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Hyderabad city is the capital city of Telangana, which is a newly formed state in the south of India. Hyderabad is one of the fifth largest metro-city in India. It lies on the Deccan Plateau, 541 meters (1776 ft) above sea level. It has an estimated population of around 10 million in its metropolitan area. With a history spanning over four centuries, Hyderabad is the true crucible of many cultures. Here tradition and modernity co-exist. Hyderabad city is known for its rich history, food and its multi-lingual culture, both geographically and culturally. Religiously and culturally, the city is united with Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

Founded in the year 1591 by fifth Qutb Shahi Ruler Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the original city (what’s now called the historic old city) was founded on the banks of river Musi. This part of the city is home to some iconic structures like Charminar, Falaknuma Palace, Chowmallah Palace and Makkah Masjid. The new city of Hyderabad is hub for Information Technology, Pharma, medical research and healthcare sectors which are fueling the city’s rapid growth and have already earned Hyderabad its reputation

Hyderabad and Secunderabad are twin cities, separated by the historic Husain Sagar (bound by the ‘Tank Bund’), a manmade lake made during the time of Ibrahim Qutb Shah in 1562.

TRAVEL:

Hyderabad is well-connected by Air from many major international destinations like Dubai, Abu dabi, London, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok and so on. There are flights to and from almost all the major cities and towen

PEOPLE:

What makes Hyderabad such a special destination is its multi-cultural mix of people.

LANGUAGE:

Four languages are usually spoken in Hyderabad – Hindi, Deccani-Urdu, Telugu and English. English is the language of business and administration, and is widely understood if not spoken. Most Hyderabadis are bilingual, and speak their mother tongue as well as the national language Hindi or English.

RELIGION:

Hyderabad is a mixture of religions. Hyderabad’s skyline boasts the distinctive minarets of mosques, intricate figurines of Hindu temple gods, beautiful Churches and distinctive architecture of Gurudwaras. The main religions are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Sikhism.

SECURITY & SAFETY:

Hyderabad is one of the safest cities in the world. Crime rates are very low and the streets are safe to walk during any time of the day or night. However, it is recommended that the visitors take normal precaution of keeping their valuables in a safe place at all times. The local Government has always been vigilant in ensuring Hyderabad remains safe. The security is stepped up security measures at key installations and other sensitive places.

FOOD:

Hyderabad is a place where you get virtually all varieties of food. However, the dominant cuisines are south Indian, mughlai, north Indian. However a wide variety of global brands of food chains have also set up shops in Hyderabad. Chinese, Italina, Continental you name it you get it in all major restaurants in India but they are usually custom-made and adapted to the Indian pallet. When in Hyderabad do not forget to taste Biryana (a rice, spice, vegetable and meat preparation); Qubani ka Meetha (apricot syrup with ice-cream); Irani Chai (a special variety of mil tea). Hyderabad’s streets are also abuzz with many street vended foods and they too offer a great variety. Those who are concerned about safety of these foods are advised to exercise caution in selecting the foods to consume.

TIPPING:

Tipping is not insisted in many hotels and restaurants in Hyderabad, but it is a usual tradition to tip at reasonably big restaurants and hotels. There is no fixed percentage but the hotel/restaurant staff would be really grateful to your token of appreciation. Tipping is not a way of life in Hyderabad and the practice is not encouraged at airports, rail stations, taxis and other modes of transport.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS:

Police 100 ; Fire 101; Ambulance 104
These are the numbers in Hyderabad, but they are usually the same in other cities of India.

PASSPORT:

According to law, foreigners must have passport with them at all times. To check into hotels, foreigners need to show passports at the hotel check-in counter and fill out a form with your passport and arrival and departure information. The hotel staff usually takes a photocopy of your passport at the time of check-in. If the police ask to see your passport, you must show it to them. They have the right to ask you for it at any time, for no reason.

ELECTRICITY:

Standard voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 cycles per second. Most hotels are equipped with transformers for 110-120 volts AC, 60 cycles per second appliances. This is different from America and England, so to use your tape recorder, etc., you need a converter and an adapter for your plug, which you can get at certain Indian appliance stores in your own country. Socket sizes in India vary, so it is a good idea to get a universal adapter which is available at airports and at special travel stores. Sockets have three round pins, which is similar to the ones used in Europe. European plugs will go into the sockets, but the Indian pins are a little thicker and the plug will be a little loose, so the connection may not be so good.

NOTICE: There are power failures sometime in all cities of Hyderabad, but now-a-days all hotels have alternative sources of power supply like generators and UPS.

SMOKING:

Smoking is prohibited in public buses, elevators, theaters, cinemas, air-conditioned restaurants, shopping centers and government offices.

WHAT TO WEAR:

Hyderabad has a moderate temperature ranging from 15 to 40 degrees Celsius. In November it is usually around 20-25 degrees Celsius. Light clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton is best for everyday wear. Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions but during formal occasions like conferences formal dress is preferred. In you are well dressed, you will usually be treated better in Hyderabad – India, especially when you are doing official business. When going to religious places you should dress a bit conservatively.

CREDIT CARDS:

All major credit cards like American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted.

SHOPPING:

Hyderabad offers an excellent variety for shoppers. There are a number of shopping malls and showrooms. There are a number of jewellery stores selling gold, pearls, silver and gem stones. In addition the Chudi bazaar in the old city of Hyderabad near the historic Charminar is a place to visit for great varieties of bangles. Shlparamam near the Hit-tech city, the technology hub of Hyderabad offers traditional handcrafted, handmade, handloom, silk and cotton decorative and clothes from across Telangana and India. Shops open from 10am to 9pm daily. You needn’t keep a sharp eye on your watch when you’re shopping in Hyderabad. The city also enjoys the reputation of being one of the safest places to be in, so provided basic precautions are taken, you can have peace of mind to shop and walk around well into the night.

COMMUNICATIONS / MOBILE PHONES

Hyderabad is the center of telecommunications in India with 24-hour telex, international direct dial (IDD) telephone, telegram and facsimile services. Telephone country code is +91 and city code is 040. There are many mobile service providers – Jio, AirTel, Idea, Reliance, Vodafone and BSNL.

TRAVEL AND HEALTH INSURANCE:

It is strongly recommended that the foreign visitors take health insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses.