By the time you get this last blog, some of the team members will be home already! Never mind--I want to finish what I started! We drove almost 5 hours from Miryalguda (through horrific traffic related to a big exhibition) to the big city of Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh. After the intense pace of the meetings, it was great to relax, have the first real shower with hot water in almost 3 weeks, and do a little sightseeing and shopping. We hit the food courts at the Big Bazaar, tooled around the town in autocabs, and saw some of the most famous tourist draws. (We also spent a considerable amount of time trying to get from place to place, as our driver didn't know his way around the city!)Golconda Fort was first on the list of places to see. It was built by the Mogul rulers of this part of India about 500 years ago. In it's heyday, it had walls inlaid with precious stones; diamonds in the ceiling to reflect light; an advance warning system; natural air conditioning; a hand pumped water system that carried water from 4 resevoirs to the highest level; numerous escape tunnels up to 7 km long; a swimming pool; stables for elephants, camels and horses; a jail; a mosque; a Hindu temple; a judgement hall; and a double-walled plan where 4000 people lived outside the inner wall, and 3000 in the inner area!
The Chaminar and market area were great for browsing, but you had to watch out for aggressive beggars. You take your life in your hands trying to cross the street!
After much searching, we finally found a camel for the new team members to ride. No elephants, unfortunately!
Next stop for the team is Mumbai, Amsterdam, Boston, then HOME!!
Picture Key: 1-Riding a camel, 2- at the Chaminar, 3-Golconda Fort, 4-the team at the Bala Hisar Gate at Golconda Fort, 5-Riding the autocabs