Showing posts with label Hyderabad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hyderabad. Show all posts

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Day 14 & 15 -- Back to Bengaluru with an overnight stop at Hyderabad

07-October-2019
05:25 AM Started from Bhopal. The goal at the end of the day was to reach Hyderabad. Cattle and all other types of domesticated animals are becoming a serious problem for driving in MP. Earlier it was restricted to only UP.

Found a Reliance petrol station just after Hoshangabad. Decided to fill up the car there.
Stopped at a Dhaba midway near the border. The place was not really great. I just had a paratha and tea and continued on.
12:30 PM Tried to take ring road for crossing Nagpur for skipping all metro construction, was not of much use. I still ended up taking 40 minutes to cross Nagpur.
2:30 PM Crossed Hinghanghat
3:30 PM Crossed Pandharkawada
4:15 PM Crossed Adilabad
5:05 PM Crossed Nirmal
5:50 PM Crossed Nizamabad
7:55 PM Entered Hyderabad ORR
8:50 PM Reached my hotel in Hyderabad.

08-October-2019

04:30 AM Started from my hotel back towards Bengaluru. I took ORR and got on exit towards Bengaluru.
05:30 AM Exited ORR
07:30 AM Had horrible breakfast at a roadside Dhaba after Pullur toll.
09:30 AM Entered Ananthpur.

11:30 AM Arrived at Bengaluru Airport. I had to pick up family here. So had lunch here, picked them up and then left for home.
1:30 PM Arrived at Home.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Summer 2019

It is the month of April again and summer vacations have started. Along with the whole nation is about to undergo general elections.  Being on the road during elections is a difficult proposition in India. There is additional checking and you have to be prepared to be stopped and the whole vehicle checked at any point on the road. In order to minimize the inconvenience to ourselves, we decided to restrict our travel plans to areas which have already undergone voting or areas where voting was scheduled much later. We could not completely accomplish this, but we gave it a try.

The primary tourist places to be covered were Panna, Chitrakoot, and Khajuraho. As a bonus, I also visited the National Museum in Delhi which was a delight. Here is the itinerary that I followed.

  1. Bengaluru to Hyderabad (18-April)
  2. Hyderabad to Bhopal (19-April)
  3. Bhopal (20-April)
  4. Bhopal (21-April)
  5. Bhopal to Panna (22-April)
  6. Panna National Park (23-April)
  7. Panna to Khajuraho via Chitrakoot (24-April)
  8. Khajuraho (25-April)
  9. Khajuraho to Noida (26-April)
  10. Noida (27-April)
  11. The National Museum (28-April)
  12. Noida (29-April)
  13. Noida to Bhopal (30-April)
  14. Bhopal (01-May)
  15. Bhopal (02-May)
  16. Crescent Water Park (03-May)
  17. Bhopal to Hyderabad (04-May)
  18. Hyderabad to Bengaluru (05-May)
The trip was total of 5321 kilometers, consumed more than 500 liters of diesel. The total toll paid through FasTag was Rs. 3290. There were few instances of toll payment through cash since the machine was not working. We can assume that the total toll payment was closer to Rs. 4000/-.

Hyderabad to Bengaluru

04-May-2019
Left the hotel after breakfast at 11:50 AM.
2:30 PM Saw the new hotel Hangout just after Kurnool. Went inside looking for food. The place was jampacked with vehicles. We saw no hope of food or table at a reasonable time and decided to leave.
3:35 PM Stopped at Cafe Coffee Day in Ramarajupalle.
4:40 PM Crossed Ananthpur
6:57 PM Reached the McDonald's near Bengaluru Airport.
9:00 PM Reached home.

Bhopal to Hyderabad

04-May-2019
Our original plan was to do a single drive from Bhopal to Bengaluru. Unfortunately, we did not get up in time and got ready in time so we decided to split the return drive into two segments.
7:15 AM Started from home in Bhopal.
10:20 AM Stopped at Hotel Meghna and Restaurant just before Betul for a cup of tea.
1:10 PM Reached Hotel Le Meridien for Lunch but unfortunately even after waiting for 30 minutes they did not serve anything. We left the place without eating.
2:02 PM We stopped just after Borkhedi Toll Plaza. There is a small restaurant and toilets. We had something to eat and started after 20 minutes.
5:25 PM Stopped after a Toll Plaza near Nizamabad. I was surprised to find an electric vehicle charging point in the middle of nowhere.
6:30 PM Stopped at Samanya Hotel near Kamareddy for a 20-minute break.
8:50 PM Reached Oakwood Residences Kapil Hyderabad.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Hyderabad to Bhopal

19-April-2019
We had planned on leaving early, but then we decided to have breakfast and leave. By the time we left the hotel, it was already well past 8 AM.

8:30 AM Checked out and left the hotel. Immediately got on to Outer Ring Road towards Nagpur.
10:30 AM Reached Divya Resort and Restaurant in Kamareddy. It is one of the few places where there are reasonably clean toilets.
Even though all the toll plazas are supposed to have clean toilets, toll plazas in this sector are not good places for the rest stop.
3:30 PM Reached Le Meridien in Nagpur. The primary reason for stopping here is clean facilities and to have lunch. We had planned on having something quick like sandwiches but for some reason, their lunch service was extended that day and we had lunch there.
4:25 PM Left the hotel for onward journey. As metro construction in Nagpur in advanced stages, crossing the city has become difficult each day.
8:45 PM Stopped at Sai Krishna Resort Garden in Itarsi for tea and toilet break. There was some wedding going on in the resort but the restaurant was open so we used the facilities.
11:30 PM We reached our destination for the day.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Day 1 -- Bengaluru to Nagpur

22-December-2016

05:05 AM We started from our home towards Airport road on ORR.
Iskcon near Ananthpur
06:25 AM Stopped at Kamat Upachar just after  Chikkaballapur for breakfast.
08:10 AM Crossed Ananthpur.
08:30 AM  Stopped at Bluemoon food court for a break for 15 minutes.
11:05 AM Stopped at 97 food court. Unfortunately the petrol station did not have any fuel so could not fill the car.
12:30 PM Got on to Hyderabad ORR.
1:15 PM Exited ORR and got on to Nagpur road.
1:50 PM Stopped at Cafe Coffee Day at Nagulapally for Lunch.
Even after demonetization, it was extremely challenging to find a petrol station that would accept credit card. had to drive in and out of 4 petrol pumps and then found on that accepted credit card.
3:55 PM Crossed Nizamabad
4:30 PM Crossed Nirmal
5:30 PM Crossed Adilabad
5:45 PM Entered Maharashtra, the road turns bad from here. Now the construction has started so there is some hope that in another year, the road may be in good shape.
7:30 PM Crossed Hinghanghat
8:30 PM Crossed Buti Bori
8:45 PM Reached our hotel, Le Meredien, Nagpur and checked in.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

1857 Trip

I had in my mind to travel to places that were significant during 1857 freedom struggle, rebellion or sepoy mutiny. You can choose the phrase depending on your choice. As part of my background research on the topic which was primarily limited to the internet, following places found mention as significant places during the event.

