RISE UP Lantern Festival : Hyderabad

Life is about meeting new people, making new memories, cherishing good times and making it beautiful.

Hey Guys! 😀

So April’s here. An how do we kickstart the first weekend of the new month?

With two absolutely new and MIND-BLOWING experiences of all times.

Let me take you with me on my first magical evening in the city of Hyderabad this time. 🙂

We head out of Pune on the night of 3rd by bus and reach next day early morning to the beautiful and the crazzy city of Hyderabad. Our host for the trip Akshay, my good friend and classmate was explaining to me and Ashwin the amusing names of different parts of Hyderabad, for instance “Cyberabad” and “Hi-Tech City” and the miles and miles of offices and tech centres ; definitely putting across the story of growth and development of the IT sector in India.

Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival

We eat, sleep and sleep more through the day to escape the oven temperature heat outside; for our adventure of the day was to start under the night sky. We were attending the second day of an event called ‘RISE UP Lantern Festival‘ at Boulder Hills. We guys were pretty excited to see what it would be like.

Hmm, not exactly how we expected it to be :P
Hmm, not exactly how we expected it to be 😛

However, as we reached the venue, we weren’t sure what was going on! It was a lonely, desolate lane with buildings on both sides under construction and dust and smoke in the atmosphere. The yellow sodium vapour lamps weren’t cheering up the mood either. Apprehensive, we walked to the ground behind to a queue of people waiting to get their e-tickets checked in. Not much was happening. :/

But soon enough as people started flowing in and night started crawling in, the event picked up speed and what an amazing night it turned out to be! 😀

The flea market had pretty stuff :D
The flea market had pretty stuff 😀

The flea market had an interesting variety of clothes, jewellery and other decorative items on sale. The food there also had a huge variety from cupcakes to wraps and rolls and of course, the Hyderabadi Biryani 🙂 There was a lot of variety in the liquor section with hard-drinks, beers, cocktails, juices, etc.

We took part in the Drum Circle, hosted by Taal Inc, a group from Pune; along with my two beautiful new friends Apeksha and Arfaa and had a crazy time slamming our palm to the rhythm of the conductors (at least I tried to keep the rhythm XD) .

Taal Inc Drum Circles
Taal Inc Drum Circles
Taal Inc Drum Circles
Taal Inc Drum Circles
Yeah, I'm not really sure what the cow-man was doing there. Enjoying the beef ban I guess? XD
Yeah, I’m not really sure what the cow-man was doing there. Enjoying the beef ban I guess? XD

Bandish Fusion, a Kolkata based band was playing some excellent excellent tracks and special kudos to the guitarists! What a performance! The music was involving and soul stirring. I credit the energy of the event to the music of this band that night! I had an amazing experience listening to them.

Bandish Fusion
Bandish Fusion

Soon enough, we walked towards the fire-torches on the other end of the ground and started lighting up our lanterns. It was a beautiful sight. Hundreds of lanterns were released in the sky. I enjoyed a lot and so did everyone there as I could see the happiness and energy RISE UP in the atmosphere. It was absolute fun and a visual delight to take part and paint the vast canvas of the night sky with the glowing dots of the drifting lanterns.  I really can’t say more and can just hope that the pictures would tell you the needful.

Around the light by Ashwin Shukla
Around the light by Ashwin Shukla
RISE UP : Lantern Festival
RISE UP : Lantern Festival

We came home happy and tired, and enjoyed our pizza-dinner on the terrace, trying to spot one of the lanterns if it had come drifting by to this side 🙂

Keep looking out for my next post on the second event on my second day in Hyderabad, The RedBull F1 Showrun!!! 😀
Really excited to share that experience with you! 😀


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