Language The official language is Hindi
but there are approximately 17 other
regional languages spoken by the people of
different states in India. English is used
for official and commercial purposes. Most
people on the streets understand and
converse in decent English.
India has a single time zone. It is 5.5
hours ahead of the GMT, 4.5 hours behind the
Australian Eastern Standard time and 11.5
hours ahead of American Eastern Standard
Time (winter). Checkhttp://www.timezoneconverter.com
Weather throughout India is very pleasant in
December. The Southern India will be cool.
Temperature in Hyderabad in December ranges
from 14 degree C to 26 degree C. The
Northern parts of India will be much cooler
with temperatures ranging from 6 degree C to
12 degree C. The sub-Himalayan belt may
experience snowfall. Checkhttp://www.weather.123india.com
Typhoid and Polio
1. Any person
(including infants over six months old)
arriving by air or sea from an infected
country must obtain a yellow fever
certificate. Those countries that are
considered infected are all African
countries (except Algeria, Botswana, Djbouti,
Egypt, Eritrea, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi,
Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia,
South Africa, Swaziland, Tunisia and
Zimbabwe) and all South American countries
(except Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and
Uruguay). When a case of yellow fever is
reported from any country, that country is
regarded by the government of India as being
2. Following WHO guidelines issued in 1973,
a cholera vaccination certificate is not a
condition of entry to India.
3. Typhoid immunization is generally
4. Malaria risk exists, mainly in the benign
Food and drink:
Consume packaged water bearing ISI
standardization. Some of the popular brands
are Bisleri, AquaFina, Evian, Bailey, and
Bibo. Powdered or tinned milk is available
and is advised, but make sure that it is
reconstituted with pure water. Avoid dairy
products that are likely to have been made
from unboiled milk. Only eat well cooked
meat and fish, preferably served hot.
visitors aged between 18-70 years of age who
are wishing to extend their visa for a year
or more are required to take an AIDS test.
Travelers are strongly advised to take out
full medical insurance before departing for
India. It is advisable to bring specific
medicines from your country. There are
state-operated facilities in all towns and
cities and private consultants and
specialists in urban areas.
On leaving India:
Visitors leaving for countries which impose
health restrictions on arrivals from India
are required to be in possession of a valid
certificate of inoculation and vaccination.
Usually 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Some areas have
a DC supply. Plugs used are of the round two
and three pin type. Adapters and voltage
converters come handy if plan to operate
electrical and electronic appliances.
Telephone: International Direct Dialing service is
widely available all over India. Otherwise
calls must be placed through the
international operator. Country code: 91.
Outgoing international code: 00. Hyderabad
City code: 40.
India operates on GSM 900 networks. Network
operators include Hutch (www.hutch.in),
and Idea Cellular (www.ideacellular.com).
Coverage is extensive. Check with your
service provider for details of
international roaming on Indian networks.
Your cell phone should support GSM 900. You
can hire cell phones at the domestic
airports in most major cities and tourist
destinations in India. Typical cell phone
rentals in India vary between Rs. 100 and
150 per day.
Facilities are available in most hotels,
post offices, and even roadside telephone
Nowhere in India are you away from an
Internet Cafe. E-mail can be accessed from
any Internet café across the country. In
addition, most hotels provide a dataport to
access your ISP or an Indian ISP if you have
a Roaming arrangement. Indian ISPs include
and Sify. For the nearest browsing center
location in Hyderabad, checkhttp://www.outofindia.net/hyd/htm/ptoip.htm
International 24-hour service from large
hotels and telegraphic offices in major
Airmail service to Western countries takes
up to a week. Stamps are often sold at
hotels. FedEx and DHL Courier pick-up and
delivery is possible in most hotels.
There are numerous local dailies published
in several languages. Many newspapers are in
English, the most important include The
Times of India, Indian Express, The Hindu,
Hindustan Times, The National Herald, The
Economic Times and The Statesman.
BBC MHz 15.31, 11.96, 6.195, 1.413, Voice of
America MHz 17.74, 11.71, 9.645, 6.110
(Rs.) = 100 paise. Notes are in
denominations of Rs.1000, 500, 100, 50, 20,
10, and 5. Coins are in denominations of Rs.
5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, and 10 paise.
Currency can be changed at banks, airports
or authorised money changers. It is illegal
to exchange money through unauthorised money
changers. US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are
the easiest currencies to exchange.
These are widely accepted and may be changed
at banks. To avoid additional exchange rate
charges, travelers are advised to take
travelers check in US Dollars or Pounds
Import of local currency is prohibited.
Export of local currency is also prohibited,
except for passengers proceeding to Nepal
(excluding notes of denominations of Rs100
or higher), Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri
Lanka (up to Rs. 20 per person). Foreign
currency may be exported up to the amount
imported and declared. All foreign currency
must be declared on arrival if value is over
US $5000, and when exchanged the currency
declaration form should be endorsed, or a
certificate issued. The form and
certificates must be produced on departure
to enable reconversion into foreign
currency. Changing money with unauthorised
money changers is not, therefore, advisable.
The bank timings are usually from 10.30 -
15.30 hrs from Monday through Friday and
from 10.30 - 13.00 hrs on Saturday.
Multinational banks such as ABN-AMRO, HSBC,
Scotia, and Citibank have branches in all
major Indian cities and in Hyderabad. Visa,
MasterCard and Amex compatible ATMs abound.
For a list of major banks in Hyderabad,
Credit and debit cards:
Most hotels, travel agents, airline offices,
commercial establishments and shops welcome
MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club
and Visa. Check with your credit or debit
card company for details of merchant
acceptability and other services that may be
New Delhi 110 001,
Tel: 91-11-23320005 or 2332 0008.
India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd
Jeevan Vihar, Third Floor,
Three Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001,
Tel: 91-11-23361607 or 23344433.
Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development
Tourism House, Himayatnagar,
Hyderabad - 500 063.
Andhra Pradesh, India
Phone: +91-40-23262151, +91-40-23262152