India is not an easy travel destination for the first time tourist. Deep rooted customs still play an important part in daily life. Add in an unending list of misconceptions and you could be as confused about what to expect as I was stepping off the plane for my first trip years ago. Arrive with a starting knowledge with this list of the Top 10 Basic India Travel Tips:
There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring.
Banks are open for transaction from 10:00 - 15:30 hrs on weekdays and from 10:00 - 12:00 hrs on Saturdays.
Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.
(Hours fast (+), slow (-) on IST)
USA: -10.30, Germany: - 4.30, Canada: - 10.30, France: - 4.30, Australia: + 4.30, Spain: - 4.30, UAE: - 1.30, UK: - 5:30.
Best time to Visit
High season: September-May
Monsoon Rejuvenation programmes: June-August
Cotton outfits; hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc.
Heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.
Go only to those Ayurveda centres that are classified/approved by the Department of Tourism.
Police control room: 100
Fire station: 101
Ambulance: 102, 108
Smoking is banned in public places.