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Travel Tips

Travelling is an awesome experience, unfortunately many of them bottle out due to various reasons. But for having a hassle free trip some practical tips are essential.

Geographic Location

India is a country in South Asia and it lies in the northern hemisphere between 8°4′ and 37°6′ north latitude and 68°7′ and 97°25′ east longitude. India is surrounded to the southwest by the Arabian Sea, to the southeast by the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean to the south.

India is a land of cultural diversity. It is the warmth, humor, energy and vitality of Indian people that leaves the most lasting impression on your mind.

Maharashtra is a state located in India. Maharashtra is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Gujarat and the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli to the northwest, Madhya Pradesh to the northeast, Chhattisgarh to the east, Karnataka to the south, Andhra Pradesh to the southeast, and Goa to the southwest.

Languages Spoken in Maharashtra

Hindi is the national language of India. There are various languages spoken in India apart from Hindi and English. Majority of Indian population is familiar with English language, as it is one of the official languages used for administrative purposes.

Marathi is the local spoken language in Maharashtra.

Indian climate

India is a country with such diverse weather conditions and tourists visit India irrespective of the weather conditions. You may visit India throughout the year, however to understand weather conditions in India, read about seasons in India.

India has four seasons:

1. Winter, lasting from December to early April. Usually coldest months are December and January.

2. Summer or pre-monsoon season, lasting from April to June (April to July in northwestern part of India). In western and southern regions, the hottest month is April; for northern regions, the hottest month is May.

3. Monsoon or rainy season, lasting from June to September. India experiences south-west monsoon and north-east monsoon.

4. Post-monsoon season, lasting from October to December.

Indian Currency

The Indian currency is known as Rupee. Indian currency is available in the denominations of Re.1, Rs.2, Rs.5, Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1000.

Money Exchange in India

  • Money exchange services at available at the airports and generally they are open 24 hrs.
  • Money exchange facilities are also available at five star hotels and authorized international money exchange centres in big cities.
  • Please note that Travellers’ cheques may not be accepted at every bank.
  • The most accepted currencies are Dollar and Pounds.
  • Do approach a authorized exchange bureau only. It is advisable to do money exchange at airport itself. Exchanging money at any place is illegal and these also a risk of getting fake currency.
  • Please refer to custom regulations on arrival in India. It is necessary to make currency declaration as soon as you enter the country.
  • It is better to save all money exchange receipts as these receipts may be required while going back to your country or for extension of your visa.

Airports in India

Tourists visiting India have lot of options to choose available international airports. India is very well networked with the rest of the world with international flights.

  • Amritsar International Airport – Amritsar (Punjab)
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport – New Delhi
  • Lokpriya Gopinath Bordolio International Airport – Guwahati (Assam)
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport – Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport – Kolkata (W. Bengal)
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  • Hyderabad Airport – Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Goa Airport – Vasco da Gama (Goa)
  • Chennai International Airport – Chennai (Tamilnadu)
  • Bangalore International Airport – Bangalore (Karnataka)
  • Cochin International Airport – Cochin (Kerala)
  • Trivandrum International Airport – Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)

Maharashtra Holidays

Local holidays may cause disruption in your trip. Following are Public holidays declared in state of Maharashtra:

  • Republic Day
  • Id-E-Milad
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti
  • Mahashivratri
  • Gudi Padwa
  • Ram Navami
  • Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti
  • Mahavir Jayanti
  • Good Friday
  • Buddha Pournima
  • Independence Day
  • Parsi New Year
  • Ramzan Id (Id-Ul-Fitar)
  • Ganesh Chaturthi
  • Dasara
  • Deepawali (Diwali) – Laxmi Pujan
  • Deepawali (Diwali) – Balipratipada
  • Bakri Id
  • Guru Nanak Jayanti
  • Moharum

Travel Documents

The basic documents you must carry while travelling to any country, are passport and visa. Ensure that the validity of these documents is long enough to cover your stay in India. It is always a best practice to keep emergency copies of these documents with yourself and your friends/family back home. If you ever lose any document, the photo copy of the document will of great help to obtain a duplicate document.

Indian Visa is a very important document while travelling to India. Indian visa is issued based on purpose of your visit. You will be detained and deported back to your country, if you are found without a valid visa.

Before departure, please visit local Indian embassy in your Country, for visa related queries & information.

Important: Always keep copies of important documents like passports, visa and identity proof with you. If you ever lose original documents then these copies will be handy to obtain duplicate documents.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an absolute necessity. You can always claim insurance in case of an emergency such as accidents, health related issues, lost baggage. Flight cancellation, etc. You may choose travel insurance which can offer medical coverage in case of an unforeseen incident in a foreign land.

