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Dos and Dont's

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  • It is advisable to carry travel insurance for thefts & loss and medi-claim
  • Always use tourist assistance desk for proper advice.
     

Tips for Travelling to India

Before finalizing plans to travel to India it is advisable to check the travel advisory notifications of respective countries. However, while planning to travel to India visitors may also note the followings:

Getting Your Visa

Foreign nationals wishing to travel to India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian visa. However, nationals of Nepal and Bhutan do not require visa to enter India and nationals of Maldives do not require visa for entry in India for a period up to 90 days (a separate visa regime exists for diplomatic/official passport holders). Visas are granted through various Indian missions abroad. However, 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.
Visa for NRIs and PIOs

Persons of Indian Origins and Non-Resident Indians who possess either OCI (Overseas Indian Citizenship) or PIO card don't need to apply separately for an Indian Visa. OCI and PIO cards give them the freedom to visit India without visa within rules. However, those NRIs and PIOs who don’t have OCI or PIO card can apply for and get Indian visa through the procedure mentioned above.


Dos and Dont's

Here is a list of some important dos and don'ts for hassle-free and enjoyable travel in India.

A proper VISA to enter and stay in India is a must.
It is advisable to carry travel insurance for thefts & loss and medi-claim.
Carry proper maps of the places planned for visit in India.
Avoid touts at airport/stations/bus stand.
Always use tourist assistance desk for proper advice.
Women travellers should avoid going out at late hours.
Please do not enter places of worship with shoes on.
While changing money, insist on getting encashment certificate.
Do not encourage beggars.
Be conscious of cultural and social sensitivities of the various regions of India. There is no single rule for that, the best way is to observe and follow.
Always drink safe mineral water and take well-cooked food.
Buy at genuine shops only. Bargaining is a popular practice in India and sometimes necessary.
Always travel on reserved ticket by train and avoid eating anything offered by fellow travellers on train or road travels.
Use licensed guides for sightseeing.

Documents

It is advisable to carry:

Passport and VISA. Keep separate photostat copies.
Confirmed air tickets for all sectors.
Clearly filled up vouchers of your tour operator with all service details.
Names of Contact persons' and round-the-clock numbers.
Confirmation faxes/letters/e-mails from your tour operator, hotels and other service providers.
Complete information on sight-seeing itinerary and tourism office of assistance.
Spare passport-size photographs
International driving license.
All permits, Ind-rail passes and other documents if applicable.

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