Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nakuru, Kenya

Continuing with snippets from my Kenya trip 2 years ago (and yes, I am just getting around to writing about it), here are some pictures from Nakuru.

We just went there for a day trip from Nairobi to see the flamingos, have lunch and basically spend a day in the city without shopping. We reached early morning and were greeting my a sea of pink. The 60 USD entry fee is quite steep for a day but it was worth it. There were some migratory birds as well.

We went to the lake and walked around a bit - I even got my feet stuck in the clay trying to collect a few pink feathers. We went up to Monkey Mountain where we saw - monkeys! Lots of them. There were quite a few White rhinos dozing in the afternoon sun as well. It was hard to imagine that we were just a few hours from a bustling city.

We were told to make sure that we reached Nairobi well before sunset as the highway is very unsafe. In fact, they say that if you puncture a tire don't stop to change it. Rather lose a tire than your life!

The Pink Brigade @Nakuru, Kenya

Monkeying around @Nakuru, Kenya

What’s Black and White and all over the roads? 
Zebras @Nakuru, Kenya

White Rhinos @Nakuru, Kenya

Other Big Birds @Nakuru, Kenya

Small Birds @Nakuru, Kenya

The denizens of Nakuru, Kenya

Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Last year when we were in Hyderabad, we visited the lap of luxury in the form of the grand Falaknuma Palace. This fairy tale of a palace has been lovingly restored by the Taj group of hotels and guests can now marvel at its wonders once again.
Guests staying in one of its luxurious rooms, can wander about the palace’s common rooms such as the library and the Gossip room. We were just there for the food and fresh air, so we had limited (but splendid nonetheless) access to the Palace lawns. The food, truth be told, was just an excuse to experience this palace at our own pace.
The food was good, although the tables are not built for larger groups. We had to split the group in two. But the experience took you back hundreds of years where people enjoyed their food at leisure, then walked about the park overlooking the city expanse and pondered over life and its meaning, or the strategy of the next war.
We had an unhurried lunch and then a nice stroll. The hospitality was impeccable and the experience memorable.