipothala Waterfalls
Gorge from the View point

Ethipothala Waterfalls justifies its name which translates into the “The place of penance”. The Chandravanka river takes a 70 feet plunge as a milk-white foamy beautiful waterfall. A trek down the waterfall gorge is optional. The road is rocky and on the way down, you can visit the Datta Durga Temple. The gorge area is supposed to be infested with crocodiles. However though on my repeated visits, I have never really come across one! Nevertheless, one should be cautious as the area is covered with mid-sized bushes and monkeys are quite nuisance for the visitors. Also, caution should be exercised as the gorge area is steep and it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes for the trek. It is better not to take children below 10 years or elderly people to visit down the gorge area.

Buddhavanam

Buddhavanam is the latest addition to the tourist spot near Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. Located barely 7-8 Km from the dam, this is a beautiful monastery honouring the flourishing Buddhism in the Nagarjunakonda belt around 6th century BC. The white stupa has a meditation hall. The project has been segregated into eight thematic segments which will collectively be part of the main project Buddhavanam. The segments are namely Buddhacharitavanam, Jatakavanam (Bodhisattva Park), Dhyanavanam (Meditation Park), Stupavanam, Mahastupa. Apart from this, there is Buddhist Education Centre as well as proposed Hospitality units and Wellness Centre.

Meditation hall
All you need to know about Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

How to reach :

Nearest Airport -Hyderabad International Airport is the nearest airport from Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
Nearest Railway Station – Nagarjuna Sagar railway station
You can hire out-station cab or Zoom car to drive over to the dam.

Where to stay:

Vijay Vihar overlooks the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. Apart from it you can also stay at Ethipothala Haritha Hotel which overlooks the Ethipothala Waterfalls. It is bit off the road and right over the main viewpoint for the waterfall. It is also comparatively cheaper compared to Vijay Vihar mainly its because of the location.

Vijay Vihar resort


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Long drive to AnanthaGiri Hills

All you need to know about AnanthaGiri Hills

LOVE LONG DRIVES?

LOVE BREEZY WEATHER?

LOVE LUSH GREEN VALLEY?

If you are in Hyderabad, look no further than Ananthagiri hills. This gem is hidden in Vikarabad, Ranga Reddy district. The drive is easy and the roads are well maintained. We had started from Gachibowli and drove over ORR to Chevella. From there we took the road to Vikarabad. There are several shops on the way where you can easily get breakfast. We had packed our food so we did not stop on our way.

The greenery is peaceful
Lush green valley of Ananthagiri Hills

Once you enter Vikarabad, you will be greeted with tall green trees and peaceful silence. We had travelled on a rainy day which had made the forest more attractive. Ananthagiri hills or “Limitless” hillock overlooks a valley.

The viewpoint provides excellent edge for admiring the valley. The clouds shrouded the horizon and it looked surreal from viewpoint. The valley below was barely visible due to rain. It almost looked like a translucent veil hiding the horizon from our eyes!

Clouds rolling off the hillock

Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy devasthanam is on the way to the Musi river origin viewpoint. The temple is a beautiful example of architecture, the temple entrance is flanked by two massive statues of Garuda and Hanuman. Official TSTDC website states the legend as “According to Skanda Purana, it is believed the temple is installed by the Rishi Markandeya in Dwapara Yuga. Attracted by the peaceful atmosphere of Ananthagiri hills Markandeya Rishi came here for yoga sadhana. Every day Markandeya used to go to Kasi from Ananthagiri to take a holy bath in the Ganges through a cave due to his yoga sadhana. On one day he was not able to go to Kasi as Dwadasi enter the early hours of the morning. Lord gave Darshana in a dream and arranged the Ganges to flow to perform a holy bath for Rishi.”
The main temple sanctum sanctorum is led by a cave-like entrance. it is very peaceful. There is no entry fee to the temple, only parking fees at gate must must be paid.

