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What To Wear

Summers (March to June) in india  are too hot. So, carry light clothes. Men can wear loose cotton shirts or T-shirts and baggy Pants. In the big cities and Metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Banglore, Pune, etc you can wear shorts also. However, women should dress conservatively. Short tops, short skirts / shorts, etc should be avoided. You can wear cotton shirts or T-shirts, with cotton trousers or ankle length skirts. Make sure that the clothes are not too tight or body revealing. These clothes can be easily purchased from the Indian markets at a reasonable price. If you want to try Indian clothing, then, men can wear "kurta pyjama" and women can try "salwar-kameez".

Winters (October to February) in India are quite cold, especially North India. So, pack some woolen clothes with you. Also, pack some warm innerwear, especially if you are planning to roam around too much. During Monsoon (July to September), there is a high level of humidity in India. So don't wear synthetic stuff. In this case also, cotton clothing is the best.

Last but not the least, while visiting places of worship (temples, gurudwara or mausoleum), you should be fully clothed. Also, don't forget to remove your footwear before entering any religious place.

Useful Things to Take

Torch and batteries, insulated water bottle, mosquito net, adhesive tape, alarm clock, wet-wipes, small ruck-sack, fabric shopping bags, padlock.

Useful Items

• Carry light or woolen clothes as per indian weather.

• lightweight windproof shower jacket for open air travel at sunrise and sunset, and in case of rain.

• fleece, trousers and warm hat, especially in hilly areas.

• hat to protect head and neck from sun.

• good quality ‘wraparound’ sunglasses with retainer.

• small ruck-sack to keep belongings together and dust out.

Traveler's cheques in India

Traveler's cheques can be exchanged in most Indian banks and larger hotels, but you may have trouble using them in smaller exchange bureaus and in shops in general. To make sure that your traveler's cheques are widely accepted, you should buy cheques from well-known brands, such as American Express. The cheques should be denominated in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Exchange of traveler's cheques in India is always free of charge. If you are asked to pay a fee, you should go and find another exchange bureau.

Debit cards and credit cards in India

Debit and credit cards are becoming more and more common in India. Large hotels, shops, restaurants and also many service providers will accept international credit cards, such as American Express, MasterCard and Visa. They may require a minimum payment of Rs250, however.

Whether your foreign debit card will be accepted depends on the business policies of the respective shop. At small grocery stores, you will still have to pay in cash.

Keep in mind that your bank at home will likely charge you for using your credit card in India. Poor exchange rates, combined with these additional charges can add up to large credit card fees. If you plan on staying in India for some time, consider getting a credit card from an Indian bank. This way you are charged directly in Rupees and do not have to worry about currency exchange rates. However, be aware that getting an Indian credit card involves a lot of red tape.

ATM's in India

ATM's are not yet common in India, although more and more are being installed. They are also not evenly distributed, geographically, so you might have trouble finding ATM's in rural areas.

You can usually use every card that is connected to global payment systems, such as Maestro, MasterCard, American Express and Visa. Some Indian banks charge a foreign exchange fee on ATM withdrawals.

Although ATM's are the most convenient way to withdraw money in India, their withdrawal amounts might be limited. This is especially troublesome if you have to make regular cash payments (i.e. your rent). If your withdrawal is over the ATM limit there is nothing you can do except withdraw money from a bank counter.

Indian ATM's usually pay out in Rs100 and Rs500 notes. In addition, you should always carry some change as you might need it for incidental expenses, such as using rickshaw trips. Rickshaw drivers are usually neither able nor willing to split your bills.

Money Transfer

Money Transfer Services in India ensure that your funds are transferred quickly and reliably in India.

Health

A vaccination for Hepatitis B and typhoid is recommended to all visitors to India. Innoculation regulations and medical advice can change at short notice for India. In case of doubt, please seek medical advise.

If you are travelling within India, it is advisable to get a Medical Insurance or Travel Insurance for India. Find out the local emergency number and the address of the nearest hospital when you arrive in India.

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