Travel Tips :
When in India for travelling, there is nothing to worry. The
infrastructure in India is well established to provide complete comfort
to the travellers from all around. What you need is, a little extra
patience and consideration to have a wonderful experience. The
transportation and accommodation are well placed to cater to all the
travel needs of the travellers.
What to Take :
Don't carry too many things, as you can find almost everything here.
Probably the only area in which buying in India is neither cheaper nor
easily available is technical equipment, which are only found in the
camping / trekking shops.
What to Wear (Clothes) :
Light weight cotton are the most comfortable one throughout the year.
But in the winter months you might need to wear heavy woollens, while
travelling the extreme north and the high altitude zones of India. Avoid
revealing clothes and for foot wear - comfortable sandals are the best
This is huge in number. You will find Internet cafes almost at all the
big and small market areas. This could be very useful for checking your
mails and other travel informations.
Train Journey :
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. The railway stations are too dirty for comfort. They generally
too crowded. Avoid travelling in the Second Class, But if you really
prefer travelling by railways, then Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express
and other luxury train are the most ideal one.
Health Tips :
- Always drink bottled water.
- For the first few days it might be advisable to clean your teeth in
- Eat fruits you can peel.
- Always keep a tube of mosquito repellent with you.
- Always carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines you might need
for diarrhoea, fever, cold, etc. Also, band aids and an antiseptic
- If you do catch a bug, do not panic. It will go away in a few days -
but try the following tips to keep it down:
lassi - a yoghurt drink. It will help tone down the bacteria.
plain rice, or try a simple khichdi - an easily digestible mixture of
rice and lentils.
plenty of coconut water. It's cooling, and naturally sterilized!
plenty of fluids and take some electrolyte salts if the bug persists
In India, public toilet facilities are few and far between, and those
that are there should not be ventured into. Take every opportunity you
can to use a clean a toilet in places such as hotels and restaurants.
Make this a habit wherever you go. Instruct your driver to identify the
Respect The Culture :
Always respect the religious shrines and pilgrimage destinations. Some
places require visitors to observe a decent dress code. Take care not to
violate the rules and regulations in the places of worship - temples,
mosques, gurudwaras, etc.
Currency Change :
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.
Tipping is a matter of personal discretion. Although bills normally
include a service charge, it is customary to tip in restaurants, drivers
and other places that cater to tourists.
Photography is prohibited in places of military importance, railway
stations, bridges, airports and military installations.
General Visitors Tips :
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.
Keep your travel documents and other precious things like
jewellery and money in the safe deposits. When in public places,
keep them in your hotel, or with you all the time when moving
Men : Don't carry a traditional wallet with you, the kind you put
in your pocket (front or back).
Women : Avoid keeping valuables in a purse, which can be easily
snatched off your shoulder.
Consider using an "interior wallet", the kind that is either
fastened around your neck, draped from a belt loop or worn, with a
velcro fastener, around the calf or ankle. All three kinds are
concealed underneath clothing.
Assure that your guide are properly uniformed or identified. Never
leave your luggage, briefcase or other items unattended.
Voltage Used :
The voltage used is 220 volts (the U.S. uses 120 volts). You can
purchase a converter at most electrical stores for appliances that do
not switch to 220V.
In Trouble :
If ever you land in trouble, contact your Embassy and the nearest Police
Station. In a Indian Police Station always speak with the Senior
Inspector in Charge even if you have to wait couple of hours.
Credit Cards :
American Express, Master Charge, Visa and Diners Club credit cards are
generally accepted by large establishments including hotels, shops, and
GMT + 5 1/2 hours. The standard time for India is calculated from
Allahabad and is common to all cities i.e. only one time zone for India.