The official language of the conference is English.
Hindi & English
Currency and Exchange Information
Official currency is Rupees. Currency exchange is possible at banks (09:00- 17:30 Monday – Friday), hotels and exchange offices. All major credit cards are accepted at hotels, and most restaurants and shops. Exchange offices and ATM machines are available all around the city and at airports. It is advised to exchange money in banks, exchange offices or hotel receptions.
Major credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and stores but visitors are advised to check with the vendor before a purchase is made. Cash machines with 24-hour access are available at many convenient locations.
The line voltage for electricity is 220 A.C., 50 Hz in the subcontinent. Most hotels provide 110 volt A.C. points for electric shavers
During Sight Seeing
- Always remove your shoes before entering a holy place such as a temple, gurudwara (Sikh temple) or mosque. You may also require to cover your head. In general, dress conservatively at a place of worship.
- Some Hindu temples do not permit leather articles
- Some of the museums in Mumbai are closed on Mondays.
- If the sun is strong remember to use sunscreen on exposed parts of the body. Wear sunglasses to screen out harmful rays.
- Smoking is not allowed at all public places; some restaurants have designated smoking areas.
- India has only one time zone which covers the entire country. Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT.
Safety And Security
- Follow the same rules of safety that you follow while travelling anywhere else with respect to using hotel safe deposit boxes and keeping travel documents safe.
- When in public places, keep them in your hotel or with you all the time when moving about.
- Always carry the hotel address with you when you leave the hotel.
- Keep extra photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport in a safe place.
- 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. Avoid taxis that pick up additional passengers.
- Be wary of impostor porters or guides. Assure they are properly uniformed or identified. Never leave your luggage, briefcase or other items unattended.
- Insist on the taxi / auto meter being flagged down in your presence.
- In cities you can change most major foreign currencies and brands of traveller’s cheques but you’ll widen your options and save yourself hassles if you stick to US dollars or pounds sterling.
Restrictions on Export of Articles
- Export of all wild animals indigenous to the country and articles made from such listed animals like skins, pelts, furs, ivory, rhino horns, and trophies are totally banned.
- Banned items do not include peacock feathers and handicrafts made from them.
- Antiques which include sculpture, painting or other works of arts or crafts illustrative of science, art, craft, religion of bygone ages and of historical interest which have been in existence for not less than 100 years may not be exported from India.
- Manuscripts or other documents of scientific, historical literary or aesthetic value in existence for not less than seventy five years: art treasures not necessarily antiques but of artistic or aesthetic value, also cannot be exported out of India.
|Local Communication Tips|
|Hello||Namaskar or Namaste|
|I need a Taxi||Taxi chaheye|
|How much does it cost||Kitna Rupee hua?|
|Could you please help me||Kya aap meri madad karenge ?|
|Can you give me directions||Kya aap mujhe rasta bata sakte hain ?|
|What is your name||Aapka naam kya hai ?|
|My Name is. ___||Mera naam hai|