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VISA All non-residents require visas for India, which must be obtained prior to departure. Tourist visas are usually valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Passports must have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for 6 months after your return from India Two passport photographs are also required at the time of application. In case you are travelling to neighbouring country and are coming back to India after that visit again, ensure you have double entry visas. The Government of India has announced a scheme of granting Tourist Visa on Arrival for the citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore for a short period upto a maximum of 30 days. Please contact Indian Embassy/ Mission for more details and terms and conditions of this scheme.
A tourist visa is important for your tour in India. Contact the Indian Embassy/High Commission or Indian Consulate in your country. If you are applying for a visa by mail, it is very important to do so well in advance as it can take some time.

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a) You should be phisically fit for of full Overseas Travel.
b) You should have a Medical Insurance, covering the entire time of your tour in India.
c) No particular injections are necessary for India though we advise you to consult your family doctor for exact details at least one month prior to your departure.
d) If you use contact lenses, We recommend you to carry eye drops with you as your eyes can become drier due to the hot weather.
We also advise you to carry the following with you:
I. Cream for sun protection.
II. Norflox - the best for tummy upsets due to change of food.
III. Aspirin.
IV. Plasters and a tube of benzadrine / germolene (disinfectant cream).
V. Autan - cream or spray insect repellant.
Please note that in almost all medical stores throughout India, medicine and even anti-biotics are readily available, very often given without a prescription.

Adequate travel insurance is important for your personal safety. Mountain and other adventure sports enthusiasts should have insurance that covers trekking, climbing and mountain biking.

Mobile phone coverage is extensive all over India, with the exception of some remote areas in National Parks, where it may not work. Please check with your mobile provider for network tie-ups.

Most national papers are published in Hindi, English and all regional languages.

Tourists should seek permission from the concerned authorities before taking photographs of places of military importance, railway stations, bridges, airports, military installations, metro trains, tribal areas and sensitive border regions. It is prohibited to take photographs in some of the temples, historical monuments, forts, palaces, tombs and monasteries. Visitors are required to take special permits from the Archaeological Survey of India for photographing monuments with tripods and artificial lights. Camera fee is charged extra in some historical monuments.

There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers cheques a tourist may import, provided a declaration form is completed on arrival. This will also facilitate the exchange of imported currency as well as the export of unspent currency on departure. Cash, bank notes and traveler's cheques up to US $ 10,000 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry. Use authorized money changers for converting foreign currency.

Most shopping areas have an opening times from 1000 – 2000 and most will have one closing day per week though this day will vary from place to place. Central Cottage Industries, State Emporiums and Delhi Haat are some of the prominent places that can we be visited for shopping.

Most museums in India are closed on Mondays and site museums especially those near archaeological monuments, on Fridays. Photography is not always permissible, and at many places it is permitted only at a fee. There is usually a higher fee for using a video camera. When you are visiting religious sites, it is advisable to wear trousers, full-length skirts. Try and wear shoes that can be slipped on and off easily, as in some religious site you may need to entre the sanctorum bare foot.
English is spoken at almost all tourist centres; you can also book the services of trained and approved guides who also speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Russian through the GTO in advance.

Some hotels include service charges on their bills; in such cases tipping is not necessary. Where this is not done, a tip of 5 to 10% is considered customary. The porter who takes your baggage to your room can be tipped Rs.20 per bag or Rs.50 per trolley. (These estimates are for 5 and 4-star hotels and would be proportionately less in 1, 2 or 3 star hotels). Tipping to taxi drivers for airport/railway station transfers is not customary. However, Tour guides and drivers do expect tips depending on the assignments and number of days spent on the tour.

a) Dec – Feb: Clear sunny days with cool evenings and cold nights. Sweater and sometimes a jacket for the evening is necessary.
b) Sep – Nov: Very hot, generally dry days. September has some rainy days. Especially enjoyable.
c) Mar – April: Clear sunny days and warm evenings.
d) May – June: Very hot summer.
e) July – Aug: Monsoon. Short, heavy showers - moist and bright.

4. Clothing
a) Simple and easy garments in cotton or linen is recommended. Synthetics, short shorts and revealing tops are not suitable.
b) Smart shirts with long trousers are recommended for dinners / stays in good hotels.
c) Hat or cap for the sun protection & flat comfortable shoes.
d) For evenings outside, long trousers / skirts and long sleeved shirts / blouses are a good choice against eventual insect bites.
e) For camel and elephant safaris, long and loose-fitting trousers are highly recommended.

5. Temple Visit
a) No cigarettes, leather, (i.e.belts, shoes or bags), to be taken inside. Revealing tops are not at all suitable.
b) Shoes are always to be removed and left outside.
c) In some temples, photography is not allowed.
d) Sometimes the washing of hands and feet and the covering of your head are required.
e) Please be aware that some temples may not grant entrance to non-Indians.

6. Money
All credit cards are accepted in India, although American Express is not popular. For your pocket money we suggest you take U.S. dollar, Euro or pound sterling travellers cheques with you. These can then be changed at most large hotels or at Thomas Cook outlets into the local currency which is Indian Rupees.
As an example :
US$ 1 = 60 Indian Rupees ( approx )
Euro 1 = 85 Indian Rupees ( approx )
GBP 1 = 95 Indian Rupees ( approx )
ATM machines can be found in the main cities but they are few and far between.

9. Hotel Payments
Please check your hotel bill carefully before paying - mistakes are only human.

10. Road Conditions & Travel Time
Please note that estimated travelling times are approximate. The time depends on many factors; road conditions, railway crossings, traffic jams etc.etc. As there are no motorways in India, road space is shared with herds of cows and goats, camel carts, tractors, pilgrims, elephants, villagers and anything else moving from A to B. Distance covered is approximately 50 - 60 km per hour.

11. Food & Drink
We suggest you to not eat or drink something from the street vendors or roadside "dhabas". Consult your guide or chauffeur for restaurants which are secure and hygienic on the way or in the towns so ensure with them before you go somewhere. If you are sensitive to a change of food, avoid spicy dishes and avoid meat dishes. There is lots of good vegetarian food throughout India which is a safer bet. Good hotels have high standards of hygiene and so all food, including fruit, salads and ice cubes, can be consumed here. During your traveling days, we suggest you have bananas, mineral water and packets of biscuits, nuts and crisps with you in the car.

12. Festivals
If you are traveling on Festival days, it is possible that monuments and museums and possibly shops too will be closed. Examples are Holy(March), Diwali (Nov) Some other examples.
a) Gandhi's Birthday on the 2nd October
b) Independence Day on the 15th August and Republic Day on the 26th January.
c) Please be aware that some temples may not grant entrance to non-Indians.
Festival Days are decided on according to the lunar calendar and are often not known in long advance. This can affect your tour schedule.

14. Baggage Reclaim Upon Arrival
It is quite customary that an Airport employee will remove bags from the conveyor belt after one round. This could mean that when you arrive at the belt, your bags have already been removed. Check at the end of the belt where it disappears at the back. Often there will be a whole group of luggage on the ground there.

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