A valid passport is required for arrival into the India . To avoid any difficulties upon arrival, check your passport before leaving. You need at least one empty page for your passport to be stamped. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival. Keep your passport number (and a copy of your passport) in a separate place while traveling.
A valid visa is required for all the visitors visiting India.
Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities. 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 in your country, if you wish to ascertain whether any of the places you intend to visit fall in the category of restricted / protected areas.
General Requirements for Visa :
1. Original passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of intended departure from India.
2. Correct visa fee
3. Two passport size photographs
4. Supporting documents, where necessary
5. Duly completed application form
Overall, the less luggage you bring the easier it will be to get around, the more you will enjoy your trip. A good goal is to fit everything into a single piece of checked luggage and a carry-on daypack. The large pack must lock, although you will carry your most valuable items in your daypack. It will be your main repository for personal gear while traveling. Also bring an extra (lockable) duffel to carry new purchases home. It is important to lock up items when checked on the plane. Previous trip members have had items stolen from luggage in airports when it was left unlocked. Domestic Indian flights have different weight limit ranging from 15 to 30 kg. of checked-in baggage per person free of cost. Excess baggage can be carried at an extra cost.
Personal First Aid Kit:
Aspirin / Tylenol,
?Anti - Diarrhea drug,
Anti-fungal & anti-itch agents,
Scissors, most of the above items are easily available at drugstores all over India , and can therefore be bought on arrival.
In the major metro cities of India clean secure accommodation ranging from 2 - 5 star deluxe rating is available. In the smaller towns clean 2-3 star hotels are also available. All hotels with a 4 star and higher rating offer room service, central air-conditioning, coffee shops and restaurants. The smaller hotels normally have a dining room where TDH meals and snacks can be ordered.
Foreign Currency :
Any tourist can bring into India from a place outside India foreign currency 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.
Indian Currency :
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.
The Indian currency is called the Rupee, which is divided into 100 Paise. Bank Notes are available for 10, 20, 50, 100 & 500 rupees. It is recommended to carry rupees for shopping, eating out etc., as most establishments do not accept foreign currency. The best rate for your money is available at the banks of the larger cities. However, please keep the receipt given to you by bank so that you can reconvert Indian Rupees into your currency, at your departure in the International Airport .
Credit Cards :
Major credit cards (like Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are accepted at all major hotels, restaurants and large shops. However, the smaller shops still prefer cash and it is advisable to always carry some currency notes and coins.
We suggest that you bring your own camera for the trip. If you are using an automatic camera, please bring a matching pair of batteries, in case current ones run out. 35 mm film from ASA 100 - ASA 400 is easily available at reasonable prices. In the larger cities specialized film and batteries are also available. While photography is permitted at most of monuments (except at some specific religious centers) a small camera fee is levied everywhere.
Photo Sensitivity :
As India is the land of magnificent sunshine, for people arriving from temperate regions, sun-block or sunscreen is recommended.
Emergency Phone Numbers :
Police : 100
Fire : 101
Accident & Trauma Service : 1099