Different attitudes n cultures, Hyderabad
Just make sure you are decently dressed. specially if you're a woman. Strangers might come up to you to sell stuff or also to help you. For locals here, in certain parts of the city, the way you dress sends a message on what type of person you might be.
In general, you can wear t-shirts, jeans, and all that, but avoid miniskirts and shorts. Avoid looking at men directly in the eyes. This is the best way to avoid unnecessary and annoying comments.
Women coming to Hyderabad:
Please don't wear shirts that are low cut or that show cleavage. You will attract some much unwanted attention. So no tank tops.
Also, don't wear skirts or dresses or shorts, try to wear pants or capris.
Carry Tissue packets with you where ever you go. Either your nose will start to run while eating spicy food, or you'll end up in a restroom (Loo) without any toilet paper, they call it toilet tissue here.
Bring tampons if you need them, because you won't find anything but pads here.
Bring mosquito repelant, you will need it. Off brand also sells Off wipes that you can carry in your purse or pocket should you need to put some on if you end up some place with mosquitos. If you do get bit, ask to go to a Chemist/Drugist or ask your hotel to get you some Caladryl, it works awesomely and the swelling of the bite goes down without any scaring within a few days.
Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket, it will come in handy, also bring socks and tennis shoes, you'll need them, trust me.
Drink lots of water.
I learned that the weather conditions have actually made my hair to look shinier than it did when I was home in the U.S.A.
Bring a small heating pad or Thera Care things so that if you have a bad period with cramps, you'll be able to make your tummy warm to keep the cramps from getting too bad. I made that mistake and didn't bring any of those items, and I regreted it a few times. They don't sell those things here.
When you go out to eat, try new things. The food might not look great, but trust me, it is.
From trains, windows of moving buses, on the road, in a park, by a tree trunk, near the garbage bin, especially in public places, rarely there is a corner which is not spat in.
Often time you can see all those red color stains from betel juices all over the floor when you walk from one attraction to the other. Well, this is also the local custom but I don't think i should highlight it there.
If you dont' believe in God, then please come to Hyderabad for discovering yourself and to try your luck. It has been said that many an atheist have come to India. After having driven on the roads here, they have returned as believers of God. Which country, then, has a more powerful spiritual presence??!! India my friend. It is pure luck and God's grace if you have returned home safely without a scratch on your car, i mean!!!
Dont try and be adventurous and drive on the roads here, let your host, ur friend or ur chauffer do the honors. They are used to going into a battlefield everyday. You have come here for a holiday, so have a good time.
If you are a fair skinned westener, you definetely will get special treatment but all of it will be at a very high price. Rates of things will hike up once it is clear that you are a foreigner, so try n move around or atleast shop around with a local guy, your trusted guide or anyone willing to take you round the city. Mind you will really find a lot of people coming forward to show you around the town free of cost, expecting nothin more than a meal or an imported gift from ur kitty. You will also find a lot of the sleazy ones the smart asses who will be comin your way and askin you if u would like a cheap ride round the city. Take care of ur luggage at all times.
Make sure u have a traffic policeman around when u r tryin to board an autorickshaw (the 3 wheel drive) and explain him about ur destination, The autodrivers will haggle u a lot for extra cash as tip, dont give in. Try n book a car or coach at the Tourism dept office before hand at Central Reservation Office Tankbund Road, Hyderabad