A trip to India is a once in a lifetime experience for most people.
It is not a trip that most take lightly and requires a lot of advanced planning in order to have a successful visit. There are certain tasks you must complete when preparing for a trip to India.
Do Your Homework
Before you start planning a trip, check on the current state of tourism in India. Right now tourists are being told to avoid certain states for their own safety. This is something important to take into account when choosing where in India you want to visit.
Get Your Visa In Advance
To receive a Visa that allows you to stay in India for up to 60 days, you can apply online. The application should be submitted at least three months before your trip. Also note that you must have an active, valid passport for a minimum of six months before you will be able to enter India. You will not be allowed to enter if you cannot prove you have a return flight scheduled within the 60 days your Visa is valid for.
Schedule Advanced Bookings
If you are planning any type of trip other than backpacking, the earlier you book the better. When you want to arrive via train, purchase your tickets three months ahead of your planned start date. The same rule applies to booking a hotel room for your stay, especially if you want a specific type of accommodation.
Go With The Flow
Last-minute change of plans is not unusual and is something you need to be prepared for. Many times, trains will be running later than their schedule dictates. Take this into account when planning your visit and allow for extra time in case your transportation is delayed for any reason.
Between six and eight weeks before you embark on your visit to India, you will want to see your doctor to get the proper vaccinations. The most important vaccinations to get are for typhoid, Hepatitis A, and a Tetanus shot, but your doctor may recommend others as well.
Utilize Western Union
While spending time in a foreign country situations might arise where you may need cash. It can sometimes be difficult or take longer than you want to send or receive money internationally. The best way to ensure that you are able to do so while you are in India is to set up an account and download the Western Union app. This way if you have to transfer money to or from India you will be able to do it quickly and easily.
Research Life In India
It is always good to know what to expect when you are in a new environment. Before leaving for your trip research the local culture so you will understand the general rules and etiquette of the country. This includes how you are expected to dress in certain situations and locations.
Completing these tasks will make your trip to India run that much more smoothly. Being prepared for the experience is the best thing that you can do to get the most out of your trip.