About Hyderabad India:

Hyderabad city is the capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, in the region of Telangana.

The city has an estimated population of around 8 million, making it 4th largest city in India, while the population of the metropolitan area was estimated above 9 million.

 

People

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

 

Language

There are four languages in Hyderabad: Hindi, Deccani-Urdu, Telugu and English. English is the language of business and administration, and is widely spoken and understood. Most Hyderabadis are bilingual, and speak their mother tongue as well as English.

 

Religion

With this mixture of people, Hyderabad is also 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.

 

Emergency Numbers

 

  • Police 100

  • Fire 101

  • Ambulance 102

These are the numbers in Hyderabad, but they are usually the same in other cities of India.

 

What to Wear

Hyderabad temperatures average 100 degrees in May (stay! Don't close the page!). Light and summer clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton is best for everyday wear. Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions but some establishments may require a more formal dress code. It is always advisable to check beforehand on dress regulations, if any.

 

Men: Tailored pants, button down, secured sandals

Women: Kurta, Alibaba pants, dupatta scarf, sari (on special occasions)

 

Women Travelers

It is important that women dress modestly. Women in India do not normally show their shoulders or knees, or wear tight fitting clothes, or shorts. It is best not to wear clinging, or low cut clothes. The bra-less look should be avoided.

 

Women usually do not shake hands with men, and certainly any physical contact beyond this is asking for trouble. Having a casual conversation with a man is considered a reason for a man to proceed further. Indian women and men who don’t know each other, unless they are highly educated, just don’t talk with each other in India. If you feel that a man is coming into your space, more than likely he is. Usually you can just request them to stay away from you. People around you will be happy to help and shame anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable.

 

Indian Culture

1. Don’t overload your plate, you are expected to finish everything... And return for seconds to flatter your hosts.
2. Never put objects on a temple or someone’s personal altar in their home or on sacred items, such as a religious book.
3. Never point the soles of your feet towards an altar in a temple, other people, or holy sites.
4. Remove your shoes when entering someone’s home, even if they tell you it is all right to wear your shoes. It is almost never all right.
5. Don’t take photographs without permission.

 

Credit Cards

American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted.

 

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 telephone service providers – AirTel, Idea, Reliance, Vodafone and BSNL.

 

Travel and Health Insurance

It's strongly recommend that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.