On arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will first go through immigration before proceeding to collect your baggage and then pass through customs. The immigration counter (remember to go to the end of the immigration hall to the counter marked "e-visa") sees a build-up of long queues, thus, it is advisable to approach the counter at a fast pace. Ensure that you have completed the Disembarkation Form (received earlier from flight crew) before heading to immigration.
Note:- You will have to walk all the way to the end of the immigration hall to the e-Visa queue (Not the regular foreign passport holder queue)
The official currency used in India is called the Rupee and notes (Bills) are in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 & 2000 Rupees. Banks, hotels, and authorized moneychangers can exchange foreign currency for rupees. Receipts (called "encashment certificates") should be retained, as these will enable you to reconvert the balance into dollars, or any other foreign currency, when you leave the country, provided the receipt is no more than 30 days old. Most large cities have ATMs that accept Visa and MasterCard as well as American Express. The ATM network is ever expanding, and the same is widespread in Delhi. International Airport has currency exchange booths that are always open for arriving or departing overseas flights.
Your physician will be able to give you personalised advice and we suggest you see her immediately to discuss your trip to India.
If you are not currently vaccinated against Hep A, Hep B and Typhoid, you will likely be advised to start a series of injections that will be most effective if they are received now. We strongly suggest you ask your doctor about anti-malarial medication. Although we will not be in a high-risk area, we believe it is better to be safe than sorry.
Bear in mind that the infrastructure in developing countries, often presents severe and even insurmountable challenges for those with walking difficulties or other mobility issues. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it. It can also be quite warm when sightseeing, but using sun protection, including wearing a hat and sunglasses, and drinking lots of water can help minimise the impact of the weather. Always keep a mosquito repellent with you and be sure to pay special attention to mosquito protection at dusk and dawn. Public toilet facilities are rare. You are encouraged to take every opportunity to use a clean toilet in places such as hotels and restaurants. Most hotels catering to an international clientele provide western style restroom facilities.
When packing for travel to India, we suggest you select a wardrobe that is adaptable and allows for layering. In India, delicate fabrics do not stand up well to laundering facilities except at deluxe hotels.
Plain cotton or cotton and synthetic blend clothing is the most practical and is the coolest in summer. It is best to avoid synthetic fabrics that do not "breathe". A hat with a wide brim will help protect you from the harsh sun. During the fall season, a collapsible umbrella comes in handy. Most Indians dress in modest clothing. All visitors will be required to remove their shoes in temples and mosques. The trip does not have a particular dress code, however smart casuals including denims, T-shirts, informal shirts can come in handy.
AdviserLogic will completely take care of all payments during the trip. For any other payments related to shopping or personal expenses Indian Rupees and all major International Credit / debit cards are widely accepted. New Delhi airport has multiple currency converter counters available.
Airlines have adopted stricter policies in enforcing number, size and weight limits. Luggage exceeding maximum restrictions may require expensive overage fees, frustrating and hurried re-packing at the ticket counter, or even risk being left behind. On the International front, many carriers require Checked Baggage not exceeding a weight of 30 kgs per person in the Economy class. Only one piece of hand baggage per person is permitted. Airlines revise luggage policies frequently and often without notice; therefore, it is advisable to check with the Airlines beforehand about it.
You should familiarise yourself with India''s specific required customs declarations before you travel. In general, you are not permitted to bring live plants, fresh fruits and other produce items into most countries. For details please visit India''s Central B o a r d o f E x c i s e a n d C u s t o m s a t www.cbec.gov.in/travellers.htm. India foreign exchange is without any limit. However, declaration of foreign exchange/currency is required to be made in the prescribed Currency Declaration Form in the following cases: (a) Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds AUD 10000/- or equivalent. (b) Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency notes, bank notes, traveller cheques etc.) exceeds AUD 10,000/- or its equivalent.
The electrical current in the hotels in India is 220v, 50 Hz, AC, while in Australia it''''''s generally 230v, 50 Hz. If you bring electrical devices that do not meet these standards, you may bring the appropriate converters and adapters as per your convenience, however AdviserLogic India will make sure adapters and converters are pre-arranged.
