Indira Gandhi International Airport - The primary airport for India’s capital and largest city, Indira Gandhi International Airport is located 10 miles (16km) southwest of New Delhi. The busiest airport in India, the facility was named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport are available from many destinations worldwide, including London, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Mauritius, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Doha and many destinations across the Asian subcontinent. Several low-cost airlines offer cheap flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport, and it’s a base for ten Indian airlines, including Jet Airways and Air India. Flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport are available on Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air France, Air India, Air Mauritius, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Finnair, GoAir, IndiGo, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Swiss International, Thai Airways, United and Virgin Atlantic.
A valid yellow-fever certificate is mandatory for all individuals (including infants) who have been or were in transit in Africa, South Africa and Papua New Guinea six days prior to their arrival in India. The certificate becomes valid 10 days after vaccination. India does not require immunization against Smallpox or Cholera. Drinking bottled water at all times is strongly recommended.
Visitors are generally required to make a verbal identification of their baggage and declare foreign currency in excess of $10,000.
Taxis are on call round-the-clock in Delhi. Air-conditioned (AC) Radio taxis may be called by dialling +91-11-43434343 or +91-11-44224422. These taxis have a flat charge per kilometre travelled and are available at both the international and domestic terminals of the airport. In addition, there are prepaid taxi counters at the airport for travelling to any part of the city. We advise that hiring private cars and unlicensed taxis must be done with caution and is not recommended for delegates. Hotel front desks will normally be able to arrange reliable transport by taxi but they will require 15-30 minutes notice in order to do so. Taxis are willing to wait for you during your intermediate stops at reduced charges. It is simplest to inform the front desk the places you wish to visit, the total time you wish to spend and the number of persons travelling. They would then be able to book the taxi for you at a fixed rate.
Three-wheeled auto rickshaws (also known as “Autos”) are a convenient way to travel within the city. They cost half the fare of a taxi, but are more expensive than buses. Usually autos are metered, but it is good to fix the fare before they take you for a ride. They can be found clustered together in auto stands around the city. If there is no auto-stand near you, you can hail autos by standing on the side of the road and hail an empty one.
The month of April is characterized by rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 30°C to 33°C over the course of the month. The relative humidity typically ranges from 17% (dry) to 71% (humid) over the course of a typical April, rarely dropping below 11% (very dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The most comfortable climate in New Delhi is found during the months leading into summer (February to April).
The Country Code for India is ‘91’. The City Code for Delhi is ‘11’. Landline numbers in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai have eight digits, whereas the numbers in smaller cities could have only 4-7 digits. All mobile numbers contain 10 digits and begin with “9” or “8”.
Area Codes in India are referred to as STD codes. STD codes for some cities are:
In India, both GSM and CDMA (WLL) mobile systems are present. Please contact the mobile service provider in your country to check their roaming partners and tariffs in India. In case you plan on making many local calls in India from your mobile phone, the mobile service provider in your country may be able to provide you with an Indian SIM card. This is a much cheaper way of making local calls as compared with international roaming charges.
International access code (‘00’ or ‘+’), followed by 91, then STD CODE followed by LANDLINE NO., e.g. +91 11 XXXX XXXX (‘11’ is the STD CODE for Delhi).
To Indian Mobile International access code (‘00’ or ‘+’), followed by 91 and the 10-digit MOBILE NO., e.g. +91 XXX XXX XXXX.
The international access code when dialing out of India is ‘00’ (or ‘+’ when dialing from a mobile phone).
India is a country with more than 400 languages and 2000 dialects. 22 official languages are recognised in the Constitution of India and each state sets its own with their dialects based on this division. Hindi is recognised as the official language of the country. English is recognised as the language of national, political and commercial communication.
The Rupee is the official currency of India. The Indian Rupee may be abbreviated in any of the following formats: INR, Rs., or symbol INR are available as paper notes in denominations of 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000.
INR are also available as coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10.
Changing money in India is very simple. Upon arrival in India, foreign currencies can be converted into Rupees at foreign exchange counters at the airport. These outlets are open 24 hours a day x 7 days a week. You can also find Foreign Exchange desks at star-rated hotels. Traveller’s cheques may not be accepted at all banks or hotels.
There are Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) which dispense cash throughout the city. Although these machines are linked to a specific local bank, all major credit and debit cards, both domestic and international, should be accepted. Kindly note that certain credit cards may not be accepted.www.xe.com
Tipping in India is a common practice. In hotels, porters and room service attendants are generally tipped once at the end of the stay. The amount of the tip is usually INR 50-100 but could be more if any special service was delivered. In restaurants, tips to waiters represent about 10% of the bill. If hiring a car for a full day, then the tip for the driver would be about INR 100-200, depending on the distance travelled.
The voltage in India is 230 volts. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 230 volts. Wall sockets accept plugs with two or three round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, most Conference Hotels will provide adaptors on request but it may be useful to carry your own for convenience. Most laptops have adaptors that accept 110-240 volts, but will still need plugs of the type shown in the picture.
Typical Indian 3-Pin and 2-Pin plugs. The separation between the two smaller round pins is 2 cm.
Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of GMT.
All public areas are non-smoking except for specifically labeled smoking areas.
The Organizers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their own insurance policies before departure from their countries, as required.
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.