Is it safe to travel in India?
India is quite safe for foreigners, apart from instances of petty crime and theft common to any developing country, as long as certain basic precautions are observed(i.e. women travellers avoiding travelling alone at night, etc). However, you can check with your embassy and ask for local advice before heading to Kashmir or northeast India (Assam, Nagaland, Tripura and Manipur), as both areas have long-running insurgencies.
Having said that, you must use caution in large cities around tourist areas where tourists can become magnets for pick pockets. Common sense precautions will help you to avoid unpleasant situations.
Do I need a VISA to visit India?
All non-residents require visas for India, which must be obtained prior to departure. Tourist visas are usually valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Passports must have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for 6 months after your return from India. Two passport photographs are also required at the time of application. In case you are travelling to neighbouring country and are coming back to India after that visit again, ensure you have double entry visas. The Government of India has announced a scheme of granting Tourist Visa on Arrival for the citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore for a short period upto a maximum of 30 days. Please contact Indian Embassy/ Mission for more details and terms and conditions of this scheme. ( Insert link )
When is the best time to visit India?
The best time to travel to India depends greatly on the places to be visited, and the weather patterns experienced there.
In general, the cooler dry months from October to March are the most popular time to visit India. However, mountains and hill stations are best visited during summer, from March to May.
For bargains, off season is great - April to September for city hotels.
What are the must see cities for a first time traveller to India?
Whatever you choose to see in India will be worth while and a wonderful experience. However, for a first trip we would strongly suggest you visit the 3 main art cities,
Delhi: 2 days (ideally 3 days to visit).
Agra: 2 days to see the main sites, including the epitome of love 'Taj Mahal'.
Jaipur: 2 days to take in the main sites and ambience.
Have a look at our Golden Triangle Tour in Independent Tours section.
Can I use my hairdryer, curling iron, etc in India?
The voltage in India is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. Therefore, if you wish to use any electronic devices from the United States or any country with 110 Volt , you'll need a voltage converter and plug adapter. People coming from countries with 230 Volt currency (such as Australia, Europe, and the UK) only require a plug adapter for their appliances.
You should note that most of our hotels have hair dryers in the bathrooms.
Can I use my ATM card in India?
Yes you can. You will need a 4 digit pin number. We suggest that you also bring with you some cash to start .