Auto-rickshaws, which unlike the old rickshaws, have wheels and engines, and are everywhere in Hyderabad. They’re cheaper than regular taxis, and with good reason. No air conditioning in 100-degree Indian summers; and it’s like riding in those old amusement bumper cars.
The air from all the exhaust fumes from the clogged roads — two lanes, which often turn into four, as anything from two to four wheels comes right at you — isn’t good. Many wear masks to breathe a little easier.
Indian bucket baths, where you use one water-saving bucket to rinse after lathering are still the norm; and an option even in this swank shower at the Aalankrita Resort, a popular local getaway outside the city.
… but most drink regular bottled water. And no, it’s not safe to drink water from the tap.