|Do some background reading before visiting India,
so that your visit becomes a great experience, something you
had never dream could happen to you.
Dont be concerned about living conditions in India.
Our 5-star and 4-star hotels, are of international standards
and the comforts and cuisine they provide compare with any
in the world. The deluxe and palace hotels are a world apart
and many have been accorded Leading hotels of the world
status. The 3-star hotels are there for the medium budget
traveler, and 1-star and 2-star hotels, Travelers lodges,
Tourist Bungalows, Holiday Homes, Youth hostels, YM / YWCAs
are for those with small budgets.
Your travel arrangements should be made well in advance,
especially if you are traveling between October- March (high
tourist season) and May- June, the Indian holiday season.
Travel facilities are limited in relation to demand so prior
bookings are a must.
If traveling by air, you should include one or more trips
by rail or road so that you can experience rural India. When
planning your trip, ask your travel agent to include an Indian
fair or festival in your itinerary. Witnessing the color and
gaiety of these events is a great experience.
At each city you visit, try and attend a folkloric or classical
music, dance or drama program. Information on programs can
be obtained from any India tourist office.
English is spoken at almost all tourist centers, but you
can also request us to book Government-trained and approved
guides who also speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian
or Russian. Tour guides will help you not only in your sightseeing,
but also help you understand India better.
Indians are hospitable and friendly people, if they stare
at you, do not consider it rude, it is only a matter of curiosity.
A tourist need never be lost in India, most people are more
than willing to go out of their way to guide you to your destination.
If you want to meet Indians or go to n Indian home, contact
us. We will arrange a visit.
As with any foreign destination, the tourist is advised to
drink bottled water, bottled drinks, coffee or tea. Most premier
hotels have their own filtration system.
Avoid eating spicy food all at one time soon after you arrive
in India. Take one Indian dish only with each meal and ask
the waiter to cut down on the chilies. Within a few days your
system will get used to Indian food, one of the most delicious
of world cuisine. It is advisable to stick to only cooked
foods and to eat fresh fruits whose skin you can peel off
Bring your own medicines, since all medications in India
are locally manufactured and you may not find the same brand
names. There are very good druggists and doctors everywhere,
and they can advise on substitutes. If the necessity arises,
ask your hotel to recommend a doctor.
Do not forget to remove your footwear when visiting a place
of worship or mausoleum. Also some temples do not permit any
leather articles at all on their premises. Certain areas of
temples are not open to Non-Hindus.
Travel with a camera and a color film. India is a land of
sunshine and color, begging to be photographed. Most type
of films are available in India.
Most cities have Beggar Homes to look after indigent persons
and to teach them a trade, but professional beggars find begging
more lucrative. If you wish to help them, do so through a
recognized charitable organization, not by giving them alms.
It is safe to travel in India, as you will find out for yourself.
Even if you read of some trouble in any town or region, do
not be discouraged, since most of India is safe at all times.
Most museums in India are closed on Mondays and Site Museums,
those near archaeological monuments, on Fridays. However,
please check with us for timings.
The electric current in India is 220/ 250 volts and 50 cycles.
It is AC practically everywhere.
India is a shoppers dream. Shopping is recommended from Government
Emporium and suggested shops by us. Most of the large stores
will ship your purchases for you, though, for convenience
and to avoid postal delays, it is advisable to carry your
shopping with you or to book it as baggage.
Do not crowd too many places into your itinerary. Make sure
that you get an occasional free half-day for rest, shopping
or exploring on your own.
If you wish to visit any restricted areas, as in the north-
eastern region, check with the nearest India Tourist Office
as to the permits needed.
For amateur photography of national monuments, there are no
restrictions on taking photographs with a still camera (with
flash inside the camera synchronized with exposure) or an
8mm.movie camera. It is prohibited to photograph places of
military importance, i.e. airports, bridges, sensitive border
regions. Certain temples may prohibit interior or exterior
photography. Charges may be levied to photograph some monuments,
forts or temples. Inside museums, or when photographing art
works, flash cameras are prohibited. Photography inside the
Taj Mahal is prohibited but prior permission can be requested
from the Archaeological Survey of India, Janpath, New Delhi,
110 001. If tripods or other outside aids such as props or
floodlights are used, or for professional and commercial photograph,
special permission must be obtained from the Archaeological
Survey of India. Similar permission must be obtained for movie
cameras other than 8mm and for video cameras.
Some hotels include service charges on their bills. In such
cases tipping is not necessary. Where this is not done, at
tip of 10% is customary. If you are in a big group and the
food bill is high, the tip on the total can come down to 5%.
The porter who takes your baggage to your room is usually
tipped Rs.5 per bag or Rs.10 to Rs.20 per trolley. (These
estimates are for 5 and 4-star hotels and are proportionately
less in 1, 2 or 3 star hotels.) Tipping of taxi drivers is
The units of Indian currency are the Rupee and Paisa (100
Paisa equal 1 Rupee). Paper money is in denominations of Rupees
1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Coins are in denominations
of Rupees 1, 2 and 5.
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency
or travelers checks a tourist may import, provided a
Declaration form is completed on arrival. This will facilitate
the exchange of imported currency as well as the export of
unspent currency on departure. Cash, bank notes and travelers
checks up to US $ 10,000 or equivalent need not be declared
at the time of entry. Any money in the form of travelers
checks, drafts, bills, checks, etc., which tourists wish to
convert into Indian currency should be exchanged only through
authorized money- changers.
Tourists are warned that changing money through unauthorized
persons is not only illegal but also involves the risk of
receiving counterfeit currency. To exchange foreign money
other than through banks or authorized money- changers is
an offence. Please note that no Indian currency whatsoever
can be imported or exported, except for Rupee travelers
checks. Banks abroad to keep Rupee balances with their agents
in India and are able to draw upon these balances to issue
Rupee travelers checks to intending tourists.
There are 24- hour exchange facilities available at Delhi,
Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai international airports.