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The fantastic city of Hyderabad in Telangana, Southern India, is rich in history, culture and tradition. There are many wonderful attractions in the old city to enjoy.
Winter in Hyderabad
The best time to travel to Hyderabad is between October and March (mild and sunny 15-29 degrees C). The summer months from March until June are not as hot as elsewhere in India, but maximum temperatures can still reach 36°. Monsoon season is from July to October. There are many Muslim and Hindu festivals celebrated in Hyderabad. Ganesh Chaturthi falls during August/September, Diwali, the Festival of Lights in October, Bonalu in July/August, worships the Goddess Mahakali. Ramadan ends with Eid al-Fitr and the Sacrifice Feast is Eid al Adha.
Hyderabad travel preparations
British passport holders will need a visa for India. British citizen passport holders can perhaps apply for an e-Tourist Visa. When applying for a visa, passports need two blank pages and to be valid for a minimum of 180 days. Do see a doctor at least two months before travelling as it's important to have routine vaccinations and boosters including recommended jabs like Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Tetanus. If visiting other parts of India consider protecting yourself against Cholera, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies. The state language is Telugu, Urdu is also widely spoken, as is Hindi. Visitors will easily get by speaking English, however. UDF (User Development Fees) are charged at many airports in India. They are around Rs 1000 and are usually included in the airfare, if not they need to be paid on arrival. Most things in Hyderabad are much cheaper than in the UK. Cheap Thali will be Rs 120, a restaurant meal Rs 250.
For transport from the airport to the central city, use the Hyderabad shuttlebus, Pushpak, airport liner (air conditioned). It costs between Rs 100-250 one way. There are radio taxis in front of the arrivals terminal with fares to Hyderabad Rs 40 per km, at night plus 25% surcharge between 23h-5h. Cheap accommodation Rs 1000, mid range Rs 2000 and luxury Rs 3500 is available. When using taxis or autos, remember to negotiate a fare in advance. Minimum for taxis and autos is Rs 20 for 2 km and Rs 10 for every extra km travelled. Bus transportation is provided by APSRTC with prices from Rs 20. It's worth pointing out that buses are often overly full. Hyderabad is an important IT hub for business travellers and very popular with leisure tourists.