Travelling to India for the first time from UK


Are you a UK citizen willing to visit India for the first time? If yes, there are some things that you must know before planning the India tour. We have tried our best to compile all the information that you may need to know before travelling to India from the UK. So, have a look at the following and plan the tour at the earliest.

  1. Is India a popular destination among British?

    British love travelling to India because of their India connection at the time of the British Raj in India. The rich history, architect, wildlife, and culture fascinates the British to travel to India.

  2. Do British citizens need a visa for India?

    British love travelling to India because of their India connection at the time of the British Raj in India. The rich history, architect, wildlife, and culture fascinates the British to travel to India.

  3. Do British citizens need a visa for India?

    Yes, a UK passport holder requires a visa for India. You can apply an e-visa online, which is issued via email. E-visa to India allows you to explore India for 60 days.

  4. What is the best month to go to India for the British?

    The best months to travel to India are from October to March when the weather is likely to be warm, sunny, and pleasant, except Christmas and New Year time. The days are bright with a clear blue sky.

  5. Can British travel to India during summer and monsoons?

    Yes, you can travel to India during summer and monsoon months i.e, May to Sep. North India is relatively hot during summer months as the temperature reaches 48°C. However, this is the time when hotel rates are heavily discounted.

  6. Is India a Family Destination for the British?

    India has a lot to offer to the people planning a family vacation like wildlife, forts and palaces, colorful markets, and stunning palaces for stay. The jungle safaris in some of the most amazing national parks and staying in castles full of fairy-tales experiencing makes India one of the favorite family vacation destinations.

  7. Is there a dress code for British tourists in India?

    Although there is no such dress code, you can wear jeans, loose-fitting T-shirts, blouses and tunics with high necklines. For summer months, wear cotton fabric and carry a scarf to wear around your neck when entering a temple or mosque for extra modesty. It is recommended to apply the “Shoulder-knee” rule for the most comfortable dressing.

  8. What should I pack for a trip to India?

    While traveling to India, your baggage must include an easy to carry a backpack, or a suitcase, comfortable walking shoes or sandals, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, swimsuit. Also, take cotton wear and a scarf to wear when entering a temple or mosque for extra modesty.

  9. Is the water in India safe for drinking for the British?

    Drinking tap water in India is not recommended for foreigners as it might risk the water-borne diseases such as Typhoid and Dysentery. Bottle water is recommended.

  10. What food should I avoid in India?

    India is a gourmet country with many delicious dishes and food choices. However, avoid uncooked or raw meat and food, uncooked vegetables, dairy products from the vendors at the local market. There are no such restrictions on the diet when eating at hygienic restaurants and hotels. Please ensure your dietary preferences are well taken care of.

  11. If I have specific dietary requirements, will it be possible to cater to my needs in India?

    Yes, Indian hotels match the International standard and cater to such requests from the guests. Please inform your hotel or travel agent in advance about your dietary requirements.

  12. Can the British get non-spicy food in India?

    Generally, Indian food is known for the spicy flavors with hundreds of ingredients are used to make the mouth-watering recipes. However, most of the hotels, which are catering to International tourists, ensure the non-spicy food for the foreigner guests. Non-spicy food is readily available at most of the excellent restaurants and hotels.

  13. Are Indian hotels expensive for British tourists?

    Since India offers a variety of accommodation options to tourists ranging from small guesthouses to luxury palaces and resorts, a reasonable trip to India can easily come under £ 100 a day, excluding air flights, shopping, and monument fees. Contact our specialist at to offer you a holiday matching your expectation.

  14. Why should India be on the bucket list for the British?

    India offers one of the best holiday experiences with a wide range of culture, historical and adventure flavors in it. You can experience real and authentic colors of India on your first trip to Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur with the adventure at Ranthambore National Park. While the visits to holy sites of Varanasi and Pushkar will lighten you spiritually and mentally, Kerala will offer you the best time to pause and relax.

  15. Do the hotels in India maintain good hygiene and provide modern amenities suitable for the British?

    Yes, most of the hotels match the quality standard and are equipped with basic amenities. However, before selecting a hotel, ensure it is perfect for staying and for corresponding to your needs. You may also ask our India expert or check the Trip advisor rating of the hotel.

  16. Is India safe for Solo woman travelers from the UK?

    Solo women who travel to India is quite famous for many years. You will see much solo female travelling to North India’s Golden Triangle and Varanasi freely. However, like any other tourist destination, it is recommended to take precautions and avoid walking alone in the late evening.

  17. Are there handicapped friendly hotels for the British in India?

    All the 5-star hotels have handicapped-friendly rooms fitted with accessible toilets. However, you may face this challenge at the monuments sites as many of the monuments are not handicapped friendly and require assistance.

  18. How can a British book an Indian holiday at a competitive rate?

    If you book your holiday in advance with an Indian Travel agency directly, there are chances you can get a reasonable price for your travel. Also, booking a flight in advance can offer you the advantage of better airfare. Please ensure you are choosing a trustworthy agency with a reputation in the business and don’t get duped by frauds because of the unbelievably low price offered by any agency.

