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Travel & Accommodation OWC-Preconference

Last Updated: Monday, 11 September 2017 15:30

Travel and Accommodation is NOT included in the Participation Fee. The below details are given for information purposes only. Attendees / visitors must obtain and follow official guidelines in line with law of the land.

 

Travel:

  • Conference venue is Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre, India. To reach Gulmohar, best is to enter from ‘Vardman Marg’ side, Gate Number 3. Venue website; Google Maps Link.
  • Distance from Terminal 3 of New Delhi Airport is around 20 km and drive time could be 40-60 minutes.
  • Taxi services are available at the arrival gates at Delhi airport. App based Taxi Services like Ola and Uber are also available.
  • New Delhi is the political capital of India and is well connected to the whole world by air, rail, and road.

 

Accommodations:

We do not have a special rate arrangement with any hotel for this event. But there are plenty of hotels available in New Delhi in different star ratings. The rates are a little higher in November due to peak season, so an early booking is recommended.

 

Currency:

The units of Indian currency are the rupee (INR). Paper money comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2,000 rupees. Coins are in denominations of 50 paise, one rupee, two rupees, five rupees and ten rupees. International airports have currency-exchange booths that are always open for arriving or departing overseas flights. It is a good idea to change a certain amount of money in small denominations.  

Tourists are required to make a declaration on the Currency Declaration Form given to passengers upon arrival regarding the amount of money (currency or travelers' cheques). There are no restrictions on the amount a tourist may bring into India. Cash, bank notes, and travelers' cheques up to US$ 1,000 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in convertible currencies should be exchanged only through authorised moneychangers and banks that will issue an ‘encashment certificate’ that is required at the time of reconversion of any unspent money. The encashment slip is also required when paying hotel bills or travel expenses in rupees.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Indian cities and larger towns, particularly American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa. Credit cards can also be used to get cash advances in rupees. But it is always better to carry some cash, like few thousand rupees.

When leaving India, you can exchange the unspent rupees back to your currency. Exporting of the Indian currency by foreigners is strictly against the rules. Banking facilities are usually located in the same airport hall as the check-in counters. It is best to access these facilities before immigration, as they might not be available thereafter. Some shops also accept USD at the airport departure terminal, apart from credit cards.