What To See In India
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Visa Requirements

You must obtain a visa before travelling to India.  If you arrive without a visa, you will be refused entry.

Holders of passports from the vast majority of countries, including UK, Ireland, United States, Germany, France, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Sri Lanka, require a visa in order to holiday in India.

The collection of visa applications and their delivery has been outsourced to VF Services UK Ltd.

Please visit the VF Services UK Ltd website or the Indian High Commission London website for details of applying for a visa to visit India.



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There are no compulsory health requirements for travel to India. Malarial regions exist in remote areas of India. You are strongly advised to contact your own GP or vaccination centre with regard to recommended vaccinations for India. It is important to seek medical advice at least 6 weeks before departure as some vaccinations may require more than one injection.

It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance prior to travel to India. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses, which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience. You must also ensure that the insurer is aware of the type of travel to be undertaken.

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What To See In India?

A: Western Himalayas
The British Hill Station of Shimla leads to spectacular Alpine Valleys of Kullu and Manali.

B: The Golden Triangle
Delhi, Agra and Jaipur combine to make a great highlights itinerary for visitors to North India.

C: Northern Ganges Plains
The sacred city of Varanasi on the River Ganges and the famous temples of Khajuraho, with Orchha nearby.

D. Kolkata And Darjeeling
Immerse yourself in Kolkata’s unique Bengali heritage, the tea gardens of Darjeeling and the Eastern Himalayas.

D: Rajasthan
Glorious Rajput palaces and forts at Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner grace the Thar Desert.

E: Jungles Of Central India
Legendary jungles that inspired Kipling’s Jungle Book such as Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh.

F: Mumbai And Maharashtra
The great city of Mumbai and the fabulous cave temples at Ajanta and Ellora.

Former Portuguese colony that has become hugely popular for beaches such as Calangute, Candolim and Colva.

South India And Kerala
Majestic temples of Tamil Nadu and Mysore the jewel of Karnataka and the idyllic tropical beauty of Kerala.

When To Go?

General Guidelines

January - March
Ideal weather for touring in India. The High Himalayas are snowbound but Shimla is popular in late December and January for winter snow.

April - May
The heat starts to build up on India's central and northern plains as temperatures rise. This is however the best time for visiting Shimla and Hill Stations throughout India.

June - July
The South West Monsoon starts in Kerala at the beginning of June and generally arrives in the north by early July. The wildlife reserves close until October (Ranthambhore) or November (Corbett, Kanha, Bandhavgarh).

August - September
The intermonsoon period brings showers but touring is possible dependent on local weather conditions.

October - December
Around October the monsoon ends for most of the country. Pleasant conditions for touring usually last until March. This is when India sees most visitors.

In the thick of winter (around mid-December to mid-January), Delhi, Rajasthan and other northern cities can become surprisingly cold at night.

The Himalayas

Summer in the Himalayas can be great when most other parts of the country are in the grip of the monsoon or the hot season. June is, in fact, the best time to visit the Hill Stations on the Himalayan ranges including Kullu, Manali, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Badrinath and Darjeeling (West Bengal).

The optimum period to go trekking in Ladakh is May to October. Avoid Ladakh during winter due to extreme weather as the mountains can become inaccessible.

South India, Goa, Kerala And Tamil Nadu

South India becomes uncomfortably hot during April as temperatures soar before the onset of the monsoon. The Western Ghats of Kerala and Hill Stations such as Ooty and Coonoor are however at their best during this period.

The Southwest Monsoon arrives in Southern India starting around the first week of June. The rains bring out lush vegetation and foliage in Kerala through the summer months. Touring is possible after the initial monsoon burst as the intensity of rainfall dies down by July and August.

Beaches Of Goa And Kerala

The beaches of Goa and Kerala are at their best during winter months from October until the end of March.

The Coromandel Coast of Tamil Nadu is the best location for a beach stay during summer months as the Western Ghats shelter the South East Coast from much of the Monsoon. Instead, the short North East Monsoon, brings rain to Tamil Nadu from October to early December.

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