Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Introduction to Travel in India

Introduction to Travel in India

India, a country populated by a fifth of the world's people. It is no wonder that the culturally diverse mix of religions, traditions and beliefs, has led to one of the most spiritual and rewarding experiences any traveller could ask for. Indian people in general, have the inbuilt personality trait to welcome guests as though they were family. Even if they themselves are hungry, the guests will be fed. No introduction to travel in India should go without mentioning the fact that Indian people are essentially peaceful and respectful people, especially to foreigners.

Getting your Indian Visa

No travel should be booked until a visa has been issued. Getting your Indian visa is easily done. The Indian High Commission uses VF Services to process all Indian visa applications. They have offices in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London but their online service is the best way forward as the process is faster and cheaper. A valid passport with at least 6 months left on it and at least two pages remaining is required.

Types of Indian Visas and Fees (except travellers from Sri Lanka, Japan, Pakistan and Singapore)

Tourist Visa
£30 (6 months) and £50 (12 months) - Usually valid for six to twelve months with a maximum stay of 180 days per visit.

Student Visa
£55 (up to 5 years)

Transit Visa
£15 (up to 15 days)

Business Visa (UK Fees)
£105 (up to 6 months) £160 (up to 1 year) £135 (more than 1 year) – Maximum of 180 days per visit.

Add the VFS service charge of £9.05 to the above fees

The first step of the application process for getting your Indian visa is to visit the VF Services website to fill out the online application form and submit. You will then be given a date to attend one of their offices with your passport, the relevant fees and a printed copy of your application form along with the reference number. You will then be given a date to return, usually a few days later, to pick up your passport with the visa. Be sure to bring your receipt as proof of payment.

Getting your Indian visa by post

You can receive your Indian visa by post by printing out the application form, filling it out and sending it to the supplied address along with any fees and your passport. This service can take up to 10 days and cost an extra £7 or £8 pounds (at the time of publication) to return your passport by registered post.

What you need to take for Travel in India

Local knowledge - The first and best thing that one should arm themselves with before travelling to India is local knowledge. Find friends who have relatives or friends where you are going and try to get a local connection well before travelling. The friend or relative may not even be trustworthy but at least there will be some sort or referencing point when researching prices, hotels, taxi prices or safe places to visit. Do this well before you leave for India.

Clothing - Depending on where you are travelling in India, you may need to bring some warm clothes with you, especially at high altitudes and further in the north of the country. There is a variety of temperatures and rainfall in India so be sure to research well and be prepared with waterproof clothing as well for monsoon. Most of the year light clothing is worn, so long as your are prepared for a sudden change in the weather.

Holiday Insurance – with medical and legal cover is a must.

Immunizations – When travelling to India, if you have not had particular vaccinations or they have run out, you are advised to have the following (Some of the immunizations are advised only if you are visiting either rural areas or areas where there is a high risk of exposure to certain infections):

Meningococcal – If visiting Tripura, Meghalaya or Mizoram in the northeast; Hepatitis A Everyone; Hepatitis B – Everyone; Typhoid – Everyone; Polio – Everyone; Japanese encephalitis – if staying for up to a month in rural areas; Rabies – if working with animals or risk of contact with bats; Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) – All travellers born 1956 onwards; Tetanus/diphtheria – Every 10 years; Malaria tablets or injection – everyone.

Medication – Be sure to bring enough diarrhoea medication in case one eats something that upsets the stomach. It is not always that the food is bad but that not everybody's digestive system is able to digest certain things that it is not used to. Never drink from the taps anywhere.
Wet wipes or baby wipes -Imagine being stuck on safari or out in the bush where there is no toilet that one would want to use.
Shower gel/preferred soap and antiperspirant – Perhaps certain brands are not available as widely as they are back home. Be careful not to use too much that may attract insects.

Best Places to Visit in India

Beaches of India

Travellers flock to Indian beaches because there are so many different varieties of beach to choose from. Some of the best places to visit in India has to be the beaches. Gujarat has the longest coastline in India running for 1600km. Visit the famous port town and temple on Somnath & Veraval Beach. Shore birds can be seen flocking at dusk in Beyt Dwarka and the atmosphere is serene and almost humbling. Or visit Goa and be blown away by the best holiday villages in India with stunning Portuguese architecture decorating the landscape and everything from water sports to German and Italian food. From coral reefs to spell binding lagoons, India has it all.