  19. Can the British use credit cards in India?

    Yes. The British can pay at hotels, shops, and restaurants with credit cards. However, please ensure that all the transitions are done in front of you to avoid any fraud.

  20. Which is the best way for the British to travel in India?

    All the famous destinations in India are well connected through roads, trains, and air. However, an India holiday is best experienced by traveling by road.

  21. Is it safe for the British to participate in local fairs & festivals in India?

    Of course. The real display of India's soul is at any fair and festival. Indians are warm and welcoming, and the opportunity of participating in most of the fairs and festivals offers you an experience of a lifetime.

  22. Is pollution in India is bad for British?

    India is a rapidly growing nation with a lot of construction happening. However, in recent past Govt has taken many initiatives to cut down the pollution level. The small cities and towns are rather low on pollution.

  23. Can British hire the services of English speaking guides?

    English speaking guides are widely available in all tourist cities.

  24. What can the British buy in India?

    India is considered as a shopper’s paradise famous for souvenirs and many handicraft items. Some of the best things are Indian spices and tea, silver, gold and semi-precious jewelry, fabric, cotton and silk clothes, carpets, blue pottery, embroidery and patchwork, and of course, Ayurveda products.

  25. Is it easy for the British to buy a SIM card in India?

    Yes. Many telecom operators provide this facility. You can buy an Indian SIM in no time.

  26. What amount of tip is expected from the British?

    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.

  27. Does a British traveler need medical and travel insurance for traveling to India?

    Yes. Both medical and travel insurance should be purchased before coming to India.

  28. Are there hospitals in India good enough for the British?

    India is also becoming a hub for medical tourism. All the big private hospitals match the International standard.

  29. What vaccinations are needed for the British to travel to India?

    No vaccinations are needed for British traveling to India.

  30. Which medicines should we carry when traveling to India?

    Medicines for malaria and diarrhea are recommended when traveling to India.

  31. What plug adapter do I need for India from the UK?

    The socket and power plugs in India are of type C, D, and M. You can carry a universal plug or ask your hotel to provide one.

  32. Where do UK tourists generally go to India?

    The Taj Mahal has always been at the top in the list of places that tourists from the UK cover during their trip to India. The second on the list is Jaipur with places like City Palace and Hawa Mahal. The beach lovers like to explore Goa and its famous beaches for sun and sand. Solace seekers visit religious sites like Varanasi and Rishikesh.

  33. Are summer months good to travel to India?

    No, as most of the country becomes unbearably hot during the summer season. However, if you want to explore the Himalayas, prefer the summers as during this season most of the Himalayan passes become active. At the same time, during summer months, hotels run heavy discounts, so if you are price sensitive, summer months can be good to go.

  34. 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 ( ) for a customized travel experience.

  35. Can I bargain in the shops?

    Bargaining is just another way of shopping in India, and you can bargain with the local shopkeepers to try to settle them at a lower price. However, the established stores and big malls to be avoided for the price negotiation.

  36. Till what time restaurants are open in the night in India?

    If you are visiting metropolitan cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, most of the restaurants are open till late night till midnight at 1 am, but if you are in a semi-urban city, you can expect to find restaurants till 10 pm.

  37. How can I avoid Delhi Belly in India?

    You need to be extra careful while consuming anything in India like always wash your hands before eating, avoid drinking tap water and always use bottled water, eat in places where most of the Indians are eating.

  38. Can I have self-drive car services in India?

    Yes, any foreign national with an International driving License can drive. However, driving in India is a challenge and you need to be extra careful on Indian roads you can find it un-organized in many places.

  39. What are the top 05 places for the British to travel to India?

    Top 5 places to visit in India for the British would be New Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur, Darjeeling, and Rishikesh.

  40. Can I have an all-inclusive package tour of India?

    Yes, some travel agencies provide an all-inclusive package but if you want to experience something beyond a normal tour, we offer special tour packages at competitive rates. Contact us at for a special all-inclusive package.

  41. 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.

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

    Some basic words that will make your life easier in India are:
    1) Namaste- Hello
    2) Han- Yes
    3) Nahi- No
    4) Aap kaise ho- How are you?
    5) Mai achha/ achhi hun- I am fine
    6) Kitne paise- How much are you going to charge?
    7) Theek hai- Okay
    8) Madat- Help
    9) Acha hai- It is good
    10) Acha Nahi hai- It is not good

  43. Where should I travel if it’s my first time to India from UK?

    If it’s your first time, travel straight to Agra for visiting one of the wonders of the world the Taj Mahal, explore the culturally rich state of India by visiting cities like Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Explore religious sites like Varanasi, Haridwar and Rishikesh. Travel southern India to unfurl the beauty of Backwaters of Kerala, unleash the Himalayan spirit by visiting Leh, and Darjeeling.