Travel Tips

What to Wear in India

If you are traveling to India, carry minimal clothing. We would suggest you to carry light luggage.  "How to dress up in India" is not a very big problem.

Indian Cuisine

Like the culture of India, the Indian cuisine is also very diverse. From Punjabi to South Indian to Gujarati, Indian food consists of a number of different regional cuisines. Most of the Indian cuisines have a liberal usage of spices. Within these basic similarities, there is also diversity in the local styles.

Indian Money

Indian currency is known as rupee. The Indian money (rupee) is available in denominations of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 1000. One rupee consists of a hundred paise. Paise are in denominations of 50p. However, these paise are rarely used. Coins are available for Re1, Rs 2, Rs 5 and Rs 10.

Indian Religion

India is a land of diversity, even in religion. All the religions in India exist simultaneously and peacefully. Religion is an integral part of Indian customs and traditions. The oldest Indian religion to develop was Hinduism. People following the religions that originated in other countries such as Islam, Christianity, Bahaism and Judaism also form a part of the Indian population

Shopping in India

India is well known for its arts and crafts. For centuries, they have been the famous shopping items of India. A reason for this is that arts and crafts have been perfected in India over the centuries. Traditions and techniques have passed on from generation to generation making the techniques almost perfect. Each and every region, state, city and town in India has its own skills and thus, own specialties.

Indian Beggar Handling Tips

If you are traveling to India, you are bound to come across beggars. Mostly you will find them begging at the red lights. Following are some tips for handling Indian beggars. Few tips on handling beggers:-

1. Ignore if the beggar is a healthy person. Just walk past them or pull up the windows if you are in a car.

2. In case of a physically handicapped person, you can give some money or even something to eat.

3. If you come across children begging on the street, don't be surprised. Its better to give the children something to eat. If you give them money, it will most probably go into the pockets of their parents or some other person. They will hardly ever benefit from it.

4. Always give beggars money at the time of leaving a place, as you get in the car. Otherwise, there is a possibility of your getting mobbed.

Tipping in India

Tip is paid after the work is completed. In the second case, tip is given beforehand to ensure a good service. In hotels, porters and room service attendants are generally tipped at the end of the stay. However, the amount of tip varies depending on the type of services rendered and the type of establishment.

In restaurants, the tip to waiters is around 10-15 percent of the bill. In cases of restaurants of famous and prestigious hotels, generally a 10 percent service surcharge is added to the bill. In smaller places, the tip is not a percentage of the bill. Rather, few rupees are given as a tip, depending on the quality of service.