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Incomparable India: a world within a country. From sun kissed beaches to the arid Thar Desert of the north-west with its ever-present camels; the sophisticated cities to the grace and splendour of the Taj Mahal, India has all for the discerning traveller. Encompassing cultures and civilizations of forgotten eras and basking in the glories of a rich history, India will enchant those visiting her temples, shrines, churches and many other sites unique to the region.

Wildlife abounds and unique species like the snow leopard and Bengal tiger are frequently spotted in the many reserves established for their protection. India is a delight for sports and adventure enthusiasts who may indulge in the vast range of activities available.

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WEATHER    Back to top

It is hard to generalise in a country that runs from the Himalayas to the beaches of the Indian Ocean but broadly speaking October to March tend to be the most pleasant months in India, when it relatively dry and cool. In the far south the best months to visit are between January and September, while north-eastern areas of India tend to be more comfortable between March and August. The deserts of Rajasthan (west of Jodhpur) and the north-western Indian Himalayan region are at their best during the monsoon (July to September). The mountainous regions of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir should be visited over the summer months (May to September).

Delhi

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

23

20

14

10

15

68

200

200

122

18

3

10

Rainfall (inches)

0.9

0.8

0.6

0.4

0.6

2.7

7.9

7.9

4.8

0.7

0.1

0.4

Min Temp (°C)

7

10

15

21

26

28

27

26

24

19

13

8

Max Temp (°C)

21

23

29

36

39

38

34

33

34

33

28

23

Min Temp (°F)

45

50

59

70

79

82

81

79

75

66

55

46

Max Temp (°F)

70

73

84

97

102

100

93

91

93

91

82

73


Mumbai

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

3

1

1

1

14

518

647

384

276

55

14

2

Rainfall (inches)

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.1

0.6

20.4

25.5

15.1

10.9

2.2

0.6

0.1

Min Temp (°C)

16

17

21

24

26

26

25

24

24

23

20

18

Max Temp (°C)

31

31

33

33

32

30

29

30

34

33

33

32

Min Temp (°F)

61

63

69

75

79

78

77

76

75

74

61

65

Max Temp (°F)

87

88

91

92

92

89

86

85

86

91

91

90


Goa

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

5

5

6

23

100

76

98

124

160

140

30

10

Rainfall (inches)

0.1

0.1

0.2

0.9

3.9

2.9

3.8

4.8

6.2

5.5

1.1

0.3

Min Temp (°C)

19

17

23

25

27

25

24

24

24

23

22

21

Max Temp (°C)

32

32

32

33

32

31

29

29

29

31

33

32

Min Temp (°F)

66

63

73

77

81

77

75

75

75

73

72

70

Max Temp (°F)

90

90

90

91

90

88

84

84

84

88

91

90





                                                           

GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Activities
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Main regions & Cities
Delhi                                   Mumbai
Agra                                    Goa
Jaipur                                  Kerala
Udaipur                               Varanasi

Approximation of what things cost?

  • Glass of wine                    US$ 2 – 3
  • Beer                                US$ 2 – 3
  • Meal at local restaurant     US$ 6 – 7
  • Buffet meal                       US$ 10 – 14
  • Bottle of water                  US$ 1 – 2
  • McDonalds burger             US$ 1 – 2
  • Cup of local coffee             US$ 1

Time: GMT +5.5.

Electricity: 240 volts, 50Hz. A variety of power outlets are used in India, but most plugs have two or three round pins.

Money: The currency is the Rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 paisa. Major currencies can be changed at banks, and authorised bureaux de change. 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. Traveller’s cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in tourist orientated establishments. ATMs are not generally available.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

INR 1.00 =

USD 0.02

GBP 0.01

CAD 0.02

AUD 0.03

ZAR 0.15

EUR 0.02

NZD 0.04

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

                                                           

Language: Although English is generally used for official and business purposes, Hindi is the official language and is spoken by about 30 percent of the population. There are 17 other languages also spoken.

Passport/Visa Note: A valid passport and visa is required by all for entry to India, unless they hold a PIO (Person of Indian Origin) Card. Some parts of the country are restricted areas and require a special permit. Travellers planning to go to the far northwest of the country or to the islands should check with India Tourism for the latest information.

