Traveling To India For The First Time From Italy

Are you worried about your visit to India? If yes, then you have come to the right place. Here we have enlisted all the FAQs related to the country. These have been answered keeping into consideration the Italians. So, delay no more and get going now.

  1. How to get a tourist Visa for India from Italy?

    Apply for an E-tourist visit online minimum of 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. An E-tourist generally comes with a validity of 90 days from the date of arrival in India.

  2. Which is the best time for Italians to visit India?

    If you want to experience the best of this tropical country, visit in winter from October to March as during summer, most of the country, especially Delhi and Rajasthan become unbearably hot and the temperature can go up to 50-degree celsius.

  3. What are some top-destinations that an Italian must visit?

    India is a cultural extravaganza; get ready for a cultural feast in the colorful Rajasthan by visiting cities like Pushkar, Jodhpur and the Rann of Kutch. Visit Almora and Rishikesh for the best of Himalayan experience and Yogic retreat. Relish the peaceful vibe of Leh by visiting this city of monasteries and explore the beautiful western ghats of southern India by visiting the tea gardens of Munnar.

  4. Should I be conscious of what I wear in India?

    India is not only growing economically but also culturally, and the acceptance of western culture is easily seen in most of the country as people, especially the young prefer western wear over ethnic clothes. Hence, you can wear anything from shorts to jeans, tops to dresses, however, you should be mindful while visiting a religious site where everyone is expected to cover their heads along with shoulders and knees.

  5. Is the water in India safe for drinking?

    In India, people use filtered water at home for drinking purpose and tap-water is not considered a good option for the same. Hence, always use bottled water for drinking wherever you are in India, your hotel, at a tourist palace or even at the local restaurants.

  6. Is Italian food easily available in Indian hotels?

    If you are staying in a 4 or 5-star hotel in India, you shouldn’t be worried about it at all as these hotels fulfill all the dietary requirements of the visitors from around the world.

  7. Can the Italians get non-spicy food in India?

    Indian cuisine is famous for its use of spices that makes thing delectable and you definitely try some while you are in India. However, not every dish is spicy, and you can contact your hotel to get a list of food items that are non-spicy or instruct them to make your food less spicy.

  8. Are Indian hotels expensive for Italians?

    It depends on the place of your stay, if you are staying in a 5 star hotel, it would cost you around 150$ and more. But if you do not want to spend a lot on your stay, you can avail decent options from as low as Euro 30. Contact our specialist at to offer you a holiday that suits your budget as well as your expectations.

  9. Do the hotels in India have good hygiene and modern amenities suitable for Italians?

    Yes, every 4-star and 5-star hotel in India maintain a high level of hygiene and are equipped with world-class facilities to take care of your every need.

  10. How safe is India for a solo-woman traveller from Italy?

    India is safe for a woman as 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.

  11. How can an Italian book a customized holiday plan?

    As travellers from different countries seek different things from travel, we at India tours know how to create authentic tours as per your tastes, contact our specialists at for a customized holiday plan.

  12. Can Italians 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 travelling to rural or remote areas where people still prefer cash as the mode of payment.

  13. Which is the best way for an Italian to travel in India?

    The best of India lies in its streets and villages and if you ready for a bumpy ride filled with real experiences, travel via road. However, if you are here only for a short duration, choose a flight or trains to extract the most.

  14. How safe it is for an Italian to take help from the locals?

    Foreigners are always a subject of curiosity for the Indians and they would be more than happy to help you in any form. However, beware from scammers and con-artists.

  15. 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.

  16. Is the pollution level in India bad for an Italian?

    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.

  17. Is it easy to find an Italian speaking guide in India?

    Most of the tourist places like monuments and famous temples have guides for most of the international languages. Here you will easily find an Italian speaking guide but you could face problems in communicating with the locals while roaming around in the city. To avoid this situation, keep a Hindi guide book and learn some basic Hindi words before coming to India.

  18. What to buy during my India-trip?

    A must- buy item in your shopping cart would be colourful Indian handicrafts that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The other must-buy items include jewellery, fabric, silk clothes, blue pottery, carpets etc.

  19. Is it easy for an Italian 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.

  20. What amount of tip is expected from an Italian?

    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.

  21. Do Italian need medical and travel insurance for travelling to India?

    Yes, you need both medical and travel insurance before coming to India.

  22. Are Indian hospitals good enough for Italians as well?

    India has a lot of private hospitals with world class fascilities, and you can be rest assured to get a great medical treatment in case of any emergency.

  23. Do Italians need any specific Vaccinations before coming to India?

    No, Italians don’t need any specific Vaccinations before coming to India.

  24. Which medicines should we carry when travelling to India?

    Carry medicines for Diarrhoea and Malaria while travelling to India.

  25. Is electricity 110 V or 220 V? What type of plugs/sockets should an Italian 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.

  26. Is India a good destination for Italian to travel with family?

    With options like camel safaris in Rajasthan, adventures in National Parks, houseboat-ride in backwaters of Kerala, balloon rides and sound & light show in monuments, India is the perfect destination to travel with your family.

  27. What are some basic words in Hindi to help me get by?

    Some basic words that an Italian traveller 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
    Madat- Help
    Acha hai- It is good
    Acha Nahi hai- It is not good
    Pani- Water

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. Can I bargain with the shopkeepers of the local market?

    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.

  31. Can I take photos anywhere in India?

    Although you can take pictures in most scenic places, some monuments and temples and prohibit photography. Hence, it is advised to ask permission from the concerned authorities every time you are in doubt.

  32. 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 is 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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 South. The most commonly found food is wheat, rice, pulses and vegetables cooked with spices.

  35. It is my first time to India, what should I cover on the first day of my trip?

    If you want to kickstart your trip by experiencing a unique, vibrant and colourful culture, start from Rajasthan, here, your heart will be filled by warmth of Indian hospitality and amazing people.

  36. How is the internet connectivity in India?

    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.

  37. 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.