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Exchange Rate and Travel Tips

Submitted by Suresh Arya on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 10:12am.

Electricity Voltage in India is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Some upscale hotels in India do have provisions for 110 volt shavers, electric tooth brushes etc.

However, it is still a good idea to take along a voltage converter if you have small electrical gadgets that you intend to use during your trip to India.

If possible buy an electric plug adapter as the electric plugs in India are rounded.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Sun, 09/06/2015 - 8:56pm.

In case of emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-11) 2419-8000 and ask for American Citizen Services. If you are calling from within India, but outside Delhi, first dial 011-. If you are calling from the United States, first dial 011-91-11-.

The American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi can assist when a U.S. citizen in India is arrested, missing, is a victim of violent crime, becomes ill or dies, or when there is otherwise a need for immediate help. ACS can assist with information on local resources and by contacting family members in the United States apprised of the circumstances, so that they can make necessary decisions and provide financial and logistical support.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 8:33pm.

Morning - SubhaNight - RaatYes - Haan
Today - AajTomorrow - KulNo - Nahin
Vegetable - SabziSalt - NamakRice - Chawal
Milk - DoodhBoil - UbaalnaWater - Paani


How are you?
Aap kaisay hain?
Theek hai!
Glad to meet you
Mil kay acha laga
What is your name?
Aapka naam kya hai?
My name is Raju
Mera naam Raju hai
Come in
Under aao
Sit down
Neechay baitho
Go forward
Aagay jaao
Go back
Wapas jao
Go straight
Seeda jao
I want to get down here
Mujhay yahan utarna hai
Next stop
agla stop
Thank You
I want...
Main chahta hon
Please help me
Kripya meri madad karo
I agree!
Main manta hoon!
It's good!
Ucha hai!
This is very good
Yeh bahut ucha hai
I am sorry
Mujhay maaf kar do!
Lets go!
What does this cost?
Yeh kitnay ka hai?
Is this water good for drinking?
Kya yeh paani theek hai peenay ke liyay?
Can I make a phone call from here?
Main yahan se phone kar sakta hoon?
Where can I hire a taxi?
Taxi kahan se hire karoon?
Where does this road lead?
Yeh sadak kahan jaati hai?
What is the time?
Kitna baja hai?
Have you eaten?
Aapnay khana khaya?
Please would you tell me where I can find this address?
Kya aap bata saktay hain kee yeh pata (address) kahan par hai?
Submitted by Navin Pathak on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 8:51pm.

Carrying a satellite phone without permission is strictly prohibited in India.

There is a clear rule in India which bans the use of satellite phones and even if foreigners coming in with valid documents permitting them to carry such phones, the Indian authorities reserve the right to deny them such permissions. When persons with satellite phones land in India, the mandate is that the phone is first seized by the customs. Only after they obtain a licence from the department of telecommunications, can they clan claim their phones back. (source: Rediff)

For permission, contact Department of Telecommunication at Room No. 1204, Sanchar Bhavan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi - 110 001.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Sun, 08/09/2015 - 8:01pm.

Government permission is required before clicking photographs of any of the following:

  • Places of military establishments
  • Metro trains
  • Bridges
  • Airports
  • Railway stations
  • Tribal areas
  • Sensitive border regions
  • Some of the temples, fmonuments of historical value, forts, palaces, tombs and monasteries.

For details, visit the site

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 7:34pm.

There are certain protected areas for which tourists have to take special permit to visit. This requirement is in addition to obtaining an Indian visa. These places include certain areas of

  • Assam
  • North Eastern Frontier States (Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh)
  • Border areas of Jammu & Kashmir
  • Selected areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan
  • Union Territories of Andaman and Lakshadweep Island

For complete details, visit the site

For permission, contact Ministry of Home Affairs: +91-11-2309-2011, +91-11-2309-2161

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:16pm.

Some of the medicines that are highly recommended on travel to India

  1. Tylenol/Advil
  2. Alka Seltzer
  3. Immodium
  4. Robitussin/NyQuil

Medicines that you can get over the counter at the Indian pharmacy/chemists shop:

  1. Crosin (fever)
  2. Combiflam (ibuprofen)
  3. Norflox (diarrhea)
  4. Volini (spray for muscle spasms)
  5. Coldarin (cold and cough)
  6. Benadryl (cough)
Submitted by Navin Pathak on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 1:10am.

Virtually every fourth shop in India sells food.  There is ample variety for both, vegetarians and non-vegetarians and the price range can match to anyone’s pocket.  You can get a dish from $.35 (Rs.21) upto $10 (Rs. 640).

There is no doubt that Indian food is a treat to the taste-buds but can be harsh on your digestive system.

Take precaution if you eat at road-side stalls or at low-end restaurants. Request the server to get your silverware rinsed in boiling water even if you have to pay extra. Milk and milk products, spices and water are known to upset stomach. Look at this recent report

Use bottled water only and that too from reputed shops. With poor outdoor air-quality in Delhi, especially from April to August, breathing-masks are advisable.

