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Indian Money: The currency in India is known as Rupee. Indian money comes in the denominations of Re. 1, Rs. 2, Rs. 5, Rs. 10, Rs. 20, Rs. 50, Rs. 100, Rs. 500 & 2000. You can easily find money exchanger at airports and they are open round the clock. Moreover, hotels also have the facilities of changing money and there lots of recognized international money exchange centres in big cities. Dollar (USD) and Pounds (GBP) are easily accepted than other currencies.
Water: There is no scarcity of drinking water in India. Most towns and cities have a well planned system of over-head tanks that store water which can be used as and when the need be. Though Indian drinking water is clean. It is advisable that you keep in mind some basic safety while drinking water during your visit to India. Given below are some tips and precautions that will be for our own safety.
Bottled mineral water is available all through – out India.
While eating out in restaurants, make sure you order bottled water only. If they serve you water in a glass that is not clean, insist for getting a bottle and drink it.
Some roadside vendors sell water in plastic bags. Do not drink that at any cost.
Do not drink tap water. Tap water is usually used for bathing and laundry purpose.
If the water served to you has something floating in it, do not drink it and have it replaced.
While travelling in trains, it is recommended that you use bottled water for brushing and flossing.
If staying with someone, make sure there is an aqua guard or a water filter. If both are not available. Insist on getting bottled mineral water. If that is also not possible, drink boiled water.
Tipping: Tipping is not mandatory in India however; the people who serve you expect something for their service. Please feel free to tip as per your satisfaction. Generally, in hotels and restaurants, tips are not normally included in the bill. Some hotels include service charges on their bills. In such cases tipping is not necessary. The standard tip is 10% of the total bill.
In hotels, porters and rooms service attendants are normally tipped at the end of the stay though an early tip is likely to get you better service. For Bell Boys, a tip of Rs. 10 to 20 per baggage is considered to be appropriate. For Guides, a tip of INR 500 - 700 per couple depending upon the level of satisfaction of the delivered service is considered to be appropriate.
Tipping to the driver who has served you in long runs is considered to be customary. A tip of around INR 400 to INR 600 per day may bring satisfaction and smile to your driver who has served you with honesty and dedication during the tour.
Airport Check – in: In India, we would suggest 02 hours check in time for domestic flights and 03 hours check in time for international flights.
Health Precautions: The person who said “precaution is better than cure” must have had nasty experience while travelling! It is always better to be safe than sorry. In order to make your trip more relaxed and tension free, we have some useful tips for health precautions for Indian travel. It is always better to take certain health precautions for India tour. Though India offers pretty good medical facilities, it may or may not suit you. Thus, it is sane to check out health protection India. Go through these various tips, which have been given on a general basis.
Shopping: India is the country very popular for different kinds of handicrafts. Each city of India has its own speciality, which attracts people to buy. But we as a company do not promote or suggest any particular place. It is solely on the interest of the guest. But in case if you buy anything in any city, we suggest to shop from an authorized shop and collect proper invoice for the same. Also if you are going to eat at any restaurant please check the rate first as it is noticed that foreigners are charged unreasonably. So, discuss the price first and then proceed.
Some important Do’s & Don’ts
Don't ever enter a temple, tomb, Dargah or Gurudwara with shoes on and/or scantily dressed. One should cover his/her head with a cloth while in a Gurudwara or Dargah. Parikrama or walking around the sanctum sanctorum should always be in clockwise direction.
Do not wear revealing and tight cloths. Try to cover your shoulders and knees. Leather articles are forbidden to be carried in Hindu and Jain temples. Taking photograph of the deity in a temple is normally not permitted.
If you have any early morning Jeep safari wear always full sleeves and warm clothes.
Do not encourage beggars and hawkers. Say direct NO else they will keep following you.
Do not checkout of the hotel in hurry. While checking out it has been noticed in some hotels, the extras are unreasonably charged which the guest hurriedly pays without cross-checking.