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Currency :
The Indian rupee (INR) is the official currency of the Republic of India. There is no such restriction for the foreigner clients for the import of foreign currency to India. However, it is required to declare the currency upon arrival in case you are carrying Cash / Drafts / Cheques / Travellers Cheque equivalent to or more than 5,000 US Dollars which will help you to exchange of your currency to local currency and also facilitate you to convert your unspent currency back with you while leaving the country. All ports of entry in the country have a 24-hours bank exchange counter immediately after customs and immigration though the rate given is not so attractive. If you want we could also arrange for foreign exchange at good rates if the amount to be exchanged is above $ 500. Exchanging money from unauthorized sources without money exchange certificate is an offence in India.

Healthcare :

Avoid drinking tap water and taking ice in drinks. It is advisable to drink only mineral water and ensures that the seal is opened by you / in your presence. Eat moderately for the first few days that allow your system to get used to the changes. Please avoid eating food from street-side vendor and always take balanced and healthy meals. 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. During the journey, if you need a doctor, please ask for a good hospital / clinic or ask your hotel to call a good doctor for you. We strongly recommend that all travelers are properly insured for the holiday. If you have already taken your own travel insurance, please check that it includes the repatriation costs.

Clothing :

Carrying light woolen during the month of December to March is advisable. During the rest of the period light cotton clothes will be fine. If you are traveling to hills, please do check about the weather and contact our travel advisor and pack your stuff accordingly. While walking on the streets and visiting holy places, please mind wearing very short or transparent dress. . At some of the Monuments, temples or mosques, it is advisable to avoid sleeveless tops and shorts skirts. You may also be asked to remove your shoes and in such cases airline socks are useful.

Language :

There are 18 recognized languages and more than 1600 minor languages and dialects in India. Hindi is the official language, widely understood and spoken in most of the parts of the country. Elementary English is commonly understood in the most of the part of the country as it is taughting most schools and colleges.

Laundry :

Most hotels and resort offer same days laundry service. A portable iron can be handy when pressed for time. In remote areas, there can be a chance that laundry service may not be available.

Shopping :

Every tourist who visits India wishes to take back the memories of this lovely country. Shopping in India is the ideal way to fulfill your wish of taking a memory. India provides splendid opportunities for the shopper especially for silk and cotton, gemstones, carpets, bed linen, handicrafts in all types of medium, miniature paintings and much more. Please do not hesitate to ask us for a list of authentic places of shopping in every city as per your requirements and interest. 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 branch offices / agents in India. However, please note that we, or any of the branch 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.

Voltage :

Standard voltage is 230-240V (usually 240V). Pack a universal travel adaptor that will allow you to use a hairdryer, electric shaver, charge a mobile phone and other electrical items. Many deluxe hotels provide hair dryers but it is advisable to carry your own, if you use one regularly. Take care with your choice of adaptor. Be sure that it is suitable for India, as Indian sockets accept round 3 pin plugs that are similar but not identical to European plugs.

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 in INR which are as follows:

  • 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. 300 - 400
  • Drivers/ Guides for long trips spread over many days Rs. 150 - 200 Per traveler / day
  • Waiters in restaurants (If service charge not included ) 5 - 10% of billed amount .

(The above amounts are mainly indicative. It is often customary to pay higher sums depending upon the quality of service.)
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.

Others :

If you feel there is a problem, do have faith in our local branches, 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.