Travelling Tips

Punjab Travelling Tips

  • Do pack a basic medical kit with your luggage.Also carry adequate quinine,the anti-malarial drug.
  • Tipping: In restaurants and Hotels a 10% service charge is often added to bills,in which case there is no need to tip. In smaller places where tipping is optional you need only tip a few rupees and not a percentage of your bill. It is customary to tip waiters,porters,guides and drivers.
  • If you are traveling in summers(April-June),carry only cotton garments,shorts,light coloured clothing. A trip in winter season(October-February) necessitates woollen clothing as the temperature often touches sub-zero levels.
  • Instead of carrying too much cash you can manage with traveller’s cheques and get them converted at money changers like Thomas Cook.
  • Make it a point to buy the maps of the place you are exploring to facilitate easy navigation.
  • Budget travelers can minimize their expenses by eating as often as possible at the langer (the Common Kitchen) in a gurdwara.
  • When you visit a gurdwara particularly,make sure you leave your footwear out and cover your head with a scarf, available outside most gurdwaras.
  • Before shooting pictures of a Gurdwara, a historical monuments, museum or a palace,ensure that photography is not prohibited.Otherwise it may lead to heavy penalties and even confiscation of the camera.
  • Specifically for foreigners, there is usally a foreigner’s helpdesk at most big gurdwara. One can always go there to find out more information.
  • If you are not conversant in the local dialect and you are using public transport like cabs or auto rickshaws for commuting, make sure you ask a few people around before you get into one. Do find out the fare before you agree on a price with the driver to avoid being cheated.

Punjab's Forestry and Wildlife

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