A valid passport is required for entry into India and Nepal. It is advisable
to obtain multiple entry visas in case you are planning to visit both
Custom officials are largely courteous to the tourist. Most major airports
in India operate the conventional Green and Red channels. Valuable articles
such as video cameras and any electronic goods should be declared on
arrival and a TBRE form filled up to re-export the same on departure.
All travelers coming from or via South America of African countries
are required to have a yellow fever vaccination. Recommended inoculations
include cholera, typhoid, malaria, and as prescribed by your doctor.
There is no restriction to the import of foreign currency into India.
The import of Indian currency is prohibited. Those carrying large sums
of foreign currency should declare the same on arrival. It is recommended
that money should be changed only at Government Authorised Money Changers.
Most city hotels and certain banks have money-changing facilities. You
should retain the receipt of the money changed to reconvert unspent
Indian currency when finally departing from India.
Major Seasons and What to Wear
India has three major seasons. Winter (October through March), Summer
(April through June), and the Monsoons (July through September). In
summers, light cottons are recommended, in winter's woolens and in the
monsoons, an umbrella is indispensable. At higher altitudes warm jackets,
boots and gloves would be required. There is no particular dress code,
however one is expected to dress modestly. In many temples and shrines
you will be required to remove your shoes and not to carry all leather
items including belts and purses.
There are no set rules for tipping. Few establishments have a Service
Charge. Tipping to Guides, Drivers, Porter is appreciated and recommended.
The electricity in India is an alternating current 22 volts at 50
mega hertz cycles per second. Some hotels provide a 110-volt AC socket
for shavers and hair dryers.
Film rolls are available through out India, though it is recommended
to purchase them from reputable outlets. Photography at the Airports,
Railway Stations, police Stations, sensitive establishments and Bridges
is prohibited. Camera fees are to be paid directly at places that allow
and charge for photography such as monuments, wildlife sanctuaries and
shrines. You may at times, not be allowed to use a tripod and/or flash.
India is a land of a vast array of cuisine. Most hotels serve Indian,
Chinese and Continental cuisine, and many have culinary specialty out-lets.
There will be many opportunities to titillate your taste buds.
India is a shoppers paradise. You can buy literally anything from
a pin to an elephant. Some of the more famous items are the silks, marble
works, jewelry, bronze & copper works, paintings, hand knotted carpets,
and wood & stone carvings.