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For centuries now, India – the land known for its majestic tigers, rich culture and extensive biodiversity – has held travellers in its sway. Many people intending to begin their spiritual path often start their journey in India but this amazing country has a huge amount to offer in terms of nature and wildlife. The beguiling nature of India hooks people in, making them pack their bags and setting set off for an unforgettable experience.

Every journey is incomplete without proper planning, be it what to pack, where to stay or where to visit. The most important part of planning is research which you need to do before you visit any foreign country, including India. To provide you with all the necessary information, we have created this handy resource that contains travel safety tips, including vaccination information, safety tips and tips for when on safari. If need be, you can also check out the extra resources provided below.

Is it safe to travel to India?

 Like every other country, some regions in India are better left untravelled. Visiting India can be a fun experience as long as you take necessary precautions.

Vaccinations to get before visiting India

Here is some helpful travel advice for your Indian vacation. We have listed a few diseases and the necessary vaccinations. You can check the resources for further details as well as consult with your GP as to what other vaccinations you might need when you are travelling to India.

  • Measles: Measles are caused by morbillivirus and spreads through contact.
  • Chickenpox: Chickenpox, caused by Varicella zoster, also spreads through contact.
  • Influenza: Commonly known as Flu, caused by the influenza virus that spreads when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks to others.
  • Polio: A mandatory vaccine for a person travelling from a polio-infected country.
  • Diphtheria: Like Influenza, Diphtheria is a disease that spreads through respiratory droplets. Diphtheria is caused by a viral strain.
  • Yellow Fever: Another mandatory vaccine for a visitor travelling from an infected area. Yellow Fever is caused by a virus that is transmitted through mosquito bites.

Detailed vaccination/travel resources

Indian travel safety tips

  • Trains are the fastest way to travel within a metropolitan city. There are separate compartments for women and men. For a comfortable experience, you should consider travelling in a designated coach.
  • Hire a professional travel partner who can book suitable accommodation for your stay in the country or do your research before deciding on a place to stay.
  • Avoid travelling alone at night; a rule that is followed in every city over the world.
  • The mobile network is a bit unpredictable, so consider purchasing a local SIM so you can stay in touch with everyone. The use of satellite phones is prohibited in the country.
  • Indian food can be a bit spicy and might take some time for you to get used to the flavours.
  • Tap water may not be hygienic, so try to eat at places that use boiled or filtered water for making food.

India safari safety trips

  • Any adventure activities, such as mountain climbing and trekking, should be done under the guidance of a skilled and experienced guide.
  • Avoid carrying or wearing bright colours on a safari. It can be distracting and agitating for the wild animals.
  • Avoid making unnecessary noise or talking loudly. It can upset the animals, and you will also miss out on the serenity of the forest.
  • Always carry an extra can or bottle of water. The heat can get the best of you, making the safari a rather tiresome experience. To stay hydrated, you need to drink plenty of fluids.
  • When on a game drive in a national park you must remain inside the vehicle at all times.
  • Listen to your guide whilst out on safari. They are the experts and have a good understanding of the wildlife and wilderness.

India travel advisory resources by country