You’ll feel it in the age-old temples and hear it in the sacred chants. You’ll meet it in every cow on every crooked street, and smell it in the incense floating through the air – it’s India’s ancient spirituality that’ll touch you through and through.

It’s the birthplace of four religions and one of the spiritual centres of the world. Everything here vibrates with a kind of kind of mystical energy, from the marble domes of the Taj Mahal to the majestic elephants of the southern jungle. Discover India’s religious heritage in the ancient temples of Madurai, and its loveable chaos in the modern day bazaars.

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INDIA:
Australia: On arrival with online e-Tourist Visa and in advance (please read conditions below)
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: On arrival with online e-Tourist Visa and in advance (please read conditions below)
Germany: On arrival with online e-Tourist Visa and in advance (please read conditions below)
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: On arrival with online e-Tourist Visa and in advance (please read conditions below)
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Yes - in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance (please see new information regarding changes for travellers with UK passports)
USA: On arrival with online e-Tourist Visa and in advance (please read conditions below)

NEW

IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION FOR UK PASSPORT HOLDERS TRAVELLING TO INDIA
With affect from 14 March 2015, all UK passport holders will be required to book an appointment online to submit their applications at a VFS application centre. Please see VFS website for full details on how to apply for an Indian visa at: http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/index.html 

 

Visa on arrival is available for select nationalities
Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, German and USA passport holders please note - The Indian Government has advised that passport holders from these countries can now apply for an e-Tourist Visa to have their visa issued upon arrival at 9 major airports in India.

Please follow the instructions at - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html to complete the application for your e-Tourist Visa. Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel.

Please note that travellers entering India overland from Nepal will still need to apply for a visa in 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.

Indian visas CANNOT be obtained 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.

DETAILS OF TWO REFERENCES:

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

 

Tipping is expected for many services in India, for porters, drivers and at restaurants. About 5-10% of the bill is the norm. 

Internet is prevalent in regional centres, but is hard to come by in small towns, rural and remote areas. 

Mobile coverage is good in urban areas but can be unreliable outside of cities. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Squat toilets are the norm in India, although you may find western-style toilets in tourist places, nice restaurants and hotels. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.

  • 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 is not considered safe in India. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filtered water to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

You’ll be able to use your credit card at some hotels, restaurants, tourist establishments and major shops. But you’ll need cash to make purchases from many local businesses. 

ATMs are prevalent in major cities but they are hard to come by outside of these areas.

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their India tour. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/India/public-holidays

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