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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘namaste’
(na-ma-ste)
Hindi
Plug combo cd
Electricity
230V/50hz
More on electricity
Nov-Mar
Best time to go
Winter

Money and costs

Currency
Rupees (₨)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 10, 2018 11:18AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
₹3000
  • Dorm bed: ₹400–600
  • Double room in a budget hotel: ₹400–700
  • All-you-can-eat thalis (plate meals): ₹120–300
  • Bus and train tickets: ₹300–500
Midrange
₹4000–9000
  • Double hotel room: ₹1500–5000
  • Meals in midrange restaurants: ₹600–1500
  • Admission to historic sights and museums: ₹500–1000
  • Local taxis/autorickshaws: ₹500–2000
Top end (more than)
₹9000
  • Deluxe hotel room: ₹5000–22,000
  • Meals at superior restaurants: ₹2000–5000
  • First-class train travel: ₹1000–8000
  • Renting a car and driver: ₹1800 upwards per day

Visas

Apart from citizens of Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives (Nepali citizens are, however, required to get a visa if they enter via China), everyone needs to apply for a visa before arriving in India. Over 100 nationalities can obtain a 30-day...

Get the latest visa advice for India from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
IND
Varanasi
Go Mar–AprSep–Oct
Mar – May
37239973
0.0
0.0
Jun – Aug
35279481
0.13
0.01
Sep – Nov
31218870
0.03
0.0
Dec – Feb
23117452
0.03
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Ladakh
Go Jul–Aug
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Kerala
Go Aug–Apr
Mar – May
1193126
Jun – Aug
29248475
Sep – Nov
32248876
Dec – Feb
22156048
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Jaisalmer
Go Oct–Mar
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Mumbai
Go Sep–Mar
Mar – May
33259178
0.0
0.0
Jun – Aug
30268678
2.73
0.11
Sep – Nov
33259076
0.43
0.02
Dec – Feb
31218869
0.0
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Delhi
Go Sep–Mar
Mar – May
36229672
Jun – Aug
36289782
Sep – Nov
32218968
Dec – Feb
22107149
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Kashmir
Aksai Chin
Arunachal Pradesh
Sikkim
India

Getting to India

Plenty of international airlines service India, and overland routes to and from Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan are all currently open. Flights, tours and other tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to India

The best price found from United States to India is on February 3rd, 2019, travelling with jetBlue. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

DCA
Washington Ronald Reagan
from $447.00
COK
Kochi

Getting around India

Transport in India is frequent and inexpensive, though not always fast. Consider domestic flights or sleeper trains as an alternative to long, uncomfortable bus rides.

Air Flights available to most major centres and state capitals; cheap flights with budget airlines.

Train Frequent services to most destinations; inexpensive tickets available, even on sleeper trains.

Bus Buses go everywhere; some destinations are served 24 hours but longer routes may have just one or two buses a day.

Health and safety

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

Fascinating and thrilling; India will be even more astounding for children than for their wide-eyed parents. The scents, sights, and sounds of India will make for an unforgettable adventure and one that most kids will take in their stride.

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Working and volunteering

India's economy is growing, and there is plenty of potential in the thriving job market. Websites where you can look at job opportunities include Transitions Abroad (www.transitionsabroad.com), Go Abroad (jobs.goabroad.com) and job portals such as Naukri (www.naukri.com). There are also...

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