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Currency information

Code INR
Symbol
Coins
₹1, ₹2, ₹5, ₹10
Banknotes
₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹500, ₹2000

Expert tip

Break larger notes into smaller amounts. Carrying large denomination notes may make you appear wealthy, and shopkeepers could be less inclined to offer fair prices or negotiate with you.

ATM access

5/5 stars – there are ATMs everywhere.

Tipping

Tipping in India is not customary, but it is expected from tourists. In restaurants, a good rule of thumb is to pay a tip of 5-10% of the total of your bill.

In your hotel, you are expected to pay a tip of 5-10% of your tariff each day, and hotel staff, such as bell boys and cleaners, will often wait near your door for a tip after performing tasks. A small tip of 10-30 Rupees is sufficient for their services.

Bargaining scale

5/5 stars – haggling is common.

Bargaining and haggling are common in India, and the locals will expect you to negotiate their prices as per their custom.

Shopkeepers tend to price their items far higher for tourists than for locals, so it is important to become comfortable with haggling so you don’t pay too much.

Card access

Debit and credit cards are widely accepted, especially in major cities and in tourist hotels.

It is advised that you let your bank know of your travel plans and dates; otherwise, your international activity could be seen as suspicious and your accounts could be frozen.
Also enquire with your bank about any international transaction fees before you leave. Aim to always pay in local currency to avoid conversion fees.

Consider using a prepaid currency card to ensure you aren’t wasting your money on hidden fees.

Cost of a coffee

RS84.30 (regular cappuccino)

Transport

Buses, cycle-rickshaws, autorickshaws, taxis, and trains are the most popular ways of getting around India’s cities. Costs vary depending on where you are and where you are travelling to.

Taxis and autorickshaws are the easiest mode of transport for tourists – autorickshaws being the more affordable option. Buses and trains can often be overflowing with passengers, depending where you are, and boarding can take a bit of practice.

Pickpocket security rating

2/5 stars – theft is common.

Pickpocketing and theft are common in India. Pickpockets target tourists in bazaars and crowded markets. It is advised that you never use your back pockets for carrying valuables, and carry your bag in front of you. Always be aware of your surroundings and, if you can, travel with someone. You become an easier target when you are alone, especially if you are a female.

Scammers and ripoffs

Tourists make easy targets for scammers in India. There are a few common scams and rip-offs to look out for. Avoid using your credit card, particularly on internet café computers or shared internet devices. Frauds can easily get a hold of your credit card details this way, so try to use cash as much as possible.

Sometimes, rickshaw and taxi drivers may refuse to take you to a particular hotel, saying it is closed, full or has burned down. They then take you to a different hotel, where they earn commission for bringing your business. It is important to call your hotel prior to arriving to confirm that they are open so you can firmly insist that your driver takes you to your chosen hotel.

Another scam to avoid is being asked to pay a baggage fee on trains. These people will take your money and possibly keep your luggage, too. There is no need to pay baggage fees on the train, so keep your luggage with you at all times.

Departure tax

Any airport or departure taxes are included in the price of your air ticket.

Visa costs

Australians and New Zealanders require a valid visa and passport to enter India, whether on holiday or on business (or any other reason). If eligible, travellers can apply in advance electronically for an e-Tourist Visa (ETV), which permits them a single-entry visit for a maximum of 30 days. This visa must be obtained at least four days prior to their arrival in India, and can only be used at designated ports of entry.

For more information regarding visas and other travel document requirements for your trip, please ask your travel consultant or see the Indian High Commission website.

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