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Welcome to India

India

Capital: New Delhi

Population: 1,293,057,000 (July 2016 estimate)

Currency: Indian rupee (₹) (INR)

Continent: Asia

Dialling Code: +91

Driving Side: Left

Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30

Official Language: Hindi, English

India, officially the Republic of India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

Currently, the Indian economy is the world's seventh-largest by nominal GDP and third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies; it is considered a newly industrialized country. However, it continues to face the challenges of poverty, corruption, malnutrition and inadequate public healthcare. A nuclear weapons state and a regional power, it has the third-largest standing army in the world and ranks sixth in military expenditure among nations. India is a federal republic governed under a parliamentary system and consists of 29 states and 7 union territories. India is a pluralistic, multilingual, and a multi-ethnic society. It is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.

 

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

India offers a different aspect of her personality – exotic, extravagant, elegant, eclectic -- to each traveller to the country

India offers a different aspect of her personality – exotic, extravagant, elegant, eclectic -- to each traveller to the country. It is a beautiful place, an endlessly fascinating country which first timers might find challenging and always surprising. Stretched between the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan mountains lies an incredible tapestry of natural and man-made wonders – astounding temples, mystical monasteries, frenetic cities, pristine national parks, lavish palaces, lost kingdoms, mesmerising markets and some of the world’s most iconic monuments.

Visiting India, you will find it jolting to your senses. Sights, sounds, smells and sensations are all experienced at maximum intensity. On day one, it can feel intimidating, but by the end of the first week, the noise and chaos will seem like an ordinary part of life. The sensory stimulation becomes strangely addictive.

India is one of the world's great melting pots, where an incredible diversity of cultures, religions and ethnicities live in surprising harmony. Presided over by an extraordinary array of gods and deities, one-sixth of the planet's population can be found here, living in anything from high-rise apartments and inner city shantytowns, to simple huts in remote villages where life has hardly changed in centuries.

Business

English is widely used in business meetings and commercial circles. Tourism in india is growing rapidly an the country’s main export – agriculture accounts for about 52% of jobs. India’s main industrial development has been in engineering, iron and steel, chemicals electronics and textile. Its main exports include cash crops such as rice, tea, rubber, coffee and cotton, textiles, gems and jewellery, technology services, chemicals and leather manufactured goods. Unless invited to address a person by their first name, use Mr/Mrs/Dr and the surname. Business cards are an important part of networking.

Climate

India is characterized by cool weather from late November to early March. The weather is hot and dry in most areas and Monsoon rains occur in the summer (between June and October).

Western Himalayas: Srinagar is best from March to October; July to August can be cold and damp in winter. Shimla is higher and therefore colder in winter. Places like Gulmarg, Manali and Pahalgam are usually under several feet of snow from December to March and temperatures in Ladakh, which is a high-altitude desert, can be extremely cold. The mountain passes of Ladakh are accessible from July to October.

Northern Plains: Cities like New Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow and Patna experience an extreme range of temperatures and are typically warm from April to mid-June, falling to almost freezing at night in winter between November and February. Summers are hot with monsoons between June and September.

Central India: Madhya Pradesh state escapes the very worst of the hot season, but monsoons are heavy between July and September. Temperatures fall at night in winter.

Western India: November to February is most comfortable, although evenings can be fairly cold. Summers can be extremely hot with monsoon rainfall between mid June and mid September.

Eastern India: Weather in states like Orissa (which is flood-prone) are defined by cooler weather from October to February, scorching heat from March to May and unavoidable drenching from the monsoons from June to October.

Southwest: The most pleasant weather is from November to March. Monsoon rains fall anywhere between late April and July. Summer temperatures are not as high as Northern India although humidity is extreme. The coast benefits from some cooling breezes. Inland, Mysore and Bijapur have pleasant climates with relatively low rainfall.

Southeast: Tamil Nadu experiences a northeast monsoon between October and December and temperatures and humidity are high all year. The hills can be cold in winter.

Northeast: March to June and September to November are the driest and most pleasant periods. The rest of the year has extremely heavy monsoon rainfall.

Communications

Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to major towns but is increasing all the time. The internet can be reliably accessed from an increasing number of hotels and from internet cafés across the country, many now with Wi-Fi. Mail services are generally good, but delivery times are variable. Airmail service to Western Europe or the US takes up to two weeks.

