The range of hotels in India varies greatly. Budget motels range from dirty rooms or guesthouses with flimsy beds and lumpy mattresses. An attached room, or bathroom, may have hot water, although it is likely it is in a bucket and not from a tap. Shared showers are common and usually have only cold water. Bedbugs and mosquitos are common among budget accommodations in India. Also be aware that if a taxi driver tells you the budget hotel you are asking for is closed or has moved, it is likely he wants to take you to another location where they will pay him a commission which is then added to your bill.
Mid-range hotels in India are not that much more expensive than budget accommodations, but they offer extras that can make your stay much more pleasant. This may include mosquito nets, a balcony and air conditioning. Some also have attached restaurants and may offer room service.
Over the past few years, luxury hotels have grown in India. Most are western-style hotels located in town centers. Some of these are found in heritage properties like old forts, palaces, hunting lodges and more.
You must have a valid passport to enter India. In addition, you must request the proper visa from the Indian Embassy as there are no provisions to change your immigration category once it is issued. Visa regulations change regularly so it is important that you check with the Indian Embassy to be sure you are following the proper guidelines.