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You are required to bring a valid non-expired passport of your country and a visa from an Indian mission abroad to enter India.
Visa on Arrival for 43 Countries
Government has taken an admirable step the ease of tourism sector by starting the service Visa on Arrival enabled by ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for 43 countries starting from November 2014.
Visitors from many countries, including Australia, Israel, Ukraine, Russia, United States, Germany, can avail the electronic visa facility. For the entire list of approved countries, please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
One needs to apply through the assigned website and go through the required four steps. Once verified the traveller would get the ETA through an E-mail.
The nine approved international airports where arrival is permitted with ETA are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa.
Government Offices/Shops: Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Banks: Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 14:00 hrs, Saturdays, 10:00 – 12:00 hrs. Shops open up at different timings. In metro cities, the malls generally remains open until 21:00 hrs, entire week. In tourist areas, small stores stay open till late evenings, and in small cities, shops tend to close around 20:00 hrs.
Bars and restaurants have different closing hours in different states, this would be around midnight or earlier. The only food establishments that you would find open 24 hours a day are coffee shops in five-star hotels.
India is a tropical country. However, there are variations according to the region and season.
Summer – Loose cotton clothing is advisable. Avoid wearing synthetic tights and slacks. Sun hats or caps, and sunglasses are recommended. Instead of jeans go in for loose or bigger bottom cotton trousers. For those travelling in the hills or mountainous areas light woollens may be needed for the nights.
Winter – It is recommended to dress in layers because the temperature of India varies drastically in different states. In north, you may need to dress warmer. In the south, and in the hills you may need to wear jacket or lined blazer.
Rainy Season: Always carry a raincoat or an umbrella or both and wear light, quick-drying clothing.
For the purpose of Customs clearance of arriving passengers, a two channel system has been adopted
Officials are liable to carry out sudden spot check on passengers. In order to carry some items duty free in India, you may be asked to fill in a Tourist Baggage Re-export Form (TBRE), which also allows you to take them back when you area leaving.
Personal allowances are one litre of spirits, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 gms of tobacco per passenger over the age of 18 years.
The security measures are rigorous like airports all over the world. Your luggage might get searched more than once.
In domestic flights in India, knives and other sharp objects, liquids, lighters and some electronic devices are not allowed in your cabin baggage. It is advisable to pack them into your check-in luggage, or they will probably be either confiscated or taken from you till the end of the flight.
The allowance for Indian airlines is 30 kg in Economy and 40 kg in first class. For the private airlines it is 20 kg in economy and 30 kg in first class.
The Rupee, which is divided into 100 paise.
Currency code: INR.
Coin Denominations: 1, 2, 5 and 10 rupees.
Note Denominations:5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 rupees.
Importation of foreign currency is allowed to carry, provided a declaration form is completed on arrival. The import and export of the rupee is, however, prohibited. Changing currency through unauthorised persons is illegal.
Most hotels, restaurants and some shops accept major credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard.
TIME GMT+ 5 hours and 30 minutes.
Medical treatment in India is less expensive comparable to other countries and India has some of best doctors in the world.
Yellow Fever – Vaccination Certificate is required if arriving from an infected area.
Cholera/Typhoid – Inoculation recommended.
Malaria – No certificate required, but advisable to have a course of pills.
Sunscreens and lotions are required for protection from the sun.
Always prefer mineral bottled water as tap water is not purified for drinking, unless you boil it or have access to water filter.
Avoid food sold by roadside vendors because that could be unhygienic in nature.
Most of electrical appliances works on 220 volts AC 50 Hz. However certain areas have DC supply and it is advisable to double check before using the appliance.
Note: You will probably need to get an adapter for your devices. It’s pretty easy to get “all-in-one” adapters that you can use to plug your device’s power chord into before plugging into the power supply.
English is spoken and understandable in many areas, though accents and grammar may vary. Hindi is the most spoken language in the country. There are totally 15 major languages in India in addition to English.
Note that we always ensure that our clients are paired with guides who can speak their language.
Both GSM and CDMA cellular phone system works in India. Check with your phone service provider on whether they have tip-ups with Indian telecom providers to get you free roaming and cheap call rates prior to your trip. You might need to buy and Indian phone while you stay. We can help you choose a best plan while you stay.
Connectivity – wireless or conventional broadband – in five-star hotels tends to be many times more expensive than cybercafés in the same areas though some hotels are now Wi-Fi.
India has diverse number of dishes present at different parts of the country. Every state is known for its own dishes and specialities.
Dishes with gravy are normally called curries but prepared with different spices. The traditional meal is served in large plates called ‘Thali’, with small bowls holding the gravy. The upmarket hotels provides international cuisines as well. You can find Italian, Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, and Lebanese speciality restaurants. Aside from international fast food franchises.
Tea of India is very popular as it grows some of the finest, most in demand tea in the world.
NOTE: Gujarat is the only dry state in India at present. However, foreigners visiting India can obtain liquor permits either from embassies/missions/tourist offices abroad or at a Government of India Tourist office at Bombay, Delhi, Madras or Calcutta.