I had a last minute trip to India organised last week, to visit a company in Hyderabad. So, after arranging some international insurance for my camera equipment, I packed my bags and headed down to Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
After a 10 hour journey, having endured screaming kids all around me virtually the entire flight, I arrived in Hyderabad in a zombie like state. I've travelled across Asia quite extensively, so I knew not to bother queuing at passport control. I just followed the locals to the front of the line, overtaking all of the tourists who were patiently waiting in an orderly queue!
My hand luggage alerted the guards on customs when I placed them into the scanner. They wanted to know why I was bringing so much camera equipment into the country. "It's just a hobby", I explained, to some bemused looks from the guards. Luckily, my taxi was waiting for me in the airport terminal, so I jumped straight in and couldn't wait to get to my hotel for some sleep. I was staying in Gachibowli, next to a huge IT park in a recently developed part of the City. It was 5am, so the roads were pretty clear, but it still didn't stop my driver from sounding his horn to every vehicle on the road in an attempt to squeeze past them. I had forgotten how crazy the roads can be in Asia, there seems to be no rules other than "If I sound my horn, you get out of my way".
I was pleased to arrive at the hotel within an hour and get some much needed sleep, so much in fact that I didn't wake up until almost 4pm and an hour later it was starting to get dark. Day one was lost! But I felt refreshed at least and the hotel pool was a nice place to chill out.
I spent the next couple of days in meetings at the nearby IT park, keeping out of the sun as the temperature was hitting almost 40 degrees. The company I was visiting were great hosts and they organised a driver and some guides to take me out around the old City for some exploring.
Getting into the old City proved to be very difficult, due to the huge volume of traffic clogging up all of the streets. At times the traffic came to a complete standstill, which didn't deter the motorcyclists and auto (tuk-tuk) drivers from trying to squeeze themselves into any available space.
We must have spent 80% of the day sitting in the taxi, trying to get from one place to another, thankfully we had air-con.
My guides took me to the old Fort in the City, which was very impressive. It was difficult to walk too far in the blazing heat, so we just wandered around the base of the Fort and stumbled upon a Bollywood Film set! We stood around and watched for a while, it was really interesting to see a Bollywood fight scene being shot,
I managed to cram quite a lot in to a couple of days in Hyderabad, the full Gallery of Images can be found below: