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Welcome To India

Encompassed by this land, lies a cultural heritage more than five thousand years old, and one which has been on the trade routes for centuries. Playing host for different cultures makes India truly one of the most diverse countries in the world. For the intrepid traveller, this brings a host of opportunities.

Architectural wonders and age-old monuments dominate the landscape, with the grand and beautiful Taj Mahal being on the must-visit the list of every traveller to the country. And then, there are numerous forts, palaces and cities, waiting to be explored.

These cultural contours are complemented by the numerous natural habitats. From the mountains to the sanctuaries, the nature enthusiast can spend days on end in the country and still not have explored half of it.

A growing economy, the country now also has state-of-the-art infrastructure, to take you places. Numerous airports and railway stations connect every corner of the country. National and State Highways traverse across the remotest parts of the nation and roads are even built along the Himalayas to reach out to the communities there. With a myriad of opportunities, there is no end to what one can explore in this beautiful and beautifully diverse part of the world

About India

The Rupee is the official currency of India. The Indian Rupee may be abbreviated in any of the following formats

INR, Rs, or symbol INR is available as paper notes in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2000.

INR is also available as coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10.

voltage in India is 230 volts. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 230 Volts. Wall sockets accept plugs with two or three round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, most Conference Hotels will provide adaptors on request but it may be useful to carry your own for convenience.

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Changing money in India is very simple. Upon arrival in India, foreign currencies can be converted into Rupees at foreign exchange counters at airports. These outlets are open 24 hrs. a day / 7 days a week. You can also find Foreign Exchange desks at star-rated hotels. Travellers cheques may not be accepted at all banks or hotels.

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Preparations for journey to India

Health

A valid yellow-fever certificate is mandatory for all individuals, who have been or were in transit in Africa, South America six days prior to their arrival in India. The certificate becomes valid 10 days after vaccination. India does immunisation against small pox or cholera.

The full list of Yellow Fever endemic countries:

Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo, and Uganda. South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

Please check the Government of India site for the latest information on the list of countries.

Drinking Water

Drinking bottled water at all times is strongly recommended.

Insurance and Liability

The Organisers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their own insurance policies before departure from their countries, as required. While every attempt is made to ensure efficiently, trouble-free hospitality, including hotel accommodation, sightseeing and tours, participants are advised that no liability accrues to the Organisers in the event of any necessary modifications, including a change in itineraries for tours due to delays or cancellations of flights/other exigencies beyond the Organisers’ control.

Local Time

Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours 30 mins ahead of GMT.

Telephone Calls

The Country Code for India is ’91’. The City Code for Delhi is ’11’ and Greater Noida 120. Landline numbers in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai have eight digits, whereas the numbers in smaller cities could have only 4-7 digits. All mobile numbers contain 10 digits.

Area Codes in India are referred to as STD codes. STD codes for some cities are:

  • Delhi – 11

  • Mumbai – 22

  • Kolkata – 33

  • Chennai – 44

  • Hyderabad – 40

  • Bengaluru – 80

In India, both GSM and CDMA (WLL) mobile systems are present. Please contact your mobile service provider to check their roaming partners and tariffs in India. In case you plan on making many local calls in India from your mobile phone, the mobile service provider in your country may be able to provide you with an Indian SIM card. This is a much cheaper way of making local calls as compared with international roaming charges.

Dialling from Outside India into India

1. To Indian Landline

International access code (’00’ or ‘+’), followed by 91, then STD CODE followed by LANDLINE NO., e.g. +91 11 XXXXXXXX (‘120’ is the STD CODE for Greater Noida).

2. To Indian Mobile

International access code (’00’ or ‘+’), followed by 91 and the 10-digit MOBILE NO., e.g. +91 XXX XXX XXXX.

Dialling within India

  • 1. From Indian landline to Indian landline

    Local call: no prefix required for the landline No.

    Long distance call: 0, then STD CODE followed by landline No.

  • From Indian landline to Indian Mobile

    Local call -10 digit Mobile No.

    Long distance call: 0, followed by 10 digit Mobile No.

  • From Indian Mobile to Indian landline

    Local or Long distance calls: 0, followed by STD Code, followed by landline No.

  • From Indian Mobile to Indian Mobile

    Local Call – 10 digit Mobile No.

    Long distance call – 0, followed by Mobile No.

Dialling out from India to International numbers

The international access code when dialling out of India is ’00’ (or ‘+’ when dialling from a mobile phone).

Tipping in India is a common practice. In hotels, porters and room service attendants are generally tipped once at the end of the stay. The amount of the tip is usually 10% but could be more if any special service was delivered. In restaurants, tips to waiters represent about 10% of the bill. If hiring a car for a full day, then the tip for the driver would be about Rs.200 – 300 depending on the distance travelled.

The weather in Delhi Is best in the month of November. During this period, Delhi and most parts of India are exceedingly pleasant. The average temperature in Delhi during November is usually 27°C (81°F) during the day and 13°C (55°F) at night. The evenings can get a bit chilly and can be well managed with a light jacket or a shawl.

New Delhi can generally be regarded as a safe city. However, participants are advised to observe normal safety precautions when moving around the city. In particular:

  • Stay alert: watch your luggage and briefcase.

  • Please enquire at your hotel reception desk about the use of safe deposit boxes.

  • Always carry with you the name and address of your hotel (preferably in both English and Hindi).

New Delhi emergency and useful numbers:

Fire/Emergency/Rescue/Police: 100