Travel Guidelines

Travel in India can be a surprising experience for a first time traveler in India. If you're traveling with experienced tour guides than your India tourism experience is sure to be easier.

Best India Travel Guidelines :

  • A  visa is required for entry into India. All Indian consulates are authorised to issue visas to tourists. Six-month tourist visas can be extended further. A visa is only issued if you have a valid ticket to travel to India and provided you clear certain security and background checks.
  • Some areas in India require permits from local authorities before tourists can travel to them. The state of Jammu and Kashmir in North India, which shares a border with Pakistan, and the North Eastern States of India, where conflict between local insurgent groups and Indian army and police forces occurs frequently, are prone to terrorist attacks and therefore travel may not be safe.
  • Many religious shrines do not permit foreigners to enter. In shrines that allow entry, shoes must be removed and in some cases heads covered before entering. Many Muslim shrines do not permit women to enter. Some Shia Muslim shrines do not permit the entry of Israeli, American and British tourists.
  • Safe drinking water in bottled form is sold in all cities of India. Do check the seal before purchasing water. All hotels and good restaurants will have water purification equipment to ensure their clients health.
  • Summer can be very hot in many parts of India, particularly in North India. Wearing loose comfortable cotton clothing is advised. A sunshade or hat and sunscreen or sun block is also recommended.
  • Winter can be quite cold in some parts of India, particularly North India. Adequate woollen clothing is recommended. For mountaineering or trekking, suitable protective clothing and equipment is available in India, or do remember to bring your won if you plan to go trekking or mountaineering on your India tours.
  • Malaria is prevalent in some parts of India, particularly after the monsoon when mosquito populations increase. Mosquito repellent is widely available in India. Wearing clothing that covers your limbs to minimize the risk of mosquito bites is also a useful precaution.
  • All basic medicines are cheap and easily available over the counter in chemist's shops in India. However if you normally take any medication, do bring it with you when you travel to India, since trade names of locally available medicines will differ from the names of the medicines sold in other countries.

Last updated : Dec 9, 2011.

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