Visit India – Plan Your Trip

Best Time of Year to Visit India

As one of the largest countries in the world, India has many different types of climates.  The Thar Desert is located in the northwest of the country.  The northern areas touch up against the Himalayas.  The Himalayas produce abundant water and rivers that then flow across the grasslands to their south.  In southern India, temperatures and humidity increase.  So does the risk of flooding during the heavy rainfall of its summer monsoons.

Avoid the months of April through June if you don’t want to experience average daily highs in excess of 100 F.  Temperatures cool somewhat during the monsoon season from July through September.  We like October / November as the best time of year to visit India, because the temperatures are more reasonable and the monsoons are over.  Also, it’s the best time to visit because you can see the Diwali Festival celebrations.

Visit India – Visa Requirements

India has tourist visa requirements.  You can complete a visa application at a local Indian consulate, with the Government of India – Indian Visa Online or online with VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.  The most popular reason for tourists to visit India is to see the Taj Mahal.

India – Currency

The currency in India is the Indian rupee.

Electrical Adapters for India

When you Visit India you will need a two prong Type C European electrical adapter or a three prong Type D adapter.  You will find that electrical adapters can be purchased easily and inexpensively all over India.

Diwali Festival

Diwali is an annual festival of lights that consumes the country.  The Diwali Festival is a Hindu based tradition.  People place candles in their homes and shoot off personal fireworks in the streets.  The Diwali Festival happens between mid October and mid November.

India – Languages

India has nearly two dozen official languages, including Hindi.  English is widely spoken due to the influence of British occupation.

India Background

Over 1 billion people live in India.  The country shares its border with Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Burma and Bangladesh.  New Delhi is the capital of India.  Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is its largest city.  The Indus Valley Civilization had settlements in India more than 6,000 years ago.   The British East India Company controlled India the 1700s.  India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947 through the non violent leadership of Mahatma Ghandi.  Ghandi is remembered for the success of his protests by hunger strike.  India remains a member of the British Commonwealth and shows strong British influences, such as the popularity of the game of cricket.

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