India is a love or hate destination for travellers. We fall into the love category.
This incredible country can convert non-believers into spiritual people and has the ability to make you simultaneously furious and in awe at the same time.
With some patience, you'll find India to be a destination that offers experiences unlike anywhere else in the world.
- Top Tip: Dive into the local food, you'll find it's some of the best food you'll eat travelling anywhere in the world. Just make sure the restaurant is busy (even at high-end restaurants), it's a good sign that the food is fresh and won't make you ill.
- Currency: Indian Rupees
- Visa: The visa process to India has got slightly easier. Now the majority of countries can apply online, but remember to print and bring it with you. If you're an Aussie, then you are lucky enough to get visa on arrival!
- Safety: We've never had a bad experience in India, but women travelling alone or without a male partner should exercise caution, even in tourist areas. On the whole, the most hassle you will be subjected to is hard selling, but we have heard enough stories to know to be careful.
- When to go: India has a distinct monsoon season that is best to avoid. We've travelled in October and November, finding them to be the perfect time for weather and to explore. We also travelled in May and whilst it was scorching hot, we could still do a lot.
- Peak Season: December - March
- Off Season: June - September (Monsoon season)
- Walk My World Cost Index: $ - Few places are cheaper than India. In 2013 we travelled there on a budget of 25 GBP per day for the both of us (that included accommodation, food and everything we did).