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Some items are strictly prohibited to take away from the county like antiques (things more than 100 years old), Ivory, Animal skin or any other part of animal.

We have very good internet connectivity, most of the hotels, restaurants etc are well equipped with internet and wifi.    


Normally Indians are generous and they accept it but if someone says no,  then don’t take.

India has a wide variety of weather patterns. Different regions of the country will have different weather at the same time of the year. Basically, the climate of India is tropical so summers can be very hot in the country. October to March is the best time to plan a trip to India.

You can pay by card in hotels, restaurants, bars, good shops and showrooms. It’s advisable not to pay by card in the small street shops. 

The Indian rupee (sign: ?; code: INR), is the official currency of India and it is not possible to pay using any other currency. It is therefore advised to exchange your money in Indian currency. You can do it easily at airport, ship ports, banks, or at any good hotel. There are also authorized money changers in the city markets. You can verify the exchange rates with them. You can easily get cash from ATM (Automated Teller Machine). 

India is an extremely diverse country with people following many different religions.  As per the census of 2011 most Indians follow Hinduism (80%), however it is quite common to find people practicing many other religions such as Islam (14%), Christianity (3%), Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Being a secular country the Indians are free to practices the religion of their choice.

India has 2 official languages at the national level – English and Hindi. While Hindi is spoken by 60 % of the population in India (particularly from North, West and central India), English is spoken and understood majority of the educated people across India.  Most of the road signs, monuments descriptions, menus, advertising and tickets are in English and Hindi. It is rare that you feel difficulty especially in cities due to language problem.

Learn following basic words that will help you while exploring India and feeling comfortable with the locals.

Namaste – Hello

Dhanyavaad – Thank You

Nahin – No

Han – Yes

Paani – Water  

App Kaise ho? – How are you?

Mein achi hu / Mai Acha hu  – I am good

Given its sizes, history and diversity, India is a complex country with a variety of contradictory cultural norms, traditions and etiquettes within. It is not something that one can be prepared for, so the best advice would be to ask locals for tips and implement them to your convenience.

Some of the most essential and common elements of Indian etiquette that a foreigner should attempt to be familiar with while visiting the country are:

  • When you go to someone’s house it is customary to remove shoes before entering.
  • It is absolutely compulsory to remove your footwear while entering a temple, mosque, gurudwara or any religious sites or place.
  • It is considered rude to address people with their professional title, especially to those who engage in physical nature of work such as drivers, porters, waiters, etc.
  • Indian people especially in rural area are very conservative about clothing. Women are expected to dress modestly. Avoid short skirt kind of clothing. In the big cities, semi urban cities and famous tourist destinations, you will fill more relaxed as the people are more liberal there. Men should always wear a shirt or T- shirt in public, and avoid skimpy shorts away from beach areas. During the visit of certain Hindu temples, active tombs and Gurudwara (Sikh temple) cover your head with a piece cloth.

The common medicine that is recommended for the clients to carry before coming to India are  some anti-diarrhea medicine, medicine for mild fever and headache, ointment for burns and cuts and band aids in your first aid tool. You should also strongly consider receiving the malaria vaccine before you departure. If you have trekking or hiking in your itinerary carry some altitude sickness medicine. Indian medical facility is one of the best in India and hence even if you miss to carry something, it will be easily available here. 

Water is generally safe in India. It depends on where you’re water is coming from. In India, we do not drink off the tap directly. Bottled or filtered water is recommended. Food in restaurants and cafes are good and hygienic. Though most of the street food vendors are maintaining hygiene the water and spices used in the food may upset your stomach. So be careful while going for street food.

Travellers arriving from or transiting through Europe, The Middle East and Africa with a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued 72 hours before travel will be subject to another paid test upon arrival. Travellers who test negative will be advised to monitor the state of health for 14 days. If they test positive or show symptoms, they will be directed to government-mandated facilities but some travellers may be allowed to quarantine at home depending on the other variant of COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis.

We are following WHO suggested guidelines such as mandatorily screening of drivers and office staff through thermal scanners, disinfecting vehicles before each ride to minimize the threat of the Virus. All touch points such as door handles, gear shifters, touch screens, and seats of all cars/ coaches are sanitized. Drivers have been instructed to wear a mask all the time and maintain hand hygiene. They have been provided with their personal hand-sanitizer bottles and ensure that they disinfect their   hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers before all our guests boarding the vehicle. The safety of our guests is our priority.

Taj Mahal, along with all the centrally protected monuments, sites and museums (Under ASI), is open. Still, safety guidelines such as proper social distancing, regular hand sanitizing will have to be strictly followed.

It is mandatory to wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing when moving around In public places. We recommend that you ensure appropriate hand hygiene and wash your hands regularly. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizers with you at all times. It is mandatory to download the Aarogya Setu App on your mobile phone. Besides this, you will be required to install specific quarantine apps in some states. These help the government agencies to ensure the authenticity of COVID-19 statistics. A negative PCR report taken 72 hours before boarding the flight from the country of origin, or a complete Covid19 vaccination certificate/report is required.

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