About Hyderabad

Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, consists of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. An imaginary line drawn across the Tank bund is still used to distinguish the two cities. A bustling 400-year-old metropolis with an urban population of 6 million people approximately, Hyderabad is known as the former seat of the fabulously wealthy Nizams. Surrounded by huge prehistoric rock formations, the city is a blend of cutting edge IT companies and a wellpreserved cultural heritage, a pot-pourri of old and new. Hyderabad invokes nostalgia among old residents for its culture, fine arts and certain sophistication in manners. Much more than anything, it presents a true picture of secularism. Hyderabad is the fifth largest cosmopolitan city in India.

Climate
Hyderabad enjoys three main seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. Summers are pretty warm, starting from March and running through June; whereas winters are pleasant, starting from November till February. Light clothing for summer and a sweater or jacket for winter is recommended.

Food
Hyderabad is known for its varied and exquisite cuisine. The local food is quite spicy; continental, Chinese and other kinds of food are available in many restaurants. The varieties of fruits available include bananas, apples, grapes, oranges, mangoes, and melons (in season).

Language
Hyderabad is a cosmopolitan city and though Telugu is the language of the state, English, Hindi and Urdu are understood and spoken by majority of the people. Knowing these languages is a distinct advantage while dealing with the local population in shops and business places, and using public transport. Multilingual translation books are available in the Institute library.

Health
Health and medical insurance is not compulsory in India. General practitioners, superspecialty hospitals and nursing homes offer quality health care. Medications and drugs are easily available.

Recreation
Cinema theatres, parks and local sightseeing places offer entertainment and recreation to students. Many picnic spots exist in and around Hyderabad and most of them can be visited within a day.

Communication
The nearest post office is 1 km from the Institute. International and National Subscribers Trunk Dialing (ISD & STD) facilities are available in the vicinity. Mail and courier services can also be arranged from the Institute. Internet cafes in the city offer services at nominal charges.

Banks and valuables
Several banks close to the Institute provide for bank transfer of money and safe-keeping of valuables with a locker facility. The average time period for making a bank transfer to USA or Europe is 7-10 days. Most banks have Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and credit and debit cards can be used to withdraw money.

Libraries and reading rooms
Apart from the Institute library, libraries at the National Institute of Nutrition and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology are open to visitors, as also the British Library. Arrangements can be made for students to use library facilities at other medical colleges too.

Shopping
The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are famous for their pearl bazaars, jewellery, glass bangles, handicrafts and handlooms. Most shops accept national and international credit cards.

More information can be obtained from monthly magazines like 'Wow' and 'Channel 6' (available at most bookshops/supermarkets), and websites like

www.APonline.gov.in
www.ap.gov.in
www.khojhyderabad.com
www.hyderabad.co.uk
www.explocity.com/hyderabad
www.fullhyderabad.com
www.hydonline.com
www.andhravision.com