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A land of history and mystery and spiritual encounters.

Don't try to figure out India. India is an enigma. A country of one billion people that keeps one eye on the future, and the other on the past. Where everyone is held together by a spiritual commonality that seems to have no end.

India offers snow-covered mountains and sandy, sun-kissed beaches. The rocky world of Hampi, and the elegant Taj Mahal. There's such an abundance of temples – more than 15 on Girnar Hill alone – it would take more than a lifetime to see and visit them all. Perhaps that's why reincarnation is big in India.

If there ever was a place that's expectedly unexpected, India is it. And that includes the food. A mouthwatering menu of meats, seafood, and vegetarian dishes with the flavor of curry and traditional preparations that vary by region.

India is historic, as it should be. It's mysterious, but it doesn't have to be. VIVA Travel will guide you through a great Indian adventure that's part worldly and part spiritual. Just don't try to figure out India. Instead, enjoy it.

Other things to do:

  • Visit Muhabodhi Temple (where Buddha achieved enlightenment)
  • See The Royal Palace of Thanjavur
  • Swim at the Beaches of Goa
  • Visit the 16th century Humayan's Tomb
  • Ride an Elephant up to Amber Fort
  • Explore the 1000 year old Western group of Temples in Khajuraho
  • See Mysore Palace

Temperatures range from 25°F (-4°C) to 122°F (50°C).

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC+05:30


Hindi, English


Indian Rupee (INR)


220-240 volts. Travelers from the US and Canada need a plug adapter and step-down transformer. For hair dryers, curling irons, etc., a plug adapter and voltage converter are required.

Tipping Customs: 

For restaurants, a 10% tip is adequate. There is a service charge included on most bills; this is actually a tax, and servers will not receive any money from this. Tips outside of restaurants should be in rupees. We recommend carrying small denominations for other service providers.


Petty crime, especially theft of personal property (including US passports), is common. US citizens are cautioned to travel in groups. Take extreme caution when crossing streets, even in pedestrian areas. Traveling at night is particularly dangerous. 

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is widely available. Service providers include BSNL, MTNL, ADSL, VDSL, Airtel and Qlekit.


Smoking is prohibited in public places, including restaurants, bars, markets and public transportation. 

Travel Documentation: 

All US citizens require a valid passport and valid Indian visa.


Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) 

Car Rental: 

Renting a car in India usually includes a driver. Hertz does offer car rental locations in some major cities. 

Public Transportation: 

Cycle or auto rickshaws, trams, taxies, busses, trains, and metro are all valid methods of transportation.