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Travel day to Hyderabad

Woke up to find out that Kerryn had been sick all night vomiting – maybe from the creek water the elephant spayed over us. We had been going to Martin & Beenas church so I cancelled that and as Leigh had midday check out we moved to Clungute so she could sleep there. Cost 3000 rupes for the taxi ride ($3.50)

We hung around catching up on work and still hadn't heard from Beena by 1.30pm so headed to Panjim to their church/get some lunch and head to the airport.

We couldn't find them or contact them so after lunch at a hotel in Panjim headed to the airport, which still took an hour. Arrived just in time to check in – a very long slow process. Need tro allow LOTS of spare time when checking in to Indian airports – even domestic ones. You have to board a bus to take you to the plane on the tarmac but it only drives about 50 metres – such short distance that you could have walked!

An hours flight to Mumbai where we came in at Terminal 1A and had to leave for Hyderabad on Air India from Terminal 2. Flying in to Mumbai we flew over jagged peaked mountains on the inland side of the city & flew over so many, massive slum shanty town many bordering the wire airport fences.

Long bus ride to the terminal where we collected our luggage and then another long bus ride to terminal 2, where it is always mayhem on the outside of the airport with many people – mostly friends and family coming to say goodbye.

Checked in and then the most insanely long immigration line which we were able to bypass being domestic – not that there were sign to indicate this but we just walked up an by the line & bypassed immigration. We had a couple of hours wait as our flight was delayed over an hour. So many mossies in the terminal so we covered ourselves in deet.

Arriving into Hyderabad the airport was like a western one – so new and modern. Easily found our shuttle bus to the Airport Novotel which was $130 a night for 2 people and included buffet breakfast.

Novotel security

Novotel security

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in India

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