Hello Rachel and Sanjeev,


I wanted to write to tell you my clients loved their day trip. Everything went perfectly, as you said. They said the guide was extremely knowledgeable, the sights were beautiful, lunch was delicious, and all went as planned. They had a very good time.


A tiny thing that was mentioned that seemed a little strange was that beverages, including water, were extra at lunch. It would seem that non alcoholic beverages and water would be considered part of a meal.


And a VERY BIG thank you to the tour company. An older couple from the group left their passports on the bus. They were at the train station about to head back to Delhi and someone from the tour company found them and ran them to the train station. What a disaster that would have been as they were taking a flight at 4am late that night back home. So thank you, thank you , thank you. They asked that if I could get in touch with the tour company to again express their gratitude for their efforts to please do so!


Thank you for making our clients day trip a wonderful experience.


Sincerely,

Dawn Hackett

International and Domestic Travel Counselor

Allure Travel by CTM

Getting Your Visa

Foreign nationals wishing to travel to India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian visa. However, nationals of Nepal and Bhutan do not require visa to enter India and nationals of Maldives do not require visa for entry in India for a period up to 90 days (a separate visa regime exists for diplomatic/official passport holders).
The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for issuing Indian visas to foreign nationals for their visit for various purposes. This facility is granted through various Indian missions abroad.
Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. The Embassy/High Commission/Consulate reserves the right on granting and deciding the type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making the application. The granting of a visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities.

 

Specific visas are granted for different purposes:

 

Types of visa

Type Period Documents required
Tourist Visa 6 months Documents supporting the applicant’s financial standing
Business Visa One or more years Letter from the sponsoring organisation
Student Visa For the duration of the academic course of study or for a period of five years whichever is less Proof of admission to recognized Universities/Institutions in India
Transit Visa Maximum For 15 Days Evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India
Conference Visa
For the duration of the conference or seminar Letter of invitation from the organiser of the conference
Medical Visa Upto one year or the period of medical treatment whichever is less. Visa can be granted to Attendant who is a blood relation to the patient and is co-terminus with the Medical Visa Documents from registered medical institutions/ doctors supporting the need for medical treatment along with letters from Indian medical institution.
Visa on Arrival
Only for citizens of Finland, Luxembourg, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.

 

Visa Application Form 
Visa application form is available at the office of Indian Embassy/ High Commission/Consulate in the country where the applicant resides. Visa form for nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh are generally different. All applicants, including children need to apply for Visa in separate visa forms.

Procedure for obtaining Visa 
Visas can be applied for in person or by post at Indian Embassy/ High Commission/ Consulate based in the country from where the candidate intends to depart for India. You are requested to contact the nearest Indian mission for details.Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes that are aforementioned. 

Requirements for Visa

Generally the following documents are required for obtaining Indian Visa. However, the requirement may vary from country to country.
•    Original passport valid for at least 6 months
•    Visa fee
•    Two passport size photographs
•    Supporting documents, where necessary
•    Duly completed application form

 

Visa for NRIs and PIOs
Persons of Indian Origins and Non-Resident Indians who possess either OCI (Overseas Indian Citizenship) or PIO card don't need to apply separately for an Indian Visa. OCI and PIO cards give them the freedom to visit India without visa within rules. However, those NRIs and PIOs who don’t have OCI or PIO card can apply for and get Indian visa through the procedure mentioned above. 

Tourist Visa on Arrival

TOURIST VISA ON ARRIVAL (T-VoA) SCHEME
The Government of India has announced a scheme of granting Tourist Visa on Arrival for the citizens of eleven countries. The scheme is valid for citizens of the countries mentioned below planning to visit India on single entry strictly for the purpose of tourism and for a short period of upto a maximum of 30 days. The salient features of the scheme are given below:

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:
-Citizens with valid passports of the following countries:
Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan , Laos, Luxembourg, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam. 
-Visiting India for the purpose of tourism (recreation, sight -seeing, visiting friends and relatives)
- Fulfills all other criteria for grant of normal tourist visa to India like assured financial
standing (production of return ticket and proof of availability of sufficient funds to spend in
India), passport of at least six month validity and reentry permit if required.

