India

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Incredible country. Full stop.

If you haven’t been to India yet, plan to go and experience one of the most enchanting adventures of your life.

TOP TIPS

  • Exchange money only through legitimate changer – keep receipt
  • Negotiate a price for taxis etc before setting out – meters are not always accurate
  • Avoid touts and offers to visit homes
  • Check items purchased are not subject to export restrictions – animal products/ antiques etc.
  • Observe Indian customs – ask your guide for advice – i.e. sress respectfully in places of worship
  • Check if photography is allowed (especially around Military installations) and certain archaeological sights

Where to stay in India

INDIA FACT SHEET

Country Facts:
Name: Republic of India
Legal system: Based on English common law
States: 25
Union Territories: 7

Economic basics:
Natural resources of India: Coal, iron ore, manganese, chromite, natural gas, diamonds, mica, bauxite, titanium ore, petroleum.

indian textile traditional hand workMajor Industries:
Textiles, chemicals, food processing, steel, transport equipment, cement, mining, petroleum, rice, wheat, oilseed, cotton, jute, tea, sugarcane, potatoes, animal husbandry, tourism

National currency:
Rupees (One Rupee = 100 paise).

Geography:
Latitudes: 8° 4’ and 37° 6’ north
Longitudes: 68° 7’ and 97° 25’ east
Time zone: GMT/UTC +5.5
Topography: Upland plain (Deccan Plateau) in South India – Western Ghats. Rolling plain along the Ganges. Deserts in western region of India. Himalayas in northern region – separate India from China and Nepal. Where the Himalayas end the Great Northern Plains roll-on for endless miles. It is drained by a number of rivers, – main one – the Ganges also/ Brahmaputra/ Indus (Sindh)/ Krishna. In the west the plains of the Punjab merge into the Thar Desert.

Languages:
Official: Hindi and English
In total: 17 major languages, 844 dialects

Weather:
As a general guide the following applies; Best times – October – March, July to September are the shoulder months
Exception: Himalayas when April – November are best

Clothing:
India has a general hot tropical climate with regional variations.
April – June is really hot and dry so loose lightweight cotton/ linen clothing is ideal
In the monsoon – June to September an umbrella or a waterproof cover is essential.
Cooler times are November to mid –March – again lightweight clothing perhaps a jumper for evenings.
In the northern hills and mountains warm clothing appropriate to the time of year is essential.

Major religions:
Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism.

Visa:
Usually six months multiple entry tourist visas are issued.
Check with the Indian Embassy for latest updates.

Note – All foreigners must complete disembarkation/ embarkation cards on arrival and departure.

Insurance:
All tourists must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

Medical Care:
India has an excellent medical care in the main cities and towns. Comparable (if not better in some cases) than Europe. However off the beaten track and in a few of the remoter- yet popular- destinations medical care is sparse. The majority of hotels have access to a doctor.

Health risks:
Check with Doctor for latest updates and vaccination needs. It is advisable to take mosquito repellant. It is recommended that you use bottled water for consumption. Street Hawker food is tempting but be sure of hygiene. The watchword is common sense.

Dialing code: 00 91
Mobile phones: Generally good reception.

Electricity:
240V, 50Hz. Advisable to take an international adaptor
Weights & measures: Metric.

Culture

Busy street life in Delhi, India

Busy street life in Delhi, India

Religion permeates every facet of Indian life. Rural life still revolves around 4000 years of history, yet India is far from being myopic or insular. Silicon City of Bangalore, vibrant Film Industries of Chennai and Mumbai. Call centers for Europe in Delhi. Modern India is fast paced and outward looking. Younger city types might not be as religiously orientated as their rural counterparts, even so, family values and ties are strong and deference is usually given to time honored traditions.

Indian Art is eclectic – traditional religious themes used to dominate, but now modern expression has given rise to a fast growing market.

Food is phenomenal – you can get any style of food you require – Hotels cater for varied international cuisine and offer local specialties – look out for Mughlai. Regional variations depend upon the religion to a certain extent.

Cinema – wonderful tear jerking love stories, mad comic capers and tough death defying heroes dominate Indian cinema.

Example of Carriers Used:
Airlines International: British Airways, Emirates, Gulf Airways, Kuwait, Lufthansa, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Air France

Airlines Internal: Jet Airways, Sahara, Indian Airlines

Helicopter Transfer: Deccan Air.

Children during the hindu festival holi (colours)

Children during the hindu festival holi (colours)

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