Foreign nationals intending to travel to India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian visa
The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India is responsible for issuing Indian visas to foreign nationals for their visit for various purposes. This facility is granted through various Indian missions and consulates abroad.
Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. The Embassy/High Commission/Consulate reserves the right on granting and deciding the type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making the application. The granting of a visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities at Indian airports/ ports.
A normal tourist visa valid for 6 months. Apply with documents supporting your financial standing
Tourist Visa on Arrival (T- VoA) Scheme: The Indian Government has announced and implemented Tourist Visa on Arrival facility (Enabled by ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization). The facility will be available from 27th November 2014 onwards for citizens of Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
Applicants of the eligible countries may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with the validity for a maximum of 30 days with single entry facility. Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) is valid for entry through 9 designated Airports i.e. Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai & Trivandrum. A visa fee of US Dollar 60 per passenger, including children, will be charged from for the grant of tourist visa on arrival. This facility will be offered to passengers fulfilling all other criteria for grant of a normal tourist visa like assured financial standing (production of return ticket and proof of availability of sufficient funds to spend in India) and will be valid for a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility subject to the passport being valid for at least 6 months and re- entry permit if required.
Please follow the link https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html with with which you can help your clients to obtain E Visa to India.
Business Visa valid for one or more years. Apply with letter from the sponsoring organisation.
Student Visa valid for the duration of the academic course of study or for a period of five years whichever is less. Apply with a proof of admission to recognised Universities / Institutions in India
Transit Visa valid for a period not exceeding 15 Days. Apply with evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India.
Conference Visa valid for the duration of the conference or seminar. Apply with a letter of invitation from the organiser of the conference.
While applying for a visa at an Indian Mission or a Consulate you must ensure the following:
India is essentially a tropical country and like all such countries, precautions need to be taken while traveling. Medical treatment is 20th of what it costs in West though Indian boasts of best medical professionals with high standards. Most hotels have doctors on call.
As a primary precaution, always drink bottled water unless you are sure tap water is filtered and pure. Ensure your liquid intake is consistent throughout the day.
Being a tropical country insects are common. It is advisable to carry sun creams and ointments against insect bites.
Avoid street food sold by roadside vendors. Avoid ice creams and fruit/ vegetables that cannot be peeled.
Climate can broadly be described as tropical, with the exception of the Himalaya. The Subcontinent has four seasons:
The best time to travel in most parts of India is between September and April. The day time temperatures in South India and in the coastal regions in the cool months can be 25 degrees Celsius and the night temperatures around 12-15 degrees. In the north, winter temperatures can drop to as low as 0 degree Celsius with exception of Himalayan region where these can drop to below zero. Summers are very hot, with some parts of south and central India, and the plains in the north, getting temperatures over 40�C. The monsoons have varied intensity of rains in different parts of the country. The West Coast and the north-east get the heaviest rains.
Carry cottons and light woolens while traveling between October- March, Light cottons for the period April- September. If travelling in Himalayas carry light to heavy woollens depending on the month of travel.
Rupee, currency code INR and symbol (₹) divided in hundred units of Paisa (100 paisa=1 rupee). Visitors may bring up to $10,000 US dollars into India. Visitors may not bring or take out any Indian currency, except as travellers' cheques.
At all international airports, a bureau de change is available as you leave customs. You can change money here. Most hotels offer foreign exchange facilities, at a rate on a par quoted by the banks. ATM machines are widely available in cities.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted. It is sometimes necessary to carry cash (rupees) for small hotels, lodges and camps. When making a credit card transaction ensure the payment slips are completed and validated in your presence.
India is 5 and half hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
The standard is 220/240 volts. 50 Hz. Adaptors for electrical gadgets and laptops must be carried to protect equipment from voltage fluctuations. Triple and double round pin plugs are very useful, though the higher end hotels provide these. If you are travelling off the beaten track a small torch can be useful in temples etc. Power cuts in India are still frequent and though the luxury hotels have power back - up, budget hotels, guest houses and home stays may not.
In the south, in the hills, you may need a light jacket in the evenings and early morning, or on overcast days. In the north, you may need to dress warmer, with light woollens even during the day. Consider dressing in layers and carrying a small day-pack to stow away some clothes as the day gets hotter.
Light cottons, sun hats or caps, and sunglasses are recommended. For those travelling in the hills or mountainous areas light woollens may be needed for the nights. If travelling during Monsoons carry additionally an umbrella or a raincoat.
India's telecommunication network is the second largest in the world based on the total number of telephone users (both fixed and mobile phone). It has one of the lowest call tariffs in the world enabled by the mega telephone networks and hyper-competition among them. India has both GSM and CDMA cellular communication systems. If you decide to use international roaming, your phone service provider will normally have a tie up with an Indian telephone service provider that will give you favourable roaming rates. If you use a GSM phone, you may want to consider buying an Indian phone card to use for your trip. We can assist you in choosing a good plan for the duration of your stay in the country.
Landline telephone calls to most countries are now direct. Internet facilities are easily available in most cities at cyber cafes and business centres, but free wireless connectivity is not common. However, wireless or conventional broadband- in five and four star hotels is very expensive than cyber cafes. Some hotels do offer a free wi-fi either in public areas or a designated part.
The Indian postal service is huge; you're likely to find post offices in the most remote towns. You can usually buy stamps and leave letters for posting at most hotels.
