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Last weekend Cheng and I tried to wake up early. For whatever reason, the alarms on our phones are very unreliable. Sometimes it works fine, and other times it doesn’t sound, but still reads as a missed alarm. Anyway, when we finally rolled out of bed, we headed out to visit the Golconda Fort and Qutb Shahi Tombs in the southwest areas of Hyderabad. Holy cow, I made the awful mistake of planning this visit the day after my first lower body gym workout. Squats and lunges galore. Luckily, the guide we hired had a bum hip and used a cane to walk, so he was only a bit quicker than me climbing all those stairs!

Some photos of the fort and our drive to it.

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We walked the ~1.5 km distance to visit the Qutb Shahi Tombs. Qutb is also spelled Qutub and is pronounced like this. Very few people seemed to visit this place and we just wanted to wander around and enjoy the solitude. A guide tried to latch himself onto us at the entrance, but all I really wanted to know was how to get to the toilet. He took that to mean he should walk ahead of us and circle back occasionally to point out a building with 1-2 words about it. Literally. Early on Cheng asked if he spoke English and he replied “Yes, Mam.” It took a while to shake him. Finally, we paid him a small portion of his charging rate just to go away. Here are a few photos of that visit.

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View more photos on Cheng’s Flickr page.


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