*Tourist Visa: Please make sure your passport is valid, adiposity and ensure that you allow plenty of time for your Indian visa application to be processed.


*Travel Insurance - don’t travel without it. Make sure you have a comprehensive policy which covers you for flight cancellations, sales loss of baggage, theft, accident, illness and repatriation etc.


* Your Documents: Leave a copy of your itinerary and contact numbers with someone at home, and always keep a copy of all your key documents, including your passport, in a separate place to the originals.


*Money: There are plenty of ATM’s in the major cities but please ensure you have suitable amounts of cash and travellers cheques for those out of the way places. Banks often have odd opening hours, and you may not be able to exchange money at all in the countryside or small towns or in. Money and Travellers Cheques can be exchanged in many hotels.


*Telephone: The country code for India is +91. We recommend that you bring your mobile phone with you from home, but remember to check with your service provider that it will work abroad. If you wish to buy a local sim card, make sure your phone is unlocked, and that you take along a copy of your passport plus two passport photographs.


*Health: Make sure you check with your doctor about any vaccinations you may require before you travel. Although India is famous for its many pharmacies (no prescription necessary) and excellent doctors, it is always a good idea to travel with a basic medical kit (see below). Ensure you eat regularly and stay properly hydrated, although always avoid local drinking water/ice.


*What to Wear: People will always respond much better to you in India if they feel you are respecting their culture, and you will attract far less unwanted attention from men into the bargain. Although Indian cities are becoming increasingly modern (and ‘skimpy‘western-style clothing more popular), we strongly advise that you keep your shoulders and knees well covered outside the confines of your hotel. One solution in the heat is to wear a light shawl/pashmina – it will also come in handy for cooler nights and in case you need to cover your head to enter a place of worship. A sun hat is a good idea, and rain protection is never a bad one. Cool light natural fabric clothing is best for your Indian wardrobe.


*In India people are constantly taking off their ‘chappels’ (flip flops) to enter shops, homes and places of worship etc. Flip flops are therefore the ideal footwear, and unless you intend to trek, run etc, it is unlikely you will need to wear closed shoes.



Don’t Leave Home Without:


All the usual suspects – tickets, passport, travel insurance, driving license, itinerary, credit card, traveller’s cheques.
Electrical adaptor and plug converter
Guide book
Insect Repellent
Ear plugs
Padlocks (for hotel rooms, luggage on public transport etc)
Alarm clock/phone alarm
Yoga gear/riding gear
Contact lens kit/prescription glasses
Medical and eye sight prescriptions
Tampons (if visiting out of the way places)
Malaria pills (if you are taking them)
Basic Travel Medical kit