From Hyderabad to the rest of India:
3 weekend getaways you can’t miss out on
There is a reason India has been termed a subcontinent. Whilst you might think of India as one country, it really is more like 12 in one. Every corner has something else to offer: sights, languages, food, people.
A great benefit of skill based volunteering is cultural immersion and getting to know the country from a completely different perspective.
As a skilled volunteer, you’ll be spending your week in Hyderabad. There you’re collaborating with local change makers, learning new skills and sharing your professional know how. That leaves the weekends to do some exploring, and truly get a feel for the “amazing India” everyone always talks about.
Here are 3 weekend getaways that are easily organised from Hyderabad, and can help you get to know India a little better:
The UNESCO world heritage site is only an overnight bus away from Hyderabad. Hampi is ‘split’ into two halves, separated by a small river. One side is host of temples dated back to the 14th and 15th century. Back then the city was the second-largest medieval city in the world.
The other side of Hampi is lined by green rice fields and many roads to be explored by motorbike (at your own risk). It is a quiet place, where you can relax with a smoothie in your hand, overlooking the fields, pondering about life.
Similar to Hampi, Goa is also divided into two parts. Whilst the North is party central, the South appeals to the quiet beach lover. Located on India’s West coast, you’ll have to take a plane from Hyderabad to reach Goa. But it is all worth it, as it offers an amazing escape from the city, and is a popular spot for international and Indian tourists alike.
Remember how India really is twelve countries in one? Auroville deserves its very own mention on that list. The city was founded in 1968 as “a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity”, according to Mirra Alfassa, founder and Mother of the city. This is a space full of spiritual seekers, alternative thinkers and social entrepreneurs. Auroville is truly unique in its being, an experiment of a societal structure different to traditional systems.
You can reach Auroville by taking a plane to Chennai, and then either catching a local bus, or hopping into one of Auroville’s taxis (which you need to pre-book).
Hyderabad is located close to the centre of India, making it a great starting point for exploration. If you need more ideas for cultural immersion trips and what to see around the city, give us a shout and we’ll gladly share our experience with you.