What you need to know
Information and Facts
India is a majestic country and rich in history and cultire. History buffs will love various cities throughout the country such as Old and New Delhi, a marvellous city built in the 6th century. Be sure to visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, accommodating up to 25,000 people within the facility. Visit one of the busiest regions in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, a great location to purchase various souvenirs to take home from spices to saris and jewelry.
India mostly has a tropical climate year-round; however, the country does have a couple of cooler months, that would be similar to that of a mild winter season. April through to October is typically very hot, with temperatures reaching up to 45 degrees Celsius. December to February the temperature hovers at around 12 degrees Celsius.
India is generally a very safe destination to visit. It is recommended to take any necessary precautions as you would when at home; bring sun block and apply regularly, stay hydrated often, wear long-sleeved clothing to prevent burn or insect bites and have copies on-hand of your important documents (ie: passport, excursion/tour confirmations, event tickets, etc.), while keeping them stored separately (and safely) from the originals. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems.
While some vaccines may be recommended when travelling around Asia – WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Tetanus, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots – there aren’t any known ailments or endemic diseases where there is a need for a particular immunisation required for travel.
In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician, who knows your medical history, and can assess any risks involved with your intended destination.
Currency & Customs
Currency in India is the Indian rupee. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is widely accepted.
Canadian passport holders can enter India but require a travel visa upon on arrival and prior to exiting the country.
There are restrictions on the amounts of alcohol and tobacco products brought into the country. Plants and animals, and products made from such, will be subject to restrictions and quarantine. All Food Products should be declared on arrival.
The electrical current for India is 230 Volts at 50 Hertz; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust (best to seek advice from an electronic or gadget specialist).
There are a variety of languages spoken in India from Hindi to Bengali, Marathi, Urdu, Punjabi and more. English is also an official language and widely spoken in major cities and businesses.