Avoid tap water and roadside fruit juice centres. Drink only bottled water, and check the bottle is sealed.
Spirituality is at the core of life in India, so be respectful of the different customs, especially when visiting religious sites such as mosques, temples and churches. Do not wear shorts / revealing clothes, women may be asked to cover their heads, and leather goods (including camera cases, belts & handbags) may be prohibited.
Immunization for Cholera, Typhoid, Malaria and Hepatitis is recommended for travel to India. However, we strongly check with your personal physician regarding your particular needs.
India is a shopper’s paradise, but there are certain goods that are particular cities’ specialties:
- Delhi: Textiles, paintings, sculptures, carpets
- Agra: Intricately carved marble
- Jaipur: Jewellery, textiles, carpets
- Other popular souvenirs include silver, brass and copper for decorative / functional use.
The electric current is 220 volts. To use any electrical appliances, you will need to bring both an electricity converter and a plug adaptor.
India’s colourful culture is celebrated with many festivals throughout the year. Below is just a selection – please contact us for more details, or to build an itinerary around any of these festivals.
14th – International Kite Flying Festival, Jaipur
15th – Pongol, Tamil Nadu
14th – 15th – Camel Festival, Bikaner
26th – Republic Day, All of India
1st – 4th – Nagaur Cattle Festival, Nagaur, Rajasthan
6th – 9th – Goa Carnival
8th – 10th – Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
13th – 15th – Sufi Festival, Nagaur, Rajasthan
22nd – 26th – Khajuraho Dance Festival, Khajuraho
1st – 7th – International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh
13th – Elephant Festival, Jaipur
17th – Holi Festival, All over India
5th – Peruvanam Pooram Festival, Kerala
13th – 16th – Baisakhi, Punjab
5th – Thrissur Pooram, Kerala
10th – Buddha Purnima, All of India
3rd – 4th – Hemis Festival, Ladakh
26th – 27th – Teej Fair, Jaipur
12th – Nehur Trophy Boat Race, Kerala
15th – Independence Day, All over India
4th – Onam, Kerala
21st – 29th – Navaratri, Sangeetholsavam, Kerala
30th – Dussehra, Rajasthan
4th – 5th – Marwar Festival, Jodhpur
19th – Diwali, All over India
28th – 4th November – Pushkar Fair, Pushkar, Rajasthan
1st – 10th – Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
25th – Christmas, All over India
Himalayas: April to September is the optimum time to travel.
Tiger Spotting: April – June is considered the best time for witnessing tigers in action.
Visiting Ladakh: June – August is the best time for trips to Ladakh (Little Tibet), famous for its mountain beauty, Buddhist culture and excellent trekking.
Ayurveda: During the Monsoon season of extreme heat and torrential rain, the body is cool and much more responsive to Ayurvedic treatments.
The currency of India is Rupee (Rs). One rupee is equal to 100 paise. Notes come in the denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees. Rupees in large numbers may not be brought out of India. UK Pounds / US dollars are easy to exchange at the cashiers desk in the hotels for which you will require the passport.
Major credit cards are gaining acceptance in India, the most common are American Express, Visa and Master. These cards can be used at most hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. Local markets and roadside vendors generally do not accept the cards. It is recommended not to rely on any one form of exchange when visiting India. You should carry with you a combination of cash, traveller’s cheques and credit card/s.
Australian citizens must have a passport valid for at least six months following their return home. Tourist visas are required for Australian citizens. If you are not an Australian citizen, please contact the embassy of your country or Indian embassy to be sure you obtain the proper documentation.