  1. Barrackpore
  2. Meerut
  3. Jhansi
  4. Gwalior
  5. Lucknow
  6. Kanpur
  7. Delhi
Some of the places are very significant in regards to 1857 rebellion but there is nothing left now to see. For example, places like Kanpur, Meerut have nothing or very little left that points to that event.
Based on availability of time and our understanding of the importance of the places, we decided the itinerary.

Total toll amount paid during the trips was ₹ 4505/-.
Last time around when I traveled, I saw many FasTag lanes operational but this time I saw most of those were barricaded out. In some places when I argued with the security present, they opened the lane but in many places, they told me to do whatever I can.
The deteriorated quality of road had one casualty. One of my tires had a side wall fracture and the last segments of trips were challenging because of that.  It was an interesting trip, would have liked to see more preserved monuments related to 1857 movement but what we saw was priceless.


Day 2 -- Hyderabad to Bhopal

08-October-2016
Since the hotel where we stayed did not serve us anything to eat, we decided to find something on the way. Unfortunately, there is very little available to eat that early on that section of Highway. Finally, we found a small run-down place called Sweet Hot restaurant which was serving the breakfast, we stopped there for breakfast.
The food was hot, it did not taste like what it should but it was hot. So we had the breakfast and continued our journey.
9:40 AM We crossed Nizamabad
10:15 AM We crossed Nirmal
11:05 AM We crossed Adilabad.
The section of road around the TS-MH border has worsened. It took us almost 2 and half hours to cross the stretch from Adilabad to Hinghanghat, this stretch took one and half hours earlier in the year when I traveled. The only good sign is that there is some work that has started on the unfinished road that was lying like that for the last couple of years but the work is very low key.

2:30 PM We reached Nagpur, since we were already late, we decided to have lunch at Le-Meridien which is near Airport.
3:30 PM We started back on the road.
7:00 PM We took a short break at Hotel Meghna and Restaurant.
At this time it started raining heavily. The road had also taken a turn for the worse. Driving became extremely challenging after that. The barely existent road had also disappeared.

11:35 PM Reached our destination Bhopal. 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Day 1 -- Bengaluru to Hyderabad

07-October-2016
It was a school day so we decided to start after the school was over.
1:00 PM We started from home and took outer ring road and decided to make a stop for lunch at McDonalds.
2:15 PM Reached McDonalds near Airport. Had a lunch there. Got back on the road after a 30 minutes break.
3:15 PM Crossed Chikkaballapur
3:40 PM Crossed Bagepalli
4:06 PM Crossed Penukonda
4:30 PM Crossed Marur
4:55 PM Crossed Ananthpur
5:20 PM  Stopped at Bluemoon Restaurant just after Pamidi. This has become one of the favorite places to stop for me because the place is clean and just about halfway. Now if only they learn how to make decent tea.
7:35 PM Crossed Kurnool
8:50 PM Crossed Mahboobnagar
10:15 PM Reached hotel in Hyderabad. We had planned on staying in Lemon Tree hotel in HiTec city. Here is my review of the place.
One should remember that if you use google maps from this hotel to navigate towards Nagpur, it will not take you via ORR.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Christmas 2015: AIM 2015

The plan for christmas 2015 drive was to basically visit our homes in Delhi and Bhopal. We got to know that HVK AIM was also planned in north, we decided to club it with our plan. Once the schedule of AIM was clear, we realized that we have to be in Chandigarh on 24th December, so we had to prepone our original plan.


Here is the day-wise schedule of AIM.

  1. 21-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 1, Bengaluru to Hyderabad.
  2. 22-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 2, Hyderabad to Bhopal 
  3. 23-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 3, Bhopal to Delhi
  4. 24-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 4, Delhi to Shoja
  5. 25-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 5, Shoja
  6. 26-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 6, Shoja to Mandi long drive
  7. 27-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 7, Mandi to Delhi with stopover in Chandigarh
  8. 28-December-2015 & 29-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 8 & 9 Stay at Delhi
  9. 30-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 10, Delhi to Ujjain
  10. 31-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 11, Stay at Ujjain, Reach Bhopal in evening
  11. 01-January-2016 Christmas 2015 - Day 12, Stay at Bhopal
  12. 02-January-2016 Christmas 2015 - Day 13, Bhopal to Bengaluru
That ended the drive, a total 6081 kilometers, 107 hours of driving, Almost 600 litres of diesel, 13 days on the road, temperature difference between +30 to -10 degrees. Finally stopped worrying about the toll amount but must be more than Rs. 2000/- probably closer to Rs. 3000/-.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Christmas 2015 - Day 2, Hyderabad to Bhopal

22-December-2015
The plan was to get up early and continue on the journey to Bhopal.
4:45 AM As I got ready to leave, realized that by car exit has been blocked another. Took a good 10 minutes to get the keys and get back on the road.


4:50 AM Was on ORR
Road side breakfast
5:10 AM Exited ORR and joined the Nagpur Road.
5:41 AM Stopped at a road side hotel which had some hot idlies and coffee ready. Did the breakfast there.
Started back in 10 minutes.
7:00 AM Byepassed Nizamabad
7:45 AM Byepassed Nirmal
8:20 AM Crossed Adilabad
8:50 AM Crossed the border
10:00 AM Crossed Hinganghat
11:00 AMEntered Nagpur, decided to get into the city and try some restaurant. Found a Haldirams closest to the highway and went there for lunch.
Haldirams at Nagpur
Stopped for approximately 50 minutes. The food was all right but not great.
12:30 PM Crossed Savner
2:00 PM Crossed Betul
3:30 PM Crossed Itarsi
4:00 PM Crossed Itarsi
4:45 PM Crossed Obaidullagunj
5:10 PM Crossed Mandideep
6:00PM Was at home in Bhopal. Overall an interesting and evenless drive. There are not many food places on the way. Most petrol bunks won't accept credit cards. There is one in Itarsi that does it.

Christmas 2015 - Day 1, Bengaluru to Hyderabad

21-December-2015
I was driving along, so started after half days work in office.
1:45 PM I started from home towards Hyderabad. I am used to starting the drive early in the morning, this time I was starting in afternoon and the traffic at the start of the drive was a great dampner.

