Weather of India


 

India is so vast that climatic conditions in the far north have little relation to those of the extreme south. India lies to the north of Equator, so the southern part of India is usually much warmer than the rest of India. Climate conditions in India are very diverse and can reach extremes. Climate plays a key factor in deciding when to visit India. Main seasons os India are listed below

Summer Season :
Duration  : March to June
Temperature of Northern India : 45º C
June : The hottest month of the year in India

This is the time when people pack their bags and head off to the hills and valleys where it is relatively cooler.

Winter Season :
Duration  : November to February
Temperature of northwest  :  Arround  10–15 °C (50–59 °F).  In some of the hilly areas, the temperature even goes below zero degrees.
Coldest area :  The hilly regions of northern India observe some snowfall also in the months of January
January  : The coldest month of the year In India

This is the best season of the year not only attracts the maximum of tourist traffic to India but also invites an innumerable bird species to its pleasant surroundings.

Monsoons :

Duration :  June to September.
Monsoon rains begin to recede from North India at the beginning of October. The South West Monsoon enters India through the coast of Kerala and Andaman……………….

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Vaccinations in India


 

 

Vaccinations & preventative medications in India : Before ready on your India vacations tour, you must make yourself familiar with different diseases that are common in Indian climatic conditions.It is strongly recommended you seek the advice of a travel doctor, who specialises in medicines for the travellers. Here is a comprehensive list of all the diseases that are common to India and vaccinations for them.

Hepatitis A : It is recommended for all travelers to India.


Hepatitis B :
In case of travelers who may have intimate contact with local residents should take this vaccination and stay here more than 6 months.
Typhoid : Vaccination takes the form of an injection or capsules.
Yellow Fever : This Vaccination is required only for travelers arriving from or transiting through any yellow-fever-infected area like Africa.
Japanese Encephalitis : This vaccine is recommended for travelers staying for more than 1 month and traveling to rural areas or travelers engaging in extensive unprotected outdoor activities in rural areas.


Diphtheria and tetanus :
Usually given in childhood and should be boosted every ten years.
Rabies : That travelers who have direct contact with animals should take sthis vaccination

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Travel Insurance in India


 

 

We highly recommends having a travel insurance policy that covers:
1. Cancellation and Curtailment
2. Loss of and/or damage to luggage
3. Medical insurance
4. Loss of money (cash), travellers cheques or personal belongings

If you are participating in winter sports than your travel insurance covers this also. If you are bringing along expensive items such as jewelry or photographic equipment, check the value per item is covered by your travel insurance. If the coverage for these items is minimal you may wish to take out extra coverage on these items.

Most tourists forget that insurance is an important requirement while visiting any country.Insurance for traveling in India is a must and as important as traveling to any other country. Travel insurance acts as additional security in the case of unforeseen eventualities like cancellation or interruption of travel plans, lost or damaged luggage, travel delays, illness, accident, etc.

Important Point

-> Most hospitals in India do not treat foreign nationals if they do not have proper medical insurance.
-> Check your travel insurance papers if they offer medical coverage in case of an untoward incident in a foreign land.
-> It also acts as an additional security in case of flight cancellation, damaged or lost baggage, illness, etc.

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Travel Advice Before Start your Tour of India


 

 

This will help you when you will come quite handy and thinking of coming to India. You will have a general idea about what to expect and what not to. Go through India travel advice given below.

1. Getting some background information on India and the particular place that you are planning to visit is quite a good idea.
2. Stay in a recognized hotel. India has a number of 5 star and 4 star hotels to suit your taste and budget.
3. Travellers required to pay all their dues regarding the hotel bills in foreign currency only. Even concessional tickets like Youth fares, Discover India Fares and Air Fares are to be paid for in foreign exchange only.
3. Try to hire taxis and auto-rickshaws, from the pre-paid booths, if possible.
4. It is advisable not to hire any type of transportation from unlicensed operators.
5. Make travel arrangements well in advance, especially when you are traveling in the peak season (between October to March).
6. You may hire Government-trained and approved guides who also speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Russian. English is widely spoken at almost tourist destination in India these days.
7. Most Indians are warm people and ready to help whenever the need be. But still, exercise caution and stay

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Traffic Rules in India


 

There are some Indian traffic rules you need to follow while in India. Indian traffic rules go a long way to ensure traffic safety in India.  Following traffic rules in India are necessary for your own security and well-being

-> If you are driving or riding pillion on a two-wheeler in India, don’t forget to wear a helmet. If you don’t wear the helmet. then it may be harmful to you and you may have to pay the fine.

-> Use of horns is very common and in fact, customary in India.

-> In India traffics is moves on the left side. So, be extra cautious while crossing the road, especially if your country follows right side driving.

-> If your IDL has expired, then you submitting your expired license, along with a letter of introduction from your country’s Embassy and easily get a local driving license in India.

