Useful tips for traveling to India

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Fascinating and spiritual, two words that define the amazing country of India and draws the attention of all who to want travel to India.  

Not just a destination, but an unforgettable experience, especially if we dare to volunteer in India.

However, if this is your first time traveling to India, it can be very overwhelming.

Do not be afraid!

We bring you some useful tips for traveling to India, which will make your stay perfect, pleasant and safe.

Learn a little more about India by listening to episode 12 of the podcast “The Volunteer’s Journey”

Tips for traveling to India

You must be wondering what you need to know before starting your trip to India, here are some facts that will help you. They will help prepare your volunteering in India:

Do I need a visa to travel to India?

I would love to tell you that you do not need it, but currently all people visiting or volunteering in India must have a visa.  

When applying for your visa of volunteering in India, you should bear in mind that various types of visa are granted to travel to India.

Types of visas available to travel to India

  • Tourist Visa
  • e-Visa-Business
  • e-Medical Visa

Such visas last for 60 days and does not extend the goodis that you can request uptwo times in one year.

The one that is usually requested is the e-visa, also known as Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) and it is requested for these types of trips:

  • Tourist
  • Medical topics
  • Business

Requities you need to travel to India

  • Passport with a minimum validity of six months. It must also have two blank pages.
  • Round-trip ticket
  • Enough money for the stay (financial solvency).

The process can be done through the  official website of the e-Visa, it is not necessary to go to the Embassy or Consulate to request it.

It is very easy to apply for this visa. You fill out the form, make the payment (€ 50 plus less) and they proceed to send you the visa to the email you provide. It may take time for the mail to arrive, as they first confirm that you have made the payment.

If they accept your application, the word should appear in the status part Granted. You must print it and carry it throughout your India trip.

What other type of visa is there for the trip to India?

If your intention is to stay longer, you must apply for a different visa. To do this, the first thing you must do is fill out the online application and in this case contact the Embassy or Consulate of India to continue the process.

The types of long-stay visa you can apply for are:

  • Tourist (5 years)
  • Work
  • Student
  • Transit (3 days)
  • Entry (if you are married to someone from India, or to learn yoga)

Vaccines for travel to India

When we decide traveling to a country, one of the things we ask ourselves is what kind of vaccines should I have in place? They are necessary?

It is important to have knowledge for your volunteering in India of whether or not some vaccines are required as health recommendations.

The compulsory vaccine requested by India is yellow fever, in those people who come or are from a country where this disease is found. If this is your case, you must carry the vaccination card.

Other hand, you can see that some vaccines are recommended for all visitors India, these are:

  • Hepatitis
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Mumps

Others important facts about the trip to India

Is important that you consider the health conditions of India for your volunteering in India, which may be different from that of your country, mainly in very rural areas.

Therefore, it is advisable to have travel insurance with good coverage. For all volunteers it is mandatory if they are going to volunteer.

It is also advisable to drink bottled water and be careful with what you eat on the street. Also, you don’t lack an insect repellent in your backpack.

A Few basic words used in India

India is a very diverse country, and this includes the language. Although English is spoken, in most places native languages ​​such as are spoken  Hindi, so it would be very helpful to learn some basic words like you are:

  • Namaste – hello / goodbye
  • Shukriya or dhanyawad – thanks
  • Haan / haanji – yes
  • Nahi – no
  • Garam paani – hot water shower
  • kripya – help / please
  • Aaj – today
  • Kal – tomorrow
  • khaana – food

Transport in India

Arriving in India is not complicated, as there are flights from various parts of the world; and being in India you have trains, buses and taxis.

The train is one of the most used options, yes, you must make reservations in advance.

Amount of money to travel to India

The official currency is the Indian Rupee. Access to banks and ATMs in large cities is easy and hassle-free, but if you move through small cities and towns it is not so easy.  

Therefore try to always have an amount of cash (local currency).

Upon arrival you can exchange money at the airports, banks or travel companies.

What do I have in my backpack?

The first thing is to define the type of backpack or if you prefer a suitcase.are recommended for this type of travel Backpacks, as they are more comfortable.

The type of clothing you can wear will depend on the season you decide to travel, the weather and the activities you want to do. If you travel to India in the summer, light clothing is perfect, but do not leave out a coat for the night that usually gets cool.

You can not leave out the sunscreen and a battery to charge the phones. On the type of footwear, wearing sandals or comfortable shoes should not be missing.

Do you have any other questions about traveling to India?

Write to us at [email protected] and we will clarify all the doubts you have before traveling to India for doing a volunteering in India.

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