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Why fly to India?

Embark on a culinary adventure of a lifetime!

Thousands of attractions to visit from exotic beaches & markets to festivals & ancient ruins!

Experience a heart-warming culture and hospitality that will leave you feeling both humbled and envious!

Visit India and discover the charm of a colourful nation!

About India

India is a vast country with its own special personality and charm. Its cities are crowded, noisy, pungent and fascinating, while its countryside offers a chance to find oneself away from the chaos. It’s a place where cows are holy; beaches are beautiful, ancient temples sit side-by-side ultra-modern office blocks, and tradition and culture reigns supreme.

Yes, there is Bollywood, beautiful music, colourful clothing and a sense of adventure, but India is far more than that. It’s a mix of tiny villages that have stayed unchanged for centuries, exquisite architectural treasures like the Taj Mahal and a modernity that is as progressive as the Far East and West.

People come here to explore ancient cultures and traditions and find peace, explore its inspiring temples or take a religious pilgrimage. Others come to savour India’s exquisite cuisines or delight in its 28 breathtaking World Heritage Sites. Each part of the country has its own unique charm, from the holy city of Varanasi to Agra, location of the Taj Mahal.

What makes India such a joy to visit is the unbelievable variety of sights and experiences. There is so much to discover … you can literally visit this fascinating country time and again and never experience the same thing twice!

Best Time To Visit India

India covers an area more than 3 million square kilometres, it is coasted by the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal; as such the weather varies from one region to the next. However, the country is relatively hot year-round. The colder months are from the start of December to early March. The country is at its hottest between March and June. During the summer, monsoon rains are common throughout the country – these usually last from June to the beginning of October.

Northern India is usually warm from April to the middle of June, with very cold weather from November to February. If you’d like to explore the Northeast, the best times to go are from March to June or between September and November.

The southern part of the country is not as hot as the North, although humidity can be uncomfortable. The central part of the country is also not as hot during the summer, but gets cold at night in winter. The best time to visit the Eastern or Western parts of the country is from November to February, in the winter months, as the summers can be unbearably hot.

Most Popular Cities in India

Get the best deals on flights to the most popular cities in India with Travelstart, have a look at our return fares below:*

*Approximate lowest fares, use as guideline only, actual fares may vary due to availability at time and date of booking.

Cultural Considerations

  • Dress modestly on the whole; especially women (sandals are acceptable).
  • Many of the historic and religious sites require you to remove your shoes; thus having shoes which are easy to get on and off helps.
  • Cows are sacred in India, thus we strongly advise against cow tipping.

Cost of Living

  • Water (0.33 liter bottle)


  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)


  • McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)


  • Pack of Cigarettes


  • Regular Cappuccino


  • Water (1.5 liter bottle)


  • Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)


  • Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)


How long will it take to get there?

At Travelstart we are all about providing you with the best service. Not only do we bring you the best prices but we also want to help you spend your vacation time wisely; i.e. less time travelling and more time having fun.

To help you plan your journey more efficiently, we compiled a handy guide featuring the most popular Airlines that travel to India by distance the aircraft would cover. Of course layover time would need to be considered, but generally shorter distances means cutting down on your travelling time; giving you back hours (sometimes even days) to spend on exploring your holiday destination.

Approximate Flight Distance from South Africa to India:

Travel Tips & Advice

Planning a trip to India? We compiled a list of travel tips to save you from feeling like a helpless tourist.

1. Set Your Watch

India is 3.5 hours ahead of South Africa. The country does not use Daylight Savings Time (DST).

Time Zones:
South Africa: UTC+02:00 vs. India: UTC+05:30

2. Emergency Numbers
  • Police: 100
  • Ambulance: 101
  • Fire: 102
  • You will find 24 hour pharmacies in every major city in India.
  • Whenever you travel overseas, Travelstart strongly recommends taking travel insurance prior to departing South Africa to cover any medical expenses you might incur abroad.
3. Travel Adaptors And Voltage

Travel Adaptors:

  • You will need a travel adaptor to use your appliances in India.
  • Indian plugs are the two or three-pin round type. Outlets for small appliances of 110 volts are found in most hotels.
  • You can purchase a simple adaptor plug at airports, luggage stores and in shopping malls throughout South Africa.


  • South Africa uses 220V and 230V, and India uses 230V – 240V (Frequency: 50Hz)
  • As a general rule, different voltages are sometimes used within the same country.
  • Be mindful of this before plugging in and always check your device voltage against the voltage of the power point you’re using.

4. General Rules Around gratuity

As with any other country, India has different expectation around tipping for services rendered. Follow the handy guide below to avoid getting into arguments with the locals.

  • Bars: Tip between 15% and 20% of the bill.
  • Restaurants: Usually, restaurants in India have a service charge included in the bill. If not, then 10% of the total bill is sufficient. Give the money to the waiter directly to ensure he gets his tip, or leave it on the table.
  • Taxis: Taxi and rickshaw drivers are not permitted to charge more than the fare. But you can round up the amount and not request the change.
  • Hotels: Porters are usually tipped between 20-50 rupees per item of luggage. Hotel housekeeping is usually given a small tip, at your discretion.
  • Tour guides: Tipping a tour guide is expected in India – tip between 100-300 rupees per day. If you’re on a group tour, you only need to give 30-50 rupees.

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