Chintakunta caves in Kadapa believed to have paintings done by ancient man | Road map and driving directions of Chintakunta Caves from Kadapa

Chintakunta caves in Kadapa believed to have paintings done by ancient man | Road map and driving directions of Chintakunta Caves from Kadapa

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Chintakunta caves in Muddanur mandal of YSR district are the historical witness to the existence of ancient man.  Rock paining and rock shelters belonging to Stone Age came to light in Chintakunta village in the caves near Survey number 425.  These are believed to be the proofs of existence of ancient man who lived before 25,000 years.  Chintakuna village also has caves like Belum caves and Borra caves.  Line drawing of Stone Age can be seen in these caves.  Rock painting in Chintakunta caves has the pictures of deer, snakes, birds, human beings, line forms, line drawings of human beings catching bow, elephants, foxes, rabbits, hyenas etc.  Total number of pictures in these caves is nearly 200.  Local people call this as Eddula Aavula Gundu.  These are believed to   belong to middle Stone Age.

Collector orders survey

A committee with Archeology, revenue and other government officials as members will conduct a survey of these pictures.  Government has ordered stopping of mining works near survey number 425.

An archeologist from Australia has mentioned in his book ‘Line on Stone, the Prehistoric Rock Art of India’ about Chintakunta caves. INTAC members and authorities of Archeological Survey of India visited this place on 17th August.  Professors of History and Archeology department, Yogi Vemana University also visited this place.  In this context, line drawings of Chintalakunta caves became famous.  Local people did not know the importance of these caves and line drawings.

There is a need to give world wide publicity to these caves in Chintakunta village.  Many evidences proved that pre historic humans resided in Spain and France 25,000 years back.  Now Chintakunta has come to light as a place where ancient human beings believed to roam here.  There are many beautiful line drawings in Eddulagundu caves.  Basing on these it is evident that ancient man moved about in these caves.

Largest rock painting in south India

An ancient rock painting is present in the state of Maharashtra, India.  But the rock paining at Chintakunta village is the biggest in South India.  These painting are believed to be as old as 22 to 30 thousand years.  Depending on the report of survey, future action plan will be suggested to the government.

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Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Mumbai to Secunderabad

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Mumbai to Secunderabad | Fastest train from Mumbai to Secunderabad.

Passengers can choose from 8 trains to travel from Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT  to Secunderabad Junction/SC .
2750 train number corresponds to LTT Vishakhapatnam SF Express. It departs at 12:25 at the Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT  and arrives the destination at Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 02:00 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 773 kms and it reaches its destination in 13 h 35 min. The departure days of 2750 is on  Sunday, Thursday,. They charge Rs.150 for general class, Rs.310 for SL class, Rs.817 for 3A class, Rs.1112 for 2A class.It is the fastest train from Mumbai to Secunderabad.

2701 train number corresponds to Hussain Sagar Express. It departs at 21:50 at the Mumbai CST/CSTM  and arrives the destination at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  at 12:10 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 790 kms and it reaches its destination in 14 h 20 min. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Fare for the travel is Rs.151 for general class, Rs.312 for SL class, Rs.823 for 3A class, Rs. 1119 for 2A class, Rs.1876 for 1A class.

Bhavnagar Kakinada Express has the train number of 7203. It arrives the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 10:20 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Kalyan Junction/KYN  at 19:45. It travels a distance of 735 kms within 14 h 35 min.Except Saturday the train won’t schedules.Cost of the tickets is Rs.144 for general class, Rs.282 for SL class, Rs.764 for 3A class, Rs.1047 for 2A class.

7017 train number makes up for the Secunderabad Express. It makes it departure at 19:45 in Kalyan Junction/KYN  and makes it to reach the destination at 10:30 +1 night in Secunderabad Junction/SC. It takes 14 h 45 min to pass the distance of 735 kms. The departure days of 7017 is on  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,. Fare for the travel is Rs.144 for general class, Rs.282 for SL class, Rs.764 for 3A class, Rs.1047 for 2A class.

1019 represents Konark Express. This train departs at Mumbai CST/CSTM at 15:10 and reports an arrival at 07:50 +1 night at Secunderabad Junction/SC . 16 h 40 min are required for it to travel 789 kms of distance. This is available for daily departure and daily arrival.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.

7057 is the number for Devagiri Express. It starts at 21:05 in the departure point of Mumbai CST/CSTM  and reaches the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC      at 14:15 +1 night. It takes 17 h 10 min to travel 881 kms of distance. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Rs.163 for general class, Rs.313 for SL class, Rs.851 for 3A class, Rs.1169 for 2A class, Rs. 1963 for 1A class,  are charged.

7031 train number corresponds to Hyderabad Express. It departs at 12:45 at the Mumbai CST/CSTM  and arrives the destination at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB at 05:55 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 790 kms and it reaches its destination in 17 h 10 min. It runs seven days a week. It costs Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.

0731 train number also indicates Dadar Hyderabad Summer Special. It leaves Mumbai Dadar Central/DR  at 16:50 and reaches Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  at 10:00 +1 night within duration of 17 h 10 min travelling a distance of 781 kms.This train is scheduled only on Sundays.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.
Official website of the Indian railways www. indianrail.gov.in   provides information about advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status.