The Musi River origin point is even more beautiful. There is designated parking – 40₹ for parking and 20₹ per person for the preservation of the area. The entire valley is visible and on good days, Kotpally reservoir is also visible from this viewpoint. Most people come here to trek to the watchtower through the jungle. Trek is fairly easy but needs stamina. It is around a 3-4 km trek from parking to the watchtower.

The epitome of patience Nandi bull and rustic temple for Shiva- Parvati is the point from where everyone starts their trek. After taking blessings, one has to walk on the path marked towards the valley. The green valley looks enticing from this point. The mild breeze promised abundance and the rain-washed leaves were soothing to the eyes. Soon you will reach the small waterfall which is deemed to be the origin of the Musi river. The jungle starts getting denser from this point onwards and one must exercise caution to walk further (Pro-tips: Please carry a water bottle and odomos roll on). The quaint jungle silence is often broken by peacock chirping, apart from the constant buzz of crickets.

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Ananthagiri hills viewpoint from Musi river origin
The statue of Nandi
Musi river origin

Kotpally reservoir can be added to the itinerary if time permits. Alternatively, if you are opting to stay in Ananthagiri hills,you must visit this place. It is around another 30 km drive from the Musi rover origin viewpoint and takes 54 mins average time to reach. The reservoir offers kayaking facilities for adventurous souls.

Kotpally reservoir
Kayaking facilities

Stay options : Haritha Ananthagiri hotel is is located in the forest area. The rooms are well maintained from what’s expected from government-driven accommodation; otherwise, the service is pretty bland. Basic amenities like towel, drinking water, room service, and geyser (only central-controlled hot water facility) were not available. However, the location is one of the best! We were lucky to witness clouds floating from the balcony – right into the back courtyard. Other alternate stay options can be found in Vikarabad town.

Haritha Hotel

I was delighted to see that veiwpoints are maintained very well for tourists. The viewpoint is hardly 50 km drive from Hyderabad and is easy to reach. It is a simple long drive to be taken right after a rainy night.

A quick getaway from monotonous life – Ananthagiri hills is your answer!

How to reach :

By Road : ORR > Chilkur > Chevella > Vikarabad>Tandur
By Rail : Nearest Railway station is Vikarabad junction, you can hire cab to reach hotel.
By Air : Nearest Airport is Hyderabad International Airport. You can hire out-station cab or Zoom car to drive over to the dam.

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Top picks on OTT platform

Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein

Yeh Kali Kali Aankhen explores the uncharted territory of a failed hero. To date, it is a never-before-seen series wherein the hero struggles every step. Due to a series of misfortunes, he has been trapped in-between a very possessive wife and his dream girl. Luck declines miserably (rather often comically) all the attempts of escape made by the hero. Awaiting next season eagerly.

Gullak

Mishra family is the quintessential middle-class family – they are just the family who may be your neighbors – or maybe you were the Mishra. Better still, maybe you ARE the Mishras? With a stellar performance by the entire cast, the series spans over 3 seasons. They will make you laugh, gasp with dismay and cry with remorse. The gullak or the piggy bank is an integral part of every Indian household and is the narrator of the stories.

Decoupled

Can two partners be divorced or mutually separated and still be best friends? This series brings a fresh perspective on co-parenting and life after divorce; how people can be best friends yet not be married to each other; how marriage is legal documentation, rather than the actual relationship. The comedy series raises the general awareness that if you are unhappy in a relationship, it is better to walk out of the relationship rather than constantly bicker and fight about it.

Masaba Masaba

Masaba Masaba season 2 is better than season 1 in my honest opinion. This series crushes patriarchy in a beautifully woven story, drawing real-life inspiration from Neena Gupta and Masaba Gupta. Not princess, but the very idea of the king creating her space and labeling it as her Kingdom is the bottom line of the story. The series also deals with mental health awareness. More than often we fail to identify depression or related mental health in a friend or close family members. we pour in unnecessary pieces of advice instead. I am so happy that the series ends on a happy note.

