Are you traveling to India from Australia for the first time? We understand what all questions you may have in your mind. That is why we have compiled the following list of must-knows, which you should keep handy before planning the India tour from Australia. These will surely help you to enjoy hassle-free vacations in India.
- Do many Australians travel to India?
Yes, India is one of the top destinations for Australian tourists. Every year thousands of Australian tourists come to visit India, and the number continues to rise with each passing year.
- How to get an India visa easily for Australians?
Australians can apply for an ETV (Electronic Travel Visas). This visa is valid for a period of 60 days with a double-entry permit.
- Which is the best time for Australians to visit India?
The best time to travel to India is winters – from October to March. As most of India is tropical and during winters the Himalayas stop the cold winds and keep the weather pleasant.
- Can Australians travel to India during monsoons?
Yes, you can, and as it is offseason, the cities and tourist places are less crowded and there are discounts running at hotels.
- What are top-5 must-visit destinations in India for Australians?
The top-5 destinations to visit in India for an Australian tourist would be the iconic TAJ MAHAL, get treated like a royal in the luxurious hotels of Rajasthan, feel the strength of spirituality in Varanasi, bask in the sun of Goa’s pristine beaches and relax in the beautiful backwaters of Kerala.
- Which type of clothes should Australians carry while travelling to India?
If you are in India during the summers, you should carry a lot of cotton clothes. For men, wearing shorts, jeans or loose pants and t-shirts along with a hat would be a go-to outfit for any destination. For women, wearing ankle-length dresses is advised mainly at religious places like temples and mosques. You can wear jeans and tops in most of the country. If you are travelling in between Oct to March, carry pullovers and jackets, hats, etc.
- Which clothing should Australians wear while visiting religious places in India?
For females wear tops with half sleeves and cover head with a scarf, avoid mini-skirts and wear long skirts. For men, wear pants and T-shirts but cover your head while visiting a mosque or a Sikh temple.
- Is the water in India safe for drinking for Australians?
It is not advisable to drink tap water from a public place in India, so use bottled water for drinking. However, most Indian hotels and restaurants use filtered water for drinking.
- If I have specific dietary requirements, will it be possible to cater to my needs in India?
It depends on the hotel where you are staying, most of the 4 star and 5-star hotels in India are able to take care of the dietary requirements of Australians but just to be on a safer side, inform your hotel in advance about it.
- Can the Australians get non-spicy food in India?
Yes, non-spicy food is available. Also, if you are eating in the restaurant at your hotel, give specific instructions to make your food non-spicy.
- For Australians, are the Indian hotels expensive?
India offers hotels for every kind of traveler from luxury resorts and hotels of Rajasthan to cheaper guesthouses and hotels if you are on a budget trip. Contact our specialist at https://www.india-tours.com/contact.html to offer you a holiday matching your expectations.
- Do the hotels in India have good hygiene and modern amenities suitable for Australians?
Yes, most of the 4star and 5-star hotels in India maintain a high level of hygiene and are equipped to provide Australians with modern facilities.
- Is an Australian solo lady traveler safe in the hotels of India?
India is as safe as any other country, and any solo lady traveller is safe in an Indian hotel. However, just like any other country avoid traveling solo after dark and always have a list of emergency numbers used in India.
- Are there handicapped friendly hotels for Australians in India?
Yes, there are handicapped friendly hotels in India for Australians. Most of the 5-star hotels have handicapped-friendly rooms fitted with accessible toilets, but you might find it a challenge while visiting a monument and would have to ask for assistance.
- How can an Australian book an Indian holiday at a competitive rate?
Many Indian travel agencies offer discounts when you book in advance. Also, booking a flight in advance would bring benefits of a cheaper flight rate. The only thing to keep in mind is booking a holiday package with a reputed travel agency.
- Can Australians use credit cards in India?
Yes, Australians can pay at hotels, shops, and restaurants with credit cards.
- Which is the best way for Australians to travel in India?
It depends on the kind of traveller that you are, India is well connected through roads, trains, and air. However, to feel the real essence of India, a road trip is highly recommended.
- Is it safe for Australians to participate in local fairs & festivals in India?
