Guest Post: Lindsay Denton
We are not at all surprised that India is on your travel radar. This spectacular country is home to several must-see landmarks, from the iconic Taj Mahal to exciting desert safaris, picture-perfect beaches, and mouthwatering food.
Continue reading to learn all you need to know to prepare for your trip to India adequately. Whether you've already booked your tickets or are just doing some research before making up your mind, you should take another minute to review this list to ensure you don't forget anything important.
Tips to help you prepare for your trip to India
When traveling to any country, you should do a little bit of research. You need to know exactly what the requirements are for entering a country, what you need to pack and learn a bit about the customs and traditions in the country. You must show some respect for the county you're traveling to. Allen Batista Travel is here to share a few valuable tips to help you better prepare for your trip to India.
1. Make your reservations as early as possible
You should always plan ahead and reserve your lodgings and modes of transportation. Train tickets in India may go on sale up to three months in advance. So, to prevent missing out, making all your reservations on time would be best. Accommodations that provide the greatest combination of price and quality will often sell out fast.
Booking ahead of time is especially important if you have specific lodging requirements. For example, you wish to have a private bathroom, need to be near a particular area, or be in a room with AC. Finding a place to stay at the last minute should be no issue if you aren't picky and simply need someplace to sleep.
2. Expect the unexpected
It's important to remember that travel delays and cancellations are common in India. Long-distance trains, in particular, have a terrible reputation for being late no matter how far in advance of your journey you book them. While preparation is critical, we recommend leaving some wiggle room in your travel plans.
Plan your travel such that missing one train won't cause you to miss the rest of your connections as much as possible. If you're coming to India for the first time and don't have anyone waiting for you, it's best to book a sightseeing tour so you don't have to worry as much.
3. Get your visa application in early
A 60-day e-Visa, issued by the Indian government, may now be requested online and confirmed through email. You shouldn't wait until the last minute, even if this visa application procedure is more straightforward than others, since you won't need to visit an embassy. Please apply for your visa at least three months before your planned departure date to prevent complications.
Several procedures are involved in applying for an e-Visa, from filling out a form with many questions to making a PayPal payment. Visa's online payment system only accepts cards issued in India. You'll need to get one if you don't have a PayPal account.
Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your date of entry into India and has at least two blank pages. If your passport is missing one of these essential features, you should renew it before your trip. And remember to carry both your old and new passports with you.
If you're traveling with family, keep everyone in mind and check your kids' visas and passports. You must also provide documentation that you have a flight out of India within 60 days, either a return ticket or an outbound ticket.
4. Get your vaccines
Being in good physical shape is a must before visiting India. That means you should get all the recommended immunizations before you go. You should see your family doctor or another healthcare provider at least six to eight weeks before departing for India.
They may then determine whether or not you need any additional vaccines for travel and provide you with an estimate of the cost. Vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and Typhoid are strongly advised for all visitors to India and any others that may be necessary for each traveler's specific situation. Knowing the regions of India you want to visit in advance can help you choose which vaccines are required for your trip.
5. Dress appropriately
Women should wear clothing that covers their shoulders, cleavage, and legs, but this doesn't mean the weather will be cold. In general, the weather is warm to hot throughout the year. Lightweight clothing is recommended even if you plan an autumn visit. Consider bringing a pair of sandals or flip-flops and a pair of closed, comfy shoes.
You should wear long trousers or a skirt that goes past your knees and carry a scarf or shawl to cover your head when you go to a temple. Additionally, slip-on shoes are recommended. You don't have to wear exactly Indian saris, but be sure that you're not showing off too much.
If you plan to organize an international move, for example, from Virginia to India, and decide to stay for good, you'll have to get accustomed to their way of dressing. When packing for your move, make sure you have some appropriate clothing.
6. Always wear sunscreen and have a purification bottle with you
The days are usually quite hot in India, but the evenings can get pretty chilly. Pack lots of sunscreen since sun protection is a must in India at any time of the year. Beware of getting dysentery, diarrhea, or a parasite while in India since contaminated water is the leading source of these illnesses there and across the globe.
The water supplied by the government is not purified. Be sure to pack a water bottle with an international travel filter to protect you from harmful germs, viruses, protozoa, and other contaminants. If you didn't have enough time to prepare for your trip to India very well, you should get one of these water bottles there as soon as you land.