Advent of Dasara brought along with it good number of holidays and so V had an itch to travel somewhere. With no prior planning, we had limited options and V zeroed in on Medak. V booked 2 rooms at Haritha Hotel for a day for the four of us V, A, SIL and me.
I took to Internet to grab all the information I could and we headed onto our weekend trip. We filled our bags with snacks to munch on during the drive, informed the hotel staff of our arrival and packed our bags on Friday evening.
We started off at around 7:30 in the morning on Saturday , had a quick stop for breakfast at Alwal, Hyderabad , before we took to NH44. We chose NH over SH, although the latter one promised a picturesque view through Narsapur forest, as we weren’t sure of the road conditions owing to the huge rains during the last few days. NH was well-maintained and offered us a good drive. We reached Medak Cathedral at around 10:30.
It is a huge majestic church with a well maintained adjoining garden . The stained glass windows within the church are beautiful depicting life of Jesus Christ.
We spent sometime here and then proceeded to check into the rooms. We passed through the local markets that were rich in colours ready for the Dasara celebrations
We rested for a while at the hotel, had lunch and then proceeded to Pocharam. Lake, dam, reservoir and safari at the wild life sanctuary are the attractions over here.
After the safari, we moved on to have a darshan of Durga Devi at Edupayala Vana Durga Bhavani temple. It’s supposed to be the confluence of seven tributaries of river. Goddess Durga Devi dressed up as Saraswati during the Navaratri looked divine. After this, we decided to end the day by proceeding to hotel and resting for the night. As the staff at Haritha couldn’t serve us dinner because of some personal emergency, we called up Swagath hotel and they were generous enough to deliver us our dinner to the hotel up the fort.
And did I mention, the hotel is within the fort. So it’s stationed quite above the ground and it’s not something which you can just climb up easily. So a vehicle is almost mandatory. It was a different experience to be surrounded by fort walls.
Sunday morning, we started our trek to the top of the fort, where there was a mosque. We reached to the top, all the while accompanied by good number of monkeys, had a complete overview of Medak from there and then came down.
We had a quick breakfast, checked out and headed onto the road. We took another stop at Kuchadri Venkateswara Swamy temple, but unfortunately the temple was closed. We read that one has to crawl to visit the inner sanctum, but couldn’t experience it.
With final stop at Thinespo for our concluding lunch of the trip, we wrapped up our small weekend trip, with some good memories and recharged energy.
Looking forward to some more small trips in the coming months 😊