checklist will be updated with more detailed info over the next few months.)
and comments to the webmaster.
All non-Indian-citizens are required to have an Indian visa
to enter the country. Please allow yourself sufficient time (say 2-3 weeks)
to procure an appropriate visa from your nearest Indian consulate. There
are several Indian consulates
consulates in the continental US are located in Washington
D.C., New York, Chicago,
Houston, and San Francisco.
An online copy of the application
form for Indian visa is available..
to India tend to fill up well ahead of the December holiday season. We
recommend that you make your flight reservations about 3-4 months in
advance, to be on the safe side. We strongly recommend that you avoid
arriving in New Delhi or taking flights that stop in New Delhi en-route
to Mumbai (Bombay) or Chennai (Madras) -- winter fog oftens throws air-traffic
off-gear in New Delhi. For more information, including about domestic flights
within India, check here.
first-time travellers to India prefer to get preventive vaccinations (shots).
The Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India has some
more health tips for tourists.
international credit cards are widely accepted in commercial establishments
in India, several places rely on cash transactions in the local currency
(Indian Rupee). We suggest that you either carry some Indian currency when
entering India or buy Indian currency at the currency exchange agencies
in the Indian airports, upon arrival.. The current exchange rate is about
44/- per US dollar. Once in India, you can buy additional Indian currency
from local branches of Citibank, Thomas Cook, etc. However, it is typically
difficult to convert Indian currency back into foreign currency because
of exchange regulations.
make your hotel reservations
ahead of time so that you get your choice of accommodation.
by B. Srinivasan