INDIA TRAVEL TIPS OR INFORMATION BEFORE VISIT INDIA
PASSPORT N VISA
Passport is your most important travel document check it well in advance of any trip you are planning to take for India. A visit to India requires that your passport is valid for at least six months, before you are permitted entry. If it’s falling to bits, get a new one before you travel. You can get your old one back as a keepsake for a small fee. If you need to replace your passport when on the road, contact the nearest consulate. Check visa requirement with your travel agent, or contact us in advance of your trip. Make a note of the passport number, date and place of issue (or take a photocopy), and keep this separately, in a safe place. Check the passport expiry date, when you first start planning your trip; it may take time to organize a replacement Write the full details of ‘next of kin’ in your passport. Leave a photocopy with a friend or relative at home or in your own email id. Take a second means of photo identification with you. Keep your passport in the hotel safe, and carry a photocopy with you. If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, report it to local police immediately, and get a statement about the loss
VISA ON ARRIVAL IN INDIA FOR COUNTRIES
Citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar can get a Tourist Visa on arrival. Its validity would be for 30 days; it would be valid only for single entry and is available only at the international airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. This visa can neither be extended nor converted to any other kind of visa during the stay in India except in certain exceptional circumstances. The fee for such visa is $60 per person (including children) or an equivalent amount in Indian rupees. Of course, the citizens of the above countries can also get the visa in advance of their travel. However we advised traveler to contact local travel agent or Indian embassy to know more information on Visa on arrival.
VISA ON ARRIVAL WOULD BE ISSUED SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS
Your sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, a casual visit to meet friends or relatives etc. and no other purpose/activity. You do not have a residence or occupation in India. You hold a a passport with a minimum six-month validity and a re-entry permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant. You are a person of assured financial standing (the production of a return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during your stay in India may be considered sufficient for this purpose. You are not a persona-non-grata to the Government of India. You are not considered an undesirable person and are not a subject of black list or any warning circular or other restrictive list. You or either of your parents or grandparents (paternal or maternal) were not born in, and were not permanent residents in Pakistan. You must visit India after obtaining a visa from the Indian Mission/Post concerned.
Following countries passport holders are able to get e-Tourist Visa India Facility
Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island,Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand,Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine,
Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Sri Lanka,Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu,
Vatican City-Holy See, Vietnam.
Eligibility or condition to apply E tourist Visa India
International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sight seeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
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.
International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket,with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.
Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
Not available to International Travel Document Holders.
Before leaving for India, it would be advisable to consult qualified medical professional regarding appropriate precautionary measures. In particular, the following common health issues should be addressed.
This very common travel ailment is encountered by many travelers and usually results from the consumption of contaminated food and water. Some people also find that their stomachs and intestines don’t appreciate the change in diet or spicy food. It’s a good idea to always carry Oral Rehydration Salts, as well as anti-diarrhea medicine (such as Imodium) in case you have to travel and won’t have access to a toilet.
Preventative measures: Only drink bottled water. Avoid buffets and only eat freshly cooked food that’s served hot. Be careful of eating washed salads, fresh fruit juice (which may be mixed with water), and ice. Meat eaters should avoid food from cheap restaurants and railway station vendors.
Malaria and Dengue Fever
Both of these diseases are transmitted by mosquitoes and are most problematic in areas where there is stagnant water for mosquitoes to breed, particularly during and just after the monsoon season. They can produce some very nasty flu-like symptoms and fever. The mosquitoes that transmit the diseases are different types malaria carrying ones usually bite at night, while the dengue fever carrying “tiger striped” mosquitoes bite during the day.
Preventative measures: As malaria is a bacterial disease, it can be prevented by taking anti-malarial drugs. Dengue Fever, being a virus, is best avoided by taking precautions against mosquito bites, such as wearing a strong repellent containing DEET, as there is no vaccine currently available
Hepatitis A and B
Hepatitis is virus that affects the liver. Hepatitis A is contracted by ingesting contaminated food and water, while Hepatitis B is spread through blood and bodily fluids
Preventative measures: Both Hepatitis A and B are preventable by a combined needle stick vaccination
This bacterial disease is usually transmitted by food or water that’s contaminated with the feces of an infected person. It produces extremely high fever, sweating, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Preventative measures: Typhoid is preventable by oral or needle vaccination, and treatable by antibiotics
Tetanus is a bacterial disease from spores in the earth and animal dung, which enter the body though open cuts. It produces stiff muscles and spasms
Preventative measures: Effective vaccination is available and everyone should be immunized.
The National currency of India is the Indian rupees however American dollars and European Euros can easily be exchanged at major tourist destinations. Carrying your money need not be a headache. A mixture of cash, debit cards, and depending on your destination, traveler cheques, is best. You will be able to use a debit in most cities combined with Internet banking. Opt for an ‘out of sight’ security wallet’ to keep most of your money and cards in. Take care when taking money out; keeping a few notes and coins in a button-down pocket is a better idea than rummaging all your valuables
Eating and Drinking
Do not go straight into hot curry, first few days start with mild curries. Avoid eating food on the street however few street food are really famous in India so check with local people. Avoid eating raw vegetables and salads. Always peel your fruit. Drink only bottle water, famous brand like Kinley product of Coca cola, Auqafina product of Pepsi, Bisleri or Kingfisher. Avoid ice in your drinks or make sure that Ice made of filter or mineral water. Drinking alcohols in public area is prohibited.