2:30 PM Crossed Hebbal flyover and got onto the road towards airport.
2:55 PM Crossed the airport toll.
3:00 PM There was a road blockade by local farmers few kilometers before Chikkaballapur. Waited there for the blockade to lift.
3:50 PM There was no sign of blockade lifting, so decide to explore alternate routes. One route that showed up on google maps was going via Nandi Hills, so decided to take that road.
4:30 PM Joined the NH just after Chikkaballapur. In the whole exercise lost almost one hour.
5:00 PM Crossed Bagepalli
6:10 PM Crossed Anantapur
6:30 PM Saw a new food court called Blue Moon restaurant just before the Reliance. Stopped there for Tea. It is a good clean place for food. Can't comment on the quality of food because I just had tea.
6:50 PM Started towards Hyderabad.
8:00 PM Crossed Kurnool
9:15 PM Stopped at Bharati 97 Food n Fuels. It is one of those rare places on this highway where both petrol station and a decent restaurant with clean toilets etc is there.
10:45 PM Got on to ORR in Hyderabad, the day's stop was at a Oyo Rooms hotel in Gachibowli.  The hotels itself is not great but was sufficient for a night's sleep.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Diwali 2015, Bengaluru to Bhopal and Back

This was almost an impromptu decision to drive to Bhopal from Bengaluru for Diwali. Being Diwali, air tickets were too expensive and train tickets were not available. So the decision to drive was made. Due to some pre-scheduled events, we could only leave by afternoon on Saturday.
07-November-2015
1:30 PM We left Hyderabad.
We stopped for a quick bite on the way at Mc Donalds on Airport Road and then continued on with our journey.
3:10 PM Crossed Chikkaballapura
3:30 PM Crossed Bagepalli
3:45 PM Crossed Penukonda
4:20 PM Crossed Anantpur
4:40 PM Stopped at A1 plaza for a quick tea.
6:20 PM Crossed Kurnool
7:35 PM Stopped at Food N Fuel near Mahbubnagar for almost an hour
9:50 PM Reached the destination for the day.
As usual Bengaluru to Hyderabad road is in great condition. It was an eventless journey.
08-November-2015
The plan was to start early for onward journey. We decided to carry packed breakfast so that we don't have to stop for a breakfast stop.
5:10 AM We were quickly on the outer ring road, saw a truck completely in flames on the outer ring road.
5:48 AM Just got out of ORR and got into the HP Petro Bunk for filling.
7:05 AM Crossed Nizamabad
7:35 AM Crossed Nirmal
7:52 AM Stopped at a road side Dhaba called Kunthala Dhaba at a place near Neredgonda. They had ladies only toilets, not very clean but can use it in dire emergencies.
8:40 AM Crossed Adilabad
On the way one finds strange drivers who just won't let you overtake them. It is just a strange ego trip that some of these drivers are on.
8:50 AM We cross the border and enter into MH. The road is under construction here for quite sometime so the progress is comparatively slower. Still the road surface has been fixed compared to last time I drove here.But you still have a undivided two lane road. The saving grace is the fact that traffic is thin on this stretch.

10:20 AM We cross Hinganghat. The road improves as soon as one crosses Hinganghat.
11:30 AM We reach Nagpur. We look for a place to eat, we located this restaurant called The Breakfast Story not very far from highway and stopover for a brunch.
12:35 PM From Nagpur there are two options to go to Bhopal, one goes via Chhindwara and other via Betul. We decide to go via Chhindwara while going and Betul for returning journey. Chhindwara route is a more scenic route, is longer.
2:20 PM We cross Chhindwara ring road.
3:30 PM We enter the forest that leads up to Panchmarhi. This section of road is full of ghat sections, and progress is extremely slow.
4:45 PM We crossed the forest section
5:10 PM We reach Highway Treat in Pipariya. Time for a break for tea.
5:30 PM We start from the restaurant, being the day before Dhanteras pipariya market is extremely crowded and we take another 20 minutes to get out of the city.
7:30 PM Cross Hoshangabad town
9:00 PM We reached home in Bhopal.
09-November-2015 to 13-November-2015
Time for Diwali festivities and general time pass.
13-November-2015
We decide to a visit to Bhojpur temple since we had not been to that place for quite some time.
Bhojpur Shiva temple was constructed during the reign of King Bhojdev of Parmar dynasty during the years 1010 to 1055 AD. The temple was never fully constructed. The temple has a Shivaling which is 2.03 meter in height and largest in India.

The temple is unique because near the temple one can find drawings of the temple etched in the rocks. It also looks like as per the plan many other temples were to be constructed and never completed.

The temple also has a river nearby and one can trek down to the river.

Main Temple


Etching of plan of a temple


14-November-2015
Aloo Parathas for Journey
The return journey starts, we had planned to leaving early morning and carrying food so that we can time of stops that we need to make. Also we decided to play it by the ear. If we reached Hyderabad at a reasonable time then we will continue to Bengaluru otherwise we will halt at Hyderabad.
The first order of the day was to get some food ready. There is nothing better for a journey than home cooked aloo parathas.




5:20 AM We were on the road. We took 11th-mile ring road out of Bhopal and quickly were on Hoshangabad road.
6:10 AM We crossed Obaidullaganj
6:50 AM Crossed Hoshangabad
7:05 AM We crossed Itarsi
8:18 AM We cross Betul. The road just becomes fabulous after Betul.

9:55 AM We enter Nagpur
10:15 AM We exit on the other end of Nagpur
10:40 AM It was too early for Lunch and too late for breakfast. Most dhabas that we encountered were closed. So finally we stopped at the A1 plaza at Reliance petrol bunk.
11:45 AM to 1:30 PM We missed the turn towards hinganghat and drove in a wrong direction for a while. So we had to retrace our steps back to the right place. We wasted a total of two hours in this misadventure.
1:45 PM Crossed hinganghat railway crossing
2:55 PM We reached Adilabad. The non-so-good roads at the border take around one hours to cross. We encounter some really dangerous driving by local bikers. Here is one example.
3:35 PM Stopped at a road side Dhaba for tea and some food near Medipally
4:15 PM Started
Food Court
5:10 PM Crossed Nizamabad
6:40 PM Got on to Hyderabad Outer Ring Road
7:20 PM Exited ORR
8:00 PM Stopped at the food court near Mahbubnagar
9:00 PM Started after dinner and rest
10:40 PM Crossed Kurnool
11:45 PM Crossed Gooty
12:20 AM Crossed Anantpur
2:00 AM Crossed Chikkaballapur
2:15 AM Crossed Airport
2:35 AM Entered Bengaluru ORR
3:00 AM Reached Home

Here are some important statistics from the journey.
Drive Time : 44.5 Hours
Distance : 3162 Kms
Average Speed : 74 Kmph
Fuel Economy :  9.5 Kmpl total fuel 335 Litres


Finally, the journey was over. Some lessons learnt for me are as follows.
  1. Nagpur to Bhopal, no point in going via Chhindwara unless one wants to go to Panchmarhi, The not-so-good section of road between Bhopal and Betul is eminently manageable and road between Betul and Nagpur is just fabulous
  2. It is very practical to do Bhopal to Bengaluru in a day with two drivers. Start early from Bhopal and you can be in Bengaluru just after midnight.
  3. In any event, cross Hoshangabad to Bhopal road early in the morning. The road is just horrible and has too much traffic in any other time of the day.
  4. Bikers can be extremely unpredictable. Particularly the local bikers. Almost all of them think they are superman and just don't give a damn for road rules etc.
  5. If you are driving beyond midnight, always have another person capable of driving. I have realized that I need few hours of sleep around midnight if I need to drive.
During this trip, the total toll amounts were close to Rs. 3000/-.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Druk Diaries: Day 23 - Return journey,Bhopal to Bengaluru

