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.

January

14th  – International Kite Flying Festival, Jaipur

15th  – Pongol, Tamil Nadu

14th – 15th – Camel Festival, Bikaner

26th  – Republic Day, All of India

February

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

March

1st – 7th – International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh

13th – Elephant Festival, Jaipur

17th – Holi Festival, All over India

April

5th – Peruvanam Pooram Festival, Kerala

13th – 16th – Baisakhi, Punjab

May

5th – Thrissur Pooram, Kerala

10th – Buddha Purnima, All of India

July

3rd – 4th – Hemis Festival, Ladakh

26th – 27th – Teej Fair, Jaipur

August

12th – Nehur Trophy Boat Race, Kerala

15th – Independence Day, All over India

September

4th – Onam, Kerala

21st – 29th – Navaratri, Sangeetholsavam, Kerala

30th – Dussehra, Rajasthan

October

4th – 5th – Marwar Festival, Jodhpur

19th –  Diwali, All over India

28th – 4th November – Pushkar Fair, Pushkar, Rajasthan

December

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.