Hyderabad FAQs

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Area geography

Spread over an area of 650 square kilometres, on the southern banks of River Musi, Hyderabad lies in the north-western part of Andhra Pradesh. Being part of the Deccan Plateau region, Hyderabad’s landscape boasts of ancient rock formations. With an altitude of 542 meters above sea level, Banjara Hills form the highest point in Hyderabad at 672 meters.

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Indian Rupee

Cellular service for tourists

Most of the mobile operators like Aircel, Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Idea and Vodafone provide 3G as well as mobile internet services. You can buy a local pre-paid SIM card to avoid high roaming charges from the any one of the mobile shops in Hyderabad.

Wifi internet

Being the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and one of the upcoming modern cities in India, Hyderabad enjoys great internet and Wi-Fi connectivity. Whether it is at the airport, hotels, restaurants or cafés; they all offer speedy Wi-Fi or broadband internet. Besides that, there are plenty of cyber cafes in the city to ensure you are well-connected to the world.

Drinking laws

The legal drinking age in Hyderabad is 21 years.


Tipping is often welcome in India by most of the waiters and clerks. While food and beverage outlets add a service charge in the final bill, so tipping is not necessary. However, small tips for good service are always appreciated.


Hyderabad is a relatively safe place to travel. However, a wise traveller is always cautious of his/her surroundings while exploring the city to avoid petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag snatching.

General information

Languages spoken

Telugu, English, Urdu and Hindi

Time zones

GMT + 05.30 hours

Major religions

Hinduism, Islam and Christianity

Domestic international calling codes

+91 40

Electricity standards

The standard voltage in India is around 220 volts and typically a two or three pin plug s used by everyone.

Common greetings

Hello: Ekkuva

Good Morning: Guḍ mārniṅg

Good Evening: Guḍ īveniṅg

Goodbye: Salāmu

Thank you: Dhan'yavādālu

Sorry: Jālikaramaina

Do you speak English? Mīru iṅglīṣ māṭlāḍaṭaṁ lēdu

I do not understand: Nēnu arthaṁ lēdu

No: Lēdu

Yes: Avunu

I don’t know: Nāku telīdu

How are you? Elā unnāvu?

What is your name? Mī pēru ēmiṭi?

My name is: Nā pēru …

Where is the washroom? Washroom ekkaḍa undi

Is this vegetarian? (point to a dish in a menu card): Ī śākhāhāriyaina?

Where is this? (point to a monument, amenity on a paper/map): Ī sthalaṁ ekkaḍa undi?

How much does this cost? Ī dhara enta?

Too expensive! Cālā kharīdaina!

A little cheaper: Konni sasta


Emergency numbers

Fire 101
Ambulance 102
Police 100
Police Control Room 23232222
Complaint Cell 23748003
Hyderabad Emergency Cell 24576261
Kamineni Hospital 24022222
Tourist Information 1363
Gandhi Bus Station 24618685 / 24614406
Hyderabad Airport 66764000
General Railway Enquiry 1331/131/1345
BSNL Customer call centre 1991