Location and Travel

Location

Centrally located in New Delhi, the India Habitat Center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and facilities including a large auditorium for plenary sessions and smaller conference halls for breakout events.

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About the host country - India

Welcome to the land of culture, religion, architecture, fairs and festivals. With every conquest this country witnessed, it became a melting pot of diverse ethnicity. It is the land of vivid colors and of contrasts. It offers something new around every corner – an insight, a question, a revelation.

India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia. It stretches from the snow-capped Himalayas in the North to the Sun drenched coastal villages of the South, and tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.

India is a pictorial kaleidoscope of landscapes, opulent historical and royal cities, golden beaches, misty mountain retreats, palaces and forts, temples and gurudwaras, colourful people, rich cultures and festivities. India offers a different aspect of its personality – exotic, extravagant, elegant and eclectic – to each traveller that comes to the country. 

This cultural heritage for more than five thousand years old, has been on the trade routes for centuries and has played host for different cultures. This makes India truly one of the most diverse countries in the world. For the intrepid traveller, this brings a host of opportunities.

Architectural wonders and age-old monuments dominate the landscape, with the grand and beautiful Taj Mahal being on the must-visit list of every traveller to the country. And then, there are numerous forts, palaces and cities, waiting to be explored.
These cultural contours are complemented by the numerous natural habitats. From the mountains to the sanctuaries, the nature enthusiasts can spend days on end in the country.

A growing economy, the country now also has state-of-the-art infrastructure, to take you places. Numerous airports and railway stations connect every corner of the country. National and State Highways traverse across the remotest parts of the nation and roads are even built along the Himalayas to reach out to the communities there. With a myriad of opportunities, there is no end to what one can explore in this beautiful and beautifully diverse part of the world.

About the host city – Delhi

Delhi is famous for its culture, tradition and effervescent history. The culture of Delhi reflects the rich heritage of the past coupled with the influence of modern lifestyle.
A lively city reflecting a perfect blend of modernization and traditional architectures. Being a capital city of the Republic India, Delhi is the center of Government’s legislature and judiciary systems.  Set on the both sides of River Yamuna, Delhi is seen as one of the fastest growing cities in India. The city reflects two sides of a same coin i.e. Old Delhi and New Delhi. New Delhi is a reflection of modern India having VVIP buildings, legislative homes and diplomat zones whereas Old Delhi gives an incredible picture of traditional and historical values of India.
Delhi had been the seat of power for many rules, mainly in between 13th and 17th Centuries. Called ‘Indraprastha’, while the capital of Pandavas during the time of Mahabharata, and known as Shahjahanabad, during the regime of Shah Jahan, it is said that Delhi was destroyed and rebuilt seven times.

Delhi has many historical monuments like – Qutab Minar (the world’s tallest brick minaret), Humayun’s Tomb, Old Fort (Purana Qila), Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Red Fort, Tuglaqabad Fort, Lotus Temple (also known as Bahai Temple) and Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Surrounded with major IT and cyber hub cities like Faridabad, Gurgaon and Noida, Delhi has also seen a lot of changes in past few years with having better roads, flyovers and excellent metro lines making life easier for people to ride smoothly in and around the city. For the shopping and movie freaks, the city has a number of markets, malls and entertainment complexes. Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, South Extension, Sarojani Nagar, Hauz Khas, GK-II and Chandni Chowke are some of the best places for shopping. Khari Baoli Market near Chandni Chowk is seen as Asia’s largest wholesale spice market.

Weather in Delhi
With an average temperature between 26°C (78°F) during the day and 19°C (66°F) at night, the weather in Delhi and most parts of India during October is exceedingly pleasant. The evenings can get a bit chilly but can be well managed with a light jacket or a shawl.

Touring Delhi
Delhi is an excellent city to explore. Various daytrips and tours are available for delegates and their companions to choose. Delegates preferring a private tour can ask staff at the Concierge desks for assistance.

Restaurants in Delhi
Having been the capital of India for many centuries, Delhi is a melting pot of various cultures and cuisines. You would thus find many cuisines from around the country as well as around the world. Ask your concierge for dining options in Delhi.