Escaype Live

Escaype Live on Hotstar will surprise you by bringing a very common topic to the table. Digital India as we know is growing constantly with Minute-to-Fame apps. Such apps promise money and popularity based on ratings ie Likes, Followers, and Shares. The series chases the dark side of the characters who are influencers and shows us how the virtual world is quite contrary to the real world. The people behind the short videos are not actually what they seem to be and can go to any length to maintain their followers’ count and be coronated with the title of a superstar digital superstar. this series is one of the dark horses on the OTT platforms

Suhzal

I had never heard of “Mayyan Kollai” until this web series. The initial story seems slow- you almost want to give up – and damn! You are sucked into the vortex! The story will twist and turn. There is no guessing – you may conclude the end of the story but it’s only when all other options have been eliminated. The cinematography is just mind-blowing! Both the ferocity and pomp of the festival have been captured so well and keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Books for kids under 500

Here is a listicle of books you can gift kids to help them build the habit of reading at early age.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Grimms brother fairy tale Book has made an impact in our childhood and that’s something I am sure you would like to pass to your kids. This beautiful hardcover book is sure to interest your kid and help them to dig deeper in the land of fantasy!
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The Complete Novels of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes has taught us to use our brain to determine logical conclusions. The power of deduction will grow only stronger with each of these fascinating stories.
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Early learning library

The collection of 10 books to get kids excited about basic reading. The books are extremely colourful and help with vocabulary building.

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365 Panchatantra Stories

Panchatantra loosely translates into 5 principles for 5 books. Each of the fables is woven with moral values and ethics. This is the best book to introduce to our very own roots, ie, Indian stories which reflect and highly endorses philosophical theme through beautiful and fun animal-centric stories.
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Classic Collection by Ruskin Bond

There is no better time to introduce kids Anglo Indian writer, our dear Ruskin Bond. Each of his stories reflect his fond remembrance of childhood, his undying love for books,his willingness to learn, his school memories which will be relatable to your kids. I am sure they will have fun reading Ruskin Bond.
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Please note that the list has been curated based on ratings and reviews. The blogger does not have any personal affiliation with any of the products. Let us know in the comments below, what other products do you think should have been included?

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Rakhi Gifts 2022

We are back with a listicle of amazing Rakhi gifts

Instant Coffee

Need your sibling to be on time in the morning?
Brew a fresh cuppa instant flavored coffee for your sibling to get them started. Country Beans offers lovely flavours to select from as well! No more cat-fights for being late, isn’t it?
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Laptop Bag

Retaining from last year’s list, this time again I bring to you, laptop bags. Zouk’s laptop bags are unisex. The fabric is sourced from across India and the prints are very beautiful.
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Juttis

Nothing can ever go wrong with beautiful pair of shoes. These pretty ethnic and traditional wear juttis can be perfect gift for your dear sister.

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Rakhi gifts under 1000

Tshirts for Women

Over-sized t-shirts from the homegrown brand – The Souled Store. The store has a wide range of tees especially from the favorite fandom.

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Tshirts for Men

The Souled Store offers T-shirts of all kinds of fandom, not just for girls but for boys as well! The tees are comfy on the body and speaks out the love for favorite fandom, very loudly. Want to convert your brother to Marvel fan, grab this tshirt as a gift.
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Unique Rakhi Gifts Rakhi Gifts for Sisters

Shaker Bottles 

Shaker bottle from Boldfit comes with easy-to-clean corners, an adjustable carry loop, leak proof cap and is of course, BPA free.
This gift is perfect for your gym-freak sibling.
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Please note that the list has been curated based on ratings and reviews. The blogger does not have any personal affiliation with any of the products. Let us know in the comments below, what other products do you think should have been included?

