We always look out for things which are at a distance and ignore the things which are near to us. We are in search of places to see across various cities but we tend to ignore the ones which are just few miles away. The ignorance might be due to lack of awareness or lack of attention. I always used to say I have seen majority of the places in Hyderabad and there is nothing left worth visiting. I thought it would be better to stay inside during summers than to look for a place to explore in city.
What I had forgotten was though it was summer and day times will be burning but there are still mornings and evenings which provide opportunities to step out. On one fine Saturday, my friends provided me two such opportunities to visit places which were nearby and yet I had not visited. There are some plans which are made at last-minute and eventually turn out into an excellent one. These were such two short plans made on the same day.
1. Morning At Sidhi Vinayak Temple : I didn’t know about existence of this temple which is located around 100 kilometers from Hyderabad. As the temperature starts increasing as day progresses, we started very early in the morning at 4 O’ Clock. The road till temple is in excellent condition and you can either travel by your own vehicle or book a cab.The temple is located on the way to Bidar Fort and we were able to reach by 6:15. The best part of temple was there was no one pushing to shell out money. It was a peaceful morning and they let you pray without any rush as there was no crowd early morning.
Spend some time walking around the temple. It will be pleasant in the morning and you will realize it was worth getting up early in the morning.
2. Rocks around Gandipet : After taking rest for rest of the day, I again stepped out in evening and this time towards Gandipet Lake. We actually never reached till lake but the rocks spread through provides ample photography opportunities. There is a small water body en route the lake which is wonderful to sit by in evening. The best time to take photographs are morning and evenings. Harish knew it very well and came up with some awesome clicks. Excellent natural light at evening followed by some editing by him, made the place a completely different scene.
So idea is fairly simple. Get rid of all excuses and get out of comfort zone. There is so much to see in your own city. You do not need to spend a lot of money, work on plans and get stress. Try it out and I am sure you will feel the same. At least I am going to explore my city further. Do expect more on Hyderabad in coming times :).
Photo Credits: Thanks to Harish for pictures around Gandipet Lake in this post. His other captures can be seen at Harish Hari Photography