Travelling to India from the UK

travelling to india from the uk

At India Someday, we can help you travelling to India from the UK. In this article, we offer extensive guidance on how to get an Indian Visa for British citizens, vaccinations, flight information and more.

 

Travelling to India from the UK

VISA

Travelling to India from the UK? You’re are eligible for e-visas to India! For more information on this, see our blog post regarding e-visas. It’s best to start this process sooner rather than later, as visas are required prior to your arrival. Bare in mind that these are also for India only. If your plan is to add on Sri Lanka or Nepal to your trip, we recommend taking out a regular visa.

Once you land, make sure you have a copy of your visa stored in a separate bag from the original, in case one gets lost.

For more information about obtaining an Indian visa for UK citizens, check your government’s website for further details.

VACCINations for India

Whilst the UK doesn’t enforce any inoculations or medication for individuals travelling to India, they strongly recommend some, especially for at-risk individuals. For some areas, it is advised to carry anti-malarial pills. Boosters and courses that are usually advised are Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Vaccines that are advised in some cases are Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies.

If you’re on any prescription drugs, carry a sufficient amount to last you the trip, along with the prescription for them as well. It’ll help if you know the generic names of these drugs, in case you have to restock with local equivalents.

While in India, stick to bottled or filtered water, and eat hot and well-cooked food.

However, it’s best your GP, Nurse, Travel Clinic or Healthcare professional to get any information you need. They recommend you do this at least 8 weeks before you’re due to travel. For more information, visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk 

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FLIGHTS

You can fly to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa or Chennai from most major cities in the UK. For cheaper flights, it is best to travel between September and March, as prices are likely to skyrocket in June and July. The cheapest tickets are usually direct, one-way flights from London to Goa in March, for as low as £201.

SEASONS

If you are travelling to India from the UK, it is important to expect an intense change in heat. With the exceptions of some of the Northern areas, India is widely classified as a warm, tropical country. It can reach extremely high temperatures, as well as high humidity and UV levels. Indian summer begins in April and lasts until the beginning of October. For more information about Indian climate depending on the time of year, visit our blog posts regarding Weather in India in each month.

cultural differences

Consider that there is a difference in customs when travelling to India from the UK. We suggest to always try to be modest, courteous and conscious of your behaviour.

  • It is important to remove your shoes before entering a home, store or particularly a temple, if you see others doing the same.
  • In visiting places of religious significance, it is important to dress conservatively and to be mindful and respectful of local sentiments.
  • Laws on decency are open to interpretation, so it is important to be careful about engaging in public displays of affection.
  • Feet are considered as unclean by many. Be sure to always apologise if you step on something, or accidentally touch someone with your feet.
  • Lack of personal space is common in India, do not be offended is people openly stare, or brush up against you. However, avoid crowded places if it makes you uncomfortable. If you feel unsafe, go to the police for help.
  • Whilst the English language is a widely spoken and utilised language in India, it may be difficult to recognise at first. Indian-English has its own rich, hybrid flavour borrowed from local languages.
  • Smoking in public is illegal in India, though you’re likely to see everyone doing it. Just be aware that the law exists in case you’re questioned.

ROUTES

India is a huge, incredible and fascinating country with a myriad of interesting experiences to do and see. We would recommend a minimum of 14 day trip, especially if it is your first time here. This way, you can cover one or maybe two regions. We have a wide variety of sample routes that may give you inspiration. If you have something else in mind, do not hesitate to contact us with your queries, and we’ll sort everything for you!

Travelling to India from the UK

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