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 Bandhavgarh NP, hanging with nomads in Jaisalmer, meeting the holy men of Pushkar or camping under the stars in Bijaipur. This isn’t 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:

Transport through India in a Jeep


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

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Camels roam through the desert at sunset


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Smiling traveller inside a river boat on the backwaters of Kerala


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Accommodation in India

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in India you may find yourself staying in a:

Eating dinner off a banana leaf is part of your India homestay


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Jungle huts are a common accommodation in India

Jungle Resort

With walks, wildlife spotting and adventure sports nearby, staying in a jungle resort is the perfect way to see another side of India.

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Heritage stay in India at Rajasthan Karuli

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The Taj Mahal in front of its reflecting pool, Agra, India

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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.

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 follow the instructions at - and complete the application for your E-Tourist Visa. 

  • Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel (check under ELIGIBILITY section).
  • E-visas are only available for entry of up to 30 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.

For your visa application you need to include the following information under the local contact section towards the end of the application. :

PEAK India
25/3 East Patel Nagar
New Delhi 110008
Phone: +91 11 4500 6400

Please note that this information can change at any time. Please always refer to . This is the official visa online site. There have been reports of other non-official websites that travellers should be aware of.

Safari Bookings - Ranthambore National Park
To ensure your safari booking at Ranthambore National Park, we require a scanned copy of the bio page of your passport at the time of booking. 
Your safari arrangements cannot be completed without this information.

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 cyber 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 urban areas, but can be patchy and less reliable in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure global roaming is activated on your phone before you arrive.

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

It's not recommended to drink the tap water in India. Filtered water is a better option; try to use a refillable canteen or water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Remember to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.

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(National Day)    
  • 26 Jun Ramazan / Idul Fitr (End of Ramadan) *
  • 15 Aug Independence Day   
  • 2 Sep Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha (Feast of Sacrifice)
  • Idu'l Zuha (Feast of Sacrifice) National 
  • 30 Sep Durga Puja / Dussehra(Vijaya Dashami)
  • 2 Oct Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday

* Subject to changes

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in India go to:

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.

India Ooty tea Plantation

Top responsible travel tips for India

1. Be considerate of India’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

In India, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:

Pollinate Energy

Pollinate Energy

Pollinate Energy is a social business with a simple mission – to improve the lives of India’s urban poor by giving them access to affordable products. With a focus on sustainable solutions, such as solar lights and improved cookstoves, people are able to reduce indoor smoke, have better quality light, use less fuel and save money.

Photo provided by Pollinate Energy

Asha Ka Jharna

Asha Ka Jharna

Providing essential services to disabled children and adults, this Rajasthan-based organisation assists disempowered people to feel part of their community. Vocational training, education, guidance and counselling all help to foster self reliance and confidence. 

Image supplied by Asha Ka Jharna.

To learn more or donate, go to: