Ebony Boutique Hotel

Rd.No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 500034, India
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Forum Posts

Curious American Soldier

by mkweiss

I am visiting a friend of mine in Hyderabad and I want to know if it would be safe to wear my military uniform my first few days there. I only own one pair of non-military clothes( jeans and a wrinkled t-shirt), and I already told my friend that I would be wearing my uniform. Should I rethink this and wear something else instead or am I just a little paranoid?

Re: Curious American Soldier

by Donna_in_India

Hi M - First, thank you and God Bless You for what you do. I don't think you would be comfortable in your uniform. You will definitely stand out (more than you will as a foreigner) and the attention will probably not be positive. You can buy very inexpensive clothes at the markets - t-shirts for $1 and jeans for a few dollars. At least when you first arrive, don't wear your uniform and then you can see for yourself. (By the way I am an American living in Mumbai.) Happy Travels!

Re: Curious American Soldier

by vpas

If you do not want to add more clothes to your luggage,then you could perhaps just buy an inexpensive shirt or t-shirt and team it with your uniform trouser.I do think it would be a little odd if you were to wear your uniform and walk around.(You could also wear your jeans and 'wrinkled t-shirt,depending on where you plan to go,in casual places,nobody would mind wrinkled clothes)Hyderabad has a fair amount of foreigners and they are no more the centre of attraction that they used to be a few years ago.So just relax and enjoy this truly lovely city.

Re: Curious American Soldier

by mssthirdeye

Carry On Friend, nothing wrong with it.

Re: Curious American Soldier

by ladagspa

Though ur query is answered,
May be you can think of going in to a Handloom store and buy a Kurta/pyjama (a long Indian shirt with a collar with loose pyjama) OR just kurta will look nice with your uniform trouser. It will be cheap and helping a local handloom guy earn a livelihood.

Wish you a Happy Visit to India.


Re: Curious American Soldier

by vpas

Nice thought ladagspa.Yes it is a good idea to wear a kurta.perhaps your friend could buy you one before you arrive.it wouldnt cost much so dont hesitate and ask him to buy you one,so that you have it as soon as you come!Indians are not formal by and large and hence the suggestion to ask your friend to buy it.

Travel Tips for Hyderabad


by alycat

City Cabs the new cab service for hyderabadi's. Well not new though, it has been around for a few years, its just that they have expanded thier network and have become quite cheaper now. The cabs now come with meters, steroes, and a pleasant 24 hours service. Starting at a minimum fare of 40 rupees, they work out quite comfortable and affordable when ur moving in a group. Ya waiting charges are Re. 1 after 10 mins. Pack luggage upto 60 kgs.

Though originally founded by...

by tarush

Though originally founded by the Kakatiya in the 13th century, the fort was expanded in the period of the Qutub Shahi kings into a massive fort, known for its diamond trade. The kohinoor diamond, Orloff diamond and the Hope diamonds are believed to have been originated from here. The whole fort is built in granite and is flanked by 70 ramparts and 8 huge gates.

Previously the whole fort was surrounded by a deep gorge but slowly this was filled up. The design of the ventilation reveals the brilliant planning of the architects.

The ventilation is designed to let in a flow of fresh cool breeze, which is a respite from the heat of summer! One of the most remarkable features of Golconda, is its system of acoustics. The sounds of hands clapped in the grand portico can be heard in the Durbar Hall, at the very top of the hill. The tombs of the Qutub Shahi kings lie about one kilometer north of the outer wall of Golconda.

These graceful structures are surrounded by landscaped gardens, with beautifully carved stonework. A new attraction at the fort is a Sound and Light that brings the legend of Golconda to life.

With a spectacular interplay of audio and visual effects, the saga of Golconda unfolds over centuries of splendor. The show livens up the glorious past and it is an experience worth watching.
The show is presented in English and Telugu on alternate days of the week.