The Golden Triangle is a term given to three cities; Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, which are considered to be the most visited cities in India.

Manas National Park – set in the foothills of the Himalayas and spreading over a huge 391 km. It has a famous tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve in Assam. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

Top Hotels in India

Le Duplex – Pondicherry – Tamil Nadu

Named after former French Governor of Pondicherry, this beautiful villa is situated in a serene, mango tree lined street. With prices for double rooms starting at just over £30 and meals from £6 it's well worth the fresh, locally sourced ingredients used to prepare the succulent meals.

Nilaya – Arpora – Goa

This Goan-gothic red brick hotel sits in luscious gardens at the foot of northern Goa. With 10 well designed rooms and a view from the pool of the surrounding valleys you will have ample time to unwind.

Marari beach Resort – Alleppey – Kerala

With a fantastic beach and pool this coastal paradise is sure to please. Relax in a hammock or go wild with a wide range of activities. Double bed and breakfast rooms from £130.

What to do in an emergency in India

If an emergency ever occurs whilst in India the British High Commission is able to advise on an assist with a number of issues. The British High Commission has a duty to protect British citizens where ever they are in the . In the case of a medical emergency then firstly call the number provided in the holiday insurance pack purchased prior to your holiday. They will advise you on what to do next. Similarly with a legal issue or if you have been arrested also call the representatives contact number in the holiday insurance pack that was issued. It would also be wise to make the British High Commission aware if one has been arrested or if hospitalized.

67 comments:

  1. Rworldsim
    We have a option where you can make calls from UK to INDIA @ Rs 1.00 per Minute
    further details write to rworldsim@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Online Bus Ticket Booking. Delhi, known locally as dilli and by the official name national capital territory of delhi (nct), delhi has grown to be a multicultural, cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed delhi. Today, delhi is a major cultural, political, and commercial center of india.

    ReplyDelete
  3. dear sir, who is Attorney Nicholas who works in ur office. kindly tell me on id arjun5729@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. arjun kumar singh
    On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 11:02 AM, arjun kumar singh wrot...

    11/18/10

    ReplyDelete
  5. There are a lot of fun things to do on Cape Cod. It is an exciting place where you can find amazing beaches, great lodging, good food and wonderful people!

    ReplyDelete
  6. There are many places to go in India and I've read that Goa and Kerala can offer many outdoor and sightseeing activities.

    backpacker travel insurance

    ReplyDelete
  7. India is such a wonderful place to travel the adventure tours, Historical monuments, safari tours, Himalayas tracking tours and many more thousands of visitors came across the world to travel India. Travel Packages India.

    ReplyDelete
  8. After watching Caroline Quentin travelling through India on a BBC series I really want to visit myself. It just seems such an amazing country.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Awesomely vast, anciently exotic, divinely colourful, India is a
    mesmerising portrait of sheer beauty and diversity. Holidays in India
    are full of surprises and delights designed to enthral.

    travel in india

    ReplyDelete
  10. India is best country in world where you can enjoy your tour and Honeymoon with you family and partner. If you want to make your trip easy you can take Car Hire in Jaipur.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  12. wow great information you are sharing here and it helps to foreigner when he travel in India that is awesome blog i like it.

