Apollo Tour to India offers answers to Frequently Asked Questions about travel in India.
Q. What important documents do I need for traveling to India?
A. Travelers to India need to have a valid passport and a visa, which can be obtained from the nearest Indian embassy or consulate.
A good precaution is to photocopy all important documents, including, passport, visa and air tickets. Store these copies in your hotel safe or locker to ensure you have copies in case the originals are misplaced.
Q. What Medical Precautions should I take before traveling to India?
A. It is recommended that you get a medical check up before traveling to India. Do consult your doctor about any vaccinations you may require. If you are on any regular medication, please bring enough with you to last the trip. While doctors and chemist stores are easily accessible in India, your specific brand of medication may not available here.
Q. Should I get insurance before traveling to India?
A. It is always advisable to get medical insurance before traveling to another country. India has many world-class hospitals and clinics that cater to medical tourists from around the world. Do check that your insurance provider will cover treatment in hospitals or clinics in India.
Q. Are means of communication easily available in India?
A. Yes, you'll find all major hotels have Internet facilities. Cyber cafes and phone booths are present in large numbers in all major cities and towns of India. Mobile telephone services connect all parts of India. An easy way to stay connected is to bring your mobile phone along and buy a phone card in India, for easy communication.
Q. What are the languages commonly spoken in India?
A. English is widely understood across Indian cities and towns. Staff at hotels, restaurants, shops, banks etc, converse in English. Each Indian state has its own language. Hindi is the language commonly spoken across North India.
Q. What are the basic food safety precautions I should follow in India?
A. Food served in hotels and restaurants is safe to eat. Avoid eating street food or food that has been left exposed to flies etc. Drink water sold in clear plastic bottles, by a branded company, is safe to drink. Check that the seals are intact before drinking.
Q. What is a standard tip in India?
A. In hotels and restaurants in India the tip is usually 10% of the bill. In hotels porters can be paid INR 100 for a trolley or INR 50 for 1 or 2 suitcases.
Q. Are Credit Cards accepted in India?
A. Yes, all major credit cards, such as Diners, Amex, Visa and Master Card are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops in India.
Q. What clothing should I carry on a trip to India?
A. Since the weather can be quite hot in India, bring comfortable cotton clothes. Shirts with long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat, scarves, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. If you're traveling to a wildlife sanctuary wear neutral earth colors. If you're going mountaineering or hiking, bring waterproof jackets and other specialized sportswear.
Q. Are foreigners allowed to enter places of worship in India?
A. Some temples and mosques may restrict entry. Others allow visitors in the outer courtyard. Observe local customs when you visit a place of worship. Wear modest clothing, and carry a scarf to cover your head. Removing one's footwear and observing silence is often required in places of worship.
Q. Is photography restricted in any areas in India?
A. Yes, photography may be restricted in some areas in India such as military installations, religious places, airports, bridges etc.
Q. What are the best places to shop in India?
A. The best places to shop at Government or State Emporia. These shops have a wide variety of handicrafts at a fixed price.
Q. What should I avoid in India?
A. Avoid buying antiques, animal products, Shahtoosh shawls or ivory - their trade is banned in India. Avoid unlicensed guides and conmen.
Q. What should I do if I face a problem?
A. If you face a problem such as stolen luggage or documents, misbehavior or harassment contact the nearest police station and your embassy as soon as possible.