It was time to hit the road again, after a long working haul there was some breathing space and I was excited about travelling somewhere there was no preference just a thought that it should be a self driven road trip, and which can be accommodated in a weekend. Having some of my relatives visiting during that period they suggested to visit Nanded. I too gave a quick glance on google maps and some other information sources and finally decided to give it a go. Google maps suggest 2 routes, I preferred a longer but comfortable route as I was accompanied by family & an infant.
The routes suggested from Hyderabad to Nanded are:
- Via NH 161
- Via NH7
We started early in the morning so as to cover as much ground in the morning hours and have some rest in the afternoon, since it becomes very hot during the afternoon. The road conditions from Hyderabad to Nizamabad is pretty good as most of the part is NH7 a well maintained highway with lots of scenic views. Once can easily cruise at 100 kmph. The road after Nizamabad around Bodhan are damaged with lots of potholes here and there. We had packed some food for breakfast which we had in the car itself. We stopped at Nizamabad for food and apart from that there were stops only for baby care and natural calls only.
Around 2 pm we reached Nanded, we had already booked a room through a known person in Nanded which made our life easy as the scorching heat in the afternoon was unbearable. We stayed in the hotel till 5 pm, there are lots of budget hotels available in addition to the accommodation provided by the Huzur Sahib gurudwara.
Nanded is one of the oldest and historic cities in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra situated on the north bank of Godavari river. It’s history goes as old as 1st century BCE. It was also under Ashoka’s rein. The city was formerly known as Nanditat, Nanded gains prominence from the Sikh Gurdwara which is erected at the place where Guru Gobind Singh, the last Sikh Guru, died in 1708. In 1708, after Aurangzeb’s death, Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth spiritual leader of the Sikhs, came to Nanded. He proclaimed himself the last living Guru and established the Guru Granth Sahib as the eternal Guru of Sikhism, elevating the reverence of the text to that of a living leader.
We straight away headed towards the Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Sahib gurudwara, I could still feel the warm wind blowing from all directions but we continued, we took an auto from our hotel. The complex was undergoing construction and maintenance activities though it the place was clean and open for the devotees. The peaceful and serene environment in the gurudwara mesmerized me, it was a moment of finding the inner peace, the calm that we never find in the cities and our busy lives. The chanting of Gurbani and the kirtans in the complex is enough to wake up the god in you.
After spending some tranquil moments it was time to move ahead for another famous attraction of Nanded, the Laser show spreading the message of Oneness, that no matter what religion we follow no matter where we belong to the almighty is one. The show is approximately one hour long but it will keep anyone with any faith spellbound and will make him think atleast for once about humanity.
After the show we headed for dinner, we came to know there at some places the devotees and the gurudwara committees arrange langars (serve free meals to anyone and everyone), there is one specific place where the langars go on 24X7. The next morning we woke up early to go around some more places and taste the langar. By noon we decided to start for the return journey as staying in the extreme sun was difficult. This time we took minimum stops as we already had lunch we stopped at a restaurant called Zayka in the evening to have tea. It is a nice place with some play area for the kids, a good parking lot and a decent food. We came back to Hyderabad around 7 pm rejuvenated and happy to find the inner peace.