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India - information from A to Z

Arrival, departure, domestic flights

There are four major international airports: Delhi, Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata (Calcutta) and Chennai (Madras), the four largest gateways to India. Most direct flights from Europe land in Bombay or Delhi. The flight time is about seven to nine hours.

For all of our individual tours, you will be picked up at the airport by your local tour guide and brought to your hotel. Please look out for the sign with your name on it. On departure, he will accompany you to the airport and help you check in.

Important for the return flight: Don't forget to reconfirm your ticket 72 hours before the start! Your tour guide will be happy to do this for you.

Please note: India's airlines have lowered the baggage allowance for all domestic flights.
Air India marched ahead. In May 2013, the airline reduced the weight for free luggage transport from 20 to 15 kilograms. The regulation applies to all domestic flights. All other domestic airlines have since followed suit: A maximum of 15 kilos of baggage is now allowed! Everything that goes beyond that has to be paid for by the passenger. The surcharge is between 200 and 500 rupees per kilo, depending on the route, which corresponds to around three to six euros.


Entry requirements

All foreign tourists need one visato be able to enter India.
The following entry requirements apply to people with German citizenship. Applicants without German citizenship need a valid residence permit for the Federal Republic of Germany.
Non-Germans please inquire at their or the Indian embassy or consulate about any deviating visa regulations.

Visa applications are only accepted online!
The applications apply to personal applications or. postal processing via the Partner of the Indian Consulate General (external service providers, see below) and the electronic tourist visa / e-Tourist Visa / e-TV.

The e-TV was introduced in addition to all existing visa categories. As before, all other visas must be applied for at the responsible Indian diplomatic mission abroad.
It is not possible to apply at the border or at the airport.

1. Procedure for e-Tourist Visa:

Holders of German passports can obtain an electronic tourist visa (e-Tourist Visa / e-TV) under certain conditions. The e-TV can be requested no earlier than 120 days and no later than four days before the planned date of entry and is valid for 365 days from the date of issue.

In most cases, e-TV entitles you to multiple entries for a stay of up to 90 days each. At the first entry, the further validity is determined based on the entry stamp. A stay beyond the date noted there or a new entry after this is not possible. Therefore, please pay attention to the date on your entry stamp!

Persons who are planning a vacation trip, a short informal business meeting or visiting friends or relatives in India or would like to undergo medical treatment there for a short time are entitled to obtain a visa on arrival.

The requirements for an electronic tourist visa are listed on the indianvisaonline homepage. The e-TV can be requested there. Travelers are obliged to carry a printout of the e-TV with them.

A 24/7 hotline for electronic tourist visas has been set up by phone at + 91-11-2430 0666 or by email at [email protected]

Your passport should be valid for at least another six months. You need a return ticket or a ticket for onward travel to another country and you should have enough money for your stay in India.

The Indian government website indianvisaonline explains in detail how to apply for a visa. The following is a brief summary of the application procedure:

  • Fill out the online application completely
  • Upload a current biometric portrait photo (Format 5 x 5 cm!) with a white background and the photo page of your passport up. Please note the special requirements for the documents (Document Requirement).
  • You can then use your credit card to pay the visa fees online. The cost of the visa is currently USD 80 plus 2.5% bank fees. In individual cases there are said to have been difficulties with online payment for e-TV. It is therefore recommended to ensure that the payment has actually been made.
  • The processing status can then be followed online.
  • The e-TV is issued within 72 hours. You will receive an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) by email, which you must print out and carry with you during your entire stay in India.

2. Tourist visas through partners of the Consulate General of India

The Indian consulates general in Germany no longer accept visa applications themselves. Tourist visas with a validity period of 6 months can be obtained in person or by post in good time before your trip through an external service provider Indo-German Consultancy Services or IVS-GERMANY apply for a fee.

The company does this for the consulates in Berlin and Munich IVS-Europe,
for the consulates in Frankfurt (incl. Visacamp Essen & Cologne) and Hamburg the company IGCS - Indo German Consulty Services.

Addresses and links
You can find more information about the download under the following links. Please note any changes / deviations on the visa services' websites.

IVS Berlin
(responsible for the residents of the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Thuringia)
Link to the main page: IVS-GERMANY

IVS Munich
(responsible for the residents of the federal states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg)
Link to the main page: IVS-GERMANY

IGCS Frankfurt
(responsible for the residents of the federal states of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland Palatinate and Saarland):
Link to the main page: IGCS Frankfurt

IGCS Camp Cologne
(Branch office of the IGCS Frankfurt, responsible for the residents of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia / Attention: different opening times, please note the main page)
Link to the main page: IGCS Cologne

IGCS Camp Essen
(Branch office of the IGCS Frankfurt, responsible for the residents of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Danger: Opens only once a month, please note the main page)
Link to the main page: IGCS Essen

IGCS Hamburg
(responsible for the residents of the federal states of Hamburg, Bremen, Schleswig Holstein & Lower Saxony)
Link to the main page: IGCS Hamburg

Please note that these visas are valid from the day they are issued (not from the day of entry!). Multiple entries are possible (multiple entry visa). (The restrictions on the multiple entry of tourists introduced years ago were reversed in December 2012.)

