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Visa & Documents
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 recent passport size photograph. If you don't know the Indian gov. formalities and you are in doubt how to make a visa for India then just leave your passport and photograph with us we will help you.

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 ).
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 for processing.

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 the fax.
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.

Money currency
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 together.

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 of elsewhere.

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.

Business Hours
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.


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