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Books on my Wishlist 2022

The Maid by Nita Prose

The Maid

The Maid was one of the No.1 New York Times bestseller last year. That’s indeed one book I want to pick up this year – gripping thriller. Better late than never,right?

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Death Served Cold by Sourabh Mukherjee

Does it send chills down you spine when you read the words “Based on true incidents”?
Fictionalized cases of gruesome murders served as thriller – this book has been quite a favorite for thriller- lovers.

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Pachinko
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Before the coffee gets cold

Translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot, this book is an interesting mix of time travel and re-living the past. The premise is irrestible.

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Marriage by Devdutt Pattnaik

Devdutt Pattnaik’s easy re-tellings of our mytholgies has earned him love across the world. An unusual title to pick up – but I am really curious to know the roots of Indian marriage and its traditions.
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Marriage
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Malibu Rising

Malibu Rising is one of my favorite author – Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Sibling jealousy and family secrets can turn an innocent night into whirlwind of events – the blurb of the book had me hooked and I am eager to add this as “Read” soon.
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Do you own such wish list?
Reach me on Facebook or Instagram to share your wish list. Do any of the anticipated books make way to your wishlist? Let me know all about it in the comments below!

Cheers to Reading! 

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Must read Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni books

Indian- American author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni makes a conspicuous attempt to give a voice to the mythological and historical lesser-heard. I feel, particularly in Indian society, that the female voice is often subdued under years of misogynism and patriarchy. The salient expectations to cope with the gender-based mandates which include living and learning to compromise are often dealt with little or no resistance. Despite this, her books allow me to lose myself in an imaginary world where there is scope for hope, equality, for gender-neutral success. For readers, these books teach you to rise again like a phoenix. 

A Palace of Illusions
A Palace of Illusion

I was introduced to her brilliant writing through the book – “A Palace of Illusion”. I had to pick up her other books after this one.
The story fictionalizes Draupadi from the great Indian Mythology – The Mahabharata. Draupadi was born to Drupad to revenge for the insult inflicted by Dronacharya. It was not only Drupad’s revenge but eventually Draupadi’s revenge that led to the grand fight of Kurushetra. We all know that saga, don’t we? This book offers the saga from Draupadi’s angle – from her fight with insecurities to rise to the occasion of a dutiful wife and a lawful queen. The fiction also sheds light on what could have been the consequences if Draupadi had selected Karna during her swayamvar. Her choices played a significant role in changing the course of Mahabaratha.

A Forest of Enchantments
TThe Forest of Enchantment

The Forest of Enchantments also takes a similar route to take the reader along with Sita’s journey as Draupadi’s. In the opening chapter, she questions Valmiki on Ramayana – that the saga doesn’t highlight her woes. Valmiki advises her to give voice to her suppressed emotions and her experiences. Thus starts the saga, from Sita’s point of view. Sita was a warrior princess but in turn of events, she becomes a prisoner in Ashoka forest of the famed city of Lanka. The epic war ended with Raavan’s demise at hands of brave Ram. Sita may have believed her days of woes to be over but it was not so! Unfortunately, there is no room for error. One toe out of line and the pious lady that Sita was, she was labeled unfit to be the worthy queen of Ayodhya on her return. While reading I realized that women are pictured either as virtuous or as wicked, there is no in-between. 

The Last Queen
The Last Queen

The Last Queen, as rightly entitled, narrates the story of the last queen of Lahore, Jindan Kaur. Queen consort of Sher-e-Punjab or “Lion of Punjab”, the great Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Jindan Kaur was mother to Daleep Singh who later had succeeded to the throne and was the last ruler in the Sandhawalia dynasty. Daughter to palace dog-trainer, Jindan enamors the Maharaja with her intellect and compassion. She is married to his sword and taken to Lahore. Due to her lineage, she is not well-accepted by other queens except Guddan. Jindan quickly becomes Maharaja’s favorite queen and he promises not to re-marry again, a promise which he adheres to till his untimely death. Queen Jindan becomes a victim of court politics, however, she fights back with all her might. As soon as young King Daleep ascends the throne, Queen Jindan becomes the Queen Regent and deftly manages the big kingdom left behind by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. She succumbs to a series of conspiracies and manipulation by the British and dies as a rebel. The book magnifies how the lengths a woman can go to save her husband’s pride and son’s safety. Vicious humiliation and back-stabbing conspiracies could not subdue the spirit of Jindan Kaur. She was an extraordinary revolutionary woman and a follower of her heart’s desires.

