Travel Guide

Documents and Visas:

Passport: All foreign travelers to India must have valid passport with you all the times .
Visas: all foreign tourists for India must obtained in your own country.
 

International Visa info:

citizens:

Bolivia - 90 days

Burundi - 30 days; obtainable at Bujumbura International Airport

Cambodia - 30 days

Cape Verde

Comoros

Djibouti

Ethiopia

Guinea-Bissau - 90 days

Guyana - 30 days provided holding confirmation, issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs

Indonesia - 30 days

Jordan - 2 weeks, must hold US$ 3000

Kenya - 3 months

Laos - 30 days

Madagascar - 90 days

Maldives - 90 days

Nauru

Palau - 30 days

Saint Lucia - 6 weeks

Samoa - 60 days

Seychelles - 1 month

Somalia- 30 days, provided an invitation letter issued by the sponsor has been submitted to the Airport Immigration Department at least 2 days before arrival.

Tanzania

Thailand - 15 days. Visa fee of 1000 Thai Baht needs to be paid in Thai currency. Visa on Arrival has to be obtained at First point of entry/Landing not the Final Destination.

Timor-Leste - 30 days

Togo - 7 days

Tuvalu - 1 month

Uganda

Somaliland - 30 days for 30 US dollars, payable on arrival

Niue - 30 days

Countries you can travel to without visa from India:

Nepal - Freedom of movement based on the terms of the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship that allows Indian citizens to live and work freely in Nepal.

Bhutan

Dominica - 6 months

Ecuador - 90 days

Mauritius- 90 days

Micronesia - 30 days

Grenada - 3 months

Haiti - 3 months

Jamaica

El Salvador - 90 days

Fiji - 4 months

Saint Kitts and Nevis - 3 months

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - 1 month

Trinidad and Tobago - 90 days

Vanuatu - 30 days

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus - 3 months

Svalbard - Visa is not required for entry to Svalbard but practically its impossible to board a flight/ferry to Svalbard without oing through Norway therefore, this would invariably require a double entry Schengen visa in order to go and come back from Svalbard to mainland Norway.

Transnistria - Registration required after 24h

Hong Kong - 14 days

Palestine - Arrival by sea to Gaza Strip not allowed

British Virgin Islands

Montserrat - 6 months

Macau - 30 days

Turks and Caicos Islands - 30 days

Kish Island - No visa is required for visitors to Kish Island.

Cook Islands - 31 days

Pitcairn Islands - 14 days visa free and landing fee 35 USD or tax of 5 USD if you are not going ashore is required

 

International Airport: You can enter India through its four major cities.
Delhi- North-Capital City
Mumbai (Earlier Bombay) - West
Chennai ( Earlier - Madras) - South
Kolkota (Earlier Calcutta)- east

Domestic flights: Some security checks at airport not allow to carry knives, scissors, lighters, batteries, best to put them in your checked baggage.

Money: The Indian currency is the Rupee. The rupee notes are in denominations of Rs 1000, Rs 500, Rs. 100, Rs 50, Rs 20, Rs 10 Rs 5 and Rs 2
There are coins of Rs 5, 2 and 1.

Traveler Cheques and credit cards are widely accepted in India. There are bank counters inside the terminals and money can be changed easily at the prevailing rates and get encashment certificates.

Left over rupees: you can change in to foreign currency at International Airport departure lounge and must produce encashment certificate.

Cameras & Electrical Equipment: India has 220volts and round pin plugs. Adaptors for square pin should be brought with you. Check if your mobile phone will work -needs Dual band inside.

Health Insurance: Make sure that you have adequate health insurance.

Side by side with the country's staggering topographical variations is its cultural diversity, the result of the coexistence of a number of religions as well as local tradition. Thus, the towering temples of south India, easily identifiable by their ornately sculptured surface, are associated with a great many crafts and performing arts of the region.

In the desert of Kutch, Gujarat, on the other hand, a scattering of villages pit themselves against the awesome forces of nature, resulting in Spartan lifestyles made vibrant by a profusion of jewelry and ornamental embroidery used to adorn apparel and household linen. In the extreme north is the high altitude desert of Ladakh. Local culture is visibly shaped by the faith - Buddhism -as well as by the harsh terrain. Yet another facet of Indian culture is observed in the colorful tribal lifestyles of the north eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur with their folk culture.



In the central Indian states of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh tribal village life has resulted in a variety of artistically executed handicrafts.

India's mountains provide heli skiing, river running, mountaineering and trekking. Its beaches provide lazy sun-bathing as well as wind surfing and snorkeling, and its jungles provide shooting wildlife -with a camera.



