Fascinating and spiritual, two words that define the incredible country of India and that attracts the attention of everyone who visits it. Not only a destination, but an unforgettable experience. However, if this is your first time travelling to India, it can be very overwhelming. Don’t be afraid! Here are some key tips for traveling to India that will make your stay in India perfect, safe and excellent.
DO I NEED VISAS?
I would love to say no, but everyone who wants to visit India must have a visa. However, there are different types of visas.
FIND OUT WHICH ONE YOU SHOULD APPLY FOR!
There is the e-visa, also known as Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). With this permit you can travel to India without having to apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate and it allows you to travel for three reasons:
- Medical Topics
LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING VISAS AVAILABLE!
- e-Tourist Visa
- e-Business Visa
- e-Medical Visa
These visas have a duration of 60 days and are not extensible. You can apply for them up to two times in the same year.
WRITE DOWN THE REQUIREMENTS
- Passport valid for at least six months. It must also have two blank pages.
- Round-trip ticket
- Enough money for the stay
- Recent photograph, in JPG format.
The procedure can be done through the official website of the e-Visa. However, you must request it at least four days before you travel.
It is very simple to apply for this visa. Fill in the form, make the payment (50€ more less) and proceed to send it to email. It may take a while for the mail to arrive, as they must first confirm the payment.
If the application is accepted, the word Granted must appear in the status section. This authorization must be printed and carried throughout your trip.
THESE ARE OTHER TYPES OF VISA
If you intend to stay longer, you must apply for a different visa. To do this, you must first complete the online application and then contact the Indian Embassy or Consulate to continue the process. The types of visa you can apply for are:
- Tourist, for a maximum of 5 years.
- Work, to be able to work in India.
- Student, if you are studying or taking a course.
- Transit, in case you travel for a maximum of 3 days.
- Entrance, in case you are married to an Indian person, or to learn yoga.
The Embassy of India in Spain is located at Avenida de Pío XII, 30 in Madrid.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT VACCINES?
When we decide to travel to a country, one of the things we ask ourselves is what kind of vaccines should I have? Is it necessary? It is important to know whether or not some vaccines are required as health recommendations.
The obligatory vaccine that you must have is the yellow fever, but in those people who come or are from a country where this disease is. In this case, you must carry your vaccination card.
On the other hand, there are recommended vaccinations for all visitors to India:
- Measles, rubella and mumps
OTHER IMPORTANT DATA!
It is important to take into account the sanitary conditions in India, which can be a little deficient, mainly in very rural areas. Therefore, it is advisable to have a travel insurance with good coverage.
It is also recommended to drink bottled water and be careful when eating on the street. It is also advisable to have insect repellent.
India is a culturally diverse country, and this includes language. Although English is spoken, in most places different native languages are spoken such as: Hindi, it would be helpful for you to learn some basic words such as:
- Namaste – hello/goodbye
- Shukriya or dhanyawad – thank you
- Haan/haanji – yes
- Nahi – no
- Garam paani – hot water shower
- kripya – help/please
- Aaj – today
- kal – tomorrow
- khaana – food
- Chalo – let’s go
WHAT MEANS OF TRANSPORT ARE THERE?
Getting to India is not complicated, as it has means of transport such as flights, trains, local buses, taxis and the largest railway networks in the world. Being the train one of the most optimal options. However, you must make reservations in advance. Within the city or short trips it is recommended to use the services of prepaid taxis or UBER. Keep in mind the traffic that can be generated in this beautiful country, so always leave minutes before.
AMOUNT OF MONEY TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT
The official currency is the Indian Rupee. The first thing you should know is that access to banks and ATMs in cities is easy, but not in cities and small towns. So try to always have a cash amount. You can change money at airports, banks or travel companies.
WHAT DO I CARRY IN MY BACKPACK?
The first thing is the type of backpack or suitcase, it is recommended that travelers carry backpacks. Especially because of the ground conditions, the traffic and the dirt and bad conditions you may encounter. The clothes that you carry in your suitcase depends on the season in which you decide to travel, the climate and the activities you want to do. If you travel to India in the summer, light clothing is perfect, but it is always worth packing a coat for the evening.
You should not leave out of your suitcase the sunscreen and a battery to charge mobile phones, plus a multiadapter. In India you can find European-style plugs… Sandals and closed comfortable shoes should not be missing.
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