FAQ

TIPS, DO’S AND DON’TS

PREPARATION FOR THE TRIP

LUGGAGE

Maximum two pieces of luggage are allowed per person on domestic flights. One piece of hand luggage (max 7 kg) and one piece of check-in luggage (max 15 kg). You can buy extra weight allowance on flights for a (reasonable) fee.

WEATHER IN NOVERMBER - NEW DELHI & AROUND

In Delhi the weather will be pleasant in the day (24-28°C or 75- 82°F) but it can be cool in the night (as low as 11-15°C or 52-59°F). Winter starts in November and peaks in January. Although winters are generally mild, Delhi's proximity to the Himalayas results in cold waves leading to lower apparent temperature due to wind chill. Delhi is notorious for its heavy fogs during the winter season (more prevalent in December-January).

WHAT TO PACK?

Pack for the climate and your activities. Keep local culture in mind; dress code when visiting temples, monasteries and / or mosques requires long sleeved shirts, shawls and long pants. It is recommended to avoid wearing sleeveless shirts, and (very) short pants/skirts outside of the hotels.

BASIC MEDICAL AID KIT

Our practical advice: Carry some means for simple self medication like: Cold/cough/allergies medicine, anti-diarrheal agent, bandaid, sunscreen, ORS tablets, aspirin / paracetamol, any personal medications.

Best way to stay healthy during your trip is to be sensible about what and where you eat. And wash your hands regularly with normal soap. Please follow our tips for places and foods to eat and avoid and you should be fine. Most of all: enjoy the flavours of India

Please consult your own doctor before you travel for expert medical advice on immunization etc.

MEDICAL AID AND ASSITANCE ON HOLIDAY WITH TLC

During the conference and in the hotels, there is always a doctor available on call. Do let the hotel know in case you need any medical assistance or like to see a specialist.

You may want to buy one anti-mosquito cream, particularly for the evenings, although mosquitos are less prevalent during the cooler months of November to February.

OTHER NECESSITIES

Good all weather shoes (comfortable walking shoes)

Universal adapter (for your digital camera and mobile phone) The voltage in India is 230 volts.

Toiletries

Detergent/Sanitiser for hands

Earplugs

Please check the cost for calling and data use of your mobile phone/tablet/laptop with your service provider before your departure. International roaming cost can be extremely high and international data/call packages purchased before you travel could give you a discount of up 4to 95% (!) on your bill.

Copy of passport / visa / ticket (digitally stored)

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months upon departure for India and a VISA is required (see VISA section for more details).

DURING YOUR TRIP

LOCAL TRANSPORT & GENERAL SAFETY ADVICE FOR WOMEN

If you travel by local transport (like auto rickshaw or local taxi) on your own initiative, we recommend that you state your destination and make sure you ask the driver to put the meter on before you leave. The amount on the meter is the amount you should pay. Some drivers might try and persuade you to pay more by negotiating, claiming the meter is broken etc. Just know that you can always refuse and take another taxi or rickshaw if you don’t feel comfortable.

Know that the Hotels can always order taxis / cabs for you (as opposed to rickshaws), and you can always agree on a pre-arranged price through your hotel - that may often be the easiest approach.

Moreover, app-based taxi services such as Uber and the local Ola taxi service are also available in most cities, and widely used by locals as well.

Lastly, as a general advice for women: particularly when traveling in the evenings: try to be in the company of one more person and do opt for pre-arranged taxi services.

As another word of general advice for women: in case you are lost in the streets and need help in finding back the venue / your hotel, etc. – try to ask other women in the street for directions; or enter a larger shop for further assistance – do not approach men randomly in the streets seeking help with directions. We may be overcautious here, but we believe this should cut out most of the cultural misunderstandings.

VISITING TEMPLES, FORTS, HERITAGE SITES

When you visit a temple make sure your arms and legs are covered (for women). Sometimes they will also request your to cover your head with a scarf.

Remove your shoes before you enter and don’t worry, nobody will steal them. In some temples a religious looking person might come to you and offer to bless you for money. We leave it up to you to say yes or no, but feel free to refuse if you don’t feel comfortable.

Beware that temples, forts or historical sites might not allow photography or charge you for it. You can get a ticket for your camera or phone at the ticket office. If you don’t have a ticket they might not allow you inside with your phone or camera. Entry ticket prices are usually stated separately for Indians and non-Indians (foreigners). The prices between the two may vary substantially.

INTERNET

In most places Wi-Fi connectivity is available, but not everywhere

If you use data on your phone, tablet or laptop on an your international SIM, make sure you are aware of the international roaming charges. They can be extremely high. Also beware that data coverage might not be available on all areas during your trip.

MONEY

Most foreign debit and credit cards can be used in ATM’s in India. Beware of the cost your bank charges per ATM transaction before you leave. In India you can pay by debit and credit card in many places, but it’s important to carry small amounts of cash as well. Some shops might charge a percentage for paying by card and lots of shops, all auto rickshaws and most taxi’s (other than the app-based taxi services) only accept cash. Don’t carry too much cash on you though (no more than 5-10,000 Rs) and make sure you have small bills and some coins. Many rickshaw drivers and small stalls for instance will not have enough change for a 500 or 1000 rupee note.

TIPPING

Tipping is not mandatory so don’t feel obliged. But if you do choose to tip someone, try and give it to them personally. At hotels you might want to leave a tip for the staff at the reception.

Carry a few small bills in a pocket so that you can give a small tip quickly without digging through your money in view of everyone.

TripAdvisor’s advice:

Visitors are not to be expected to tip taxi drivers. However, hotel, airport and train station porters should be tipped approximately Rs50/bag. If a service charge is not included, tip guides Rs 500 and drivers approximately Rs500 per day. In restaurants, if the service was good, tip anything between approx. 5-10% of the bill.

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