Most travellers dont realize that Hyderabad is a very conservative city due to the presence of Islam. I knew that it had deep roots with Islam but I had no idea that certain parts of the city were as conservative as they are. Most women dress in abayas and a majority of the them wear hijabs and veils. India is a place where travellers wear less clothing but this city is not one of them so consider this before moving around the city. Dress conservatively and you will be greeted warmly by the local people.
There is very peculiar tone to all hyderabadi's, be it people talking in Deccani or be it telugu, the states offical language. Some tips bout the language that would be useful for u when on the streets
In Deccani Urdu
Kitne paise hue- HOW MANY RUPEES
Chalte kya- WILL U COME- u will need to ask this specifically to an auto driver
Hyderabad has a theater for almost every colony. Most of the movies dont make any sense. Though with the advent of Cable Television, not many families are opting for theaters, there still are some people who have a made it a habit of watching a movie every week irrespective of the star cast, director or banner. Every weekend theaters are full. Hyderabadis have coined choicest phrases such as "Kya Shot hai baap!" for a Van Damme kick. The reason why its popular entertainment is because the maximum ticket rate that you come across would not exceed Rs 40. Mind you the theaters are fully A/C, equipped with latest sound effects, digital sound, and luxury seats.
It always feels nice that someone likes you. Eves dropping (or "light marna") has always been popular in Hyderabad. It has been constant. You will find that at most of the places you will find people staring ogling at ladies (all types) all the time.
The scene has to seen to be believed when there is a ruckus or brawl on the road or on the street. The whole public joins in deciding who was wrong or right. Firstly, they try n understand the situation, then they try n add fuel to fire, then if the fight is not intersting enough, they will try n pacify both the parties and try n wiggle out an amicable solution, which is not always acceptable to both parties.
Being a Hyderabadi myself i could have gone on and on about the culture, trends and the way people here behave in public, but I would like to concise it and add a few tips for you as a tourist coming to Hyderabad.
Never move around in skimpy clothes in the old city area, as it is more likely to offend people and more importantly u will generate a lot of interest among a lot of them, irrespective of age. Try n avoid smokin in shrines and religious places.
When you are in a hotel ask for mineral water as you are likey to be served tap water most of the time.
While travelling in Hyderabad one should be careful about the Auto-rickshaw person. He will try to cheat you by charging more fare. So guys be careful or take the help of known person.