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Foreign Nationals desirous of coming into India are required to possess a valid passportof their country.
Nationals of following nine countries are eligible for Tourist visa on arrival:
India’s currency is Indian Rupee. One Rupee is equal to hundred paise.
Currency code: INR
Currency Note denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2000 rupees.
It is advisable to carry a mixture of cash and credit cards to guard against any situation. US
Tourists coming to India must make a verbal baggage declaration of the baggage and foreign currency in their possession. They are required to obtain the Currency Declaration Form from the Customs. It’s mandatory to fill the Disembarkation Card handed to them by the airline during the course of the flight.more...
For smooth passage of the foreign visitors two channels for Customs clearance have been provided. While the Green Channel is for passengers not having any dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage, Red Channel is for passengers with dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high value articles (the value to be entered on the Tourist Baggage Re-Export Form).
DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES AND ENTITLEMENTS
On arrival from countries other than Nepal, Bhutan or Myanmar for Tourist of Foreign Origin:
(a) Used personal effects and travel souvenirs
(b) Articles up to the value of Rs. 15000 carried on the person or accompanied baggage.
The free allowance is not applicable to the following goods:
i) Fire arms.
ii) Cartridges of rearms exceeding 50.
iii) Cigarettes exceeding 100 sticks or cigars exceeding 25 or tobacco exceeding 125gms.
iv) Alcoholic liquor or wines or beer in excess of 2 litres.
v) Gold or silver, in any form, other than ornaments.
vi) LCD/LED/Plasma television of any screen size
Trafficking in Narcotic drugs like Heroin, Charas (Hashish) and Cocaine or in Psychotropic substances is prohibited and is punishable with imprisonment.
Export of most species of wild life and articles made from flora and fauna for example, Ivory, reptile skins, musk, furs are prohibited.
Articles that exceed the duty-free allowance and articles imported as unaccompanied baggage can be cleared on payment of extra duty.
For more information, visit the government website:-
Government offices and shops are usually open Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 17:30. Some of them may be open on Saturday for half day, but all are closed on Sunday.more...
Generally, corporate offices operate five-days a week, with Saturdays and Sundays off from 09:30 – 18:00 hrs.
Post offices are open on weekdays, Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00, and on Saturday for half day that is from 10:00 until about 12:00. The main post offices may have longer hours.
Banks are open on weekdays, Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 for public dealings, and on Saturday, 10:00 to 12:30.
Restaurants and bars have varied closing hours depending on the legally enforced timings in different states. Though in most parts of India, they are usually open until 23:00, while nightclubs and discos close by midnight. The food establishments that are legally open 24 hours a day are coffee shops in five-star hotels.
Shops do not have any standard timing but mostly close by 20:00. Before setting out for shopping, do remember to check the closing days. In many states the shops are closed on Sundays, while in Delhi, many shops close on a particular weekday and remain open on Sundays. In major metros, you may find malls and department stores open all seven days until 20:00 hours
Most of the museums in India are closed on Mondays and Site Museums near archaeological monuments are closed on Fridays.
Refer to the few checkpoints before you start packing your bags:
First, check the season. Is it summer or winter when you are travelling!
As both the weather conditions can reach extremes so it is better that you pack according to
Tipping is a common practice in India.The tip can be paid before or after the service is rendered depending on the scenario. The tip is given beforehand in order to ensure a good service. Though, commonly the tip is paid after the service. For example, in hotels, porters and room service attendants are generally tipped at the end of the stay.
* You are advised not to drink water from tap or roadside vendors. You should only drink boiled or bottled water. It is also better to buy bottled water from respectable and decent looking outlets.
* Avoid eating fresh cut fruits from roadside vendors. Only eat fruits that you can peel.
* It is suggested to keep a