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Name of the city : Hyderabad
Name of the state: Telangana
Area: 625 km² (241 sq mi)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+5:30)
Distance(s): From Delhi – 1499 km
From Mumbai – 711 km
From Bangalore – 562 km
From Chennai – 688 km
From Kolkata – 1516 km
Founded: 1591 AD
Founder: Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah
Fifth Qutb Shahi Ruler
Population: 10,191,969 (10.1 million) (till 2015)
Country code of India: 0091 or +91
City code/STD code of Hyderabad: 040
Languages: Urdu, Telugu, Hindi and English
Currency Indian Rupees
 
Language
There are four languages in Hyderabad: Hindi, Deccani-Urdu, Telugu and English. English is the language of business and administration, and is widely spoken and understood. Most Hyderabadis are bilingual, and speak their mother tongue as well as English.
 
Religion
Hyderabad is also diverse in terms of the population’s various religions. Hyderabad’s skyline boasts the distinctive minarets of Muslim mosques, intricate figurines of Hindu temple gods, beautiful Churches and distinctive architecture of Gurudwaras. The main religions are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Sikhism.
 
Security & Safety
Hyderabad has a well-founded reputation as one of the safest cities in the world. Crime rates are very low and the streets are safe to walk at any time of the day or night. However, it is recommended that visitors to the city take the precaution of keeping their valuables in a safe place at all times.
 
Wine & Dine
Hyderabad’s multi-cultural population is reflected in the wide variety of excellent restaurants offering a diverse range of cuisine from around the world.
 
Tipping
Tipping is not required as most hotels and restaurants in Hyderabad already levy a service charge on customers' bills. Tipping is not a way of life in Hyderabad and the practice is not encouraged.
 
Driving
The minimum driving age is 18 years with a valid state/provincial driver's license. An international driver's license is required for visits beyond one month. In India, traffic drives on the left side of the road and cars are right-handed; the steering wheel and driver’s seat are on the right side of the car.
 
Emergency Numbers
Hyderabad India
  • Police 100
  • Fire 101
  • Ambulance 102
These are the emergency numbers in Hyderabad, but they are usually the same in other Indian cities.
 
Passport
According to the law, you must have your passport with you at all times. To check into a hotel you must show your passport to the hotel clerk and fill out a form with your passport and visa information. If the police ask to see your passport, you must show it to them. They have the right to ask for it at any time, without stating a reason.
 
Electric Current
Standard voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 cycles per second. Most hotels are equipped with transformers for 110-120 volts AC, 60 cycles per second appliances. This is different from America and England, so to plug in your laptop, and other devices, you need a converter and an adapter for your device’s plug. You can get these at certain appliance stores in your own country. Socket sizes in India vary, so it is a good idea to get a universal adapter which is available at airports and at special travel stores. Sockets in India have three round pins, similar to the ones used in Europe. European plugs will go into the sockets, but the Indian pins are a little thicker and the plug will be a little loose, so the connection may not be good.
 
Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in public buses, elevators, theatres, cinemas, restaurants, shopping centres and government offices. However, there are designated smoking areas at hotels and the conference venue.
 
What to Wear
Hyderabad has a moderate temperature ranging from 15 to 40 degrees Celsius. Light clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton is best for everyday wear. Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions but some establishments may require a more formal dress code. It is always advisable to check beforehand on dress regulations, if any.
 
Hyderabad is a metropolitan city and Western clothing is common. However, when going to religious places a conservative dress code is necessary.
 
Credit Cards
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.
 
Banking & Money Changing
Banks throughout Hyderabad generally open at 9.30 am and close at 3.30 pm Mondays to Fridays, and 9.30 am to 12.30 am on Saturdays for transactions such as travellers' cheques and other financial matters. For convenience, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are open round-the-clock, offering the MAESTRO or CIRRUS network system. Apart from the convenience of exchanging money at all banks and hotels, money can also be exchanged wherever the sign "Licensed Money Changer" is displayed. Most shopping complexes have a licensed money changer. Visitors are discouraged from changing money with unlicensed money changers.
 
Office Hours
Business and government offices are usually open from Monday to Friday (9 am to 5 pm) and Saturday (9 am to 1 pm). Offices and shops are usually closed on Sunday, but may be closed on a different day depending on the town.
 
Shopping Hours
Shops open from 10 am to 9 pm daily. You don’t need to keep a sharp eye on your watch when you're shopping in Hyderabad. Our city also enjoys the reputation of being one of the safest places to be in, provided basic precautions are taken. You can have peace of mind to shop and walk around well into the night.
 
Communications/Mobile Phones
In Hyderabad various network providers like Airtel, Idea ,Vodafone, Reliance, BSNL and Telenor service allow you to use your mobile phone on international roaming to make or receive calls. In hotels and at the conference venue there is the provision of paid international telephone services to make calls, and there is also a Business centre at the conference venue where guests can use the internet on a paid basis.  Hotels also provide internet connectivity which may or may not be on a paid basis.
 
The telephone code for India is +91 and city code is 040.
 
Travel and Health Insurance
It is strongly recommend that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.
 
Weather
There are three seasons in Hyderabad:
  • Summer
  • Monsoon
  • Winter
The climate is primarily warm throughout the year. It is best described as tropical. Summers are hot and humid with average highs in the mid-to-high 30s Celsius range. The congress dates, 11-13 September 2017, fall during the monsoon period (June to September) which is marked by plenty of rain.
 
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Welcome Cocktail Party
 
Monday September 11, 2017
 
Dress: Smart / Casual
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Hall- 3 & 4, Hyderabad International Convention Centre
 
This is an invitation for all registered delegates
 
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Time: 7:00pm
Dress: Traditional/formal–Theme for the event is Indian traditional dress.
Venue: Chowmahalla Palace
 
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