Except for nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, all foreigners need to possess a valid Passport and obtain a Visa for visiting India. A Tourist Visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and is usually a 90-day visa. A Tourist Visa does not permit the holder to do business, academic or research work in India. Extension of tourist visa may be granted by the Foreign Registration Officer. Tourists staying for more than 90 days have to register themselves with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer or the Superintendent of Police of the district within a period of one week from their arrival. They also have to report changes of address and any intended absence from the given address for 15 days or more.
In order facilitate the Visa for the Tourists ,Government of India has introduced e-Tourist Visa.
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Foreigners in India need to get special permits to visit various restricted and protected areas in some states.
In the cities, offices are generally open from about 9.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays. Saturdays may be off, half-days or full working days. Banks are open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Shops generally open at 9.30 a.m., but often are not really active till an hour or so later. Closing time is usually 7.00 p.m. In some shopping complexes there is also a lunch break between 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Unlike offices, shops do not invariably close on Sundays. Different areas are closed on different days of the week.
Indian cuisine is a part of the Indian Culture and should be sampled. But watch out for the especially spicy dishes. Be careful that you eat non-vegetarian dishes only at good restaurants, as the quality can be dubious at the smaller, cheaper establishments. Beef is not generally eaten in India. Pork, too, is rarely eaten.
Curd or yoghurt is an effective and natural aid to digestion. It is advisable to stick to only cooked food and to eat fresh fruits when you can peel off or remove the skin. This is especially helpful if you have a queasy stomach.
Foreign currency above US$ 10000 brought into the country needs to be declared in a Currency Declaration Form. Currency should be changed only at the authorised dealers. Airports, most banks and many hotels fall under this category. Banks at International Airports, as well as some authorised money changers, are open 24 hours a day. They will issue an encashment certificate which is later required for reconverting local currency into foreign currency. Local currency cannot be legally taken out of the country due to exchange regulations.
Mosques and Temples are not always open to foreigners or women. Dress codes for religious places can include covering your head, being barefoot, not wearing leather articles etc.
If travelling in scorching summer heat, remember to drink enough water and use Sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat.
Photography is not always permissible and at many places is permitted only at a fee. There is usually a higher fee for video cameras. Museums and monuments are usually closed one day in a week. Photography at airports and metro stations is prohibited.