India

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The currency is the Indian rupee (INR).

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in India , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks: from 10.00 to 14.00, Monday to Friday and from 10.00 to 12.00 on Saturdays.



Transportation

Road
One must be very cautious when driving because of the bad condition of the roads, the traffic-jams, the chaotic character of the traffic, the misunderstanding of the traffic rules by most drivers and also because of the risk of a hostile reaction, especially in the event of an accident physically involving an Indian third party. The third party insurance liability is compulsory and it is necessary to have an international driving license. Emergency hospitalisation represents a major risk due to a lack of well equipped hospitals, except in big cities. It is highly recommended to use the services of a chauffeur when moving.



Rail
The railroad network is very dense and quite reliable, but trains are famous for being extremely slow. It is necessary to watch carefully personal belongings (notably in couchette wagons) because of frequent thefts on the Bénarès-Delhi, Agra-Delhi, Calcutta-Bénarès and Calcutta-Puri lines.

Air
Most big regional cities are daily served, either by Indian Airlines, or by private airlines. The conditions of transportation are correct. From India, a 10 USD airport tax must be paid.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .in



Basic conversation guide

Yes = ha
No = nahi
Thank you = dhanyavaad
Hello = namaste
Goodbye = alavidha ( namaste )
I do not understand = in May nahii samajhataa hu
What is the price? How much does it cost? = isakii kyaa kimat hai?
I would like to buy = in May khariidanaa chaahunga
Do you accept credit cards? = kya aap credit card svikaara karte hai?
Where is...? = ...kahan hai?
Post office = Daakkhaanaa
The bank = bank
The police station, the police force = police station
The pharmacy = davaakhaanaa
An airport = havaaiaDDaa
The station = railway station
One ticket to..., please. = kRipyaa eka ticket... kaa dijiye
Would you have any vacancies for tonight ? = kyaa aaja raata koii sthaana ( jagaha ) khaalii hai?.

 


Languages spoken

Official language: Hindi. Commercial language: English. In India, there are 17 official languages. However, English can also be considered as the official language. It is important to note that English is the most widely used language in business.


Last modified in January 2006
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