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  TIPS FOR VISITORS
In the Twin Cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad you can meet the past and the present, today's fly-overs and yester years' nawabi culture. Whatever be the purpose of your visit and its duration, your stay in Hyderabad is sure to be enjoyable. Here are some tips to make your stay and moving around more comfortable.

 On arrival 

It is advisable to engage a pre-paid auto or taxi service at the airport to take you to your destination. At railway stations, take the help of a policeman and wait in the queue for the autos. The auto drivers in Hyderabad have a tendency not to ply as per the meter. You may engage only those autos that charge according to the meter. Between 10.30 pm to 6.00 a.m. you will have to pay one and a half times the meter.

 Climate 

Hyderabad has an agreeable climate. Mid-March to early June during the hot and dry summer months, the temperature peaks to around 44 degrees centigrade. But the late evenings become cool and even pleasant. From early June, the rains take over. The rains are never so heavy and prolonged as to disrupt city's life. You may find water-clogged streets here and there. But they soon get drained to give the streets a clean new look. After a brief spell of heat in October, winter sets in. A temperature of 19 degrees centigrade at nights, a rise of just a couple of degrees during the day and no chill winds blowing, makes the Hyderabadi winter the best time for visiting.

 Health & Safety 

Normally a healthy place, mosquitoes can be found in some areas, especially during winter. But good hotels ordinarily would have taken care of them. However, as a precaution, take a course of anti-malarial tablets. Drink mineral water, available in all good hotels as well as everywhere else in the city. On a long journey, especially into rural areas, carry bottles of mineral water. Check the seals of mineral water bottles before buying them.

 Crime 

Beware of petty thieves and pickpockets, when on main streets and in crowded areas. Be careful about persons trying to thrust themselves on you. It is advisable not to carry too much cash on person. Keep all valuables and belongings in safe custody.

 Staying in touch 

A number of public telephone kiosks and STD telephone booths are usually lined on the streets. The charge for a single local call is
Rs. 1. 25
in a Public kiosk and Rs. 2 in a STD booth. The General Post Office at Abids in Hyderabad and near Patny in Secunderabad are open till 8 p.m. on week days and till 1 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays.

 Bargaining 

Hyderabadis never buy without a round of good bargaining. If you are confident of the actual price of the product, indulge in some healthy bargaining. However, several government outlets, departmental stores and renowned shops have fixed prices and well maintained quality.

 Etiquette 

Hyderabadis are warm, friendly and hospitable. A peep into their personal lives by a stranger does not annoy them. If, at times, you find them more inquisitive than necessary, remember that it is their nature and way of life. By opening up, you can share a beautiful kinship. The language spoken by Hyderabadis is colloquial. Do not get offended when they address you in a very casual manner. Local state transport buses have front seats reserved for ladies and disabled people. Men should avoid occupying them.

 Dress Code 

The hot climate demands cotton outfits and casuals. Both Indian as well as Western style of dressing is in vogue. On festive and special occasions, rich designerwear, with suitable accessories can be worn. For weddings and festivals it is customary to wear gold, silver and pearls.

For business meetings and office wear, pastel or white shirts over khakis are preferred. Formals or chinos are suitable for travelling executives. Ties are optional.

 Eating Out

The food here caters to all kind of taste buds. But if you want to try out the Hyderabadi delicacies, we recommend Biryani, Mirchi-ka-saalan, Tandoori and Masala chicken and a variety of Gosht (meat). Try Double-ka-meetha, Khubaani-ka-meetha and Phirni for desserts. The Irani Chai (tea), coupled with munchies such as Fan or Lukmi, always available in any of the Irani cafes, can be had any time of the day. The hotels, restaurants and cafes in Hyderabad close at 11 p.m. Try the 5-star hotels for late night meals.

 Tipping 

A modest tip of Rs. 10 to Rs. 15 will suffice for the porters at the airport, railway stations and hotels.

 Beggars 

Ignore the beggars as much as possible. Otherwise, give them in kind, rather than cash.

 

 


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