Travel Tips

Currency Exchange
Travellers can easily get their currency exchange needs met at all Indian airports. Though, it is always advisable that you compare two to three vendors before selecting the one that offers you the best rates.

Travel Insurance
Do remember to get yourself a travel benefit plans. There are many travel insurance companies in India offering you a number of health and travel benefits. Tata AIG Insurance, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. Ltd and Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Co Ltd are major travel insurance companies in India and they also have best tie ups with all the leading travel agents in the country.

Foreign Travel Tax at Airports
On your arrival at the Indian airports, you will need to pay an amount as foreign travel tax. An amount of Rs 150 is charged for departures to countries like Afghanistan, Butan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives. For other countries, the tax to be paid is Rs 500.

Indian Embassies
India has its embassies located all across the world. These Indian embassies assist travellers in communicating to the their respective country governments. You can have your Indian visas issued at the Indian emabassy located in the country of which your are a citizen.

Health Safety
Consult a doctor and get a medical check up done before your arrival in India. Travellers can also get them vaccinated to prevent getting severe sickness and ailments. Recommended vaccination for travellers include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Measles, Mumps and Tetnus Diptheria.

Travel Books
A reputed travel guide to India can prove to be your best companion while travelling in the country. By reading these guides, travellers can enhance their knowledge about the country and aquaint themselves with the local customs and traditions of a particular destination. Some suggested travel guides include Outlook Traveler Getaways, Lonely Planet India, Exciting India, The Rough Guide to India 6, Frommer's India and Discovery Channel Insight Guide India.

Uttarakhand Geography
Uttarakhand is situated on the southern slope of the mighty Himalayas. The climate and vegetation of different cities of this state vary with the altitude of its location. Glaciers being located at the highest elevations have coolest weather and are covered by ice and bare rock.

Uttarakhand Map
Uttarakhand is the 27th state of India carved out of Uttar Pradesh in November 2000. There are 13 districts in the state. Out of these 13, seven districts lie in the Garhwal region and the rest six in the Kumaon region. In total, there are 15,669 villages in Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand Transport
The Local transport in Uttarakhand basically depends upon State Transportation Buses and Shared taxis. However, in plains the 'Rickshaw' culture is still prevalent, on hilly terrains you may also get to enjoy a 'Tonga or Pony' ride. The transportation is comparatively easier in the plains as compared to the steep hills where there are frequent landslides and a speed of more than 25/hour can be dangerous.

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Weather Update
Uttarakhand is warm throughout the year. Light summer wear is advisable at all times.