| Name :
| Official Name :
|| Republic of India
| Capital :
|| New Delhi
| Climate :
|| Varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north.
| Race :
|| 72% Indo-Aryan, 25% Dravidian, 3% Mongoloid and other.`
| Language :
|| More than 1600 languages or dialects are spoken. English enjoys associate status but is the most important language for national, political, and commercial communication. Hindi is the primary tongue of 30% of the people.
| Official Language :
| Religion :
|| 80% Hindu, 14% Muslim, 2.4% Christian, 2% Sikh, 0.7% Buddhist, 0.5% Jains, 0.4% other.
| Government :
|| Federal Republic
| Population (in mil) :
| Literacy Rate :
| Visas :
|| Visitors need a visa to visit India.
Visas come in a variety of flavours ranging from 15 days to six months and include single and multiple-entry versions.
Only six-month tourist visas are extendable.
Must check whether your visa is valid from the date of entry or the date of issue.
| Immunisations :
|| Cholera, dengue fever, dysentery, hepatitis, malaria, meningitis (trekking areas only) and typhoid.
Many of India's larger cities are highly polluted, travellers with respiratory ailments may wish to take precautionary measures.
| Time :
|| GMT/UTC plus five hours 30 minutes
| Electricity :
|| 230-240V, 50 HZ
| Weights & Measures :
| Currency :
|| Indian rupee
| Travellers Cheque :
|| Travellers are not permitted to bring Indian currency in and out of the country.
US dollars, pounds, Thomas Cook and American Express travellers cheques are widely accepted in major cities.
Travellers staying in India for more than 4 months would need to keep their encashment certificate to get income tax clearance.
| Credit Cards :
|| Credit cards can be used to get cash advances in rupees.
| Tipping :
|| Tipping is not customary in India.
Baksheesh - a special token in the form of cash will be useful in order to get things done.
| Bargaining :