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The best time to visit is between October and February for cooler average temperatures.

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India has multiple domestic and international airports in each state. Visitors may fly to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi or Goa International Airport in Goa.

Weather and climate in India

Expect warm weather all year round. With the summer months reaching high temperatures, you’ll want to visit here for a winter escape. The best time to holiday here is from November to February, when the weather is cooler. If you’re looking to soak up the sun, Goa is the perfect place for tropical beach weather. You’ll even benefit from the cooling sea breeze. On average, temperatures reach up to 31°C in January. If you’re visiting further inland, then it’ll feel more relaxed with highs of 18°C.

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Beach lovers: If you’re looking for sun and sand, India’s southwest coast is where you’ll find the beach resorts.

Culture vultures: Visit the historic cities or pick from an exciting year-round calendar of cultural events and festivals.

Adventurers: Explore the rich landscapes of the Western Ghats, teeming with exotic wildlife and flora and fauna.

Fast facts for India

Language: The languages spoken here are Hindi and English.

Currency: The currency used is the Rupee.

Local time: India is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi or Dabolim Airport in Goa. For Goa resorts, the airport is around 1 hour away.

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to India is 9–9.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found here https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/asia/india/ and before you travel, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india for tips on visas.

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Getting around India

By taxi: Taxis are the best way to travel, especially when you’re going between attractions. It’s essential to negotiate the price before you get in as they won’t always have a meter.

By auto rickshaw: Auto rickshaws are the perfect way to get around a city or town quickly. These can usually be spotted with their bright yellow design. A ride should be cheaper than a taxi, and make sure to agree on the price upfront.

By bus: Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel with frequent services between the towns and cities. Plus, it’s a great way to see rural and authentic areas within India. 

Events in India

The festival of colour: Holi is known as the festival of colours and is celebrated all across India to mark the arrival of spring. Join in with the celebration smearing coloured powder over your face, throwing coloured water and dancing.

The festival of lights: Celebrate the start of the Hindu New Year with Diwali, known as the festival of lights. Houses, shops and public places are lit up with hundreds of candles and small oil lamps.

Sunburn festival: If you love music, then a three-day electronic dance festival held in the hills will be perfect for you. With some of the biggest names in electronic dance, you can experience amazing production, lighting and visuals for India’s biggest dance festival. 

India safety and security

Do I need a passport?

India passport requirements vary between states and provinces. To be on the safe side, be sure to keep yours on you wherever you go. For further information on what you need for holiday to India, visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements

Do I need a visa?

If you’re a UK passport holder, taking India holidays, you should be eligible to apply for an e-visa. Different to the traditional India visa issued in the past, an e-visa can be applied for online and is issued by email. An official e-visa allows the bearer to remain in India for up to 60 days per visit. For longer visits, the ‘old fashioned’ India visa is required. To see how to apply for an e-visa, visit: https://www.hcilondon.gov.in/index

Should I get travel health insurance?

Wherever you’re travelling, it’s always a good idea to have a comprehensive travel health insurance policy in place. If the unexpected happens, it provides you with the resources to pay for medicines, emergency treatment and, if required, the cost of repatriation back to the UK. Be sure to check exactly what is and isn’t covered in your policy and if you’re undertaking any ‘extreme’ activities on your holiday, make sure they’re included in your cover too.

Any other tips?

Be sure to take more than one method of payment with you, such as a credit card and cash. In addition, make sure you’ve got enough money to cover the cost of any emergencies. Tips are an important source of income to many of those who work in the tourist and service industries in India.

Before you go on your holiday to India, ask your travel agent what the recommended rate of tipping is. ‘Delhi belly’ is a common complaint for many first-timers to India. To minimise the potential of an upset stomach, try and drink only bottled water, avoid ice and salads, and only eat fruit that is unpeeled.

If your mobile phone won’t work in India, you might need a SIM card for local networks. To be sure of getting one that works, buy yours from official offices for networks such as Idea and Airtel.

For up to date advice on travelling to India, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/safety-and-security

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