You must have a passport with you all of the time to aply India
visa; A form should be filled specifing all the questions with 2
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Visas for India
Six month multiple-entry visas (valid from the date of issue) are
now issued to most nationals regardless of whether you intend staying
that long or re-entering the country. Visas cost A$ 55 for Australians,
UK £19 for Britons, and ff 200 for French passport holders.
US passport holders may also apply for one year and 10 year multiple
entry visas, the later at the time of writing, only available from
Indian embassies in the USA, Japan and Hong Kong. For US citizens,
a six month multiple-entry visa costs US$50, a 12 month multiple-entry
visa costs US$ 70, a 10 year multiple-entry visa costs US$120 and
transit visa costs US$25.Passport and visa forms for US citizens
are available online from the San Francisco consulate’s Web
site at www.indianconsulate-sf.org ).
If you prefer to get your visa en route to India you can pick it
up in the following countries:
Nepal : The Indian embassy in Kathmandu is open Monday to Friday
from 9 am to 1 pm and 1.30 to 5.30 pm; visa applications are accepted
Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and visas are available
for collection between 4.45 and 5.30 pm- allow at least seven days
Pakistan: The high commission in
Islamabad is quite efficient, although if there is an Indian embassy
in your home country they may have to fax there to check that you
are not a thief, wanted by the police or in some other way undesirable.
The process takes a few days, and of course you have to pay for
Sri Lanka: The Indian High Commission in Colombo or the Assistant
High Commission in Kanday, both in Sri Lanka, will also make you
pay for a fax as well as the visa.
Thailand: It usually takes four working days for non- Thai nationals
to obtain an Indian visa.
Visa Extensions: Fifteen- day extensions are available from Foreigners’
Registration offices in the main Indian cities. You can only get
another six months by leaving the country. Some travellers have
reported difficulty getting another visa in Nepal.
The rupee (Rs) is divided into 100 paise (p). There are coins of
five, 10, 20, 25, and 50 paise , and Rs 1, 2 and 5, and Rs 10, 20,
50, 100, and 500 notes . In 1996, the Reserve Bank of India decided
to stop printing Rs 1, 2 and 5 notes . There are plans to start
printing a Rs 1000 note.
**You are not allowed to bring Indian currency into or out of the
country. You are allowed to bring in un limited amount of foreign
currency of travellers cheques, but you are supposed to declare
any thing over US$1000 on arrival.
**One of the most annoying things about India is that no one ever
seems to have any change, and you’ll find on numerous occasions
that you’ll be left waiting for five minutes while a shopkeeper
hawks your Rs 100 note around other shops to secure change.
**When changing money for the first time pay extra attention to
the bills you are getting. Don’t accept any ripped ones (staple
holes are OK). Also Rs10 can look very similar to Rs 50. Take your
time and check each note even if the wad appears to have been stapled
In five- star hotels and guesthouses geared mainly for foreign tourists,
sit down, flush toilets and toilet paper are invariably supplied.
Off the beaten track, at train stations (and other public places)
and in places that don’t specifically cater for foreigners,
it’s squat toilets only. In such circumstances it’s
customary to use your left hand and water, not paper. A strategically
placed tap (and usually a water container) is available in squat
toilets. If you can’t get used to the Indian method, bring
your own paper (none is supplied, but is widely available to buy).
But remember, that stuffing paper (and tampons) down the toilet
is simply going to clog even further an already overloaded sewerage
system. Sometimes a plastic bin is provided for the disposal of
paper and tampons. If not, try to take paper with you to dispose
Travel health depends on your pre departure preparations, your daily
health care while traveling and how you handle any medical problem
that does develop. While the potential dangers can seem quite frightening,
in reality few travellers experience anything more than upset stomachs.
Travel with Children
The numbers of intrepid souls traveling around India accompanied
by one, or even two, young children seems to be on the increase.
Children can often enhance your encounters with local people, as
they often posses little of the self- consciousness and sense of
the cultural differences which can inhibit interaction between adults.
Nevertheless, traveling with children can be hard work, and ideally
the burden needs to be shared between two adults.
Official business hours are 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (8.30am to 5.30pm
in the Andaman Islands) Monday to Friday. Unofficially they tend
to be more like 10 am to 5 pm. Government offices seem to have lengthy
lunch hours, which are sacrosanct and can last from noon to 3 pm.
Many public institutions such as museums, galleries and so on close
at least one day during the week. Banks are open 10 am to 2 pm Monday
to Friday, and 10 am to noon every second Saturday – there
are variations, so it pays to check. Traveler’s cheque transactions
usually cease 30 minutes before the official bank closing time.
In some tourist centers there may be foreign exchange offices that
stay open longer (eg Thomas Cook is open Monday to Saturday 9.30
am to 6 pm). In the state capitals, the main post office is open
to 5 pm daily.