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hi Pierre and Mahesh. Very nice to hear from you. Great to hear that Pierre now you are in Kathmandu. We had a wonderful visit to Nepal, the weather was great during the Kali Gandaki trek. We did what wanted to do in Kathmandu and Pokhara and we even managed to do the mountain flight. What more could we ask for. Mahesh and Lhakpa looked after us very well and we came back with wonderful memories of Nepal, with a strong desire to return. Thanks for Frens Himalayan Treks and Expedition. Anu Mitra
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Accommodation in India varies according to your budget. From 5 star hotels, resorts, guest houses and lodges to rental apartment, you can have the best accommodation. India being one of the major travel destinations in the world nurtures its tourism potentials. Henceforth, India regards high quality and safe accommodation as top most priority for attracting more international tourists and blossom Indian tourism industry. All the major cities and popular villages in India provide superb accommodation. If you go to remote areas, though you may not get to have the luxury stay but you will find local Indians very eager to offer you the best possible accommodation. For more information on accommodation in India, please contact us.

Climate in India varies from region to region. The Himalaya and the Thar Desert play contributing roles in India's climate. Metrerologically, climate of india has been categorized into seven climatic regions; the Himalayas, Assam and West Bengal, the Indo-Gangetic Plain, the Western Ghats and coast, the Deccan and the Eastern Ghats and coast. Generally, India climate experiences summer from March to June, rainfalls from June to October and winter from November to March. Northwestern regions of India has summer season from April to July and the other parts from March to June.
April gets more hotter in the Western and Southern india and May in the northern parts. In the coastal regions temperature usually gets around 36°C in summer. Ladakh and Zanskar, Spiti, northern Kinnaur and some areas of northern Uttaranchal has low humidity most of the time, not more than a few centimeters of rainfall a year with occasional heavy rainstorms during July and September and the coldest temperatures found anywhere in the world during the winter season. Climatically, these regions are most travel-friendly in September. In case of the Kashmir Valley and the lower Warvan and Chenab valleys in Jammu and Lahaul, April and May bring about heavy precipitation, months from December to March experience heavy snow falls and the months from May to mid-October are comparably more favorable for travelling. During November and December the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala experience most of their rainfall from the northeast monsoon whereas 80 percent of the country receives most of its rainfall from the southwest monsoon from June to September. Most ideal time for travelling to India is during October to April, when temperatures being less hot are comparatively favorable for travellers.

Indian currency comes in the form of paper notes and coins. Paper notes are called Rupees (Rs) and only 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees are available. Where as coins are called paise and there are coins of 5,10,20,25 and 50 paise and Rs. 1, 2 and 5. One Indian Rupee is equivalent to 100 paise. Information on current exchange rates is easily available at banks. You can get your money exchanged at international airports. While travelling to India, you must carry with you some cash in Indian currency and Travellers’ cheques. When it comes to foreign currencies, US dollar is accepted more. If you are travelling with cash, bank notes and travellers’ cheques amounting to US $ 2,500 or equivalent in any other currency, you do not need to submit declaration form at the time of entering India but for US $ 10,000 you certainly have to. Besides banks, there are many authorized local money exchangers in most of the regions of India. Banks and international airports offer 24 hours money exchange facilities through their ATM service. From Monday to Friday banks in India remain open for visitors from 10 am to 2 pm and on Saturday from 10am to 12 noon. Money can be transferred to India by foreign banks with branches in India and also with Indian banks with branches abroad such as the State bank of India, Bank of Kathmandu, Bank of Baroda and many more. Majority of International banks have their branches in many parts of India. Hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and emporiums accept credit cards. American Express, mastercards, Dinner club and Visa are more acceptable.

While travelling to India, you must stay physically fit and healthy to have the best travel experience. For this, you need to be very caution and conscious about what you drink and eat. As you must be very aware of the fact that most of the diseases are transmitted through water, therefore you must drink only safe water. Never drink tap water for it is very harmful for your health. You must purchase bottled/branded mineral water from reputed shops. Prior to purchasing mineral water bottles, always check the seal cap, labels and expiry date. Reputed hotels and restaurants provide good drinking water. You must strictly avoid drinking water from roadside carts and vendors. If you are travelling in rural areas, you may not get to drink safe water. In such case, it is very advisable to carry with you iodine tablets or solution. On mixing the iodine tablets or solution with water in right proportion, you get the best drinking water. But there are shops, guest houses, lodges and eateries in rural villages that provide boiled and filtered water for drinking. Nevertheless, you must be very aware and cautious about the risks involved with drinking water in India.

India besides an abode of diversified culture and wildlife is most dotted for its exotic cuisine. Each region of India has its own food culture. Since the ancient times, world history has always marveled at the exoticism of Indian cuisine. Besides authentic Indian dish, restaurants and eateries of India also serve varieties of international cuisine from Italian dish, Thai food, Nepali food, Chinese specialities to endless arrays of delicacies and the list can just go on. There are also many international food chains in cities of India like Mac Donald, Pizza Hut etc. If you are in major cities of India, good restaurants normally cost you around INR 350-400 for lunch and INR 500 –more for dinner. The prices for food depend upon restaurant to restaurant. It is advisable to eat out in good and reputed restaurants, hotels and eateries for they service hygienic, nutritious, high quality and good food. In rural areas meals are available at cheaper price but when it comes to hygiene and quality, you have to be very careful. As long as you eat healthy, you will definitely enjoy your trip in India to the fullest. So stick to balanced diet and always keep a check on your food habits.