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Oct 19

Tipping Guidelines in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan

When traveling in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, it is recommended to understand the tipping etiquette in each country. This includes gratuities in restaurants, bars, and establishments that provide a direct service. There is also the personal assistance. The guides, drivers, and representatives feel great pride in being given a chance to show visitors their country. If they were being paid a salary commensurate with their work, they would be earning more than they do today. Tipping is personal and completely voluntary, and here are the standard guidelines:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 12:39 PM

Posted in India, Currency, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka

Aug 16

What Do I Pack?

To Pack or Not to Pack? Our travelers often inquire about the best way to "lug their luggage" to South Asia. It truly all depends on the destination, season, and duration of travel.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:13 AM

Posted in Accommodations, Currency, Airlines, Packing, Adventure, Travel Insurance

Jul 19

The Indian Rupee's New Symbol

It's official! The Indian Rupee will soon have a unique symbol - a blend of the Roman R and Devanagri Ra. India joins the United States, Japan, and Britain as having a distinct identity. The symbol was designed by D Udaya Kumar, an IIT (India Institute of Technology) Bombay Post Graduate. Kumar's entry was chosen from over 3,000 entries. Ambika Sona, the Information and Broadcasting Minister, stated, "It's a big statement on the Indian currency... The symbol would lend a distinctive character and identity to the currency and further highlight the strength and global face of the Indian economy."

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:09 AM

Posted in India, Currency

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