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General Information India

Restricted Area Permit

Special permit is required for foreigners who wish to visit the areas given below. Application forms together with photographs, photocopies of those pages of the passport having the personal particulars, photograph and signature of the holder, plus if available, a photocopy of the page with the VISA for India, are required to process the application. We are giving below the ‘Restricted Areas’, for which permit is issued, duration of permit, minimum size of groups/parties, the appropriate time required to process the application and the number of passport size photographs and original application and the permit are issued for specific places and the exact dates of stay.

The Restricted areas are :-

(1) Andaman & Nicobar Island

(2) Arunachal Pradesh

(3) Assam

(4) Lakshadweep Island

(5) Manipur

(6) Meghalaya

(7) Mizoram

(8) Nagaland

(9) Sikkim etc

If anybody wishes to visit any of above places is advised to contact us for further details and bookings

Climate

Climate India is as large as a continent with a varied climate. You can always find a suitable place as per your choice of climate. If you are travelling during the summer season, the Northern part that borders the world’s longest mountain range, the Himalayas, is pleasant. The South also has its hill stations and most certainly the mountains of Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Northern Uttar Pradesh. The famous hill resorts of the South like Kodai Kanal, Ootacamund and Coorg, besides Darjeeling, Sikkim are recommended in summer season. India has three major seasons – winter, summer and the monsoon. Winter months (November-March) are bright and pleasant, with snowfall in the northern hills. Summer time (April-June) is hot in most parts of India, and it is then that the numerous hill resorts provide cool retreat. During the monsoon, rainfall is heavy along the west coast between June and September, and along the east coast between mid-October and December.

Health

Health Tourists coming to India via Africa and South America or any other yellow fever infected areas must have yellow fever vaccination certificate. A vaccination certificate is not regarded as valid until today after the date of vaccination. Inoculations for Cholera and Hepatitis and anti-malarial pills are recommended but is not mandatory.

Hour

Hour Banks, Office and most shopping areas remain closed on Sunday. Sometimes within the same city, different markets close on different weekdays therefore it is wise to check from the Hotel before you set out for shopping. Shops usually remain open from 9.30 am to 7.00 pm (small tourist shops may close much later) and offices from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Many offices observe Saturdays as holidays. The Indian calendar is full of festivals and religious holidays. Should one happen to be in India on any such day it is advisable to participate in the festivities, possibly with the help of a guide.

Visa

The Government of India has withdrawn the temporary landing permit facility till further notice. Hence it is compulsory that all foreign tourists must be in possession of a valid Indian Visa. Tourists also visiting Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other neighbouring countries must possess multiple entry Visa.

Shopping

ShoppingIndia is still the proverbial “Shopper’s paradise” for enterprising bargain hunters. However, before you buy, it is better to compare prices with the neighbouring shops. With tourists, bargaining is almost a practice. Emporiums run by State Government are a safe place to buy because the quality is standardised, the UPS usually lower the prices fixed. Ensure that you are fully satisfied with your purchases and that you obtain a proper receipt. Return of goods is not entertained, even less, once you have returned to your country because Indian customs have strict regulations against this. Should your shopping weight be too much to accompany you by air, it can be sent as unaccompanied baggage. Usually, Handicraft shops can also ship it to your address, but insist on a comprehensive insurance, it is recommended that expensive goods like carpets etc., be brought from established government recognised’ shops. Except on antiques which requires prior permission of the archaeological survey of India which can be arranged from the shop where you buy. Most shops that sell to tourists welcome the major credit cards. Some even accept personal cheques.