Cathedral of Medak

It’s been a long time since my last post. It’s not that we have not been traveling but the motivation to write was somehow missing and added to that were technological issues that are best left undiscussed for now.

Anyhow, the motivation to write has reignited now courtesy a new fancy blogging device (read MacBook Air) from the hubby-man and a lazy rain washed weekend here in Mumbai.

So last weekend, which was a long weekend for Id-ul-fitr, we seredipitously found ourselves in Hyderabad – the city of Nizams. If one is a foodie, there is perhaps no better time to visit Hyderabad than during Ramzan, as this is the only time of the year when the city’s many popular biryani joints are also dishing out plate after plate of the delectable Haleem – a stew made of mutton, lentils, pounded wheat and dry fruits that is meant to provide instant energy to those breaking their day long fast.

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Crescent moon of Id rises over the ruins of Golconda Fort

But between feasting on biryani, haleem and phirni and catching up on Golconda’s glorious past in the light of the crescent shaped Id moon, we took a road trip to Medak, a dusty town 90 kms north-west of Hyderabad whose claim to fame is the Medak cathedral considered to be the largest church in India. Continue reading “Cathedral of Medak”

Tiger scouting in Kipling’s Pench

It’s been four months since our trip to Pench Tiger Reserve but even now when I think about the trip, I can vividly remember the hour and half we spent sitting in silence in the open canter parked at a respectful distance from that watering hole in the jungle where the big cat was seen the previous morning. Continue reading “Tiger scouting in Kipling’s Pench”