We specialise in luxury India safaris and have the in-depth knowledge required to provide travel advice. Find all the must-know travel requirements and destination information on India before you embark on your adventure.
Please bear in mind that you may have to comply with a dress code if you are visiting temples or other religious places. This may involve covering your head and shoulders, and taking off your shoes, or leaving any leather items outside.
- Banking hours at most commercial banks are Monday to Friday from 10h00 to 14h00 and on Saturday from 10h00 to 12h00.
- Most big cities have ATMs and, in some states, you will even find them in some smaller towns. Make sure that you have a four-digit PIN for your card, as the ATM will require it.
- The currency is the rupee, which is made up of 100 paise. Please check with your hotel for daily exchange rates.
- Neither American Express nor Diner’s Club are widely accepted in India. Outside the main centres it is recommended that you have enough Indian money on you for any purchases and for tipping.
- Lock your money, travellers cheques, passports and precious jewellery in the hotel safe.
- Try not to walk around late at night, particularly in deserted areas or small towns, where everything closes early.
- Avoid travelling on the roads after dark.
- As anywhere else, never leave your suitcases unattended at an airport or train station.
Please be sensitive when photographing people. In general, most Indians do not mind, but it is polite to ask for permission. Photography is not allowed at military installations, as well as some railway stations, bridges and airports. If you are using film, bear in mind that this may be difficult to obtain in the national parks and reserves, as well as in the smaller towns and cities.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Travellers need a valid passport and a visa to travel in India. You cannot apply for your visa on arrival, so please contact your local Indian consulate well ahead of your date of travel. You must arrive in India within six months of the date your visa is issued.
What the Experts Say
- Thrilling wildlife encounters in the dense jungles, including the opportunity to spot the majestic tiger
- The magnificent and often evocative carvings on the 10th century temples in Khajuraho
- Bustling bazaars filled with traditional arts and crafts
- The holy Ganges Rivers and bustling ghats of Varanasi
- 3 World Heritage sites at Sanchi, Bhimbetka and Khajuraho