Mumbai vs Hyderabad

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Hi !,

My family and me is moving to India, I'm from EU and she
from Vietnam, we have one baby (20 month).

Which place is the best for family I mean for kids and
social for my wife, as I just have to work so it's im-
portant that she and our baby have a good time.

My wife is 25 years old and very outgoing but haven't
not travel so much as me.

Thanks for any reply !
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For the same money, you will have a better lifestyle in Hyderabad

Hyderabad has most of the big city advantages (except a not too good college education, which should not bother you)- of course, not at the scale Mumbai has. The thing is that access to facilities and advantages in Mumbai is damn difficult, given commuting times.

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My wife is 25 years old and very outgoing
Mumbai will be better for nightlife, if that is what you mean. Enough pubs and stuff in Hyderabad, not the same scale or crowd as Mumbai. And enough expats too.

All depends on budget; Mumbai is more unforgiving that way.
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agree with captain on all points.
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safty and so on...

Thanks for the answer :-) besides for living area, is there
a "Powai" or similar in Hyderabad in terms of safty and
facilities etc. ?

My company office is located in "Himayathnager" is that far
from Hyderabads "Powai" and center ?

My company take care of all expenses except food, so the area
have to be nice for my family so they can go safe around, do
shopping etc. without any hassle from locals.

Thansk again





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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan View Post For the same money, you will have a better lifestyle in Hyderabad

Hyderabad has most of the big city advantages (except a not too good college education, which should not bother you)- of course, not at the scale Mumbai has. The thing is that access to facilities and advantages in Mumbai is damn difficult, given commuting times.



Mumbai will be better for nightlife, if that is what you mean. Enough pubs and stuff in Hyderabad, not the same scale or crowd as Mumbai. And enough expats too.

All depends on budget; Mumbai is more unforgiving that way.
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Himayathnagar is in the heart of the city.

Apartments are everywhere; independent house colonies too, but the higher end ones are about six/ten kilometers away. Traffic can be murder, like Mumbai, in central Hyderabad.

Powai like? Well, there is no 'Hiranandani complex' kind of area within the heart of the city, for that you have to go a little out (15/20 km from your office). But there are many apartments, safe and decent, if you want to live closer. Powai is not really the heart of Mumbai city either.



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without any hassle from locals.
Zero hassle from locals is impossible, whichever city. Or whichever country in the world. But Hyderabad is safer than a lot of cities out there; your family should not have any major problems.
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Himayathnagar is a pretty central area.
There is no one "Powai" kind of area in hyderabad. Most expats are with the IT indutry which is concentrated in the Hi-tech(madhapur) and gachibowli area.

Safetywise the larger housing complexes in madhapur/kondapur (even L&T or hill ridge near gachibowli) is pretty ok.

But they will be far from your office.

If you want a life insulated from locals.... may not be possible.
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I don't know Hyderabad, but Mumbai is on the water and has beaches and fresh seafood and a decent nightlife and many different international restaurants to choose from.Lot's of bars and clubs. Might even have a small Vietnamese community. See if theres an embassy there and they should know.
Like I said, I don't know Hyderabad, but I can't imagine it's better than Mumbai. I imagine I would be bored there. Mumbai is my favorite big city in India.

And it is expensive for rent in Mumbai,but your company is paying so...
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Commute is the main villain in Mumbai. Going anywhere(office, shopping, clubbing etc) will mean sitting in the car stuck in traffic for a long time. the only efficeient transport system is the train, which i think the OP will not prefer.

hyderabad is very well known as a foodie paradise. The clubs and bars are less in number but a new one seems to come up every week.

the shopping is definitely as good as mumbai..... and certainly more stress-free
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Question staying Banjarahills/Jubilee

Thanks again great info. -, what about Banjara/Jubilee
Hills is that a good area for family, safety, things to
do etc. etc. ?







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Originally Posted by nayan View Post Himayathnagar is a pretty central area.
There is no one "Powai" kind of area in hyderabad. Most expats are with the IT indutry which is concentrated in the Hi-tech(madhapur) and gachibowli area.

Safetywise the larger housing complexes in madhapur/kondapur (even L&T or hill ridge near gachibowli) is pretty ok.

