Crazy ’bout Coffee in Hyderabad ctd…

My desired destination today was some place else, but I was unfortunately unable to locate it :( But since I was out anyway, I ended up going to the The Square at Novotel instead. This is of course one coffee shop that every Hyderabad resident has been too, if not for any other reason, then for the fact that being located in a five star, it is open at all times :)

I ordered a cup of filter coffee. The coffee is good, and it is served in utensils which reflect how filter coffee is actually had by South Indians (supposedly!) :) While it is supposed to be poured out into a bowl to help cool the coffee, the coffee was not hot enough to require any such cooling :D

I did however come out poorer by 175 bucks!! :(

Around Badami – Pattadakal

Pattadakal is a small village in Karnataka, India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 22 kms from Badami. It has a collection of ten temples from the 8th century, built by the Chalukya dynasty.

The temple complex

Galganath Temple

Virupaksha Temple

Intricate carvings

Puja in one of the temples

Around Badami – Aihole

Aihole is a small town , about 50 kms from Badami. The interesting thing about this place is that the village settlement is sprinkled amongst the ruins. Various temples and structures are located behind the villagers’ huts, and it’s easy to find locals sitting in these ancient buildings for a leisurely chat :)

Villagers in Aihole -

Our local guide, who went by the name of Prabhu. He wasn’t really an official guide, but then he was very eager to show us around :)

Prabhu and his friend Nagarjuna -

Trying to show us something called “Ulta Pulta” :D Still can’t figure out what that quite was…

Rock cut caves in Aihole -

Structural temple architecture -

A lovely lot

Met a great set of kids on my recent trip to Badami :) Though they spoke only Kannad, making any conversation very hard, a helpful Kannad lady willingly translated in which standard was each of them studying :) A very happy and enthu lot overall :)

Trip to Warangal – II

Looking at the monuments in Warangal does leave one wondering about the tremendous patience those workers must have had back then to carve out such intricate forms in stone! Here are some examples of what you see in the ruins of Warangal Fort -

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