Chowmahalla palace in belonging to Nizam is renovated | Clothes, article, artifacts, swords etc of Nizam are exhibited in Chowmahalla palace

Chowmahalla palace in belonging to Nizam is renovated | Clothes, article, artifacts, swords etc of Nizam are exhibited in Chowmahalla palace

Chowmahalla palace, the palace belonging to Nizam is renovated to match the grandeur of Nizam. The palace exhibits artistry in every inch, the charm of this palace has not diminished a bit even after so many generations.  Historical items and pleasant atmosphere are the things that Chowmahalla palace offers to the visitors.  Clothes, swords, articles, artifacts used belonging to Nizam is exhibited in this palace.  Meeting hall, and the construction of the palace are a challenge to to days engineering technology. People who love history should visit this place to their hearts content.

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Chowmahalla palace belonging to Nizams received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award | Road / Location map of Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad

Chowmahalla palace belonging to Nizams received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award | Road / Location map of Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad
Chowmahalla palace
Chowmahalla palace, the 270 year old historical monument near Charminar has proved its architectural brilliance once again to the world by bagging the ‘UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit Award’. This palace was built in the Persian style of construction in the year 1750 by Salabath Jung.  Asafjahi rulers used this building as the political consultations.  The palace had an open area of 60 acres but now only 12 acres remain.  The palace is a replica of Sha Iran Bungalow in Tehran.  This palace actually is a group of buildings.  Aftab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, Afzal Mahal, Mehtab Mahal, Roshan bungalow and Khilawat are some of the important buildings.  A marble throne used by the Nizam rulers can be seen in the palace.  This palace was in use till 1948.  In 2005, this palace was open for the visitors. In 2000 Princess Asra, wife of   Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur started renovation works of the palace.  The renovation work was successfully done by Rahul Malhotra Association. They brought back the past glory to the palace.

Barrister Senior Counsel of Prince Mukarrm Jah said that steps have been taken to convert Chowmahalla palace in to a museum which will house various things belonging to the Nizams.  The artifacts of the Purani Haveli Nizam Museum will also be displayed here.  The Shiya Aalam the rare religious relics housed in one portion of the palace will also be opened for the public.

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Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Secunderabad to Pune

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Secunderabad to Pune | Fastest train from Secunderabad to Pune.

9 trains between Secunderabad Junction/SC and Pune Junction/PUNE improve the transport.
0164 represents Secunderabad Pune Shatabdi Special. This train departs at Secunderabad Junction/SC at 15:20 and reports an arrival at 23:55  at Pune Junction/PUNE . 8 h 35 min are required for it to travel 597 kms of distance. It has departures on  Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.Prices are Rs.780 for Chair car section.It is the fastest train from Secunderabad to Pune.

2749 train number makes up for the Vishakhapatnam LTT SF Express. It makes it departure at 21:10 in Secunderabad Junction/SC  and makes it to reach the destination at 07:50 +1 night in Pune Junction/PUNE. It takes 10 h 40 min to pass the distance of 596 kms. 2749 starts at Secunderabad Junction/SC  on  Wednesday, Saturday.They charge Rs.124 for general class, Rs.266 for SL class, Rs.695 for 3A class, Rs.940 for 2A class.

2702 specifies Hussain Sagar Express. It starts at 14:45 at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  and reaches Pune Junction/PUNE  at 01:10 +1 night. It consumes 10 h 25 min of time for travelling a distance of 598  kms. It runs regularly.Rs.124 for general class, Rs.266 for SL class, Rs.695 for 3A class, Rs.940 for 2A class,  are charged.

Name of 7204 train number is Kakinada Bhavnagar Express. It starts at 14:50 in Secunderabad Junction/SC  and reaches the destination of Pune Junction/PUNE at 02:05 +1 night. It covers a distance of 597 kms within 11 h 15 min.This train is scheduled only on Thursdays.It costs Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class.

7018 represents Rajkot Express. This train departs at Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 14:50 and reports an arrival at 02:05 +1 night at Pune Junction/PUNE. 11 h 15 min are required for it to travel 597 kms of distance. 7018 starts at Secunderabad Junction/SC  on  Monday, Tuesday, Saturday.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class.

1020 specifies Konark Express. It starts at 11:45 at Secunderabad Junction/SC and reaches Pune Junction/PUNE at 23:45 . It consumes 12 h 0 min of time for travelling a distance of 597 kms. It runs seven days a week.  Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class,  is charged.

Mumbai Express has the train number of 7032. It arrives the destination point of Pune Junction/PUNE  at 09:05 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB at 20:40. It travels a distance of 598 kms within 12 h 25 min. It runs regularly.It costs Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class, Rs.1518 for 1A class.

0732 train number also indicates Hyderabad Dadar Summer Special. It leaves Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB at 22:00 and reaches Pune Junction/PUNE  at 11:20 +1 night within duration of 13 h 20 min travelling a distance of 598 kms.It travels only on Saturdays.It costs Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class.

