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Frequently Asked Questions – India FAQ’s

Do I need a Visa to visit India ?
Yes, all non-citizen Indians visiting India needs a valid tourist Visa to enter India.
Can I get Visa on Arrival in 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.
What is the Time Zone in India ?
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.
What is the Electrical Voltage 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-volt currency. People coming from countries with 230 volts of currency (such as Australia, Europe & the UK) only require a plug adapter for their appliances.
What is the best time to travel to India ?
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 are 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
What Immunizations do I need to take before visiting India ?
We advise you to consult your doctor (GP). However, we recommend vaccination for Hepatitis A/B and 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 from 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.
Do I need an Insurance ?
We strongly recommend all travelers to India take adequate Travel Insurance covering trip cancellation, interruption, medical & baggage insurance prior to travel.
What food can I get while I am in India ?
India is a food-loving country. All international cuisines are available in a wide range of restaurants and hotels in metro cities in India. You cannot resist tryin’ authentic Indian food.
Is Indian food very spicy ?
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 a variety of spices for which India is famous. 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 the majority of people follow a strict vegetarian lifestyle. Indian cuisine is assumed to be spicy but surprisingly it’s not as assumed overseas!
Can I drink tap water in India ?
A strict NO while you are traveling in India. We only recommend bottled mineral water to quench your thirst. Travel Pals India provides bottled water in our cars/coaches you travel in, however, bottled water is widely available throughout India.
Can I use my cell phone in India ?
Yes, your home cell phone will work in India wherever there is a service network. India is widely covered with the cell phone network and you will be amazed at the coverage even in 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 traveling 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 traveling. You may use a local SIM card in your own cell phone device. All Indian service providers have their network on 900/1800 MHz frequency. Your phone should be unlocked or not bound to be used only with your home operator in order for the Indian SIM card to work in your handset.
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