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What language is spoken in India?

The official language in India is Hindi.

Is English spoken throughout India?

English is the second most common language in India.

What is the currency used in India?

The currency used throughout the country is the Indian rupee. Most vendors will also accept Mastercard or Visa. ATMs are commonplace in India.

Do I need a visa to travel to India? 

American and Canadian passport holders entering India will need a visa. An e-visa option is available for tourists.

Is Wi-Fi readily available?

Internet access is good in most major areas of India. Wi-Fi is available at most restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, and malls. However, poor internet service does exist in remote areas and villages in India.

Can I use my cellphone in India?

You can purchase a SIM card in India, but we suggest you check with your cellular provider to know what your options are. You might be able to get an affordable roaming plan.

Is it safe to drink the tap water?

It is strongly advised not to drink tap water in India. It’s best to stick to filtered water.

What are the public bathroom facilities like?

There are two types of toilets in India: 1) western sit-down toilets and 2) Asian squat toilets. Squat toilets are the most common in public bathrooms. Some public bathrooms will not provide toilet paper or soap, so we recommend you bring your own tissues and hand sanitizer.

When is the best time to travel to India?

The best time to travel to India is between October through March when weather is mainly sunny, dry, and warm.

What are the transportation options in India?

There are several ways to get around the country, but usually Goway passengers will travel by private vehicle and domestic flight. Bus transportation is used for group travel.

Is India a family-friendly destination?

India offers many family-oriented activities including visits to forts and palaces, tiger and leopard safaris, beaches, and museums. We can create a custom itinerary based on your family's interests.

How welcoming is India to LGBTQ travellers?

The majority of the country is safe for LGBTQ travelers and families. The country does hold somewhat conservative values, so public displays of affection between gay or straight couples is not common.

What are the main annual festivals or events held?

India has many festivals and events, but two of the biggest celebrations are Diwali and Holi. Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights celebrated annually for five days in either October or November. Holi is the Hindu Festival of Colours, celebrated annually in March after the full moon.

Is tipping customary in India?

Tipping is not mandatory, but if you receive excellent service from your guide, driver, and hotel staff, a gratuity is appreciated. 

Should I visit North India or South India?

This depends on your interests and preferences, but most Goway passengers will visit the north on their first trip to India to see the Taj Mahal and the main sites in Rajasthan and Varanasi. South India can be done as an extension or a separate trip altogether. The most common places Goway passengers visit in southern India are Goa for the beaches and Kerala for a houseboat experience, but Chennai and Bangalore are other options. India is a large country so the climate, landscape, and culture vary depending on which region you visit. 


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