Traveller’s cheques of American Express and Thomas Cook are advisable. These can be ordered in advance at a bank in Germany. At loss they can be blocked and replaced. Additionally, EC and credit cards are suitable. However, the credit cards should not be used to draw out money as the charges are really high but EC card automats can be found more often now. Overall, you should be very careful in India with money in cash.
Before your trip to India, you should definitely make a copy of all your important travel documents like passport, plane ticket, visa, etc. This copies should be preserved somewhere at a safe place. In case of loss of the original documents, new ones can be requested very easily.
On the website of the Indian Embassy all the information needed for a visa request can be found. In normal case, a filled request has to be send, along with the passport and a return envelope, to the embassy. Further information can be seen at the Indian Embassy.
For all travellers following immunisations are recommended:
- diphtheria, tetanus, polio
- hepatitis A
For high-risk groups additional immunisations are necessary:
- hepatitis B
- potentially Japan encephalitis
- pneumoccocus, influenza
Some medicines should, however, be bought before your travel to India. For example:
- malaria prophylaxis and/or lariam in case of desease
- a broad-spectrum antibiotic and charcoal tablets for desentery
- fenisitil-gel for sunburn and allergies
- aspirin or paracetamol
- suncream (in Germany cheaper than in India)
- clean once injections and hollow needles
Short trousers are not usual in India. Those are usually worn by children. Short skirts are also not common by reason of the Indian religion and that women do not show that much skin. As possible long clothes should be worn which are concurrently a good protection against disease transmission mosquitoes. If you plan to do your internship in the cold months, you should pack some warm clothes as well, since it can get very cold at night.