Light clothing is usually appropriate.
A warm sweater and all-weather coat are suggested. Attitude about informal
western dress is generally tolerant, but religious sensibilities should be kept
in mind. Do not wear shoes into temples and shrines and when entering mosques,
the head should be covered. Some religious sites do not allow shorts or
sleeveless shirts. Also, it is sometimes frowned upon to bring leather into
Hindu shrines. A good pair of sneakers or walking shoes is also necessary.
If you give the impression of being from a
different country, chances are that you might be stared at, especially in the
smaller towns. Don't be offended - they mean no harm, it is just curiosity.
In India, public toilet facilities are few and far between.
Take every opportunity you can to use a clean toilet in places such as hotels
and restaurants. Make this a habit wherever you go.
Do not let them hassle you, and do not encourage them by giving
Food And Drink
Drink only bottled water. Many popular brands are
available. In restaurants insist that they bring a sealed bottle to your table
Beef is not served in many parts of India. Pork is also not easily available.
Eat non-vegetarian food only in good restaurants. The meat in cheaper and
smaller places can be of unhygienic. Good quality vegetarian food is easily
Curd or yoghurt is served with most meals. It is a natural aid to digestion and
helps temper the spicy food.
Tips or Gratuities are a general trend in India also because in most of the
establishments it is not included in the price. For Instance, around 10% of the
Bill in Restaurants & Bars could be extended as a gratuity depending upon the
standard of the house, service etc.
India is a Shopper’s paradise. From local Handicrafts of
world famous Rugs, Textiles & Jewellery to International brands you would find
Bargaining is usual in local Markets.
Most acceptable mode of payment is Cash whereas all major Credit Cards are also
Religion and People
Hindus : 82.41%
Muslims : 11.67%
Jains : 0.41%
The currency in India is the Indian Rupee and it is fully convertible. The notes
are available in denominations of 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. The
Rupee is further divided into 100 Paise. Coins are available in denominations of
5, 2 and 1 Rupee as well as 50 and 25 Paise.
Buying and selling rates of foreign currency fluctuate as in the world over and
India is no exception. It would be best to check with us prior to your travel
and also on your arrival for prevailing rates.
Money Exchanges :
Money can be exchanged at international airports and approved
money-changers. Nationalised and international banks can also change your
foreign currency. However, in smaller towns, it may be difficult to change
money. Banks are normally closed on Sundays and other Government holidays, but
you can always use the ATMs, if you have a valid ATM card. Recognized hotels
will also be able to change your money, but at a substantial fee. All
international credit cards are widely accepted in India.
It is highly recommended to carry plenty of small change with you during your
India trip for small payments, tips, alms etc