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is very nice information to us. I like this post . if do u want to know about Places To Visit in Agra, Taj Mahal Tour Packages, taj mahal tour, Delhi Agra Tour Packages, Golden triangle tour and visit it.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks for sharing useful information, I want to share information about Travel Agency in Delhi by just click on this link.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Somnath Temple is a famous tourist place of Gujarat Nearest Place from Veraval. Lots of tourist visitors visiting Somnath every month and looking for Premium Hotels in Somnath. Hotel Madhuram provides you exact facilities what you have require. For choose best deal at best price Call Us for Book your room at Madhuram Hotel in Somnath.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hotels in Veraval - A tourism portal about Find best budget, luxury and cheap hotels in somnath. Somnath or Pattan Somnath is located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra, on the western coast of the State of Gujarat.
    Madhuram Hotel in Somnath is an Intimate and luxurious Hotel with Various Beautifully decorated Deluxe & Super Deluxe Rooms with A/C & Non A/C 25 Rooms.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Somnath Temple is a famous tourist place of Gujarat Nearest Place from Veraval. Lots of tourist visitors visiting Somnath every month and looking for Premium Hotel in Somnath. There are many Hotels in Somnath from Luxury to three stars. Hotel Madhuram provides you exact facilities what you have require.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Nice Blog ! Try Hotel Maheshwari one of the best Budget hotels in diu located in Upper West Side Neighborhood, Close to Nagoa beach.All Rooms Running Hot,Cold Water Fully Furnished, Intercom,T.V. Channels,Doctor on Call Rental,Internet access, Air booking, Travel booking. A/c Restaurant With A/C. Bar Facilities.

    ReplyDelete
  19. very informative blog for uttrakhand.......... we are travel agent in rishikesh
    to know more details http://rishigangatravels.com/

    ReplyDelete
  20. You get free idea and tips to make a money online and earn money without investment.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Worldest comman person and see more about this person....
    open
    click
    veiw

    ReplyDelete
  22. Before you go with a holiday it will be important that you just get a travel cover for making your fantastic holiday practical knowledge protected. You should be positive you've the proper Trucking Insurance your vacation spot you're going, and also know precisely what exactly is within your travel cover insurance plan. Normally you can spend a massive financial fee when issues go horribly completely wrong.

    ReplyDelete
  23. very informative blog for uttrakhand..........
    for hotels visit http://hotelalternate.com/

    ReplyDelete
  24. Kanyakumari is best destination to visit this summer. This city is loaded with number of tourist attractions, historic monuments, temples and other interesting places to visit. When comes to accommodation, hotels in Kanyakumari will serve you with best hospitality.

    ReplyDelete
  25. India is a best country in the world where you can enjoy your Honeymoon vacation with soulmate. If you want to make your trip easy then choose Tailor made tour package in India

    ReplyDelete
  26. Your blog was loaded with awesome information. Can you please include my hotel name in your site? Hotel Rajam – best hotels in Kanyakumari | Budget hotels in Kanyakumari

    ReplyDelete
  27. Hi i have been to India i stay there for 1 Month the first place i have visited is somnath.It was great place to visit.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I read your blog interested . Jamaica shore excursions, Ocho Rios Cruise Shore Excursions Jamaica, Montego Bay Cruise Shore Excursions Jamaica,

    ReplyDelete
  29. Your post is providing some really good information. I liked its essence and enjoyed reading it. Keep sharing such important posts.Yorkshire 3 Peaks Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge - A 24 mile trek over beautiful Yorkshire countryside, conquering the three highest peaks in the Yorkshire Dales in a single day.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Thank you so much for taking the time for you personally to share such a nice info. I definitely enjoying every little bit of it. It is a great website and nice share. Tienda de bicicletas eléctricas en Madrid a los mejores precios. Bicis plegables y eléctricas para moverte por la ciudad sin problemas. Todo tipo de bicis y accesorios para ciclismo a tu alcance.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I will visit your blog regularly for some latest post. I will visit your blog regularly for Some latest post.Seguro Viagem

    ReplyDelete
  32. We've compiled a list of the best Free VPN that will allow you to.It's a totally free service that lets you access any website from any country.they have VPN service that masks your identity and encrypts all of your Internet traffic. it works through firewalls as long as there's at least one port open. It Is Nice Blog.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Online Jewelry shopping Qatar Jewelry Qatar signed contract with Hala Fashion for all online orders. Jewelry Qatar which one is the biggest online jewelry shop at Doha, United Arab Emirates, Damas is the Middle East's leading international jewellery and watch retailer.Thanks For Sharing Detail In This Blog.

    ReplyDelete
  34. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  35. ITA travel agency "do not trust these people!!!! 6 months ago i needed a flight out immediately. the lady was kind and understanding . This blog is very Nice.