Please note the following instructions:

  • Go to the homepage https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa
  • Fill out all mandatory fields of the application and follow the instructions carefully to complete the application.
    For help filling out the online application, please click on the German translation.
  • Print out the completed application.
  • Sign the printed application twice, once in the box below your photo (attention: the signature must not go over the edge of the box provided), and once at the end of the application.
  • Now send the signed application, the photos, your passport that is still valid for at least six months, a self-addressed envelope, a copy of the transfer form (a separate transfer confirmation must be sent for each application) and, if necessary, an order to the service provider responsible for you (the modalities You can find the application form on their website

Please adhere exactly to the requirements of the consulates. As several visa agencies report on their websites, there are even regulations on how the application must be submitted.

  • For example, the application must not be creased and should be in an envelope or transparent film. It is best to send the application in a DIN A4 envelope with a reinforced back.
  • The individual pages must not be stapled together.
  • Passport photos must comply with biometric guidelines. The photo must 5 cm x 5 cm be big and in front of light, d. H. be photographed on a white or light blue background. In addition to the head, the shoulders must also be visible in the picture. Be sure to write your full name on the back of the photos.
  • The signature below the passport photo must not protrude beyond the lines in the box provided. Travelers who do not adhere to the guidelines can expect their application to be rejected.

The processing time for postal applications, including dispatch, can be around two to four weeks. Of course, you can also submit the application personally to the service provider responsible for you.

It happens again and again that passports are not stamped by the border authorities upon entry. Please make sure that you get an entry stamp and keep your passport safe! Without an entry stamp, there are considerable difficulties when leaving the country.

All statements without guarantee. In your own interest, you should have the entry requirements confirmed before you start your journey. These can change at short notice without us being informed beforehand.



Mostly 220 volts alternating current, 50 cycles, although there is also direct current in some regions. Travelers are advised to check the voltage before using any electrical device. Socket shapes also vary, so it is advisable to bring a set of adapter plugs, which can be found at most electrical stores.

Eat Drink

Each region on this vast subcontinent has its own specialties.

The North:
There are mainly meat dishes here. Hearty Mughal curries with lamb or chicken and spicy meatballs in yogurt and rice. Or the tandoori cuisine - chicken, meat or fish are marinated and then baked in a clay oven.

The East:
Bengali cuisine is famous for its fish and crab curries with yogurt and coconut.

The West:
On the coast you will find a wide range of fish and shellfish - famous are the Bombay Duck (curry or deep-fried fish) and Indian salmon; as are the parsi dishes such as dhansak (chicken with lentil curry).

The South:
The curries are mostly vegetarian and tend to be quite hot. Mild local specialties are rice pancakes and yogurt with cucumber and mint. Coconut is used in many dishes. Rice is a staple food in the south, complemented by a wonderful selection of breads further north. Tropical and subtropical fruits are in abundance everywhere.


taking photos

India is an unparalleled photo paradise, so you should have enough memory cards with you - at least a third more than you would normally expect.
The films available in India are relatively expensive and potentially spoiled by climatic influences.
Slide films should not be developed in India, but the production of color paper prints hardly differs from Europe in terms of quality and price.
To protect against x-rays at airfields, the films should be kept in hand luggage and checked by hand if possible.
However, despite all the exoticism, avoid pouncing on people like a hunter and trying to capture the darker side of everyday Indian life. The Indian is very sensitive to this. Also to be respected are the holy places, which are not intended as a backdrop for family photos. You should never try to photograph people against their will. This is especially true for women. Special consideration is required in Islamic regions (Ajmer, Pushkar) and in the countryside. It is forbidden to take photos from airplanes on domestic flights and at airports. Military installations such as bridges, dams and factories are also taboo.
If you want to photograph archaeological monuments with a tripod and flash, a permit from the Archaeological Survey of India, Janpath 88, New Delhi, is required (exception: National Museum in Delhi, where flashing is allowed). In many temples you can buy a photo ticket, in some of them photography is strictly forbidden (e.g. Jain temple near Mount Abu). In the holy of holies of temples and at the cremation of bodies, photography is absolutely taboo.
Photography in the game reserves is permitted for a fixed fee that varies from reserve to reserve. Photography in tribal areas is not permitted.


