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India is a vast country with a rich heritage and culture. It offers fascinating ethnography and religions, monuments that date back thousands of years and cosmopolitan cities with a depth and intensity of culture and heritage that fascinates anyone who visits. India has over 438 languages that are still in use today.

Northern India is mountainous and gorgeous, an ideal destination for the spiritual and adventurous. The region is home to some of the most well known religious places and hill stations of India and many scenic states. The Plains are home to Delhi, the capital of India and the region where important historic events took place.

Western India is a fascinating land of Thar Desert, colourful palaces, cities and forts in Rajasthan, beautiful beaches and forests in Goa and Mumbai, the country's largest and most vibrant city and the centre for Bollywood.

Southern India is equally fascinating with its vibrant cities like Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi and Bangalore, many hill stations, beaches, backwaters, tropical forests and historical temples. The region also includes the beautiful islands of Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar with their own characteristics. Eastern India is still less developed but is very welcoming and culturally rich. It is home to Kolkotta and the temple cities of Konark, Bhubaneswar and Puri. It is also home to the large tea gardens, beautiful landscapes and relatively virgin tribal areas.

India offers a whirlwind experience unlike any other country in the world today and has always fascinated travellers because of its welcoming locals, amazing food and its wealth of attractions.

Tourist Offices - Indian Tourist Office, New Delhi: +91 (0)11 332 0342 or www.incredibleindia.org

 

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Entry Requirements for India Holidays & India Travel

A valid passport and visa is required by all for entry to India, unless they hold a PIO (Person of Indian Origin) Card. Some parts of the country are restricted areas and require a special permit. Travellers planning to go to the far northwest of the country or to the islands should check with India Tourism for the latest information.


- For Australians - Australians require a valid passport and a visa.


- New Zealand citizens require a valid passport and a visa.


- United States citizens must have a valid passport and a visa.


- United States citizens must have a valid passport and a visa.


- British citizens must have a valid passport and a visa.

 

India Holidays - Currency of India

The currency is the Rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 paisa. Major currencies can be changed at banks, and authorised bureaux de change. It is impossible to obtain rupees outside India, but no matter what time you arrive in India there will be an exchange office open at the airport. It is illegal to exchange money through the black market and it is advisable to refuse torn notes, as no one will accept them apart from the National Bank. It is best to change money into small denominations. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in tourist orientated establishments. ATMs are not generally available.

 

India Telephone Access Codes and Communications

The international access code for India is +91. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)11 for Delhi. International calls can be quite expensive and there are often high surcharges on calls made from hotels; it is cheaper to use a calling card. Alternatively, there are telephone agencies in most towns which are identifiable by the letters STD for long distance internal calls and ISD for the international service. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main cities and resorts.

 

India Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

Travellers to India over 17 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; one bottle of alcohol; medicine in reasonable amounts; 59ml of perfume and 250ml eau de toilette; and goods for personal use. Prohibited items include livestock, bird and pig meat products.

 

India Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped, however all other services expect small tips, including porters, guides, hotel staff, and waiters in small establishments. In tourist restaurants or hotels a 10% service charge is often added to bills. Baksheesh is common in India, it is more a bribe than a tip and will ensure better service; it is given before rather than after the service.


 

 

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