Travel Tips

For foreigners, visiting India can be a thrilling experience, but they also need to be well prepared for it. Don’t be beset with fears of the living conditions in India. Hotels, especially the 4 and 5-star ones, are of international standards. The comforts and cuisine they provide are comparable to any you can find in other places across the world. The Deluxe and Heritage hotels are a world apart, each unique in its own way.

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.

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.


"The driver and guide where very careful ! The car where comfortable and always cleaned. The hotels were greats, especially in Thimpu and Paro, guide had a great knowledge about Bhutan history, places."

Mrs Debora and Mr Marcio

"The trip was excellent. Everyone were really helpful and they felt always protected by them in Delhi, Bhutan and Kathmandu."

Janete and Cristiane

"We have received the evaluation from the Hallberg couple and the were very happy with tour, thank you a job well done. They especially praised the services of their driver/guide, please send him my very best regards for taking care of them."


"Just a short message to tell you that we are now back to France, after our wonderful stay in India. Everything was so well organized, we were very satisfied with the services of the drivers and guides, and we were happy about our intensive visiting program. We are really fascinated by your beautiful country."

Mihaela and Cornelia ,France

Mrs.E A M Van Mieghem x "The overall experience was great ,we saw so many beautiful things in such a short time ,it was amazing ,especially the road trips from city to city .It gave a good impression of the daily life in India .The guides were all very good ,especially our guide in Jaipur . We also liked Mr.Singh ,our driver ,a lot .He was the best we could have wished for "

Mrs.E A M Van Mieghem x

World Children Group March 2015 "All went smooth , buses on time , great hotels . a very good well organized trip . My compliments to Travel Spirit "

World Children Group March 2015

Mr. Jan Vaarten x2 "Overall good experience, very good .Although the program was sometimes a bit loaded, we enjoyed every part of it "

Mr. Jan Vaarten x2 ,Belgium

Hendrik de Wilde "Travelling in India is hard work, your people helped us to enjoy our trip and we had a great experience overall."

Hendrik de Wilde ,Belgium

Mr. Marcus Bakker x2 "The Trip was very beautiful .We enjoyed the Indian live, Indian hospitality, the driver was excellent the hotels also. We never experience problem. Thank you."

Mr. Marcus Bakker x2 ,Netherlands

"We had a lovely ,Exciting and Enjoyable trip to India .Our driver was excellent in some difficult driving conditions . "

Everden Family ,United Kingdom

"It has been a great experience for us to visit india .All trip has been well organized and it has covered our expectations .You(Travel Spirit international) are A very good travel agency and we will comment it to our country’s travel agency. We have been assisted excellently in every moment.The hotels during the whole trip have been very comfortable and nice. The driver Pawan has been on time,and polite ,perfect driver."

Mr. Albert Roig ,Spain

"My Group had an excellent trip ,they liked Mandawa Castle and Royal Retreat ,the best and also Pushkar Palace .The heritage hotels were impressive .Compliments for the local offices in Varanasi & Agra"

Ms.Irma Duursema ,Netherlands

"We were very impressed with the overall service provided by TSI .In particular we appreciated being met at all airports, our driving arrangements were very well organized and in general the hotels were very good.My Husband and I have done a lot of travelling and have never before met this quality of service."

Dr.Sally Rischbieth ,Australia

"I would have no hesitation in choosing you again. Our trip was utterly fantastic and we were very well looked after by all of your staff every step of the way. We have already recommended you to some friends who I think will be in touch quite soon. They have children who are of a similar age to ours. They couldn't believe how easy it was travelling in India with young teenagers. "

Andrew Marsh ,Perth, Australia.

"We would like to say how much we enjoyed are adventure in India, as they say in the advertisements it was INCREDIBLE. Your companies service , the drivers service , your individual service to us was without doubt the best I have come across anywhere in the world and I will recommend your travel agent. "

Ian & Karin Batty ,Australia

"We had a great trip. Thank you for arranging it. It surely was a trip that we will remember for a long long time." "

Dr. Felix Kwan ,Qatar

" Excellent tour with excellent services. Thank you. We are already thinking of our next trip to India" "

Ms. Anne Wilson ,United Kingdom

"We had a fantastic and enjoyable holiday, made special by the excellent services of the staff of Travel Spirit" "

Ms. Errol Thomson ,United Kingdom

"All in all, it was an excellent holiday and I would like to thank you and your staff for your efficiency and helpfulness" "

Bryan Lindsay ,Thailand

"We had an utterly amazing time and to know that all your plans and preparations went perfectly" "

Pam Walker ,United Kingdom

"Great that everyone was very flexible with our schedule & very accommodating. Would definitely recommend to friends. We have friends visiting in January""

Jonathan & Nagan Shulman ,USA

"Very professional service, way above expectations. Thanks for the great vacation" "

Mirna Merhi ,Dubai-UAE

"Thank you for the attention & carefulness. I hope you will grow in life (excellent)" "

Gonzales & Marco Tulio ,Mexico

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