All visitors to India require a valid visa to enter the country. Tourists wishing to visit India are normally granted short-term tourist visas, effective from the date of issue. Tourist visas are non-extendable and non-convertible. The Embassies, High Commissions and the Consulate Generals of India, will be happy to help you obtain Visa to enter India. More information can be obtained from this site.


The Indian Rupee is the national currency (INR). International Credit Cards are widely accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops, particularly American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa; MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted. Exchange offices and ATM machines are available throughout Hyderabad. For exchange rates:


The electricity supply in India is 220 Volts.



India has only one time zone which covers the entire country. Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT.



The month of October is characterised by gradually falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 26°C throughout the month.


Invitation Letter

Upon request, the Secretariat of the 78th Skål World Congress will e-mail a personal invitation to participants. This invitation is meant only to help visitors to obtain a visa, and is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support. Official letters of invitation designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries will be sent on request. If you require an original letter, it is recommended that you send your request well in advance to account for administration time for processing the request and delivery by post. Requests can be made via e-mail to

Liability and Insurance

The Congress Secretariat and Organisers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participant. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

Safety and Security

Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.


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Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is known by the Sobriquet City of Pearls. The city is one of the largest metros in India with an area of 650 square kilometres (250 sq mi), having a population of 6.8 million in the city and 7.7 million in the metropolitan area, making it the fourth most populous city and the sixth-most populous urban agglomeration in the country.


Hyderabad was established in 1591 AD on the banks of the Musi River on the  tip  of  the  Deccan  Plateau by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. Now known as the historic old city, home to the Charminar, Falaknuma Palace, Chowmallah Palace and Makkah Masjid, it lies on the southern bank of the river.


The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, separated by the Husain Sagar (bound by the 'Tank Bund'), a man-made lake made during the time of Ibrahim Qutb Shah in 1562, come under the ambit of a single municipal unit the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.


Hyderabad was once a global center of the diamond and pearls trade. The city has emerged as a major global center for the information technology (IT) industry, and biopharmaceutical industry. The Telugu film industry, known as Tollywood is also located in the city.


As of March 2012, Hyderabad is the "Best Heritage City" of India and home to many historical sites, including the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site of Chowmahalla Palace. The city is a regular tourist hotspot and carries many places of interest. Situated on the crossroads of North and South India, Hyderabad has been noted for its unique culture, art and architecture.


Hyderabad is well connected to the World by Air and Train and Road to all Indian cities. The swanky new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, located at a 40-minute drive from Hyderabad International Convention Centre. The airport is designed with the capacity to handle 5 million passengers in the first phase of development.


  • Installation of fast track special check-in & migration counters and welcome for the conference delegates at the airport.

  • Free non-stop Airport Shuttle Service from the airport to, many important destinations located in the city will be provided to the conference delegates.


The GMR Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has been adjudged as the best airport among the 5 to 15 million passenger capacity airports in the world. It is a most modern and has all the facilities for a smooth and comfortable passage. Major international Airlines like British Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Air Arabia, Saudi Arabia Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Singapore Airways, Malaysia Airways, Thai, Air India etc., operate regular international flights virtually connecting Hyderabad to world Hyderabad is a major centre for pharmaceuticals with companies such as Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Matrix Laboratories, Hetero Drugs Limited, Divis Labs, Aurobindo Pharma Limited, Lee Pharma and Vimta Labs being housed in the city. Initiatives such as Genome Valley, Fab City and the Nano Technology park are expected to create extensive infrastructure in bio-technology.


Lake Hussain Sagar India, the World’s largest heart shaped lake was officially declared as the “Heart of the World” by United Nations World Tourism Organization on 27th September 2012 on the occasion of World Tourism Day 2012.