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Travel Information India

What should I know about India?

Drinking water

Avoid drinking tap water while in India. Consumption of bottled water is always advisable. Please do not forget to check that the bottle is sealed before you purchase it, and please remember to dispose of it properly.

Electricity – What plugs are used in India?

The voltage supply at most of the hotels across India is 230-240 volts. Most of the plug-in pins in India are different from western made plug-in pins. It makes sense to carry an adaptor and dry cells.

Equipment – What else do I need?

We also recommend carrying a torch, padlocks for your bags, sun cream, a small sewing kit, safety pins and spare glasses or contact lenses if you wear them.

Health and Vaccination

For advice on vaccination and immunizations you may please visit www.masta.org.

Indian Sightseeing Tips – What should I know?

Dress codes for religious sights do apply. In other words, you may need to cover your head, shoulders and always wear shoes. Please remember to rather ask, so that you don't unknowingly offend. Some temples do not permit any leather articles at all on their premises. Certain temples are not open to Non-Hindus. Most museums in India are closed on Mondays, and Site Museums, those near archaeological monuments, on Fridays. When you are visiting religious sites, it is advisable to wear trousers, full-length skirts. Try and wear shoes that can be slipped on and off easily, as in some religious site you may need to enter the sanctorum bare foot.

Language

English is spoken at almost all tourist centres; you can also book the services of trained and approved guides who also speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Russian through the tourist office in advance.

Money – Foreign Currency

Most International airports in India have money exchange counters where you can easily change money. It is recommended that you do have enough Indian money on you, which you may require for any purchases. Most big cities have ATMs which accept Visa and Master Card as well as American Express. The ATM network is ever expanding you may even find them in some smaller towns. Most hotels and resorts should have money exchange facilities, however, this is not always guaranteed. It is advisable to research this before your departure. In rural and wildlife areas currency changing facilities and ATM’s are not available.

Mobile | Hand phoner

Mobile phone coverage is extensive all over India, with the exception of some remote areas in National Parks, where it may not work. Please check with your mobile provider for network tie-ups.

Newspaper

Most national papers are published in Hindi, English and all regional languages.

Photography Tips

If you do not use a digital camera, it may be difficult to get photography film in smaller towns or in national parks / reserves, so please ensure you either bring them along or buy them on arrival at the port of entry. Photography may also not be permissible at some railway stations, bridges, airports and all military installations and at many places it is permitted only at a fee. There is usually a higher fee for using a video camera. If in doubt, please ask.

Safety – Am I safe in India?

Traveling in India is relatively safe. Simple precautions, however, should always be applied when traveling to any foreign country. Use the hotel safe to keep your documents secure i.e. passports and visas. Avoid wearing heavy jewellery or carrying large amounts of cash during sightseeing – tourists are easy targets for pickpockets. Try not to keep your wallet in your back pocket, and do not accept food or drinks from strangers during your travels. You should never walk around in deserted areas, especially at night.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at public places. All properties of Indian Railways, including trains and railway stations, are strictly non-smoking zones with stiff penalties for violations.

Tipping guidelines – What is the standard in India?

Your lodge manager will provide you with guidelines for tipping, although many of the lodges have a central tip box where you can leave your gratuity at the end of your stay. Where restaurant meals are involved, the tipping standard is usually 10% of the bill.

Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is important for your personal safety. Mountain and other adventure sports enthusiasts should have insurance that covers trekking, climbing and mountain biking.

Visa

All non-residents require visas for India, which must be obtained prior to departure. Tourist visas are usually valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Passports must have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for 6 months after your return from India Two passport photographs are also required at the time of application. In case you are travelling to neighbouring country and are coming back to India after that visit again, ensure you have double entry visas. Please contact Indian Embassy/ Mission for more details.


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