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Useful addresses

United Kingdom

Tourist office of India – 7 Cork Street - London W1S 3LH - t 0207 437 3677 - www.incredibleindia.org

Office of the High Commissioner for India – India House - Aldwych - WC2B 4NA - t 0207 836 8484 - www.hcilondon.net

Republic of Ireland

India does not have a tourist office in the Republic of Ireland, but travellers can consult its website - www.incredibleindia.org

Embassy of India – 6 Leeson Park - Dublin 6 - t 01.496 6792 - www.indianembassy.ie

When to go

The best time to go is from mid-October (after the rainy season) to March (before the very high temperatures), when the skies are blue and the temperatures are pleasant. The days are quite short and the cool night temperatures tend to linger.

Time difference

The time in India is GMT+5.30. So when it is 12noon in London and Dublin, it is 4.30pm (in summer) or 5.30pm (in winter) in Delhi.


You must have a passport valid for 6 months after your return home and a visa, issued by the Indian embassy.


Also see Practical A to Z.

Recommended vaccinations: DT-polio, hepatitis A and B and typhoid, and if travelling to rural areas, Japanese encephalitis and rabies.

Anti-malarial medication is recommended, depending on the regions.

Travel insurance is advisable (automatically provided by some bank cards).

First aid kit

Don’t forget a wide spectrum antibiotic, anti-diarrhoea medication and an intestinal antiseptic, water purifying tablets and mosquito repellent.


www.incredibleindia.org - Official tourism website of India.

www.fco.gov.uk – Travel advice.

www.india-today.com – News and current events published by an Indian weekly news magazine.

www.hindunet.org – Scripture, socio-cultural and religious information, medicine, shopping and links to sites on the same subject.

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