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India

India India

Population: 1.295.210.000 people
Region: Southern Asia (Search on Google maps)
Capital: New Delhi
Country Code: IN

Money in India

Currencie(s): Indian rupee

  • 1 Indian rupee = 0.01 €
  • 1 Indian rupee = 0.01 $
  • 1 Indian rupee = 0.01 £

Should I exchange money before I travel? Although this depends on many factors, including which currencies you want to convert and which country you are travelling from, generally speaking exchanging your money AFTER you travel will provide you with a more favourable exchange rate.

The rule is simple: the more common the currency is, the cheaper it will be. So, for example, if you are travelling from the UK to India and want to buy some Indian rupee here, you will pay less for it in India, as this is the currency that you will find everywhere. At the same time your GBP will become rare and valuable, which means that you will get more money for them.

Looking for advice about exchanging Indian rupee? Discover our tips in our article about currency exchange.

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.

Language in India

Language(s): Hindi & English

Food & Drinks in India

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste the national dish: Tandoori Chicken

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in India 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.

Religion in India

India is a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, 90% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.1% (2001 census)

From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

Sex & Relationships in India

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.

Other practical tips for India

Timezone: UTC+05:30
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in India – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

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.

Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / D / M
When travelling to India, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / D / M. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

Weather: Currently haze, with a temperature between 31 and 31°C (87.8 and 87.8°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.

Fly to India

Planning a trip to India? We have a list of 136 airports you can fly to. You can find the closest one to your destination by clicking on a city below!

List of cities in India