Do some background reading before visiting India, so that your visit becomes a great experience, something you had never dream could happen to you. Your travel arrangements should be made well in advance, especially if you are travelling between Octobers - March (high tourist season) but get an advantage for rates during April- September (low season). Carry your Passport, other travelling documents and your money separately. It will Yield from losing them all together. If travelling by air, you should include one or more trips by rail or road so that you can experience rural India. When planning your trip, ask your travel agent to include an Indian fair or festival in your itinerary. Witnessing the colour and gaiety of these events is a great experience. Keep Photocopies of your passport in each & every checked-in-bag mat you give at airport and also keep extra copies of relevant popes needed for Indian permits.
Bring your own medicines, since all medications in India are locally manufactured and you may not find the same brand names. There are very good druggists and doctors everywhere, and they can advise on substitutes. If the necessity arises, ask your hotel to recommend a doctor. Prefer keeping Cheque instead of too much cash and waterproof luggage's to avoid any harm to your goods.
Iteratively confirm about your plane tickets until you are sure about having it with you
Do not forget to remove your footwear when visiting a place of worship or mausoleum. Also some temples do not permit any leather articles at all on their premises. Certain areas of temples are not open to Non-Hindus. Most museums in India are closed on Mondays and Site Museums, those near archaeological monuments, on Fridays. However, please check with us for timings.
TIPING: Some hotels include service charges on their bills. In such cases tipping is not necessary. Where this is not done, at tip of 7% on food bills for individuals may be offered by clients but it is your prerogative right. If you are in a big group and the food bill is high, the tip on the total can come down to 5%. The porter who takes your baggage up to your room may be tipped Rs.5 per bag or Rs.10 to Rs.20 per trolley. (These estimates are for 5 and 4-star hotels and are proportionately less in 1, 2 or 3 star hotels.) Tipping of taxi drivers is 5% of the taxi charges.
If you wish to visit any restricted areas, as in the north- eastern region, check with the nearest India Tourist Office as to the permits needed. When asking for direction prefers to ask shopkeepers not pedestrians. Verify it with at least two people.
Keep important emergency numbers with you. Print emergency numbers in Delhi.
Don’t forget cash. Credit cards /Debit cards / travelers cheque are the safe mode of payment; however in many situations cash would be required. Try to keep some local currency in hand.
Hiring taxis from prepaid booths or availing of services of registered cabs is always safer. If you do travel by local transport, insist on going by the meter or fix the fare in advance to avoid being fleeced.
Photography could be an issue at some places. For places of military importance like railway stations, bridges, airports, defense installations and sensitive border regions, you would require to seek permission from the authorities concerned. A few wild life sanctuaries levy a much higher fee. The Archaeological Survey of India issues special permits for shooting at monuments with tripods and artificial lights. Yet, Indians love posing for a picture. But, in some traditional societies, take care before focusing your lens on women.