Tipping is virtually unknown in India, except in swanky establishments in the major cities. Baksheesh, on the other
hand, a term which encompasses tipping and a lot more besides, is widespread.
You 'tip' in India not so much for good service but in order to get things
done. Judicious baksheesh will open closed doors, find missing letters and
perform other small miracles. In tourist restaurants or hotels a 10% service
charge is often added to bills. In smaller places, where tipping is optional,
you need only tip a few rupees, not a percentage of your bill.