-> India trffic follows left hand side driving. So be careful and look both ways while crossing the road. Do not drive if you cannot adapt to the left hand side driving.

-> If you planned to stay in India is for a long time, you should have a driver’s license though it is not necessary that it should be IDL. It should be of a recognized Government. You can apply for a local license for driving a car or motorcycle.

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Some Facts about India


 

” India land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas.”   Wheeler Wilcox (American poet)

India, a peninsular nation in South Asia, has been, for centuries, a region of attraction for many a traveler, researcher and business man around the world. Here you find a unique blend of cultures, castes and races with generous doses of tradition thrown in. Some Important Facts about India is listed here.

-> Full Name : Republic of India (also called Bharat, Hindustan among locals)
-> Total Area : 32,87,263 sq.km
-> Population : 1,210,193,422 (1.21 billion) (2011 Census)
-> Coastline : 7,516 kilometers (inclusive of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands)
-> North to South : 3214 kilometers.
-> East to West : 2,933 kilometers…………

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Shopping in India


 

India is well known for its arts and crafts. Every tourist who visits India wishes to take back a part of this lovely country. Shopping is the best way to fulfill your wish of taking a memory of India with you. Here you can find items that suit your budget too and variety of items to suit your diverse needs and taste. Some of them include silks, spices, jewelry, handicrafts, silverware, antiques, carpets, leatherwork and so on

Clothes :  In India clothes are available in a huge variety. Some famous fabrics are cotton, silk chiffons, brocade and khadi among others. Most of the  international brands are now available in India.

Jewelry :  Indian traditional  jewelry is very heavy and elaborate. Indian jewellery designs are exquisite and elaborately done. Indian silverwork is quite famous. Gems include diamonds, lapis lazuli, Indian star rubies, star sapphires, moonstones, aquamarines and so on. Indian jewellery is famous for using intricate work of gems and other semi precious stones.

Carpets : India has one of the biggest carpet industries in the world. Darjeeling is an ideal place to shop for carpets. These are available in much affordable prices and are available in a huge variety.

Handicrafts  and Leatherwork : India is famous for its handicrafts and ethnic crafts items. There is no one best place for handicraft and leatherwork in India. Each area has its own specialty. Handicraft items coves the b ronzes and………..

 

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Religions in India


 

 

Religions in India

India is the birth place of four of the world’s major religious traditions; namely Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Four main religion were born in India while the others came with invaders, travellers and missionaries from abroad. The Indian religions are so diverse and so widespread, that it is difficult to club India under one religion. The religious festivals are celebrated by all, as Indians, irrespective of caste and religion

Hinduism : It is the oldest religion in India. Hinduism is a religion with various gods and goddesses. According to Hinduism, three Lords rule the world.
Brahma: the creator;
Vishnu: the preserver
Shiva: the destroyer

In India 80% of the population follows the Hindu religion

Islam : After Hinduism the Islam second most dominant religion.  In India, almost 14% of the population follows the Islam religion. India’s Muslim population is the world’s third largest and the world’s largest Muslim-minority population

Christianity : Christianity is India’s third-largest religion, with approximately 24 million followers, constituting 4% of India’s population. Mainly is Christian is nations of Europe. Christianity arrived in India almost about the same period as it arrived in Europe, meaning about 2000 years ago.

Sikhism : Sikhism is one of the youngest world religion. In India About 2% of India’s population are Sikhs. This religion was established……………….

 

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Packing List for Winter Season tour in India


Winter Season period December to  early April


Packing List for Winter Weather (For Normal Tour)

Everyone has a individual choice of fashion tastes, preferences, opinions, and styles in terms of what they want to wear and bring along. This definitive list is not necessary but it will help you in packing for your India Holiday in winter Season

-> Clothes Packing

1 or 2 long shorts/skirts
2 or 3 pairs of jeans
2 or 3 T-shirts
2 or 3 casual shirts
1 thick, warm jacket
1 warm innerwear
scarf, gloves and warm winter hat
1 thick sweater
Trousers
Underwear (lots)
Socks (lots)

->  Shoes
Comfortable walking shoes
Thongs/flipflops/sandals
1 pair of dressy going out shoes

– > Toiletries
Toiletry bag
Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodorant, Lip balm
Make up, moisturizers and hair products
Suntan lotion – just because it’s cold doesn’t mean there is no sun
Handkerchiefs/tissues
Insect repellent
Aspirins / medications

– > Miscellaneous
Digital memory Storage like : Digital Camera, Handycam camera etc.
Rechargeable phone card
Day bag
Pens and writing materials
Overnight bag
Sewing kit………

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Packing List for Summer Weather tour in India


 

 

-> Summer and Rainy season period April to September

Packing List for Summer Weather (For Normal Tour)
This is not a definitive list b’coz everyone has a individual choice of fashion tastes, preferences, opinions, and styles in terms of what they want to wear and bring along. This definitive list is not necessary but it will help you in packing for your Indian Holiday.

