Get into India – where the cows are sacred, the monuments are legendary, the curries aren’t actually called curry and the chai is flowing.
Travel in India is like nothing you’ve ever experienced.
Mind-blowing, mind-boggling and mind-expanding are just a few terms that spring to mind when you first step foot onto the hectic streets of Delhi.
Over a billion people call India home and we think there are around the same number of awesome things to do. Whether you want to bask in a spiritual experience on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi; explore ancient forts, palaces and villages in Rajasthan; snap selfies in front of the iconic Taj Mahal; or laze on the beaches of Goa with a refreshing drink in hand… you’re in for a memorable experience.
What people say
India was a trip of a lifetime! From the stunning Taj to the colourful rituals on the Ganges - our Local Leader went above and beyond to create incredible experiences for all of us!
India travel highlights
Kerala is one case where the adjective ‘sleepy’ can be used in a good way. Cruise its blissful, palm-shaded backwaters and soak in the serenity.
You’ve probably heard of this one. So have the three million other tourists visiting every year – but it’s still a breathtaking sight
Kick back with a refreshing coconut drink and relax on Goa’s idyllic tropical beaches.
No, you’re not wearing rose-coloured glasses – the gorgeous pink stone buildings in Jaipur’s old town have earned the city the nickname, the Pink City.
Ancient temples stand beside billboards advertising Bollywood films and people share sidewalks with sacred cows and chai stalls in India’s chaotic capital city.
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India tour reviews
Our India trips score an average of 4.72 out of 5 based on 486 reviews in the last year.
North India Explorer, September 2018
Very easy and safe. Would recommend. Their leaders are awesome and they have great accomodation and transport.
Review submitted 21 Sep 2018
North India Explorer, September 2018
India is a great place to start for any young traveller. You learn to appreciate the culture and lifestyle of the place very fast and learn alongside likeminded people. And plus, who doesn’t want to see the Taj Mahal once in their life.
Review submitted 21 Sep 2018
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Transport in India
Why hail a plain old cab when you could ride a camel or jump onto a train? Half the fun of travel is experiencing a destination just like the locals – including how they get around. Wherever possible, Geckos Adventures uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport. This way we can reduce our environmental impact, support local operators and have a great time.
Jeep: Give your tired tootsies a rest and let the Jeep do the work as you explore India’s jungles and national parks.
Camel: Travel India’s hot and dusty sand dunes in style – on the back of a camel.
Boat: Whether you’re cruising the iconic Ganges or the peaceful Kerala backwaters, the views of India are so much better from the water.
Train: See the Indian countryside and get to know the locals while dining on surprisingly good food. Seriously! The “Meals on Wheels” food choices on intercity trains are surprisingly tasty.
India travel FAQs
Australia: Yes – in advance
Belgium: Yes – in advance
Canada: Yes – in advance
Germany: Yes – in advance
Ireland: Yes – in advance
Netherlands: Yes – in advance
New Zealand: Yes – in advance
South Africa: Yes – in advance
Switzerland: Yes – in advance
United Kingdom: Yes – in advance
USA: Yes – in advance
Most visitors are required to apply for an Electronic Tourist Visa (e-TV) to have a visa issued on arrival at 16 major airports in India. An e-TV is good for trips of 30 days or less and must be obtained at least four days before your arrival in India. Make sure to print a copy of the email confirmation of your visa, as you need to present this to receive your actual visa on arrival. Always refer to the official visa site for instructions and to complete the application for your e-TV (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html ). There have been reports of other non-official websites that travellers should be wary of.
Please note that travellers entering India overland from Nepal are required to apply for a different visa in advance in their home country. Visas will not be issued on the Nepal/Indian border. Check with your local Indian consulate or embassy for more information.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from your date of arrival in India and should have at least two blank pages for stamps.
Locals typically earn low wages, so while tipping isn’t mandatory, leaving porters, drivers, restaurant staff and other service workers a small 5-10% tip is a gracious way to show your appreciation.
Internet is easy to access at internet cafes and hotels in large cities and towns, but is limited in rural and remote areas.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in India’s urban areas, but may not be available in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.
Squat toilets are most common in India, although western-style flushable toilets can be found in larger hotels and some tourist areas. Always carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as they are usually not provided.
Cup of tea = USD 0.1
Bottle of beer = USD 0.6
Basic street food plate = USD 0.6 – USD 1
All-you-can-eat thalis = USD 1.90 – USD 4.65
Buffet dinner at a nice restaurant = USD 12 – USD 23
Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in India. Remember to avoid drinks with ice and to peel fruit before eating it. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel can tell you where to find filtered water.
Credit cards are usually accepted by modern hotels, large retailers and tourist sites but are less commonly accepted by smaller shops, cafes and market stalls in rural areas. Always carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.
ATMs are widely available in larger cities but are less common in small villages or rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 26: Republic Day
Mar 13: Holi
Apr 4: Mahavir Jayanti
Apr 14: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter Monday
May 10: Buddha’s Birthday
June 25: Eid al-Fitr
Aug 15: Independence Day
Aug 15: Eid al-Adha
Sept 22: Islamic New Year
Sept 30: Dussehra
Oct 2: Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
Oct 19: Diwali
Nov 4: Guru Nanak Jayanti
Dec 1: Birth of the Prophet Muhammad
Dec 25: Christmas Day
The dates of some of these holidays change each year as they are celebrated according to the Indian lunar calendar or the Islamic calendar. For a current list of public holidays in India go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/asia/India/public-holidays/
Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travellers in India. In some ways, the country is regressing. Though homosexuality was decriminalised in 2009, it was again made illegal in 2013. That being said, gay clubs can be found in a number of larger cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Goa. And in 2014, transgendered people received legal recognition as a third gender. Public displays of affection are frowned upon though, regardless of sexual orientation.
No vaccines are required in order to enter India but some are recommended for protection against disease. Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective.
1. Hepatitis A (transmitted through contaminated water)
2. Typhoid (transmitted through contaminated water)
3. Cholera (transmitted through contaminated water): Cholera is not a risk in the areas that most travellers will visit, but can be found in some parts of the country. Talk to your doctor or travel clinic about your travel plans to see if this vaccine is right for you.
4. Japanese encephalitis (transmitted through mosquito bite): You may need this vaccine depending on the time of year you go to India, if you are planning to visit rural areas or if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors. Talk to your doctor or travel clinic to see if this vaccine is right for you.
Malaria is a mosquito-transmitted disease found mostly in low-altitude areas of India. You can protect yourself by wearing light coloured clothing when travelling in these parts, by using a good bug repellent and by taking malaria prevention tablets. Talk to your doctor or travel clinic for advice.