For more information on the tourist attractions of Delhi we suggest you consult the website of Delhi Tourism:
http://www.delhitourism.gov.in/delhitourism/index.jsp

For more information on the gastronomic delights that
Delhi has to offer please consult:
• https://www.zomato.com/ncr/top-restaurants
• http://www.elitetraveler.com/finest-dining/restaurantguide/the-9-best-restaurants-in-delhi

For a list of shopping malls in Delhi, please consult:
http://www.indiafamousfor.com/famous-malls-ofdelhi.html

About the venue – Indian Habitat Centre

India Habitat Centre (IHC) was conceived to provide a physical environment, which would serve as a catalyst for a synergetic relationship between individuals and institutions working in diverse habitat related areas and would therefore maximize their total effectiveness. To facilitate this interaction, the Centre provides a superb range of facilities.

The architect decided to radically change the traditional image of an office building as an architectural project and transformed it into an urban design project. The space was designed to permit the members of the Centre to share services both inside and outside the building with multiple courtyards, common meeting rooms, shared parking area, library, restaurants, museum and hotels, some of which are open to the general public. Constructed on nine acres in an urban area, the building eschewed traditional building materials and techniques.

Representative of ‘ecology by design’, India Habitat Centre is perhaps most successful as a work of urban design, a place that handles transportation and an enormous variety of public and private activities, from housing to banking to entertainment to food. A city within a city, it is an intellectual shopping centre that provides green curry, great theatre, cutting edge art and wonderful outdoor spaces.

Spread over an area of nine acres, the IHC campus is an island of architectural excellence in the busy metropolis of India’s capital, Delhi. The campus weaves in a unique interplay of institutions, supporting infrastructure and facilities such as conference venues, auditoria, hospitality areas, the library and resource centre, and art galleries. Elegantly designed, the campus is a hub of activity while simultaneously being serene. The architectural and design elements built in enable this paradoxical blend. The landscaping, horticulture and fountains add to the pleasing ambience of the campus.

General Information

Currency

The Rupee is the official currency of India. The Indian Rupee may be abbreviated in any of the following formats INR, Rs or  symbol  ₹.

INR is available as paper notes in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2000. INR is also available as coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10.

Electricity

The voltage in India is 230 volts. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 230 Volts. Wall sockets accept plugs with two or three round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, most Conference Hotels will provide adaptors on request but it may be useful to carry your own for convenience. Most laptops have adaptors that accept 110-240 volts, but will still need plugs of the type shown here.

Foreign Exchange

Changing money in India is very simple. Upon arrival in India, foreign currencies can be converted into Rupees at foreign exchange counters at airports. These outlets are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. You can also find Foreign Exchange desks at star-rated hotels. Travellers’ cheques may not be accepted at all banks or hotels.

Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) dispense cash throughout the city. Although these machines are linked to a specific local bank, all major credit and debit cards, both domestic and international, should be accepted. Kindly note that certain credit cards may not be accepted at certain ATMs.

Local Transport

Taxis
Taxis are on call round the clock in Delhi. Air Conditioned (AC) Radio taxis are also available. These taxis have a flat charge per kilometre travelled and are available at both the international and domestic terminals of the airport. In addition, there are prepaid taxi counters at the airport for travelling to any part of the city. We advise that hiring private cars and unlicensed taxis must be done with caution and is not recommended for participants.

Hotel front desks will normally be able to arrange reliable transport by taxi but they
will require 15-30 mins notice in order to do so. Taxis are willing to wait for you during your intermediate stops at reduced charges. It is simplest to inform the front desk about the places you wish to visit, the total time you wish to spend and the number of people travelling. They would then be able to book the taxi for you at a fixed rate.

Auto Rickshaws
Three-wheeled auto rickshaws (also known as “Autos”) are a convenient way to travel
within the city. They cost is half the fare of a taxi but are more expensive than buses. Usually, autos are metered, but it is good to fix the fare beforehand to avoid any dishonesty. They can be found clustered together in auto stands around the city. If there is no auto stand near you, you can hail autos by standing on the side of the road and hailing an empty one.

Health

A valid yellow-fever certificate is mandatory for all individuals, who have been or were in transit in Africa, South America six days prior to their arrival in India. The certificate becomes valid 10 days after vaccination. India does immunisation against small pox or cholera.

The full list of Yellow Fever endemic countries:
Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo, and Uganda.

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

Please check the Government of India site for the latest information on the list of countries.

Drinking Water
Drinking bottled water at all times is strongly recommended.

Insurance and Liability

The Organisers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their own insurance policies before departure from their countries, as required.

While every attempt is made to ensure efficiently, trouble-free hospitality, including hotel accommodation, sightseeing and tours, participants are advised that no liability accrues to the Organisers in the event of any necessary modifications, including a change in itineraries for tours due to delays or cancellations of flights/other exigencies beyond the Organisers’ control.

