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What's India like?

With more than 1.3 billion citizens, India is the 2nd most populated country in the world, with close to 1 billion more inhabitants than 3rd place USA (and roughly 275 times more people than New Zealand). Although it's a large country, it's also one of the most densely populated, with many of the world's busiest and most crowded cities.

The country has lots to admire, from grand buildings like the Taj Mahal to lesser known ancient temples that are similarly awe-inspiring. The food too is sensational, with local delicacies changing depending on where you travel in the region. The more curries, breads and teas you try, the more you'll appreciate their subtle differences.

The Indian population goes crazy over cricket. Whether it's a Test match or an IPL match, the atmosphere is completely different to watching a game in New Zealand.

What airlines operate flights to India?

There are no direct flights between New Zealand and India, and many flights to the subcontinent are shared between air alliances. If you start with Air New Zealand or Virgin Australia, don't be surprised if you change to Air India, Singapore Airlines or Thai Airways.

Best time to book

Skyscanner has found that travellers can save more than $100 on their fare to India by booking 16 weeks (almost 4 months) before they intend to fly.

Do you need a visa to visit India?

Yes. For 24 of India's airports (including Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai), you can apply for an e-Tourist Visa (eTV). This is done online and must be completed at least 4 days before departure.

How long is the flight to India?

To Delhi

To Mumbai

From Auckland

17 hours 55 minutes (1 stop)

17 hours 5 minutes (1 stop)

From Christchurch

18 hours 15 minutes (1 stop)

17 hours 30 minutes (1 stop)

From Queenstown

20 hours 45 minutes (2 stops)

20 hours (2 stops)

From Wellington

18 hours 20 minutes (1 stop)

19 hours 45 minutes (2 stops)

When is the best time to visit India?

India's monsoon season starts on the west coast in May and moves north-east over the following 6 to 8 weeks. Like with South-east Asia, the intense rain is matched with sunny days, which can lead to extreme humidity as well as flash flooding and ruined travel plans.

Because of the large size of the country, winter (which is at the same time as New Zealand's summer) is very different across India. The south of the country has a tropical climate, with year-round sunshine, but the north of India (in Delhi and near the Himalayas) can get chilly and even receive snow.

As a general rule, the best window to visit India is between November and March.

How expensive is India?

India is much cheaper than New Zealand, with meals available for a few dollars and hotel rooms covered by a single note. There is the option for upscale accommodation and restaurants, but even here your money will go a lot further.

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Please note: all information is correct as of August, 2017.

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