Dec 7, 2011

Lotus Pond

Hyderabad's soul is in the old city, but the newer parts are pretty awesome too - I hardly ever talk about them on my blog, so let me take you to the Lotus Pond in Banjara Hills.

This eco-preservation initiative by the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad is a water body in the heart of Banjara Hills, surrounded by lush greenery and Hyderabad's trademark rocks, and inhabited by dozens of species of birds. There weren't any lotuses when I went though - not in season, maybe. The park is open from 6 to 10 in the morning and 4 to 8 4 to 6 in the evening. There is a reasonably big walkway, so you could go there for your morning walk, or just go and watch the water or sit on the grass reading a book.

Edited to add: The park is open from 4 to 6 in the evening, not 4 to 8. Thank you Rohini, for the correction.
This bird is apparently a Little Cormorant
The tiled walkway around the pond is beautifully maintained. I love this spot where a tree blocks the path almost horizontally, and you need to bend under it to get past.
The sign on the tree reads"Let's bow down to nature". How cute!
Prayer of the forest
This was my favourite pic of the day :)

32 comments:

  1. awesomeness of hyderabad......great clicks:)

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  2. What a gorgeous, serene place...esp love the last pic as well! Looking forward to seeing the lotuses in bloom...

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  3. What a beautiful little corner. All our cities need such serene spaces.

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  4. Thank you Bobby :)

    Thanks Priyanka :) Yeah it's very very serene and peaceful :)

    Neha - oh yes we need them. There are quite a few in Hyderabad actually, but I hardly ever go and take pics because I am way too addicted to the old city :)

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  5. What a treat! The last pic takes my breath away... The serenity of this place reminds me of the marvelous Qutub Shahi tombs.

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  6. Hi Madhu
    I love your blog as I am totally in love with my place - Hyderabad. Can you give me the exact location to this place.
    Sapna

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  7. Thank you Suman :) Yes, it is almost as serene as the tombs :)

    SN Bling: Take a left at the end of banjara hills rd number 12 and then another left. You'll see a sign pointing to Lotus Pond :)

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  8. absolutely wonderful.. I love the place too :D

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  9. We moved to Hyderabad about 6 months ago and I have taken my kids here often. They love it, as do I. In small correction, it closes at 6 in the evenings, not 8

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  10. every picture of yours makes me fall in love with the city all over again

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  11. Thanks a ton, Sirisha :)

    Rohini - thank you for the correction :)

    Sudha - thank you so much :)

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  12. I just love your blog. Like me you must love Hyderabad. Thanks for all posts you have written.

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  13. your photos are sheer poetry. must head there one week end. Btw me too from hyderabad.

    Infact will be completing 11 years of my stay and i am in love with this city.

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  14. Crescentia Kalpana David, Asha - thank you so much :)

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  15. Crescentia Kalpana David, Asha - thank you so much :)

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  16. Awesome! :) Very Beautiful but which place is this- confused!

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  17. Mythili8:44 PM

    Hey Madhu,
    I started following this blog after a friend posted this on his Facebook page. I have been going through some life-altering changes and sort of put photography on the back burner. This blog re-kindled my love and I am so thankful to you for that. The pleasure I get from seeing your photos is something I look forward to everyday! thanks for filling a different kind of joy in my life :)

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  18. I love your pictures...will you teach me a bit of photography...:-)

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  19. Thank you Nishanth! This is Lotus Pond in Banjara Hills...The route is in my comment above.

    Awww Mythili, thank you so much - you made my day :)

    Anuradha - thank you! I'd be very happy to :))

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  20. Undopandu6:34 PM

    Didn't look nearly as good when I went there. Everything was brown. Wrong time of the year I guess.

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  21. Undopandu6:34 PM

    Didn't look nearly as good when I went there. Everything was brown. Wrong time of the year I guess.

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    1. Undopandu - Probably! When I went there were no lotuses, but it was all green :)

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  22. My 4 years in Hyderabad from mid 81 -85 was in sleepy Humayun Nagar and Banjara hills was still very rural from Masabtank onwards and buffaloes holding council on the pot holed roads. I am amazed how that city has transformed each i time i go back . Good to some islands of peace and quiet . Great lake pics and no buffaloes !!!

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    1. So true Oasis! I have grown up in Hyderabad, and it is unbelievable how much the city has changed through the years!

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  23. Wowww for my next visit Hyd I will surely visit this places....thanks for sharing such a livelyyy place :)

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    1. Thanks Kala - I hope you enjoy visiting it :)

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  24. such beautiful pictures, madhu. i was missing you on flickr, then i realised i hadn't visited your blogs lately. so this is where i can find you hanging out these days ;)

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    1. Hello Jerry! How have you been? Good to see you here! I've pretty much quit flickr - I just peep in now and then to admire the pictures other people are posting :)

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  25. Absolutely wonderful photos. I agree about your favorite, but there are also so many others. I would say all of them.

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  26. Great blog about vanishing old Hyderabad...I read on internet that there are ancient cave paintings nearby Gandipet but couldn't recollect the exact location....just fyi =)

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  27. Anonymous6:04 AM

    Loved the write up and the photos, just wished you hadn't put the watermark!

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