Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.
U.S. passport holders must also obtain an India travel visa. We recommend applying for your visa no less than 60 days prior to departure. If you are visiting for tourism, you may apply for a single-entry Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) through the Indian Government website. If you will be visiting another country during you trip, such as Nepal, we recommend obtaining a multiple entry visa instead. For fast and easy visa processing, please contact Cox & Kings Global Services, currently the only authorized service provider for the Embassy of India and its consulates in the U.S.
If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for meeting all entry requirements and obtaining a visa, if required. If so, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ. For more information, please visit the Embassy of India.
When traveling to India, November thru March is the best time to visit. Temps in the north are between 40-60° F and temps in the south are between 65-85° F. March-June is dry and very, very hot. June-October is monsoon time. When traveling to the mountain region, the months of March, April, October and November are ideal.
Check out the current weather conditions in India.
According to the Center for Disease Control, all areas lower than 2,000 meters (6,561 feet), including cities are considered high-risk areas for malaria. The cities of Delhi and Bombay are also risk areas. Consult your physician about inoculations and the use of antimalarial drugs.
In India, the currency is the rupee. Please review the current exchange rate on the rupee.
Upscale restaurants: 5%
Hotel restaurants: 10%
Porters: 10-15 rupees per bag or service
Hired drivers: provide meals and 50-100 rupees at the end of the day.
In India you'll be expected to pay small amounts in order to
get things done, as well as to reward for jobs already accomplished.
Shop for wood carvings, fabrics, brassware, copperware, bronzes, silver, fossils and crystals, sandalwood items, paper-mache, paintings and prints, dhurri rugs, dolls, tea, saffron, batiks, carpets, and gems (if you know what to look for).
Bargaining is the norm. Beware of copycat brand-name items and animal products such as skins and horns- they are illegal. And remember to shop at the local markets!
230 volts. Plugs C & D. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.
See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.