Thinking of visiting incredible India but want to know a little more about the country? Have a read of our FAQs to help you prepare for your trip.
What weather can I expect in India?
India’s weather is hot for most of the year. The coolest time of year – and the best time to be sightseeing – is between December and February. Typically, you could expect fresh mornings and evenings with mostly sunny days. Between March and June the temperatures pick up drastically, heralding hot, dry and dusty conditions. Following this is the monsoon season, occurring in most regions between June and early October. These three seasons (hot, wet and cool) typify India’s weather.
However, being such a vast country, the conditions in the north can be quite different to those in the southern regions. Have a look at the table below for an idea of temperatures you can expect:
Average Max Temp °C
What currency does India use?
Pound Sterling, US Dollars or other major currencies can be exchanged into Indian Rupees locally, as the Rupee is presently exchangeable only in India. Also, the rupee is not exportable, so spend all your rupees before you leave? Request a broad mix of note denominations, as smaller notes will be handy for small purchases and perhaps gratuities/tipping.
What is a reasonable daily budget?
It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone. As a guideline, we would suggest somewhere in the vicinity of USD$25 –USD$45 per day. (Excluding entrance fees, collected by your tour guide). Take more if you plan on doing a spot of shopping.
Can I drink the water in India?
Absolutely not. Only drink bottled water, which is readily available. Also, avoid salads which may have been washed in unhygienic water.
Indian food is simply delicious! Rice is the staple, coupled with tasty Indian breads such as roti, paratha and naan. Although all Indian food is certainly not curry, it does form its base. Contrary to popular belief, Indian food is not so hot it’s unbearable; it is aromatic and delicate in flavour. You will have plenty of opportunities to sample some fantastic and authentic Indian food while on holiday!
Tandoori food – is a Northern speciality referring to the clay oven in which food is cooked after first being marinated in a mixture of herbs and yogurt. Biryani is another Northern Mughal dish. The consistently tasty and cheap Thali is an all-purpose Indian dish. Originating from South India, it consists of a variety of curry dishes, relishes, poppadums, chapatis and rice. Indian snacks such as bhajis and samosas are a tasty treat. Originally from Southern India but now found all over India are dosas – a paper-thin savoury pancake made from lentil and rice flour.
If your sweet tooth is not up to the challenge of Indian sweets such as gulab jamun, kulfi and ras gullas, you’ll be able to fall back on India’s incredibly wide range of fruit. Good Chinese food can also be found, as well as American style fast food. Continental cuisine also features on most menus. Lastly, please ensure that you eat meat only in high class establishments since quality and hygiene does vary considerably.
Banks are open from 1000hrs – 1400hrs Monday to Friday and 1000hrs-1200 on Saturday. Variations occur, so please check locally. In some tourist centres, there may be Bureaux de Changes that remains open later.
Shops are open 0930hrs – 1800hrs Monday through to Saturday. In established markets, shopping hours usually stretch on until night falls. Market trading days and business hours vary, check before locally.
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