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Cheers to Reading!

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Trip to Panchgani

Panchgani, on the way to Mahabaleshwar from Pune, is one of the famous hill stations in West India. The serene ambiance is quite contrary to the hustle-bustle of Mahabaleswar. Just over a 200 km drive from Pune, this hill station is a perfect mountain retreat for the nature-craving souls who want to rush out of the concrete walls. Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Panchgani is named after the “panch” or five hillocks that surround the valley.

Sydney Point

Sydney Point was named after Sir Sidney Beckwith, who was Commander in Chief in Panchgani. The viewpoint offers a mesmerizing view of the Krishna Valley and the Dhoom Dam. One can climb up the stairs and from there, there is a small suspension bridge that offers a panoramic view of the valley. The other viewpoints like Tableland is so visible from here.

Parsi point

The panorama gives jaw-dropping view. It is such a delight for sore eyes. We were wondering how beautiful it must be during the monsoons. Just next to Parsi point is the famous restaurant, The Rainforest which offers lodging as well. This is one of the best must-eat places in Panchgani.

Kate’s point
Beautiful valley view from Kate’s point
Needle point view point
Elephant head point

This viewpoint is absolutely the best to see for the Sahyadri mountain range – the beautiful peaks of Kamalgadh, Pandavgadh, and Mandardeo.
Situated at an altitude of 1290 m, this viewpoint is named after former British governor Sir John Malcolm’s daughter Kate. Three different viewpoints comprise this place viz Kate’s Point, Echo Point, and Needle Hole Point or Elephant’s Head Point. Elephant’s head point is a nature’s marvel – the rock formation looks sublime!

Wilson Point

Named after Sir Leslie Wilson, Wilson Point is a vast plateau range. Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. This point is the highest viewpoint in Mahabaleswar, being close to 1439 m. Both Sunset and sunrise can be enjoyed from this viewpoint – however, we missed both as it was sweltering summer. The road to the viewpoint is quite broken and has few u-pins so one should drive very carefully.

Wilson Point
Babington Point
Babington Point

The panorama gives jaw-dropping view. It is such a delight for sore eyes. We were wondering how beautiful it must be during the monsoons. Just next to Parsi point is the famous restaurant, The Rainforest which offers lodging as well. This is one of the best must-eat places in Panchgani.

Elpinestone point / Arthur’s Seat

Elphinstone Point was named after Mountstuart Elphinstone who was the Governor of Bombay Presidency at that time. Discovered in 1830 by Dr. Murray, this viewpoint offers commands a panoramic view of the idyllic ravine created by River Koyna and River Savitri. Arthur Seat is also adjacent to this viewpoint.

There is an interesting myth about Arthur’s Seat that if you drop a coin here, it floats right back to you. We heard about it when we were near Wilson’s point and laughed out heads off! When we had finally visited Arthur’s Seat, we realised why this may be true. The gusty winds are so strong that a coin may just float if dropped – hence the myth! Try the myth at your own risk.

There are several food stalls – hot maggie can definitely spruce up the beautiful viewpoint experience. Parking near these viewpoints is chaotic so please plan accordingly.

