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Do I need a Visa to travel to India?

Yes. For all Visa related information please visit: https://www.hciwellington.gov.in/page/consular-faq/

What language is spoken in India?
The official language in India is Hindi. English is the second most common language and widely spoken
What is the currency used in India?
The currency used throughout the country is the Indian rupee. Most vendors will also accept Mastercard or Visa. ATMs are very common in India. Please check with your bank if you can use your card to withdraw money from ATM’s overseas.
What advice do you have for first-time visitors to India?
Come with an open minded, accepting attitude, be eager to learn, and don’t be shy! Feel free to interact with the locals, you will be surprised how welcoming they are and most will go out of their way to talk to you about their culture, heritage and way of living.
What are some tips for cultural etiquette?
Though India is a progressive country, parts of India are still conservative, especially in the villages and smaller cities. Some general rules to follow are: Eat with your right hand only; Do not point your finger, it is considered rude;. Never touch anything with your feet as this is very disrespectful; Do not wear shoes inside a temple or home; Do not show affection in public.
Is Wi-Fi readily available?
Internet access is excellent in most major cities of India. Wi-Fi is available at most restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, and malls. However, be aware that internet service may be unavailable or unreliable while travelling in remote areas or villages.
Can I use my cellphone in India?
You can purchase a SIM card in India, but you may need some documents. We suggest you check with your cellular provider if there are roaming services available for your travel while in India.
Is it safe to drink the tap water?
It is strongly advised not to drink tap water in India. It is best to stick to filtered water.
Will bottled water be readily available?
It will likely be hot in India, and it is important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Although bottled water is provided while on the road, we encourage tour participants to carry their own reusable water bottle to cut down on the number of plastic water bottles that get thrown out daily in India. We also recommend bringing a few water purifier tablets to keep handy. Another option is to ask for a top off of reverse osmosis water (RO water) that all our hotels will have available. When ice is offered at restaurants, it has likely been treated but it’s OK to ask before ordering.
What are the public bathroom facilities like?
There are two types of toilets in India: 1) western sit-down toilets and 2) Asian squat toilets. Some public bathrooms will not provide toilet paper or soap, so we recommend you bring your own tissues and hand sanitizer.
When is the best time to travel to India?
The best time to travel to India is between October through March when weather is mainly sunny, dry, and warm.
Is India a family-friendly destination?
India offers many family-oriented activities including visits to forts and palaces, tiger and leopard safaris, beaches, and museums. We can create a custom itinerary based on your family's interests.
Is India safe for LGBTQ travellers?
The majority of the country is safe for LGBTQ travelers and families. The country does hold somewhat conservative values, so public displays of affection between gay or straight couples is not common.
Is tipping customary in India?
Tipping is not mandatory, but if you receive excellent service from your guide, driver, and hotel staff, a gratuity is appreciated.
Is it safe to eat street food?
Street food is generally safe to eat, particularly at popular vendors where there’s a high turnover of food and the food is cooked fresh. When we are enjoying street food, we will ensure that we will only go to places which are hygienic and safe.
Is it safe for me to go to the hotel’s bar at night for a nightcap?
In general, it’s not common for women to go to a bar alone at night, but as a tourist, it will be fine for you to have a drink in the bars of the hotels we will stay in.
What vaccinations do I need while travelling to India?
We can’t provide specifics in terms of vaccines, but we highly recommend that you talk to your GP for advice prior to the trip. Keep in mind that some vaccinations require a series of shots, so you will need to get the process started early in case it takes several months to finish the effective dose.
Do I need any special medications or a first aid kit?
If you need any specific allergy tablets such as (lactose intolerant or hay fever) you may want to bring something for these. Although medications are available throughout India, you may not be able to find the types of over-the-counter medications that you’re used to at home. Therefore it is best you carry some standard medication for pain relief, etc.
Should I take my driver’s license with me if I am not planning on driving?
You most definitely will not need to drive while in India. Your passport is really the most important ID you will need.
Do I need to be physically fit to go on the tours?
There will be some amount of walking required when we visit monuments. There may also be times when some of the sights are up a steep incline or along cobblestone streets so you will enjoy the trip much more if you are reasonably active. If there is a day you don’t feel like going on an excursion, you can always relax in the hotel or read or nap in the car.
What sort of hotels will we be staying in?
All accommodation on all our tours is in international 5-star and 5-star luxury hotels and are listed in each of the itineraries. All hotels will have fitness centers, gyms and spas, and we encourage you to get familiar with the hotel by checking out the hotel websites All rooms are equipped with all amenities that you would expect in a 5-star hotel.
What will the weather be like and how should I pack for it?
Expect the weather to be quite warm, perhaps as high as in the 40 degrees. Smart casual dressing is recommended. India is a very socially conservative country and, despite it being very hot, it’s not recommended for women to wear revealing clothes when sightseeing or when visiting the local markets. If you are keen to embrace the culture, we can take you shopping to buy some Indian ethnic clothes to wear while on tour.
Will I need a swimsuit?
All the hotels we stay in will have swimming pools and if you intend to visiting Goa, there will likely be several trips to the beach. Therefore you might consider packing a swimsuit.
What should I wear to the temples?
Some temples have a dress code, and you won’t be allowed in if you’re not properly dressed. This usually means having your legs and shoulders fully covered. You will need to leave your shoes at the door so you might consider bringing a pair of socks and wearing those when you have to remove your shoes. Some places of worship will also require a head covering such as a scarf.
What kind of shoes should I bring?
Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. We also suggest a good pair of shoes when we go fine dining and a pair of sandals or slippers that you can easily slip on and off during visits to temples.
Can I bring items to give away to children?
Although it’s tempting to want to bring gifts for kids, we discourage this because it encourages begging. We support a social cause, and a percentage of our revenue goes towards funding projects for some village communities to make a real difference in their lives. We invite you to contribute towards our cause and make this world a better place.
Do I need insurance for my tours?
We HIGHLY recommend that you acquire travel insurance to cover your health, belongings and costs related to flight bookings and protect your travel investment.
What is the emergency contact info that I can give my family in NZ
We will share information of all hotels a few weeks before departure. Along with the hotel contact information, you will be given a cell phone number for your tour escort which will be your emergency contact number.
Will I be required to have a negative Covid-19 test result to join this tour?
At this time, you are not required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result prior to departure. The exception to this is if India requires a negative test prior to entry. We will provide you with any entry information in advance so you will be prepared. We will do our best to keep you apprised of this situation but, ultimately, it is your responsibility to abide by the mandates, laws and recommendations put forth by your country’s government. If any testing is required while in India, we will ensure that we will support you every possible way to get tested and has results before departure.
Will masks be required during this tour?
Masks will not be required during the tour. However, it is a good idea to pack a few disposable masks just in case you find yourself with any symptoms of COVID or just want to feel safe if someone around you develops symptoms.