India Travel Guide
Here you will find all the useful information and general tips about travelling to India. For any further information you may require, please reach us to your Private Travel Expert or reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply for Indian Tourist E-Visa on Arrival
- The application for Indian Tourist Visa on arrival needs to be done between thirty and five days prior the arrival date in the country.
- Visit the official site - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html to apply. Fill in the form with basic details and upload your photograph along with the first page of your passport.
- Pay the visa fees online via debit card or credit card.
- You will receive ETA on your mail id which shall be downloaded and printed. This is an important document.
- As you arrive in India, present your ETA to the custom officers.
- There are nine international airports that can act as your gateway to India- Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram.
Who can apply for Indian E-Visa
Travelers from 166 Countries are eligible for the E-Visa. It includes USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, UAE and more. For more list of countries, please refer - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
Validity of the Indian Tourist Visa on Arrival
The tourist visa of the arrival of India is valid for 30 days from the date of approval. This validity cannot be converted or extended. However, if you want you can apply for a visa twice per year. E-visa India for USA travelers is a multiple entry tourist visa and may be granted for 10 years with the condition that ‘continuous stay in India during each visit will not exceed 180 days and registration not required’.
When should I apply for E-visa?
- For e-Tourist Visa (01 year / 05 years), e-Business Visa, e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant and e-Conference visa, applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival. Such application can be made 120 days in advance from proposed date of travel.
- For e-Tourist Visa (30 days), applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival. Such application can be made 30 days in advance from proposed date of travel.
Tourist Visa Fees Structure
30-day e-Tourist Visa (July to March)
30-day e-Tourist Visa (April to June)
One year e-Tourist Visa
Five years e-Tourist Visa
How to know if you are eligible to apply for tourist visa on arrival
- You are a resident of a foreign country visiting India solely for sightseeing, recreations, meeting relatives or friends, medical treatment (for short duration) or casual business visit.
- The validity of your passport shall be at least six months.
- You must have your confirmed tickets for return or onward journey.
- Only people with separate passports can apply. The visa in unavailable for those who endorse on spouse’s/parent’s passport.
India is a tropical country. Nevertheless, there are huge variations according to the region and the season. The coolest months are from mid-November to mid-March, which also happens to be the tourist season. In the south, and on the coasts, day time temperatures even in the cool months can be in be the mid-20s centigrade, though the nights are cool. In central India, and in the hills in the southern part of the country, night temperatures can drop to under 10°C in winter. In the north, winter temperatures can approach 0°C even in the plains, and of course it drops below freezing in the Himalayan region. 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, the rainy season, stretch from June until October, with different levels of intensity in different parts of the country. The West Coast and the north-east get the heaviest rain (two towns in Meghalaya vie for the title of the place with the most rainfall in the world).
Indian food is as varied as the country itself, with every region having its own specialties. It therefore, does not always have to be “hot” nor can any one dish be labelled a “curry.” (That said, many Indian cuisines can be pungent to those unaccustomed to it. Even if you have eaten at Indian restaurants outside India, remember that many such establishments tone down the spice quotient for local tastes) Most dishes with a gravy are normally called curries but are prepared with a different masala (a combination of spices and seasonings) containing among other things coriander, cumin, garlic, onions ginger, turmeric, chillies, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper, cloves cinnamon, bay leaves, saffron, mace and nutmeg; all the aromas and flavors that brought traders to India for centuries.
English is widely spoken, especially in areas that are used to tourists, though accents and grammar may vary considerably. Hindi is the most widely spoken language in the country, but it also has regional variations and accents. There are totally 15 major languages 544 dialects spoken in India in addition to English.
India has both GSM and CDMA cellular phone systems. Reception is usually clear in urban areas, but can get patchy or non-existent in remoter parts of the country. If you plan to use international roaming, check with your phone service provider on whether they have tie-ups with any Indian providers that will give you favorable 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 help you choose a good plan for your stay.
The majority of India works on 220 volts AC 50 Hz. However, it is possible that certain areas have DC supplies and it may be a good idea to check before using electrical appliances. Socket sizes vary, so it is well to take along a set of plug adapters.
Note: You will probably need to get an adapter for your devices. It’s pretty easy to get “all-in-one” adapters that you can use to plug your device’s power chord into before plugging into the power supply.
In India, a huge number of things are still hand-made, using skills and secrets passed down for generations. Dazzling silks and other hand-made fabrics, clothing, hand knotted carpets, religious imagery and decorative articles in bronze, wood, stone and more, jewellery, leather, musical instruments, perfumes… the list goes on and on, and each region has its unique specialities. And prices, you will find, are very reasonable. (Do note that we’d be happy to provide you with expert shopping assistance.) You can bargain hunt at colourful, crowded bazaars, (be prepared to haggle!) on roadsides in the hinterland, in air-conditioned hotel arcades and bustling modern malls. Many reliable establishments that cater to tourists offer to deliver purchases to you in your homeland. Remember, though, that these deliveries can take a 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.