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The most important information when travelling in India

Before you dive into the shambolic delights that meet most tourists, here's some essential advice to help you prepare for your vacation in India.

When to go

India is a huge country, where it's generally best to go between November and March.

Entry requirements

Most foreign nationals require a visa and current passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. You can't apply for a visa on arrival - you must sort this out beforehand. From 1st May 2015 onward, all visa applications must be accompanied by biometric information, to be given to and validated by VFS Global.

Health advise

Vaccinations are not obligatory. But it's a good idea to get innoculated against Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Rabies and Meningitis.

Airline tickets

Depending on which airline you choose, your time of travel and the day you buy your ticket, expect to pay between 200£ and 550£ for a return fare.

Time difference

Time difference from the UK: +4hrs 30mins in summer and +5hrs 30mins in winter So when it's midday in London, it's 4:30pm in Mumbai in summer and 4:30pm in winter in Delhi.

Language

As well as English, India has 18 other official languages. No need to learn them - all signs are in English and Shakespeare's language is spoken throughout the land! Even if there are some people who don't speak English, there's always someone close by who does.

Relevant contacts

Indian Embassy in London

India House, Aldwych

London WC2B 4NA

United kingdom

+44 20 7836 8484

British Embassy in India

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri

New Delhi 110021

Tel 00-91-112419-2100

https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-new-delhi

web.newdelhi@fco.gov.uk

Phone and internet connection

Country dialling code: +91

Internet access is available in some hotels, bars and tourist restaurants, otherwise there are numerous cybercafés.

Electricity

Power is 220 volts so you may need a transformer. The plugs are also different. So best pack an adaptor.

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