Home to the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most famous landmarks and love’s greatest gift, India is profoundly beautiful and promises an immersive assault on each of your senses. Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting flavours of Indian cuisine as you take a cooking course and create your own dish, and unwind in the Kerala backwaters while staying on a rustic house boat.
For a slice of the wild side, visit Ranthambore, home of the Tiger, and one of the few places in the world they can be seen in their natural habitat. Go with the flow and treasure your Indian experience; soak up the majestic palaces of Rajasthan, indulge in ancient ayurvedic treatments and combine with a beach break in Goa for a truly diverse holiday you’ll never forget. You’ll only scratch the surface of what India has to offer.
From October until May, especially November to April, Goa sees very little rain. Days are hot and sunny, followed by cool, comfortable evenings. With more than 320 hours of sunshine, January is the finest month of the year.
We particularly love Goa from November to March, when the sun shines everyday, rainfall is minimal, humidity is at its lowest, and evening temperatures are pleasantly cool. Check the calendar for colourful local festivals too.
Goa encounters the monsoon season from June to September. With heavy rainfall, higher humidity, rougher seas, and a lack of open facilities, this time of year is best avoided. July is the wettest month.
In the winter Kerala offers warm, sunny days with little to no rainfall. The previous monsoon season turns the entire area lush and verdantly green and we think the pleasant temperatures are best for enjoying the beaches and backwaters of Kerala.
There are two rainy seasons in Kerala: the southwest and the northeast monsoon. The southwest monsoon is the main rainy season, dumping torrential rain on Kerala from June until September. On the heels of this starts the northeast monsoon, bringing slightly less rain with warm and humid weather throughout October and November.
Summer brings rising temperatures with irregular rainfall and humid weather to Kerala. The cool breeze from the Arabian Sea keeps the warm temperatures comfortable. Expect occasional lightning and thunderstorms.
The disappearance of the northeast monsoon marks the start of winter in Kerala. This season ushers in cooler temperatures and low rainfall. The days are clear and sunny, although nights can get a bit chilly.
Expect sunny, warm days with cool, pleasant nights in New Delhi throughout October and November. It rarely rains during this season, so it is a good time to get outside and enjoy the sights the city has to offer.
Because of New Delhi’s extreme weather we like visiting in the spring or autumn (February and March or October and November). There is slightly more rain in the spring than autumn, but both seasons offer warm days with lots of sun and low humidity.
New Delhi’s short monsoon season lasts from July to mid September. These months are very hot, temperatures rising to 35°C, and very wet, accompanied by heavy, intermittent rains. The humidity from the heat and rain can be very uncomfortable.
New Delhi’s short spring season has sunny, pleasantly warm days and cool nights. Rain falls occasionally but there are very low levels of humidity.
Summers in New Delhi are scorching hot, temperatures rising to 46°C. May and June are the very hottest months, although the hot weather sticks around until October.
Compared to summer, winter in New Delhi is short and cold, temperatures hovering just above freezing. Mornings can be blurred by intense fog, although afternoons are usually clear with bright sunshine.
The winter months of November to February are by far the best time to visit Mumbai. Between the heavy rain of monsoon season and the overbearing heat of summer, this time of year sees dry, sunny days and comfortable temperatures.
Mumbai is a washout from June to September, when the monsoon season brings heavy rain and winds. Almost all of Mumbai’s annual rain falls at this time of year, and thunderstorms and floods are common.
The summer months of March, April, May, and October are dry, hot and humid, often to the point of being uncomfortable. Marking the beginning and end of the monsoon season, May and October are the hottest months of the year.
November to February is winter in Mumbai. The sun still shines, rainfall is rare, and temperatures are high, but cooled by welcome breezes and less oppressive than the summer months.
There are a number of carriers to offering flights to India from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Delhi and Mumbai can be reached on direct services with Jet Airways, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic.
Indirect Carriers: Emirates, Qatar Airways and Ethiad offer indirect services to Mumbai and Delhi via the Middle East. Sri Lanka Airlines features both cities via Colombo. The beach areas of Goa and Kerala can be reached via the main cities.
Departure Taxes: An international departure tax of 500 Rupees must be paid when departing India. This is usually included in your air ticket so please check before travel or plan in advance to have 500 Rupees upon departure.
While tipping in India is not compulsory and you can do so at your discretion, it is usually expected. Most restaurants include a 10 percent surcharge, although you can add more if the service was good. Priests are tipped, porters and attendants at hotels are tipped, guides are tipped, boatmen are tipped, and auto rickshaw and taxi drivers are tipped if they did a good job.
All travellers should be up to date on routine immunisations. Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Typhoid and anti-Malarial protection is recommended in some area of India. Please ensure you consult with your GP for up to date vaccination requirements for the area that you are travelling to.
British Citizens are required to have a visa to enter India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website. Or contact the Indian Embassy on 0207 836 8484.
Holders of passports endorsed ‘British citizen’ who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for an e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) to enter India at certain designated airports. Date of journey should not be greater than 34 days from the date of your application. You can find more information about the eligibility criteria on the government of India’s e-Tourist Visa website.
You should check carefully whether or not you’re eligible for an e-TV before you apply. British subject, British protected person, British overseas citizen, British national (overseas) and British overseas territories citizen passport holders aren’t eligible to apply for an e-TV.
Please ensure you carry a copy of your certified e-visa with you at all times (including departing from the United Kingdom) as airlines will require proof you have a valid visa.
As advised from the local governments and the FCO, customers travelling to and from India, with immediate effect, must have a Machine Readable Passport, as immigration will not be accepting passports which are non-machine readable.
The currency in India is the Indian Rupee. India has a closed currency, meaning you cannot take Rupees in or out of the country. This of course means you cannot exchange your UK Pounds prior to arriving in India. There are numerous currency exchanges located throughout the airport and all major stations.
We recommend you withdraw Indian Rupees from a cash machine upon arriving in India, or bring cash to exchange. Cash machines are found at airports, major stations, and throughout India’s larger cities and towns. Make larger transactions less often to incur fewer fees. You cannot convert your Indian Rupees back to UK Pounds after leaving India, so be sure to do this prior to your departure date. Major credit cards are generally accepted, although smaller shops will not accept them.