General Information

Official Language
The official language of the Convention is English.


Local Language
Hindi & English

Time
India has one time zone which covers the entire country. Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT.

Climate
November to March is the perfect time to visit India. It is warm and pleasant with moderate temperature ranging from 15 – 26 degree Celsius. However, it may get chilly during the evenings, and we recommend you to carry a shawl / light woollens.

Visa

  • Valid visas are required for everyone coming from overseas.
  • The visas are issued electronically (e-Visa) or can be obtained from the Indian missions abroad through application. E-Visa is available in many countries of Europe, and US and Australia etc.
  • Guests’ passport should have at least 02 blank pages and the passport should have minimum 6 months validity.
  • You can apply for an e-Visa on Indian government website; the visa application should be made at least 7 to 30 days prior to the arrival date in India.
  • An approval normally takes in advance of the travel date and an approval normally takes 72 hours after application.
  • Details can be found at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

Letter of Invitation
Personal letter of invitation will be sent by the Convention upon request to facilitate obtaining of visa for participation in the Convention.

Currency
1 Euro = 80 INR
1 USD = 70 INR
1 GBP = 90 INR
1 AUD = 50 INR
Although the above values are approximated as of current exchange rates, we recommend you to visit www.xe.com to know the exact currency values, because of changes that occur frequently.

Baggage Allowance
Most domestic flights within India allow only 15 kgs of check-in baggage allowance and 7 kgs of cabin baggage. The airlines are strict about the luggage and will levy excess baggage charges. So, it is very important that you plan accordingly, as it is likely that you may be flying from Delhi / Mumbai to Jaipur for the Convention.

Credit Card/ ATM / Cash

  • In cities you can change most major foreign currencies and brands of travellers' cheques but you'll widen your options and save yourself hassles if you stick to US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.
  • Credit Cards are widely accepted in all major shops and restaurants; however, it may not be accepted in small shops so it is recommended to carry cash.
  • ATM machines are available in the cities; it may not be available in small towns and villages. Always have enough cash with you while travelling.

Safety and Security
Follow the same rules of safety that you follow while travelling anywhere else. Use the hotel safe deposit boxes and keep travel documents safe. Make sure to keep extra photocopies of the pages of your passport.

Insurance and Liability
The Organizers are not responsible for any individual's travel, medical, or personal insurance. It is advised to secure your own insurance policies before departure from their countries.

While every attempt is made to ensure efficient, trouble-free hospitality, including hotel accommodation, sightseeing and tours, participants are advised that no liability accrues to the Organizers in the event of any necessary modifications, including change in itineraries for tours due to delays or cancellations of flights/other exigencies beyond the Organizers' control.

Electricity
Standard Voltage in India is 230 Volts. For convenience, you can carry a universal travel adapter. The wall sockets in India support two and three round pins.
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Food and Drink

  • Please note that drinking from tap is unsafe in India, drink only bottled water. Most hotels and restaurants provide filtered/RO water which is safe to drink, however we recommend you stick to bottled water only.
  • We recommend you to eat from hotels and restaurants that maintain good hygiene. Make sure to steer clear of uncooked or unpeeled fruits and vegetables that are served outside in the streets.
  • Curd or yoghurt is served with most Indian meals. They are considered good for digestion and it also helps to temper the spicy food.

During Sightseeing

  • It is custom to remove your shoes before entering any holy place out of respect. Recommended to dress conservatively with full length pants and shirts.
  • Some of the temples do not allow leather articles and are not open to Non-Hindus.
  • Most of the museums in India are closed on Mondays.
  • The Taj Mahal in Agra is closed on all Fridays.
  • Avoid staying outdoors in the sun for long in order not to get sun burnt. Wear sunscreen in exposed body parts and wear sunglasses to screen out harmful rays.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water. Bottled water is strongly recommended.

Useful Information

  • Always carry your ID Proof since it is mandatory while checking into the hotel.
  • Stay alert of impostors - porters or guides. Make sure that they are in proper uniform and are identified. Do not leave your luggage unattended.
  • Use official transporter for all your travel.
  • Tipping is completely a personal gesture and depends on the service and assistance you get.

Restrictions on Export of Articles

  • Illegal transport of wild animal indigenous to the country like goods made of animal skin is banned.
  • Peacock feathers and handicrafts made from them are not banned.
  • Antiques items of historical interest which have been in existence for not less than 100 years are not allowed to be exported from India.
  • Aesthetic and non-artistic value not less than seventy five years, historical itinerary and manuscripts and other documents art treasures is not allowed to be exported out of India.