Some Commercial Offices operate on five days a week, with Saturdays and Sundays off. Others work half days on Saturdays. Office hours tend to be 09:30 - 18:00 hrs. Shops do not have any standard timings. In Delhi, you may find malls and department stores open until 20:00 hrs, seven days a week. Shops in business areas tend to close a little after office closing time. In tourist areas, you will probably find small stores open late into the evening. In many small towns, shops would tend to close around 20:00 hrs. Restaurants and bars have different legally-enforced closing hours in different states. In most parts of the country, this would be around midnight or even earlier. The only food establishments legally open 24 hours a day are coffee shops in five-star hotels.
Major Credit Cards are accepted at larger establishments in major towns and cities. When making a purchase, we would caution you against allowing your Credit Card to be handled outside your direct visual supervision and recommend that you double check your charge-slip entries and amounts.
Most hotels offer a choice of cuisine in their restaurants. AdviserLogic has a complete dining itinerary ready for you and you are recommended to avoid any personal choice of street foods. We strongly recommend that you drink only bottled water during your travel through India. Always wash or sanitise your hands before and after eating. Minor stomach ailments are the most common affliction of visitors to India, we suggest you to carry water sterilizing tablets and medicines for possible stomach upsets or indigestion. The Hotel of course has a doctor on call to attend to your immediate medical needs.
Remember to brush your teeth (and wash your toothbrush) with bottled water and avoid accidentally ingesting shower water.
Removing one''s shoes before entering temples, mosques or Gurdwaras (Sikh Temple) is essential. Avoid taking leather goods of any kind ( large bags, etc) and cigarettes into places of worship, as these are often not permitted. Do not wear shorts or sleeveless tops in places of public worship.
Visitors to India find varied subjects for photography however these formalities in respect of photography need to be adhered to: Special permission of the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, is required for use of tripod and artificial light on monuments. Special permission is required for any photography for the purpose of publicity and commercial use. Taking photographs of airports, railway stations, bridges, military installations and from the air is prohibited.
EATING – In India, people often eat with the right hand. FEET – The soles of your feet pointing towards someone is considered offensive, so care should be taken not to do this. In the same vein, feet should not be placed on furniture. If you accidentally touch someone with your foot, it is common practice to apologize. It is also customary to remove your shoes when entering a private home in addition to places of worship and burial. GARLANDS – If you are given a garland of flowers, remove it after several minutes to demonstrate your humility. GREETINGS – The Indian greeting is to put your hands together in front of your chin (as for praying) and incline your head forward, saying "Namaste". LANGUAGE – The official language of India is Hindi in the Devanagri script however 18 official languages spoken throughout the country. English is widely spoken in India. RELIGIOUS PLACES – Most temples and mosques prohibit shoes inside the building and signs are sometimes posted when this is the case. A visitor should ask if there is any doubt and observe other visitors for guidance. In Sikh temples, called Gurdwaras, head coverings for both men and women are required (and sometimes provided). Priests in Gurdwaras also offer the visitor blessed food, which should be accepted with both hands to avoid giving offense. The food should either be eaten or given to someone else. It is customary to enter any religious place with the head slightly bowed.
Extraordinary patience, talent and imagination goes into the making of Indian products, whether dazzling silks, hand knotted carpets, bronze statues of Hindu gods, jewellery, shoes / sandals, handbags, men''s and women''s clothing, musical instruments or perfumes. The list is inexhaustible and the prices reasonable. The bazaars are the places to find the best bargains, but one must be prepared to haggle. It would be prudent to remember that if the shop / emporia undertake to export purchased goods, it invariably takes a much longer time for them to reach than indicated at the time of purchase. It is forbidden to export recognized antiques over 100 years old. It is advisable to keep the sales receipts to convince the Customs Officers.
India is not particularly more dangerous than the West. Most deluxe hotels have lockers to keep ones valuables, but one has to be cautious with valuables when outside. Violence against foreigners is virtually unheard of, provided basic precautions are taken like anywhere else.