is the best time to travel to India?
2. What care must I take while traveling to India?
3. What are the Visa requirements for India?
4. Where can I find India's tourist offices?
5. How do I pick my tour?
6. Why should I come to India for a conference/seminar?
7. How can I find about the flights to India?
8. How can I travel within India?
9. What services do you provide?
10. Can I book my air tickets online?
11. Do you make hotel reservations?
12. How good or bad is the weather in India?
1. What is the best time
to travel to India?
The best times to
travel to India is usually from October till March, when the weather is
pleasant in most parts of the country. Now, travel during monsoon months
(July – September) is also possible, as appropriate facilities are
being provided at places that present a good tourism opportunity during
this time (such as Goa, the Western Ghats, Kerala, etc.).
Since India has a
tropical climate, it is essential to carry mosquito repellents (creams,
lotions), medicines for fever and diarrhea, cold and allergy. It is also
advisable to carry mineral water, as at places the quality of water offered
for drinking might be doubtful. Also, carry sun screen if possible, especially
during the summer months. Foreign tourists must carry their Yellow Fever
Vaccination Certificate conforming to International Health Regulations
if they have traveled to, or even been in transit through Africa, South
America or Papua New Guinea in the last six months. No other vaccination
is required. For personal protection, however, inoculation is recommended
for cholera, typhoid, malaria and hepatitis. Detailed information on medical
care and first aid tips while traveling to
3. What are the Visa requirements
Any foreigner who
wants to enter India must have a valid visa affixed on his or her passport.
This can be obtained from the Indian Consulate in various countries. Foreign
nationals of Indian origin, their spouses and children also need visas.
They can however obtain Entry Visas valid upto 10 years. Tourist Visas
can be obtained for 6 months, 1 year or even 10 years. Visas of the appropriate
type should be obtained by students, businessmen, journalists and others
who want to visit India for professional purposes.
Validity of Visa
All types of visas
are valid for the indicated period from the date of issue (and not from
the date of first entry into India). Post-dated visas are not issued.
Application form and picture requirements
All applicants for
Entry and Tourist Visas are required to fill out an application form and
provide one recent passport size photograph. Applicants for Business,
Research, Journalist and some other types of visas are required to submit
two forms duly filled in and two pictures.
Visa to Non Residents
Visas can also be
issued to persons who normally do not live in the jurisdiction of this
Consulate (this also includes people holding Tourist / Business visas)
after obtaining clearance from the Indian Mission under whose jurisdiction
the applicant normally resides. This however takes a few weeks. The applicant
may, however, pay an additional charge for clearance by fax or telex.
Restricted Area Permits
to go to a restricted area should fill in special forms and apply well
in advance as clearances are required before a permit can be issued to
travel to these places. It takes at least 6 to 8 weeks to receive the
Government of India's clearances in such cases.
Requirements for Student Visas
Firm letters of admission
from Universities, recognized Colleges or Educational Institutions in
India are required for issuance of Regular Student Visas. Applicants are
also required to produce satisfactory evidence of financial support. In
case of admission in a medical or a para-medical course, the applicants
also need to produce a 'No Objection Certificate' from the Ministry of
Health, Government of India, to obtain a Student Visa. Applicants for
Student Visas who want to pursue graduate or post-graduate studies in
Engineering / Technology are required to produce a similar 'No Objection
Certificate' from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department
Visas for a period of 6 months can however be issued on production of
a Provisional Admission Certificate issued by a University / recognized
Educational Institution in India. It can be changed to a regular student
visa in India on completion of the formalities listed above. However,
no change of institute / purpose is allowed.
Tourist visas are
valid for a maximum period of 180 days. There is no charge for visa extension
within the maximum period of 180 days. However, in case of an extension
after 180 days (permissible only in exceptional cases), an extension fee
is charged. You must ensure that you submit identical passport photographs.It
is advisable for tourists from other countries to check current visa fee/visa
extension fees applicable with the Government of India Tourist Offices
or respective Indian Consular Offices located in their countries. Click
Here for a List of Embassies and Missions in India.
4. Where can I find India's
Indian Government's tourist offices
are present all over the world. Click here for a list of these offices
to locate one in your area...
of India Tourist offices- Overseas.
of India Tourist offices - India.
It's simple. Get all
the information you need on destinations, the ways to reach them, the
things you can do there, and tour operators. Let us know your requirements,
and we will help you design your own trip keeping your specifications
and budget in mind. Alternatively, you may send us your requirement by
6. Why should I come to India
for a conference/seminar?
India is on the fast
track of economic development. Even in the wake of modernization, the
country has not lost its connection with its age old tradition and heritage.
It offers you state-of-the-art facilities, and the conference venues are
equipped with latest technological gadgetry. Moreover, a large part of
the population understands and speaks English. So when you hold a conference/seminar
in India, you have the twin advantage of modern amenities and the promise
of an exotic experience.
7. How can I find about the
flights to India?
Various international carriers have
direct or indirect flights to India. You can browse through the schedules
and fares on the site here. You can also send us request for flight details.
Click here for booking your flight.
8. How can I travel within
India offers various modes of transport
within India, railways being the chief form. India also has good domestic
airway connectivity. Click here for railway
For airlines within India, click
here . You can also book your flights within India through this site.
9. What services do you provide?
We provide various
services to help you customize your visit to India – your purpose
might be anything – business or pleasure or both – we have
something special for everyone. We help you organize and manage conferences,
seminars, exhibitions, trade fairs and events, incentive tours, weddings
and honeymoons, health tourism, spiritual sojourns, adventure tours, culinary
cruise through India, cultural visits, special tours for senior citizens,
leisure travel, special tours to neighboring countries or just about any
trip you can think of, we will arrange it for you completely. Our services
include assistance in organizing your trips, arrangements, reservations,
event management, and marketing of events among others. You can read in
detail about our services by clicking on respective tabs in the site menu.
10. Can I book my air tickets
Yes, you can make online reservations
for flights. Click here to book your ticket
11. Do you make hotel reservations?
You can look for your choice of accommodation
required on the site by writing to us, or let us know your requirements,
and we will get back to you to discuss appropriate arrangements. Click
here for your accommodation requirements.
India, due to its
large size, has a variety of climatic conditions, ranging from hot, dry
summers, to extremely cold winters in the north and a more tropical weather
in the south. Summer usually sets in by middle April, and temperatures
in May and June may reach above 45 Degrees Celsius in some parts of the
western and northern India. Summers last till about July, when monsoon
sets in all over the country, with the rains bringing respite from the
scorching heat. Monsoons last till end of September. With October, autumn
sets in. The temperature is moderate during this season in India. By December,
winters take over. North India may get extremely chilly during winters.
Southern parts of India experience a moderate winter. Spring time is usually
February to March. Coastal parts of India are humid and experience heavy
showers during monsoons.