Visa is compulsory to travel to india.
There are approximately 82 Indian rupees to a pound and 45 to a US Dollar. Being a partially controlled currency rupees are not reality available outside India. All ports of entry in the country have a 24-hours bank exchange counter immediately after customs and immigration. Keep the encashment certificate that are given by hotels / banks when your convert foreign currency into rupees. Rupees so converted, as evidence by the encashment certificates, are deemed to be foreign exchange when paying local bills. ( Some hotels and restaurants accept payment only in foreign exchange from tourists ). These are also necessary for converting the Rupees into foreign currency when you return.
Cash withdrawals on credit from dispensing machines should not be relied on for funds.
Avoid drinking tap water and taking ice in drinks. Stick to bottled water ( or boiled / UV treated water available at the hotels ) and ensures that the seal is opened by you / in your presence. Aerated water ( bottled soft drinks ) are fine. Eat moderately for the first few days. Allow your system to get used to the changes. Yogurt ( Locally called “ Curd “ ) is advisable for weak constitutions or after a hot curry. Indian beer, gin and rum are fine. Your may not find some of the local whiskey very good . wine, if available , would generally be expensive. Check the price before ordering. Imported liquior is available but very expensive.
We recommend you to carry with you a small supply of basic health care medication such as a travel sickness tablets, anti-diarrhea tablets, insect repellent, sun creams and general purpose antibiotic. Although most of these items are available in India , the security provided by brands one is used to, reassuring. We strongly recommend that all travelers are properly insured for the holiday. If you have taken your own travel insurance, please check that it includes repatriation costs
During the day it is best to wear light , comfortable cottons with a pair of good ventilated walking shoes( Open-toed sandals let in dust and pebbles and conttons socks ). For the sightseeing session you may find a good pair of sunglasses and sun-hat handy. At some of the monuments / temples. mosques, It is advisable to avoid sleeveless tops and shorts skirts. Your may also be asked to remove your shoes: in such cases airline socks are useful.
Most hotels and resort offer same days laundry service. A portable iron can be hany when pressed for time. In remote areas laundry service may not be available.
For reasons of security you may asked to remove batteries from your camera.
India provides splendid opportunities for the shopper especially for skill and cotton, gemstones, carpets, bed linen, handicrafts in all types of medium, miniature paintings and much more. If asked our local agents will advise on where best to buy particular items. When purchasing an expensive item, always check the level of duty payable in the UK on your import. Please remember VAT is payable on all goods above the value of $145 per person, even if an item is exempt from other import duties. Most hand woven carpets used to be exempt from duty: this is no longer the case.
Be prepared for the occasional pressure selling from some guides/ drivers. Although they will generally take you to respectable establishment offering reasonable quality likely that they have vested interest. If you are not interested, and if the guide/ driver is particularly insistent, do not hesitate to refuse and bring it to the attention of our associate offices/ agents in India. However, please note that we, or any of the associate offices and agents in India, are not responsible for any shopping and related problems, although we assure you of any help that we can provide.
The electric voltage in India is 220 volts. Most English Appliances work well in India but a universal adapter is needed. Many deluxe hotels provide hair dryers but it is advisable to carry your own, if you use one regularly.
Tipping & Gifts:
Tipping is common, particularly if you are happy with the service. Please note that tips are in addition to (and not the same) porter age, which unless otherwise specified, is included in your holiday price. Some suggested amounts for tipping are:
Drivers/ Reps who help you with the transfers Rs. 100 - 150
Bell boy who carry your baggage to your room Rs. 50 - 75
Drivers/ Guides for half day/ Full day sightseeing trips Rs. 200 - 250
Drivers/ Guides for long trips spread over many days Rs. 150 - 200 Per traveler/ day
(The above amounts are mainly indicative. It is often customary to pay higher sums depending upon the quality of service.)
Waiters in restaurants (If service charge not included ) 5 - 10% of billed amount .
IF visiting a village a supply of pens or sweet come in handy to distribute among the curious children who may follow you but you need to be careful in case the children out number pens/ Sweets
IF you wish to do something to charity in India, we support a couple of charitable organization/ orphanages who accepts both financial and material support (like clothes both new and old) if you are interested to do something & you have some extra luggage Spaces you may bring some clothes for this needy people., we would like be happy to take any of these organization to distribute the same yourselves . we believe this humble step towards charity.
If you feel there is a problem, do have faith in our local associates bring it to there attention . It is not good idea to harbor a complain for redress later rather than seek remedy locally. Above all , retain your sense of humour.