Saturday, August 29, 2009

Le Cafe D'Art, Hyderabad

The posh, hip Le Cafe D'Art is one of the best places to hangout in Hyderabad. The cafe promotes local artists by displaying their paintings and selling them here. The Le Cafe D'Art is very well decorated and has a cool, hip ambience. It is one of the best places to hangout in Hyderabad for the beautiful people of the twin cities.

Le Cafe D'Art, Hyderabad
Le Cafe D'Art, Hyderabad
They serve pastas, sandwiches, grills, platters and an interesting continental breakfast. They also serve decent croissants and cappuccinos. The hookah's are expensive and definitely passable though. This cafe is open from 9 in the morning to 11 in the night.

Food at the Le Cafe D'Art, Hyderabad
Located At:
Le Cafe De Art,Below Fusion 9, Road No 1,
Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad - 500034 , India.
Phone : 040-65506661.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Moksha Restaurant, Necklace Road, Hyderabad

Moksha Restaurant with a view of Hussainsagar Lake, HyderabadWhile working at Satyam, there were times when the weekdays were hectic, what with all the tests and projects that we had to work on during our training. This left us little free time during the week. Saturdays, thus were spent resting at home or finishing upo with official tasks and planning for the Sunday. So, by evening, we used to be hungry for food and some excitement. Initially the evenings were spent in Sindhi colony, where we lived as if we were in an extension campus of Satyam. But soon we got bored of the usual restaurants in Sindhi colony and decided to try out different places.

The Moksha restaurant is a short walk from Sindhi colony. The Moksh restaurant is by the Biligiri group. They have a very good ambience, with the restaurant facing the Hussainsagar Lake and beautifully landscaped with a small fountain and rock and marble seating arrangements outside. On the inside, it is a well lit restaurant with the usual family restaurant like settings, though I have to admit that the space is huge.

The Moksha restaurant, Hyderabad serves the usual North Indian, Chinese food and some Andhra specialities. The service is prompt, or may be it was for us as we as usual were early there. I love eating at complete ease, with loads of time on hand to stuff myself to the brim. I am ambivalent about the food at this place. It was the usual stuff with nothing spectacular. The USP of the restaurant is definitely its location. You have a view of the wonderful Hussainsagar from this restaurant and there are very few restaurants in Hyderabad that offer this.

The menu is elaborate and what you order is what your experience as to how good the food is will depend on what you order. There are some exotic items like Kheema Khaleji, Dal Maska and the Deghi Mirch Murgh Tikka. We though stuck to the regular fare and ordered Chilli Mushrooms and Garlic Soup for the starters. Next up we had the Diwani Handi and Tawa Paratha from the Live Tawa counter. We didn't order any desserts and liked what we had. The food was expensive, but decent. They also serve all kinds of drinks in this hotel.

Overall, the experience at Moksha was a decent one.

Ambience : 6/10
Food : 7/10
Price : 7/10
Quantity : 7/10

A so so place which is quite expensive too.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad

SalarJung Museum, Hyderabad
The Salar Jung museum in Hyderabad on the banks of the Musi houses one of the largest one-man collection of artifacts ands antiques in the world. Salar Jung 3, Abdul Qasim Yousuf Ali Khan, was prime minister to the Nizam at the age of 24. He was in lineage of hereditary Diwans to the Nizams of Hyderabad. He was a frequent traveller abroad. On his visits he visited museums and collected some of the greatest masterpieces of all times like the Veiled Rebecca in marble, the Margarette and Mephistopheles in a single block of solid wood. This place is a must visit on any sightseeing tour in Hyderabad city.

SalarJung Museum, Hyderabad City

The different collections constitute of Indian Art, Middle Eastern Art, Far Eastern Art, European Art, Children Art along with a Founders gallery and a rare manuscript section. There are all sorts of weapon and clothes from that era too.

The Vieled Rebecca, SalarJung Museum, Hyderabad

A photograph of the Vieled Rebecca at the Salarjung museum in Hyderabad.

Old timers say that the huge collection of Salar Jung, who remained a bachelor was siphoned away by the domestic help and later thieves and what remains is just half of what was collected by the prime minister. Even that half is undoubtedly impressive. The museum attracts nearly 10 lakh visitors annually.

Egyptian Photograph, SalarJung Museum, Hyderabad City

A photograph of an Egyptian painting from the Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad.

For those of you who are interested in the architecture of Hyderabad city, the area around the Salarjung has some wonderful buildings. You can go sightseeing in Hyderabad and visit the impressive building of the Osmania University and the High Court in its vicinity too.

SalarJung Museum Entry Fee : 10/- for Indians Rs. 150/- for Foreigners
SalarJung Museum Timings : 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Closed on Friday
Photography : Permission
City Buses : 2, 8, 9, 72
Popular As : Largest One-Man Collections Of The World
Exhibits : Mughal Miniatures, European Paintings & sculptures, Chinese Porcelain, Japanese Silk Paintings, Carpets, Clocks, rare manuscripts, jade and ivory works etc.


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