It’s a long way away so you’ll want to be prepared – we’ve put together this list of helpful tips to make your trip as smooth as possible:
Visa: If you’re a British citizen and you’re visiting India solely for a holiday (this includes visiting friends and relatives) then you can apply for an eTourist visa (or eTV). You’ll need to make sure your passport has at least two blank pages (for your visa going in and coming out) and it should also be valid for at least six months from the date you arrive in India. There are some exceptions so always check first.
Currency: The Indian rupee is the official currency (₹ or R)
Language: There are 23 official languages but Hindi is the most spoken (around 40% of the population speak it). English is also widely spoken.
Tipping: Tipping is welcomed and as a tourist you’ll probably be regarded as wealthy. In restaurants, tipping 10% of your bill is a good start, if you’ve been particularly impressed with service then it’s at your discretion how much more you give. Taxi drivers won’t expect tips unless you’ve made unscheduled stops. If you’re using a guide or driver, then it’s entirely down to you what you choose (and can afford) to give.
Once you’ve ticked off your visa you can then start with the real planning and that includes your comprehensive India travel insurance. That’s where we can help you. We think we’re pretty good at comparing the market and we’re confident that we can help you find the best travel insurance to India to suit your needs; so sit back and let us do the searching for you.