How to travel to India?

If you are considering travelling to India but didn’t know how then keep on reading. First, let me congratulate you for considering visiting India. I think it’s an excellent choice and I am sure you will not be disappointed. You might find the country a little crowded and perhaps a little hot if you are coming to India during the summers but all in all, it’s a great choice and there is always something to do and fascinating to see. If you are considering India, then this is right time to come. India has the best weather between the months of November and March. Although it can get cold in some parts of India but generally the climate is suited for those coming from the West.

A houseboat in Kerala backwaters
A houseboat in Kerala backwaters: Photo by Globetrotter Girls. Read their interview here.

So let’s take a look at some of the things you will need if you want to travel to India:

You will need your passport and visa:

First and foremost you will need a passport and visa. Most people usually have a passport but as far as visa is concerned, you will have to make an effort. If you are in the UK, then visas are no longer issued by the Indian Embassy. They have been outsourced to VSF Global and they have set “Visa Centers” in Leicester, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London. For those living in the USA, they will have to get the Indian visa from Cox & Kings Global Services Pvt. Limited. They have centers in major cities including Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Atlanta. You can also apply by post in both countries. Those travelling to India from Canada will need to apply for Indian visas from BLS International Canada Services.

 You will need a tourist visa that can last from 3 months, 6 months to 1 year with single, double or multiple entries. If you are considering a holiday in India and nothing more, then a 3 months visa is fine as it will be slightly cheaper than other visas.

Indian woman
Indian woman: Photo by Irene Turner. Read her interview here.

Find out how to fly to India and get your tickets to India:

You will need to consider how you want to get to India. You will need to find out which airports fly to India either directly or indirectly. There are very few direct flights to India from US. Mostly likely, you will have to take a connecting flight somewhere in Europe such as London or Amsterdam. Many flights are now stopping in Dubai. You can either book these fights with the numerous online travel agents or from your high street agents. Most airports from the UK fly to India either directly or indirectly.

Book your hotel:

Once you have your tickets in place, you can need to find a good place to stay in India. Let’s say, you are travelling to Delhi. You will need to find out where you want to stay and how much you want to spend on your accommodation. There are no shortages of websites that sell hotel rooms. All you need to do is search for “hotels “in search engines and you will get a range of hotels to book either directly or indirectly through booking websites.

Find out places to visit at your desired destination:

Once these are sorted, you will need to find out where to visit and what to do in India. That’s pretty simple enough. I have listed some of the best places to visit in India on this website and in my book “Essential India Travel Guide: Travel Tips And Practical Information”. If you are a solo woman traveler perhaps this book might come into handy “India Travel Survival Guide For Women“.

Here’s a list of best places to visit in Delhi. Now the time is right to pack your bags. Here’s a list of essential items for you to bring to India.

Polish your travel Hindi:

You don’t really need to learn the Hindi language but if you did want to polish up then you can do so here right on this website (just follow the links below). Don’t forget to listen to me doing the pronunciations. In addition, you might consider getting this book that has all the necessary travel words and phrases in Hindi that you might need during your stay in India.

Essential Hindi for foreign travellers
Travel Hindi with audio
More travel Hindi with audio
Here’s a check list of things that you might need in India
Essential Hindi Words And Phrases For Travelers To India
Travel Delhi: Places to visit in Delhi

Travel to India:

Let’s wind this up! Now you have your visa to visit India on your passport, you have bought your tickets to India and your accommodation and places to visit have been sorted out. All you have to do is just fly to India, get to your hotel and start seeing India. Simple as that!

Alternately, you can book tickets to India from a holiday company such as Thompson Holidays or Thomas Cook or your favorite holiday travel agency. Just walk around the high street and shop around. Obviously this will save you a lot of time but if you want to save money and get the most out of India, then just buy your tickets to India, sort your hotels out yourself and travel to India and enjoy. Another way to go is to fill out this form and get free quotations for tours to India and itinerary suggestions from various travel agencies. If you like it well and good otherwise just say no. It will save you surfing multiple websites for packages, quotes and travel plans.

Daniel in Goa
Daniel in Goa. Read about Daniels experience in India.

Here are 101 travel tips for India

Enjoy:

Now you are in India! Enjoy the most of what India has to offer. As I said earlier, you might find the place slightly hot in the summer or little over crowded or the food too spicy but that’s India for you. Here’s a list of things you are going to hate about India and here’s yet another list why you will love India. I hope this how to travel to India guide has been useful.. Feel free to ask any questions and I will get back to you.

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34 thoughts on “How to travel to India?”

  1. Coming to India is a big experience for any foreigner… Like you said this is the best time to come to India as the weather is good and the whole country celebrates lots of festivals from October to March so one can see them also.

  2. You cover great topics here mam! Each and everything for any traveler in India. I have already recommended your blog for two of my friends who are planning to visit India. I have a humble request that, it would be great if you could concentrate a little more on Indian cuisines and dishes. Thanks

  3. Hi,

    Awesome post.All foreign tourist are most welcome in India.
    The “Essential India Travel Guide: Travel Tips And Practical Information” covers everything you need to know about India.

    Thanks to share this great post:)

    Regards,

    Neha Singh

  4. Travelling to Asian nation could be a nice fun as Asian nation could be an unimaginable place. Once I visited Delhi and it absolutely was very a fun. It’s also safety measures for foreigners whereas visiting North East states? hmmmm really great.

  5. Hello Shaluji,

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  6. Hello Shaluji,

    This is a great article about traveling to India. Information about flight travel and hotels is very well covered. I have also recently published a related article about top 10 cheapest travel destinations in India which will also be helpful to the readers traveling to India.

    Thanks you.

  7. India is a place where the monsoon will be best for any foreigner to plan for his trip. Your tips will be really useful for planning a journey. Thank you once again for your lovely article

  8. Whoever come to India for vacation, he will have to deal with indian train because it’s the primary mode of transportation in India. To get on the train you have to book ticket and inquire various things related train, so for that i suggest you to take the help of any good portal.

  9. Informative blog indeed. You have mentioned the countries from where visitors of India needs Passport and Visa. And you also have mentioned various Visa availability according to valid period. However, one important thing you skipped is the rates of India Visas with currency on different countries. I hope you to come up with these requirements. Thanks.

  10. Nice Blog. Informative blog indeed. You have mentioned the countries from where visitors of India needs Passport and Visa. I suggest you to take the help of any good portal. India is a place where the monsoon will be best for any foreigner to plan for his trip.

  11. India is a bit chaotic and crowded but this cannot prevent me visiting it as I desire to see gorgeous temples and better understand history of Buddha. One day, wait for me India……

  12. I have just seen India through the screen and internet but I am really fascinated by the culture, people and the landscape here. Thank you for your article which urged me to visit India soon.

  13. Monsoon is the right time to visit India as the rain keeps rinsing the earth and the weather is always pleasant. A long bike ride with friends and on time hot food are the best thing that happened to me.

  14. Travelling in India is different from travelling in other countries. The direction providing system is not very proper and there are many insecure places. This post is especially helpful for those travelling from UK or USA to India.

  15. India is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Every year so many tourists come to India.
    This article going to help so many travelers for India tourism.
    Thanks for such a nice post.
    Keep writing.

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