India

Capital City: New Delhi
Timezone: UTC+5:30
Country Calling Code: +91
Currency: INR

1 CNY = 9.23 INR

1 USD = 57.69 INR

1 EUR = 71.00 INR

1 GBP = 83.91 INR

1 AUD = 57.69 INR

These rates were valid at time of writing.
Please check www.xe.com for exact exchange rates.

Weather & When to Visit

 

Because of the size, the climate ranges greatly throughout India. It is generally defined by three seasons, hot, wet and cool. The cooler weather from late November to early March brings the fresh air in the morning and usually offers a whole sunny day. The very hot weather between March and June is dry and unpleasant with high temperatures. Monsoon rains fall in most regions in summer anytime between June and early October.

Overall the best time to visit most of the country is during the cooler period of November to February. http://www.worldtravelguide.net/india/weather-climate-geography

Events & Festivals

 

Festivals are a part of daily life in India, perhaps an inevitability given the thousands of deities, saints, prophets and gurus who must be worshipped, propitiated and remembered. Most festivals and events in India calendar are about religions, harvest and culture.

Thrissur Pooram is one spectacular event during the Malayalam month of Medam (April/May) with two teams of richly-adorned elephants, live music, processions, lots of food and drink and huge fireworks display that attract many people.

Janamashtami, an important Hindu festival, is celebrated in August. People in Delhi take ritual baths at dawn, then make their way to the brightly decorated temples dotted around the city. During this time, SKCON temple on Hare Krishna Hill and Lakshmi Narayan Mandir is the peak period for mass visits.

Gandhi Jayanthi, one of the national holidays, celebrates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi known as the ‘Father of the Nation’ in October. For more events, please visit http://www.worldtravelguide.net/india/events and http://tourism.gov.in/

Visas

 

All foreign nationalities require a visa to enter India. The only exceptions are nationals of Nepal and Bhutan. With a passport valid for at least 6 months, you can apply for an India visa valid for up to 3 months. Foreigners coming from or through yellow fever countries must have a valid vaccination certificate. The cost is payable depend on your nationality and your duration. A Tourist Visa on Arrival scheme has been set up for the following countries: Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Luxembourg, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam for up to 30 days and for tourism only. It costs US$60. Read more: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/

India Gandhi International Airport (DEL) located 23km (14 miles) southwest of central Delhi has three terminals consisting of two domestic terminal and one international terminal. A free shuttle bus links the two domestic terminals and the international terminal every 20 minutes. Terminal 1 and 2 are for domestic flights while Terminal 3 is for international flights.

Airports

 

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is located 30km (19 miles) north of central Mumbai which has two terminals. Both terminals serve domestic and international flights. There is a free inter-terminal air-conditioned coach service for transfer passengers. A departure tax of 500 rupees has to be paid in Indian currency at the airport for all departures.

Things to Consider

 

  • Tipping 5%-10% of the total bill is appreciated in India’s restaurants where service charge hasn’t been added to the bill. When you see a central tip box at the hotel then tip cumulatively between 5 to 7% of the hotel tariff per night into number of days and INR300 - INR400 for bell person is appreciated.
  • In India, women dress modestly: no sleeveless blouses, no short skirts, no shorts, no low, loose collars and men don’t wear shorts.
  • Avoid tap water, and any food that may have been washed in it. No ice, no salads and no fruit you haven’t just peeled yourself.
  • Being a vegetarian while in India is safer and since many Indians are vegetarian, there are plenty of fabulous choices. If you do eat meat, make sure it’s well cooked. If in doubt, eat at a place that’s packed with locals.
  • Use right hand when giving or taking something from someone..
  • If you accidentally bump someone with your foot/shoe/sandal, be sure to apologize.   (The Indian gesture of apology in such a situation is to touch that person on the shoulder and then place your hand to your forehead.)
  • People do not say “good-bye.” It is considered too final. (In the local language, the expression when you leave is to say “I am coming.”)
  • You will encounter beggars, especially in the towns and cities.   The Indian custom is to give them small change, like 25 paisa.
  • Toilets are notoriously bad in India, but they are not health hazards. Bring your own toilet paper and carry soap with you at all times.
  • India is renowned for its touts and scams, but there are various ways you can reduce the chances of being overcharged. No matter what, remain calm and move on.

 

Whilst Classic Travel does our best to keep information updated, it is always advisable for you to double-check details for your specific trip as information can change without notice, particularly in regards to arrival & departure airport  terminals, visa requirements and airport/port fees.