TRAVEL TIPS

 

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TRAVEL TIPS

While traveling in India one must follow the following tips so that one should not have any problem while enjoying colorful nations of the world. So, It is almost necessary to get the useful information before traveling in India which are as subsequent.

Passport and Visa to India

All travelllers to India must possess a valid passport and visa, visa are not issue on arrival. Visa can be obtained from Indian embassy or consulate in your country before arrival in India and it can be of different type. A tourist visa is valid from three to six months. It is advisable to carry your passport all the times with you, while enjoying at different places in india. Notify your country’s embassy or consulate in case your passport is stolen or lost.
 
Special Permits Required for Restricted Areas

There are some destinations in India which are very beautiful but one should have special permit to visit these areas . it is necessary because of political and security reasons , there destinations are  Andaman Islands, Gujarat, Ladakh and par of Kerala, and more. One can check with your travel agent or embassy before visiting these destinations.

Indian Currency and Foreign Exchange

Indian currency is Rupee and it is fully convertible currency. The basic monetary unit is Indian rupee, divided in 100 paise. The rupee notes are available in de-nomination of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 . Coins are available in the de-nomination of 5, 2, 1 and 50 paise. One can exchange money at the international airport or from approved moneychanger or from approved travel agent or from any nationalized bank and other bank in India. Exchanging of foreign currency other than banks or authorized moneychangers is an offense under Foreign Exchange Regulations Act 1973.

Taxis and Cabs

The best way to travel around town is by taxis, one can easily hire taxi or cab form the hotel front desk or one can contact his/her travel agent for hiring car or taxi.
 

While visiting wildlife sanctuaries one must keep the following guidelines in the mind.

Be as quiet as possible. Avoid radios, transistors and music in the jungle. It disturbs the animals.

Dress in khaki or brown or olive green to merge with the surroundings.

Avoid pollution of air, soil or water.

Look for and enjoy all kinds of wildlife-not necessarily the big game.

Use the service of local guide to take you around and explain.

Do not forget your camera and binoculars at home while enjoying India.


Customs

There are two customs clearance channels, green and red. Green channel is for traveler carrying non dutiable items and red channel is for traveler carrying dutiable items. Tourists are generally need to make an oral baggage declaration in respect of baggage and foreign currency in their possession. They are also required to obtain the currency declaration form from the customs. They should fill in the disembarkation card handed over to them by the airline authorities during the course of the flight.

Duty free items which one may bring to India include belongings effects like clothing and other articles but not if this is commercial merchandise. All expensive electronic equipment must be declared at the customs-which will be re-checked on departure. Take care to obtain export certificate for these items if one is traveling to neighbouring countries and intend a multiple entry.

Dutiable articles, unaccompanied baggage, or high-value articles must be entered on a tourist baggage re-export form (TBRE). These articles must be re-exported at the time of departure. A failure to re-export anything listed on the TBRE becomes a payable duty levied for each missing item. The following duty-free possessions are permissible - clothes and jewellery for personal use, and other personalitems such as camera, camping gear, fishing rods, skis etc etc., 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, and 2 litres of spirit or wine.

There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers' cheques a tourist can bring into India provided he makes a declaration in the Currency Declaration Form given to him on arrival. This will enable him not only to exchange the currency brought in, but also to take the unspent currency out of India on departure. Cash, bank notes, and travelers' cheques up to US $1,000 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry.


Food, Safety, Health and Care

If a traveler originates from or has transited through endemic Yellow Fever Countries (Africa, South America, Papua New Guinea), he/she must possess a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

Always make sure about water you drink is safe for drinking. If it is not boiled or filtered, ask for mineral water, which is readily available all over the country. So , you are recommended to keep mineral water bottles all the time while traveling in India.

Indian cuisine is a too spicy for European and American taste, so order for spicy food only if have the stomach for it. Also, there are plenty of non-spicy cuisines and delicacies to choose from. Avoid eating food from roadside stalls even if you see a crowd gorging on them. You may occasionally need insect repellent cream. If you are allergic to dust, be sure to carry medication with you. Sunscreen is another must-have.

Lost Baggage

If your baggage is mishandled or lost in transit, obtain a certificate to this effect from the airline and have it countersigned by the customs, indicating specifically how must of your duty free allowance is unutilized.


Travel Insurance Policy

A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is a good idea. So It is advisable to get insurance before you travel to India.  There are a number of policies available, so check the fine print carefully. Insurance policies can be of lost baggage or of personal loss. Some policies specifically exclude 'dangerous activities' which can include scuba diving, motorcycling or even trekking. You may prefer a policy that pays hospitals or doctors directly, rather than you having to pay on the spot and claim later. Check that the policy has ambulance and emergency flight home cover.

Photography

It may possible to not to take photographs on some religious sites, bridges and airports and military installations. Look for signs about restricted areas.


Tipping

Tipping is almost compulsory in India , at restaurants and hotels in India, a tip is usually 10% of the bill. Porters at hotels can be paid INR. 50/- for carrying one or 2 suitcases or INR 100 for a trolley.







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