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Indian Currency
Indian CurrencyThe currency of India is Rupee. One rupee consists of 100 paise. In India, coins are available in denominations of 50 paise, 1 rupee, 2 rupee and 5 rupees. Currency notes are available in denomination of 10 rupees, 20 rupees, 50 rupees, 100 rupees, 500 rupees and 1000 rupees. The current exchange rate for Indian rupees against American dollar is $ 1=43.45 (subject to change). The Reserve Bank Of India, India's national bank, is in charge of India's numismatics and currency production.

Working Hours & Holidays
The working hours in government offices of India are generally from 9 A.M to 5 P.M with an hourly lunch break in between. However, the government offices of the states in India may have different timings as fixed by the respective state governments. In India, there are three national holidays-January 26 (Republic Day), August 15 (Independence Day) and October 2 (Gandhiji's Birthday). Other than the national holidays, holidays are generally declared on important religious occasions like Holi, Deepavali, Dussehra, Idd-ul-Fitr and Christmas. The holidays in the states may differ from one another.

Money Changing & ATM Facilities
Ritco ToursMoney changing, which was a tedious process in India till a few years back is no longer so as public sector banks have been computerized and many private banks have made their entry. Money changing should be done through authorized agents or Banks or at hotel counters. Money changing facilities are easily available at the country's international airports. However, it is advisable to keep money changing certificates and receipts safely. Tourists can also re change the money back to their country's currency at the time of final departure at the Bank Counter at the airports. Almost all public sector banks and private banks have ATM facilities in India. Apart from the bank premises, ATM's could easily be found in essential areas like market places, hospitals, busy traffic points, airports, railway stations and near highways. In the public sector, State Bank Of India has the highest number of ATM'S while ICICI Bank has the highest number among private sector banks.

Health and Security
Ritco ToursTraveling to India do not really require you to go through vaccination programmes, however, tourists coming from yellow fever countries have to produce certificate of vaccination. India's summer temperature scores quite high in some parts, but not unbearable if you plan your journey well avoiding those regions. Chemists and hospitals abound in urban localities in case of any emergency. And with ready-to-help locals, such concerns can be ruled out. Just that try avoid the street vendors when it comes to food. For all consumable items, including water, the authorized shops or departmental stores are recommended. Security for the tourists is not a problem in India and their problems are promptly addressed to. Depositing your money in trusted safe-deposits and using ATM cards are best options if you are planning to travel extensively. A little discretion in late-night tours or strolls holds good. And in case of any emergency, just dial 100 and inform the police and they will alight for your help no matter what time.

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