- : 1.04 Billion
- : New Delhi
- : 72% Indo-Aryan, 25% Dravidian, 3% Mongoloid & other
- : Hindi (official) plus 12 other official languages and over 1600 dialects
- : 81% Hindu, 12% Muslim, 2% Christian, 2% Sikh, 3% other
- : Rupee
- : GMT plus 5 hours & 30 minutes
- : 220-240V, 50 Hz
- : 91
What to Take
As little as possible, you can buy just about everything when you are out there. Perhaps the only area in which buying in India is neither cheaper nor easily available is technical equipment (i.e. found in camping/trekking shops, although in Nepal, these abound).
What to Wear
Bare minimum - if you buy out there, you blend in better anyway. During winter months in the North and the highlands in the South do get cold at night, but at all other times light weight cotton is best. Respect their culture, discreet clothing for women especially. For foot wear - comfortable sandals are all you need.
Best Time to Go/Climate
India's climate varies enormously from region to region and from season to season. While southern India basks in a reasonably constant tropical climate, the temperatures in the Rajasthan desert can vary from 50 degrees Celsius in May and June to 0 degrees Celsius at night in January. Monsoons bring torrential rain to most areas between June and August.
India offers a range of delectable cuisine. Traditional Indian food is normally too spicy for the western palate. However, many restaurants and hotels all over the country provide buffet meals, which are a combination of Indian and Continental, food. At a la Carte restaurants, you may also ask for a less spicy platter to suit your taste.
India is known all over the world for its arts, handicrafts, cotton & silk fabrics, carpets, ethnic jewelry, Object D'art etc. Also, a wide variety of international branded products are available in selected showrooms, priced at approximately 30 to 40% less than the European market.
All over the country (including the smaller towns) phone booths are available. All these booths carry a signboard with ISD / STD / PCO written on them. Here you may make metered calls to any part of the world. However, these calls are to be paid for in cash (no credit cards). All hotels have direct international dial facilities, which cost about double the price of a normal metered call.
Now huge in India, particularly on all well trodden travelers paths. Connection can be slow but you will rarely fail to find a selection of Internet cafes. Good tip is to duplicate records of Travellers Cheque numbers, passport and plane details, etc. on your email accounts
American Express, Master Card, Visa and Diners Club credit cards are generally accepted by large establishments including hotels, shops, and airlines.
Bringing in large quantities of gold, currency, electronic items, animal products and drugs are banned by Indian customs. Before you enter India, you will be given an Immigration Form to fill in details on dutiable items being carried by you.
Reporting time for Domestic and International flights
For domestic flights, reporting time is 1 hour before departure. For all international flights reporting time is 3 hours before departure. Many International Airlines require a reconfirmation of the flight 72 hours before departure. No reconfirmation is required for domestic flights.
If ever you land in trouble, contact Embassy and nearest Police Station. In an Indian Police Station always speak with the Senior Inspector in Charge even if you have to wait couple of hours. ln case of complaints against taxi or auto rickshaw for overcharging or cheating, note down the number of the vehicle and lodge a report with Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic). You can get the Contact Phone Nos in Telephone Directory.