Guidelines for Tourist
India is one of the beautiful destination to visit. You can explore natural and man-made wonders – amazing Temples, mystical Monasteries, frenetic cities, Natural untouched National parks, wonderful palaces, lost kingdoms, mesmerizing markets and some of the world’s most iconic monuments.
We can recommend you just focusing on mysterious place need to explore - an endlessly fascinating country that is often challenging and always surprising. It is stretched between the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan mountains lies an incredible embroidery of one or four areas at a time, spend couple of nights in each place to feel beauty of Indian culture with your private guide and yourselves.
Basic Hotels / local five star Hotels / Deluxe five star Hotels -
Accommodation, like so many other things in India, provides good value for money, though in the major cities especially, there are luxury establishments that charge international price for providing Western-style comforts and service.
A large clean twin room, freshly made bed, your own spotless bathroom and hot and cold running water can still cost as little as Rs.800/- Per Person (£10/US$12/Euro11) in cheaper areas in Basic segment whereas if you are looking for bit higher than Budget segment (Standard - Budget) can cost as Rs.1600/- Per Person(£19/US$26/Euro22). Looking for local five-star Hotel can cost as Rs.2100/- Per Person (£25/US$34/Euro24) and cost for Deluxe five-star Hotel can cost as Rs.4500/- Per Person(£54/US$73/Euro102). These rates are just an indicative rate for your information the actual shall come to know at the time of confirmed booking.
Most state governments run their own chain of hotels. They are usually good value but far less well run than comparable places in the private sector. Bookings for state-run hotels can be made in advance through the state tourist offices throughout the country.
Holding more appeal for foreign visitors are the heritage properties that have mushroomed all across the country in recent years. Rajasthan started the trend, with old forts, palaces, hunting lodges, have island former hunting camps converted into accommodation for high-spending tourists. Brimming with old-world atmosphere, they deliver a quintessentially Indian “experience”, often in the most exotic locations, with turbaned bellboys and antique automobiles adding to the colonial-era ambience.
India has 23 constitutionally recognized official languages. Hindi and English are the official languages used by the Central Government. State governments use respective official languages. Hindi is the most widely spoken language in northern parts of India.
FOOD AND DRINK
Indian food has a richly deserved reputation as one of the world’s great cuisines.
The classic north Indian fusion of native and Central Asian influences (although it can be found as far south as Hyderabad) is so-called Mughlai cooking, the creation of the Mughal dynasty.
Mostly non-veg, the food is mildly spiced but extremely rich, using ingredients such as cream, almonds, sultanas and saffron. Southern cooking also tends to use a significantly different spices, with sharper, simpler flavors featuring coconut, tamarind, curry leaves and plenty of dried red and fresh green chilies.
Rice is king, not only eaten in its natural form, but also made into regional staples such as Idli’s (steamed rice cakes) and Dosa’s (fermented rice-batter pancakes).
Alcohol Prohibition, once widespread in India, is now only fully enforced in Gujarat and some of the northeastern hill states, although Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and some other states retain partial prohibition.
CULTURE AND ETIQUETTE
Cultural differences extend to all sorts of little things. While allowances will usually be made for foreigners, visitors unacquainted with Indian customs may need a little preparation.
Religion is taken very seriously in India; it’s important always to show due respect to religious buildings, shrines, images, and people at prayer. When entering a temple or mosque, remove your shoes and leave the mat the door. In a mosque, non-Muslims would not normally be allowed in at prayer time and women are sometimes not let in at all. In a Hindu temple, you are not often allowed into the inner sanctum; and at a Buddhist stupa or monument, you should always walk round clockwise (ie, with the stupa on your right).
Indian people are very conservative about dress. Women are expected to dress modestly, with legs and shoulders covered. Trousers are acceptable, but shorts and short skirts are offensive to many. Men should always wear a shirt in public cover your head with a cap or cloth when entering a dargah (Sufi shrine) or Sikh gurudwara; women in particular are also required to cover their limbs. Men are similarly expected to dress appropriately with their legs and head covered. Smoking is prohibited in most public places.
Tipping for good services is expected in India and should preferable be paid in local currency.
INR (Indian Rupees) or Rs. Is the currency of India. Denominations Notes are Rs.1000/- , Rs.500/-,Rs.100/- ,Rs.50/- , Rs.20/- , Rs.20/-, Rs.10/- and coins are Rs.5/-,Rs.2 and Rs.1/- (100 paise – 1 rupee). You can change you currency only at authorized banks or money changers in India both cash and traveler's cheques are accepted in every outlet. ATM’s facility are available in all major cities to withdraw cash and credit cards can be used for your payment at big shops and hotels.