Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:
'Backpacking in India and Nepal'
Consulate General of India
3 East, 64th Street
New York, NY 10065
(Between Madison Ave & 5th Avenue)
Tel : 212-774-0600
Fax : Central 212-861-3788
High Commission of India
London, WC2B 4NA
Tel.: 02076323149 / 02076323152 / 02076323153
Embassy of India
15, Rue Alfred Dehodeneq
Tel.: 00-33-1-40507070 / 45243340
Only the big cities in the western part of the country (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) have ATMs. It's best to bring travelers checks or American dollars; credit cards come in handy, too. Keep small change in your pocket for tips and to pay rickshaw riders.
Almost everyone speaks (a little) English.
For current information check your Foreign Ministry's web site or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: India
Safety and security
In some countries or regions traveling brings risks with it. That doesn't always have to keep you from traveling there, but part of a thorough preparation should be to find out about possible risks.
A good place to find information is the CIA World Factbook. Always also check your own country's Foreign Department web site.
Plan your trip to India online
Through online reservation systems like À la Carte Vacations you can book airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and holiday houses. You can build a fly-drive itinerary with maximum flexibility, book a flight plus a hotel hotel for a night or weekend. Without the limitations of package deals from travel organisations and most times for a much better price.