Flights can be arranged in any number of places, online or on
the high street. We have found that the best value is often obtained
by visiting or calling an Indian-owned travel agent based in your
nearest 'little India'. You can often save 5-10% versus the best
price from the likes of say, ebookers or travelocity.
We would like to build a database of good value travel agents
for flights to India. If you can make a recommendation, please
let us know.
Bear in mind that many of these agents can obtain your visas
for you, and they generally charge a nominal fee of between £10
and £20. Remember to take along your completed form (download
here) and all supporting documents. Good agents will normally
have your visa ready for collection when you go to pick up your
In many cases, it is possible to obtain ticket and visa for the
same price as a ticket from one of the more famous travel agents,
so it is well worth investigating the travel agents of your local
If you require a five star hotel, BOOK IN ADVANCE. There is a
shortage of such accommodation, particularly in Delhi, and waiting
till you get into town is seldom a good idea. Prices start from
around £150 per night. Convert
to my currency.
For lower grade hotels, you can normally leave booking till you
arrive, though you are advised to at least book your first night
in advance. Don't book a hotel through the kiosks at the airport.
You can almost certainly arrange a better deal at the hotels themselves.
You may also wish to consider booking through online agents, as
they often secure deals from lower grade hotels, and then pass
on part of the savings to clients.
If you are looking for something more substantial than a hotel
room, try a serviced apartment. Passport2India,
our sister site, has a few available for rent. Generally you must
book for at least one week's stay.
Everyone needs a car in India, from the moment of entry. Even
those who have arranged tours may find themselves in need of transport
for the first and last few days in the city of entry/exit.
If you don't have a tour arranged, or prefer to create your own
bespoke tours, then you definitely need a car. Most westerners
and even NRI's (non-resident Indians) have bad experiences with
taxis. Visit one of the many travel forums (see below for links)
for an idea of how bad the problem can be. Even so-called Official
Taxis at the airport are notorious for their aggression and pushiness.
For excellent service and low prices, we recommend HireCarsIndia.com.
They run a large, professional network and provide airport transfers
as well as chauffeur and car hire (limited or unlimited mileage).
They also offer a cell phone rental service which can save you
a great deal of money versus international roaming charges.
Bombay has a well established nightlife scene, and other cities
are rapidly following suit. Visit the forums and other links below
for more information of what to do at night in India. If you are
visiting Delhi, try the New
Delhi Nightlife Guide for ideas for the best restaurants and
bars to visit.
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