    ReplyDelete
  36. A debt of gratitude is in order for the data and truths. You offered dinners for accepted. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing the realities. Every single with the most accommodating to you.
    Limousinen service zürich

    ReplyDelete
  37. We produce a wide range of industry-recognised safety & technical guidance for Scaffolding contractors, their operatives and their clients.in this blog good information.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Flight training is a course of study used when learning to pilot an aircraft. The overall purpose of primary and intermediate flight training is the acquisition. This blog is very nice.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Thank you the blog on trip to India. I would like to add that Veraval was founded in 13th or 14th century by Rao Veravalji Vadher, a Rajput. Once a fortified port town of the royal family of Junagadh, there are still many places to visit in Veraval which still bears some remnants of the old Nawabi heritage. Since it enjoyes a long coastline, lined with beaches, it is an ideal tourist destination.

    ReplyDelete
  40. your blog is great full and image is nice use,you use a different type content the topic is very much demand today and everyone wants to read about it thanks you so much.

    -------------
    Maui Zipline

    ReplyDelete
  41. Hello, the whole thing is going fine here and ofcourse every one is sharing data, that’s in fact fine, keep up writing. Life Insurance Texas

    ReplyDelete
  42. Well somehow I got to read lots of articles on your blog. It’s amazing how interesting it is for me to visit you very often

    _________________________
    Handmade Rings Online

    ReplyDelete
  43. I have read so many posts about the blogger lovers except this post is in fact a nice paragraph, keep it up.
    Photo retouching services

    ReplyDelete
  44. I am truly keen of reading posts on the topic of building up new web site, or even concerning Search engine marketing.
    Photo retouching services

    ReplyDelete
  45. My grand father all the time used to watch YouTube funny videos, hehehehehe, for the reason that he wants to be happy forever.
    Maui Zipline Tours

    ReplyDelete
  46. This paragraph regarding SEO is in fact good one, and the back links are in fact very useful to promote your site, its also referred to as Search engine optimisation.
    Dubai touren

    ReplyDelete
  47. What a video it is! Actually amazing and fastidious quality, please upload more movies having such good quality. Thanks.
    High power led flood light

    ReplyDelete
  48. I simply wanted to thank you so much again. I am not sure the things that I might have gone through without the type of hints revealed by you regarding that situation.
    Aviation Academy

    ReplyDelete
  49. If you want to get much from this piece of writing then you have to apply such techniques to your won webpage.
    Fashion stylist

    ReplyDelete
  50. At this time it seems like WordPress is the preferred blogging platform available right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog? Great post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?

    ----------

    Escuela de aviacion en Miami

    ReplyDelete
  51. Hi there, thanks for all the visitors, I will upload many more video clips in coming days, admin


    Nepal motorcycle tours

    ReplyDelete
  52. Great, thanks for nice instruction! Also, wherever you are from India or UK, you always can buy a research paper!

    ReplyDelete


  53. Evening Dubai Desert Safari – Getting the Best of the Desert That Dubai Has to Offer Nothing can be more magnificent than watching the sun set across a wide span of endless sand followed by a clear sky on a starry night. If you are looking to experience a beautiful sunset while having the time of your life, the best activity for you is to join us on our evening desert safari. We promise to help you create a memory worth remembering for years to come. Bring along your friends to enhance the experience and enjoy the spectacular night laden with stars and the moon. Evening Desert Safari dubai

    ReplyDelete
  54. This post is very useful to all, Thanks for sharing this Valuable information, keep updating your post.
    Daily package trip to tirupathi

    ReplyDelete
  55. Travelling is one of the most exciting moment for those who want to travel a world.You can save lots of money on travelling while using Eithad because it give a great discount using promo codes and coupons.

    ReplyDelete
  56. Great Information sharing .. I am very happy to read this article .. thanks for giving us go through info.Fantastic nice. I appreciate this post.
    India Attractions

    ReplyDelete
  57. Thank you so much for sharing this great blog.Very inspiring and helpful too.Hope you continue to share more of your ideas.I will definitely love to read. avio karte online

    ReplyDelete
  58. No introduction to travel in India should go without mentioning the fact that Indian people are essentially peaceful and respectful people, especially to foreigners.http://www.stockholmfreetour.com

    ReplyDelete