INFORMATION  FOR THE TRAVELLER

Passport and Visa
Citizens of all countries require a valid Indian Passport and a Visa from an Indian mission.
Tourist visas are valid for 180 days stay in India.

E- Tourist Visa facility is available for holders of passports of over 100 countries. International travellers visiting India on Recreation, Sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives and casual business visit can avail this facility valid for
30 days for Single Entry through 16 designated airports in India. A maximum of 2 visits is permitted in a calendar year.
(Please recheck prior to planning your trip)

Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan and nationals of Maldives do not require a visa for entry into India for a period of 90 days.

Other types of visa include Business Visa, Student Visa, Conference Visa, Transit Visa and Medical Visa.

When is it the best time to travel to India and Nepal?
The ideal time to visit India and Nepal is in the autumn and winter from October to March Woolens are  required in the North and West from December to February though the days are generally sunny. Southern India is temperate with the coastal regions enjoying balmy months throughout with plenty of rainfall during the monsoons. The Rainy season in India usually commences in the South from mid May with the monsoons slowly moving up north by the last week of June. The hot plains are refreshingly cooler though humid in July and August with very welcome rains after the soaring temperatures of May. Southern India experiences some rain in November and December too.

Health
A valid yellow fever inoculation certificate is mandatory for all persons including infants who have been, even in transit, in Africa or South America in the last six days prior to arrival in India.
It is advisable to carry all personal medication and insect propellant. Tap water is not purified for drinking so we suggest that mineral water is consumed during your stay .Also avoid uncooked food , peeled fruits and vegetables.

Customs Formalities and Regulations

Visitors are generally required to make an oral baggage declaration in respect of baggage and foreign currency in their possession. They are also required to obtain the Currency Declaration Form from Customs and submit the Disembarkation Card given by the airline during the course of their flight.There are two channels for Customs clearance: Green Channel for passengers not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage. Red Channel for passengers with dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high value articles to be entered on the Tourist Baggage Re-Export Form. Foreign Tourists arriving in India are currently allowed duty free articles in bona-fide baggage. Please recheck rules when applying for visa. There are restrictions on the export of antiquity and art objects more than 100 years old. Export of wildlife is prohibited.

Business Hours
Government offices: Monday to Friday from 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs.
Shops normally open around 1100 hrs till 1900 hrs ; the weekly holiday varies from locality to locality.

Banks
All banks are generally open from 1000 hrs to 1400 hrs Monday to Friday and from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs on Saturdays. Foreign exchange should be converted only by Authorised Money changers and an Encashment Certificate obtained.

ATMs are commonly available in all Indian cities.

Restaurants / Bars
These have different closing hours in cities but generally it is  around midnight. Coffee shops in five star hotels are usually open 24 hrs, alternatively Room service is available.

Cuisine:
Indian cuisine is an exciting culinary adventure for the traveler.It varies from region to region in this large country,both in style of preparation and spices, ingredients, the delicious Mughlai cuisine with stuffed parathas hot breads of the North is hugely different from Southern fare with delicious vegetarian Idlis, Dosas and Sambar dishes. Savour delicious seafood in the coastal regions and Dahi maach (curried fish in yoghurt) in the East ending a sumptuous meal with sweet Indian desserts made from khoya or kulfi the local icecream.  

Currency
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers' checks a tourist may bring into India provided a declaration is made in the Currency Declaration Form on arrival.

This will enable the visitor to exchange the currency brought in, and take the unspent currency on departure from India. Cash, bank notes and travelers' checks up to US$ 10,000 or equivalent, need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money on the form of travelers' checks, drafts, bills, checks, etc. in convertible currencies, which tourists wish to convert into Indian currency, should be exchanged only through authorized money changers and banks who will issue an encashment certificate that is required at the time of reconversion of any unspent money into foreign currency. Exchange of foreign exchange other than through banks or authorized money changers is an offense .No Indian currency may be brought into or taken out of India without the permission of the Reserve Bank of India..