Includes the local currency, other currencies commonly accepted and where, credit or debit cards accepted, access to ATMs that accept U.S. ATM networks (an which networks are readily accessible), and acceptability of travelers checks.
Last Published: 8/2/2017

The currency used in India is the rupee and other currencies are not commonly accepted.  There are Authorized Foreign Exchange dealers in most big cities, and banks will also change your currency if you have time for the paperwork.  You may find difficulty getting change for rupee notes larger than 100. 

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit and debit cards are widely accepted.  ATMs are widely available, but generally only at banking outlets.  Virtually all ATMs will accept a card from any of the major U.S. ATM networks.

Traveler’s cheques are cashed at almost all money exchange counters, hotels, and airports.

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