Yes, it is safe for any Australian to participate in any local fairs and festivals and enjoy warm Indian hospitality. Festivals are a reflection of Indian culture at its best, and you will have an enriching experience that will fill your soul with the vibrant colours of this incredible country.
- Are the monuments handicapped friendly in India?
There are only a few monuments that are handicapped-friendly, and you will need assistance in most of the monuments.
- Is the pollution level in India bad for Australians?
The pollution in big metropolitan cities like Delhi could be bad, especially during winters, and you would require a mask in case of dense smog. The smaller towns and cities are much cleaner and are covered with greenery.
- Can Australians hire the services of English speaking guides?
English speaking guides are available in all the touristic cities.
- What can the Australians buy in India?
Indian handicrafts should be the first thing in the shopping list of an Australian. The other must-buy items would include Indian spices and tea, silver, gold and semi-precious jewelry, fabric, cotton and silk clothes, carpets, blue pottery, embroidery, and patchwork.
- Is it easy for Australians to buy a SIM card in India?
Yes, it is easy to buy a SIM card in India as many telecoms provide this facility.
- What amount of tip is expected from an Australian?
Tipping always depends on the services rendered to you; however, a decent tip in a restaurant is about 10%. You can tip about 5 to 10 Dollars to your driver and guide.
- Do Australians need medical and travel insurance for travelling to India?
Yes, both medical and travel insurance should be bought before coming to India.
- Are there hospitals in India good enough for Australians?
India is known for its advanced medical treatment at a much lower price than developed countries, and most of the big private hospitals are equipped with world-class facilities for patients.
- What vaccinations are needed for Australians to travel to India?
No vaccinations are not needed for Australians travelling to India.
- Which medicines should we carry when travelling to India?
Carry Antidiarrheal medicines along with medicines for Malaria while travelling to India.
- Is the electricity 110 v or 220 v? What type of plugs/sockets should an Australian carry in India?
The voltage 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 an Australian traveler can learn before coming to India are:
1) Namaste- Hello
2) Han- Yes
3) Nahi- No
4) Aapkaise ho- How are you?
5) Mai achha/ achhihun- I am fine
6) Kitnepaise- How much are you going to charge?
7) Theekhai- Okay
8) Madat- Help
9) Achahai- It is good
10) AchaNahihai- It is not good
- Can I have an all-inclusive package tour of India?
Yes, some travel agencies provide all-inclusive packages, but if you want to experience something beyond a normal tour, we offer special tour packages at competitive rates. Contact us at https://www.india-tours.com/contact.html for a special all-inclusive package.
- Where should I contact in case of an emergency in India?
In case of an emergency, call 112, which is India’s all-in-one emergency helpline number. Other emergency numbers are – POLICE-100, FIRE-101, 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 in the night in India?
Metropolitan cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata are famous for the night-life culture, and most of the restaurants are open till late night, but if you are in a semi-urban city, you can expect to find some restaurants open only till 10 pm.
- Can I cover the India trip in 15 days?
Yes, you can cover main highlights like North India, glimpses of South India and Goa in 15 days with a well-planned itinerary in hand or you can contact us at (https://www.india-tours.com/contact.html ) for a customized travel experience.
- Is haggling common in India?
Yes, haggling is a very common practice while shopping in local or street markets, and even many of the shops with fixed price tags also allow some bargain. However, you should refrain from bargaining in showrooms and shopping malls.
- How to communicate with Indians? Do they understand English?
English is a frequently used language in the metropolitan cities of India, and you will feel a communication gap only while travelling to the rural areas of India. Learning a few Hindi words will make your travelling easier while asking for directions for some specific place from the locals.
- Can I take photos anywhere in India?
No, some places require tourists to deposit their cameras and phones and prohibit photography. Hence, it is advised to ask permission from the concerned authorities every time you are in doubt.
- 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.
- What are the staple and easily available food of 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.
- Can I travel to India on a budget?
India is one of the most budget-friendly countries. You can stay at decent hotels starting from 2500 INR onwards. You can contact https://www.india-tours.com/contact.html to arrange a tailor-made package trip matching your budget.