Without sounding too cliché, we think India really is like no other country. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or taking the plunge for your first adventure, it can quickly become daunting to think about everything you need to know before you get on that plane.

Luckily for you, our travel specialists love offering up their tried-and-tested tips and advice to make everything that much simpler for you when you travel, no matter the destination. Thanks to their first-hand experience spending a substantial amount of time in India, you’ll be able to take advantage of their knowledge, making sure you’re focused on enjoying your trip rather than spending hours researching.

To help, we’ve put together a list of our most commonly asked India questions and asked our India travel specialists for their advice below. Don’t forget, when you book with Rickshaw, you can always ask your travel specialist any and all questions over the phone or by email. You can also find much more useful information in our India travel guide.


Do I need a visa to travel to India?

Yes, you’ll need to apply for a visa to India. You can apply online for a Tourist E-Visa which is available for different trip durations and varies in cost depending on how long you require travel for. Visit our Visa and Passport page for more information on how to apply.

What’s the baggage allowance for domestic flights in India?

As a general rule, Indian airlines allow you to bring a piece of check in luggage weighing up to 15 kg per person. You can pay for excess luggage at check-in, the average rate is £3-£5 per kg.

Looking to book your flights with Rickshaw? Find out more in our Flights Guide.

When do we receive our domestic flight/train tickets?

You’ll receive information about your domestic flights and trains in the detailed itinerary which we’ll send when your booking gets confirmed. The hard copies and the actual tickets will be waiting for you at your first hotel in India in your “welcome pack”. If you’re starting with your own arrangements, we will send your first flight/train ticket to you prior to departure.

What are the trains like in India?

A train journey is one of the must-dos in India if you’re feeling adventurous, and it’s a great way to see the country whilst travelling between destinations. We book a/c chair class on day trains and 2nd class sleeper trains for overnight journeys. What train travel in India lacks in terms of comfort, it definitely makes up for in terms of experience. Families will share their home-cooked meals, and everyone wants to chat.

Read our guide on getting around in India for more information.

Who do I contact in case of emergency?

After you’ve booked your trip, we’ll email you a package of travel documents with details about our local partners with offices in India. This will include an emergency contact number and the addresses of each office. Our local agents will be on hand 24/7 to lend a hand with anything that you need during your trip. Being located within India, they are in a stronger position to help with any issues that arise.

Your India travel specialist will also be on hand to answer any queries during office hours.


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Speak to our India specialist, Kate

“After three unforgettable trips, I can’t wait to plan my next India holiday- there’s always somewhere new and exciting to explore! For me, nothing beats the delicious food and the colourful festivals.”

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