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About Hyderabad

Hyderabad is the exciting and dynamic capital city of the state of Telangana, India. With a rich heritage spanning over 400 years, Hyderabad’s history is preserved in its archaic architecture and landmarks. Having recently undergone development and expansion, the city now boasts high-rise buildings and upmarket restaurants in addition to its fantastic historical heritage.

Cheap flights to Hyderabad are now available for a limited period of time, so book your flight today and experience the historical wonders and cultural gems of this ancient city! Hyderabad is home to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD), located 50 minutes from the city centre by car. Rajiv Gandhi International serves a multitude of airlines, including Emirates, Jet Airways and Qatar Airways. There are no direct flights to Hyderabad from South Africa, but popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Why visit Hyderabad

historical landmarks

Historical Landmarks

Hyderabad’s oldest district, known locally as the Old City, invites you to step back in time, as you stroll through the dusty streets and admire the crumbling, ancient landmarks of the city’s bygone era.

beautiful architecture

Beautiful architecture

An eclectic mix of old and new, Hyderabad’s architecture is intricate and ornate. Many beautiful mosques and temples can be found dotted around the city.

local cuisine

Local cuisine

Hyderabad possesses its own unique cuisine, influenced by the Hyderabadi Muslims and Hindus alike, resulting in a fusion of delicious flavours and fragrant spices.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country India
Currency Indian Rupee
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 5.15 INR
Language Telugu/Urdu/Hindi (most locals understand basic English)
Hub Airport Rajiv Gandhi International (HYD)
Airline Air India
Time Zone GMT + 5.30
Travel Adaptor Type C/D/M

Best time to visit Hyderabad

Hyderabad has a tropical wet and dry climate and experiences dry, cool winters and dry, hot summers, with a monsoon season occurring in between. The coolest time of the year is from October to February. This is the ideal time to go as temperatures are significantly cooler than the rest of the year, sitting around the mid-20s. Summer in Hyderabad occurs between the months of March to June, and sees temperatures rise to the high 30s, sometimes reaching the 40s. This is low-season, as most visitors are discouraged by the excessive heat. If you are not bothered by the scorching temperatures, take advantage of the low-season restaurant and hotel rates (just be sure to stay well-hydrated)! Monsoon season runs from June to September, and travel to Hyderabad is not encouraged during this time due to heavy rainfall and high levels of humidity.

Weather & Climate in Hyderabad

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 19°C 20°C 24°C 28°C 30°C 28°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 22°C 20°C 18°C
High °C 31°C 35°C 38°C 42°C 41°C 38°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 2 0 5 0 79 265 222 107 184 48 1 2

Overview

Hyderabad is an ancient, yet dynamic city, located on the banks of the Musi River in India’s Telangana State. Established in 1591, Hyderabad was ruled over by warring Indian dynasties for several centuries before finally being established as an independent city of the Republic of India. Today, the city still contains remnants of its pre-colonial occupation in its extensive collection of historical landmarks. The city has recently seen an influx of young Indian professionals, and the resulting focus has been on the upgrading and urbanisation of the city. This urbanisation has led to an extensive business expansion and trendy new restaurants, bars and pubs have been established. Heritage walks, which are guided tours around the city, are available every Saturday and Sunday, and tickets can be purchased on arrival.

Visa & Customs

South Africans do require a visa to enter India. South African citizens are issued holiday visas free of charge by the High Commission of India. Ensure your passport is valid and will remain valid for at least six months after intended duration of stay. Ensure you duly and carefully complete the official visa application form before submitting it, as errors could impact the success of your application. For more information regarding the application process and required documentation, please contact the High Commission of India:

852 Francis Baard Street Arcadia Pretoria 0083

Health & Safety

All visitors to India are encouraged to be up-to-date on routine vaccinations (MMR). Additionally, vaccines for Hepatitis A and Typhoid are strongly recommended. The Zika virus is endemic to India but the current risk posed to travellers is low. Women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should speak to their doctor about their travel plans to India before finalising them.

Hyderabad’s crime-rate is relatively low compared to other cities, but tourists are encouraged to be alert and maintain awareness of their surroundings. Keep a close eye on personal possessions, especially in busy areas. Do not flaunt expensive jewellery or equipment in public places. Be wary of locals trying to scam tourists by pretending to be tour guides or baggage assistants- firmly say no to these individuals and walk away. Do not walk the city streets at night, rather hail a taxi cab or speak to your hotel about shuttle services offered.

Hyderabad has, in the past, experienced minor local instability in the form of protests and riots, so ensure you are up-to-date with the latest news before finalising a trip.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG HYDERABAD
Meal inexpensive restaurant R100 R100 R20
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R23
Cappuccino R22 R22 R18
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R10 R10 R4
Packet of cigarettes (Marlboro) R37 R37 R39

Where to stay?

Hyderabad’s different regional districts all offer variations of accommodation for discerning travellers. Depending on where you would like to orient yourself in the city, Hyderabad will always provide more than sufficient lodging options. The Old City, the oldest section in Hyderabad that houses many of Hyderabad’s significant attractions, offers traditional hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and some locals will even open their homes to visitors, giving visitors the chance to stay in an authentic Hyderabad household.

The New City is Hyderabad’s new modern, business district. Characterised by high-rise buildings, designer brand stores and trendy bars and restaurants, this district caters for Hyderabad’s young and wealthy elite. Accommodation here is on the high-end side, and many extravagant hotels and apartments-for-rent are located in the vicinity.

Getting Around

Hyderabad offers extensive public transport options that are utilised by locals and tourists alike. The fastest and most popular option for getting around is by auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk). These yellow and black vehicles are run by a metre and charge per km. Expect to pay around 30 Rupees per km, anything more than this is an attempt to overcharge. Do keep in mind that rates for auto-rickshaws increase per km after dark.

The bus is also a safe and reliable option for tourists. Hyderabad’s buses follow mapped-out routes across the city, although certain buses may be following different routes. It is best to check the destination board above the windscreen of an approaching bus to see if it is going in your direction. If you are still unsure, you may wave and stop the bus and converse with the driver. Tell the driver your destination and ask for assistance if need be.

Taxis are also available but the demand for taxis far outweighs the supply. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to hail a taxi cab from the streets. Speak to your hotel about reputable and safe taxi companies and then get their contact details. Call the company and ask for a taxi, telling them your destination. Most of these companies operate at all hours so you can call for cabs at all times of the night.

Main attractions in Hyderabad

Golkonda Fortress

Golkonda Fortress

 Charminar Mosque

Charminar Mosque

Qutb Shahi Tombs

Qutb Shahi Tombs

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