India - Local Time, Business Hours, & HolidaysIndia - Local Time
Despite its geographic size, India has adopted one time zone, five and one-half hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). It has not adopted daylight savings time and uses standard time countrywide throughout the year.
Therefore, the time difference between India and the United States varies depending on the time of year. India is nine hours and 30 minutes ahead of Washington, D.C., during daylight savings time and 10 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Washington, D.C., during standard time.
The standard six-day working week is Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a half-day on Saturday. Normally lunch is for one hour, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. However, in some large cities such as Mumbai, businesses start working earlier to avoid congested traffic while commuting. Central government offices are closed on Saturdays. Banking hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturdays. In major metropolitan cities, several foreign and Indian-owned banks are beginning to provide 24-hour banking services
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