India is a vast and fascinating country with extremely diverse regions. We’ve provided some basic information for travelling in India but visit the Incredible India website for more detailed information.
India is a large country and the climate varies greatly depending on the location of your tour.
Generally the weather is good in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh during the summer time, with warm to very hot sunny days (up to 30-35 degrees Celsius), and cool to cold nights depending on the altitude. The weather in mountain areas is never entirely predictable and there is always the possibility of rain and snow at higher altitudes. The tops of the passes can get cold because of the high altitude even during the middle of the day.
Delhi in the summer months (April to July) is very hot and humid averaging between 25 and 45 degrees Celsius. Winter (December to January) is considerably colder averaging between 5 and 22 degrees Celsius.
If you need to apply for a pre-approved visa (e.g UK residents), the application process can take several weeks, so it’s best to begin sooner rather than later.
For more information and to apply for your Indian visa visit the Government of India’s Online Visa Service.
The Indian unit of currency is the Rupee (INR). It is illegal to import or export rupees. Do not accept torn or (very) dirty Indian banknotes from banks or in change as they will almost certainly not be accepted as legal tender in India. Please ask for low denomination notes of 100 or 500 Rupee as 1000 Rupee notes can sometimes be difficult to use out of Delhi. You can change money back from Rupees into Pounds or Dollars at Delhi airport (before going through security), but you must produce an exchange receipt showing that you changed money in India.
Money change facilities are available on arrival at Delhi’s International airport and at the hotel in Delhi (please note that the hotel often gives a better rate than the airport). There are money-changing kiosks inside the international arrival terminal near the baggage carousels. Cash is easy to change and ATMs are readily available in all large cities in India, including Delhi, Leh and Manali. As our tours are regularly off the beaten track and travelling through smaller villages, please ensure you take some cash with you at all times.
An airport departure tax is Rs.500 per person, check to see whether this fee has been included in the price of your ticket. If not, you will be required to pay the departure tax.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for travelling in India. However, there are several recommended vaccinations such as polio, hepatitis A, diphtheria, tetanus and typhoid. There is a very low risk of Malaria, especially in the Himalayas, but for more Southern tours, anti-malarials may be recommended. Please consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice as these recommendations may change at any time.
Most Indians will speak relatively good English although Hindi is the national language. There are many other dialects which vary between states. It can be fun to try to learn a few phrases in Hindi before you go, but you will have no problems communicating with most locals if you only have English.
Suggested Packing List
The suggested packing list changes significantly depending on the type of tour you are completing. We will provide you with a sample packing list with your itinerary.