Keeping your health in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh is much like keeping your health in any other city of India. The common-sense rules apply: you have to prepare all and any medications that you might have been prescribed by your personal doctor before leaving for your trip, just in case there are no local chemists that carry the prescription in Hyderabad; you have to check which immunisations may be required by official agencies or advised; and you need to ensure that you get a map of the city that has the major hospitals or health centres highlighted, just in case an emergency does happen once you get to the metropolis.
One major issue that might compromise your health in Hyderabad is that of unsanitary practices in food preparation. Hyderabad is a place of rich, delectable cuisines, and these can be found both on the streets and in high-end restaurants. For most tourists, the street-food experience is usually more tempting, or perhaps simply more affordable. Unfortunately, this can lead to problems.
It need not even be said that most street food would never pass muster in a health official’s inspection. The chances of actually getting something nasty from street food, granted, are fairly low, especially if you have been exposed to it before. But to those with delicate constitutions or stomachs and those who are simply unlucky, street food can pose a definite risk. As such, it may be wiser to stick with actual restaurant establishments for your fare.
As far as the restaurants go, they are more or less decent, although it should be noted that the most reliable ones are—naturally—the higher-end establishments. In many of the lower-end restaurants, it is commonplace for customers requesting mineral water to be served water that is dubbed “mineral” but is actually still from the tap. This is why a lot of tourists prefer to buy and bring bottled water with them regularly. Certainly it would be wise if you are visiting in the hot months: the sweltering heat can be conducive to dehydration if you are not accustomed to it and not taking sufficient fluids.
Aside from keeping yourself properly fed and watered, keep your eyes and ears open. Hazards to health can be human in origin as well, after all. Even if Hyderabad is considered one of the safer cities in India, there are still some crimes that happen here, especially at night. Furthermore, the lingering political issues, such as the Telangana Movement, may also pose a few dangers if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Safeguarding your health in Hyderabad is fairly simple as long as you stay vigilant. The old chestnut that prevention is always better than cure holds in every corner of the world, and should be amended to prevention and preparation if you truly want to do everything you can for your sake and that of your travelling companions. Get all the emergency or hospital numbers you might need in advance, check out where you can go in a trice if something bad happens, and just be smart about what you do and where you do it.