How to Plan a Trip to India?

If you are heading to India for your forthcoming trip. We would strongly recommended to plan it properly as India is a vast and diverse country. Keep in mind some important information before planning a trip to India. These information will certainly help you prepare a memorable trip to India.

Basic Information About India:

India is a vast country to cover in one trip. Close to 70% population of India still live in rural and semi urban areas. There are some wonderful sights to be seen and explored such as Himalayan range in North, beaches in South, to the west, desert and to the east , tribal territories. In Indian context, there's a saying "Athithi Devo Bhava" literally means "the guest is God". Indian go out of the way to please their guests considering it a huge honor. To get the different feel and experience the cultural diversity of India, everyone must visit this place once in lifetime.

Many people come here to learn yoga, meditation and take part in different spiritual activities during various religious fairs and festivals. As soon as you get use to the people, food and culture of India. You will end up appreciating everything you have come across in your Indian visit and get different perspective of life. You will be surprised to find that food, people, culture and traditions are vastly different as you go one place to another. India has remarkable history under its belt as well as magnificent architecture found all over the country, which should not be missed when you are in India. Shopping in India is also a delight. Every state is specialized in a particular industry and inherited their own style of making products. The handicrafts are particularly eye catching.

HOW TO OBTAIN VISA FOR INDIA ?


Obtaining a Visa for India:

Everyone needs a visa to visit India, except citizens of Nepal and Bhutan. One must obtain a visa prior to visit India, though Visa on Arrival facility is available for the citizens of limited countries. Go through some important information help you prepare for India Visa.

Type of Visa is required for India:

Though, there are many types of visa issued by the Indian Government allows tourists to visit India. However, Indian Tourist Visa is required to visit India. Tourist visa is generally issued for six month depending on what nationality you are. Some countries issue visas for shorter during such as three months and longer durations such as one year. Most visas are multiple entry visas.

Transit visa can also be obtained for a person staying India for less than 72 hours. Some countries issue visas for a shorter and longer duration subject to the nationality of visitor. USA national are issued a ten years visas while schengen countries are issued visas for five years. Schengen countries consist of 18 countries such as France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Vietnam.

However, no matter what the duration of your Tourist visa is, you're not allowed to remain in India for more than 6 months (180 days) at a time. Furthermore, the above mentioned 5 year tourist visa only allows stays of up to 3 months (90 days) at a time. Also note that a two month gap applies between visits to India on Tourist visas (although there are some exceptions to this rule).

Other types of visas that are available for visitors to India include Business Visas, Employment Visas, Research Visas, and Student Visas.

How to Apply for an Indian Visa

To apply for an Indian Visa, you can get visa application form from the Indian Embassy in your country or an online visa application forms are also available on the websites of visa processing agencies. To obtain India Tourist Visa, along with your application and fee, one has to submit passport with validity of least six months and has at least two blank pages, a recent passport sized photo, and details of your itinerary. In some countries, proof of residential address may also be required. Your visa application form may have the space for Indian referees, but this section usually isn't required to be completed for tourist visas.

ETA enabled Tourist Visa on Arrival to India:

Electornic Travel Authorisation (ETA) facility has come into effect on 27 November 2014 for citizens of over 40 eligible countries including those who are eligible for visa on arrival to India.

After applying for an Electornic Travel Authorisation, ETA will be sent to you e-mail. You just need to print the ETA and carry at the time of travel. After getting ETA online visitors can fly to India where they obtain visa on arrival. They must apply minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival. Visa is valid for 30 days from the date of arrival and can be obtained twice in a calendar year. ETA is issued for a non-refundable fee. ETA holders do not have to wait at visa on arrival counters at the airport but may proceed straight to immigration counters.

To apply for Tourist Visa on Arrival to India. Visit below web link for ETA enabled Visa on Arrival and other valuable information :

ETA enabled Visa on Arrival or visit www.indianvisaonline.gov.in

HOW TO COPE WITH HEALTH ISSUES ?

Health Issues:
We would recommend all visitors need to take precautions against illness during India tour. A visit to a doctor well before your date of departure to India to recommended as well. In particular, some common dieses may be encountered during India tour and needs to be addressed well in advance of your departure.