02-May-2015
Finally the epic trip was coming to an end. We had to just reach Bengaluru from Bhopal. Originally we had decided to drive up to Hyderabad and then drive to Bengaluru the next day morning. Since we were out of home for far too many days and we were so close, we decided that if we can reach Hyderabad around 6pm, then we will continue to Bengaluru otherwise we will find some place to stay in Hyderabad.
4:50 AM We were out of our home in Bhopal and on the road towards Hoshangabad.
5:30 AM Crossed Obaidullaganj
6:22 AM Crossed Habibganj

7:30 AM We reached Pipariya. There is a MP Tourism motel, we thought we can get some tea and breakfast. But they had still not open, they only were ready to serve tea. We had to make do with that. The place does have clean toilets.

10:00 AM Reached Chindwara bypass. It is a very good two laned undivided road with very little traffic.
11:32 AM Crossed Savner

11:53 AM I was advised by friends at HVK forum to just cut through the city. So that's what I did, didn't turn out too bad.
12:20 PM I was on the other end of the Nagpur

1:22 PM Reached Hinganghat. There is a big flyover under construction that confused me but did not loose much time.

The road is otherwise good, there is a small portion of the road, around 40 Kms which is under construction. 

2:20 PM We were looking for some place to have lunch. Something that looks like a restaurant rather than a Dhaba. Couldn't find anything. Finally stopped at this place that looked like a proper restaurant. This hotel was horrible. Actually as soon as the staff saw us, they told us don't go inside the restaurant because people drink there. There is a hut outside the hotel, they served us food there and we quickly got out. Even food was nothing to talk home about.
3:10 PM Started back on our journey.
As soon as you cross into AP/TS, the highway quality improves multi-fold and the drive is much more fun.
3:30 PM Crossed Adilabad
4:15 PM Crossed Nirmal

6:20 PM We were on Hyderabad ORR. We decided that we will continue on to Bengaluru.

7:50 PM We found this food court and decided to have dinner.
9:15 PM Crossed Mahbubnagar
10:29 PM Crossed Kurnool
12:15 AM Crossed Anantpur
12:59 AM Crossed Penukonda
2:00 AM Crossed Chikkaballapur
2:45 AM Reached K R Puram
This was the longest single day drive by us. We completed 1500 Kilometers in approximately 22 hours. 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Christmas 2014, Hyderabad, Konaseema, Puri, Bhubaneswar

The plan in Christmas vacations of 2014 was to visit Odisha specifically Puri and Bhubaneswar. We also decided to join All India Meet 2014 organized by HV Kumar & group. Following was the itinerary that was finally designed.

The total drive was of 3910 kilometres with a total drive time of 71.14 hours. Total about 430 litres of Diesel was used up in the trip. Total amount spent in tolls was Rs. 3045/-.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Christmas 2014 Day 3 of 11, HVK AIM 2014

26-12-2014
We had planned on joining All India Meet organised by HVK forum which was held in Konaseema. So our target was to reach the venue of the meet by end of the day. We started our drive by 10:15 AM.
Tea Point just before Suryapet
The plan was to continue on NH 5 till Peravali and then turn into Canal Road which will eventually take us to the resort. Since we started late, it took us quite a bit of time to cross the city. We were out of the city by 11:30 AM.
12:05 PM Cross Narketpalli.
12:30 PM Took at small break for tea at a road side restaurant. Don't know about the quality of the food in the place but the tea stall outside was making pretty killer tea. The toilets also were not very bad.
12:55 PM Crossed Suryapet
2:00 PM Crossed Nandigama
2:20 PM Crossed Ibrahimpatanam
The roads are very good in this segment of NH5 and not very crowded either. One can make good time on these roads.

2:30 PM Entered Vijaywada. We were already suggested that we should take the bypass road, we took the bypass and were on the other end of the town by 2:50PM.
2:55 PM We stopped at The Kay Hotel for a delayed Lunch. Here is my review of the hotel.
The Kay Hotel
3:50 PM Done with the lunch and started the onward journey.
4:30 PM Crossed Hanuman Junction
4:55 PM Crossed Elluru town
5:45 PM Crossed Tanuku town and toll. There is a Rs. 80 toll here and for people going to Konaseems they have to travel only another 10 kilometers. It is kind of a bad deal if you are going to come back from Konaseema. For us it was ok, since we were to continue to Odisha and we did not have to pay the toll on the road segment further on.

5:55 PM We took an extreme left turn to leave NH 5 and take the Canal Road that takes us to our destination. There is a Hanuman statue and the turn is just before that statue.

6:13 PM We were told that there are very limited petrol stations on this route so we decided to top up the vehicle. We stopped at the petrol station. Once you are out of major cities, all transactions are cash only.

6:20 PM We cross Penugonda
6:45 PM Just before Palakollu we found the road that we were traveling on was marked oneway in opposite direction. We took a left turn that is kind of a bypass for palakollu town. Another couple of kilometers on that road and we were clear of the town.
We continue on what is called Palakollu Dodipatla road
7:05 PM We turn from the main road into small lane that takes us to resort. This is a very small road and just now converted to concrete so one can not even turn into shoulder to let vehicles cross. One has to be very careful to not commit vehicle on the road unless it is clear.

7:30 PM We reach Yalamchilli Lanka where Palavelli Boutique resort is located. Here is my review of the resort.
Finally after a long drive, we are home for the day. We meet the crowd that has arrived for the meet, have a dinner and retire for the day.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Christmas 2014 Day 2 of 11, Hyderabad Local Sighseeing

25-12-2014
We were staying in Hyderabad for the day so decided to do some local sightseeing. We had no plans made earlier so we started late and decided to cover whatever we can.
1:15 PM We left for Salarjung Museum. 2:10 PM We reached the museum. Being a public holiday the museum was really really crowded and there was no parking available. We had to wait for almost 15 minutes before we could park and get into the museum. There were many children's school group which had arrived in the museum and it was really crowded.
This museum is different than many other museums in India. Not much is related to the popular history. It is more about the interests of ruling family. It is an extremely large museum and takes easily 3-4 hours to get through the place.
The Museum
The Museum is divided into six blocks which are as follows.

