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India Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for India , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Few countries offer the variety of this striking land; with its intoxicating and invigorating blend of mesmerising culture, diverse landscapes, intense colours and a myriad of flavours. It is a country of glorious contradictions: a desert climate and the crowded cities of the plains just hours away from the cool splendour of the Himalayas or the beaches of Goa and the simple lifestyle of its people, which go hand-in-hand with the skill and sophistication that created the staggeringly beautiful Taj Mahal. Immerse yourself in a spectacular hustle and bustle of cities that include the main gateway to India, Delhi, as well as Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata. Marvel at a vivid history encapsulated forever in the incredible architecture and fairytale palaces of Rajasthan. Feel the excitement as you wait in anticipation to catch sight of the elusive Bengal Tiger in one of India's National Parks. Be dazzled by the stunning natural scenery and the way of life of the waterside communities of Kerala as you drift along on a houseboat. Enjoy the golden-sand beaches of Goa and relish the silence and inner peace you will achieve on a retreat in the majestic Himalayas.

General Information
CapitalNew Delhi
LanguageIndian
Time Difference5 hours
CurrencyRupee
Voltage220V

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever occur all year round; and includes such areas as New Delhi. Please contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures and take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary

Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

Visas are required for India. Please note that from the 15 August 2015, holders of passports endorsed 'British citizen' who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to apply for an e-Tourist Visa (e-tv) to enter India at designated airports. On arrival in India, visitors will be asked to provide Biometric Data and the visa will be issued then. Please visit India's e-Tourist Visa Website. Biometric Data The Government of India has introduced Biometric Data Collection for Indian Visa applications. With effect from 14 March 2015, all applicants (except for those now eligible and applying for the new British citizen e-visa) will be required to book an appointment online to submit their applications at VFS Application Centres. Applicants will be able to book an appointment on VFS Website www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk at the time of filing online application forms. Biometric Data collection, including fingerprint data and facial imagery will be a mandatory requirement for all visa applicants. As a result, all visa applicants will need to first apply online and, thereafter, be physically present (mandatorily) at India Visa and Consular Services centres, by appointment, for submission of visa application and biometric data enrolment. The new online appointment system will be applicable from 16 March 2015.

1. All visa, passport, OCI, Consular Services at VFS Application Centres in London (Goswell Road, Paddinton and Hounslow), Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Bradford, Newcastle, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol, Glasgow and Leicester will be granted on the basis of appointments only.
2. Applicants must book an online appointment for all Services (visa, passport, OCI, and Consular Services) before visiting VFS Application Centres.
3. Only one person/applicant is allowed per appointment. For family applications each applicant will be required to book a separate appointment.
4. Appointments can be booked by visiting after completion of the Online Form via VFS website: www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk
5. All applicants will be required to bring the printout of the appointment letter along with the application form at the time of submission. No applications will be accepted without an appointment after 16th March 2015.
6. All applicants must be at the above VFS Application Centres 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment.
7. No applications will be accepted by post.

The Indian Government have changed the entry requirements for foreign nationals travelling with non-machine readable passports arriving into India. Foreign nationals who arrive at an Indian port holding non-machine readable passports will be denied entry.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Climate+

Due to its size, India has seven climatic zones. In general, the best time to visit our featured areas is from October to March.

Northern India
The Northern Mountains including the Himalayas region, can experience rain year-round, however the main rainy season lasts from July to October. In the Northern Plains, where you will find Delhi, it is generally dry and hot from March until June, but when the monsoon rains begin in July, temperatures become cooler, however the high humidity can be uncomfortable. Rajasthan, where you will find Jaipur and Udaipur, is very dry with the very hottest months being from May to July, but even when the monsoon brings light rainfall it doesn’t have much effect on temperatures. The best time to visit is generally when it is cooler, yet still sunny and dry, from November to March, however there can be some fog from mid-December to mid-January. It can also be foggy during this time in Uttar Pradesh, where you will find Agra.

Southern India
The best time to visit southern India is from November to March when temperatures are at their most comfortable and the monsoon rains have subsided. Evenings can get chilly. If you are including Goa in your southern India itinerary, December to February is the ideal time, when it is hot, but not wet or too humid.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for India.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January2119
February2415
March3015
April368
May3917
June3953
July35220
August33257
September34126
October3324
November285
December238

Getting There+

Flight Information
Virgin Atlantic to Delhi; British Airways from London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai, with onward connecting flights to Goa, Cochin, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Kerala. Flights with Emirates (via Dubai)from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow are also available.

Flight Time
9 hours 0 mins From London Heathrow to Mumbai.

Flight Upgrades
British Airways (Club World) upgrades to Delhi start from as little as £730 per person each way and to Mumbai from £790 per person, each way.

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