Health: There are a number of health risks associated with travel to India, including malaria and dengue fever, and travellers should take medical advice on vaccinations at least three weeks before departure. Malaria outbreaks are especially common in Assam state in north east India, which are responsible for hundreds of deaths. Those travelling from an infected area should hold a yellow fever certificate. Food poisoning is a major risk in India; all water and ice should be regarded as contaminated and visitors should drink only bottled water and ensure that the seal on the bottle is intact. Meat and fish should be regarded as suspect in all but the best restaurants and should always be well cooked and served hot. Salads and unpeeled fruit should be avoided. Health facilities are adequate in the larger cities but limited in rural areas. Travellers are advised to take out medical insurance. Bird flu was first discovered in domestic poultry in February 2006, but no human infections have been reported. The risk for travellers is low, but as a precaution close contact with wild, domestic and caged birds should be avoided, and all poultry and egg dishes should be well cooked.

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Tipping: Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped, however all other services expect small tips, including porters, guides, hotel staff, and waiters in small establishments. In tourist restaurants or hotels a 10% service charge is often added to bills. Baksheesh is common in India, it is more a bribe than a tip and will ensure better service; it is given before rather than after the service.

Safety: The vast majority of visits to India are trouble-free, however in light of the dispute with Pakistan most governments advise against travel to the Jammu and Kashmir regions, all but essential travel to Srinagar (fatal attacks continue), and anywhere near the border with Pakistan, with the exception of Ladakh via Manali or by air to Leh, as well as to Jaisalmer and Amritsar. A number of recent grenade attacks in Srinagar, Kashmir, have targeted tourists and tourist buses, causing several deaths and numerous injuries. Manipur and Tripura should also be avoided and travel to Imphal is not recommended. There has been an increase in the severity of terrorist attacks in the east and northeast of the country with a spate of bomb attacks, and visitors should keep up to date with the situation. Many people, including tourists, have been killed. Violent extremist groups are active in Bihar, Jharkland, Chattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa where attacks and violent crime has caused fatalities. Security has been increased in Delhi and other cities following the three bombs that exploded in Delhi on 29 October 2005 that killed over 60 people, and the three bomb explosions in Varanasi that caused a number of deaths and hundreds of injuries on 7 March 2006. On 11 July 2006, seven near-simultaneous bomb blasts tore apart commuter trains in suburban Mumbai killing more than 190 people and injuring over 700. Visitors should be aware that there are tensions between the Muslim and Hindu populations, and there is a risk of terrorism throughout India, and they should remain particularly vigilant in public places, on public transport and at tourist sites, especially around Mumbai and Delhi. Crime is an issue at major tourist spots and visitors are advised to keep an eye of their valuables and, in particular, passports. Be aware of confidence tricksters, often involving fake jewellery, particularly in Agra and Jaipur, and never accept food from strangers, particularly on trains as travellers have been drugged and robbed. The earthquake in Pakistan on 8 October 2005 was felt in the northern region of Kashmir that caused many deaths and widespread damage. Road accidents are common and claim hundreds of lives every year. Bus accidents are blamed on reckless driving and speeding, and old vehicles. In April 2006 at least 64 people were killed in bus accidents in northern India when drivers lost control of their vehicles. The monsoon season, usually from June to September, causes great flooding, loss of life and destruction in India every year.

Customs: India is generally a fairly tolerant society however visitors should be aware of religious and social customs. When visiting temples visitors will be required to remove their footwear and cover their heads. In general women should dress conservatively both to respect local sensibilities and to avoid unwanted attention. Topless bathing is generally illegal. Travellers should not get caught with drugs, as jail sentences are long.

Communications: The international access code for India is +91. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). International calls can be quite expensive and there are often high surcharges on calls made from hotels; it is cheaper to use a calling card. Alternatively, there are telephone agencies in most towns which are identifiable by the letters STD for long distance internal calls and ISD for the international service. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main cities and resorts.

Duty Free: Travellers to India over 17 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; one bottle of alcohol; medicine in reasonable quantities; 59ml of perfume and 250ml eau de toilette; and goods for personal use. Prohibited items include livestock, bird and pig meat products.

                                                           
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