Travel Guide

One of the most satisfying experiences in anyone's life can be exploring this beautiful world. Though, planning a tour can be sometimes extremely baffling, especially due to lack of information and reliable tour company. Vacation Trip India understands the travel related requirements of all travelers and offers this Travel guide to explore - India. Have a look at the below mentioned travel guide for India that will assist you in planning a wonderful stay in this country. CUSTOMS GUIDELINES A foreign citizen can bring in currency from outside India for foreign exchange. Though, declaration of the foreign currency/exchange needs to be done in front of custom officers in the below mentioned cases:- (a)In case, the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5000 or its equivalent. (b) ) If the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of traveler cheques, bank notes, currency notes etc.) exceeds US$ 10,000 or its equivalent. Please CLICK HERE to visit India’s Central Board of Excise and Customs website for complete information. PASSPORT AND VISA Visa is required to enter India. For every foreign citizen, it is necessary to have a signed passport with a validity of at least 6 months from the date of arrival in India. It must also contain two blank pages for stamping purpose of the Immigration officer along with a current visa to seek entry in India. In case, you are visiting any of the restricted areas like Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Sikkim, Ladakh and any other, then you require to have visa with specific permission. Please Note: In case, your travel includes a visit to Bhutan or Nepal, then you to return to India to take your international flight home or touring in India, you would have to apply for a multiple or double entry Indian visa. In addition, all the tourists will also need a visa to enter Bhutan and Nepal. For more information on Visa and Passport related requirement, visit the website of the Government of India CLICK HERE . TOURIST VISA ON ARRIVAL : Government of India has introduced the 'Tourist Visa on Arrival' (enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization) facility for travelers coming to India from forty-three countries. This is actually a very restricted thirty day Single entry visa for arrival and departure from limited airports in India, please CLICK HERE to read detailed latest information.. WEATHER India is known for having three main seasons:- monsoon, summer and the winter. The months of winter i.e. (November to March) are very pleasant all across India with vivid sunny days. During this period, the northern plains have the minimum temperature and many times drops steeply leading to snowfall in the hills. In eastern and southern India, though, January and December are pleasingly cool and not so cold. During the summer months i.e. (April to June) all the major hill stations like Mount Abu, Darjeeling, Kashmir valley and Shimla have cool weather. The monsoon usually starts from June on the western coast and later reaching other parts of India. In India, rainfall takes place between June and September, with exception to the south-eastern areas. In south-eastern areas, monsoon is between mid-October and December-end. Earlier, tourism in India was more popular during the winter months. But now with easy availability of leisure facilities, transport and air-conditioned hotels- summer season has also become popular among tourists from different parts of the world. WHAT TO PACK While choosing an appropriate wardrobe before your travel to India, it is suggested to select clothing that is adjustable in the Indian climate. For monsoons and summers, it is sensible to have plain cotton clothes. These will keep you cool in summer season. It is sensible to stay away from synthetic fabrics as they might not be relaxing. A hat will be protect you from the bright sun. During winter season, light jackets and sweaters are a must. During monsoon season, umbrella is a must, as there can be unexpected and sudden showers. It is suggested (especially ladies) to dress sensibly. We strongly recommend not to wear tank tops, mini-skirts or shorts, mainly in the smaller cities and towns as people are conservative. Most of the Indian people dress in a modest manner. To visit places of worship, ladies will not be allowed to enter the premises with short skirts, short pants or bare shoulders and we suggest wearing slacks or a long skirt. A scarf is suitable to cover the shoulders, in case you are wearing a sleeveless top, but it is not mandatory to cover your head. All the male visitors should suitably dress to visit a holy place. All the visitors will be needed to remove their footwear before entering the boundaries of the mosques and the temples. For having dinner at the hotel, we would suggest casuals during a tropical climate. INSURANCE We strongly advocate you to purchase a travel issuance to cover up each and every traveler's evacuation, medical emergency, baggage loss or trip cancellation/interruption. Please Note: Vacation Trip India does not sell any type of insurance. PHOTOGRAPHY You always have to ask permission, while photographing people. The only exception can be when you are taking a general picture of any scene or crowd. Photography at the airports is sternly forbidden. HEALTH We suggest you to consult with your Health consultant or Physician for any vaccination/ inoculation for your trip to India, as we do not give any kind of medical advice. CUISINES OF INDIA The Indian cuisine is very different, as it comprises of food items like rice, wheat, vegetable and meat. Different types of spices are used and among which red chillies have prominence. You can always request the restaurant to omit any particular ingredient based on your choice. Now many restaurants serve different types of foods like continental, Chinese, Italian, French and many others. So, you can choose your food based on your liking and preference.