Two Minute Guide - India

Currency

The Indian Rupee

Language

Hindi

Capital City

Delhi

Top Attraction

Taj Mahal (Agra)

Trip Type

Cultural / Beach / Adventure

Religions

Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism

FAMOUS FOR

Taj Mahal, Food, Colours, Religious Festivals

Local Dishes

Curry based, regularly vegetarian or with chicken & local breads.

Injections

Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid; Rabies; Diphtheria; Hepatitis B;Japanese Encephalitis; Yellow Fever

First Aid Kit

Heavy Duty as listed here

Visas

Required - total cost in the UK £92.20 inc. handling fee

Top Destinations

Agra, Delhi, Varanasi, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kochi, Darjeeling, Amritsar  

Tipping

50rps/bag in hotels

Tour Leaders an av. 500rps

Waiters at 10% of the bill.

Easiest Way To Travel

Bus / Train

Suitable Solo

Yes (But PLEASE read up on advice of solo travel before going as it isn’t a western country! It’s safe as long as you follow practical precautions)

When to go

November to March

Weather

Hot with monsoon season April through October

Clothing

Light and cool to cover up! Light layers for evenings with arms and legs covered.

How to Greet

A namaste is used to greet. With a namaste, bring your hands together with palms touching in front of your chest.

Don’t take offence

If turned away from temples for not dressing conservatively enough.

Cheers

Ciyarsa (चियर्स)

Events & Dates

Diwali (Nov), Pushkar Camel Fest (Nov), Holi (March)

Taboos

To injury a cow as they are sacred in India

National Animals

Cow, Tigers, Asian Lion, Elephant, Monkeys

Photo Credit to Travel Buddy Lucinda Smith