India

For a trip to India, you need a valid visa. Which type is suitable for your travel plans and whether you can also enter India with an E-Visa depends on a number of factors. We support you in applying for your electronic travel authorization for India.

Travel information

Country facts

Are you planning a vacation in India? If so, you can look forward to majestic mountains, holy temples, and overwhelming colors and scents! But before you fly off, here's some essential information about traveling to India.

Quick facts India

  • Location: South Asia
  • Area: 3,287,263 km²
  • Currency: Indian Rupie (INR)
  • Official languages: Hindi and English
  • Population: approx. 1,380,004,000
  • Capital city: New Dehli

Climate in India

The Indian climate is divided into four different zones, ranging from tropical to alpine. The south is tropical and strongly influenced by the monsoons, while the alpine north has seasons. Here, temperatures vary greatly, even dropping to 10 °C. On hot days, however, temperatures can reach 50 °C.

If you travel to India from July to September, be prepared for heavy rainfall. You should also know what to do in case of earthquakes because India is located in a seismic zone.

Landscape and nature in India

India's landscape consists of mountain ranges, desert regions, fertile lowlands and plateaus, swamps, species-rich bamboo, mangrove and rain forests, and rivers such as the Ganges. Also, some island groups are part of the Indian state.

India's most famous animal species are elephants and Royal Bengal tigers. Leopards and lions can be seen in the Gir National Park, and in the high mountainous regions of the Himalayas, you may even see one of the rare snow leopards.

Entering India

For a trip to India, you need an E-Visa or visa. Check the current entry requirements for India before you travel.

You will need a separate travel permit for some parts of the country, such as Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and the Lakshadweep Islands.

Getting around India

India has a functioning network of air connections, bus lines, and train routes. However, be prepared for large crowds if you want to take the train.

Especially in the monsoon season, there can be spontaneous plan changes, as the transport network often gets flooded. Driving in India is feasible with little difficulty. However, you have to expect bad roads.

Also, the driving style of the Indian people can be a real culture shock for tourists. Therefore, the easiest way is to order a regular cab driver for your entire stay. Negotiate the fare beforehand.

Attention

India is a left-hand traffic country!

Means of payment in India

In India, you can pay by credit card at major hotels, restaurants, and stores. However, many other tourist activities such as sightseeing or tours require cash payment.

Convenient

You can pay in Rupees as well as in Euros or US Dollars in many places in India.

Travel and safety tips for India

Since the local security situation can change spontaneously, keep up to date with current events and forecasts during your trip by reading the news and the weather report.