• Background info
  • Festivals India
    Whatever time of year you visit, it is likely that some festival or other is taking place during your stay. There is often something going on in the temples every full moon. Some of the ...
  • Culture India
    The cultural differences between Europeans and Indians are so vast that one could write a book about them. Below is an overview of some points to take into account when mixing with the locals. "Yes and ...
  • Food and drinks India
    The eating habits in India differ greatly from Europe and adjusting can prove tricky. People usually sit on the floor and eat with their right hand from a metal plate. Hands and face are washed ...
  • Landscape India
    Rajasthan: An exotic state, resembling something out of a storybook. The landscape is characterised by endless desert, interspersed with caravans, camels, fortress cities and large luxury palaces where the Rajput princes lived. Many of these ...
  • Background Info India
    The castes Unlike in western societies, where the principle of equality of individuals is stressed, in India one man in principle is not equal to the other. Society is divided up in a hierarchy from ...
  • Population India
    India’s population is made up of different ethnic groups. In the Northwest, people generally have a lighter skin colour than in the South. In the Northeast, people have Mongol features. In 1961, India had a ...
  • Religion India
    The large majority of Indians (82%) are Hindu. The proportion of Muslims is 11.3%. There are also Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Jews, Parsis, Baha’is and Animists. Hinduism It would seem as if Hindus have not much ...
  • Tipping India
    Staffs in hotels expect a tip for bringing the luggage in and for rendering small services. The wages in Indian hotels and restaurants are extremely low, with the exception of expensive hotels, and tips are ...
  • Weather and climate India
    Northern India, which includes Rajasthan, has a warm and dry climate with cold nights during the winter and extremely high temperatures in May and June (temperatures during the day can rise above 40 degrees). Besides ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information India
    On your first day in India, take it easy. Take time to adapt. The change of climate, culture and food can be quite challenging. Particularly in the larger cities, traders can be pretty obtrusive. Stay ...
  • Other info India
    A visa is required for European passport holders to travel to India. Shoestring does not provide this service, so please contact the Indian embassy in your country about the details. It is now also possible for ...
  • Electricity India
    India has 220 volt, 50 Hertz current. However, power cuts occur regularly, so keep a penlight near in case electricity fails. An adaptor will be necessary for British plugs. ...
  • Health India
    Southern Asia is a region where more diseases are rife then in Europe. The situation is comparable to that in our parts before the Second World War. All dangerous diseases that are common in India ...
  • Information for people at home India
    Ensure that those at home know in which country you travelling and how long you are planning to stay away. You may fix a date when you will contact them again. Making telephone calls from ...
  • Luggage and clothing India
    Appropriate clothing is valued very highly in India; long trousers and a shirt for men, covered shoulders and a skirt that at the very least covers the knees for women. Clothes are extremely cheap in ...
  • Money India
    The pocket money we recommend is a minimum to pay for your meals, drinks, optional excursions, entry fees, local airport taxes and tips. Clearly, the amount that you spend depends on your personal purchasing behaviour, ...
  • Photographs India
    It is better to have the prints made at home. Not all types of camera batteries are easy to find, so make sure you bring batteries that will last the entire trip. What applies to ...
  • Safety India
    In many ways, India is a safe country. Mugging and other forms of physical violence against tourists occur only sporadically. Theft from tourists is also less frequent than in Britain, despite the wide difference in ...
  • Time differences India
    In India it is four and a half hours later than in western Europa (five and a half hours later than in Britain). In the summertime, the difference is one hour less. ...
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