Information & Facts
Although English is generally used for official and
business purposes, Hindi is the official language and is spoken by
about 40 percent of the population. Urdu is the language common
with the Muslim demographic. India has a total of 22 official
The currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), which is divided into
100 paise (singular paisa). Major currencies can be changed at
banks, and authorised bureaux de changes. It is impossible to
obtain rupees outside India, but no matter what time you arrive in
India there will be an exchange office open at the airport. It is
illegal to exchange money through the black market and it is
advisable to refuse torn notes, as no one will accept them apart
from the National Bank. It is best to change money into small
denominations. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely
accepted, particularly in tourist orientated establishments. ATMs
are not generally available.
Apart from Pete's and Tito's, there are a number of bars that
stay open until 10pm. Bob's Inn and Angela P. Fernandes are two
places that serve great drinks and can be trusted to stay open for
a few hours once the sun has set.
Calangute has a mouthwatering selection of restaurants to choose
from. A staunch favourite is Le Jardin, which is great for a quick
snack or a large meal. Try their Greek meze platter or the grilled
fillet of fish, served with a delicious coriander sauce. Their fish
and chips with mushy peas is a hit with British tourists. I95 is a
hidden gem found in Calangute, and a great place for family dining.
Their beef wellington will have you back for more, while the
'sweets menu' is exceptional.