No particular permit is compulsory for journey to Rajasthan but roughly every non-Indian requires a tourist visa for travelling to India. These are 6-month multiple-entry visas and you will also need a valid passport. You should obtain this from your country of origin, before boarding the aircraft to India or you will not be permitted to travel.
Currency: Indian Rupees
Exchange rate: £1 sterling = approx. INR 80.00 – check at time of travel as it can change.
Changing Money: You cannot find rupees outside India so transform your travellers cheques & foreign money on arrival at the hotel if you can (a much better exchange rate than at the airport). Changing money in banks can take hours as the officialdom is endless. Ask for bounty of small denomination notes (10 and 20 rupees) so you are ready for tipping (which is constant in India). Euros, US dollars and Sterling are received and easily changed at most hotels. More or less all categories of credit cards are acknowledged by restaurants, hotels and shops. In the bigger cities only (Jaipur) you can find ATM machines to pull out cash.
Time difference: GMT + 5.30
Telephone: Country Code for India: 91. Hotels in India charge a very expensive amount for abroad telephone calls so it is sensible to keep these to a least or to confirm the rates with reception before making a call. A cheaper option is to make use of PCO-STD-ISD booths found in every town. You make the call yourself and the time and cost is mechanically displayed. When placing an international call dial 00 followed by the code for the country you are calling.
These work in approximately all Rajasthan towns and cities. Though, when out in the countryside or en route from A to B, there will be regions where you will not find a signal.
Access is becoming more extensively available, but only in the foremost cities, for instance Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur through ‘Cyber Cafes’. Many of the hotels would permit you to access the internet for a small fee.
Fax: Many call booths have fax services but they are not dependable and you maybe charged greatly even if your fax has gone through. Mostly all the hotels can also send faxes on your behalf for a payment.
The voltage in Rajasthan is similar as the UK and travel plug is perfect to take for hair dryers etc. They use round, two pin plugs. You will discover electricity in all cities and tourist destinations, although power cuts and dips in power are common.
As you may be travelling from village to village, carry provisions of any medicine with you in your hand luggage at all times. Take some prescribed medicines to make certain your trip is not disrupted by a disturb stomach. Nonetheless, if you experience from diarrhoea at any time, you should not hesitate to see the local doctor as they are very good. Sachets of Electrolyte are fine in case of dehydration as they speedily reinstate lost minerals to your system and they can be find easily in medical stores of major cities.
Be careful of mosquitoes which come out in early mornings and evenings. Usually all hotels are air-conditioned. Dress in long sleeved shirts and socks. Equally some forms of insect repellent and citronella candles or oil are effective repellents.
Tipping is a routine in Rajasthan and you tip more or less everyone: your driver; the guide; porters at stations, airports and hotels; doormen at hotels; room service boys; laundry boys; and after meals in restaurants. Many of little heritage hotels will request you not to tip individual staff but will have a gratuity box at reception for when you check-out of the hotel.
A recommended guideline follows – you might tip a lot or as little as you wish, depending on the level of services you have expected.
Porters at stations, hotels and airports 20-30 rupees Room service, laundry boys 40-50 rupees Doormen at hotels 50-100 rupees Drivers and guides optional Restaurants 10%
Clothing in Rajasthan is casual. Though, in the smarter city hotels people frequently alter into fresh clothes for dinner.
Dark and subdued clothing is vital if visiting a game reserve. Warm clothing is required in early mornings as it is cold before sunrise and the dew can be soggy.
Take good quality pair of relaxed closed shoes for travelling around as the ground is often dusty and open-toed shoes can be an obstruction.
When sightseeing, it is sensible for ladies to be fairly self-effacingly dressed and for gentlemen to shun very short shorts and vests; keep shoulders covered. Shorts and skirts to the knee are suitable but very short skirts and dipping necklines can cause offence.
If travelling in train, take warm jersey or jacket as air-conditioning on most trains is vicious.
Anywhere you reside in Rajasthan, it can be arranged for a tailor to come and can make clothes for you. They will also bring a options of fabrics, if requested.
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