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE:
- Citizens of the above countries who was or whose parents or grand parents (paternal or maternal) was born in, and was permanently resident in Pakistan.
- Persons holding Diplomatic/ Official passports
- A person who is a resident of India and /or works in India
-A person who is declared persona non grata by Government of India and is not the subject of a black list or any warning circular or other restrictive list

VALIDITY
The Visa on Arrival is valid for a single entry into India for a period of upto 30 (thirty) days.This Visa is non-extendable and non-convertible and will be issued at arrival only at the designated international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Only two visits on a Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be permissible in a calendar year and there shall be a gap of at least two months between each visit.

FEE

The fee for the visa on arrival is USD 60 (Sixty United States Dollars) or equivalent amount in Indian Rupees per passenger (including children).

List of Indian Missions Abroad 
For more detail: Tourist Visa on Arrival

Disclaimer:

The above is only for information. You are requested to contact the nearest Indian Mission (Embassy/ High Commission/ Consulate) or visit their websites for up-to-date information regarding visas, fees, procedures, etc.

 

Dealing with Baggage

Baggage (Amendment) Rules, 2006 - (Baggage Rules, 1998)

 

[ Notification No. 30/98-Cus. (N.T.), dated 2-6-1998  amended vide Notification No. 76/2006 - Customs (N.T.) dated 30/06/2006; Notification No. 30/2005 - Customs (N.T.) dated04/04/2005; Notification No. 05/2004 - Customs (N.T.) dated 08/01/2004; Notification No. 13/2004 - Customs (N.T.) dated 03/02/2004; Notification No. 11/2002 - Customs (N.T.) dated 01/03/2002; Notification No. 50/2000 - Customs (N.T.) dated 09/08/2000; Notification no. 29/1999-Cus (N.T.) dated 11-05-1999) ]

 

1. Short title and commencement. -

1.(1) These rules may be called the Baggage (Amendment) Rules, 2006.

(2) They shall come into force on the 30th day of June, 2006.

 

2. Definitions. - In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,-

    (i) "appendix" means an Appendix to these rules; 
    (ii) "resident" means a person holding a valid passport issued under the Passports Act, 1967 (15 of 1967) and normally residing in India; 
    (iii) "tourist" means a person not normally resident in India, who enters India for a stay of not more than six months in the course of any twelve months period for legitimate non-immigrant purposes, such as touring, recreation, sports, health, family reasons, study, religious pilgrimage or business; 
    (iv) "family" includes all persons who are residing in the same house and form part of the same domestic establishment; 
    (v) "professional equipment" means such portable equipments, instruments, apparatus and appliances as are required in his profession, by a carpenter, a plumber, a welder, a mason, and the like and shall not include items of common use such as cameras, cassette recorders, dictaphones, personal computers, typewriters, and other similar articles.

3. Passengers returning from countries other than Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China. - An Indian resident or a foreigner residing in India, returning from any country other than Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China, shall be allowed clearance free of duty articles in his bona fide baggage to the extent mentioned in column (2) of Appendix A.

 

Provided that such Indian resident or such foreigner coming by land route as specified in Annexure IV, shall be allowed clearance free of duty articles in his bonafide baggage to the extent mentioned in column (2) of Appendix ‘B’.”

 

4. Passengers returning from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China. - An Indian resident or a foreigner residing in India, returning from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China, other than by land route, shall be allowed clearance free of duty articles in his bona fide baggage to the extent mentioned in column (2) of Appendix B. 

5. Professionals returning to India. - An Indian passenger who was engaged in his profession abroad shall on his return to India be allowed clearance free of duty, in addition to what he is allowed under rule 3 or, as the case may be, under rule 4, articles in his bona fide baggage to the extent mentioned in column (2) of Appendix C. 

6. Jewellery. - A passenger returning to India shall be allowed clearance free of duty jewellery in his bona fide baggage to the extent mentioned in column (2) of Appendix D. 

7. Tourists. - A tourist arriving in India shall be allowed clearance free of duty articles in his bona fide baggage to the extent mentioned in column (2) of Appendix E. 

8. Transfer of residence. - (1) A person who is transferring his residence to India shall be allowed clearance free of duty, in addition to what he is allowed under rule 3 or, as the case may be, under rule 4, articles in his bona fide baggage to the extent mentioned in column (1) of Appendix F, subject to the conditions, if any, mentioned in the corresponding entry in column (2) of the said Appendix. 

(2) The conditions may be relaxed to the extent mentioned in column (3) of the said Appendix. 

9. Provisions regarding unaccompanied baggage. - (1) Provisions of these Rules are also extended to unaccompanied baggage except where they have been specifically excluded. 

