Fast Facts: India

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your arrival date, with at least two blank pages.

U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter India. For single-entry tourist stays up to 30 days, obtain an eTourist Visa (eTV) through the Indian Government's eTV website no more than 34 days prior to arrival, and print and carry a copy of the eTV when you travel. If you will be entering India more than once (generally necessary if you will be visiting Nepal during your trip), obtain a multiple-entry visa instead from Cox & Kings Global Services or our preferred provider, VisaHQ, 60–75 days prior to departure. Due to processing delays, we strongly recommend applying for your visa as early as possible. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send visa instructions for U.S. passport holders.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

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.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

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.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

In India, the currency is the rupee. Please review the current exchange rate on the rupee.

Are tips & service charges customary?

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.

What are the best items to shop for?

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!

What are the voltage requirements?

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.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.