Travel Advice for India
India
Capital: New Delhi

Time Zone GMT + 5.30
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 91
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Emergency Phone Numbers for New Delhi: Police: 100 Fire: 101.
In other areas contact the hotel reception.
Tourist
Information
Refer to the Office of the High Commissioner for India.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists in the vivax variety throughout the year in the whole country excluding parts of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim. High resistance to chloroquine has been reported in the falciparum variety.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from everyone coming or who have transited through infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bubonic plague, meningitis, tick-borne relapsing fever, dengue fever, visceral leishmaniasis, filariasis and Hepatitis B.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Rupee = 100 paise.
Exchange: At banks or authorised exchangers.. NOTE: Import and export of local currency is prohibited.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques can be widely exchanged. Pound sterling and US dollars are the preferred currencies.
ATM availability: Over 150 locations.
Cost of
Living
Caters for all visitors and budgets. Accommodation ranges from international standard to youth hostels. All commodities are inexpensive, in comparison with other countries.
Languages The universal national language is English. There are 14 official languages in India. About 50% of the population are Hindi speakers. The Muslim population generally speak Urdu.
Weather Hot tropical weather with variations from region to region. Coolest weather lasts from November to mid March, with cool fresh mornings and evenings and dry sunny days. Really hot weather occurs between April and June. Monsoon rains occur in most regions during the summer.
Electricity Usually 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are of the round 2 and 3 pin type.
Post Airmail to Western Europe takes up to 1 week. Stamps are sold in hotels.
Transport AIR: The domestic airline connects over 70 cities. Special fares are available throughout the year.
SEA/RIVER: Services are often seasonal and suspended during the monsoon period. One particularly attractive route is the 'backwaters' excursion in the vicinity of Cochin.
RAIL: The network covers much of the country and is relatively inexpensive.
Special
Information
NOTE: Many Western Governments are urging their citizens to leave India in response to the threat of war with Pakistan. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to India at this time. For those that intend to travel despite this advice particular note shouldbe taken of the following:- There is civil unrest in Kashmir Valley and Jammu, travel there is particularly unwise as there is a serious risk of kidnapping . Foreigners have been held at gun-point and therefore visitors are advised against travelling to these areas. SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS: Following the Earth Quake in January visitors should stay away from the GUJARAT STATE and other affected areas until normal services are restored. Footwear should be removed when entering houses or places of worship. Religion plays a large role in everyday life and visitors are expected to respect the customs followed by the Indian people. Many Hindus are vegetarian. Possesion of even the smallest quantity of drugs of any kind results in very long jail sentences with long detention before trial. Beware of confidence tricksters, particularly in Jaipur and Agra. Special care is required on beaches as no local warnings are given of trecherous undercurrents.