-> Clothes Packing
2 or 3 shorts/skirts ( For Women)
2 or 3 casual shirts
2 or 3 loose cotton shirts or T-shirts
1 or 2 pairs of jeans
1 or 2 Baggy Pants
Underwear
Socks
Trousers
Nightwear
1 set of nice clothes (eg going out dress, tie, blazer, jacket or suit for evenings out on tour)
light stole or scarf .

 

In Some religious places like (temples, gurudwara or mausoleum) also require you to cover your head, so it may come handy then.

Try to avoid conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelery together with excessive amount of money.

-> Shoes
1 pair of comfortable, closed walking shoes suitable for outdoor activities.
1 pair of thongs, sandals or flip flops
1 pair of dressy going out shoes

-> Toiletries
Suntan lotion
Toiletry bag and contents
Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodorant…….

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Money Matters In India


 

 

Official currency of India : Indian currency is known as rupee. Indian money (rupee) comes in the form  of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 1000. One rupee consists of a 100 paise. Paise are in denominations of 10p, 25p and 50p. Now a day these paise are rarely used. Coins are available for Re1, Rs 2 and Rs 5.

Exchanging Money in India:
1. It is advisable for you that change a substantial amount at one time because changing money in India can be a tedious and cumbersome process.
2. Travelers’ cheques are not accepted at each and every bank. It is even difficult to change currency other than dollars or pound sterling.
3. For exchanging money you always approach a certified and recognized bureau. Exchanging any place else is not only illegal, you also run the risk of getting fake currency.
4. You can get your currency exchanged at the airport itself also. Moneychangers at airports are open 24 hours.
5. Save all exchange receipts (encashment certificates) as it may be required if you want to apply for visa extensions, or while going back.

Money Safety
During your traveling, you should be sure that you are carrying your money safely.

-> Do not carry all your money at once when traveling. Sort out some amount for daily expense and keep the rest in your hotel room secure in your suitcase.
-> Buy pouches that can be fastened with an attached belt to your waist and can also be worn under clothing. This is the most popular and safest way to carry……………

 

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Main Languages Spoken in India


 

Hindi is the mother tongue of India. When the constitution was framed, it recognized several common Indian languages and declared Hindi as the national language. English is the additional official language of India. Hindi and English are spoken and understood in most of the regions in India. There are around 17 major languages spoken in India apart from Hindi and English

-> Hindi :
It is a national language of India and widely spoken language.

-> English : 
English is another language that is widely spoken and written in almost all parts of India.

-> Sanskrit : 
Sanskrit  is known as the mother of all languages, this ancient language paved the way for many languages.

-> Assamese :
It is the language of Assam. Nearly 60 % of the population is spoken this language

-> Gujarati  : It is the …………..

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Luggage Information


 

Overnight bags : These are the small backpack-sized bags. You pack the clothes, toiletries and anything you think you may need for the next day, in these bags.This can often make your travel experience easier and comfortable as compare  to carrying a large bag or suitcase.

Luggage weight limits & size Information in India:

1. In India luggage restriction of one Hand Luggage max weight is 8kg (18lbs) and Maximum Dimensions is 55x40x20 cm (21x16x8 in)
2. Before departure your tour please ensure that your luggage is of the correct size and weight and rules cannot be bent or broken.
3. You’ll need to make sure that your luggage doesn’t exceed the weight restrictions imposed by airlines, included flights as part of the itinerary of your tour
4. If your luggage weighs more than this than you have the option of storing your excess luggage the day or evening before the tour departs.

Items that are not permitted:

-> Indian currency exceeding the amount of Rs.1,000.
-> Any harmful drug. This includes coca leaf, cocaine, hemp, charas, opium, morphine, etc, along with their mixtures and derivatives.
-> Also restricted are plants, parts of plants, soil seeds, fruits, dry fruits, vegetables, flowers, coffee seeds, coffee beans, cottons and un-manufactured tobacco.
-> Pet animals and birds can be brought along but their number is limited.
-> Fire arms.
-> Gold or silver jewellery or any…………….

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Useful Indian phrases or English Phrase


Here we give the common Indian phrases that will help you in communicating more effectively with the locals.

 

 

English Phrase
Hindi Translation
Hello Namaste/Namaskar
How are you? Kaise hain?
I want to go to hotel  Mujhe hotel jana hai
Yes Haan
No Nahi
Thank you Shukriya/ Dhanyavaad
Can you please help me? Kya aap meri madad karenge?
What is your name? Apka naam Kya hai?
My name is … Mera naam … hai
OK/Fine/Good/Whatever Achaa
What happened? Kya hua?
I am fine Main theek hoon
Goodbye Main chalta hoon (chalti for female)
How much/ What is the cost? Kitna hua/ kitna daam hai?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Indian phrases will help to communicate more effectively with the locals.  You will find help right away if you are stuck in a situation, as you are able to communicate at a more personal level with people around you.

