About India

Experience, explore and discover India’s colourful festivals, flavourful foods, exquisite fabrics, varied spirituality and extraordinary culture. Our India tours offer you easy access to the colourful Indian subcontinent.

India is a land of extremes, a land that stimulates your senses as it does your soul. Bright spice stalls in busy market places, colourful women’s saris, bright patterns of silk and cotton, brightly painted buildings and colourful festivals are just some of the things your eyes can feast on. In fact, all your senses come alive in India – the sights, the smells, the sounds. India is also home to a wide variety of hauntingly unique musical instruments that touch your inner being, as does India’s deeply spiritual culture. In fact, it also gave rise to Yoga, Ayurveda and a wide variety of healing arts.

Our tours in India

India is a land of tropical jungles, arid deserts, solitary mountains and busy cities, their populations living very diverse lifestyles. Each state alone has its own language, traditional dress and typical cuisine. Thousands of years of shifting kingdoms gave rise to the rich and varied cultures still evident today. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians co-exist in harmony. Bollywood stars and slum dwellers, businessmen and Babajis (ascetic holy men) share the same pavement. India challenges you to rethink all you thought you knew about people and life itself.

Experience, explore and discover Sikkim’s flowering mountain valleys, Buddhist monasteries and stress-free cities. Our Sikkim tours and trekking tours bring you to one of the loveliest destinations in India.

Holistic Kerala Tour

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Sikkim Low Altitude Trek

from: €450

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Goechala Trek Sikkim

from: €650

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FAQs

Do I need an Indian visa?

All visitors to India, except citizens of neighboring Nepal and Bhutan, need a visa. Citizens of many countries are now eligible for visa on arrival. We can help you apply for your visa as you book your tour.

What is the weather like in India?

While the climate is generically classified as hot and tropical, conditions vary from one region to another. Essentially, the winter months are considered to be between November and March when the mornings and evenings are rather cool and fresh. The hot temperatures between April and June can be dry and dusty is many areas, but humid along the coasts. Summer is the rainy season and may see flooding in some areas.

When is the best time to visit India?

Bear in mind that the weather in the north and the south of India may vary considerably during the same period. November to March are most ideal for travelling to South India. Travel to the Himalayan regions is best during April to October.

Is India suitable for a family trip?

India is delightfully diverse with rich traditions, thus offering an excellent learning environment and unique experiences for all ages. Do not be concerned about scaremongering; children are warmly welcomed wherever they go and travel to India ranges from rudimental backpacking to luxury holidays. Families have a host of vacation types to choose from, whether looking for the natural beauty and history of rural India or the contemporary culture of the cities.

Does Namaste Nomad customise holidays in India according to our preferences?

India is as diverse as our customers’ interests and preferences. As specialists in customised holidays in India, tailor-made itineraries are our specialty. Send us an email telling us what you’re after and we will get back to you with a suggested itinerary.

How safe is it to eat non-vegetarian food in India?

India, being a primarily Hindu country, rarely serves beef. Because a substantial number of Indians are Muslim, pork is also not easily available. We recommend you eat non-vegetarian food only in good restaurants with good food safety practices.

What kind of dress is appropriate, given the different culture?

It is a safe bet not to expose too much skin. People may not only stare, they may take offence. In India, women’s chaste dress means not exposing shoulders, chest or knees. Safe clothing would be long skirts and tops with sleeves. While not typically worn my women in India, trousers to below the knee are acceptable. Avoid shorts, mini skirts and tank tops, unless you are on a beach. Be also aware that, outside tourist areas, locals may not be accustomed to beach wear. Local people respond approvingly when foreigners wear typical Indian clothing.

Can I use my mobile phone in India?

Mobile services in India are some of the cheapest in the world and it may well be worth getting a local SIM card. Getting a SIM card in India requires submission of an application form, which takes a few days to process.

When is the best time to visit Sikkim?

The best time to visit Sikkim is from March to May and September to early December.

Do I need a special permit to visit Sikkim?

To visit Sikkim, you must apply for an Inner Line Permit (ILP), which is a 15 days permit. It can be obtained, free of charge, from the Indian Consulate in your country when applying for your Indian Visa. You can also obtain ILPs at Rangpo at the time of entry to Sikkim.