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Travel guide

Experience the magic of India, a wonderful blend of old Indian traditions and civilization with a contemporary society. As well as trawling the markets for those great bargains, enjoying the great cuisine and chilling on the gorgeous beaches of Goa - explore the beautiful backwaters of Cochin on a rice boat, trek into the hills from Pune, and marvel at the wonderful cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in the desert state of Rajasthan.

India fast facts

Indian Language

Languages spoken

The language most widely spoken in India is Hindi, however there are a number of other languages, such as Bengali and Telugu.

Indian Currency


Name: Indian Rupee
Code: INR
Symbol: ‎₹‎
100 INR is approx $1.55

Indian Time Zone

Time zone

India Standard Time (IST)

India costs

India Beers


The cost of a domestic beer in India is 100INR($1.55) on average, but you can grab one for as little as 80INR ($1.24).

Indian Meals


A meal at an inexpensive restaurant in India can range from 80-250INR (approx $1.24-$3.86), however you will get food much cheaper if you explore the street food stalls, where you can get samosas for 5INR (8c).

India Taxi

Taxi Ride

Want to catch a cab? Taxi fares start from 50INR (approx 77c), and you should always ensure you get a prepaid taxi. Or you could go for the cheaper option: a Rickshaw.

Transport India


The easiest and most frequent mode of transport around India is by autorickshaw (like Tuk Tuks), which start at 25INR (approx 39c), or taxi. However you can also get around by bus, boats and trains.

Hostels India


Looking to stay in a hostel when you're in India? Dorm rooms start from as little as 165INR (approx $2.55).

Hotels India


From budget to 5*, you'll be able to find a hotel room to suit your budget. The average cost for a double room is 500INR (approx $7.70).

Top places to visit

Group of local women adorned in colorful saris facing backward with some carrying children in Mumbai
Mumbai and Delhi
The bustling city of Mumbai has a colorful charm, with its ramshackled bazaars - Crawford Market being one of the favorites - mix of the high-powered sector amidst the slums, and the rements of the British Raj. All this adds to the eclectic characteristics of Mumbai. While, in Delhi, if you strip it of its initial mask of poverty, pollution and humidity you will unveil the hidden gems of ancient monuments, museums and an outstanding history and culture.
Hawa Mahal Palace in Jaipur
Agra & Rajasthan
Come to Agra for the world famous Taj Mahal, but stay to check out the remnants of the Mughal empire - an impressive fort, tombs and mausoleums. Then head to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur for beautiful palaces, colorful streets and what feels like a magical place. Jaipur is also home to the grand Amber Fort, which sits in the hills, genuinely looking like a castle that belongs in a fairytale. 
Gautama Buddha Statue at Ravangla Buddhist Park in Sikkim, India
The Himalayas
The Himalayas isn't just about hardcore trekking - as amazing as the trails are, there's a lot of culture and life to be found in the remote villages and towns along the way. If you want to go north, you can visit Ladakh, which is isolated and feels like another world. Visit Manali and Rishikesh to soak up the beautiful surroundings, and head east to Darjeeling for a great cup of tea.
Varanasi city landscape beside the Ganges River
Varanasi and The Ganges
For a true spiritual experience, head to Varanasi, India's holiest city. Full of soul, exotic scents and intimate rituals on the ghats (the steps down to the Ganges) where Pilgrims come to wash away their sins. Not only a spiritual place, it's colorful, chaotic, and a great place to watch the sunrise from a boat. Varanasi offers an unforgettable experience, where you can witness life and even death.
Goa and Kerala
If you're less about the chaotic city life, and just want to experience India's beach life, then Goa could be the answer. Once a Portuguese outpost then a hippie-hangout, Goa is the perfect place for a mixture of relaxation and exploration - from it's shores to it's old colonial city. If you're looking for further serenity then visit Kerala, further south for tropical laid-back vibes, Arabian coastline, and beautiful backwaters. The perfect place to chill out after a few days in the city.

tours & rail adventures

Red Fort against the backdrop of a bright blue sky in New Delhi
The Golden Triangle | 8 days
Witness the diversity and colourful nature of the northern cities on this incredible journey through India, starting and finishing in Delhi. Wander the colonial monuments and labyrinth streets of Old Delhi, check out the magnificent Taj Mahal, awe at Jaipur’s architecture and visit rural villages to learn more about real rural life - all within 8 days.
Side view of Qutub Minar in Delhi
Uncover India - Delhi to Goa | 15 days
The colours, the tastes, the architecture – experience the very best India has to offer. Snake your way through mysterious temples, magical palaces, shimmering lakes and some incredible cuisine. Check out the big cities of Delhi and Mumbai and soak up the amazing vistas of Rajasthan, including a trip to the Taj Mahal. Finish up in the party capital of Goa and soak up some sun.
The hilly surrounding of Amber Fort and Maota Lake in Rajasthan
West Coast India & Rajasthan by Rail | 12 days
Have you ever wondered what it's like to travel like a local in India? Well hop on a train to explore the chilled West Coast and exhilarating Rajasthan. After you experience the Taj Mahal, visit the colourful streets of Jaipur and explore stunning Udaipur. Plus, relax on Goa's golden beaches and indulge in fresh seafood right from the coast.

Travelling in India: the FAQ's

When is the best time to visit India?

India is vast and there are varying weather patterns - summers tend to get very hot, and is best avoided. Whereas from October to March you'll experience the warmth of winter, as the Himalayas stop the cold winds. This is a much more bearable time to visit, as July to September is monsoon season.

What's the population of India?

India is the second largest country when it comes to population size - in 2016 there were 1.324 billion people in India. You'll definitely notice the marked difference between the US and India in terms of population as soon as you arrive! Mumbai has the largest population in India, followed by Kolkata, Delhi and then Chennai.

Do I need a visa to visit India?

Yes, you'll need a tourist visa to visit India. You must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 4 days before arrival, otherwise a tourist visa will not be available on arrival. Find out more about visas, entry requirements and other important information here. Costs vary depending on the amount of time required. *Visa and entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Please always check the current status with your applicable embassy prior to travel.

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