Customs

The traditional Hindu greeting is to fold the hands, tilt the head forward and say namaste. Indian women generally prefer not to shake hands. All visitors are asked to remove footwear when entering places of religious worship. Most Indians also remove their footwear when entering their homes; visitors should follow suit. Many Hindus are vegetarian and many, especially women, do not drink alcohol. Most Sikhs and Parsis do not smoke. Women are expected to dress modestly and men should also dress respectfully. Women should not wear short skirts and tight or revealing clothing, although there is a more casual approach to clothing in Goa.

There are about 80% Hindu, 13% Muslim, with Sikh, Christian, Jain, Parsi and Buddhist minorities

Duty Free

The following items may be imported into India by non-resident travellers over 18 without incurring customs duty:

• 100 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 125g of tobacco. 
• 2L of spirits or wine.
• Gifts and souvenirs to the value of Rs8, 000.
• Reasonable quantities of medicines.

Import by non-residents is only permitted if the national has entered India for a stay of not more than six months within a 12-month period.

Banned imports: 

Prohibited items include narcotics, pornography, counterfeit and pirated goods, and antiquities.

Restricted items include firearms and ammunition, live birds and animals, endangered species, gold and silver (other than ornaments), and Indian currency. Indian residents only may import up to Rs25, 000.

Banned exports

Prohibited items include narcotics, pornography, counterfeit and pirated goods, and antiquities.

Restricted items include firearms and ammunition, live birds and animals, endangered species, and Indian currency. Indian residents only may export up to Rs25, 000

 

Electricity

The electric voltage output is 220-240 Volts

For the most part, electrical sockets (outlets) in the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya) are the "Type D" 5 amp BS-546 sockets. This is actually an old British standard. The "Type D".

 

Getting Around

India’s road network leaves much to be desired. Traffic jams are a daily occurrence and movement in rural areas during the monsoon season can be hazardous due to flooding and landslides which can cut off towns and villages for days. Car hire services as well as taxis are available as well .

Health

 Good health care meeting western standards is available in all major cities while rura facilities are quite limited. Travellers are strongly advised to take out full comprehensive medical insurance before departing for India. Water for drinking should be sterilized first. Vaccinations for typhoid, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis are mandatory.

Language

Hindi is the official language of India and, used by about 40% of the population, India’s most widely spoken. English is also enshrined in the constitution for a wide range of official purposes. In addition, 18 regional languages are recognised by the constitution. These include Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya and Punjabi, which are used in respective regions, and Tamil and Telugu, which are common in the south. Other regional languages include Kannada, Malayalam and Marathi. The Muslim population largely speaks Urdu

Money

The official currency in India is the Rupee . Rupee (INR; symbol Rs) = 100 paise. Notes are in denominations of Rs1, 000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Credit cards are acceptable in major cities . some banks may refuse to change certain brands of travelers cheques whilst others may exchange quite happily.

Passport Visa

INDIA VISA REQUIREMENT

 

 

A valid international passport

 

The international passport must be valid for at least 30 days after the intended stay

 
 

Six months bank statement

Copy of financial status for six months this must be duly  signed and stamped from the bank. Also a reference letter to show ownership.

 

 Copy of vaccination card

The yellow card must be obtain from the international airport (port health).

 

 

Copy of flight itinerary

 

Prove of flight would be provided by WNT

 

 

Introduction letter from an employer

Company letter of introduction which gives your present occupation and detailed purpose of your intended visit to Indian (tourist). and a copy of CAC.

 

 

Letter of travel history

Letter giving details of previous visits to India, including periods of stay

 

Six months bank statement

Copy of financial status for six months this must be duly signed and stamped from the bank. Also a reference letter to show ownership. )

If using someone's Bank statement, please enclose the affidavit of the person sponsoring the expenses along with the copy of the photo I.D. card bearing the signature of the sponsor.

 

Visa processing for business  takes 35 working days after appointment

 

Visa processing for tourist visa takes 10-12 working days after appointment.

 

Visa processing for medical visa takes a month after appointment

 

Kindly note Visa fee is NON REFUNDABLE AND VISA ISSUANCE is at the discretion of the embassy.

 

Time

Time zone:  IST (UTC+05:30)

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