India's history goes back to 3,200 BC when Hinduism was first founded. Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism. Judaism. Zoroashtrianism, Christianity and Islam all exist within the country today. As a consequence of India's size, the history of the country has seldom been the same for two adjoining territories, and its great natural wealth has lured a succession of traders and foreign influences to it, each having left their imprint in the country, however faint or localized. Thus, Chinese fishing nets in Kerala are a throwback to that country's ancient maritime trade, while in the north, terra-cotta figurines of the centuries BC bear distinctly Greek traces.



Modern India is home alike to the tribal with his anachronistic lifestyle and to the sophisticated urban jetsetter. It is a land where temple elephants exist amicably with the microchip. Its ancient monuments are the backdrop for the world's largest democracy where atomic energy is generated and industrial development has brought the country within the world's top ten nations. Today, fishermen along the country's coastline fashion simple fishing boats in a centuries old tradition while, a few miles away. motor vehicles glide off conveyor belts in state-of-the-art factories.

Visit Northern India for Kashmir an emerald valley, cradled in the Himalayas, under crystalline blue skies, and against the backdrop of snow capped mountains.

Spend delightful holidays on the lakes with the shikaras and houseboats, trek the highest mountain peaks in Ladakh or visit the shrines in Jammu; Delhi for the famous Taj Mahal (Agra) or Himachal Pradesh for picturesque valleys of Kullu and Kangra , Lahaul and Spiti the stunning lunar and scape-like beauty; Punjab for the Golden Temple; The Indian Colorful state Rajasthan for Camel ride in deserts.

Eastern India for Tea and Coffee gardens in Assam, Buddhism Trails in Bihar, Soul of India The Orissa, or the City of Joy the Kolkata (Calcutta) in West Bengal

Western India for the Golden Gujarat, Exotic Beaches in Goa, Rare Sculptures in Khajuraho of Madhya Pradesh, or the Beauty of Ajanta & Ellora Caves in Aurangabad of Maharashtra.

South India for Historical Monuments in Andhra Pradesh, Carnatic Music & Dance of Karnataka, Gold's Own Country the Kerala for its Mangrove Beaches, Green, red and the blue of the ocean with numerous coconut trees, the Houseboats in Backwaters , Tourist's Paradise the state of Tamil Nadu to revel on the Marina beach or go cruising in the theme parks or let your mind rest in peace in the midst of magnificent-temples. You may walk through the living traditions and relive the timeless past.

Overall the Holidaying in India will appeal all your senses and you'll carry home happy memories that may last for the lifetime. Come to this land for a total traveling experience.

India with its rich and varied Culture is known for its diverse landscapes and Climates. This variety between the Mountains, Plateaus and Plains and the climates of these regions ensure that the visitors can never complain of lack of choices. Indian Journey back into times immemorial , Various empires and Dynasties have ruled India. The Monuments created by them shower the magnificence and Glory of Art and architecture of those bygone Eras. The Monuments offer the first hand experience of those kings behind each monument is an underlying but definite sources of Mystery, Intrigue and Romance.
 

Kashmir Travel Guide.
Area : 20.36sq. kms
Altitude : 305 metres
Population : 2,23,361 ( 1981 census)
Languages : Dogri, Hindi, Punjabi , Urdu and English
Best season : September to April
Rainfall : 107 cms (July to September).
Temperature:
Summer : Max. 43.0, Min. 23.4
Winter : Max. 26.2, Min. 4.3

Kashmir is like a jewelled crown set on the map of India, Kashmir is a many faceteddiamond, changing character with the seasons - always extravagantly beautiful. Three Himalayan ranges, Karakoram, Zanaskar and Pir Panjal - snow capped,majestic, frame the landscape from northwest to northeast.They are the birthplace of great rivers which flow through the kashmir valley.RajTaringini the chronology of the Kashmir Kings written by Kalhana eulogises the beauty of Kashmir as follows:"Kasmira Parvati Paroksh; Tat Swami ch Maheswara". Meaning Kashmir is as beautiful as Goddess Parvati manifest; and its owner is Lord Shiva Himself" And the Mughal Emperor exclaimed "Gar Bar-ru-e-Zamin Ast ; Hamin Ast ,Hamin Ast Hamin Asto. Meaning if there is paradise on this earth : This is it, this is it, this is it.

How to reach

By Air : Srinagar is well connected by air with Delhi. There is a daily flight to Delhi via Jammu by Indian airlines. There are weekly flights operated by Indian Airlines for Leh from Srinagar.

By Rail : Srinagar does not have a railway station and the nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi, which is 305 km from Srinagar.

By Road : Srinagar is well connected by road to important places like Chandigarh (630 km), Delhi (876 km), Jammu (298 km), Leh, Kargil, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam.