We stopped at a Mughlai restaurant recommended by our driver. This is not usually a good move as drivers typically have deals with certain establishments that bring them a nice commission for delivering business. In this case, even with any mark-up due to commission, this place was very reasonably priced. Dishes cost 50-90 rupees each ($1-$2). The restaurant at our hotel cost over 10 times as much.
We finally tried Hyderabadi biryani. In this case, we opted for the vegetarian version of the spicy rice dish sticking to our plan to guard against Delhi Belly.Hussain Sagar, a lake with Buddha centerpiece in Hyderabad. We paid a modest entrance fee of about 10 rupees per person. For once, the cost to enter was the same for both locals and tourists. We discovered that there was at least a 10x difference at most attractions between what locals and foreign visitors pay.
We were protected from the mid-day sun with a colorful canopy.
We arrived on the island and did a quick once-around.
Walking along, we discovered NTR Garden. We caught a glimpse of whimsical sculptures inside so decided to pay the <30 rupee entry fee for a quick look.