India Travel

Visas, get to and around India

So you’ve decided for and adventure or holiday to India. Now it’s time to prepare and get ready. Below are a few tips that cover some essential topics about visa, how to get in and how to get around.

  1. India Visas
  2. Get to India
  3. Get around India

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India Visas

Tourist visa is usually valid for 6 months starting the day you receive it

Unless you are a citizens from specific countries including Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Philippines, where you may get a tourist visa on arrival or TOVA, you will need to arrange your visa in advance.  The tourist visa is usually valid for 6 months starting the day you receive it as opposed to the day you enter the country.  The process usually take a couple of day, but on some special occasion can take a couple of weeks, so it is better to plan in advance.  Moreover, as the cost is the same, it is preferable to ask for a multiple entry visa, to give you the flexibility to go back and forth to the country.

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Get to India

From Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad & Chennai

India’s major entry hub include the country’s largest city of Mumbai to the west, the capital Delhi to the north, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai to the South East.  Each one of those destinations have an international airport offering various direct flights from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia.  It is served by numerous well-known and top rated airlines including British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways and our personal favorite Oman Airlines.

For those planning a holiday on India’s idyllic South Western coast there are many connections to Goa and the Malabar coast including Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.  Indeed Goa is one of the top tourist destination  with westerners and is well connected with various European charter operators including Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Monarch Airlines.

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Get around India

From low-budget airlines to the legendary Royal Enfield motorbike

India, which is such a beautiful and divers country, offers a variety of exciting ways to explore it and get around it, from its famous railways network covering most of the country to low-budget airlines.  Not to forget, that a rickshaw ride is an experience in its own right or for the more experienced traveller a journey on the legendary Royal Enfield motorbike will guarantee you a unique Indian adventure.  Whatever you transport of choice be advise to add considerable buffer time of any planed journey as the roads are considered some of the world’s most chaotic and punctuality is not the first trait of India’s train system.

India as the World’s seventh largest country, has an immense territory to say the least, and sometimes the only option is by air.  Especially since the last few years price drops and emergence of low cost airlines, it has definitely become a much sought after alternative.

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Get around India by plane

India, which is such a beautiful and divers country, offers a variety of exciting ways to explore it and get around it, from its famous railways network covering most of the country to low-budget airlines.  Not to forget, that a rickshaw ride is an experience in its own right or for the more experienced traveller a journey on the legendary Royal Enfield motorbike will guarantee you a unique Indian adventure.  Whatever you transport of choice be advise to add considerable buffer time of any planed journey as the roads are considered some of the world’s most chaotic and punctuality is not the first trait of India’s train system.

India as the World’s seventh largest country, has an immense territory to say the least, and sometimes the only option is by air. Especially since the last few years price drops and emergence of low cost airlines, it has definitely become a much sought after alternative.Some of India’s main operators include:

  1. Air India: the country’s largest network offering excellent regional connectivity
  2. Go Air: a low cost airline offering business class at economy fare
  3. IndiGo: a low cost airline offering connection with about 20 major cities throughout the country
  4. Jet Airways: a full service airline with a very good network including direct flights from Delhi or Mumbai to London Heathrow.
  5. Kingfisher Airlines: full service airline offering excellent service and numerous direct flights to less travelled destinations
  6. SpiceJet: a low cost airline with a fairly good network between bigger Indian cities
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