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   India is among the most colorful nations of the world and boasts of a rich history, culture and heritage. To get the most of your trip to India, it would be a good idea to equip yourself with useful information before you set out for a journey of a lifetime.

You must have a proper VISA to enter and stay in India .There are reported cases when travelers are advised non-requirement of Indian VISA by their travel agents. Practically every foreign national requires VISA to enter these countries
Although India is a 365 days destination still it is best to visit Indian plains during cooler months from October to March and mountainous regions of India during the months of April to September
You must cover yourself with travel insurance for thefts, loss and medi-claim.
Carry proper maps of the places proposed to visit in India, as signboards are often absent.
Try to reach a station during daytime if traveling on your own.
In any case avoid persistent touts and taxi-drivers at airport/stations/bus stand to help you find your hotel. Always use tourist assistance desk for proper advice.
Women traveling alone in certain deserted places should avoid walking at odd hours.
While changing money, insist on getting encashment certificate.
Take care of proper disposal of your rubbish always whether you are exploring desert, or Himalayas or beaches or anywhere else.
It is advisable to drink only mineral water (bottled water).
Indian cuisine is a tad too spicy hence indulges in the gastronomical delights only if you have the stomach for it. Also, there are plenty of non-spicy cuisines and delicacies to choose from.
You may occasionally need insect repellent cream. If you are allergic to dust, be sure to carry medication with you. Sunscreen is another must-have.
       Prior to start of your journey; send yourself an e-mail with all important passport and other numbers. Thus should you lose any documentation, then you can retrieve your mail and have all necessary information.
Be aware of roadside peddlers trying to sell you semi-precious and precious gems and jewelry.
Trading in ivory, fur, animal skins, antiquities and the like is illegal. If you must have it, obtain a certificate of legitimate sale and permission for export before leaving the country.
One is expected to cover the head before entering a religious place such as a temple or mosque.
Photography is not always permissible .Ask for permission before clicking pictures of women and religious complexes. Some places charge for taking pictures while it is prohibited at a few places.
As per the directive by the government of India, all Indian / Foreign Nationals are required to produce photo-identity on or before arrival. Valid Identification documents are as below :-
 Foreign nationals  Passport along with valid Visa,
Indian National  Passport, Current Driving License, voter's ID card or PAN Card.
If you are happy with some services and would like to reward  in that case you can tip according to your will. It is not compulsory but totally by your discretion.
In India, public toilet facilities are few and far between. Take every opportunity you can to use a clean toilet in places such as hotels and restaurants. Make this a habit wherever you go.

Don't trust strangers with money. Trust your hotel, but not people you may bump into on the streets.
Do not encourage beggars.
Don't offer bribes to get any job done. Bribe-taking and bribe-giving are a common practice in India but they are intended to speed up things or win a favor that you are not entitled to. Plan well in advance. Use consultants or trade and industry associations. If you expect favors, let them come free or not at all. Warn anyone (even in government) who asks you for a bribe that you would report him to the Anti-Corruption Bureau or the nearest police-station. If he persists, do it discreetly so that he can be caught red-handed.
Do not checkout of the hotel in hurry. While checking out it has been noticed in some hotels, the extras are unreasonably charged which the guest hurriedly pays cross-checking.
Do not leave your cash and valuables in your hotel rooms. Keep your cash divided in different pockets.
Don't accept offers of visiting anyone's home unless you are confident of the person.
Don't tip unreasonably and unnecessarily in a hotel. The NEWS soon spreads in the hotel and by the time you checkout there will be a group of them saluting you to expect something.
Bargaining is the norm in local bazaars selling products a written price. Resist the urge to buy comparing prices from shops selling similar stuff.

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