Common dieses: Diarrhea, Malaria and Dengue Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus

Preventative measures:

Only drink bottled water. Avoid buffets and only eat freshly cooked food that's served hot, it can be prevented by taking anti-malarial drugs. Dengue Fever, being a virus, is best avoided by taking precautions against mosquito bites, Both Hepatitis A and B are preventable by a combined needle stick vaccination, Typhoid is preventable by oral or needle vaccination, and treatable by antibiotics, Effective vaccination is available and everyone should be immunized.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THROUGH INDIA ?


Best Time to visit India:

Most suitable time to visit India depends greatly on destination to be visited as India is a very big country. The weather in India behaves differently place to place. Generally, weather and climate of north India is cooler, Center is hot and dry, and South India has a tropical climate. However, winters are most suitable time to visit India in particular. In winter time, visitors have an opportunity to explore snow capped mountainous beauty of north India, cool beaches of south India. In winters, most places in India are relatively cool and pleasant.

Where to Visit:

It is very important to know that where to visit in India as it is very vast country.

During the Summer Season:

It is recommended to visit hill stations such as Mussoorie, Nainital, Shimla, Manali, Leh Ladakh and Kashmir in North India. North India is a paradise for adventure lovers and trekking enthusiasts. There are many beautiful treks located in northern states of India such as Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

During the Monsoon Season:

Monsoon is the most difficult season to travel most parts of India because it disrupts transport services. However, Valley of flowers in Uttarakhand is the most suitable place to visit during monsoon season.

During the Winter Season:

Winter is the best time to visit most of the parts of India. In winter season, travel to the desert state of Rajasthan, hit the beautiful beaches of Kerala and Goa for relaxing and partying is recommended. Historical monuments like Taj Mahal in Agra is frequented round the year irrespective of any season. Visiting wildlife national parks of North India is a very good idea between October and March.

India Day Trips:

There are countless worth seeing excursion sites in India, can be visited in day trips from major cities of India for all season.

What to carry:

It is always good to check your list of what to bring to India. Please check this out.

Luggage:

Suitcases are fine if you are going to travel cities. Otherwise, bag packs are good option for trekking, hiking, adventure trip and short trips.

Clothes:

Jeans, T-shirts and shorts are very common in people living in metro cities while people are still conservatives in most of the villages of India. Many people prefer to shop for clothes in India as they like to adopt a more local way of dressing and clothes can be purchased very cheaply. Women in particular, wearing shorts should be avoided for visiting temple, tomb, and mausoleum. It is suggestible to keep legs and shoulders covered. Though, nothing mandatory as far as clothes are concerned however it is good to keep in mind these information.

Medicine:

It is strongly recommended to carry medicines for specific ailments when you are in India. It is difficult to figure out sometimes brand name of prescribed medicine, are found in different name available in India. Therefore, it is also advisable to describe your symptoms, such as headache or stomach ache, to the pharmacist.

Personal Care Items:

Though personal care items are available most of the big cities in India but it is always recommended to carry them out with you from your country such as Shampoo, conditioner, moisturizers, razors, deodorant, condoms, and sanitary napkins and pads. Most importantly mosquito repellent which is quite useful during your trip to India. It's also a good idea to pack your favorite hair products as the range of gels and hair sprays is limited.

Money:

It is advisable to carry some currency with you for exchanging them for Indian rupees when you arrive at the airport in India. Though credit cards are widely accepted in all big cities however, we would suggest you to carry some Indian Rupees at the start of the trip. ATM can be found in all the major cities and even in small towns as well. To carry small denomination of Indian rupees is recommended during the tour.

Other Useful Items:

A pair of shoes, Anti-bacterial hand wipes, a torch or flash light, Padlock and Chain, Toilet paper, Voltage converter and plug adaptor

Updates :

06-01-2015 :- President of India Pranab Mukherjee has signed an ordinance to amend the Citizenship Act on 06th January 2015. The ordinance will give life long visa to Person of Indian Origin(PIO) and exempt them from appearing before local police station every time they visit India.

Ahead of the three-day meet of Indian diaspora in Gujarat, Government of India on 06th January 2015 promulgated an ordinance that seeks to merge Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) schemes, by which PIOs will also get life-long Indian visa.

NOTE: An organized trip through a Bona-fide or Government approved tour operators would be highly recommended when planning your trip to India.

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