Embracing the opportunity to jet off to vibrant Hyderabad, India for work to meet with my incredible team was an adventure I couldn’t turn down. Despite the long journey from Dallas, my travel was elevated with the utmost comfort in accommodations. Experiencing my first time flying with Emirates surpassed expectations, adding an extra layer of excitement to the entire journey. Join me as I unravel the highlights of this amazing trip!
I flew on the Boeing 777 in business class which was an experience that was true luxury travel. From Dallas to Dubai and onwards to Hyderabad, each leg of the flight had lay-down seats, providing an unparalleled level of comfort. The starlit plane ceiling added a touch of magic to my sleep sanctuary, creating a truly serene and relaxing atmosphere. As an extra touch of indulgence, the food and drinks (I had a lot of Champagne) was some of the best options I have ever had flying business class.
In Dubai during your layover, you can just hop on your flight right from the lounge area on the top floor. Also on the way home, I ended up taking a showing during my layover so I was nice and fresh for the long flight!
One of my favorite parts of flying emirates was their complimentary chauffer service through Blacklane. You can pre-arrange a ride to and from the airport. Every driver I encountered was exceptional, ensuring punctuality and professionalism. The vehicles were impeccably clean, and the service consistently went the extra mile. This was especially reassuring for me, a solo female traveler, as I felt both safe and confident in the reliability of the service. Trusting Blacklane’s chauffeur service made my journey even more seamless and enjoyable.
As a first-time visitor to India, I was uncertain about the customs process. Navigating customs is typically a moment of uncertainty for me during travel, given the unique practices in each country. To enter, I had to provide my passport, a customs form, proof of my hotel reservation, a visa (I had a business one for this trip), and also had to scan my finger prints. Following the initial customs clearance, I proceeded to a checkpoint for bag scanning. Much to my relief, I was pleasantly surprised that I could keep the water bottles from the plane. I then proceeded to collect my suitcase at baggage claim, going through one final security checkpoint involving luggage scanning.
Once I stepped out of the airport, my ride was ready to roll and took me straight to the hotel. Funny thing, the hotel peeped into the trunk before letting my driver in. Then, surprise, surprise – they put all my bags through a security scanner. And just when I thought I was done, I had to stroll through a metal detector to get into the hotel. It’s not my usual travel drill, but you know what? It made me feel safer with all these checks in place.
Where I Stayed
While in Hyderabad, I stayed at the Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel situated in the thriving financial district. If your visit is work-related, chances are you’ll find yourself in this vicinity, so I recommend accommodations in this area. While the old town boasts numerous sights and attractions, it’s worth noting that opting for lodgings there could entail a commute of around an hour or so. Not to mention, the traffic in HYD is getting worse every year.
Restaurants / Shopping
Three story craft brewery with a buzzy vibe, great music, rooftop seating overlooking the city and great food.
The Nawaab’s Restaurant
You can’t miss indulging in Biryani when you’re in Hyderabad. I tried various types, and they were all fantastic. Don’t forget to specify your spice preference, especially if you’re not accustomed to too much heat. Biryani is a flavorful and aromatic dish, known for its unique blend of fragrant basmati rice, tender meat (often chicken or mutton), and a medley of spices, creating a delicious and hearty one-pot meal.
This reminded me a lot of Topgolf. Half of the restaurant is a brewery and the other you can play golf games! We came here for a team event and had a really great time!
Sarath City Capital Mall
On my first day, I hung out at the mall for a bit with my coworker Venkat, to beat the jet lag. It’s a shopper’s paradise with every store you can think of, including some familiar ones from the US (picked up a shirt from Mango). Plus, there are spots selling traditional Indian saris and wedding attire. To add to the charm, there’s even a section in the mall that hosts a bazaar.
Things to See
Charminar is a historic monument and iconic landmark located in the heart of the city of Hyderabad, India. The monument stands at the center of the bustling Charminar market, a vibrant area known for its lively atmosphere, traditional bazaars, and a variety of shops offering local crafts, textiles, and street food. You can walk around to see the architectural beauty, climb to the top for panoramic views, and immerse yourself in the cultural vibrancy of the surrounding area.
Chowmahalla Palace is a historic palace located in the heart of Hyderabad, Telangana. It offers a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the region, and is the perfect place to spend a few hours walking around.
In retrospect, the sheer delight of experiencing India has left an indelible mark on my heart. The unparalleled hospitality and boundless kindness extended to me were truly exceptional. Eagerly anticipating the prospect of returning in the future, whether for a professional endeavor or personal.
Have you ever been to India? or have an upcoming trip and have questions – let me know below!
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