Health Precautions

It is always better to take certain health precautions while travelling. Although India offers good medical services, it is recommended to carry your own selective medicines (with doctor’s prescriptions) to deal with any inconvenience in transit. You may consult your doctor before you begin your journey. Following are few healthy tips:

  • Get vaccination done to guard against certain diseases that may pose a threat to your health while in transit
  • Drink lot of water to avoid dehydration
  • Go for bottled water and drinks. Check that the seal is intact
  • If possible adhere to vegetarian meals
  • Avoid buying eatables from roadside vendors
  • If you do fall sick, visit a doctor and relax
  • Keep your own first aid kit with you with your essential medications
  • If you are visiting India during the summer months, exercise extra precautions
  • Always consume food that is served hot

Illnesses to Take Precautions Against

As India is a developing nation, visitors need to take special precautions against illnesses not normally encountered at home. A trip to a doctor or travel clinic is recommended well in advance of your departure date to ensure that you receive all the necessary immunizations and medications.

In particular, the following common health issues should be addressed.

Items to Pack

To make your trip enjoyable and hassle free, there are certain things you need to keep in mind while packing.

  • Absolutely Essentials: Passport, Visas, travel insurance, Vaccination record, emergency telephone numbers, traveller’s cheque/foreign currencies, photo copies of travel documents, passport size photos, personal diary, pens/pencils, guide books/maps, Identity cards, International driving licence, International calling cards, medical prescriptions, money belt, sunglasses/spare eye glasses/contact lenses, camera/film/spare batteries/memory cards, first aid kit, sleeping bag/sheet, Poncho (disposable raincoat)
  • Hardware: Washing line, torch/spare batteries, candle/lighter, Adapter/International plugs, combination pad lock, watch/alarm clock, Swiss army knife, walkman, sewing kit, safety pins, umbrella, Mosquito net, Identification/name tags for all your bags
  • Toiletries: Moisturiser, lip balm, sun screen lotion, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shaving kit, tooth brush/paste, dental floss, sanitary towels, tampons, insect repellent, tissue papers, ear plugs, comb, nail clipper
  • Casual Cloths: Underwear, shorts, swimming costume, Tee shirt, long sleeved shirt, long sleeved Tee shirt, cotton shirt, jeans, skirts, shoes, sweater, sun cap, belt, scarf/gloves, long john
  • Formal cloths: Neck Tie, trousers, shirt, skirts, shoes and sandals
  • Medical Kit: First aid kit, thermometer, water purification tablets, scissors, adhesive bandages, lozenges, anti-diarrhoea medicine, motion sickness tablets, anti fungal foot powder, antibiotics cream, multi vitamins, anti-allergic medicines
  • Misc items: Inflatable pillow, Eye shades, resealable bags, magnetic compass

Safety Guidelines for Travelling in India

India is a beautiful country and to make your trip more memorable and hassle free, there are few basic guidelines for safety in India.

  • Follow your original travel plans. Do not listen to advice given by strangers.
  • Stay away from over friendly strangers. Never discuss your travel plans with strangers.
  • Avoid travelling alone at night. Do not take roads and narrow lanes that are poorly illuminated.
  • If you have a meeting with a person, choose a public places.
  • Don’t hand over your luggage to any stranger except the hotel staff.
  • Always keep your valuable items like money, cheques, passports, jewellery, etc in the hotel locker. Never leave your valuables lying unattended.
  • Take your necessary medications and keep extra stock with you in case of emergency. Consult your doctor and get vaccine shots for certain diseases before you begin your trip to India.
  • Always keep copies of important documents like passports, visa and identity proof with you. If you ever lose original documents these copies will be handy to obtain duplicate documents.
  • Contact a authorized travel agency to book your travel tickets.
  • Always keep your medicines and other medical requirements handy.
  • If you ever feel something is not right while travelling, trust your instinct.

Local Transport

There is no scarcity of local transport in India. There are various cheap and affordable means of transportation available almost everywhere and anytime. You may find Buses, local trains, Auto Rickshaws, Taxis/Cabs and Cycle Rickshaws as a means of local transport.

Guidebooks & Tourist Guides

In order to have detailed information and knowledge about the sites you intend to visit, there are many guidebooks and traveller’s manuals available for tourists. Buy few guidebooks which will direct you very much while you travel in India.

Tourist guides are usually very helpful people who ensure that tourists visiting India have a memorable trip to India. These services may also be provided by travel agents and hotels. Sometimes these services are very helpful as they take you to places where normal public is not permitted. Usually these guides are well conversant in English and the local languages.

Misc information

Time Zone – 5 hours, 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +5.5)

Electricity – 230-240V, 50Hz

Country Dialling Code – 91

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