MaPro Strawberry garden
Strawberry milkshake and chocolate dipped strawberries

Over time, MaPro garden has become a huge tourist spot. One can easily spend 3-4 hours roaming around not only in the strawberry garden but also in the chocolate factories. There are several food shops offering strawberry milkshakes and cream products. The price is a bit on the higher side but the shakes are very delicious! When We were visiting, there was a strawberry festival going on. There was the famous Tasha dhol performance and also a dance parade by the Marpo staff. Also, Mapro products are at 10% off here. You can get free samples for the drinks before deciding what to buy.

How to reach :

By Railway : Nearest station for Mahabaleswar is Wathar. One can easily available cabs or buses to commute to the city centre.

By Air : Nearest Airport is Pune Airport. You can hire out-station cab or Zoom car to drive over to Mahabaleswar which is around 120 Km by road.

Reach me on Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions regarding the travel to Panchgani/ Mahabaleswar. 

Did you visit Panchgani – what places did you like? Do not forget to comment below about your experience.

Happy Travelling!

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Hyderabad Ramzan Food Walk

During the Holy month of Ramadaan, each sunset beholds the Hyderabadis thronging towards the Old City lanes. Gastronomes, who dream of perfect kebabs and mutton haleem, clutter near Charminar area, the de facto centre of Hyderabadi cuisine in the city. We headed over to Charminar,not only to hog on the delicacies,as well as to witness the frenzy of Ramzan. Sweating profusely in summer heat, we walked through the narrow lanes and braved the jostling crowd to experience the Ramzan Food walk.

Nimrah Café and Bakery : Journey started with a warm cup of Irani tea. Chai and Osmania biscuits are inseparable companions to kick start any gastronomic journey. You can opt for a plate of assorted biscuits to have a taste of everything. I personally love the chand biscuits and osmania biscuits.

Nimrah
Nimrah Bakery
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Most captured frame from Nimrah cafe

Milan Juice Centre : Opposite to Nimrah Cafe, tucked in between shops is Milan Juice centre which serves different juices but the showstopper is the Mulberry Rabri. The explosion of sweet flavours is unbeatable. The rabri malai is sweetened milk after its reduced for a long time. Apart from that, Mango Malai is also a must try.

Shatoot Rabri

Pista House : Though challenged by some of the big names, Pista house has hands-down one of the best Haleem in Hyderabad. Slow cooked for over 10 hours, this dish has minced chicken or mutton and wheat, served with fried onion and lemon.

haleem
Pista House Haleem

Matwale Doodh Ghar : After spicy Haleem from Pista House, a hop on to next-door neighbor Lassi ghar for Rose-flavored ice cold lassi is a must. The Lassi is one of the most sought after dessert, specially after devouring the spicy wholesome haleem.

doodhghar
Must try the Rose lassi

Sonu kebabs : Snaking through the night crowd, we painstakingly rode over to Al Farooz Sonu Kebab centre to have a taste of the charcoal grilled kebabs. An array of mouth-watering kebabs greeted us – specially Pathar ka gosht and Seekh kebab, Malai mutton, Semiya Chicken, Mutton gravy and laccha paratha. Maragh is also available, a mutton stew blended with coconut powder, cashew nut paste and boiled milk.

sonukebab
The Street stalls along the way
seekhkebab
The aroma from barbeque is maddening!
Pathar ka gosht being cooked

Few tips for better experience:

Most of the places are restricted for vehicles. Crowd increases at night, so please plan accordingly. Please park your car or bike at designated place only. One of the easy car parking spots we found was near Mirchowk Gulzar sweets. Or else, you can park car near Pista house.

Please carry water. Though you can buy water bottles or enjoy a glass of refreshing sugarcane juice, it is better to carry your own bottle of water and refill at filters placed outside of the hotels.

The threshold of Charminar is dotted with jewelry shops. Most of the items are priced at Rs 100 only. There are lot of steal deals on bangles and earrings. No one will go back home empty-handed for sure! Also along with Mecca Masjid, there are numerous shops with clothes on display. Please make sure to carry cash, though most places accept Digital payments.

Ever visited any of these while meadering through the Ramzan crowd near Charminar?

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