(2) The unaccompanied baggage had been in the possession abroad of the passenger and is dispatched within one month of his arrival in India or within such further period as the Assistant Commissioner of Customs or Deputy Commissioner of Customs may allow. 

(3) The unaccompanied baggage may land in India upto 2 months before the arrival of the passenger or within such period, not exceeding one year, as the Assistant Commissioner of Customs or Deputy Commissioner of Customs may allow, for reasons to be recorded, if he is satisfied that the passenger was prevented from arriving in India within the period of two months due to circumstances beyond his control such as sudden illness of the passenger or a member of his family, or natural calamities or disturbed conditions or disruption of the transport or travel arrangements in the country or countries concerned or any other reasons, which necessitated a change in the travel schedule of the passenger. 

10. (1) Application of these Rules to members of the crew. - The provisions of these Rules shall apply in respect of members of the crew engaged in a foreign going vessel for importation of their baggage at the time of final pay off on termination of their engagement. 

Provided that except as specified in this sub-rule, a crew member of a vessel shall be allowed to bring items like chocolates, cheese ,cosmetics and other petty gift items for their personal or family use which shall not exceed the value of rupees six hundred.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules a crew member of an aircraft shall be allowed to bring items gifts like chocolates, cheese, cosmetics and other petty gift items at the time of the returning of the aircraft from foreign journey for their personal or family use which shall not exceed the value of rupees six hundred.

 

Appendix A
(See rule 3)

(1)

Articles allowed free of duty (2)

(a) All passengers of and above 10 years of age and returning after stay abroad of more than three days.

(i) Used personal effects, excluding jewellery, required for satisfying daily necessities of life.

(ii) Articles other than those mentioned in Annex. I upto a value of Rs. 25,000 if these are carried on the person or in the accompanied baggage of the passenger.

(b) All passengers of and above 10 years of age and returning after stay abroad of three days or less.

(i) Used personal effects, excluding jewellery, required for satisfying daily necessities of life.

(ii) Articles other than those mentioned in Annex. I upto a value of Rs. 12,000 if these are carried on the person or in the accompanied baggage of the passenger.

(c) All passengers up to 10 years of age and returning after stay abroad of more than three days.

(i) Used personal effects, excluding jewellery, required for satisfying daily necessities of life.

(ii) Articles other than those mentioned in Annex. I upto a value of Rs. 6,000 if these are carried on the person or in the accompanied baggage of the passenger.

(d) All passengers upto 10 years of age and returning after stay abroad of three days or less.

(i) Used personal effects, excluding jewellery, required for satisfying daily necessities of life.

(ii) Articles other than those mentioned in Annex. I upto a value of Rs. 3,000 if these are carried on the person or in the accompanied baggage of the passenger.

 

Explanation. - The free allowance under this rule shall not be allowed to be pooled with the free allowance of any other passenger.

 

APPENDIX B
(See rule 4)

(1)

(2)

(i) Passengers of and above 10 years of age and returning after stay abroad of more than three days.

(i) Used personal effects, excluding jewellery, required for satisfying daily necessities of life.

(ii) Articles other than those mentioned in Annex. I upto a value of Rs. 6,000 if these are carried on the person or in the accompanied baggage of the passenger.

(ii) Passengers upto 10 years of age and returning after stay abroad of more than three days.

(i) Used personal effects, excluding jewellery, required for satisfying daily necessities of life.

(ii) Articles other than those mentioned in Annex. I upto a value of Rs. 1500 if these are carried on the person or in the accompanied baggage of the passenger.


Explanation. - The free allowance under this rule shall not be allowed to be pooled with the free allowance of any other passenger.

APPENDIX C
(See rule 5)

(1)

Articles allowed free of duty (2)

(a) Indian passenger returning after at least 3 months.

(i) Used household articles upto an aggregate value of Rs. 12,000

(ii) Professional equipment upto a value of Rs. 20,000.

(b) Indian passenger returning after at least 6 months.

(i) Used household articles upto an aggregate value of Rs.12,000

(ii) Professional equipment upto a value of Rs. 40,000.

(c) Indian passenger returning after a stay of minimum 365 days during the preceding 2 years on termination of his work, and who has not availed this concession in the preceding three years.

(i) Used household articles and personal effects, (which have been in the possession and use abroad of the passenger or his family for at least six months), and which are not mentioned in Annex I, Annexure II or Annexure III upto an aggregate value of Rs.75,000.

