Know your city better

Know-your-city-betterEvery city has its unexplored facets that are equally and at times more interesting than the more popular ones. Here are a few from the city of Nizams that you could probably explore during weekends.
Whether you are a tourist on a holiday/ a business trip or a ‘city’zen looking out for someplace to visit, then the obvious choices would be Charminar, Golconda, Tankbund, Necklace Road, Chowmahalla Palace, Salarjung Museum and a so on and so forth, which have always been on the tourist circuit and are oft repeated on every tourist related platforms.
Surabhi Theatre:
How about a few not so well known or visited places, for a change? For, every city has its unexplored facets that are equally and at times more interesting. Let’s start with this small theatre space tucked away in the corner of Public Gardens flanking Lalita Kala Thoranam, the open-air theatre. This nondescript theatre space belongs to one of the most amazing theatre traditions of the region – Surabhi. Sri VenkateswaraNatyaMandali has been staging mythologicals and folklores every weekend on a small stage for many years irrespective of the number of audience they have. The extravaganza of colours, drama, music and visual effects that has been passed one through the generations does not fail to enthral the audience in this digital age too. And even though the plays are in Telugu, the grand spectacle can be enjoyed by all.
The Museum Trail
There are many museums in Hyderabad and a visit to all of them is a must to understand the history and tradition of the land. A new addition to the museum circuit is the Digital Interactive Museum on Mahatma Gandhi at BapuGhat, Langarhouz (on the way to Golconda and ChilkurBalaji Temple) where Gandhi’s ashes were immersed on 12 February, 1948. What you will see at the museum is a long wall showcasing rarest moments in Bapu’s life, art digital zone featuring transformation of Mohandas to Mahatma, reading of letters handwritten by him on IPad, listening to his speeches – in short a 360 degree experience of Gandhi in addition to exploring Yoga and vegetarian lunch.
The Old Cemeteries
And if you like those nostalgia trips down the history lane and don’t mind visiting a few oldgraves, then there are cemeteries in the city that have graves of the British, some dating back to more than 100 years. One such place to spot the relics of Raj is the St John’s Cemetery. The graves here are pieces of art in myriad shapes and carvings, and the memorial plagues tell stories of the deceased who belonged to another age. In one such cemetery noted author William Dalrymple discovered that his ancestor had died in Hyderabad and the research that followed led him to write his historical novel, ‘The White Moghul’.
Sunday Book Market
Sunday Book Market at Abids has been there forever now. This is the place where one can get books of all shapes and sizes and of all kinds, at throwaway prizes. If you are a book lover, you can go to Abids, early in the morning, on a Sunday, either to find a book or just soak in the ambience. And where there has been relentless traffic round the week, you will have found stalls on the sidewalks. With due diligence you may end up with a rare book or just that one novel you have always wanted to buy at unbelievably low cost.

Our Finds

Surabhi Theatre
Near Lalitha Kala Thoranam
Public Gardens
Nampally
98856 79553

Peace Truth Ahimsa Museum
BapuGhat
Langarhouz
98855 85031

St Johns Cemetery
Near Parade Grounds
Secunderabad

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