Fast Facts: India
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
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
Check out the current weather conditions in India.
What is required for entry?
See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to 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
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
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?