(Item (c), in column(2), in entry (i), for the figures 30,000, the figures 75,000 has been substituted vide Notification No. 11/2002 - Customs (N.T.) dated March 1st, 2002)

 

APPENDIX D
(See rule 6)


(1)
Jewellery
(2)
(1) Jewellery (2)

Indian passenger who has been residing abroad for over one year.

(i) Jewellery upto an aggregate value of Rs. 10,000 by a gentleman passenger, or

(ii) Upto aggregate value of Rs. 20,000 by a lady passenger.



APPENDIX E
(See rule 7)

(1)

Articles allowed free of duty (2)

(a) Tourists of Indian origin coming to India other than tourists of Indian origin coming by land routes as specified in Annexure IV;

(i) used personal effects and travel souvenirs, if -

    (a) these goods are for personal use of the tourist, and

    (b) these goods,other than those consumed during the stay in India,are re-exported when the tourist leaves India for a foreign destination.

(ii) articles as allowed to be cleared under rule 3 or rule 4.

(b) Tourists of foreign origin other than those of Nepalese origin coming from Nepal or of Bhutanese origin coming Bhutan or of Pakistani origin coming from Pakistan.

(i) used personal effects and travel souvenirs, if -

    (a) these goods are for personal use of the tourist, and

    (b)these goods, other than those consumed during the stay in India, are re-exported when the tourist leaves India for a foreign destination.

    (ii) articles upto a value of Rs.8000 for making gifts.

(c) Tourists of Nepalese origin coming from Nepal or of Bhutanese origin coming from Bhutan.

No. free allowance.

(d) Tourists – (i) of Pakistani origin coming from Pakistan other than by land routes;

(ii) of Pakistani origin or foreign tourists coming by land routes as specified in Annexure IV;

(iii) of Indian origin coming by land routes as specified in Annexure IV.

(i) used personal effects and travel souvenirs, if

    (a)these goods are for personal use of the tourist, and

    (b)these goods,other than those consumed during the stay in India, are re-exported when the tourist leaves India for a foreign destination.

(ii) articles upto a value of Rs. 6000 for making gifts.



APPENDIX F
(See rule 8)

Articles allowed free of duty

Conditions

Relaxation that may be considered

(a) Used personal and household articles, other than those listed at Annex. I or Annex. II, but including the article listed at Annexure III and jewellery upto ten thousand rupees by a gentleman passenger or rupees twenty thousand by a lady passenger.

(1) Minimum stay of two years abroad, immediately preceding the date of his arrival on TR,

(2) total stay in India on short visit during the 2 preceding years should not exceed 6 months, and

(3) passenger has not availed this concession in the preceding three years.

(a) For condition (1) Shortfall of upto 2 months in stay abroad can be condoned by Assistant Commissioner of Customs or Deputy Commissioner of Customs if the early return is on account of :

    (i) terminal leave or vacation being availed of by the passenger; or
    (ii) any other special circumstances.

(b) For condition (2)

Commissioner of Customs may condone short visits in excess of 6 months in deserving cases.

(c) For condition (3)

No relaxation

(b) Jewellery taken out earlier by the passenger or by a member of his family from India.

Satisfaction of the Asstt. Commissioner of Customs regarding the jewellery having been taken out earlier from India.

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Annex I 

1. Firearms. 
2. Cartridges of fire arms exceeding 50. 
3. Cigarettes exceeding 200 or cigars exceeding 50 or tobacco exceeding 250 gms. 
4. Alcoholic liquor or wines in excess of two litres . 
5. Gold or silver, in any form, other than ornaments. 

Annexure II 

1. Colour Television or Monochrome Television. 
2. Digital Video Disc Player. 
3. Video Home Theatre System.
4. Dish Washer. 
5. Music System. 
6. Air-Conditioner. 
7. Domestic refrigerators of capacity above 300 litres or its equivalent .
8. Deep Freezer. 
9. Microwave Oven. 
10. Video camera or the combination of any such video camera with one or more of the following goods, namely:-

    (a) Television Receiver; 
    (b) Sound recording or reproducing apparatus; 
    (c) Video reproducing apparatus.

11. Word Processing Machine. 
12. Fax Machine. 
13. Portable Photocopying Machine. 
14. Vessel. 
15. Aircraft. 
16. Cinematographic films of 35 mm and above. 
17. Gold or Silver , in any form , other than ornaments.

