If you are a German willing to visit India for the first time, then you must be having several questions about India. We have gathered all the possible ones in the below section. Check it out and plan a tour to India from Germany at the earliest.
- How to get a tourist Visa for India from Germany?
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 for Germans to visit India?
India is a tropical country, hence the best time to travel to India in winter is from October to March. As during this time, the weather becomes pleasant, except peak winter that starts after Christmas.
- What are top-5 must-visit destinations in India for Germany?
The top-5 destinations to visit in India for a Germany tourist would be Rajasthan, Dol Ashram in Almora, temples in Rishikesh & Haridwar for cultural insights and Kerala for an Ayurvedic spa treatment.
- Which type of clothes should Germans carry while traveling to India?
Indian summers can be unbearably hot hence, carry a lot of cotton clothes from shorts, jeans or loose pants to t-shirts and shirts if you are in India from March to June. Women can carry Jeans and tops along with skirts and dresses. If you are traveling in between Dec to March, carry pullovers, jackets, boots, and hats.
- Can I use tap water for drinking purposes?
No, Indian tap water is not safe for drinking. Use only bottled water during your stay in India.
- If I have specific dietary requirements, will the hotels cater to my needs in India?
If you have specific dietary requirements, ask your hotel about it in advance. Although most of the 4 and 5 Star hotels are equipped with a staff that is capable of taking care of dietary requirements of International tourists, yet a surety beforehand will only make your stay a comfortable one.
- What if I don’t want to eat anything spicy, do Indian restaurants cater to non-spicy food as well?
India is a country of spices, from North to South, you will experience a great diversity of food if you indulge in the Indian delicacies. Having said that, if you still choose to stay from the Indian food, instruct the restaurant at your hotel to keep your food less spicy. Also, avoid eating the spicy local street food ( unless recommended by authentic resources ) as you may not find many non-spicy food options.
- Can I get some budget-friendly but decent hotels in India?
India is one of the budget-friendly tourist destinations, you can enjoy a decent stay at 30 Euro per night and luxurious stay at 200 Euro or more. Contact our specialist at https://www.indiatours.com/contact.html to get a holiday package that suits your budget as well as your expectation.
- Should I be worried about the hygiene of my hotel in India?
It depends on the hotel to hotel, but if you have booked a 4star or 5 star, you shouldn’t be worried at all about the hygiene as these hotels maintain a high level of cleanliness and are equipped with world-class facilities to take care of your every need.
- How safe is India for a German solo- traveler woman?
Solo-travelling in India is becoming increasingly popular, and India is safe for a woman like any other country but if you are in a remote area, avoid travelling after dark. Also, always keep a list of emergency numbers of India in your speed-dial.
- How can a German book a customized holiday plan?
If you want a customized holiday plan as per your taste, you can contact our specialists at https://www.india-tours.com/contact.html.
- Can Germans 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 Germans to travel in India?
If you want to experience the best of Indian culture and peek into the soul of rural India, travel India via road.
- How safe it is for Germans to take help from the locals?
Indians are very helping and would be more than happy to guide you if you are facing any issue during your travel. Hence, do not hesitate from asking for help unless the person is a tout or a scammer who seems to extract some money out of you.
- Are the monuments handicapped friendly in India?
Indian monuments are not handicapped friendly, and you would require assistance while visiting them.
- How bad is the pollution of India for a German?
Most of the metropolitan cities like New Delhi could reach a high level of pollution during winters, but you could enjoy a pollution-free environment if you are traveling in rural India or in smaller towns like Rishikesh, Jodhpur, Almora, etc.
- Is it easy to find a German-speaking guide in India?
If you are in a touristic city like Jaipur, Bikaner, etc., you will easily find a German-speaking guide, but if you are traveling somewhere in a rural area, it will be very hard to find anyone who understands or speaks German. To overcome this problem, always keep a Hindi guide handy, so that you can make people around you understand and roam around without much hassle.
- What to buy during my India-trip?
A must- buy the item in your shopping cart would be colorful Indian handicrafts that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The other must-buy items include jewelry, fabric, silk clothes, blue pottery, carpets, etc.
- Is it easy for a German 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 German?
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 Germans need medical and travel insurance for traveling to India?
Yes, you need both medical and travel insurance before coming to India.
- What if I face any accident during my trip? Are Indian hospitals good enough for Germans as well?
India has a lot of private hospitals with world-class facilities and you can be rest assured to get a great medical treatment in case of any emergency.
- Do Germans need any specific Vaccinations before coming to India?
No, Germans don’t need any specific Vaccinations before coming to India.
- Which medicines should a German 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 German 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.
- What are some basic words in Hindi to help me get by?
Some basic words that a German 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 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?
Metropolitan cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata are famous for their night-life culture, and most of the restaurants 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.
- Can I bargain with the shopkeepers of the local market?
Yes you can bargain with the shopkeepers of the local market as mostly the price they will quote is higher than the actual price. Hence, it is advised to bargain until you find the price reasonable.
- Can I take photos anywhere in India?
It depends on the kind of place you are visiting, some monuments and temples might restrict photography outside of the premises. Read the notice boards carefully while visiting such places or contact the concerned authorities present at a particular place if you are in doubt.
- Can I easily have Non-Veg dishes in India?
Yes, from North to South, Non-Veg options are easily available and especially, dishes made out of Chicken, Lamb, and mutton are commonly found in the entire country except 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.
- 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.
- Is Internet connectivity in India as good as Germany?
Internet connectivity in most of the Indian cities is excellent, and you can avail free Wi-Fi services in almost all the hotels during your stay.
- Can I easily avail 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.