Search for Sri Lankan leopards in Yala National Park, watch the bright colours of India float by as you cruise the Lower Ganges, and view the Taj Mahal in all its mesmerising beauty whilst in Agra when you join premium cruise and tour operator, Travelmarvel, on an India and Sri Lanka adventure in 2019. Read more..
Touring in India
Top India Tips!
Tipping/Bartering – The etiquettes vary depending on what you are purchasing, so best practice is to check with your local guide. As a general rule it is acceptable to leave a tip subtly at restaurants however in markets where there is no fixed price, haggling is expected. Currency – The local currency is the Indian Rupee. ATMs are accessible in cities and larger towns, but if your tour is taking you outside the cities it is recommended to carry cash. Make sure you refer to your bank for their recommended options (and fees) before leaving for your holiday. Etiquette – Eating with your hands is common in India, however, stick to using your right hand. Eating or passing things with your left hand is considered rude (as the left hand in India is used for sanitation). Drinking Water – Only drink bottled water in India and refrain from consuming ice or anything that may have been washed with tap water (salads etc.). Make sure you always have a spare bottle of water for brushing your teeth and get used to keeping your mouth closed in the shower! Photos – Avoid taking photos of the local people without consent, this can be offensive, and you may be asked to delete your images or pay for them. Check with your local guide if you are unsure what is appropriate.
What should I bring?
Toilet Paper / Tissues – Public toilets in India are generally squat toilets. You might want to carry some toilet paper or tissues with you while you are out exploring. Sanitiser / Anti-bacterial Wipes – Do not expect to feel daisy-fresh after washing your hands in a public facility, so pack some anti-bacterial wipes or some sanitiser gel to use throughout your tour. Scarf – With many religious and sacred sites to visit and protocols to follow, it is handy for women to have a light scarf with them to cover themselves when appropriate. Longer layers – Both men and women are expected to dress modestly, so it is important to pack attire that is appropriate for both the culture and the climate. Some light longer layers will see you dressed both respectfully and suitably for the diverse temperatures you may encounter in India.
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Chaats from a roadside stall – This is a traditional Indian street food, which refers to a collection of savoury snacks rather than just one item itself. Choose a busy roadside stall and let the locals serve you up a tasting platter of traditional flavours. A sharing platter of Thali – Mirroring the concept of Chaats, Thali refers to a dish of dishes – picture a platter of roti breads, curries, rice, yoghurt and more. A true culinary adventure to get stuck into on your Indian tour. Indian rickshaw ride – Rickshaws fill the streets of India overloaded with passengers and produce. These small three-wheeled vehicles are a great way to truly see India like a local, and once your heart rate returns to normal, you will look back on it as an authentic experience you will never forget! Definitely try this one if you get the chance on your tour!