Some medicines you should carry to India are Tylenol/Advil, Alka Seltzer, Immodium, Robitussin/NyQuil with you. Medication that you can get over the counter at the Indian pharmacy/chemists shop: Indian Crosin (fever), Combiflam (ibuprofen), Norflox (diarrhea), Volini (spray for muscle spasms), Coldarin (cold and cough), Benadryl (cough).

It is also highly advisable to keep the items like hand sanitizer lotion, toilet rolls, and paper soap handy with you.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 7:22pm.

If you are traveling to India, you must be aware, before hand, of the items which you must NOT carry with you when you land at any port (Air or Sea) in India. There have been many instances where people who carried these items to India even by mistake got into trouble with Indian authorities. 

The items include:

  • Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly.
  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
  • Good violating any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights
  • Wild life products
  • Counterfeit Currency notes/coins or fake currency notes
  • Specified Live Birds and Animals.
Submitted by Navin Pathak on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 6:17pm.

The following are the images of the form that anyone traveling to India has to fill for Indian Customs.

For the item where total value of the goods being imported is being asked, I, citizen of US, just couldn't understand what should I fill based on the table provided on the 2nd page of this form.

The purpose of sharing these images is that you can prepare yourself much in advance as to what to fill.

Click on each image to open a larger version in a new window

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:00pm.

Updated Aug 12, 2019

Traveling to India – Eating Healthy Food and Drinking Safe Water

No doubt that Indian food is one of the top cuisines in the world.  Depending on what part of India you visit, the food variety may differ significantly. Every region has its own preference of vegetables, spices & spice level, and cooking style. Of course you would want to try out as much as you can but some precautions while consuming food and water would go a long way for making your stay in India fun and mem0rable.

To begin, if you really want to try food from road-side stalls or at low-end restaurants, then request the vendor to a) wash hands before serving, b) rinse the silverware boiling water in front of you, even if you have to pay extra, and c) have them wear gloves if possible. If you are sanitizing your hands properly, then using fingers to eat food is well accepted in India and it indeed is fun eating with hands.

If it is raining or it is rainy season during your visit to India, then do NOT succumb to any temptation of having anything to eat from road-side vendors.

In salads, I would resist from consuming vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, or any other which can't be peeled. I take this precaution with only exceptions of top rated restaurants, hotels and franchise chains like McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, etc.

Bottom line here is: Have as much Cooked Food as possible.

Use bottled water only and that too from reputed shops, which most likely be visibly nice & clean. Even at top-rated restaurants, bottled water is the best option. Do ensure that the bottle is sealed and never opened before. If you have to visit anyone’s house, you most likely be served RO (reverse osmosis) water, which is equally safe.

Now, coming to air, there is no escape to pollution almost in whole of India with Himalayan regions the only exception. 14 of the most polluted cities in the world are in India with Delhi the sixth worst according to World Health Organization. With such poor outdoor air-quality, breathing-masks are advisable.

Of course the travel needs differ if you are a traveler with specific health needs, such as for pregnant, immune compromised or any other specific purpose.

Some useful items to carry: Hand Sanitizer lotion, Toilet rolls, and Paper soap

Some of the medicines which highly recommended that you should carry with you are for: Diarrhea (Imodium or Pepto-Bismol), Cough drops, Medicine for pain or fever (Tylenol), saline nose spray, decongestant and cough drops.

Though you may not be carrying every medicine with you, there are excellent over-the-counter medicines in India and that you can easily buy from chemists (pharmacy).

We have covered lots of other details for the travelers visiting India in our India business and travel guide 'ENTRY INDIA', which you can download for free here.

Submitted by Mahendra Pratap on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:34pm.

"Getting Screened" (looking for potential health problems before they occur) is one of the top five things you can do to sustain good health and longevity (Eating healthy, Exercise, Positive Thinking and Social Connectivity are the other four).

So why wait until obvious symptoms of a problem emerge or an emergency situation arises before seeing a doctor. One of the reaons may be the cost factor.  The cost of individually-tailored wellness assessment of your current and future health can be high. While most insurance plans allow basic tests such as blood pressure, cholesterol level etc., they do not cover advanced procedures such as High Definition CT Lung and Full Body Scan, Colon Cancer Screening etc.

Fortunately, your visit to India provides an opportunity. The same screening programs with equal quality are available at affordable cost in India. Not only can you get advanced screening and wellness assessment done at an affordable price but can also enjoy a relaxing holiday at a culturally vibrant and historically rich place.

Here we list some of the top executive health check up service providers in Delhi and other cities in India.  At these facilities, an inter-disciplinary team of physicians working together will assess your current and (near) future health & risk factors and design a program for your wellness, which includes diet, excercise, regular screening and follow-up.

Entry India highly recommends that you make use of the opportunity to get advanced screening at an affordable price when you visit India.

Preventive Health Checkup Service Providers:

Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre Limited
New Delhi - 110025

Max Devki Devi Heart & Vascular Institute
2 Press Enclave Road
New Delhi - 110017

Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
Sarita Vihar
Delhi Mathura Road
New Delhi - 110076