Health Regulation

Yellow fever: Any person (including infants) arriving by air or sea without a certificate is detained in insulation for a period up to 6 days if arriving within 6 days of departing from an infected area. 
Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country excluding parts of the States of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim. No certificate required, but a course of anti-malaria pills is recommended.
Drinking water: 
Bottled water is available and usually provided in flasks in hotel rooms. For people with delicate digestive systems. It is advisable to use bottled mineral water, this is widely available. 
 It is advisable to bring specific medicines. There are state operated facilities in all towns and cities and private consultants and specialists in urban areas.


The official language is Hindi in the Devanagri script. The States are free to decide their own regional languages for internal administration and education, so there are 18 official languages spoken throughout the country. English is widely spoken.

Some Important Phrases  

English Hindi
Hi or Hello Namaste
Please Please
Thank You Shukhriya
Dhanyavaad dhan
Yes Haan
No Nahin
Where can I find Kahan milenge
I want water Mujhe paani chahiye
I want a ticket Mujhe ticket chahiye
Where is the toilet Bathroom kahan hai
I am from Australia Main Australia se hoon
Are you open tomorrow Aap kal khule hain
Is this very far Kya ye bahut door hai
How much is this Ye kitne ka hai
This is too expensive Ye bahut mehenga hai
Make this price less Bhaav kam karo
How are you? Aap kaise hain?
Sorry Maaf kijiye
Please Kripaya
Ok Theek hai
What? Kya?
Where? Kahan?
How? Kaise?
When? Kab?
Who? Kaun?
Why? Kyon?
What is the price? Iska kya daam hai?
I don't understand Mai samjha nahi
Tell me the way please Kripya raasta bataiye
What is your name? Aapka naam kya hai?
My name is Mera naam…...
Right Dahine
Left Bayen

One Ek
Two Do
Three Teen
Four Chaar
Five Paanch
Six Cheh
Seven Saat
Eight Aath
Nine Naun
Ten Das
One hundred Ek sau
Two hundred Do sau


It is usual to tip waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bill.


Trained English speaking guides are available at fixed charges at all important tourist centres. The Govt. of India Tourist Offices can be contacted by tourists for the services of approved guides. French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese speaking guides are available at some cities. Please consult the nearest Govt. of India Tourist Office. Unapproved guides are not permitted to enter protected monuments, and tourists are, therefore, advised to ask the guides for the identity card issued by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of India.

Opening hours

These may vary from region to region. All international Hotels have a 24 hours money changing facility.

  • Banks: 
    10.00 to 14.00 (Mo. to Fr.), and 10.00 to 12.00 (Sat.).
  • Post Offices:
    10.00 to 17.00 (Mo. to Fr.) and Sat. mornings, In big cities often longer.
  • Shops: 
    09.30 to 18.00 (Mo. to Sat.).

GMT + 5 1/2 hours.

Voltage in most places is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles, although some areas also have DC supplies.

  • Special permission of the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, is required for use of tripod and artificial light.
  • Photography in the wildlife sanctuaries is allowed on payment of a prescribed fee. Photography is prohibited in tribal areas.

Fax/Telex/Telegram: International 24-hours service from large hotels and telegraph offices in major cities. 
Telephone: Telephone calls to most countries are now direct. There are telephone facilities between the most cities and towns. 
The international direct dialing code for India is +91.


Currency: Rupee = 100 Paise. 
Coins are in denominations of 10, 25 & 50 Paise & l, 2 & 5 Rupees. 
Notes are in denominations of Rs 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500.  

Indian Quotation Amount International Quotation
1 Lakh 100,000.00 100 Thousands
10 Lakhs 1,000,000.00 1 Million
1 Crore 10,000,000.00 10 Million
10 Crores 100,000,000.00 100 Million
100 Crores 1,000,000,000.00 1 Billion


Currency Regulations

Foreign Currency. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers’ cheques a tourist may import, provided a Declaration Form is completed on arrival, This will facilitate the exchange of imported currency as well as the export of unspent currency on departure. Cash, bank notes and travelers’ cheques up to US$2.500 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in the form of travellers’ cheques, drafts, bills, cheques, etc. which tourists wish to convent into Indian currency should be exchanged only through authorised money changers.

Tourists are warned that changing money through unauthorised persons is not only illegal but also involves the risk of receiving counterfeit currency. To exchange foreign money other than through banks or authorised money changers is an offence. Please note that no Indian currency whatso-ever can be imported or exported, except for Rupee travellers’ cheques. Banks abroad do keep Rupee balances with their agents in India and are able to draw upon these balances to issue Rupee travellers’ cheques to intending tourists.

There are 24 hour exchange facilities available at all big cites and international airports

Custom Regulations

All personal objects which are required in India are free from duty. Under this heading fall personal jewelry, presents up to a value of Rs. 600, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 0.95 l alcoholic beverages. Professional material and articles which have a high value can only be imported duty free if the traveler gives a written undertaking that these articles will be re-exported.

Airport Tax

Passengers embarking on journey to any place outside India will have to pay an airport tax of Rs. 300. For journey to Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maledives = Rs. 150.

Public Holidays

There are many festivals and special events in India, but only a few of these are full public holidays. These are: 26 Jan Republic Day, 15 Aug. Independence Day, 2 Oct. Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday. For dates of other holidays and festival please contact Tourist Offices in India.

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