Hyderabad is located at 17.366 N by 78.476 E at an altitude of 550 meters above sea level. Due of its central location, Hyderabad is often called the Gateway to Southern India.
Spread over 260 square kilometers, it is a bustling metropolis of 6.1 million people with a population density of 14,192 people per sq. km2. It is easily accessible by road from most of the key metro cities in India since it is situated at a junction of two of the main highways in India (NH 7 and NH 9).
As the capital city of the state Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad is well connected by rail and air with Delhi (1500 km), Bombay (710 km), Chennai (674 Km), Bangalore (573km), and other major commercial and industrial centers of India. International flights to the Middle East countries, South East Asia and other major cities of the world connect the city to the rest of the world.
Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad are separated from each other by a manmade lake called the Hussain Sagar Lake.
The city has a pleasant climate for most of the year but summers can be uncomfortable with temperatures rising to up to 40oC. Summers are short-lived lasting only for a couple of months before the monsoons arrive. Winters are cool with temperatures ranging between 12oC to 22oC.
Hyderabad is 5 1/2 hours ahead of GMT, 4 1/2 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard time and 10 1/2 ahead of American Eastern Standard Time (summer).