India is a union of 29 states and seven union territories. It is the second most populated country in the world after China and has 22 officially recognised languages.
The Government of India has introduced e-Tourist Visa (enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation) facility for travellers visiting India from 43 countries. Please check to see if your country is included in the list.
Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
The validity of visa will be 30 days from the date of arrival in India.
E-Tourist Visa once issued on arrival is only single entry, non-extendable, non-convertible & not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas.
Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) is valid for entry through only 9 designated Airports i.e. Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai & Trivandrum.
Due to a change in regulations, the holder of a valid India visa on an expired passport must have the visa transferred to a valid passport.
For up-to-date information and instructions for the e-Tourist Visa, kindly visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html.
When to travel
The climate can broadly be described as tropical, with the exception of the Himalayas. India has four seasons:
Winter – from December to February
Summer – from March to May
Monsoon – from June to August
Autumn – September to November
Vaccinations are not required when you travel in India. However, anti-malaria medication is strongly recommended. If you have visited or transited a yellow fever area ten days prior to your scheduled trip, a yellow fever inoculation certificate is mandatory.
Should you need to consult a doctor, most hotels have doctors on call. We would be happy to assist you in visiting specialists, although appointments are likely to be limited to a certain time of the day. In the unlikely event of hospitalisation, primary and secondary metros offer very high standards of health care. Should you be using prescription medicines, please carry an adequate supply – what you use may not be locally available and substitutes may not be suitable.
As a precaution, always drink bottled water. Also, ensure your liquid intake is consistent throughout the day.
Lastly, we always recommend that you consult your personal physician prior to any travel.
Indian cities and towns are now well connected by an extensive network of flights, including budget airlines. The list includes:
Air India – www.airindia.in
Go Air – www.goair.in
Indigo – www.goindigo.in
Jet Airways – www.jetairways.com
Spicejet – www.spicejet.com
The units of Indian currency are the rupee and the paisa.
(100 paisa=1 rupee)
Visitors may bring up to $10,000 US dollars into India. Visitors may not bring or take away any Indian currency. Money should leave only as travellers’ cheques. At all international airports, a bureau de change is available as you leave customs. You can change money here or at the many hotels, which offer foreign exchange facilities, at rates generally on par with those quoted by banks. Also, ATM machines are widely available in all cities.
American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. It is sometimes necessary to have cash (rupees) on hand for smaller hotels, lodges and camps. When making a credit card transaction, ensure slips are completed and validated in your presence.
India is 5.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
The standard is 220/240 volts. Bring 50 hz. adaptors for electrical gadgets and laptops to protect equipment from voltage fluctuations. Triple and double round pin plugs are very useful, though high-end hotels provide these.
If you are travelling off the beaten track a small torch is often useful. Power cuts in India are still frequent and though luxury hotels have back-up generators, home stays and budget hotels may not.