Yes, all non-citizen Indians visiting India needs a valid tourist Visa to enter India.
Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam can get a Tourist Visa on Arrival with a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility.
The time zone in India referred to as Indian Standard Time (IST) is UTC/GMT (Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time) + 5.5 hours. The day light saving time doesn't operate in India.
The voltage in India is 220-240 volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. You will require a voltage converter and plug adapter if you wish to use an electronic appliance with 110 volts currency. People coming from countries with 230 volts currency (such as Australia, Europe & the UK) only require a plug adapter for their appliances.
India is a vast country with complex seasonal and geographical variations in Climate. The best time to travel to India depends on the places to be visited. In general the cooler dry months and the most popular time to visit India is between October through March.
Spring - March to April
Summer - May to June
Monsoon - July to September
Autumn - September to mid November
Winters - December to February
We advise you to consult your doctor (GP). However, we recommend vaccination for Hepatitis A/B & Tetanus before visiting India. But ample bottled water is provided free of cost during your journey and in hotel rooms if you book with Travel Pals India, your trusted travel partner in India. Though Malaria is virtually non-existent in all tourist areas in India during the October to March. It is also restricted to remote areas that too during humid & hot weather (monsoons). An inoculation against Yellow fever is required if you have visited any infected areas within 5 days prior to your arrival in India.
We strongly recommend all travellers to India take adequate Travel Insurance covering trip cancellation, interruption, medical & baggage insurance prior to travel.
India is a food loving country. All international cuisines are available in wide range of restaurants and hotels in metro cities in India. You cannot resist tryin the authentic Indian food.
Indian food is now a global cuisine and is regarded as the most balanced dietary experience. Indian cuisine is very diverse and is broadly divided into North Indian dishes and South Indian dishes which is further divided into Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian food. Each state of India has its own specialty to offer with variety of spices for which India is famous for. As far as spices are concerned, not all spices are hot and are added to give flavor to the dish. Generally all hotels and major restaurants in India prepare food to International taste unless you are visiting a specialty restaurant wherein you may check about the level of spices. India is the only country where majority of people follow strict vegetarian lifestyle. Indian cuisine is assumed to be spicy but surprisingly it's not as assumed overseas!
A strict NO while you are travelling in India. We only recommend bottled mineral water to quench your thirst. Travel Pals India provide bottled water in our cars/coaches you travel in, however, bottled water is widely available throughout India.
Yes, your home cell phone will work in India wherever their is a service network. India is widely covered with the cell phone network and you will be amazed with the coverage even to the remotest of the area. However, international roaming charges may be very high and you may check with your home operator about the roaming charges while you are travelling in India. We recommend buying a local Indian SIM card (GSM) which can be procured at a nominal cost and can be used throughout India while you are travelling. You may use local SIM card in your own cell phone device. All Indian service providers has their network on 900/1800 MHz frequency. Your phone should be unlocked or not bounded to be used only with your home operator in order for the Indian SIM card to work in your handset.