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Overview
India

While nothing can truly prepare you for the multi-sensory experience that is India – the colourful clothing, the smells and the sheer volume of people, all fighting for your attention – it’s important to make some preparations. We recommend considering the following on your next India holiday:

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Visas
India

British citizens must obtain a visa before travelling to India. Applications can be made online. Allow a minimum of 10 working days for your visa to be processed. Tourist visas last up to 6 months and allow multiple entries but note that your visa becomes valid from the date of issue not your date of travel.

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Inoculations
India

The following is a list of vaccinations that are recommended before travelling to India. For more details, please consult with your doctor. • Typhoid • Hepatitis A • Hepatitis B • Polio • Tetanus • Rabies • Japanese Encephalitis

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When to go
India

With so much geographic variation from the Himalayas to the tropical regions and a landmass that’s 12 times the size of the UK, temperatures and weather conditions vary throughout India. The most uncomfortable time of year is the monsoon season, which begins on the southern coast of Kerala around the end of May and moves northeast across the country over the next six weeks. During this time torrential rains fall and the humidity is intense. In the north, the monsoons are usually over by September, but the east coast, Tamil Nadu and the south of Kerala are hit by monsoons again between October and December. For most of the country, the cool dry season is between November and March. India observes many Hindu festivals, including Diwali, which falls in October or November, and the 11-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival to honour the birth of the elephant-headed god Lord Ganesha, which takes place in August or September. For more specific advice on when to go, talk to one of our experts.

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Currency
India

The local currency in India is the rupee.

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Electrical
India

India has the same voltage and plug shape as we do in the UK so you will not need to bring an adaptor. 

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Travel insurance
India

India is a country where you don’t want to be caught out. As a result, don’t leave home without the proper travel insurance. For advice on the best coverage, talk to your consultant.

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What to pack
India

India is a vast country and temperatures vary greatly from north to south and depending on the time of year. While your Travel Butler can advise you on specific things to pack for your trip, a few things general items to bring include:

  • Passport
  • Mosquito repellent
  • A shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders
  • Long trousers for entering temples
  • Shoes that slip on and off easily (for temples)
  • Pens and sweets to give to local children
  • Imodium

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