But they will be far from your office.

If you want a life insulated from locals.... may not be possible.
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Banjara hills/ jubilee hills are very good areas. They are the ones captain mahajan indicated as "six/ten kilometres away". its mostly independant houses and lone standing apartment blocks.

Security is not much of an issue almost anywhere in hyderabad.

there would be a supermarket for daily needs within walking distance almost everywhere in banjara hills/jubilee hills area.

Also,quite a few shopping malls with international brand stores within 10-15 minutes easy drive.

proximity to good hospitals like apollo, rainbow childrens hospital, care hospitl etc.
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and plenty of pubs and resteraunts there.
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Question Weather/Pollution

Okay thanks for all the info. it's excellent ! , what about
weather and pollution, Mumbai is close is towards the sea, so
better with "fresh" air than Hyd. ?, and Hyd. not as hot as
Mumbai ?

Thanks for all the help !


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Originally Posted by nayan View Post Banjara hills/ jubilee hills are very good areas. They are the ones captain mahajan indicated as "six/ten kilometres away". its mostly independant houses and lone standing apartment blocks.

Security is not much of an issue almost anywhere in hyderabad.

there would be a supermarket for daily needs within walking distance almost everywhere in banjara hills/jubilee hills area.

Also,quite a few shopping malls with international brand stores within 10-15 minutes easy drive.

proximity to good hospitals like apollo, rainbow childrens hospital, care hospitl etc.
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mumbai has far worse pollution than hyderabad an a very humid climate.

hyderabad has a dry heat. its very very hot 3-4 months a year(mid march-mid july). the rest of the year - daytime is bearable hot, evenings are pleasant.
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its mumbai's turn now :)

powai is not mumbai.
its a very new township which has sprung up - with all and every modern amenities.
it is self-contained.

but...
powai aint what mumbai is about

1. since the company will be paying - you can afford to stay in khar / bandra... heck - maybe even south mumbai - which is the hep and happening part of town.

2. however - if you're working in powai - commute from the south / bandra to workplace will be a killer.

3. no other city can come close to the array of multi-cuisine / pubs / lounge bars available in this city.

4. theatres/plays. exhibitions, concerts - something happening all year round.

5. night life in mumbai continues waaay beyond 12 midnight! [ beat that hyderabad ]

6. single girls/women travel alone all over after 12 midnight without fear of life or molestation.

7. company? no other city is more cosmopolitan... the consulate can be of assistance.
the expat crowd has got to be double [?] triple [?] of that in HYD... and from professions other than IT.

8. the sea - heck, you have dining / coffee / pubs along the sea - albeit in distances - but at night - if you have transport... how does it matter!

9. great weekend getaways.

10. pollution - all cities are the same, a lil bit less/more here and there.

11. i dont know about it personally - but logic tells me - medical care in a city like mumbai must be catering to all kinds of needs.

12. the weather - unless you're in the hills - you will have to bear the heat anywhere else.


my personal take on mumbai is the workforce... but then again - thats my personal take... and a very indian perspective.
i have been living here for just a year - and to me - no city in india comes close to it - i love it here.
the only HYD i relate to is the life around chaar minar... then again, thats me

yes HYD is a smaller city in comparison - for day to day life, perhaps... it may be more convenient!


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Have you worked/studied in hyderabad?

I have worked/studied in both the cities(more than 3-4 years in each).

I am a huge fan of Mumbai..... I sort of "came of age" there ... Mumbai is THE PLACE for a single girl.

But.... after a nice stress-free(relatively)lifestyle in hyderabad over the last 3 years I cannot think of moving back to Mumbai without a shudder. hyderabad gives me a very nice balance of enjoying city lights(shopping, restaurants, movies, book/musicstores) vs enjoying a quiet life(less time and stress in commute thus more quality time for myself).

A typical evening in hyderabad - I get out of my office(gachibowli) at 8pm ..... go for a drive to himayat sagar/osman sagar/shmshabad(need quality time with hubby )... dine out at one of the numerous restaurants in banjara hills area and back home at 10:30 pm.

We would be mad to attempt the same/similar thing in mumbai.

If your impression of hyderabad is just the charminar area..... then no wonder you think its some kind of a back-water.
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