  1. Ground Floor Central Block
    1. Founders Gallery
    2. Indian Bronzes and Textiles
    3. Indian Sculptures
    4. Mirror arts of south India
    5. Indian textiles and Mogul glass
    6. Children's Section
    7. Ivory Carving Gallery
    8. Veiled Rebecca
    9. Arms and Armour
    10. Metal Ware
    11. Modern Indian Paintings
    12. Indian Miniature Paintings
  2. Ground Floor Eastern Block
    1. Far Eastern Wooden Furniture
    2. Far Eastern Wood carvings
  3. Ground Floor Western Block
    1. Bronze Sculpture
    2. Marble Sculpture
  4. First Floor Eastern Block
    1. Chinese Gallery
    2. Far Eastern Porcelain Gallery
    3. Japanese Gallery
    4. Far Eastern Statutory Gallery
  5. First Floor Central Block
    1. Toys and Dolls Gallery
    2. Flora and Fauna Gallery
    3. Children's Section
    4. Arabic and Persian Manuscripts Gallery
    5. Indian Silver Gallery
    6. Carpet Gallery
    7. Egyptian and Syrian Gallery
    8. Jade Gallery
    9. Bidri ware Gallery
    10. Kashmir Gallery
    11. Utility ware Gallery
    12. Western Furniture Gallery
  6. First Floor Western Block
    1. European Painting Gallery
    2. European Glass Gallery
    3. French Gallery
    4. European Clock Gallery
    5. European Porcelain Gallery
We could not really see all of it. But we could see most of it by the time the museum was closed. Here are some of the stuff that we could see. Here is some the information that is displayed in the museum.
Indian Sculpture
The history of lndian Sculpture goes back to a very remote period. The Harappan art of about 3rd millenium B.C. shows a very high degree of proficiency in the plastic art which would suggest a much earlier development of this art. The perfect modelling with full anatomical details of the birds and animals and of human forms exhibit the greatness and ingenuity of Indian sculptor in 3rd millennium B.C.









The earliest evidence of stone carving is found from the high monolithic stone pillars erected for writing the Ashokan inscriptions. The beautifully carved animals such as the lion, bull and horse etc. exhibit the mastery of Ashokan sculptors in the art of stone carving. The smooth and lustrous polish employed on These pillars reflect the quality of work and high standard attained by the Mauryan artisans. The stone monuments of the Sunga period are found from Bharhut, Sanchi, Bodhgaya and other places. Although the massiveness of volume and majestic proportions of the Ashokan art are not found in the art of Sunga age yet, the railing pillars, coping stones and beautifully carved stone slabs represent the mastery of carving stone in bas-relief. The entire panorama of the Sunga stone art is dedicated to Buddhism where the events from the life of the Buddha are carved in the absence of the figure of Buddha. The narrative themes carved in low-tone are abounding with the organic forms of Nature, such as the floral scrolls, creeper designs and other floral motifs. The first architectural fragment from Bharhut in the gallery is a broken stone slab carved with the lotus medallion. This can be dated to first century B.C. A human head prominent cheeks and the sunken eyes with typical Sunga head-gear (turban), hewn out of buff coloured stone is also exhibited which is datable to first century B.C.
The first major centre of carving of stone figures of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses was established at Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. The massive figures of the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain Pantheon, carved in spotted red sand stone, from Mathura reflect the high advancement in the art of stone carving of the Kushan Era. The figures are carved both in round and relief. The art of Mathura draws inspiration from the earlier centres like Sanchi and Bodhgaya. Yet, the sculptors of Mathura soon attained mastery over the new medium. The figures carved in round and relief depict innumerable scenes from the daily life. The sculptors, however, have successfully carved the most lively and beautiful figures of feminine beauty. The sensuous feminine figures with bulging out breasts and heavy hips are carved in Tribhanga pose represent the established norms of beauty of the Kushan period. A number of Bacchanalian scenes with beautiful ladies offering wine to their male counterparts and sporting with them are often depicted on the raling pillars. Although, the Mathura sculptures are still devoid of perfection, cemmetry and anatomical details yet, they are full of life.
Kaushambi near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh was another noted center producing icons relating to the Buddhist and Hindu Pantheons. A number of carved stone panels belonging to Gupta age are exhibited in the gallery. The buffcoloured sand stone of Koushambi has its own visual charm. A number of carved stone slabs from kaushambi are also exhibited in the gallery.
While the studios of Mathura and Kaushambi were busy producing remarkable figures of the Hindu and Buddhist Gods and Goddesses in North India, the world renowned Buddhist art centers like Amaravati and Nagarjunakonda were witnessing a great art activity in the Deccan. The soft, greyish limestone, popularly known as Palna marble, was used in fashioning the male and female figures of the Buddhist divinity. The thin, elongate and proportionally modeled human figures from Amaravati and Nagarjunakonda reflect the unfailing skill and ingenuity of the Deccani sculptors.
A number of other Buddhist art centers along the bank of the river Krishna, had cropped up and the beautiful icons of Buddhist in Nagarjunakonda idiom were being produced at various centers during the rule of lkshvakus in 2nd-3rd centuries A.D. An excellent standing figure of Buddha from Nelakońdapally is exhibited in the gallery to show the perfection and the mastery which the Andhra sculptors had attained in the art of stone carving.
The Kushan Dynasty of North lndia was supplanted by the Guptas. The powerful rulers of the Gupta dynasty brought almost the whole of Northern lndia under their control. The stable political conditions, peaceful atmosphere and the improved economic conditions ushered an era of allround development during the Gupta rule. The sculptural art of Gupta period represents the high watermark and perfection in the art of stone carving. The most lyrical forms, accurate modelling and fine treatment of the sculptures of the Gupta Age exhibits maturity and ingenuity of the Gupta sculptors. A mukhalinga from Kaushambi, a Yaksha with his two consorts, the figure of Vishnu with Sridevi and Bhudevi and a frieze representing Sapta Matrikas are some of the Gupta sculptures exhibited in the gallery,
Nandi from Kakatiya Period
Further down to South in Tamil Nadu, the powerful monarchs of Pallava Dynasty were ardent devotees of Lord Vishnu. The worship of Shiva was equally popular in South India. The Pallava rulers, due to their matrimonial alliances with the Vishnukundin kings of Andhra, had initially imbibed the iconographic forms and other art traditions from the Andhra region. Yet, the art of the Pallava period exhibits some of the finer elements which were developed during 8th century A.D. The beautiful slender forms with sharp features, long tapering head-gears and good treatment are the well known characteristics of the Pallava sculptures. During the rule of Cholas, who succeeded the Pallavas in South, the same art traditions of earlier period were continued. The figure of Goddess Vaishnavi exhibited in the gallery, belongs to the Pallava period. The other sculptures like Chandikeswara, Surya and Shiva belongs to the Chola period.
Seshashayin form of Vishnu
A number of sculptures of the Kakatiya period of Andhra history are also exhibited here.
A figure of Vidhnu reclining on the Serpent God, Sesha represents the Seshasayin form of the Lord. The two beautiful images of the Jain TÄ«rthankaras from Kopbal, Mysore carved out of black Basalt, represent the exquisite workmanship of the Kakatiya sculptors. A number of other sculptures like Nandi figures are also datable to the Kakatiya period.
Buddha in white marble
The gallery also comprises of a few Jain sculptures made of white marble. A beautifully carved Prabhavali, exhibiting the flying Gandharvas and other finely carved decorative motifs, is datable to 13th century A.D. An inscribed figures of Parsvanath in white marble con be attributed to the Rajastani workmanship of 15th century A.D. There are a few more Jain sculptures carved in white marble which are datable to 18th century A.D.









