FAQs and Tips for Planning to Travel in India

India is arguably the most exciting, diverse, fascinating and life changing place to travel in the world but let’s be honest, travel in India is no walk in the park, especially for the first time and preparing to travel in India can sometimes feel a little daunting.

Despite this, for many people visiting India is a highlight of all their travels and they return again and again but some find the culture shock of their first trip to India is quite overwhelming but don’t let this put you off visiting.

India is a country that challenges and frustrates a visitor almost as much as it delights, enchants and rewards. With so many sights to see, huge distances to cover and culture shock and hassle to overcome travel to India requires more planning and preparation than say a trip to Thailand or France.

cow in India

I loved the cute dorrways in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

Traveling India will change your life and anyone can do it but the right preparation can go a long way to making sure your first trip to India is memorable for all the right reasons!

FAQs for planning to travel in India: Make sure you read these posts before you visit India:

One of the reasons why I started writing Global Gallivanting is because I fell in love with India so much but found my first trip to India challenging so I wanted to inspire and help others to have an easier first time than me by sharing my tips!

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Now I get alot of emails with questions about planning to travel in India. I’m happy to answer your trip planning questions but perhaps you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in these posts:

Q: I don’t know where to start with planning a trip to India

A: There’s a lot to think about when planning your first trip to India from where to go, what the weather will be like, applying for visas, vaccinations, booking flights and transport and hotels. To make it easier check out my Ultimate Step by Step Guide to Planning a Trip to India.

Taj Mahal in Agra

Taj Mahal in Agra

Q: How do I apply for an Indian Visa

A: Nearly all visitors to India (apart from citizens of Nepal and Bhutan) require a visa to travel in India so it’s essential that you apply for this before you go. Citizens of 161 countries can now apply for torusit, business and medical E-Visas online valid for upto 1 year! This makes visiting India easier than ever before. See How to apply for a 1 year Indian Evisa online.

Q: Can I visit India as a solo female traveller?

A: Women are often worried to travel in India due to the bad press the country has gotten in recent years but I’ve been traveling here mostly solo, independently and on a budget for over 24 months in total now and never had a problem but it’s a good idea to check out my Top Tips for Women Traveling in India. 

If you’re nervous to travel in India alone then it’s a good idea to start your adventure off with a group tour. After the tour you’ll hopefully have made some new travel buddies to continue your adventure with and will feel more confident to travel in India. Make sure you take a reputable tour though – here are the best India tour companies and routes I recommend.

Anna at Gwalior Fort

At Gwalior Fort

Q: What should I wear in India and what should I pack?

India is a conservative country so its best to cover up and dress conservatively in light, loose clothing. You can buy cheap and colourful Indian clothes once you get here. As India is so diverse both culturally and geographically it can be confusing knowing what to pack so I wrote this India Packing List, especially with women backpacking India in mind, to help you. It also has lots more tips about what to wear in India.

Q: Where should I go?

A: India is such a vast and wonderfully diverse country with so much to see that sometimes the hardest thing when planning to travel in India is deciding where to go. To get some ideas check out these 30 Amazing experiences you can only have in India.

As India is such a huge country you can never expect to see it all in 1 trip so planning your itinerary is important. To give you some ideas I’ve written my Perfect route and itinerary for traveling India that includes all the best places that you won’t want to miss.

If you don’t have several months to travel in India you could always just choose a small part of the itinerary and leave the rest for another trip. If you really have to narrow it down here are 5 Places in India you simply can’t miss.

Q: How much should I budget to travel in India?

A: India is one of the cheapest countries in the world to travel but how much you spent will depend on the level of comfort you want. It’s possible to backpack India on as little as 1000 Rupees a day that’s about £10 or $15 but you could spend a lot more if you want to stay in more luxury.

Check out my post on The average daily budget for backpacking India and see more Typical costs and budget tips for traveling India.

Temples in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho temples

Q: Do you have any more tips for first time travel in India?

A: So many! I’ve also written about my general Top 10 tips for your first time traveling India and don’t make these 5 Common Mistakes that most travellers make in India.  Also read some words of wisdom from myself and other travel bloggers who reveal the 21 Things they wish they had known before traveling to India.

Many travellers either start their Indian adventure in Mumbai (Bombay) or Delhi so check out my India travel guides my India travel guides and it’s also good to be aware of the scams before you arrive too – read How to avoid the scams and survive your first time in Delhi.

If you’re nervous to travel in India alone then it’s a good idea to start your adventure off with a group tour (here are the tours I recommend ( here are the tours I recommend) After the tour you’ll feel more confident to travel in India and hopefully will make some new friends on the tour to continue your travels with.

But most of all, don’t be put off, once you get used to traveling in India you’ll probably find it’s not as hard as you thought. Check out 7 Reasons why traveling in India isn’t as difficult as you might think.

Exploring the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Exploring the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Do you want help planning your trip to India?

I love hearing from you guys and helping you to plan your trips so you can always email me with any questions. As it takes me a lot of time to write this blog and to answer emails I’d appreciate a small donation towards my time through Paypal if you have a lot of questions or want really detailed advice.  

If you want to travel in India independently instead of being tied down to a tour but confused about where to go, having trouble booking transport or just don’t want to go it completely alone then using India Someday could be the perfect solution.

India Someday will talk to you and plan a highly personalised India trip just for you – no seeing sights that you’re not bothered about or rushing to keep up with a strict itinerary. The guys at India Someday are young and enthusiastic and will help you plan your perfect trip – from helping you decide where to go and advising you on the perfect itinerary to suit your interests, right down to booking trains (which for foreigners to do from abroad is a really frustrating, almost impossible process) and organising unique experiences and homestays. Plus it’s nice to have a trusted local point of contact throughout your trip.

Lighting a diya (candle) on the ghats of the River Ganges in Varanasi

Lighting a diya (candle) on the ghats of the River Ganges in Varanasi

I travelled through North India recently and used India Someday to plan my trip and everything went really smoothly ( see my full review here) so I can recommend then from if you are looking to travel in India but want a little assistance with the planning process to make sure everything is booked and runs smoothly leaving you to just enjoy your trip!

Another good thing about India Someday is that they charge a fixed fee for all the travel planning and booking so there are no nasty surprises! India Someday charge a fixed fee of USD 350  to plan a trip for 2 adults for 2 weeks.  Solo travellers get 20% off and Global Gallivanting readers get 5% off the trip planning fee (just mention GLOBALGALLIVANTING5 when enquiring.) Check out the India Someday website for more details.

Jama Masjid in Delhi

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