India, a country populated by a fifth of the world’s people. It is baby kin gel wonder that the culturally diverse mix of religions, traditions and beliefs, has led to one of the most spiritual and rewarding experiences any traveller could ask for. Indian people in general, have the inbuilt personality trait to welcome guests as though they were family. Even if they themselves are hungry, the guests will be fed.
No travel should be booked until a visa has been issued. Getting your Indian visa is easily done. The Indian High Commission uses VF Services to process all Indian visa applications. They have offices in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London but their online service is the best way forward as the process is faster and cheaper.
A valid passport with at least 6 months left on it and at least two pages remaining is required. Usually valid for six to twelve months with a maximum stay of 180 days per visit. Maximum of 180 days per visit. The first step of the application process for getting your Indian visa is to visit the VF Services website to fill out the online application form and submit.
You will then be given a date to attend one of their offices with your passport, the relevant fees and a printed copy of your application form along with the reference number. You will then be given a date to return, usually a few days later, to pick up your passport with the visa. Be sure to bring your receipt as proof of payment. You can receive your Indian visa by post by printing out the application form, filling it out and sending it to the supplied address along with any fees and your passport. The first and best thing that one should arm themselves with before travelling to India is local knowledge.
Find friends who have relatives or friends where you are going and try to get a local connection well before travelling. The friend or relative may not even be trustworthy but at least there will be some sort or referencing point when researching prices, hotels, taxi prices or safe places to visit. Do this well before you leave for India. Depending on where you are travelling in India, you may need to bring some warm clothes with you, especially at high altitudes and further in the north of the country. There is a variety of temperatures and rainfall in India so be sure to research well and be prepared with waterproof clothing as well for monsoon. Most of the year light clothing is worn, so long as your are prepared for a sudden change in the weather.