How to Travel to India from USA – Flight, Visa & Tour Plan

Do US citizens need a visa to travel to India?

Of course. US citizens need to apply for a tourist visa for India tours from USA. Review the requirements to get your visa such as: an original passport valid for at least 6 months, a filled-out application form completed online with a recent 2 x 2 passport type photo, to the Indian embassy or consulate in your residence area. It usually takes one week or longer, except three working days of e-Tourist visa.

Visa fees: 160 dollars

Where to Apply for a Visa (choose the one in charge of your residence area):
Indian Embassy in Washington, DC:  4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC, 20008, Tel: 877-876-3266
Indian Consulate in Atlanta:  5775 Glenridge Drive, Building B, Suite 320, Atlanta, GA 30328, Tel: 877-876-3266          
Indian Consulate in Chicago:  111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 512, Chicago, IL 60601, Tel: 877-876-3266       
Indian Consulate in Houston:  2 Greenway Plaza Suite 200, Houston, TX 77046, Tel: 877-876-3266
Indian Consulate in New York: 555 Montgomery Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94111, Tel: 877-876-3266

E-Visa to India
India E-Visa Sample

Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal

Read More: India Visa Application– 6 Steps

How to Travel to India from USA – Flights

The most of flights from USA to India have stops because of long distance, except few cities like New York to Delhi has direct flight route. So you need to arrange your time and choose an available line according to your plan.

Best Time to Visit India

India is greatly affected by monsoon so its weather is divided into three seasons of cool, hot and rainy. The best time to travel to India from USA is from October to March. In this period, tourists can enjoy a pleasant weather and engage in kinds of sightseeing.

Read More: Best Time to Visit India

Best Places to Visit in India

India boasts rich tourism resources. You can choose the classical “Golden Triangle Circuit” and nearby cities in North India, or picturesque destinations in South India. You can enjoy a cozy beach holiday or exciting outdoor activities in mountain areas. It depends on your preference. Generally, the most popular places in India are listed as follows:

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Red Fort in Delhi
Red Fort in Delhi

Celebrate Festivals, Rajasthan
Colorful Festival in India

Camel Safari
Camel Safari

1. Agra: People can visit renowned Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. 
2. New Delhi: It is famous for Qutab Minar and India Gate.
3. Jaipur: As an important stop at “Golden Triangle Circuit”, it is a beautiful pink city where people can visit Amer Fort, City Palace and Hawa Mahal.
4. Mumbai: People can visit some historical sites and Bollywood.
5. Varanasi: It is famed for holy Ganges River where you can admire the great puja in the evening.
6. Goa: People can engage in various water spots and visit many exotic buildings.
7. Darjeeling: People can taste top-notch black tea and visit tea gardens and factories.
8. Shimla: It is a great summer resort where you can go trekking and rafting in summer. Besides these places, there are other interesting places waiting for your exploration, such as the Mall Road.

Time Difference between USA and India

Based on Daylight Saving Time, Washington is behind India by 9 hours 30 minutes.

Money Exchange for US Dollars and India Rupee

Rough Exchange Rate: 1 USD = 70.02 INR

INR, short for Indian Rupee, is the official currency in India. Currently, the majority payment way are cash and credit card. So you need to exchange some money in advance before traveling to India from USA. And it is convenient to exchange dollars at airports and banks.

Read More: Indian CurrencyHow much does it cost to travel in India?

Voltage & Power Sockets

USA India
Plug Type
Type D, C ,M
Type A/B

If you travel to India from USA, please take a voltage adapter and a plug adapter. 

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to India Voltage: Plug, Socket, Electricity

Tap Water is Not Drinkable in India.

Tap water cannot be drink directly in India because of bad sanitation condition. You should buy bottled water in shops and mention that bottle cap intact.   

Read More: Health-wise Tips for Drinking Water in India

How to Make Phone Calls

From USA to India:
Dial 011 + India country code 91 + area code (2-4 digits) + phone number

From India to USA:

Dial 00 + 1 + area code + phone number

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