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The following information applies to all visitors entering India through the International airports.

     What Travel Documents do I need?
     On arrival in India you must produce a valid national passport or other document satisfactorily establishing
     your identity and nationality. Indian visa from the Indian Consulate in your country.

                Do I need Medical/ Travel Insurance?
                Yes, it is advisable to take both to cover theft, loss or liness.

                Do I need a tax clearance certificate?
                If your stay in India exceeds 120 days you would be required to furnish a tax clearance certificate to leave
                the country. This is to prove that you did not earn money while in India.

                Do I need an international Certificate of Vaccination ?
                Yes, yellow fever vaccinations would be required if your'e coming from infected or endemic areas.

                How much Money Can I Bring?
                You may bring in as much money as you wish. There is no restriction on the amount of travellers cheques
                changed.

                Can You Explain the Indian Money System?
                Though the rates keep fluctuating, one dollar is roughly equivalent to 48 Indian rupees. One Pound is
                roughly 67 Indian Rs. Indian rupees are available in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000.

                What are the working Hours of Banks and post offices?
                Generally operating hours for all banks are 10am to 2pm on weekdays. Till noon on saturdays. All banks are
                closed on Sundays and public Holidays. The Post Offices are opened from 9 A.M to 4 P.M and Railway
                Mail services open from 9 A.M till 7 P.M.

                Where can I get a Taxi?
                You will find taxis near railway stations, bus stands and at all good hotels. Scooter rickshaws are also
                conveniently available. For small Tourists Places hand Rickshas are a nice mode of transportation.

                How Much Should I Tip?
                It is generally advisable to pay 10 % to 15 % of the billed amount.

                What is the Voltage?
                The standard voltage throughout the country is 220 volts.

                What are the Road Regulations?
                Unlike other countries, in India we drive on the left of the road and overtake on the right.

                Do I need a special driving license?
                A valid International Driving License is necessary if you wish to drive a car or motorbike in India.

                When are the important national holidays?
                Jan. 26 Republic Day, Aug. 15 Independence Day, Oct. 2 Gandhi Jayanti.

                What to Wear?
                Light cotton If you're here from March to November, Woolens are recommended incase you are here on a
                trekking trip and if you plan to go on mountains.

                Light to heavy woolens from December to February.

                For women it is advisable to be a little conservatively dressed. Long shirts and jeans or dresses are practical
                and comfortable. Men can wear trousers/jeans and shorts or the Indian Kurta/pyjama. 


           PROMOTE ECO-- TOURISM

           Awesome, serene and inspiring snow bound Indian Himalayas are one of nature's most beautiful
           gifts to mankind. As a visitor please make sure to respect local traditions and culture, help maintain local harmony
           and protect the majestic natural environment.

           Please observe the following :

           Do's

                + Use of Polythene and Plastics is unhealthy for the environment of the Himalayas.
                + Carry away all non-degradable litter- empty bottles, tins, polythene bags etc. and throw them in municipal
                dustbins only, so that they can be disposed off properly.
                + Observe the sanctity of holy sites. In case of any offerings contact the staff of the temple committee only.
                + Respect local traditions. When taking photographs, respect privacy ask prior permission and use restraint.
                + In case temporary toilets are set up near camp sites, after defecation, cover with mud or sand. Ensure that
                the spot is at least 30mts. from a water source.

           Don'ts

                - Taking away of cuttings, seeds and roots is illegal in the Himalayan. Allow the flora and fauna to flourish in
                their natural environment.
                - Avoid using pollutants, such as detergents, in streams or springs.
                - Do not use wood as fuel to cook food at the camp site and do not destroy the forest wealth of the
                Himalayas, which are our heritage.
                - Do not leave burnings cigarettes or make open fires in the forest.
                - Do not consume alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicant.
                - Do not tempt local children by offering them foodstuff or sweets.
                - Do not listen to Radios, Tape Recorders or any other electronic entertainment equipment at high volume to
                avoid noise pollution.
                - Be careful in making relations, while traveling by Bus or Trains. 


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