Valid passport required by all. Requirements may be subject
to short-term change. Contact the relevant authority before
departure. For more information.....
Visa required. For more information.....
Rupee = 100 paise. Exchange: At banks or authorised exchangers..
NOTE: Import and export of local currency is prohibited.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques
can be widely exchanged. Pound sterling and US dollars
are the preferred currencies.
: Easily available all over cities in india.
GMT + 5.30
Country Code India:+ 91
Outgoing Code: 00
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available.
Phone calls are much cheaper from the STD (Subscriber
Trunk Dialling) booths than from hotels.
If you have medical or travel insurance, do check whether
the company will make payment overseas or will merely
reimburse you later. Most Indian hospitals and doctors
will insist on payment on the spot.
As a rule most water is unsafe for drinking. The better
(equated to more expensive) hotels and restaurants will
serve safe drinking water. Elsewhere, well known brands
of bottled water are recommended. Make sure the bottle
is sealed and do not accept opened bottles. Otherwise,
stick to drinking carbonated drinks or hot tea/coffee
or treat water with iodine drops/chlorine tablets.
Indians are a genuinely warm and friendly people and service
is a part of the culture. In most places the service is
genuinely friendly and not a mere facade.
English is widely spoken and language should not be a
barrier to travel.
At a restaurant a tip of 10% of the bill is considered
adequate and can be reduced to 5% if you run up bills
of Rs.1000 or more.
Visit authorised foreign exchange dealers and banks and
keep the encashment certificates.
What to carry
Travel light. A hard suitcase is preferable to a soft
topped one, as it better withstands wear and tear, is
water proof and can be used to sit on at railway stations
and bus stops! Do include your anti bacterial creams,
sun screen lotions and, if you are travelling to remote
areas, water purification tablets. A flashlight and a
Swiss army penknife will always come in handy. A padlock
will be useful if you are staying at budget hotels. Remember
to carry your personal medication and a handy medical
The power outlet in India is 220-240 volt. Most sockets
are 3 pin sockets.
Do keep photo copies of important travel documents. One
set can be left behind with someone at home and the other
can be kept on your person or in a different bag/article
of luggage, from where you keep the originals. Photocopies
should be made of your tickets, credit cards and passport,
visa and travellers cheques. Carry extra copies of passport
Rs. 500- 750 payable in local currency on departure.