Wood Carving in South India

Since time immemorial, wood has been the chief medium of building construction and decoration in South India. The extant wooden remains in the Buddhist shrines of south-western India such as Bhaja and Karie would prove that wood was universally employed for erecting the Buddhist and Hindu shrines prior to the advent of Christian era.

The carved stone panels from Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh also depict numerous examples of residential structures laid with thatched wooden roof.
Apart from the magnificent edifices, the wooden figures of Hindu gods and godesses were meticulously carved to decorate temples in whole of South India. Every Vaishnavite temple of South India used to own a beautifully carved wooden ratha to move the Utsava-Vigraha. Thus the wood carving is the most ancient and traditional arts of South India.
During the late medieval period, wood was employed for manufacturing the household furniture to meet the swelling needs of aristocracy. The art of wood-carving was also practiced to manufacture intricate carved doors, lintels, ceilings of the residential houses along with the household furniture.
The beautiful cabinets, screens, chairs, tables made of rose wood and the majestic figures of divinity carved in Sandal wood-showing perfect chiseling and exquisite workmanship of the carpenter s art, had become the fashion of the day. The noted centers
of wood-carving in South India were lying in Mysore, Coorg and Madras.
The beautifully carved and high backed chairs of Malabar are widely known for their skilled chiseling, intricate designs and art motifs.
The early scriptures relating to Hindu Iconography furnish detailed descriptions of various types of sacred trees and plants which could be used to carve divine figures. Thus, wood was an universally accepted media to carve the idols of Hindu gods and goddesses in South India during the early centuries of Christian era. This fact has been borne out by an epigraphic evidence from Nagarjunakonda where a wooden eight armed figure of Vishnu was enshrined in one of the temples belonging to the 1st - 2nd Century A.D.
The art of carving beautiful idols of Hindu divinity and so also the human and animal figures to decorate temples and private houses was  largely practiced in Mysore, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. In order to satisfy the popular demand of local inhabitants, various centers of manufacturing wooden toys also grew up in different parts of South India. The beautiful wooden toys of Tirupati and Kondapally are widely known for their perfect suggestive quality and artistic elegance.
The Kondapally toys of Andhra Pradesh have a striking individuality. The bulk of punki wood used in toy making a Kondapally is soft and the craftsmen, who are said to have originally migrated from Rajasthan produced beautiful toys out of that. A special feature of Kondapally toys is that they derive motifs and pattern from the rural life. Apart from mythological figures, the peacock and elephant with Ambari on are the favorite themes of Kondapally toys. The toys from Tirupathi are made of red sandal wood which is strong and has natural ox-brown colour. The Tirupati toys are executed in free bold style.
Fabrics
Phulkari literally means "Flowering Work" and might therefore be applied to any embroidery but the term is invariably associated with a typical embroidery popular with Jats of Punjab. There was a time when no Jat girl was regarded accomplished unless she was proficient in this art.



Phulkari is worked in silk floss on cloth which is especially woven for the purpose. The designs are almost exclusively geometrical in a restricted variety of colors. The stitch which is simple darn, is worked entirely on the wrong side. The embroiderer plots out the most artistic design simply by counting the threads from tbe back, while the pattern takes shape on the right side, unobserved by the worker.
There are three such types of phulkari, the first being the true phulkari where the pattern is diapered at intervals, over the cloth. The second is called  Bagh where the whole surface is decorated with a connected pattern. Depending upon the motif used in the work the varieties are called Shalimar Bagh, Chand Bagh, Mircha Bagh, Dhunia Bagh etc. The third type is known as Chobe, and here the edges along are embroidered while the center is left plain. The Shishadar Phulkaris in which a striking effect is produced by the insertion of small dises of mirror int he design held in position by button hold stitches, have some what a quaint appearance.
The center of this interesting art is Rohtak in Punjab and the surrounding regions. It may be produced anywhere in the country, as far south south as Madras. The styles has suffered in recent times and good examples are rare these days because no one has patience to work on the reverse side and the practice of penciling the design before it is worked has definitely been an adverse influence.
The showcase also has on display two sherwanis in Himaru work. In this type of brocade, silk is used for making patterns. Though woven at all silk weaving centers, the important center is in Aurangabad.
Painted Fabrics Textiles served the cause of religion as well. Temples claimed for their rituals the fines creations of the craftsmen. Only the perfect, without blemish, could be offered for the god. To satisfy this demand, craftsmen worked near the main religious centers, fulfilling the needs of the temple and of the pilgrims who thronged there. Among the richest expressions of this tradition were the temple cloths made in many centers in South India, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.
Nathdwara in Rajasthan center of the Srinathji cult, another from of Krishna cult became a center for the production of Pichhawais, a temple cloth hung at the back. The designs on Pichhwai were executed on cloth, freehand or with wooden block. Color and also gold leaves were later applied on this adhesive. The themes usually revolve around the Krishna legend and depicted cows, cowherds and milk maids.
The Telangana scrolls on the other hand were carried on a visual aid by the itinerant village story tellers who specialized in relating the stories of the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the puranic legends and myths. The technique of painting on cloth was quite similar to miniature painting tradition though miniatures were painted on hand made paper.
Temple hanging were also produced in the Kalamkari technique though here we have on display some curtains executed in the Kalamkari technique. In the temple hangings the dyes and mordants are applied freehand with a bamboo brush called Kalam. THe patterns on furnishings produced in Kalamkari technique involve the same technical process as temple hanging using special vegetable dyes, resits and mordants but the design on furnishings is repeated with blocks.
Embroidery or the decoration of woven fabric with the colored red threads by means of needle is probably on of the oldest arts of the world. In India it dates from the remotes period of history. Embroidered garments and needles are mentioned in Vedic texts and the art of embroidery flourishes in all parts of India down to this day.
The medieval opulence is reflected most in gold and silver embroidery on both heavy velvets, satins and airy nets and chiffon. Gold and silver embroidered garments were mostly used for formal occasions and marriages as is evident from two bridal dresses displayed here. The furnishings of a room also consumed this heavy and dainty work as is evident from the daree and curtains on display here. Heavy velvet was also used for masnads and elephant coverings. The efficiency of the embroiderer is evident in the peacock design and the Shikargah scene on the display here.
Kamdani is another form of gold embroidery which was extremely popular. This is done with flattened silver or gilt wire on lighter materials with the threaded needle pressing the wire on the cloth at every stitch. A striking glittering effect is often produced with the help of salma or sequins
For making gold and silver thread called Kalabatoo, the following method is used. For gold thread a piece of silver about the length and thickness of a man's finger is gilded atleast three times with the purest gold, all impurities having been most carefully discharged from the silver earlier. The piece of gilt wire is beaten out to the size of a stout wire and is then drawn through successive holes in a steel plate until the wire is literally as fine as a hair. The gilding is not disturbed by this process and the wire finally appears as if or purest gold.
THe adjoining show case has on display a number of patkas or kamarbands. They are waist bands. Soldiers used them and kings and emperors presented them to their officers and nobles in recognition of their service. The Patkas had borders and pallu anu were either embroidered or printed or had patterns woven in. On display here are patkas from Banares, Aurangabad and Surat.
Walking Stick
The story of the walking stick dates back to very early times. Walking sticks have been constant companions to humans for time immemorial sometimes as a staff for support, sometimes as an aid for the old and sometimes as a weapon for the young.
It actually started as a staff held by people of authority like chieftains of tribes and village heads. Shepherds who tended sheep and cattle held staffs or sticks to keep the animals together. In the early era, even Prophets hold wooden staffs as a means of support; the staff of Prophet Moses is a Biblical
fact.
As time passed the staff transformed into a scepter which was held as a symbol of authority and power by kings and still later these scepters were decorated with gems and inlaid with precious stones to symbolize the status of its master. Slowly and surely the staff or the walking stick became an important aspect of ones life and people of all ages carried them. Thus, it became obligatory to carry a walking stick, be it for aid, style or self defense it was there to stay.
A change was brought about when in the 17th & 18th centuries walking stick took an important place as an object of fashion for Europeans and others who carried walking sticks as show piece.
The sticks varied from person to person, a wealthy person would carry a walking stick decorative enough to flaunt his position, while the others with lesser means would use a simple, plain stick as per their stature.
With walking sticks holding a center stage, eminent jewelers of that period took time to make them look beautiful with inlaid settings of precious and semi-precious stones to make them more and more adorable and presentable for the rich, a glimpse of which is being presented, for display in the Walking Sticks Gallery of the Salar Jung Museum.
Musical Clock
In this gallery a variety of walking sticks are on display. They are made out of cane, Malacca cane, wood, Sandal wood, ivory, fish bone, jade, glass, leather etc. some are decorated with semiprecious hilts also. These Walking sticks are from the personal collection of the Salar Jungs.
Musical Clock
Musical Clock, Cooke and Kelvey Company, England, 19th Century AD. M No. 125/LXXI
The English bracket clock said to have been manufactured in England and assembled in Calcutta in the late 19th Century AD.  It has been acquired by the Salar Jung III, Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (AD 1889-1949) from the Cooke and Kelvey Company, probably in the early 20th Century AD. It has more than 350 parts. The clock contains a mechanism by which a small toy figure of a bearded man comes out of the enclosure three minutes early to every hour and strikes the corresponding hour(s) on the gong to end of every 60th minute and goes back inside. Another toy man who is a blacksmith is seen holding a hammer and striking the seconds without any break. Enriched with nicely wrought metallic mounts, the huge mechanical clock has three dials for the day, date and month in addition to chiming every 15 minutes. This musical clock one of the most attractive objects in the museum.
Indian Miniature Paintings
This gallery presents a panorama of Indian miniature painting bringing out clearly its origin, evolution and final extinction between the fifteenth and early twentieth centuries. The tradition, had its origin in the illustration of hand written books but later on artists were commissioned to make independent paintings as well which were kept in albums. These paintings are not meant to adorn the walls of residences but were held in the hand and observed closely.