Shopping in India is truly incredible. It will be an array of things to choose, ranging from local handicrafts to bustling malls. Handmade articles of wood, glass, silk, pottery, clothing, sculptures, idols of Gods and Goddesses, carpets, incense sticks, wood, leather, jewellery, musical instruments and stone sculpts. Each of these categories has its difference in make as we move from places within the country. Souvenirs you will love!
You can bargain and we are always there to guide you to the best deals. Hanging in crowded bazaars, roadsides and air conditioned malls, all present to you the pleasure of shopping in India.
Many reliable firms offering to deliver your purchases to your homeland, however, can take long time to reach you.
Indian law prohibits the export of antiques over 100 years old. Keep sales receipts and certificates to show proof of purchase and legitimacy when you're leaving the country.
Indian food cannot be categorised, it's as vivid as its geography. Unique to the region and people living there. Indian food that you have tried outside India is usually prepared to suit the local taste. It can be very different when it will be served in India. The amount of spice, flavour and aroma will go up than what you might have tasted.
Dishes with gravy is called a curry and is prepared with a masala, which is a combination of spices and seasoning.
A traditional meal in India is usually served in a large plate called a Thali, usually menu cards will carry this name prefixed with the region name. It will contain a full traditional meal of that region with a number of small bowls to serve the gravy. The meal mostly contains unleavened bread, usually wheat-based in north and rice as you travel towards south of India.
Upmarket hotels and restaurants will have the provision for international cuisine. You will find Italian, Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese and Lebanese cuisines. International fast food franchises are making their way to smaller towns too.
And India by no means is a teetotal; but essentially alcohol is neither served nor consumed with a meal here. But large hotels and restaurants with liquor licenses will be happy to serve you a drink of your choice at your table. The wine industry in India is its developing stages and close to meeting International standards. Imported wines and liquors are reasonably available and expensive than local beverages. A word of note about Gujarat, the only dry state in India. However, foreigners visiting India can obtain liquor permits from embassies/missions/tourist offices abroad or at Government of India Tourist office at Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai or Kolkata.
The tea served in India is milky, a sweetened tea made from powdered leaf with the antioxidants boiled out of it. India serves you the finest tea in its northern province, but as you move towards south is a coffee lovers land.
Water available in taps in India is not always purified to drinking standards. To be safe, apart from the flasks of water in your hotel rooms, tea, coffee, mineral water and bottled drinks, you should carry around and use purifying tablets. If you are expecting to leave your hotel for a long time, carry water with you and if are buying bottled drinks it's advised to use a straw.
A tourist visa is available on arrival in Sri Lanka, valid for 30 days from the date of entry. This is without a fee. Please refer to http://www.immigration.gov.lk/ for further details.
Sri Lanka is tropical with distinct dry and wet seasons. There are two monsoons as follows: the Yala monsoon brings rain to the south west from May to August; the Maha monsoon brings rain to the north and east from October to January.
The driest and best seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west coast, the south coast and the hill country, and from April to September for the ancient cities region and the east coast. This is the best time to travel.
The unit of Sri Lankan currency is the rupee, but this does not have the same value as the India rupee.
(100 Sri Lankan cents = 1 rupee)
Sri Lanka is 5 had half hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Same as India
All visitors to Bhutan require a valid visa prior to arrival. A two week visa costs US Dollar 40 and is stamped on arrival at Paro airport. Visa application formalities should be initiated at least 4 weeks before travel. The passport should remain valid for six months from the date of your return.
The southern part of Bhutan is tropical and in general the eastern part of the country is warmer than the central valleys. The higher the altitude, the cooler the weather, and with winds blowing off the mountains the valleys can become chilly. The valleys of Punakha, Wangeduephodrang, Mongar, Trashigang and Lhuentse enjoy a semi tropical climate with cool winters, while Paro, Thimpu, Trongsa and Bumthang have a harsh climate with summer monsoon rains and winter snowfalls. Winter in Bhutan (mid- November to mid- March) is dry and sunny for the most part with temperatures of 16 to 18 Degree Celsius. The spring season (mid- March to mid- June) offers warmer temperatures rising to 27 to 29 Degree Celsius. The monsoon arrives in mid- June. At the end of September autumn suddenly arrives and is a great time for trekking till November. May to September is the best months to travel.
Bhutan is 6 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
The Ngultrum is fixed to the Indian rupee. 100 Chetrum=1 Ngultrum. Tourists are advised to carry travellers' cheques, preferably in US dollars. Credit cards are accepted in some places but there are NO ATM machines in Bhutan. There are however banks in all major cities.
Due to the wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to dress in layers. Clothes should preferably be made from natural fibers, e.g. silk, wool and cotton. If you are going on a trek you will need to pack really warm tops, a hat, gloves and proper thermal undergarments as well as thick socks and hiking boots. As with India and Sri Lanka, modest dressing is essential throughout Bhutan.
A tourist visa is available on arrival at Kathmandu airport. Carry two passport size photographs with you. The fee is US Dollar 25 for a two week tourist visa.
Nepal enjoys a temperate climate that is highly changeable.
The country is divided into three regions. The southern plain enjoys a sub-tropical climate, where the summers are warm and the winters are chilly. Further north in the Mahabarata range of mountains the climate is still temperate but the winters are cold. In the north of the Himalayas, the climate is alpine with cool summers and extremely cold winters. Nepal also has monsoon rains in the summer but winter rains are also common.
May and June are the best time to travel.
Nepal is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
The Nepalese rupee is tied to the Indian rupee.
As Bhutan, but special advice will be needed for those travelling in the north of the country.