India is a vast country in South East Asia with multicultural diversity. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country and the most populous democracy in the world. India is a federal parliamentary democratic republic in which the President of India is the head of state and the Prime Minister of India is the head of government.
It is advisable to drink packaged bottled water, bottled drinks in India. Hotels have their own water filter functions which is suitable for cleaning and bathing but not suitable for drinking.
There is plenty of great cuisine in India; in fact food is the one of the best reason to visit the country. However, it is better to avoid eating street food as well as spicy food. While placing order for food, please request for less use of spices and chillies.
Photography is prohibited in many temples and other religious places, please refrain from doing photography in prohibited areas. In many monuments and places of tourist interest, one may have to pay fee for the photography.
While visiting religious places like, Temples, Mosques or Gurudwara, it is advisable that women must wear long skirts or trousers; preferably with full sleeve shirts or tops and carry a stole or a scarf to cover the head. Also, one must remove the footwear before entering any religious place. Many temples do not allow leather articles in their premises.
India is a Shopper’s paradise and famous for its handicrafts, textiles, art, jewelry, spices etc. Everything in India has a regional flavour; please find out regional specialties before you go for shopping. There are lots of fixed price shop as well as Government Emporiums which are recommended for shopping.
It is a generally a good idea to be conscious of using your right hand to great people and while giving or receiving stuff. This is especially important in religious ceremonies.
Please note India is a socially conservative country and as a result it is better to avoid or engage in public displays of affection.
Indian Rupees (Code: INR; Sign: ₹) The units of Indian currency are the Rupee and Paisa (100 Paisa = 1 Rupee). There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travellers checks that can be brought by a tourist to India. However a Declaration form is filled (only for the amount which is more than USD 10,000) on the arrival at the Indian airport.
India has a wide range of climatic regions and generalization is not possible. The best time to travel to visit South of India is during November and March. Northern India can best be visited in October and November or starting mid-February till April. November to May is a good time for North East part of India. For Western parts of India ideal time will be October to March.
India is comparatively a safe country to travel. Crime rate against foreigners remain low. However, it is suggested especially for female travellers not to be alone on the road after late evening just to be on the safer side. In case help needed, Police and Ambulance service is available at 100 and 102 respectively.
Please be careful with your cash, card and other valuable items especially in densely packed areas.
Tipping is widely prevalent in India. Tipping is not necessary in hotels and restaurants where service charges are included in the bills. Otherwise, 10 percent of the total billing amount is normal as tipping. With group travels, tipping can be reduced to 5 percent.
India Time (IST) is 5.30 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). India does not observe daylight saving time or other seasonal adjustments.
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