Q.1. How do I plan my trip to India?
There are two ways in which you can plan a trip to India.
1. Can fill a form at
http://www.realindiatravels.com/contect_us.html and One of Real India Travel's tour planner will contect you through E-mail or Phone.
2. Alternately, there are a lot of planned tour packages at our site http://www.realindiatravels.com,
you can see all the tour packages of your intrests and let us know. We can plan a tour of your own choises.
Q.2. Please tell me what are the VISA requirements to visit India.
a. Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. The High Commission reserves the right on granting and deciding type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making application. Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities. Visa can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India in London. Visa applications from persons not ordinarily residing in the UK or from people of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan origin are considered only in the High Commission of India, London and Consulate General of India, Birmingham and their processing may take one week or in some cases much longer. Applicants not ordinarily resident in the UK and Sri Lankan nationals are required to complete an additional form. Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals have to file special visa application forms. In the following cases processing of applications will take longer: (a) British Nationals holding dual nationality or of other origin, (b) applicants not resident in the UK, (c) where clearance from India is mandatory, (d) visitors to restricted areas and (e) certain cases where documents may need to be verified. Visa Section will contact the applicant about the time of delivery for such passports. Please note that each application is examined individually and the time taken for issuing Visa will vary from case to case. Visitors to restricted/protected areas need special permits and for this purpose an additional form has to be completed. Please contact the High Commission of India, London if you wish to ascertain whether any of the places you intend to visit fall in the category of restricted/protected areas.
Specific Visas are granted for a variety of purposes. The principal types of Visa issued are mentioned below. Please contact the High Commission of India for further details if you are visiting India for purposes other than tourism, such as journalism, conferences, yoga, voluntary work, mountaineering or other expeditions. The visa application form is, however, the same. Separate forms are available for Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals.
b. Requirements for Visa
1. 1. Original passport valid for at least 6 months
2. Correct visa fee
3. Two passport size photographs (5 photographs in case of Pakistani Nationals)
4. Supporting documents, where necessary
5. Duly completed application form (Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals need to apply on special application forms)
2. Additional requirements for different types of Visa are given below.
a. Tourist Visa
Tourists wishing to visit India will normally be granted tourist Visa, effective from the date of issue. Tourist Visa arenon-extendible and non-convertible. Travel Agents who have to visit India frequently may be granted tourist Visa for
a longer duration.
b. Business Visa
Business Visa are normally granted for 3 or 6 months. However, multiple-entry Business Visa for up to 2 years validity may be granted to technicians/experts going to India in pursuance of bilateral agreements or joint venture projects having government approval.
c. Student and Employment Visa
Student Visa can be obtained on furnishing proof of admission to recognized Universities/Institutions in India. Employment Visa can also be obtained on furnishing of proof of employment with companies in India.
d. Transit Visa
Transit Visa are valid for halts of up to 72 hours in India within 15 days from the date of issue of the visa and must beobtained before departure. Transit Visa cannot be obtained from immigration counters at ports of entry in India. Evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India is required.
e. Entry Visa
Entry Visa are issued to persons of Indian origin for a duration of up to 5 years. These can be obtained, depending on the purpose of visit and eligibility, on a case by case basis. lease Note : Persons holding long term Visa (having validity exceeding 6 months) are normally not expected to stay in India more than 6 months during each visit. Please refer to the boxed note further down for requirement to register with the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO)/Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO).
Visa Exemption Letters for Minors
Visa Exemption Letters previously granted to children of Indian origin (for a maximum validity of 90 days from the date of issue) have been discontinued since 1 July 1999. Visa Exemption Letters issued in the past are hence no longer valid. All children holding separate passports are now required to obtain regular Visa.
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Q.3. Can I bring Indian currency with me to India or so I have to get them converted only when I land in India?
a. Bringing Indian currency by any foreign national is prohibited. Only Indians who travel overseas frequently can bring small amount of INR. Hence please bring your country currency and get it exchanged into Rupees here.
Q.4. How much foreign exchange can I carry to India?
a. Any person can bring into India from a place outside India foreign exchange without any limit. However, declaration of
foreign exchange/currency is required to be made in the prescribed Currency Declaration Form in the following cases:-
(a) Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5000/- or equivalent
(b) Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency notes, bank notes, traveler cheques etc.) exceeds
US$ 10,000/- or its equivalent
Q.5. How clean are the hotels?
a. The 5 and 4 star hotels are pretty much like any high quality western hotel, and many of them are western chains. But then the quality drops dramatically to 1/2 stars - anything considered 3 stars or less in India is basically a crap shoot.It's good to start your stay in India with a higher class hotel, just to break yourself in slowly. The four star hotel that I first stayed in, despite the mints on the pillow, had a slightly run-down quality that seems to be ubiquitous in India.
Q.6. What kind of camera film should I bring?
a. I brought mostly ISO 100 35mm film and that was a mistake. India is so polluted in many areas that daylight is reducedsignificantly. There are also many small alleyways, streets and areas which do not get much sunlight. Consider bringing ISO 200 and ISO 400 film to handle reduced sun, shadowy and indoor shots.
Q.7. Should I drink the water?
a. No! The quality of water is substandard, and though you will ultimately drink the local water, in the form of tea or in your food, it's best to avoid as much as possible unless you've been there for several months.
Q.8. Is the bottled water safe?
a. Yes. Bisleri, and 'Yes', are two of the most comon brands of bottled water on the street. I had no problem with any of the brands I purchassed. But check the bottom of the bottle for holes and broken seals around the cap. They've been known to refill bottles with tap water.
Q.9. How much clothing should I bring along?
a. About one weeks worth. You can get your clothing laundered for a relatively inexpensive price, particularly in Bombay, and there is plenty of opportunity to purchase native dress.
Q.10. How covered up should I be, so as to not offend the locals?
a. Bigger issue for women. The best policy to to try to blend in with the locals, which is not hard to do. Baring skin is mostly an issue in the the denser Muslim areas.
Q.11. How should I dress on the street?
a. Dress like the natives: short sleeves, long pants, and don't look like you are carrying around lots of money, dress as 'poorly' as you can. This is not so much for safety reasons as to limit you being a target for touts, scams and everyone else trying to sell you something. You're going to get that anyway, and it is definitely worth your while to minimize this awful inconvenience of travel through India.
Q.12. How should I prepare for weather?
a. The driest weather seems to be October through January, and if you go through the non-monsoon season, which is the dead of 'winter' (India is slightly in the northern hemisphere), be prepared for weather that is much hotter and humid than you could ever imagine. Even if it rains, it doesn't cool down that much. Unless you're trekking in the Himalayas, a sweatshirt or windbreaker is about all you'll need for warmth. You will be uncomfortably hot much more than uncomfortably cold most of the time, except for the higher elevations. The exception is Bangalore, which has a mysterious and wonderfully mild climate, even though it is located in south central India.