Are you French planning to visit India for the first time? If yes, then there are certain things you must bear in mind before planning a trip to India. We have answered all the possible questions that you might have about India. So, have a look and plan a tour to India from France right now.
- How to get a tourist Visa for India from France?
Indian Government provides an E-Visa for international tourists visiting India. You can apply for an E-tourist Visa online, which will give you a period of 90 days to stay in India.
- Which is the best time to visit India?
Indian summers can be a challenge, especially for foreign tourists, hence the best time to travel to India in winter – from October to March. As during this, the weather becomes pleasant, except peak winter that starts after Christmas.
- What are top-5 must-visit destinations in India for a French tourist?
The top-5 destinations to visit in India for a French tourist would be the Rajasthan, The TajMahal at Agra, and Varanasi, South India for temples and Kerala for an Ayurvedic spa treatment.
- Is the tap-water in India safe for drinking?
The tap water in India is not considered a good option for drinking purposes. Always use bottled water during your stay in India.
- Are the hotels in India equipped to make French cuisine?
Yes, most of the 4 and 5-star hotels are equipped to make every kind of international delicacies. Hence you can rest assured that your requirements will be taken care of in any 5 star hotel in India.
- Can I get non-spicy food in India?
The restaurants in 4 and 5 stars will take care of such specific requirements. Just inform your hotel staff about it in advance, and you can enjoy the non-spicy meal every day.
- Are Indian hotels expensive for French tourists?
No, as India is one of the cheapest tourist destinations, you can enjoy a decent stay at 30 Euros per night and luxurious stay at 150 Euros or more. Contact our specialist at https://www.indiatours.com/contact.html to offer you a holiday that suits your budget as well as your expectations.
- Do the hotels in India have good hygiene and modern amenities suitable for Frenchs?
If you are staying in a 4 or 5-star hotel, you can expect a high level of hygiene and maintenance along with world-class facilities.
- How safe is India for a solo-woman traveler from France?
India is safe for a woman like any other country but if you are in a remote area, avoid traveling after dark. Also, always keep the list of emergency numbers of India in your speed-dial.
- Are there handicapped friendly hotels in India?
Yes, there are handicapped friendly hotels in India. Most of the 5-star hotels have handicapped-friendly rooms fitted with accessible toilets.
- How can a French book a customized holiday plan?
If you are looking for a customized holiday plan that takes care of everything along with making your stay in India a smooth-ride, you can contact our specialists at https://www.india-tours.com/contact.html.
- Can French use credit cards in India?
You can pay at hotels, shops, and restaurants with credit cards, but having some cash handy will help you while traveling to rural or remote areas where people still prefer cash as the mode of payment.
- Which is the best way for French to travel in India?
If you want to experience India in its most raw form, travel via road. Although, if you want a comfortable traveling experience, keep your train tickets and flight booked in advance.
- How safe it is for a French to take help from the locals?
Indians are very helping, and you should never hesitate if you are facing any issue. However, always avoid people who constantly pester you to buy something from them like scammers or con-artists.
- Are the monuments handicapped friendly in India?
No, most of the monuments in India are not handicapped friendly, and you would require assistance while visiting them.
- Is the pollution level in India bad for a French?
The pollution level could be bad in cities Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai but the semi-urban and rural areas are much cleaner and free from pollution.
- Is it easy to find a French-speaking guide in India?
In touristic places like Rajasthan and Agra, you would easily find a French-speaking guide but it would be better to keep a Hindi guide book to communicate with most of the Indians.
- What to buy during my India-trip?
Invest in Indian handicrafts and other handmade products made by the local artisans. The other must-buy items include jewelry, fabric, silk clothes, blue pottery, carpets, etc.
- Is it easy for a French to buy a SIM card in India?
Yes, you can easily purchase a SIM in India as there are a number of telecom companies that provide this facility.
- What amount of tip is expected from a French?
Tipping always depends on the services rendered; however, a decent tip in a restaurant is about 10%. You can tip about 5 to 10 Euros to your driver and guide.
- Do French need medical and travel insurance for traveling to India?
Yes, you need both medical and travel insurance before coming to India.
- Are Indian hospitals good enough for French as well?
Yes, India has a lot of private hospitals with world-class amenities, and you can be rest assured to get a great medical treatment in case of any emergency.
- Do French need any specific Vaccinations before coming to India?
No, Canadians don’t need any specific Vaccinations before coming to India.
- Which medicines should we carry when traveling to India?
Carry medicines for Diarrhoea and Malaria while traveling to India.
- Is electricity 110 V or 220 V? What type of plugs/sockets should a French carry in India?
The electricity in India is 220V. Carry a Universal plug as the socket, and power plugs in India are of type C, D, and M.
- Is India a good destination for a French to travel with Family?
Yes, India is a very diverse country and a family vacation to this culturally rich country would be an ideal option as the children can enjoy camel safaris in Rajasthan, witness the beauty of National Parks, enjoy houseboat-ride in backwaters of Kerala and sound& light shows in the monument.
- What are some basic words in Hindi to help me get by?
Some basic words that a French traveler can learn before coming to India are:
Kaise ho- How are you?
Achha/ Achhi hun- I am fine.
Kitne paise- How much are you going to charge?
Theek hai- Okay/ Alright
Acha hai- It is good
Acha Nahi hai- It is not good
- Where should I contact in case of an emergency in India?
In case of an emergency, call 112, India’s all-in-one emergency helpline number. Other emergency numbers are – POLICE-100, FIRE-101, and AMBULANCE-102. You can also call our 24/7 customer service office number +91 11 41050560 for any emergency.
- Till what time restaurants are open at night in India?
India is very different from France when it comes to nightlife and restaurants in metropolitan cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata are open till late at night, but if you are in a semi-urban city, you can expect to find some restaurants open only till 10 pm.
- Is it okay to haggle with local vendors?
While shopping in a local market, it is advised to bargain before settling down at a reasonable price. If possible, you can also take the help of a local for the same to get an idea of the price range of a specific product.
- How is the ATM facility in India?
ATMs are easily available in most of the urban and semi-urban cities in India, whereas you could face some problems while locating an ATM in a rural area.
- Am I allowed to take photographs anywhere?
Places like monuments and temples might prohibit photography but most places allow photography. If you are clicking the picture of a local, it is advised to ask their permission, especially if it’s a woman.
- Can I easily have Non-Veg dishes in India?
Yes, Non-Veg options are easily available in India. Dishes made out of Chicken, Lamb, and mutton are commonly found in the entire country except for Gujarat. Beef is banned in India considering the religious beliefs of the Hindus, but you can definitely gorge on everything else available in Non-Veg options including Seafood.
- Is it possible to experience the best of India on a budget?
Yes, it is possible as India is one of the most budget-friendly countries. You can afford a decent place to stay even on a budget as decent places to stay start from $15 per day and can go up to $150 or more depending on how much you spend on your stay.
- What is the most commonly eaten delicacy in India?
Indian food is as diverse as the nation, and you can taste different delicacies from the north to the South. The most commonly found food is wheat, rice, pulses, and vegetables cooked with spices.
- How is the internet connectivity in India?
Internet connectivity in most of the Indian cities is excellent, and you can avail of free Wi-Fi services in almost all the hotels during your stay.