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 to 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.
The Rupee is the official currency of India. The Indian Rupee may be abbreviated in any of the following formats. INR, Rs, or ₹ 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 220 volts. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 220 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.
Most laptops have adaptors that accept 110-240 volts, but will still need plugs of the type shown here. Typical Indian 3-Pin and 2-Pin plugs. The separation between the two smaller round pins is 2 cm.
Changing money in India is very simple. Upon arrival in India, foreign currencies can be converted into ‘Rupee’s 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.
There are Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) which dispense cash throughout the city. Although these machines are linked to a specific local bank, all major credit and debit cards, both domestic and international, should be accepted. Kindly note that certain credit cards may not be accepted.