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 Climate and Weather 

India is a very large country with varying climatic conditions in different parts of the country. The travelers to India can always find a suitable place as per their choice of climate. If one is traveling during the summer months, the Northern India is considered to be pleasant.

Besides this, the Southern India has a number of hill stations and most certainly the mountains of Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, North Uttar Pradesh are ideal to escape from the scorching heat of the summers. The famous hill resorts of the South like Kodai Kanal, Ootacamund and Croog, beside Darjeeling, Sikkim are recommended in summer.

 Clothing 

Travel as light as possible. Clothing and laundry are both quite inexpensive.

Its better for women to avoid tank tops or short skirts / shorts. The best outfit, especially during the hot summers, is a T-shirt worn with loose cotton trousers. You can purchase them anywhere in India, at very reasonable rates, at any of the shops. Adventurous ladies can try wearing the Indian 'salwar-kameez'. It is comfortable and free sized.

 Toilets 

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.

 Beggars 

Do not let them hassle you, and do not encourage them by giving them money.

 Food And Drink  

Drink only bottled water. Many popular brands are available. In restaurants insist that they bring a sealed bottle to your table. Beef is not served in many parts of India. Pork is also not easily available. Eat non-vegetarian food only in good restaurants. The meat in cheaper and smaller places can be of dubious quality. Good quality vegetarian food is easily available. Curd or yoghurt is served with most meals. It is a natural aid to digestion and helps temper the spicy food.

 Shopping 

Try to shop only in government handicraft shops. There the prices are fixed and the quality is certified. If that is not an option, check the prices at a few shops before making a choice. Bargaining is standard in most places and is enjoyed by all.

Get used to the fact that you will probably be charged more than the locals. If possible, take a local along when you go shopping.

 Sightseeing 
  • English is spoken at almost all tourist centers, but you can also request Government-trained and approved guides who also speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Russian.
  • Dress codes for religious places can include covering your head, being barefoot etc. Ask, so that you don't unwittingly give offence.
  • Some temples do not permit any leather articles at all on their premises.
  • Certain temples are not open to Non-Hindus. Please check with the local tourist information office.
  • Most museums in India are closed on Mondays and Site Museums, those near archaeological monuments, on Fridays.
  • The dry summer heat can drain you completely. Drink lots of water and fluids.
  • Photography is not always permissible, and at many places it is permitted only at a fee. There is usually a higher fee for using a video camera.
  • Smoking is not allowed at public places. All properties of the Indian Railways including trains and railway stations are strictly non smoking zones with stiff penalties for violations.
 Health Precautions 
  • Always drink bottled water.
  • Eat fruit you can peel.
  • Always wash fruit well before eating it.
  • Wash your hands before and after eating.
  • Always keep a tube of mosquito repellent with you.
  • Always carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines you might need for diarrhoea, fever, etc. Also, band aids and an antiseptic ointment.
 Time 

Everything in India takes time - longer than in most places. So always give yourself extra time for whatever you may have to do - even it is just a visit to the Post Office or changing money.

 Other 

Keep extra photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport. This will be required for Indian permits. Also, keep extra photographs of yourselves. These will be required for permits, filling out forms etc.

Taxi and auto-rickshaw fares keep changing, and therefore do not always conform to readings on meters. Insist on seeing the latest rate card (available with the driver) and pay accordingly.

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