Some travel guidelines for India are suggested here, so that you don’t face any avoidable problem. Read on to know about the guidelines for traveling in India:
Medication: Bring your own medicines, since all medications in India are locally manufactured and you may not find the same brand names. Always consult your doctor regarding immunizaions that should be taken while travelling.Keep a copy of your prescription with you in case the local authorities like the customs questions you.
Local Law: You should be aware of the local laws and customs prevailing in India. This will help in making your trip hassle free.
Travel Documents (id, passport and visa): Make copies of all your important travel documents and leave it with a friend or a relative in case you lost the originals. Fill in the emergency page in your passport. If you know the hotel phone number where you are staying you can keep a copy also with them. The country telephone code for India is ’91’.
Consult only some known person: Don’t take the advice of taxi drivers for the purpose of accommodation. Prefer to take advise from some government organization. Never ever discuss your travel plans or any other personal matter with strangers.
Keep your wallet safe: Don’t keep your wallet in the rear pocket. Keep it in an inside jacket pocket or side trouser pocket.
Be friendly: Indians are hospitable and friendly people, if they stare at you, do not consider it rude, it is only a matter of curiosity. A tourist need never be lost in India, most people are more than willing to go out of their way to guide you to your destination.
Belongings: All valuables and important papers (jewelry, passports, return tickets, etc) should be kept in your hotel’s safe deposit box. Never leave them unattended in your room. Avoid carrying large sums of cash on your person.
Shopping: India is a shoppers dream. Shopping is recommended from Government Emporia and suggested shops by us. Most of the large stores will ship your purchases for you, though, for convenience and to avoid postal delays, it is advisable to carry your shopping with you or to book it as baggage.
Currency: The units of Indian currency are the Rupee and Paisa (100Paisa equal 1 Rupee). Paper money is in denominations of Rupees 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Coins are in denominations of Rupees 1, 2 and 5.
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers’ cheques a tourist may import, provided a Declaration form is completed on arrival. This will facilitate the exchange of imported currency as well as the export of unspent currency on departure. Cash, bank notes and traveler’s cheques up to US $ 10,000 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in the form of traveler’s cheques, drafts, bills, cheques, etc., which tourists wish to convert into Indian currency should be exchanged only through authorized money- changers.
Tourists are warned that changing money through unauthorized persons is not only illegal but also involves the risk of receiving counterfeit currency. To exchange foreign money other than through banks or authorized money- changers is an offence. Please note that no Indian currency whatsoever can be imported or exported, except for Rupee travelers’ cheques Banks abroad to keep Rupee balances with their agents in India and are able to draw upon these balances to issue Rupee travelers’ cheques to intending tourists.
There are 24- hour exchange facilities available at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai international airports.
Local Travel: Do not crowd too many places into your itinerary. Make sure that you get an occasional free half-day for rest, shopping or exploring on your own. Don’t use short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly lit streets. Avoid traveling alone at night.
Drugs: Possession of drugs is a criminal offence and punishable under law.
Mobile service: Mobile phone coverage is quite good in India, and cheap too. Do consider getting one connection if you are planning to stay more than 1 month. Most places have free incoming calls and cheap outgoing calls.