India is a wonderful place of the most extreme contrasts and a bit of culture shock is inevitable when you first arrive. Your driver can answer any questions you may have along the way, and help to ensure you travel safely and with respect to local customs.
Roads are very crowded with cars, trucks, bikes, pedestrians and animals and at first glance there seems to be no road rules at all. This is why we recommend using a local driver to navigate and negotiate the busy roads for you.
Food and Drink
Cows are sacred in India, and as a result many Indians do not eat beef – some areas are strictly vegetarian towns. Some areas also prohibit alcohol. It is advisable to drink bottled water.
Temples & Holy Places
Always remove your shoes before entering a Temple or place of religious significance. It is also recommended that you cover your head with a scarf and dress modestly as a measure of respect. Taking photos at a death ceremony, or a religious ceremony or of people bathing (in baths or rivers) may cause offence.
Being a tourist
Some of the poorer people may ask or beg for money, this can be distressing to first time travellers especially because many people really do need money. However we discourage giving money to them, instead, it is better make a donation to the local school or charity.
The telephone Country Code is 91. Mobile Telephone coverage is limited to major towns but is increasing all the time. Internet and E-mail can be accessed from an increasing number of hotels and from Internet cafes across the country, many now with Wi-Fi.
Indians are very hospitable people and will usually accept your different ways as a foreigner – if in doubt, simply ask your driver.