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India Visitor's Fact

Accommodation
    Accommodation in India varies according to your budget. From 5 star hotels, resorts, guest houses and lodges to rental apartment, you can have the best accommodation. India being one of the major travel destinations in the world nurtures its tourism potentials. Henceforth, India regards high quality and safe accommodation as top most priority for attracting more international tourists and blossom Indian tourism industry. All the major cities and popular villages in India provide superb accommodation. If you go to remote areas, though you may not get to have the luxury stay but you will find local Indians very eager to offer you the best possible accommodation.

    Clothing
    Proper clothing is an important aspect of traveling. You need to dress according to your travel theme and weather. If you are going for mountaineering, you must be well equipped with items like
    - Good underwear - expedition weight bottoms
    - fleece jacket
    - Storm parka and pants
    - Expedition parka
    - weather-friendly hats
     -Gloves and mittens - mountaineering boots
     - High quality socks
    - Gaiters
    - Sunglasses
     - Small first aid kit
     - Hand warmers
    - Headlamp
     - Camera
     - Sunscreen and small thermos.
     Likewise, trekking can be more fun and pleasurable if you have items like
    - Lightweight walking boots
    - Spare laces
    - A pair of track shoes
    - Warm jacket
    - Woolen shirts and thick sweaters
     - Windproof/waterproof trousers
    - Thermal underwear - a tracksuit
    - 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts
     - Lightweight long sleeved shirt
    - A woolen hat, a pair of gloves
     - 1 pair of sandals, thick woolen socks and other personal equipments and accessories.
    There are certain remote rural areas in India where locals are conservatives about clothes and wearing body revealing clothes are regarded socially unaccepted. Make your stay in India most comfortable and enjoyable by selecting the India-friendly clothes.

    Communication
    In today's time, India has come a long way to becoming the future Information Technology superpower and one of the largest generators and exporters of software. Since 1837, postal service in India has improved immensely with the use of computers and other latest technology for postal operations. In fact the Indian post office is regarded as the largest postal systems in the world and very reliable one. India has more than 154,000 post offices in different regions of India. Indian Postal System offers airmail services daily to all parts of the world. Air parcels take approximately two weeks, while surface mail can take up to three months. Most airlines offer discount airfreight rates. Parcels are handed over to the concerned person at the post office only after thorough inspection by custom officials. The Money Order department of the Indian Post office has 77 VSAT centers which in turn are connected to 610 Extended Satellite Money Order Stations. More than 10 lakh money orders are transmitted through this network every month.

    In terms of coverage, quality and range of services, the Indian telecommunication network has undergone major progress. India with its satellite earth stations provides international calling; 8 Intelsat (Indian Ocean) and 1 Inmarsat (Indian Ocean Region), four gateway exchanges operating from Mumbai, New Delhi, Calcutta, and Chennai and submarine cables to Malaysia, UAE, Singapore and Japan, and Fiber-Optic Link around the Globe (FLAG) with landing site at Mumbai (Bombay). There are several IT companies which have set up a network of wireless radio in the different regions of India to allow users to exchange voice, data and video over Virtual Private Networks. In most of the towns in India there are private STD/ISD call booths with fax facilities and direct dialing for both interstate and overseas and they have a digital meter for showing the cost. Cost for international calls depends on the country you are calling. Hotels in India also provide facilities like STD/IAD calls, fax and internet service. But comparatively, local STD/ISD call booths charge reasonable money than hotels. You can even purchase phone cards in cities but in the Indian Himalaya you may get deprived of this facility. Mobile phones in India have made the communication very easy for travelers and Indians. But in hilly regions and mountains, mobile phones may not operate efficiently due to limited reception. In most parts of India there are cyber cafes for providing internet access using DSL, Wi-Fi, Cable, Satellite and Dial-up connection.

    Currency
    Indian currency comes in the form of paper notes and coins. Paper notes are called Rupees (Rs) and only 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees are available. Whereas coins are called paise and there are coins of 5,10,20,25 and 50 paise and Rs. 1, 2 and 5. One Indian Rupee is equivalent to 100 paise. Information on current exchange rates is easily available at banks. You can get your money exchanged at international airports. While traveling to India, you must carry with you some cash in Indian currency and Travelers Cheques. When it comes to foreign currencies, US dollar is accepted more. If you are traveling with cash, bank notes and travelers cheques amounting to US $ 2,500 or equivalent in any other currency, you do not need to submit declaration form at the time of entering India but for US $ 10,000 you certainly have to. Besides banks, there are many authorized local money exchangers in most of the regions of India. Banks and international airports offer 24 hours money exchange facilities through their ATM service. From Monday to Friday banks in India remain open for visitors from 10 am to 2 pm and on Saturday from 10am to 12 noon. Money can be transferred to India by foreign banks with branches in India and also with Indian banks with branches abroad such as the State bank of India, Bank of Katmandu, Bank of Baroda and many more. Majority of International banks have their branches in many parts of India. Hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and emporiums accept credit cards. American Express, master cards, Dinner club and Visa are more acceptable.

    Drinking Water
    While traveling to India, you must stay physically fit and healthy to have the best travel experience. For this, you need to be very caution and conscious about what you drink and eat. As you must be very aware of the fact that most of the diseases are transmitted through water, therefore you must drink only safe water. Never drink tap water for it is very harmful for your health. You must purchase bottled/branded mineral water from reputed shops. Prior to purchasing mineral water bottles, always check the seal cap, labels and expiry date. Reputed hotels and restaurants provide good drinking water. You must strictly avoid drinking water from roadside carts and vendors. If you are traveling in rural areas, you may not get to drink safe water. In such case, it is very advisable to carry with you iodine tablets or solution. On mixing the iodine tablets or solution with water in right proportion, you get the best drinking water. But there are shops, guest houses, lodges and eateries in rural villages that provide boiled and filtered water for drinking. Nevertheless, you must be very aware and cautious about the risks involved with drinking water in India.

    Eating out
    India besides an abode of diversified culture and wildlife is most dotted for its exotic cuisine. Each region of India has its own food culture. Since the ancient times, world history has always marveled at the exoticism of Indian cuisine. Besides authentic Indian dish, restaurants and eateries of India also serve varieties of international cuisine from Italian dish, Thai food, Nepali food, Chinese specialties to endless arrays of delicacies and the list can just go on. There are also many international food chains in cities of India like Mac Donald, Pizza Hut etc. If you are in major cities of India, good restaurants normally cost you around INR 350-400 for lunch and INR 500 ?more for dinner. The prices for food depend upon restaurant to restaurant. It is advisable to eat out in good and reputed restaurants, hotels and eateries for the service hygienic, nutritious, high quality and good food. In rural areas meals are available at cheaper price but when it comes to hygiene and quality, you have to be very careful. As long as you eat healthy, you will definitely enjoy your trip in India to the fullest. So stick to balanced diet and always keep a check on your food habits.

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