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1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 9y

anyone got any tips?

going for six weeks with mix of trav. checks, cash and card.

us dollar or sterling checks??

how easy to change are they in india?

going monday so stoked!!! :)

ta

joey ;)

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

US dollar travellers cheques are generally accepted for exchange anywhere.

Be careful where you exchange them though - don't use a hotel or try to use them in a shop - you WILL get ripped off. Instead, go into a bank to cash them.

3. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

I used travellers cheques during my visit to India last year. You can change them in most places: foreign exchange centers, banks, hotels and even local shops. US dollar cheques are more popular in India. I was wary of using my card and rarely used it.

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

they are easily exchanged. But to be honost, those things belong to the museum these days. With your debitcard you will easily manage. All major cities in India are connected to the international ATM network. Take some cash (wether pounds sterling, euro's or USdollars), just in case....

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 24, 2007, at 4:48 AM by wouterrr ]

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

I agree with wouterrr,
TCs are pretty much obsolete these days as a main source of money. ATMs are the way to go. Your debit card that you use in England will no doubt be part of the CIRRUS or PLUS networks (look on the back of your card), which are easy to find in any medium size town or larger. You just withdraw rupees and there is no need for dealing with money changers.
However, TCs are useful as a back-up in case something goes wrong with your card, or you end up in a town with no ATMs. I found them useful for north in the Himalayas where ATMs were rare, and in Goa when I didn't want to take the time to catch a bus into town just to get money. US, Pounds, Euros - it probably doesn't make a lick of difference. Take cash and TCs in whatever currency you normally deal with so you don't have to exchange money twice. Carrying a wad of hard currency cash probably isnt a good idea. If you loose it, you are out alot of money. Take no more than 50 pounds (in India this will last you a week until you can get to the next ATM) as a back up just in case something happens, but don't carry it as a portion of your funds. For travellers cheques, I wouldnt bother taking more than 25% of your budget if even that much. For my 6 month trip I think I took $150 worth in TCs, and I used most of them in my last weeks just to get rid of them.

6. Posted by Daipayan (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

The most widely accepted credit card is Visa & Mastercard. Debit cards using the Visa Electron network will find the widest interconnection with regional bank atms and they are available in smaller towns as well.
It will be good to exchange some money into local currency in the airport itself.
US dollar traveller checks will find the widest aceptability

7. Posted by velourfog (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

Using English cash cards is easy in India. I took a Plus card, the ordinary plain bank cards, and theres plenty of ATMs that take them. And there are Visa and Mastercard ATMs everywhere. I took $300 travellers checks as a backup didn't use any of them. I only took 2500Rs cash just to get me through the first few days till i found an ATM and that was fine.

8. Posted by velourfog (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

Using English cash cards is easy in India. I took a Plus card, the ordinary plain bank cards, and theres plenty of ATMs that take them. And there are Visa and Mastercard ATMs everywhere. I took $300 travellers checks as a backup didn't use any of them. I only took 2500Rs cash just to get me through the first few days till i found an ATM and that was fine.