FLORA : The better-known botanic gardens are in Calcutta, Darjeeling, Bombay, Poona, Ootacamund, Connoor, Bangalore, Madras and Trivandrum. Among the flowers, lotus, varieties of jasmine, orchid, rose, lily, champa, gulmohr, and laburnum are typical. The mango, banana, banyan, neem, pipal, cassia, tamarind, coconut, casuarina, sandalwood, rubber, teak, sheesham, bamboo, cinchona and eucalyptus are some of the tropical trees found in various parts of the country.
FOOD : Some of the specialties are: in Calcutta, rossagolla and sandesh (desserts); fish curry and rice; shinghara (meat or vegetable patties); in Delhi, tanduri chicken and nan (oven-baked chicken and bread); rogan josh and paratha or chapatti (mutton and wheat pancakes); pulao or biryani and korma (rice and mutton curry); murge curry (spiced chicken); kabab; desserts sohan and halva, phirni, falooda.
GAMBLING : Horse racing in Calcutta and Delhi.
LANGUAGE: India has no national language yet. Hindi is beinj* promoted for this purpose, but English is commonly spoken. In dealing with managers and key personnel of hotels, you will encounter little difficulty when using English. However, you may have trouble in getting directions from policemen and the man on the street. Make use of the services provided without charge by travel agents, airlines and the Government Tourist Offices.
LAUNDRY AND DRY CLEANING: Laundries and dry cleaners are available. Domestic launderers (dhobis) pick up and deliver your laundry. Quick service is available in good hotel
LIQUOR: In Calcutta and Delhi you can get several brands o liquor at considerably higher prices than at home, but in other places, especially Bombay and Madras, liquor permits must be obtained. Inquire at the Pan American office about this. No public drinking is permitted in Delhi.
MEDICAL FACILITIES. 1. Several good doctors and surgeons and hospitals and nursing homes. Inquire at your hotel.
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