Information about Tipping in India


 

Tipping in India
Tipping in India is optional, solely based on your judgment and experience. There are basically two types of tips.
-> The tip is paid after the work is completed.
-> The tip is given beforehand to ensure a good service.

Tip in Restaurants and Hotel

In hotels, porters and room service attendants are generally tipped at the end of the stay. In restaurants, the tip to waiters is around 10-15 % of the bill. In cases of restaurants of prestigious hotels, generally a 10 percent service surcharge is added to the bill. If hotel and restaurant is a small , then keeping loose change…….

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Information about Local Transport in India


 

Local Transport in India

Transport in the India is an important part of the nation’s economy. Transport system in India is large and extensive. There are many cheap and affordable means of transportation in India that are available almost everywhere and anytime. Mostly people in India use the large network of railways and roadways in India.  Local transport in India is a highly developed network that connects the busiest places as well as the remotest locales

Buses : Buses are the cheapest mode of local transport in India. In india  almost every city having a well-developed system of buses. It is best to enquire the routes before boarding a bus. It cover long distances in a short time.

Metro Rail : In India all major cities have a well-planned metro rail network. Metro is not available all through in India. Calcutta has the oldest network of metro in India. Delhi have a pretty good system of metro rail. In NCR regions like Noida & Gurgaon also have extensive metro system plans in the pipeline. In Mumbai metro system is under construction. It is one of the best and fast transport system in India.

Auto Rickshaws : An autorickshaw is also called auto or rickshaw or tempo  or a three-wheeler. This is a small vehicle and has no doors or seatbelts. Auto color is a combination of green and yellow or black and yellow. If you hire …………….

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Information about Indian Food


 

 

Indian Food : Indian food is different from rest of the world not only in taste but also in cooking methods.There is no single cuisine in India. Just like the culture of India, the Indian cuisine is also very diverse.There are so many types of food in India that it becomes difficult to choose from the diverse range of traditional food in India.To know more about Indian Food read this.

North Indian Food :
North Indian meals consist of basically chapatis or rotis or or Parathas served with dal, which is a watery preparation of pulses ,  vegetables and Curd (yoghurt). In North India region people also uses milk and other dairy products like yogurt, milk, ghee (clarified butter), butter and paneer (cottage cheese). In North region non-vegetarian dishes is highly inspired from the Mughlai cuisine and is absolu……………………

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Indian Street Food


 

Street Food in India : Street Food in India is very famous and most tourists gorge on the delicious and affordable roadside food in India to get the real taste of this amazing country. In Indian street Foods has various flavors that stimulate the taste buds of tourists as well as locals. In India you can find the street food in every big metro cities. You will find all roads and small narrow lanes having at least one such portable food stall. Some famous street food are listed here

Chaat :  Chaat is an all time favorite of all people, whether locals or tourists. It is made of crisp potato , salted, small pancakes sprinkled with various masala along with different chutneys, or Indian sauces and a dash of yogurt. Some use the grated ginger and some pomegranate seeds for garnish.

Fruit chaat :
Fruit chaat is also another famous street food. It is made with chopped seasonal fruits and served with a dash of spicy masalas and a hint of lime juice.

Bhel Puri :
It is prepared in different ways in different pa……….

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Electricity in India


 

Voltage & current supply in India is different than the rest of the world. The voltage in India is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you use the device that do not accept 240 volts at 50 hertz, then you will be required to carry a voltage converter. Or  if you wish to use any electronic devices from the United States or any country with 110 Volt currency, you’ll need a voltage converter and plug adapter.

In India basically three types of voltage  converters that are available and adaptable to the Indian voltage.

Resistor-network converters : 50-1600 Watts. Can be used for appliances like hair dryers and irons. You can use them for short periods only and they are not ideal for digital devices.

Transformers : 50-100 Watts it can be used continuously for items like battery chargers, laptop, computers, radios, cameras, MP3 players and camcorders. Drawback of this is the low wattage and heavy weight.

Combination converters:
Has a combination voltage of resistor network and transformers. One can switch from one mode to another by a switch provided for this purpose.

Outlets in India generally accept the following types of plug:
-> 2 round pins
-> 3 round pins…………….

 

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How to Handling Beggars in India


 

In India you may see the beggars on the streets and the main roads, begging for alms on the traffic signals. You may also know about how to tackle the beggars in India. Some tips how to tackle the beggars

-> Some women beggars with a small malnourished baby may use hand gestures to signal they are hungry. It is okay to give them food or eatables.

-> If you really feel for the beggars or such needy and poor people the best way is supporting locals and charities. It is the most effective way to help the needy person…………………..

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