India has always intrigued and mesmerized the rest of the world and will continue to do so!! Welcome to India- where splendor bedazzles, traditions speak and variety delights It is a haven of tourism delights, a nation to tour through. Tourists come to India for its wealth of tourist attractions, cultural enthusiasm, and variety of terrain and in search of that unique something, an added punch that only India delivers.
While visiting this exotic abode, you must know some basic facts.
The first thing is to know about visas to India. Citizens of all countries, except Nepal & Bhutan, need a legitimate national passport or legitimate travel documents and a legitimate visa granted by Missions abroad for entering India.
India is well linked to international countries and it has a wide internal transport network within. The Rail network in India is largest in the world. You will not face any difficulty while traveling in India through rail and road. All the major metropolises in India have an international airport and are well connected through the rail network.
The Indian currency is called Indian Rupee (INR). The Rupee comes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Sites like Finance India have currency converters that are a great help. The site helps convert US dollar into India rupee within seconds.
India is a conservative country .It is advisable to dress modestly. Although safe travelers should guard against theft and beware of unscrupulous agents, travel guides etc.There are many who will try to overcharge you, so arm yourself with information as to standard rates before leaving the hotel. You will also come across many street beggars. It may seem heartless but it is much safer to ignore them. If you give alms to one then you will be overwhelmed by all the beggars in that area.
The Indian subcontinent has eight climatic zones. India has such varied temperature zones that with in a couple of hours, one is able to see a drastic temperature changes from the cold crisp air of the mountains to the burning dry heat of the Rajasthan Desert. So, bring clothing according to the weather of the place you are going to tour.
In addition to the above there are some general rules of travel that all tourists should follow –
- Carry back all non-degradable litter such as empty bottles, tins, plastic bags etc. These must not litter the environment or be buried. They must be disposed in proper dustbins only.
- Observe the sacredness of holy sites, temples and local cultures.
- Do not play loudly radios; tapes etc. in nature resorts, sanctuaries and wildlife parks.
- Value people’s privacy while clicking photographs. Ask for prior consent before taking a photograph
Keeping these tips in mind will ensure you have a hassle free enjoyable trip.