Travelling to India: preparation and procedures, here's all our advice
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Renowned for its extremely rich and diverse culture, the Indian subcontinent is also home to a fascinating history, millennia-old temples, sumptuous palaces, breathtaking landscapes, bustling streets and numerous shimmering markets - in short, a veritable land of adventure and discovery. However, to enjoy a unique and memorable travel experience in this great Asian country, you need to be well prepared.
Planning a trip to India soon? Read on for our tips on getting ready.
As visas are compulsory, obtaining this authorisation is an essential step in preparing for a trip to India. To avoid any inconvenience or last-minute surprises, it's best to start applying for the famous document early enough, as the process can take a long time. For the traditional route, you will need to go to the embassy in person to submit your request and file your application. The processing time can be quite long.
The other solution is to obtain an e-visa by making your application online on the platform of a specialist company. With this option, the process is much simpler and quicker than with the usual procedure. The price for a visa in India depends on the traveller's needs. It can also vary from one professional to another. In any case, with the e-visa option, you will benefit from a much shorter processing/approval time.
Health is an important aspect to consider when planning a trip to India. Consult your doctor before departure to discuss any necessary vaccinations and medical precautions. In principle, for a simple tourist tour, you will need to be up to date with compulsory vaccinations such as DTP and hepatitis B, as well as certain specific vaccines (hepatitis A, yellow fever, typhoid, etc.).
In addition to these vaccinations, it is also advisable to be vaccinated against rabies and Japanese encephalitis, and to take anti-malaria medication if you plan to stay a little longer in the sub-continent. In addition, make sure you have a well-equipped first-aid kit (with all the equipment and some basic medicines) in your luggage before you leave.
From luxury hotels and affordable hostels to self-catering cottages and holiday rentals, India offers a diverse range of accommodation options. Before booking your accommodation, take the time to define your needs and preferences in terms of comfort, budget and location. Then simply use an online booking site to find the best option and make your choice.
For a more immersive travel experience in the local culture and customs, you can opt for traditional accommodation (a guest house or palace-hotel, for example). Of course, to guarantee availability, especially during the high tourist season, make sure you book well in advance.