 
The miniatures displayed in this gallery commence with the Western Indian School of painting
comprising of book illustrations on paper belonging to the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century and include a few examples of Non-Mughal paintings. The keen interest of Mughal emperors in the art of painting transformed the character of pre-mughal paintings. Thus the next section has on display the Mughal paintings. The Sultans of the Deccani Sultanates also patronized the art of miniature painting and as such a separate section has on view examples of Deccani Style of painting. 
This is followed by Rajasthani and Pahari schools of art and certain other stylistic variations of late medieval times. The regional variations of Major schools like the Deccani and Rajasthani schools have been grouped separately to give an idea of the sub-schools to the visitors.
As the miniature painting was meant to be contemplated by devotees or princely patrons it abounds
in detailed and graceful treatment of its subject matter. The bright pure colors were derived from
metallic, mineral or vegetable pigments bound by a glue or gum and applied to fine hand made paper.
The use of gold provided richness to the color scheme and was often used in works meant for rich
patrons. Most of the surviving early miniatures were made for illustrating the religious books of the adherents of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu faiths. However there is evidence to show that secular paintings were also made from early times. On view here are miniatures showing historical personages, saints, yoginis, illustrations from love poems and religious books, animals and birds alone and also intricately entwined in fanciful composite form.
These pictures bring out some important features of Indian miniatures for example, overall patterning,  the interplay of bright unmitigated colors and also the interplay of two and three dimensional forms, the tilting of the ground plane so that each element of the painting can be seen with equal clarity and a love for symbolism and idealism.
A recurrent theme needs elucidation. Several of the Deccani, Rajasthani and pahari paintings
 displayed here are pictures of a Raga or Ragini. A Raga or Ragini is a musical mode using a fixed combination of the notes of an octave. Musicologists had devised a family of thirty six such musical modes with six of them as males called the Ragas and thirty as their wives or the Raginis. Other systems of classification are also known with a much larger family including sons. These Ragas and Raginis were provided with a form and the poets composed poems describing the form in great detail. The painters took their inspiration from these poems and produced the visual image.
The last section of this gallery has on view certain later styles of art which have their own identity. In Orissa for example miniatures continued to be painted on palm leaves even though paper was being 
 used in the rest of the country for producing hand written books. The Paithan painting on display here are actually illustrations which were used by story tellers as visuals. The miniatures of Delhi Kalam also need an explanation.
The miniature painter often made several versions of the same painting. For this they used perforated membrane by a master craftsman. This device called the 'Charba' became the property of hereditary craftsmen and in this way several generations of painters reproduced painting originally done by their fathers and forefathers. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century such paintings were produced in large number at Delhi and thus came into existence the Delhi Kalam. These miniatures cannot be classed as copies even though they are not originals. 
With the advancement of the printing technology. the dismemberment of princely states and consequently the disappearance of the princely patron and also with the advent of modern art. the tradition of miniature painting has become extinct.
Indian Miniature Painting is one of the finest expressions of our culture. The painters absorbed diverse influences and truly symbolize our composite culture. The diversity of the styles prevailing in the different parts of the country also reveals an essential unity.
Rajasthani Painting 
Unlike the Mughal painting which were essentially court arts, the tradition of miniature
gpainting in Raiasthan had its roots in the soil of the land beyond the courts. The inspiration came from the Bhakti cult of Vaishnavism and Krishna Lila and religious texts like Ramayana and Mahabharat.
Literary works of Jaideva, Behari, Bhushan and Mati Rama also provided the themes for Raiasthani
painting. Thus while the patrons in Raiasthan too were kings and nobles the subject matter of Rajasthani painting reveals a wide variety. The different regions of Rajasthan have also their own individuality in the matter of style.
Malwa
Although remaining within the framework of Raiasthani tradition, the miniatures from Malwa display
certain characteristics which endows them with a distinct individuality. The Malwa region comprises of Gwalior, Raghogarh, Raigarh, Indore, Uiiain and Mandu in Central India.
The early Malwa miniatures have the simplicity of folk paintings. The characters stand out against
brilliant patches of background color. A simple flat cupola-like architecture, wavy clouds with a
broad, white band, one or two peacocks or monkeys and generally not more than three figures are
some of the characteristics of the Malwa paintings of the middle of the 17th century. All these characteristics can be seen in miniature which illustrates Ahilya Uddhar. Lord Rama released sage's wife Ahilya from a curse which had turned her into stone. Raga Dipak on display here is of the third quarter of the 17th century. Well defined generalized forms, dramatic visual impact and brilliant colors are some of the main characteristics of Malwa paintings of the second half of the seventeenth century and all of these can be seen in the visualization of the Raga Dipak. Most Malwa pictures have for their themes religious stories, Nayaka, Nayika bheda and Ragas and Raginis. 
Mewar
The Sisodias of Mewar resisted the Mughal suzerainty even while the other states of Rajasthan surrendered to the might of the Mughals under Akbar. In the realm of art also Mewar kept alive its pre mughal art tradition while the Mughal influence made its impact in other Rajasthan states. 
