Language

About 30 percent of the Indian population speaks Hindi, India’s official language. Most of the Muslim population speaks Urdu, and English is often used for business or official purposes. Another 16 languages are spoken throughout the country.

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Communications

India’s international country code is 91. To call another country from India, dial 00 followed by the appropriate country code. Use a calling card to make international calls; hotels often add expensive surcharges. The main resorts and cities have Internet cafes.

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Tipping

Tip small amounts for small services. Taxi drivers don’t expect tips, and hotels and tourist restaurants usually add a 10 percent service charge to the bill. Baksheesh, giving a small tip beforehand, is common and will help you get better service.

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Safety

Travel to regions near the Pakistan border should be avoided, due to continued violence. Travel elsewhere in the country is generally trouble-free.

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Health

Consult with your doctor about vaccinations at least three weeks before your trip to India. Malaria and dengue fever outbreaks can occur, and you should take precautions. If you’re traveling from an area infected with yellow fever, you will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Make sure you only drink sealed, bottled water and don’t get ice in your drinks. Meat and fish should only be eaten if served well-cooked and hot. Don’t eat salad or unpeeled fruit. Carry medical insurance.

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Electricity

India’s electrical current is 240 volts, 50Hz and mostly uses plugs with two or three round pins.

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