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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
Monday
HRS
18
18
MINS
27
27
Current Time
GMT +5.5

Money and costs

Currency
Rupees (₨)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated April 22, 2019 6:35AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
₹3000
  • Dorm bed: ₹400–600
  • Double room in a budget hotel: ₹400–1000
  • All-you-can-eat thalis (plate meals): ₹100–300
  • Bus and train tickets: ₹300–500
Midrange
₹4000–10000
  • Double hotel room: ₹1500–5000
  • Meals in midrange restaurants: ₹600–1500
  • Admission to historic sights and museums: ₹500–1500
  • Local taxis/autorickshaws: ₹500–2000
Top end (more than)
₹10000
  • Deluxe hotel room: ₹5000–24,000
  • Meals at superior restaurants: ₹2000–5000
  • First-class train travel: ₹1000–8000
  • Renting a car and driver: ₹2000 and up per day

Visas

Required for most visitors; e-Visa (valid 60 days) available for more than 150 nationalities. Longer trips require a standard six-month tourist visa.

Get the latest visa advice for India from our community.

When to go and weather

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IND
Kashmir
Aksai Chin
Arunachal Pradesh
Sikkim
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Getting to India

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

Getting around India

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

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

Train Frequent services to most destinations; inexpensive tickets are 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.

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