On display here are five Mewar paintings which include illustrations from Bihari Satsai in highlighting the romance of Radha and Krishna in brilliant colours but simple composition. The illustrations form part of a manuscript which was completed in I719 A.D.
Bundi and Kotah _
The small Rajput kingdom of Bundi and Kotah, in Southern Raiasthan, were ruled by cousins, different branches of the Hara clan and there is much in common between the earlier paintings of these two centres. During the 17th century the Bundi rulers were frequently occupied with the Imperial forces in the Deccan wars, but at home, all was peace and prosperity. The themes popular with the painters were ragamalas, the romance of Radha and Krishna, portraits and illustration of religous texts. 
The Bundi example here is the illustration of the Kakubh ragini with well defined forms of a girl and peacock. Another example of the late 18th century depicts girls on a swing celebrating the Teej festival of the rainy season.
The late 18th century illustrations from Kotah on display here include the illustrations to a Hindi literary text dealing with the romance of Radha and Krishna, a Raga painting and portraits.
Amber and Jaipur
Amber or Jaipur came in contact with the Mughals and developed amicable relationship with them, early in the life of Akbar. In 1562, the raja of Amber offered his eldest daughter in marriage to the Mughal emperor and the princess eventully became the mother of Jahangir. Naturally Mughal artists frequented Jaipur court and the painting from this center reveals a pronounced Mughal influence. The picture music party executed in late 19th centrury reveals this pronounced Mughal influence especially in the treatment of tree and foliage and the outdoor scenery. However miniatures were also painted in the traditional style, the examples of which are the Ragini paintings from Amber.
The Raiasthani painting is noted for its diversity of styles. Separate panels have been provided here for paintings from Jodhpur and Bikaner. A composite panel gives an idea of the styles prevalent at Pali, Sirohi,  Alwar, Malpura and Deogarh. The style associated with Klshangarh is well known for its upturned eyes and  extremely fine and elegant features. The picture of Radha and Krishna on display is typical of the Kishangarh style.
 The farthest extension of Raiasthani painting was in Bundelkhand. Afew illustrations notable among which is “Krishna and Manini Radha“ provide the finishing touch to the account of Rajasthani painting in this gallery.
Blue and White Porcelain
In long history of world ceramics, there has been no single ware more appreciated and imitated than Chinese Blue and White porcelain. As a ceramic tradition it has the longest continuous development in ceramic history and has acquired worldwide reputation unmatched by any other Chinese art form. It is perhaps the best known category of all decorative arts. In its more than six hundred years of active production from the 14th century to the present, it has constantly introduced new ideas of decoration and technique. Chinese blue and white porcelain formed an important and popular export ware and has been imitated in  Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and East Europe and America.
Blue and White ware are porcelains with underglaze cobalt blue painted decorations. It was during the 7th century in China that true porcelain was perfected for the first time. Porcelain is a hard translucent ceramic ware, usually with a pure white body, fused at high temperature with the aid of a high proportion of feldspar which causes it to ring when struck.
The famous Chinese blue and white porcelain underwent its major early development in 14th century. The blue pigment from cobalt was painted directly on the dried clay body, which was then covered with a glaze and the piece was fired at a temperature between 1280 to 1300 C, causing the glaze to become transparent. The blue decoration underneath this glaze is therefore referred to as underglaze blue. The color tone of the blue depends on the cobalt itself, and on conditions during firing. If the exact temperature is not attained at each firing, piece made at the same time and with the same material can differ in color. Finer quality wares were first fired, then painted and glazed, and then fired again. The majority of Blue and White wares were fired only once, after being painted and glazed.
The area of the world known as far east including China, Taiwan and Japan and in a broader sense also including countries like Thailand and Combodia has primarily contributed to the development of porcelain. Chinese invented porcelain during the rule of Sung in 10th century. The lustrous and colorful pottery was popularly known as China ware. During 13th century Venetian traveler Marcopolo was fascinated by what he saw in kilns in China. He compared the whiteness of this newly invented pottery to that of porcella a white sea shell. From then on the name porcelain became established and denotes in particular the pottery which has been prepared out of Kaolin (white china clay) and petuntse (white stone) and fired at very high temperature for fusion, glazed and finally decorated with various colored enamels.
Seated Buddha
The Buddha image from Burma (Myanmar) is different from others.
The elongated ears and distinctive eyes are some of the typical features of Buddha sculptures made in Mandalay, the 19th century capital of Burma. The Buddha is shown in bhumisparsha-mudra, the earth touching posture representing his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya Bihar. 
















The museum closes at around 5pm and we were promptly chucked out at this time. Even though we could have spent another couple of hours to complete the place.
We decided to drive to Golconda fort from the museum. Even though the fort closes at 5pm (sunset), there is a light and sound show and we though that we will watch that. It took us around 45 minutes of drive time to reach the fort and we were there at 6:15pm. There was really a large crowd gather in the line for the ticket for light and sound show.
We got the ticket and the show was to start at 7pm. The entry to the show was at best chaotic. There was almost a mob of people waiting to enter while the previous show ended and they wanted to get out. Nobody would give way to the other. After almost half and hour we were able to get to our seats.
The light and sound show is good, not in the same league as Jaipur or Redfort in Delhi. The other problem is that they don't allow any kind of photography of light and sound show.
Finally the show ended and we started back for the hotel. We reached back to hotel at 9pm.