There’s probably no other country on the planet that blazes its way into your memory like India.

Years later, you can still hear the morning calls of the chai wallahs and the silence of the desert, see smoke curling over the Ganges and a pale gold Varanasi sunrise. A lot of India tours rush from highlight to highlight, ticking them off in a blur of temples and tikka. But not us. Our India trips are more about spotting Bengal tigers in Ranthambhore or Panna National Park, hanging with nomads in Jaisalmer, meeting the holy men of Pushkar or camping under the stars in the desert. This isn’t just the India you see on postcards. This is India as it is. Raw, bizarre and totally addictive. 

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Transport in India

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in India, you may find yourself travelling by:

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Jeep

Safari through jungles and national parks aboard a jeep, which is ideal for conquering the difficult terrain and offers supreme wildlife viewing opportunities.

India & Nepal

Delhi to Kathmandu

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Boat

Cruising the waterways of India is a revealing, inspiring experience. Whether it’s the iconic Ganges or peaceful Kerala backwaters, seeing India from the water is a must.

Iconic India

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South India Revealed

Southern India

Classic South India

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Overnight Sleeper Train

Travelling by train is one of the great experiences of India. It's a system which looks like chaos, but it works - and well. Click here to read more about travelling by train in India.

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Use the efficient metro to get around the sights and suburbs of Delhi.

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Zip around the big cities of India by auto rickshaw.

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Accommodation in India

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Homestay

Make new friends, feast on authentic home cooking and receive kind hospitality while staying with friendly families in India.

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Southern India

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Jungle Resort

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India travel FAQs

An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) Facility is available for holders of a passport for a number of countries. This facility allows travellers to pre-register and pay for their visa prior to travel to India. The Visa is collected upon arrival at one of 16 designated airports in India. Please note strict guidelines on the below website.

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) visa on arrival is available for select nationalities including but not limited to the following:

Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, German, UK and USA passports.

Passport holders from these countries can apply for an E-Tourist Visa (eVT) to have their visa issued upon arrival at 16 major airports in India.

- Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel (check under ELIGIBILITY section).

- E-visas are only available for entry of up to 60 days. If you plan to be in India longer you will need to apply for a tourist visa at an Indian visa application centre in your home country.

- Please note that travellers entering India overland from Nepal are required to apply for a visa in advance their home country. Visas will not be issued on the Nepal/Indian border.

- The E-Tourist Visa DOES NOT apply to travellers entering India overland. Please check your trip notes if you are crossing a border between India and Nepal.

- Indian visas are difficult and time consuming to obtain in Nepal.

Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip.

Please note that this information can change at any time. Please always refer to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

This is the official visa online site. There have been reports of other non-official websites that are in fact operated by visa companies - it is at your own risk if you choose to use other parties to process your e-visa.

While not mandatory, tipping porters, drivers, restaurant staff and other service workers is considered polite. When taking into account the low wages earned by the average Indian person, a small tip of 5-10% of the service is a gracious way to show your appreciation.

The internet has grown rapidly in India, so finding Wi-Fi access and internet cafes in the large cities and regional centres won't be a problem. Smaller towns, isolated areas and rural villages may have limited to no access.

Mobile phone coverage is generally good in India’s urban areas but may not be available in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

Squat toilets are the most common toilets in India. Always carry your own toilet paper and soap or hand sanitizer, as they are usually not provided. Western-style flushable toilets can be found in up-market restaurants, five-star hotels and in some tourist areas.

Cup of tea = 5 INR
Small bottle of beer = 40 INR 
Basic street food plate = 40-60 INR
Buffet dinner in a nice restaurant = 800-1500 INR

Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in India. Remember to avoid drinks with ice and to peel fruit before eating it. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Ask your trip leader or hotel as to where you can find filtered water.

Credit cards are usually accepted by modern hotels, restaurants and medium-to-large shops in tourist areas. Smaller shops, cafes, market stalls and places in remote areas probably won’t have facilities that support credit cards, so ensure you have enough cash to cover expenses while in rural areas or when visiting smaller vendors and bazaars.

ATMs can be found in India's large cities so finding one shouldn’t be a problem. Smaller towns and isolated areas will have very few or none at all, so have enough cash to cover purchases when out of major cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 26 Jan: Republic Day
  • 13 Mar: Holi
  • 17 April: Mahavir Jayanti
  • 19 April: Good Friday
  • 21 April: Easter Monday
  • 19 May: Buddha’s Birthday
  • 15 Aug: Independence Day
  • 30 Aug: Islamic New Year
  • 30 Sep: Dussehra
  • 2 Oct: Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
  • 27 Oct: Diwali
  • 12 Nov: Guru Nanak Jayanti
  • 5 Dec: Birth of the Prophet Muhammad
  • 25 Dec: Christmas Day

The dates of some of these holidays change each year as they are celebrated according to the Indian lunar calendar or the Islamic calendar.

For a current list of public holidays in India go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/asia/India/public-holidays/

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

As for any traveller to India, travellers with disabilities will need plenty of patience and flexibility to get the most out of exploring India. India is working towards becoming more accessible for travellers with disabilities in the face of huge challenges. While resources are scarce and infrastructure currently underdeveloped, accessibility is a focus of government policy. Currently travel in India for people with disabilities is limited by societal attitudes and lack of infrastructure. People with disabilities are often isolated from mainstream society and many locals will not have had experience meeting disabled people. However, a big advantage India does have in making it easier to travel with a disability is that it is affordable to hire additional guides or a car and driver to help you get around.

Only top end hotels may be wheelchair friendly so if you require accessible rooms you will need to enquire with the accommodation in advance. Some restaurants may have ramps, but most buildings will have steps at the entrance. Footpaths are rarely free from crowds, obstacles, litter or holes where they do exist. In many places paths will be unpaved and uneven. Many domestic airlines will not be able to adequately accommodate manual wheelchair users, although Jet Airways and Air India are generally said to have the best provisions.  Progress is being made to make ramps available to enter and exit trains and provide disabled toilet facilities at railway stations. Metro stations in big cities like Delhi and Mumbai should have elevators, however these are not always functioning. Major tourist sites managed by the Archaeological Survey of India often have audio guides available, and guides for hire as well as attendants who may be able to assist with mobility or other needs.

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Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective.

Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travellers in India. In some ways, the country is regressing in this area. Though homosexuality was decriminalised in 2009, it was again made illegal in 2013. That said, gay clubs can be found in a number of larger cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Goa. And in 2014, transgendered people received legal recognition as a third gender. Keep in mind that public displays of affection are frowned upon in India, regardless of sexual orientation.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel.

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

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How we're giving back

In India, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.