Five days in Hyderabad
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We managed to experience a interesting mix of activities and attractions in Hyderabad. I don't think that it's one of the more touristed of Indian cities, and it had a good feel to it.
One of the reasons we stayed five days was that we needed to book ourselves a flight up to the north of India, which we did online from an Internet cafe in Hyderabad. We booked a flight with Air Deccan, one of the many Indian budget airlines. They were so much cheaper than Indian Airlines that there wasn't a decision to be made.
Finding a hotel when we arrived off the train proved to be interesting. We arrived at the station in the morning, having got a 16 hour overnight train from Bijapur. We were in second class sleeper, and it wasn't too bad: slightly more basic than the sleepers we'd taken in China, but generally OK.
One day we did a trip to Golconda fort, which is a little bit out from the centre of the city.
Another day we did a trip out to Ramoji Film City, which is a film-based theme park outside Hyderabad. I'd hoped that we'd get some kitsched-up Bollywood stuff (is that possible?) but in the end the dance show we went to see consisted of a small group of people who couldn't dance! There are lots of film sets that you can walk around, and a range of shows to go to, plus overpriced food to be bought.
One evening there was a big book fayre in one of the parks, and we went along because we needed a Lonely Planet guide for Bangladesh, where we were going next. We'd looked in the bookshops, and they'd directed us to this place. We thought that it was a bit of a long shot, but we found a copy on a stand representing a Delhi bookseller.
We also took the opportunity to get printed the photos which we'd taken of some of the locals in Badami, and went to the post office to post them off.
There was a great restaurant across the road from our hotel; we must have eaten there about five times in as many days. The waiters there were friendly, and seemed to have a fetish for giving us spoons to eat our meal with; on one visit we got about eight to find uses for! We also discovered a nice coffee and cake place, which we visited on a couple of occasions; this was a weakness of ours in a lot of cities we visited!