f.a.qs - International Travel to India - checklists & essentials

Planning ahead can sometimes be overwhelming. Knowing the right season, visa policies, but also planning for the unknown can make or break your travel adventure. 

So here are some things you need to know before planning your journey to the Indian subcontinent. 

F. A.Qs

SEASONS

BEST TIMES

Timing is an important consideration for your journey to India. Our suggestions for the best times are as follows. 

  • Northern India (Himalayan Region).
    • February & March for bird watching. 
    • February – May for wildlife Safaris. 
    • April – June for trekking in Uttarakhand and most parts of Himachal Pradesh. 
    • May – September for Lahaul Spiti and the Ladakh area
  • Southern India: 
    • Peak season: December to February.
    • Rejuvenation therapies: Traditionally the monsoons are considered the very best season for rejuvenation therapies and therapeutic treatments.
    • Festivals: Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the month of September. Diwali or the festival of flights can fall in the month of October or November.
    • Wildlife: March – May. 
    • House Boats – June – August (during the monsoons). 
  • Central India: February to April for Wildlife Safaris. 
  • North Eastern India:
    • Best time to visit the subtropical regions of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya plateau and even Manipur, Mizoram as well as Nagaland is from mid October to early May.  

BEFORE YOU LEAVE

VISA

All travelers need a visa to visit India. 

  • India: Here’s how you can apply for a Tourist eVisa for India prior to departing.

Travels extending their travel to Bhutan or Nepal will also require a visa. 

  • Bhutan: Visa Upon arrival.
    • Arranged by Transformative Travel LLC. 
  • Nepal: Here’s how you can apply for a Tourist eVisa for Nepal prior to departing.

WHAT's INCLUDED

INCLUSIONS

  • Arrival meet & greet by a local representative upon clearing immigration and customs whether you are arriving as an individual or as a group. 
  • All domestic transfers as per your itinerary. 
  • Meals and accommodation as listed in the itinerary. 
  • Guided activities as listed in your itinerary. 

WHAT NOT INCLUDED

EXCLUSIONS

  • International Flights. 
  • Visa Fees.
  • Insurance.
    • Recommended Insurance Policy: Signature Travel Plus, by Global Rescue: Apart from medial coverage of up to $100,000 this policy will also includes coverage due to cancelation/delay/interruption related reasons listed in the policy. We advise our travelers to purchase this policy within 20-days of the initial trip deposit to insure maximum coverage. Contact us for more details. 
  • Tips (ask us for guidelines). 
  • Any transportation, accommodation or meals that are not listed in your itinerary. 
  • Camera Fee that may be applicable in some national parks depending on the type of camera (please check with us). 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

RESERVATIONS

  • A 50% advance deposit is required to secure your spot. 
  • The balance may be paid 60 days before your journey. 
  • All deposits, payments and cancelations are non refundable. Hence, trip cancelation insurance is highly recommended. 

WHAT TO BRING

CHECKLIST

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Masks 
  • Plenty of Sanitizer & Disinfectant. 
  • Back-pack, ideally water-resistant. 
  • Heavy-duty storage for camera gear. 
  • Personal Optics. 
  • Water Bottle. 
  • Personal First Aid Kit with plenty of hydration.
  • Multi-tool.
  • Fleece (pull over).
  • Rain Jacket. 
  • An empty cup mindset. 

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