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Bugle Hill

The area known as Bugle Hill is home to the Bull Temple, which houses a black granite 16th-century statue of Shiva's sacred bull coated in fresh lashings of coconut oil. Less pleasant on the nose is the nearby Temple to Ganesh, that houses a statue of the deity made from 100 kilograms of butter. Every four years the statue is remade, and the (by that stage) rancid butter is distributed to devotees. Very few westerners join the queue for a portion.

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Language

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 languages

Money

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.

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