Do's & Don'ts
All foreign nationals must pay hotel bills in foreign currency (cash or travellers cheques). This can be paid in Rupees if the visitor has a bank receipt as proof of currency exchange.
Exchange money only through authorised banks or moneychangers.
Retain all receipts to facilitate re-conversion of unspent money on departure from India.
Shopping is recommended from Government Emporia and suggested from shops on the list of the Department of Tourism. Information on these can be obtained from Tourist Offices in India.
Export of most wildlife and their products is either banned or strictly regulated. Export of the few permissible items - even as passengers' personal luggage - is allowed only under an appropriate export permit.
Insist on getting a certificate for the legitimate sale of a particular animal product and permission for its export to avoid inconvenience on departure.
Taxis and auto-rickshaws in cities may not have meters, but where they do, insist on the meter being flagged in your presence. If the driver refuses to co-operate, seek the assistance of a policeman.
In addition, the above fares change from time to time and so will not always conform to readings on the metres. To avoid confusion, insist on seeing the latest fare chart and pay accordingly.
If you wish to visit any prohibited or restricted areas, check with the nearest Government of India Tourist Office to ascertain details of the formalities required.
Check with the nearest Government of India Tourist Office the rules regarding photography at archaeological monuments.
Try to avoid the touts and brokers of shopkeepers.
It is obligatory to cover your head before entering Sikh shrines.
In case of any difficulty contact the nearest tourist office or police station.
Concession tickets such as Indrail Pass on Railways, Youth Fare, Discover India Fare and Air Fare (Indian Airlines) are to be purchased in foreign exchange only.
Don't get lured by shopping bargains on the street.
Don't exchange money except with an authorised moneychanger.
Don't purchase travel tickets through strangers or unauthorised travel agents or tour operators.
Don't encourage beggars by giving them money or other articles.
Don't but silver\ivory articles or peacock feathers in bulk.
Don't wear any footwear inside Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Jain places of worship. Some temples do not permit leather articles to be taken in.
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