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Safety

I'm a seasoned traveler and I must say, India is one of those places that requires a tour. When you get into the airport, a representative will greet you at the airport exit and escort you to your hotel. Before you enter a large gated hotel, your car is scanned for bombs. They'll scan the bottom of the car with long mirrors and check both the trunk and engines for potential car bombs. Once you arrive at the hotel another representative will greet you. You cannot leave the hotel and wander around in the evening.

24x7 Helpline Numbers
  • Record your tour guide numbers in case you cannot find them at the airport
  • Prefix ‘0’ if calling from India, but, from outside Delhi.
  • If calling from outside India, just dial the India code + 91 followed by the above numbers

The hotel will have 4 Restaurants for you to choose from. Italian, Chinese, Indian, or Western. The rooms usually have complimentary water bottles. If not, purchase water through room service. You must use bottled water to brush your teeth.

Safe Food and Water
  • Do not eat fruits and vegetables that are cut and raw
  • Use bottled water even for brushing your teeth
  • Avoid ice or drinks with ice
  • Eat thoroughly cooked food and vegetables
  • Avoid green salads
  • Do not buy food at the street stalls
  • Eat fruits that you can peel yourself.
  • Don't eat dairy products

DO'S and Don'ts
  • It is obligatory to cover your head before entering Sikh shrines.
  • Don't wear any footwear inside Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Jain places of worship.
  • Some temples do not permit leather articles to be taken in.
  • Don't wear shorts, sleeveless tops or revealing clothes in places of public worship.
  • Don't wear revealing clothing to bathe in the Ganges if you are female. Instead, cover your full body.
  • Don't encourage beggars by giving them money or other articles.
  • Don't get involved with drugs
  • Don't handle animals (especially monkeys, dogs, and cats), to avoid bites
  • Do carry valuables in two places - one for daily use in a waiste pack and one hiddle in a money belt





Electric Plug

Type C Type D
Voltage : 230 V | Frequency : 50 Hz

Source : Power-plugs-sockets.com




Tipping Ettiquette

Dollars Accepted? Yes, but not usually preferred.
Restaurants 10% - 15% depending on service to the waiter (or a few rupees at more modest establishments), though many posh spots now include a 10 percent service charge.
Hotels Fifty rupees (about $1)per bag for the porter; 250 rupees a night for the (low-paid) housekeeper.
Railway Stations /
Airports / Bell Boys
Rs. 50.00 per bag
Guides and Drivers Fifty to 100 rupees a day for a car and driver. They usually expect lunch money for the day—about 40 rupees. Taxi and rickshaw drivers aren't accustomed to tips, but you can tell them to keep the change—up to 10 percent.
Local Representative coordinating your tour Rs. 500.00 at departure
Drivers Rs. 300.00 per day
Guides Rs. 500 per city
Who Else? Don't be surprised if people ask for a tip for no apparent reason. The novelist and frequent India visitor Daphne Beal has even had people knock on her hotel room and ask, apropos of nothing, if "everything is all right." She doesn't tip them.


Source : CNTraveler.com




Visa Requirement

Below are the traveling visa requirements for United States citizens :

Business: Visa Required (apply)
Tourist: Visa Required (apply)

Note : It takes at least on month to book an appointment wth a visa broker. They will then apply for the Visa for you. The processing time for your visa will take another month. The best way to apply for a visa is through an agency such as the one below. It took us about 2 weeks to get the Visa completed.

Source : TravelVisaPro.com




Alerts and Warnings

State Department

Updated travel alerts and warnings

Vaccinations

All travelers
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.
Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Most travelers
Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.
Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in India, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Traveling with Children

This vaccine should not be given to children younger than 1 year.

Immune-Compromised Travelers

Talk to your doctor about whether you should get a dose of immunoglobulin before your trip, in addition to hepatitis A vaccine.

Pregnant Women

Talk to your doctor about whether you should get this vaccine if you are pregnant.

Typhoid

You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in India. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Traveling with Children

Injectable typhoid vaccine can be given to children 2 years old or older. Oral typhoid vaccine can be given to children 6 years old or older.

Immune-Compromised Travelers

You should not get the oral typhoid vaccine if you have a weakened immune system; you may be able to get the injectable vaccine.

Pregnant Women

Talk to your doctor about whether you should get this vaccine if you are pregnant.

Some travelers
Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.
Hepatitis B

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

Malaria

Talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria while traveling. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, especially if you are visiting low-altitude areas. See more detailed information about Malaria in India.

Traveling with Children

Ask your doctor what the best medicines to prevent malaria in children are.

Extended Stay/Study Abroad

if you will be spending a long time in a malaria risk area, you should take medicine to prevent malaria the entire time you are there.

Immune-Compromised Travelers

Ask your doctor if medicine to prevent malaria will interact with any of the medicines you take routinely.

Pregnant Women

Malaria can be more severe in pregnant women. If you are pregnant, you should not travel to risk areas. If you must travel, talk to your doctor about taking medicine to prevent malaria.

Japanese Encephalitis

You may need this vaccine if your trip will last more than a month, depending on where You are going in India and what time of year you are traveling. You should also consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas in India or will be spending a lot of time outdoors, even for trips shorter than a month. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans. See more in-depth information on Japanese Encephalitis in India.

Extended Stay/Study Abroad

If you will be spending a long time in a risk area, you should get the Japanese encephalitis vaccine.

Pregnant Women

Talk to your doctor about whether you should get this vaccine if you are pregnant.

Rabies

Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in India, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips or moving to India
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever in India. The government of India requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for India. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

Traveling with Children

This vaccine should not be given to children younger than 6 months and only with caution to children aged 6–8 months.

Immune-Compromised Travelers

You should not get this vaccine if you have a weakened immune system.

Pregnant Women

Talk to your doctor about whether you should get this vaccine if you are pregnant.


Traveling Advice
Get vaccinated Keep away from animals Avoid sharing body fluids
Eat and drink safely Reduce your exposure to germs Avoid non-sterile medical or cosmetic equipment


Source : CDC.gov




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