Valuable information about India
India is a secular and diverse country with rich culture, multiple religious values, captivating places including plains, plateaus, mountains, forests, lakes, etc. With the great population and different cultural groups, the country has a wide variety of food and flavors for different occasions and rituals. Before touring to India, you must have the basic information about currency, Visa, safety, demographics, seasons and culture of the country. We have gathered all these details to make your task easy. So, read it till the end.
India is world’s second most populated country and is a home to nearly 17.5% population of the world. Different cities and state have different demography. So, you may find some areas peaceful and less populated while other crowded. The same thing is possible in the cities, where one region is highly crowded while other is calm and empty. The people of India have different religious values and have different flavors in food. Every state has its tradition food, dress, rituals, culture, and folk dance.
India abounds in a wide variance in climatic conditions, as you would move from top to the bottom. From the chill breeze in the northern Himalayan regions to the soaring hot temperate in the south, the country has seen diversity in the climatic conditions.
The months of November to March will be pleasant or frosty as per the area. 15 to 25 degree Celsius in days and 5 to 10 degree Celsius in nights is the average temperature for these months. April, May, and June are significantly hot and you may face the temperature from 40 to 45 degree Celsius during this period of the year.
Monsoon and rainfall are witnessed in the months of June to September. Best climatic conditions for visiting India are from October to April, when the weather is majestic. To avail the advantages of reduced price, better views at sanctuaries and fewer crowds, you can come to India in the summer season.
You will need woolen clothes during the winters (November to February) if you are traveling in the northern parts of India. For other parts of country or durations, light summer clothes will be enough. Always keep an extra pair of clothes with you as dirt may spoil your clothes. However, laundry facilities can be availed at all the hotels.
You would find a medley of clothing patterns in India as you would move from one state to the other. The clothing in India differs greatly on several factors including geography, climate, cultural & religious beliefs, ethnicity and much more. Taking back these clothes as a memory will be a perfect thought.
The national currency of the Republic of India is the Indian National Rupee (INR). Generally referred to as “Rupee” or “Rupya”, a rupee is further subdivided into 100 Paisa. The country has a vast effect of demonetization, which resulted in more support of plastic money and a cashless India. You can find different modes of payment instead of cash but carrying cash for the small transactions is advised greatly. As per new rules, old notes of 500 and 1000 are replaced with new 500 and 2000 rupee notes. So, current currency notes are issued in the domination of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2000. You will also find the coins for rupee 1, 2, 5 and 10.
Unlike the US and other western countries, the electricity operates at 220-240V in India. It will be a new thing for US residents as they are habitual of considering the operating voltage as 110V. Round 2 and 3 pronged plugs are widely used in the country.
The urban areas receive good enough power and inverters are set up to cope with the short power cuts. So, you will not any issues there. However, some rural areas are still struggling with power shortage.
Vaccination & Health Information
You need no vaccination before your arrival to the Indian subcontinent. However, the travelers need to protect themselves from the common disease of dengue and malaria that are prevalent due to the humid weather conditions in India.
Never drink the tap water or use it during you brush your teeth when you are in India. Filtered water is available at all the hotels and is sold widely in the country. Using the clean and treated water is highly recommended.
Check in time is 14:00 IST and check out time is 12:00 IST in almost all the hotels. India offers a plethora of accommodation options from star-rated hotels of the leading global brands to some of the most beautiful and lavish resorts where you can spend some quality time. Overall, accommodation, like so many other things in India, provides perfect value for money, comfort, and luxury across all the major cities of the country. ‘No Smoking’ is the rule to be followed at all these hotels and you’ll have to reach the smoking zone or smoking guest bedrooms if you desire to smoke.
Hindi is the official nation language of the India. The country has 22 officially-accepted languages due to its linguistically diverse population. You will be amazed to find the wide mélange of language in different states and regions. If you are a traveler from the West, you need not worry. Due to extensive globalization, a majority of the Indian population now speaks and understand English well.
Passport & Visa Information
A tourist visa is valid for 3 to 6 months and restricts your entry in the country for next 60 days. So, if you have to visit the country again in this duration, get multiple or double entry India visa.
If you are a resident of Nepal, Bangladesh or Bhutan, you do not need the visa but passport only. If you want to visit the restricted Indian regions e.g., Sikkim, Andaman or Nicobar, you will need special permissions for it. Except for the nationals of Indonesia, New Zealand, Myanmar, Singapore, Luxembourg, Cambodia, Laos, Finland, Philippines, and Japan – Visa on Arrival is NOT an option. You should have a passport valid for at least 6 months.
For any relevant passport and visa-related information, you can contact the concerned authorities in India. The central, as well as the state governments, are highly cooperative in offering the passport and visa services to the Indian citizens as well to the foreigners in the country.
You can get all VISA related information from Government of India’s official VISA site https://indianvisaonline.gov.in . Also, we at Vue India, can get this done for you. Click here and get a package from us.
Safety & Security
India is a safe country when considered the deep notions of hospitality the Indians have towards the travelers to their country. Many regions in the country are specially equipped for the foreigners so that they can liberally enjoy the sights. However, taking care of the belonging is the responsibility of the travelers. The country has well-managed forces to help people in the grievance. India tops the world for having powerful forces to protect the citizens and visitors around the country. Country believes in the principle of “Atithi Devo Bhava!” means Guest is God.
Visiting Places of Worships: Do’s and Don’ts at Religious Places
India is a super religious country and the people here strongly believe in their piousness. India is home to some of the most majestic religious places around the world that are worth visiting. If you are on a trip to one religious place in India, then you must keep note of the following:
- Remove your footwear in case you are visiting any religious place of any region.
- For women, skirts or trousers should be at least touching the knee-length during your visit religious places.
- Confirm the opening timings of various temples for most of them open only at morning & night.
- Some places do not allow photography whether some have additional cost for the same. On the other hand, many sacred places prohibit any photography. You must ensure the same before your visit.