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Some Indian cities are known for their age old civilization while others

for their modernity and development. There are others that lift people's heart with their absolute simplicity and harmony.
   
Festivals in India are characterized by color, gaiety, enthusiasm,
prayers and rituals. Religious ceremonies, enthusiasm paralleled with ample fun and celebration all marks the Indian festivals. Festivals of India plays a major role in spreading unity in diversity, with emphasis on communal harmony. Famous festivals in India are joyously celebrated all over the country.
India is blessed with number of world heritage monuments
showcasing the breathtaking architecture and intricate work. Taj Mahal, a unique master-piece is the wonder in itself, an absolute epitome of Indian culture, heritage and civilization. Behind each monument is an underlying sense of mystery, intrigue and romance.
The barren and semi-arid regions of Thar Desert stand divided between
India and Pakistan. An enormous stretch of hot sand mountains, Thar Desert yields sal and gypsum. The very little rainfall and severe climate makes it an ideal desert experience. To tap it all the people are warm and gracious and ever ready to amuse the guests with their folk dance and music performances in their distinctive colorful dresses, camel and elephant rides.
 
India has a well established infrastructure for western travelers. You need just a little extra patience and consideration to have a wonderful experience. The transport and the range of hotels in some ways eclipse those you will find at home (except in speed and luxury) and you will comfortably get by with English in any established tourist town or city.
What to Take?
As little as possible, you can buy just about everything when you are out there. Perhaps the only area in which buying in India is neither cheaper nor easily available is technical equipment (i.e. found in camping/trekking shops, although in Nepal, these abound).
What to Wear?
Bare minimum - if you buy out there, you blend in better anyway. During winter months in the North and the highlands in the South do get cold at night, but at all other times light weight cotton is best. Respect their culture, discreet clothing for women especially. For foot wear - comfortable sandals are all you need.
Email / Internet
Now huge in India, particularly on all well trodden travelers paths. Connection can be slow but you will rarely fail to find a selection of Internet cafes. Good tip is to duplicate records of Travelers Cheque numbers, passport and plane details, etc. on your email accounts.
Do's and Don'ts
Besides the originals, a copy of your passport, travel visas, airline tickets and travel documents. A list of any charge or credit cards you are carrying. Remember to keep the copies separate from the originals.
An International Driving License, which can be obtained through the automobile association. Even if you are not planning to drive, bring your driver's license with photo for identification.
Consider purchasing special Travel insurance and medical evaluation plan programmes.
Avoid drinking water from an unknown source. When in doubt ask for "Bisleri, Kinley, Aqua Fina, Himalaya, etc" mineral water (check the seal). As a further precaution bring water purifying tablets.
As in any location, there are those who steal from others, so follow the same rules of safety that you follow traveling anywhere else with respect to using hotel lock boxes, and keeping travel documents safe. When in public places, keep them in your hotel, or with you all the time when moving about.
Men: Don't carry a traditional wallet with you, the kind you put in your pocket (front or back).
Women: Avoid keeping valuables in a purse, which can be easily snatched off your shoulder.
Consider using an "interior wallet", the kind that is either fastened around your neck, draped from a belt loop or worn, with a velcro fastener, around the calf or ankle. All three kinds are concealed underneath clothing.
Taxis (cabs)/Auto Rickshaw (3 wheeler) are available from all hotels, and you negotiate the rate before commencing your journey. Use only authorized, properly identified taxis and buses. Avoid taxis that pick up additional passengers. Don't accept an offer to share a taxi to your hotel unless you know the individual.
Be wary of imposter porters or guides. Assure they are properly uniformed or identified. Never leave your luggage, briefcase or other items unattended.
Train Journey: The image of the Indian Railways is rated poor with common complaints being making reservations is difficult or that the signage is only in Hindi. But the screaming need is for cleaning up the place or that it is just too dirty for comfort. Avoid traveling in the Second Class.
The voltage used is 220 volts (the U.S. uses 120 volts). You can purchase a converter at most hardware stores for appliances that do not switch to 220V.
There are some areas in India where malaria is still prevalent. Prior to your departure, get a prescription from your doctor for some anti malarial tablets.
Pharmacies or chemists are available in every little town and village and you can buy medication. In case you need to see a doctor for a specific condition, ask for help from your hotel (most have doctors on call) or your tour operator. The cost of visiting a doctor is fairly low (less than a dollar) compared to western countries.
Do remember to bring some insect repellent, mosquito coils or even an electronic repellent. Mosquitoes in India can be fierce.
Avoid foods which have been laid out in the open, avoid sweets and candies from local markets.
Wash fruits before eating them.
Do carry sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.
Always respect religious shrines and places of worship, Some places require visitors to observe a decent dress code. Take care not to violate any taboos in a mosque or a temple.
Change currency only from official moneychangers. Remember to retain the currency exchange receipts after each transaction. You will need them for re-exchange on departure.
This are some of the big scams happening with international tourist.
You try to change currency unofficially as the touts and brokers promise to give a better exchange rate and as soon as they get hold of your money. They vanish into thin air.
Sometimes the police raid while you are exchanging the currency and you payoff the unscrupulous cops to get out of it.
Tipping is a matter of personal discretion. Although bills normally include a service charge, it is customary to tip in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.
Photography is prohibited in places of military importance, railway stations, bridges, airports and military installations.
If ever you land in trouble, contact your Embassy and nearest Police Station.
*** In a Indian Police Station always speak with the Senior Inspector in Charge even if you have to wait couple of hours.
Credit Cards
American Express, Master Charge, Visa and Diners Club credit cards are generally accepted by large establishments including hotels, shops, and airlines.
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