7014 number corresponds to the Hyderabad Pune Express train. Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  is the starting point for this train and Pune Junction/PUNE is the destination point. It leaves at 22:45 and reaches at 13:15 +1 night. 649 kms of distance is travelled in 14 h 30 min. It starts from boarding point on  Sunday, Tuesday, Friday,. Fare of this train is Rs.131 for general class, Rs.259 for SL class, Rs.700 for 3A class, Rs.959 for 2A class.
Official website of the Indian railways www. indianrail.gov.in   provides information about advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status.

Falaknuma Palace has been converted into a luxurious hotel by Taj Group

Falaknuma Palace has been converted into a luxurious hotel by Taj Group | Kitchen, library, luxury rooms, suites and tariffs in the Falaknuma Palace Hotel
Falaknuma Palace
Falaknuma Palace is a beautiful historic palace built with Italian marble in the shape of a scorpion.  This palace is built in an area of 32acres and is situated at a distance of 5kms from Charminar.  It is built on a hill and stood as an evidence for the grandeur and splendor of Nizam Nawabs.

Reflection of sky

Falaknuma Palace was built between 1884 and 1897 by Prime Minister of Hyderbad Nawab Sir Vikar Ul Umra and it was designed by a British architect.  Falaknuma in Urdu means the reflection of sky.  Sixth Nizam was fascinated by this palace which is with pleasant atmosphere and which looks like it is kissing the blue skies.  He paid one crore rupees for this building and made it his official residence.  Even after the princely state of Hyderabad merged in to India, this palace is under Nizam’s successors.  Taj Group has taken over this palace a decade back to convert it into a heritage hotel.  It worked hard for six years and renovated the building, protecting the ancient articles and beauty of the building and opened the palace now as a luxurious hotel.

Falaknuma Palace hotel

Guests are taken in a Horse card from the main gate of the palace which is built in Italian and Tudor style of architecture.  Battery golf cots are arranged to move around in the surroundings.  The guests will be welcomed with rose flower petals in the reception.  Main hall and Gol Bungalow of the Palace are kept as it is with small changes not to damage the naturality.      Paintings in the Victoria style on the ceiling are the high light of the palace.  A musical instrument which is 2 tons is still placed in the music room.  This is the only one of its kind in the whole world.  36 varieties of tunes can be played at a time on this instrument, it is said.  Many painting collected by the Nizam from various places, handicrafts, furniture and books can be seen here.  Jades are used in decorating the palace which is not seen in any other palaces in the world.

Library in the palace

There is a big library which houses more than 5,900 rare books in the middle of the palace.  This is designed in the lines of Winders Castle Library in the British Royal Palace with rose wood and teak almirahs and tables.

 

 

Dining room

Dining room in the palace has a rosewood dining table which can accommodate 101 guests at a time.  This table is designed in seven divisions and such table is not found anywhere in the world. Dining table looks splendid with golden plates, spoons and crystal glasses.  If the number of guests in a group is more than 60, lunch will be arranged in this dining room, informs the hotel management.

Venetian chandeliers in Brazil cut are another special feature of this palace.  There are 40 such chandeliers spread all through the palace.

Durbar Hall

Wood ceilings, walnut wood furniture and beautiful mirrors are the special attractions in the durbar hall.  This is now converted into a stage for parties and receptions.

GE refrigerator, electrical switch board, telephone exchange, petrol pump and attached bathrooms were concepts introduced by Falaknuma palace in India.  These are exhibited just where they are.  Nizam breakfast room is converted into a conference hall.  Carpets and furniture are brought from Turkey.  Falaknuma palace which had 22 halls and 220 rooms is converted into a hotel with 60 luxurious rooms.

Falaknuma had Jenana mahal and Harem quarters on the left side of the palace.  These are now converted in to 4 luxury rooms and 41 palace rooms.  Tariff of luxury rooms is RS.33,000 per day and Palace room is Rs.38,000 per day.  Another 15 rooms have been converted as expensive suites.  3 historical suites of Rs.83,000 tariff and 8 royal suites of Rs.1,40,000 tariff remind the guests of the royal days.  Another three grand royal suites are also present in the palace tariff of which is Rs. 1,95,000 per day.  One of the suites is called Begum suite.  All the articles used by the then queen are arranged in this room.  Nizam suite is the high light of the palace.  This suite is in duplex model and has a special swimming pool.  Guests will have to spend Rs.5 lakhs to spend a day in this suite.  5% taxes are extra.

Kitchen in the palace

The kitchen in the palace Gol Bungalow has been converted in to two restaurants.  One is Celesta that provides Italian and mediterranean cuisine.  Second is Ada where Hyderabadi traditional dishes are available along with north Indian dishes.

Jade room offers Hyderabadi, Turkish and South Indian breakfast and also varieties of Tea.  Restaurants are open for not only those who stay in the hotel but also outsiders.  Wine centers and hukka lounge are other attractions.

Billiards room, board room which is equipped with LCD projectors, electronic copy boards and 52” television are also available in the palace hotel.  Falaknuma gardens were personally designed by Nizam after visiting the Mughal, Rajasthan and Japan gardens.  There is no doubt that staying in Falaknuma Palace hotel remains as a beautiful memory to the guests.