The citizens of all the countries require a valid Passport and a visa to enter India. The Visa can be obtained from an Indian Embassy. A double or multiple entry Visa is required while you are visiting Nepal and then again entering India. Some of general requirements in order to obtain visa are as follows:-
1. You should have a passport valid for at least Six months
2. You should provide prescribed visa fee.
3. You should also provide two passport-size photographs (five photographs in case of Pakistani nationals).
4. You should also provide some documents, wherever necessary.
5. You should submit the duly completed visa application form.
The tourist from various other countries are advised to check the current applicable visa fee or visa extension fee with the Government of India Tourist offices or Indian Consular offices located in their respective countries.
The Validity of the Visa is counted from the date of their issue. You can stay in India only for six months with a tourist or business visa, but a valid visa can be for more than six months.
Tourist Visa is a multi-entry visa, granted for the purpose of Tourism. The tourist visa is valid from the date of issue for a period of more than 180 days. Tourist Visa can be obtained for 3 months, which is valid from date of first entry into India, that entry should be within 2 months from the date of issue.
Transit Visas are generated by Indian Missions abroad from a maximum period of 15 days.
Exemption from Registration
Foreigners coming to India on tourist Visa for 180 days or a shorter period are not required to register themselves with any authority in India. They can move freely any part of the country, except in certain restricted and prohibited areas.
Be it a suitcase, or a backpack, when in India it is advisable to travel light.
Make sure to pack some woolens if you’re traveling to North India, as it gets particularly cold in the mountains even at the height of summers. Carry hats and full-sleeved shirts for protection against sun in the plains.
Avoid plastic. While plastic has been officially banned, its use is widespread in the country. Also, remember to responsibly dispose off the waste when on a trek.
Carry a basic medical kit with you. It may include Aspirin or Paracetamol for pain or fever, antihistamines for allergies, antibiotics, antifungal creams, bandages etc. Before coming to India get immunized for Diphtheria, tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Meningitis and Tuberculosis.
Avoid touts as you may get fleeced. Shopping in India can be extremely rewarding experience as long as you buy from authentic places. Also, while buy from local markets, try the power of bargaining.
Some places in North & North East India will need special permits for traveling. Find out about these places and complete the paperwork necessary to travel to such places. Most of the permits are easy to obtain.
In India you’ll find a host of hotels and inns that offer a wide range of accommodation to suit your budget. You can especially look for heritage hotels in places like Rajasthan as they recreate the historical ambience.
An Indian Rupee is divided into 100 paisas. There are coins of 50 paisas, 1 rupee, 2 and 5 rupees. The notes are of the denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000 rupees. There are a few notes of 1 & 2 rupees still in circulation. Before changing money check the notes carefully for any damage.