Important Information about India

Capital

The capital of India is the city of Delhi

The local time

UTC+5:30. It is 2.5 hours ahead of Moscow time in winter and 1.5 hours in summer.

Phones

  • 100 – police
  • 101 – fire department
  • 102 – ambulance
  • India code +91

To call Russia, it is better to use the services of private telephone companies. You can find them on the STD/ISD display. You may be charged a service surcharge of up to 300% for calling from a hotel.

Shopping

India is famous for its low commodity prices. As a souvenir, you can buy high-quality fabrics: silk, cashmere, cotton, brocade, wool. Among the jewelry, silver items are popular, as well as precious stones (ruby, diamond, pearl, sapphire, moonstone, aquamarine). India produces carpets that are considered among the best in the world.

It is customary to bargain in the country’s markets, so you can buy goods at a price 2 times lower than the declared one.┬áSee liuxers for India customs and traditions.

Tips

Tipping should only be done in expensive establishments. Hotels and restaurants often add a service charge to the bill (10%). In small cafes, you can leave a few rupees as a thank you, 5-10 rupees is enough for a doorman.

In India, baksheesh is common – paying a small amount for the provision of certain services (search for information, for example).

Currency

The currency of India is the rupee. The import of national currency into the country is prohibited. You can exchange personal money for rupees in banks. They work from 10.00 to 14.00 on weekdays, on Saturday – from 10.00 to 12.00. Keep the exchange receipt. You will need it when buying plane tickets, when making a reverse exchange.

You can pay for goods and services in India with American Express, Visa, Diners Club, and Access/Mastercard credit cards. They are accepted in some hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and shopping malls. Traveler’s checks are cashed only by major Indian banks.

Transport

India has a well developed transport network. To move around the country, you can use planes or trains (travel is cheaper). For short distance travel, take advantage of regular bus services.

Before boarding a taxi, agree with the driver on the fare so that you do not have to overpay. Please note that the license plates of the car must be yellow – this indicates that the driver has a license to serve tourists.

Services of moto and cycle rickshaws will cost 2 times cheaper than taxi fares.

Accommodation

India offers tourists accommodation in hotels of various ranges, ranging from cheap rooming houses to luxurious hotels. In some states, you can rent a private house for temporary residence.

healthcare

It is not necessary to get vaccinated before visiting India. But the risk of contracting hepatitis A is high in the country.

Precautionary measures

When communicating with local residents, tourists may experience the following problems:

  • There are frequent cases when a tourist is not taken to the place he asked for and they ask for additional money for delivery to the right address. If this happens, then write down the number of the car and warn that you are going to call the police. Beware of random fellow travelers.
  • Thefts are rare in India, but keep a close eye on your belongings: do not leave your purses open, lock hotel rooms with a key, and keep money and important documents in hotel safes.
  • When ordering services, immediately discuss their cost, otherwise you will be required to pay extra for the service provided.
  • Excursions will cost you 2 times cheaper if you hire a taxi and a guide (English speaking) on your own.
  • Eat only in areas designated for tourists. Drink only bottled water. Ice sold by vendors on the street is often made from sea water. Fruits should be washed thoroughly before eating.

Important Information about India

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