The best time to travel anywhere in India is between September to
November. In India the sum mers are usually from March to May and
the winters from November to February. Between June to August
there is heavy monsoon. Please note there are regional variations.
It is preferable to wear light cottons during summers, also carry
your hats, sunscreen lotion, and the comfortable footwear. For the
winters heavy woolen is recommended.
Winters are bad in the North and are leisure travel is best
avoided during this time.
Drinking tap water is not safe. Always carry a bottle of Mineral
Eating out should be done from decent restaurants and avoid
roadside vendors serving food as hygiene is an issue there.
Do not purchase air/rail/bus tickets through strangers or
unauthorized travel agents/tour operators.
While shopping, sightseeing or going to and from transportation
terminals avoid touts and brokers. Be aware of unscrupulous
shopkeepers; if you feel that you are being abused do not hesitate
to consult the proper authorities.
Taxi and auto-rickshaws fares keep changing, therefore, they do
not always conform to readings on meters. Taxis and auto-rickshaws
do not have meters in all cities, but where they do, insist on the
meter being flagged in your presence.
Tipping is a culture followed in India, though the same is not
Give preference to India Tourism approved Guide as they are the
Shopping from most of the local markets should be with a lot of
bargain and please check the stuffs, which are purchased, as there
can be duplication.
Beware of pickpocketers, as there are plenty in the crowded areas.
Do not get very friendly with strangers during your travel.
All foreign nationals have to pay their hotel bills in foreign
currency only, in cash, travelers' cheques or credit cards.
There is a likelihood of differential pricing for entry fees to
Monuments and Parks.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Individual foreign tourists can visit
Port Blair Municipal Area, Havelock Island, Long Island, Neil
Island, Mayabunder, Diglipur, Rangat, where a night halt is
allowed and Jolly Buoy, South Cinque, Red Skin, Mount Harriet,
Madhuban where only day visits are allowed. Prior permit is
Lakshadweep Islands. Only Bangaram, Agatti and Subeli Islands are
open to foreign tourists. Permits are required, obtainable from
the Lakshadweep Administration, Wellington Island, Harbour Road,
Carry your travel documents (passport, visa, hotel confirmation
voucher and air tickets) and re-confirm the same before departure.
Some times there is also vaccination required.
Always have duplicate copies of all the travel documents you
Certain parts of the country need special permits before they can
be visited emspecially the North - Eastern parts of India and some
island like Andaman's or Lakshwadeep.