India is Shopping paradise however many people may take advantage of yours while taking you or recommend you wrong or expensive shopping places where they may also get benefit from it. Should you not wish to visit a shop, please do not bow to pressure and be firm in stating you do not wish to enter a shop. Bargaining is common in this part of the world and should be entered into with humor and open mind, when buying goods in India. Respect as well the work of the local people who spend many days for few coins. While buying from them, please make sure that you are paying them a fair price.
Note : Travel my passion will not be responsible for any shopping and shipping of any item purchased on our trips.
It’s very personal; however we give the following guidelines. Airport assistant Rs 300 or 5 $ USD per person per transfer. About 10% are usual amount to leave in hotels and restaurants for meals. However if services tax included twice in your bill than no tips is required with the bill. For luggage, porter, guide and driver, Rs 20 per piece in hotels, 30 Rs for per piece for porter at railway station or airport, for local guide 150 – 200 per person per day for guide or tour leader, 100 – 150 per person per day for driver. If traveling with group, please ask your tour leader.
Taking pictures of India’s day to day life is possible in most places, however we request you to respect the will of people and not photograph them if they do not wish to, and if they obviously do not like it. We advise you to ask people as often as possible to avoid any uncomfortable situation. Taking time to get to know the person before asking for a picture is most of the time the best way to make a nice picture with a great story that goes along. To know more about photography and Travel my passion special photography tours, please do contact us. Please not Photography is strictly prohibited in and around airport, military areas.
You will encounter a large numbers of beggars who congregate around temples and mosque, It may seem distressing but in India they form an integral part of the alms giving process which has its roots in religious practice. Those beggars who are around famous monuments sights or hotels as they know they can easily get money out of you. We advice that travelers should not give money to beggars, especially to children. If you wish to contribute to the alleviation, so that we can direct you to registered charity.
Respect the people
You have to keep in mind that most of the countries you will visit do not have the same standards of living, nor the same traditions as yours. A trip to India is always, for the western people a great experience, beyond expectations. In order to avoid unnecessary attention dragged on you, please respect the local traditions and customs of India, especially in holy places.
Respect the Environment
The basis ecological rules you have in your country are of course also to be followed in India while traveling. We advise to take your battery or any other dangerous waste back to your country as most of them will not be properly recycled or destroyed here. Natural areas you will visit have to remain clean after you departure in order to minimize the negative impact it can have on the environment’s fragile equilibrium. Pure water is a luxury in India, please respect other by making a moderate use of it. In the remote areas or in natural surroundings you will have to use neutral soap, without negative effect on nature around you, while visiting natural reserve or any natural grounds please make sure that you are not generating too much noise and keep in mind that you are entering a territory that belongs to animal kingdom of which silence is the golden rule and key to the best wildlife observations. Travel my passion India is a member of Tiger reserve and responsible tourism, invites you to follow the previous recommendations in order to preserve the natural and culture heritage, that makes India such a priceless jewel.
Observe and respect local dress code. Avoid sleeveless tops, shorts, miniskirts and any other skimpy, see through or tight fitting clothing. In Goa or resort complex, beach wear is fine where in other areas wear long short and a T shirt when swimming in public. Do not wear expensive looking jewelry as it can make them a target for muggers. Arrive in towns before darkness and avoid walking alone at night, especially in isolated areas. Avoid taking taxis alone at night and never agree to have more than one man (driver) in the car if you take taxi in night time. In over night trains try to get upper berth, which will give you more privacy. Keep conversation with unknown men short. A firm request to keep away is usually enough, especially if you are loud enough to attract public attention to shame the guy. Alternatively the silent treatment (ignoring them) can be remarkable effective.
Things can go wrong on holiday; luggage gets stolen, you may fall ill, or need to fly home in a hurry. Accidents, not just on the roads and expeditions, but wherever you find travelers.All these risks and more can be covered by taking out travel insurance. Put it at the top of your pre-departure checklist. Do not leave home without it. Make sure you are fully covered in case of health problems under your travel insurance. Travel my passion should not be held responsible for theft or loss of property (passport, money, baggage, other valuable). Looking after their possessions is a client’s own responsibility.
Flying in India
India is now well connected on an extensive flight network although there are few important points to watch out to make your Journey hassle free.
1. Always carry a valid ID proof with you, like Passport driving licence etc.
2. Always try to reach airport 90 min before flight schedule departure.
3. Almost in all airlines, cabin luggage limit is 7 Kg and check in luggage is 15 kg hence travel as light as possible, extra luggage would be charge at airport.
4. You should know your departure terminal weather its domestic or International