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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in India. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to India.
Currencie(s): Indian rupee
Tipping: Not normal in hotels and restaurants, but appreciated if given. If eating a casual meal—breakfast or snack—with a bill total less than IN₹300, then a 10% tip is expected and appreciated.
Corruption: India has a corruption score of 59/100.
If your itinerary runs through India, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, India scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.
India is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.61 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in New Delhi is 18.
The drinking age varies by state. In New Delhi, for example, the drinking age is 25, while in Goa it is 18. Mahrashtra’s Wardha district has a drinking age of 30.
Age of Consent: 18 years.
At the age of 18, an individual is considered mature enough in India to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in India.
India scores a 1/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in India are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
Driving: Left-hand traffic.
WARNING: You might want to rent a car, but remember: this is a left-hand driving country. This might be the opposite side of the road than you’re used to, so it will require more concentration to keep from turning their car directly into oncoming traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / D / M
Weather: Currently fog, with a temperature between 13 and 13°C (55.4 and 55.4°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 90.87 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to India. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.