Hyderabad, India

by siwaydi


Theories explaining the origins and etymology behind Hyderabad's name differ. A popular theory suggests that after founding the city, Quli Qutb Shah fell in love with and married a local Banjara girl known as Bhagyamathi and named this city after her, Bhagya Nagaram. In Telugu, Bhagyanagaram means prosperous city. (Bhagya: fortune; nagaram: city) .[4] Upon her conversion to Islam, Bhagyamathi changed her name to Hyder Mahal and the new city's name was correspondingly changed Hyderabad (literally, "the city of Hyder").[5]

"some attractions in hyderabad"

Charminar - the major landmark in Hyderabad with four graceful minarets.

Falaknuma Palace - Built by an Italian architect through one of the Paigah nobles, Nawab Viqar al-Umra', complete in Italian marble. It's a beautiful and stunning piece of architecture with Louis XIV-style decor, a lavish Mughal ambience, Italian marble staircases and ornate fountains.

Golconda Fort - located on the outskirts of the city, Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India.

Chowmahalla Palace- It was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty, where the Nizam entertained his official guests and royal visitors. Initiated in 1750 by Nizam Salabat Jung and designed along the lines of the Shah's palace in Isfahan, this actually consists of a group of palaces each used as a Durbar Hall.

Salar Jung Museum - The museum houses the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world. Collections include "The Vieled Rebecca" and other huge collection of artifacts dating back to a few centuries. A mere day isn't enough to cover the whole museum.

Taramati Baradari - Located near Golconda, built by a Qutb Shahi sultan, this place is a must visit.

Mecca Masjid - a stone-built mosque, immediately southwest of Charminar. Remarkable for its architecture, size and its royal splendour. This is one of the most beautiful mosques in Hyderabad.
Birla Mandir (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh) - a Hindu temple made of white marble located on top of a hill overlooking the city.

Birla Science Museum - The science centre is another beautiful structure, reflecting the advances made in science and technology. The interior décor matches the architectural exterior of the centre built over 10,000 sq. feet. The centre is host to a number of divisions such as the Planetarium, the Science Museum, and the centre for Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences.

Birla Planetarium - The Planetarium is another magnificent building with a big dome resembling that of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur and some of the earliest government structures in New Delhi. A special attraction are the shows which unveil the mysteries of the cosmos and the origins of the universe, comets, eclipses, unidentified flying objects and the clash of titans. The latest addition is the Dinosrium, which houses a collection of dinosaur egg fossils. The highlight of the museum is a mounted “Kotasurus Yamanpalliensis”, the remains of a 160 million old dinosaur.

Purani Haveli - The official residence of the Nizam.

King Kothi Palace - The last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan lived here.

Qutb Shahi Tombs - Home for various Tombs dedicated to Rulers of Qutb Shahi dynasty, located at Shaikpet, near Golconda Fort.

Birla Planetarium - located in the heart of the city on the panoramic hillock of Nawbat Pahad, the Birla Planetarium is a tribute to the advances made in science and technology.

Lumbini Park - This is one of the popular parks in the city. The main attraction of this park was the Musical fountain. It is now replaced by the 1500 seater Laserium, the first of its kind in the state. Boat rides take you across the lake to give you a closer glimpse of the Buddha.

Hussain Sagar - It is a man-made lake is also famous for the 18-metre tall Buddha statue on a platform island called "Rock of Gibraltar" in the middle of the lake, and for the Tank Bund which consists of beautiful gardens and statues of famous personalities. Boating and water sports are a regular feature here.

"Getting to Hyderabad"

By air
Indian Airlines, Air India and Jet Airways offer regular flights linking Hyderabad with all major cities of India, including Delhi, Port Blair, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, etc.

By rail
Hyderabad has an extensive rail networks connecting to both important cities within the state and also other major cities up-country, including Bangalore, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Calcutta, Delhi, Chennai, etc. Secunderabad is the main railway station, located very close to the Hyderabad city center.

By road
Hyderabad is well connected to the rest of India by the National Highway No.7 and 9. There are bus services of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation or private operator linking to all centers in the region.

Getting around Hyderabad
The most common modes of intra-city travel are auto-rickshaws and taxis. Autos are a lot cheaper than taxis.


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