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deartz on February 16th, 2017

It’s been awhile since I wrote about the places I visited, and I think it’s about time to add some posts about it. As I was browsing the old travel photos I had in my laptop, I discovered that I have some pictures of a fort in Hyderabad, the city which I grew fond of, it’s the Golkonda Fort.

The History
According to the tablet located at the gate of Golkonda Fort, Golkonda derives its name from the Telugu word “Golla Konda” which means a shepherd’s hill. Initially, the fort was under the control of Kakatiyas but passed into the hands of Bahamanis in A.D.1363. After their downfall, it as made capital in A.D. 1518 by Sultan Quli, the founder of the Qutub Shahi Kingdom. He was succeeded by Jamshid (1543-1550), Ibrahim Qutub Shahi (1550-1580), Muhammad Quli Qutub Shahi (1580-1612), Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah (162-1626), Abdullah Qutub Shah (1626-1672).

What’s Inside
The massive fort with three-tiered fortification protected by a moat and eight entrance gates played a remarkable role in the medieval Deccan. The Golkonda Fort, with its impregnable citadel is characterised by armouries, magazines, granaries, reservoirs, mosques, and well-planned township and above all an immaculate water supply system. Some of the important structures of Golkonda include Balahissar, Clapping Portico, Mortuary bath, Silai khana, Nagina Bagh, Taramati Mosque, guard lines, Akkanna-Madanna offices, Ramadas jail, Durbar hall, Ambar khana, Ibrahim mosque, and Baradari on the summit.

 

The Experience
Golkonda Fort is a good place to spend an afternoon or at most, a day in where one can learn a bit of a history of Hyderabad. Majority of the fort has been restored though there are still some areas where restoration are required. Basically, the structures mentioned above were the restored ones though I believe that on top of the fort, there are still some rooms and places that may have the same importance as the ones listed above but perhaps they lack funds to do restore them.

My favourites in Golkonda Fort are:  the Clapping Portico – a sort of giant intercom, I think;  Nagina Bagh – a relaxing place to eat and spend an afternoon; Taramati mosque and Ibrahim mosque – quite amazing designs and architecture, and of course the water system – I must say, really ingenious, actually, fascinating.

One must have the energy to walk to enjoy Golkonda Fort, so not really the best place for people who have difficulty walking. Also, it is better to bring your own food to snack on.

Hyderabad doesn’t only offer the famous biryani, but also several best places to visit in the country; and for a day-outing, Golkonda Fort is a perfect place for lazing around . So if you chance to be in Hyderabad, why not spend an afternoon in Golkonda Fort.

Here are some of the information you may need:
Address: Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana
Timings: 9AM-5:30PM
Entrance fee: Free

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deartz on December 30th, 2016

A Christmas day in Bangalore for me means visiting shopping malls around the area where I live, so when I got an invite for a Tata #HexaExperience I thought why not change the routine and drive a little bit and check out the new Tata car. So with the wife and son in tow, we drove to White Orchids in Hebbal where the promise of driving the Hextraordinary and a sunny Christmas day awaits.

The Event

hexa bangalore

When we arrived in the venue, we were met with a huge off-track course where a number of cars were already somersaulting to much of our delight. The convention hall was dimmed with a shade of blue and was lined with kiosks and booths offering different products from Tata, from tea to jewelry, and also fun activities for kids. There were also food stalls for the hungry visitors, and a not to miss pet adoption booth for dogs, CARE (Charlie’s Animal Rescue Centre), where we met Luci, a namesake with our own furkid. There was also a live band playing a really good music for those who were resting after a tiring tour of the place. And in the middle of all these, a very much handsome looking blue color Tata Hexa stood, with all doors and bonnet opened, for all eyes to see and inspect.

hexa bangalore

The Car

The reason for this Tata Motors event was displayed at the center of the convention hall, the Tata Hexa, which is deemed to be power packed, feature loaded, and adrenaline pumped.

Power Packed. It has 2.2-litre Varicor diesel engine with either 150PS/320Nm or 156PS/400Nm on tap. The first is available with a 5-speed manual and the latter has a 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic.

tata hexa

Feature loaded. It is fully loaded with high-end features like projector headlamps, fog lamps with a DRL strip above, 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/55 section Wandered tyres which are designed by MRF specifically for the Hexa, LED tail lamps, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, rear camera and 4 parking sensors. Wing mirrors are integrated with blinkers and are electrically foldable.
tata hexa

The interior is, in my opinion, the best yet in a Tata car. It has an all-black interiors, smoked chrome, brushed aluminum and piano black inserts in different places on the dashboard. The dashboard is big and wide which is all functional and has a very good over-all fit and finish. The big windows give the interior a bright and spacious feel. The driver and passenger seats have lumbar support lever adjustments which are very useful, for me as the driver who spent a good amount of rupees buying several pairs of lumbar support pillows which do not do the job, and for the wife :D, and in 6-seater, the middle seats get lumbar support too!

Also there are many of the small important features for passengers like the big water bottles holder – can hold ever 3 1-litre bottles, twin glovebox compartment- with airvent and a lock! , sunglass holder, sunvisors with extenders, illuminated vanity mirror, windows with retractrable sunblinds,  6 airbags, wide leg and knee space both for 2nd and 3rd rows seats.

Adrenaline pumped. The Hexa is powerful enough to ride it off-road for a camping trip, and must I say that a very much suitable car to the potholes-laden roads of Bangalore. Just check out the video below for the proof 🙂

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