Local Time

Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours 30 mins ahead of GMT.

Telephone Calls

The Country Code for India is ’91’. The City Code for Delhi is ’11’ and Greater Noida ‘120’. Landline numbers in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai have eight digits, whereas the numbers in smaller cities could have only 4-7 digits. All mobile numbers contain 10 digits.

Area Codes in India are referred to as STD codes. STD codes for some cities are:
Delhi – 11
Mumbai – 22
Kolkata – 33
Chennai – 44
Hyderabad – 40
Bengaluru – 80

In India, both GSM and CDMA (WLL) mobile systems are present. Please contact your mobile service provider to check their roaming partners and tariffs in India. In case you plan on making many local calls in India from your mobile phone, the mobile service provider in your country may be able to provide you with an Indian SIM card. This is a much cheaper way of making local calls as compared with international roaming charges.

DIALING FROM OUTSIDE INDIA INTO INDIA
1. To Indian Landline:
International access code (’00’ or ‘+’), followed by 91, then STD CODE followed by LandlineNo., e.g. +91 11 XXXXXXXX (‘120’ is the STD CODE for Greater Noida).
2. To Indian Mobile:
International access code (’00’ or ‘+’), followed by 91 and the 10-digit MOBILE NO., e.g. +91 XXX XXX XXXX.

DIALING WITHIN INDIA
1. From Indian landline to Indian landline:
Local call: no prefix required for the landline No.
Long distance call: 0, then STD CODE followed by landline No. 
2. From Indian landline to Indian Mobile:
Local call -10 digit Mobile No.
Long distance call: 0, followed by 10 digit Mobile No. 
3. From Indian Mobile to Indian landline:
Local or Long distance calls: 0, followed by STD Code, followed by landline No.
4. From Indian Mobile to Indian Mobile:
Local Call – 10 digit Mobile No.
Long distance call – 0, followed by Mobile No.

DIALING OUT FROM INDIA TO INTERNATIONAL NUMBERS
The international access code when dialling out of India is ’00’ (or ‘+’ when dialling from a mobile phone).

Tipping

Tipping in India is a common practice. In hotels, porters and room service attendants are generally tipped once at the end of the stay. The amount of the tip is usually 10% but could be more if any special service was delivered. In restaurants, tips to waiters represent about 10% of the bill. If hiring a car for a full day, then the tip for the driver would be about Rs. 200 – 300 depending on the distance travelled.

Weather in October

The weather in Delhi is best in the month of October. During this period, Delhi and most parts of India are exceedingly pleasant. The average temperature in Delhi during October is usually 26°C (78°F) during the day and 19°C (66°F) at night. The evenings can get a bit chilly and can be well managed with a light jacket or a shawl.

Safety and Security

New Delhi can generally be regarded as a safe city. However, participants are advised to observe normal safety precautions when moving around the city. In particular:

• Stay alert: watch your luggage and briefcase.
• Please enquire at your hotel reception desk about the use of safe deposit boxes.
• Always carry with you the name and address of your hotel (preferably in both English and Hindi).

New Delhi emergency and useful numbers:

Travel Visa

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has advised all Indian Missions and High Commissions to facilitate the visa process for participants and delegates to Clean Cooking Forum 2017. The responsibility of getting a visa lies with the applicant.

Visa General Information

Foreign visitors entering India must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after their date of entry into India, except in the case of nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, who need only carry suitable means of identification. There should be at least two blank pages in the passport.

The list of Indian diplomatic missions overseas can be consulted at:
http://goidirectory.gov.in/country_wise_view.php?ct=I001
http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/mission/mission

Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders

Holders of Diplomatic Passports should apply for a Diplomat Visa.
Holders of Official Passports should apply for an Official Visa.
Holders of Diplomatic and Official passports may contact the nearest Indian Embassy or High Commission for further information.
Some useful links:
http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/visaServices
http://mea.gov.in/bvwa.htm 
http://www.boi.gov.in/content/diplomaticofficial-visa-do

Participants holding regular passports (Not Diplomatic or Official)

These participants should apply for a Conference Visa.

Delegates from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Sudan

Be registered for Clean Cooking Forum 2017 through their focal point persons immediately

Participants from Pakistan

• The “Port-of-Entry” into India should be only via Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai for Pakistan citizens.

• Pakistan citizens holding two passports should apply for visa on their Pakistan passport.