The language most widely spoken in India is Hindi, however there are a number of other languages, such as Bengali and Telugu.
Name: Indian Rupee
£1 is approximately 86 INR.
India Standard Time (IST)
The cost of a domestic beer in India is 80-100Rs on average (around £1), but you can grab one for as little as 70Rs.
A meal at an inexpensive restaurant in India can range from 80-250Rs(90p-£3), however you will get food much cheaper if you explore the street food stalls, where you can get samosas for 5Rs.
Want to catch a cab? Taxi fares start from 50Rs (60p), and you should always ensure you get a prepaid taxi. Or you could go for the cheaper option: a rickshaw.
The easiest and most frequent mode of transport around India is by autorickshaw (like tuk tuks), which start at 25Rs (30p) for short journeys, or taxi. However you can also get around by bus, boats and trains, which are incredibly cheap.
Looking to stay in a hostel when you're in India? Dorm rooms start from as little as 165Rs - around £2 a night!
From budget to 5*, you'll be able to find a hotel room to suit your budget. The average cost for a double room is 500Rs (under £6).
India has marked differences in weather depending on the time of year. The winter months see pleasant temperatures generally around the mid twenties (although the central regions can be higher) meaning this is prime time for beach destinations. Northern India sees colder temperatures however, in particular up in the Himalayas. April through to June sees a steady increase in temperatures as the sizzle begins. There is some respite up in the Himalayas however. The end of June sees in the beginning of the Monsoon season, which means heavy rain storms are prone to occur, particularly in the Himalayas and tropical southern tip. Accommodation can be quieter however during the summer months as many are put off by the rains so it can save you a few pennies travelling at this time.
Independent? Good on you, bold traveller. India's bus and rail network can be a little tricky to get your head around at first, and often requires booking in advance in order to nab a comfortable seat or sleeping berth. We recommend you do planning and research if you intend to travel by public transport, instead of winging it. That aside, the train network is wide and efficient, so talk to a Travel Expert in store who has been to India, to find out whether it's for you.
For up to date information, visit the government travel advice page or speak to on of our Travel Experts when you book your trip.