 

Annexure III

1. Video Cassette Recorder or Video Cassette Player or Video Television Receiver or Video Cassette Disk Player. 
2. Washing Machine. 
3. Electrical or Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cooking Range 
4. Personal Computer( Desktop Computer) 
5. Laptop Computer( Notebook Computer) 
6.Domestic Refrigerators of capacity up to 300 litres or its equivalent.

 

Annexure IV

Amritsar:
(1) Amritsar Railway Station
(2) Attari Road
(3) Attari Railway Station
(4) Khalra 

Baroda:
(5) Assara Naka
(6) Khavda Naka
(7) Lakhpat
(8) Santalpur Naka
(9) Suigam Naka

Delhi:
(10) Delhi Railway Station

Ferozpur District:
(11) Hussainiwala

Jodhpur Division:
(12) Barmer Railway Station
(13) Munabao Railway Station

Baramullah District: 
(14) Adoosa

Poonch District:

(15) Chakan-da-bagh

Try Your Hindi

Geetings

 

Hello - namaste, Namaskar 
Hi - Suno, Suniye 
Mr. - shrimaan 
Mrs. - shrimati
Miss - kumaari 
Master - Kumaar 
Bye - alvida 
Thank you - dhanyavaad
Good morning - shubh prabhat, Su prabhat 
Good evening - shubh sandhya 
Good night - shubh ratri 
Take care - apna khayal rakhna
See you later - phir milen-gey 

 

Pronouns

 

I - mein 
He - woh / Usne
She - who 
You - tum / aap (respect)
It - yeh 
What - kya 
Your - tumhara / aapka (respect) 
My, mine - mera 
Our, ours - hamara, hum sabka 
Me - mai 
Us - hum
You - aap, tum 
Your, Yours - aapka, tumhara
We - hum 

 

Verbs

 

to eat - khana, kha 
to be hungry - bhukh lagna 
to drink - pina 
to be thirsty - pyas lagna 
to sleep - sona 
to sit - baethna 
to give - dena 
to fly - udna 
to walk - chalna 
to run - daudna 
to go - jaanaa 
to come - aanaa
to speak - bolna 
to hear - sunana
to look - dekhna 
Food - khana 
water - pani 

 

When you meet someone

 

How are you? - Aap kaise hain? 
I am fine - Mai achchha hoon
You are welcome - Aapka swagat hai 
Let us meet again - Fir milenge 
My name is ------ - Mera naam ----- hai 
What is your name?- Aapka kya naam hai?
Where are you? - aap kahan ho? 
I'm from (the U.S/ India) - Mein (America/ Bharat) se hoon. 
How is your family? - Aapka parivar kaise ho? 

 

How much distance to go? - Aur kitni door jana hai ?
Where should I go? - Mujhe kahan jaana chahiye ?
How was the journey yesterday? - Kal ki yatra kaisi thi ?
Which way did you come? - Tum / aap kis raaste se aaye ?
Where are you coming from? - Aap / tum kahan se aa rahe ho ? 
How much is it? - Yeh kitne ka hai?
I don't understand - Mujhey samajh mein nahi aataa
Can you say it again? - Kyaa aap issey dohraa saktey hain? 

 

During Shopping / Travelling


One: ek 
Two: do 
Three: teen 
Four: chaar
Five: paannch 
Six: chheh 
Seven: saat 
Eight: aath
Nine: nao 
Ten: dus 
Twenty: bees 
Thirty: tees 
Forty: chaalees 
Fifty: pachaas
Sixty: saath 
Seventy: sattar 
Eighty: assee 
Ninety: nabbe 
Hundred: sau 
Thousand: hazzar 
One Thousand: ek Hazzar 
Lakh (One Hundred Thousand): laakh 
Crore (Ten Million): karod 

 

When you meet someone

 

What should I do? - mein kya karoon ? 
What can I do? - mein kya kar sakta hoon ?
I am fine - main achha hoon 
What is your name? - tumhara /Aapka naam kya hai ?
What did you do? - tumne / Aapne (respect) kya kiya ?
How are you? - tum kaise ho / Aap kaise hain ?
I am hungry and thirsty. - mai bhukhaa aur pyaasaa hoon.
Can I help you? kya mein aapki madad kar sakta/ sakti (female) hoon?
Can you help me? kya aap meri madad kar saktey hain?
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? aucaghara/ pharmacy kahaan hai? 
Excuse me ...! (to ask for something/ to pass by) kshama keejeeae…

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