New Year escapes from Hyderabad

Bidar has a healthy population of blackbucks along with other fauna.

Hyderabad is surrounded with interesting places to enjoy a getaway with friends and family this New Year’s. Find your ideal destination to welcome 2019!

Pochampally

Situated 42km from Hyderabad, Pochampally is a weavers’ village, where ‘ikat’ like designs on cotton and silk are painstakingly woven on mechanised and pit looms. You can shop at Pochampally Handloom Park. Pochampally Handloom Weavers Co-op Society and Raj Kumar Handlooms are two of the best options. The latter can also guide you to smaller villages where weavers work on pit looms in clusters of 20–25. There’s also a spartan museum, Chenethakala Kendram and a temple dedicated to Vinobha Bhave Nagarjuna.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

Drive out 165km to visit the largest stone masonry dam in the world, built on the Krishna River. You can book an overnight stay or stop over at the restaurant in the APTDC property, Vijay Vihar on the banks. Ahead lies the Launch Station of Nagarjunakonda, a small island with a Buddhist museum, with excavations dating back to the 3rd century. If you have time, you can visit the Ethipothala Falls, 22km from Nagarjunakonda.

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Blackbucks at Bidar

You may have been to the old walled city of Bidar (146km from Hyderabad) to see the Bidar Fort, or visit the ancient ruins from its time as the capital of Bahmani kingdom, but have you may not visited Bidar to see it’s blackbucks. The Black Buck Resort occupies a sweet spot between the Honnikeri Reserve and the Vilaspur Lake. As a result, the area is home to a healthy population of blackbucks and other fauna like peacocks, black-naped hare, wild boars and porcupines. Don’t go back without buying some exquisite pieces of Bidriware from Bidar. This metal handicraft from the Bahmani era makes for a beautiful gift for friends and family.

Warangal

 

Unique architecture at the Warangal Fort
Unique architecture at the Warangal Fort

The heart of Andhra Pradesh, Warangal, 195km away, was the capital of the Kakatiya Dynasty from the 12th–14th century. Remnants of the unique architectural style of the era can still be seen in Warangal Fort, the Thousand Pillar Temple, dedicated to Shiva, and Bhadrakali Temple with many shrines in the large complex.