India Travel Guide

A journey to India can most certainly be defined as a life-changing experience. Existing as a destination that will leave you awestruck or enlightened, and maybe even shocked at some points, this bizarre place must really be seen to be believed. Explore majestic temples, treat your eyes to architectural feats and consume as many local dishes as your taste buds can handle. 

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    December to March

    Over the peak months (from December through March) visitors will enjoy pleasant temperatures without the searing heat in the middle of the year and cool evenings for a reprieve from the sun.  Keep in mind that India is a gigantic country, and the weather will vary greatly between the north and south. Over the peak season, prices will be high however you will also be treated to a number of festivals. From Carnival in Goa through February, to Taj Mahotsav in Agra (a ten-day cultural and arts festival) to, of course, the Hindu Holi Festival in March will show much to impress visitors.

  2. Low Season

    April to June

    A note to all travellers: do not travel in India during this time if you do not fare well in the heat. The temperatures will be at their highest which can make visiting outdoor temples and monuments quite exhausting. In addition to the rising temperatures, it will is likely to be raining in most parts of the country with monsoon season well and truly in full swing. If you’re hoping for a break to escape the rain, a visit to Ladakh would be ideal. Travellers should also note that Ramadan will take place during May (timing will vary each year) and you might want to plan your travels accordingly as this involves daily fasting. 

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FAQs about India

  • Do you tip in India?

    Tipping is not compulsory in India, however, it will always be appreciated if you round up your bill and leave a few extra rupees. Avoid handing out sweets or money to small children as it encourages begging. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet connection can range in quality, but you should have no problem with day-to-day tasks like emailing or surfing the web while in India.  WiFi is available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free, but outside urban areas, this is not as common.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    No. Buy bottled water, or you can boil the tap water or use water purification pills.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout India but it's always good to carry a modest amount of cash at all times. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    There are many public holidays celebrated in India based on the Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian celebrations that can vary between regions. National public holidays include Republic Day on January 26, Independence Day on August 15 and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on October 2. 
  • What are the toilets like?

    Be aware that many Indian toilets are squat toilets. There are not many public restrooms outside restaurants and transportation terminals, and sometimes you may be charged to use one. It is a good idea to carry around spare toilet paper.
  • Is it safe to travel solo in India?

    There is no doubt that travellers can safely travel through India solo, but you do need to make sure some extra precautions are taken. Take note of local emergency numbers, carry a portable charger, buy a local sim-card and avoid unfamiliar neighbourhoods to stay safe in India.
  • Is it safe for female travellers in India?

    Of course, females can travel solo, however, there is an even greater need to take caution while travelling through India can be overwhelming at times. If you’re uncertain about a solo venture, you might want to think about joining a group tour for peace of mind.