India Travel Tips by magicindiatour.com
Magic India Tour wish you a very safe journey please read below tips before arrival to India.
Avoid drinking water from an unknown source. When in doubt ask for "Bisleri, Kinley, Aqua Fina, Himalaya, etc" mineral water(check the seal). As a further precaution bring water purifying tablets.
Pharmacies or chemists are available in every little town and village and you can buy medication. In case you need to see a doctor for a specific condition, ask for help from your hotel (most have doctors on call) or your tour operator. The cost of visiting a doctor is fairly low(less than a dollar) compared to western countries.
Do remember to bring some insect repellent, mosquito coils or even an electronic repellent. Mosquitoes in India can be fierce.
Eating at small restaurants or roadside cafes can be risky because of unhygienic cooking environments. Food poisoning is common when eating at unreliable places. Drinking water can also be a health hazard. It is best to carry mineral water bottles bought from a reliable store. In summer the extreme heat can cause heat strokes and dehydration. Taking enough fluids is an absolute must. Do not accept any type of food from strangers while traveling by trains or busses. Always buy water bottles from a reputable store.
The image of the Indian Railways is rated poor with common complaints being making reservations is difficult or that the signage is only in Hindi. But the screaming need is for cleaning up the place or that it is just too dirty for comfort. Avoid traveling in the Second Class.
There have been many cases of tricksters cheating foreign tourists of their medical insurance. Some touts have even offered a commission on the insurance money. It is therefore advisable only to go for medical emergencies to the large hospitals. Tourists coming alone should avoid late night outings and lonely places. Female tourists should avoid befriending or going with local peoples (few bad people spoils the name of full country but i am interested in your safety).
The local currency is the rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 paise.
Notes are available in denominations of INR1.00, 2.00, 5.00, 10.00, 20.00, 50.00, 100.00 and 500.00. Coins come in 5, 10, 20, 25 and 50 paise, and INR1.00, 2.00 and 5.00 (although the latter is very rare).
Be careful not to accept torn notes from anyone as no-one else will accept them, making them quite useless. Change is often in short supply, so try not to carry large denominations.
Visitors are not allowed to bring Indian currency into India or take it out of the country. However, you may bring an unlimited amount of foreign currency or traveler's cheques with you. Note that any amount exceeding USD2,500.00 must be declared on arrival in India. Most foreign currencies and traveler's cheques can be changed in the big cities.
If you've been in India for more than 180 days, you must obtain a tax clearance certificate before leaving the country.
These are available at the foreigners' section of any income tax department in larger cities. You'll need to produce bank receipts ('encashment certificates') to show that you have changed money legally.
An easy currencyconverter is available online.
You can check the value of your money right away.
All popular credit cards are easily accepted in most metropolitans of India.
Passports: All travellers to India must possess a valid passport. It is advisable to carry your passport on your person all the while in India for possible identification requirements. Citizens of Nepal and Bhutan can travel without passport but they have to carry some special permits.
Visas: All foreign tourists to India must possess a valid visas. Visas are not issued on arrival. the cost of Visa is US$ 30 for up to six months. US$ 50 for up to one year and US$ 100 for more than one year. Contact the Indian embassy or consulate in your country for issuing of visas. A tourist visa is valid for three to six months.
Tourist visas allow multiple entry to simplify visits to neighbouring countries. You will be required to fill in a disembarkation card on your way to India which will have to be submitted at the Immigration counters at the entry airport.
Do’s and Dont’s
Make travel arrangements well in advance, especially if you are traveling in the peak season (between October to March).
Drink bottled or mineral water only as water related diseases may be acquired through unhygienic intake of water or food.
Do not encourage beggars. Be careful of small time pickpockets, chain / purse-snatchers who take advantage of the crowds.
While shopping - it is better to check with a local friend or your hotel staff for reliable places and approximate prices - to avoid getting fleeced.
A special police force called Tourist Police is posted at all important places frequented by tourists for providing assistance to tourists to prevent them from being cheated, harassed, etc. This force is headed by a Superintendent of Police, designated as Deputy Director Tourism (Enforcement) and is stationed in the Tourist Reception Centre.
As in any location, there are those who steal from others, so follow the same rules of safety that you follow traveling anywhere else with respect to using hotel lock boxes, and keeping travel documents safe. When in public places, keep them in your hotel, or with you all the time when moving about.
Don't carry a traditional wallet with you
Avoid keeping valuables in a purse, which can be easily snatched off your shoulder.
Wash fruits before eating them.
Do carry sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.
Always respect religious shrines and places of worship, Some places require visitors to observe a decent dress code. Take care not to violate any taboos in a mosque or a temple.
Change currency only from official moneychangers. Remember to retain the currency Exchange receipts after each transaction. You will need them for re-exchange on departure.
Besides the originals, a copy of your passport, travel visas, airline tickets and travel documents. A list of any charge or credit cards you are carrying. Remember to keep the copies separate from the originals.
Consider purchasing special Travel insurance and medical evaluation plan programmes.
The voltage used is 220 volts (the U.S. uses 120 volts). You can purchase a converter at most hardware stores for appliances that do not switch to 220V.
Current Spikes are common in india so use a spike buster
Tipping is a matter of personal discretion. Although bills normally include a service charge, it is customary to tip in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.
ln case of complaints against taxi or auto rickshaw for overcharging or cheating, note down the number of the vehicle and lodge a report with Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic). you can get the Contact Phone Nos in Telephone Directory.
India Time Standard Time is 5.5 hours (5 hours 30 minutes) ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+5.5).