The India Travel Course Blog

Honest, independent and thoughtful advice for foreign travelers to India

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Civil Unrest in Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab

Please be aware of this Security Message for U.S. Citizens from the U.S. Embassy New Delhi issued on August 28, 2017: The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens in New Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab to exercise caution and track local news reporting regarding civil unrest related to the Friday...

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Webinar is done and we are going to Goa!

We are in the process of packing up our house in New Jersey and we head to Goa on October 5th! Because of the move there may be a gap in our regular blog posting schedule. But stay tuned! Once we settle in and have a functional household in India, you will hear from us again! On Saturday,...

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Staying Comfortable While Pushing your Comfort Zone

India will test the boundaries of your comfort zone. For the most part, it is up to you to decide by how much and in what ways. India is a land of extremes where some of the richest people in the world live side-by-side with some of the very poorest. Likewise, some of the most spiritually...

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Getting Around India: Transportation Basics

Before we talk about transportation in India, let's put the size of the country in perspective. Check out this map of India superimposed over a map of the US. Here is India superimposed over western Europe. And India superimposed over Australia. You can see from the maps that India is...

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Is India safe for tourists?

Chances are that if you are thinking about going to India someone will tell you that you shouldn't go, that India is not safe. If you are female and want to travel solo, then you are likely to hear this even more. Are they right, or are they just being overcautious? There have been a series of...

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Our Plan to Prevent Mosquito Bites in India

Exciting news! Our family, including our soon to be two-year-old, is relocating from the US to India for an extended stay. There are a LOT of things to think about as we move across the world from New Jersey to Goa. Of all the logistics and planning, having the knowledge and tools to avoid...

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Official National Emergency Number for Police, Fire & Ambulance

There are a thousand reasons why you will want a phone with you when you travel in India, but there is one we want to specifically point out: In India, the official national emergency number for police, fire and ambulance is 112. You can dial 112 from any phone in India, not just mobile...

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Discover World Heritage Sites In India

Did you know that the United Nations maintains a list of sites around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity? India currently has 35 official UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Indian government has submitted another 45 for consideration. A few of the sites are very...

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Flight booking tools that are better than KAYAK

Yay! We just booked airline tickets to return to India! While the information is still fresh in our heads we thought we would write down a few notes about the online tools we used to find the most convenient flights and best prices. Online tools of every type are constantly evolving and...

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VIDEO: When is the Best Time to Visit India? (It depends on the weather!)

When is the Best Time to Visit India? It depends on the weather! Our latest video is a 10-minute introduction to India's climate and a crash course in seasonal trip planning. India is best traveled by seasons. When you travel in India you not only experience an amazing mix of cultures and...

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