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India’s Capital City, New Delhi is the most widely used entry point into the country and is on routes of most major airlines. It is well linked with rail, air and to all parts of the country. Air- India is India’s National Flag Carrier and has a worldwide route network connecting over 50 cities abroad with India. Indian Airlines, which is the National airline and five other private air taxi operators, serve all the metros, mini metros and many towns of India besides almost all the tourist destinations in India. One of the major attractions of Delhi is its large number of monuments. The city once called ‘ the only paradise on earth’, have been able to get to the roots of the grand history behind a majority of the monuments. ‘The Delhi City’ is a part of the great heritage and cultural ethics that distinguished several of these monuments.
September may be rainy, if the monsoon arrives late; participants are advised to carry an umbrella or raincoat. The temperature ranges from 25 degree Celsius to 35 degree Celsius during September. Since the weather is quite warm in September, cotton clothes are generally most suitable during this time of the year.
English is commonly used in all business transactions; however the main spoken language is Hindi. The official language of the Congress will be English. In hotels and restaurants the staff speaks English while the tourist guides are also well versed with the language.
Participants are advised to keep their documents (tickets, passport, booking confirmations, traveler’s cheques, permits, visas, money) in their hand baggage. It is advised to carry a copy of your passport, tickets, visas, booking confirmation in the luggage also.
To be obtained from Indian Missions abroad. One should possess a valid National Passport (except in case of Bhutanese & Nepalese citizens who may carry only suitable means of identification). Visitors are generally required to make an oral identification of their baggage and foreign currency in their possession. Foreign delegates planning to visit Katmandu (Nepal) will require double/multiple entry visa for India and a visa for Nepal. A 15-day single/ double entry transit visa is valid for 30 days from the date of its issue.
Most big hotels, shops, restaurants and travel services accept major international credit cards like Visa, American Express, Master Card. Converting money into traveler’s cheque’s like American Express or Thomas Cook is the safest way of carrying money. Participants are advised to carry photocopies of the traveler’s cheques. The best currencies to take are US dollars and pounds sterling. The Indian currency is Rupee( Rs.). One Indian rupee is made of 100 paise. The main currency denominations are coins of 25, 50 paise and also coins of Rs. 1, 2, 5. Notes of Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 and 1000 are used in the country. The international airport has 24 hours braches of The State Bank of India and Thomas Cook, where money can be exchanged. It is essential to carry your passport while exchanging money.
Participants are advised to check the current exchange rate, before exchanging money. Some approximate rates are given below:
1 U.S.D = Rs. 43.3950
1 U.K Pound = Rs. 83.2965
1 Canadian Dollar = Rs. 36.1444
1 EURO = Rs. 59. 1213.
Indian Standard time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of London, 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Paris, about 10 hours 30 minutes behind New York, 3 hours and 30 minutes behind Tokyo and 4 hours and 30 minutes behind Sydney.
Participants are advised to carry pills for basic ailments like fever, stomach upset, allergies, cough and cold, antiseptic cream, few dressings, insect bite cream etc. Most of the hotels have doctors on call.
No particular vaccination is required for coming to India. However, visitors from designated countries in Africa, South America and Papua New Guinea, even if they are on transit, are required to bring valid yellow fever vaccination certificates. In the absence of this certificate they will be quarantined for six days. Precautionary medication is the best bet against common ailments like diarrhea, dysentery and malaria. If you are not already vaccinated against hepatitis B, get it done before traveling.
Africa Angola, Bolivia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African republic, Chad, Congo, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, SaoTome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia.
Boliva, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyane, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trindad and Tobago, Venezuela.
Belize is considered endemic by Costa Rica, Bangladesh, Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Guatemala and Guyana. Honduras, Nicaragua and Equatorial Guinea are considered endemic by Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Zambia and India. Botswana is considered endemic by Malawi, Bangladesh and Egypt. Mauritania is considered endemic by Bangladesh, Egypt and Guinea Bissau. Djibouti is considered endemic by Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau.
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