General Information

Banking & Currency

The currency in India is the INR &8377;(Indian National Rupee),which comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. Please use authorized money changers and banks to exchange currency. They will issue a certificate of exchange which is required at the time of re-conversion of any unused currency.

Under the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999, it is an offence to exchange foreign currency other than through authorized money changers or banks. The currency may be exchanged at the airport on arrival. The currency exchange facility will also be available at the conference venue.

Most bank ATMs honour Visa, Visa Electron, Master & Maestro cards and you may use these ATMs also to withdraw money. ATMs will also be available at the conference venue.

Most hotels, shops & other establishments accept credit cards. Master & VISA cards are accepted at almost all such establishments whereas some of them accept Diners & American Express cards as well.


  • The Country Code for INDIA is +91 or 0091
  • The City Code for NEW DELHI is 11
Landline numbers in major cities like, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai have eight digits whereas the numbers in smaller cities could have only 4-7 digits. All mobile numbers are 10 digits & begin with 7, 8 or 9.

Area Codes in India are referred to as STD codes. STD codes for some major cities are:

  • Mumbai : 22
  • Kolkata : 33
  • Chennai : 44
  • Bangalore : 80
  • Hyderabad: 40


  • Landline: International access code (00 or +) followed by 91, then STD CODE followed by Landline no. E.g. +91 40 XXXXXXXX
  • Mobile: International access code (00 or +) followed by 91 and the 10-digit Mobile no. Eg. +91 XXXXXXXXXX.


  • From Indian landline to Indian landline
  • Local call: Landline no. (Ex. 45600000)
  • Long distance call - 0 then STD Code followed by Landline no. (Ex. 022 45600000)
  • From Indian landline to Indian Mobile
  • Local call -10 digits Mobile no. (Ex. 9900990099)
  • Long distance call - 0 followed by 10 digits Mobile no. (Ex. 0 9900990099)
  • From Indian Mobile to Indian landline
  • Local or Long distance calls - 0 followed by STD Code, followed by Landline no. (Ex. 022 45600000)
  • From Indian Mobile to Indian Mobile
  • Local Call - 10 digits Mobile no. (Ex. 9900990099)
  • Long distance call - 0 followed by 10 digits Mobile no. (Ex. 0 9900990099)


The international access code when dialling out of India is 00 (or + when dialling from a mobile phone).

In India both GSM & CDMA (WLL) mobile systems are present. Please contact your mobile service providers to check their roaming partners & tariffs in India. Indian SIM cards can be purchased at the airport.


New Delhi has an extreme temperature ranging from 4°C in winters to 44°C in summers! During September, the days will be warm with temperatures ranging around 36°C with possibility of monsoon showers. Light and summer clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton is best for everyday wear.

While touring around the city people are advised to wear a hat or sun cap. When going to religious places people are advised to dress conservatively.



All conference rooms and public areas are strict no-smoking zones. Smoking in public areas (e.g. hotels, airports, restaurants, theatres, shopping complexes, etc.) & transportation (e.g. airlines, railways, cars & coaches) is a punishable offence in India.

Most hotels, restaurants and even Airport have smoking lounge or marked smoking areas.


People are advised not to take photographs without permission, especially when taking pictures of houses or people.

Taking pictures of monuments is allowed unless otherwise specified at the monument. At some monuments people may have to take photography ticket to take pictures.


Standard voltage is 220-240 volts, 50Hz. Most hotels are equipped with transformers for 110-120 volts, 60 Hz.

Sockets accept round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, some hotels may provide adaptors on request. You will find a universal adaptor in your Delegate kit.