Experience The Grand
There are many distinct languages and dialects in India; in the north, Hindi and English are widely spoken. Road signs and directions are written in both.
The national currency is the rupee. It is divided into 100 paisas. Traveller's cheques are easy to cash and some banks in larger cities have ATM machines.
The finest weather in northern India occurs from October until the end of April. In autumn, the days are mild but the nights can become quite cold. At the height of winter, between December and January, days are crisp and sunny. During this time, temperatures typically range from a high of 23°C (73°F) to an overnight low of approximately 2°C (36°F). Spring is similar to autumn with warm temperatures, and the summer months of July through September see the onset of the monsoon when sunbursts follow heavy rains and temperatures hover between 35°C (90°F) and 25°C (77°F).
Visas are required. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Indian embassy or consulate.
Electricity is 230 volts /50 cycles. India is plus 5 1/2 hours Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the winter months of December and January, warm clothes will be required particularly in the morning and evening. During autumn and spring, guests should pack light woollens for early morning and evenings with lighter clothing for the rest of the day. During the hot summer months it is recommended that guests wear light yet conservative attire. Guests should at all time travel with comfortable walking shoes and a wide-brimmed hat.