University of Hyderabad is located in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh. It is the fifth largest State in India and the largest in South India, with an area of 2,75,086 kms. Geographically located in the South-eastern part of the country, it is bounded by Orissa in the North, Tamil Nadu in the South, Karnataka to the West and the Bay of Bengal in the East. The state comprises three regions-Coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema. These regions, even though parts of the same State, are distinctly different in dialect, cuisine, lifestyle and climate. The State has a coastline of about 1000 kms with sparkling white beaches.
Hyderabad - the territory which was earlier ruled by the richest man in the world, the Nizam, is also rich in history, arts, architecture and culture. Like the Kohinoor diamond which was mined here, the city is multi-faceted and a shining example of valued traditions. More than 400 years of history is preserved and exists along with ultra-modern infrastructure. Known as the City of Pearls, it is now globally famous as an IT hub. Enigmatic, vibrant and alluring, Hyderabad has a mystic charm attached to the various historic monuments, mosques, minarets and museums, which abound here. The hospitality at Hyderabad is unmatched and the laid-back "Nawabi" style of living is totally relaxing. The range of delicious foods, the availability of various types of accommodation, the plethora of places to visit, astounding and affordable shopping options offering pearls, gems, handicrafts, fabrics, garments, branded merchandise and the different colours of culture and festivals make Hyderabad one of the most memorable tourist destinations.
Telugu, Urdu, Hindi and English are the most widely spoken languages here. A tourist will find no difficulty conversing here as almost everyone knows either Hindi or English.
The best time of the year to visit Hyderabad is during the winter months (November to February), when the climate is pleasant 13°-33°C. Summers (March to May) are quite hot with the mercury rising up to 40°-41°C. Monsoons (June to October) are sultry yet fun for those who enjoy rains.
Arriving in a new country and culture can be overwhelming. Almost everyone who studies, lives or works abroad experiences some degree of differences. It is quite natural to feel overwhelmed, excited and confused all at once. Some surprises always await you when you arrive in a new place. You may not be able to find your favourite food or understand the local language. Housing arrangements, the way in which classes are conducted, the informal manner in which people greet one another, all may seem very strange and confusing. This is all part of the adjustment process. Try and remember that you are not alone; that there are many other students just like you and that the Office of International Affairs at UoH is here to help you in every aspect of your experience in India.
Hyderabad is well-connected to national and international destinations with both national and international air carriers.
The brand new airport at Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is at a place called Shamshabad, about 40 minutes drive from the University campus. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Kingfisher, along with most of the other domestic airlines operate flights to and from Hyderabad International Airport (HYD). Currently, there are direct international flights to Amsterdam (KLM), Frankfurt, Germany (Lufthansa), Singapore (Air India, Indian Airlines and Singapore Airlines), Dubai (Emirates and Indian Airlines), Bangkok (Indian Airlines), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysian Airlines), Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines), Dammam (Air India), Doha (Qatar Airways), Jeddah (Air India and Saudi Arabian Airlines), Muscat (Oman Air) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabian Airlines).
The easiest way to reach the University from Airport is to get into a metered taxi (also known as Radio Taxi) which can be found just outside the exit gate of the airport. The current rate is Rs.15/- per km and UoH is about 35 Km from the Airport. You may have to tell that you want to go to University of Hyderabad (Hyderabad Central University or HCU) at Gachibowli (Near the Gachibowli Stadium).
The major rail junction is Secunderabad. All major trains stop and depart from here. Other major stations in the city are Nampally and Kachiguda. You may check the Indian Railway website for the train timings. Please visit the website:www.indianrail.gov.in