Health regulations

Vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A, possibly typhoid, is recommended, for long-term stays over 3 months also hepatitis B.
Which vaccinations are ultimately to be carried out depends on the current risk of infection on site, on the type and duration of the planned trip, on the state of health, as well as any vaccination protection the traveler may still have.
A valid international vaccination certificate is required from people entering from areas with yellow fever (certain countries in Africa and Central and South America).
Please contact your family doctor or pharmacist in good time (4-6 weeks) prior to departure or seek advice from a tropical medicine advice center / a tropical medicine specialist.
Malaria occurs year-round with seasonal fluctuations.
The risk of transmission depends on the ecology and climate; rural regions are particularly affected during and shortly after periods of rain.
In view of the repeated accumulation of malaria cases among returnees / tourists from Goa (especially North Goa), special attention is drawn to this risk, which has always been there in principle.
In any case, careful protection against mosquitoes in the evening and night has to be ensured. In the event of a fever, a doctor should be consulted immediately (rapid laboratory diagnosis, if necessary rapid therapy is necessary). General drug prophylaxis is currently not recommended, but can be useful in individual cases. It is recommended to take anti-malaria medication with you for emergency self-treatment (stand-by treatment).
Dengue fever
Dengue is transmitted seasonally by the particularly diurnal mosquito Stegomyia aegypti. Corresponding mosquito control programs are carried out by the government.
The only possible individual possibility to avoid this febrile viral disease is a consistent permanent personal mosquito protection. In individual cases, serious damage to health with fatal consequences can occur. There is a risk of transmission all year round, especially during and after the monsoon season.
This viral disease is transmitted by mosquitoes (i.e. it cannot be transmitted directly from person to person) and leads to the typical symptoms of a serious viral disease, usually without a fatal outcome. The incubation period is 2-10 days. Without a sign, fever, severe (symmetrical) joint and muscle pain and a severe feeling of illness occur primarily. After a few days, the fever and rash appear. The joint problems can persist for months, in exceptional cases for years. An increased tendency to bleed or serious and above all neurological complications such as meningitis and meningitis are reported very rarely; the latter usually in medically predisposed people or newborns. A vaccination is not possible, protection against mosquito bites is the only prophylactic measure (repellants, clothing, behavior, etc.). Sick or pregnant travelers to these regions should seek medical advice before departure, as possible deaths are also discussed in these groups.
Due to the above-mentioned risk of infection related to mosquitoes, it is recommended to all travelers:
  • wear light-colored clothing that covers the body (long trousers, long shirts),
  • all day (dengue!) and in the evenings and at night (malaria!) insect repellent should be repeatedly applied to all exposed parts of the body. The Center for Travel Medicine (CRM) recommends agents with the active ingredient DEET (diethylmethylbenzamide / -toluamide). They provide protection against most stinging insects for at least three hours. The higher the concentration, the longer the effect lasts.
  • to sleep under a mosquito net if necessary.
In addition to our general disclaimer, please note the following important note:
A guarantee for the correctness and completeness of the medical information and liability for any damage that may occur cannot be assumed. You stay responsible for your healthy.
The information is intended for information purposes.They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
Further tips and information are also available at www.fitfortravel.de or on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
travel pharmacy
Do not forget to take a smaller or larger first-aid kit with you (at least medication for diarrhea, fever and pain, as well as bandages, plasters and wound disinfectants) so that you are prepared for minor emergencies.
Don't forget: medication that you have to take all the time!
If you have specific questions about the first-aid kit, it is best to contact a pharmacy with employees who are qualified to travel medicine.
Health insurance abroad
For private trips abroad, we recommend that you take out health insurance for travel abroad. Even in countries with social security agreements, you have to pay a considerable amount of your own for certain benefits.
In addition, the costs for a return transport to Germany due to illness or accident are only covered by private health insurance abroad. The statutory health insurance does not reimburse repatriation costs.
If possible, the international health insurance should include assistance. This means that in the event of illness you will receive administrative and, if necessary, medical support from the health insurance company via an emergency number.
Food and water
Stick to the old motto: "Cook it, peel it or leave it".
Use only boiled, sterilized, or bottled water. When buying drinking water, you should make sure that the bottle caps are intact. To be on the safe side, sterilize the drinking water served in the hotels tasteless with Micropur tablets. Avoid (except in very good hotels / restaurants) the consumption of ice / ice cubes. Furthermore, you should not eat uncooked vegetables or salads or only fruit that you have peeled yourself.



You are best equipped with light, not too tight-fitting clothing made of cotton or modern synthetic fibers. Not to be forgotten are warm sweaters because of the air conditioning and especially in winter, as heaters in transport and hotels are virtually unknown and the duvets are usually very thin.
Make sure you wear easy-care, hard-wearing clothing. Expensive designer pieces are less appropriate; With the local washing methods and the aggressive detergents, they are badly strained if you want to use the service offered in every hotel to have your things washed. In addition, it is very inexpensive to get practical clothing on site.
Please refrain from "topless" or nudism out of consideration for cultural customs.


In this vast country, you can practically choose the weather and temperature. In principle there are three seasons - summer, rainy season and winter. The warmest season is between May and July. When the temperatures in central India rise to over 40 degrees, this is the ideal time to relax in the refreshing coolness of a hill station. In most cities, air conditioning ensures that life goes on normally. This is also the trekking season, when the Himalayan passes are opened for a few short, valuable months.

In June, the monsoons set in on the west coast in the south and then migrate north, which it reaches in July. But it doesn't rain all day, and you might agree with those who say that this is the most beautiful time of the year in the desert state of Rajasthan. Anyone who has ever been to India during the monsoon season will not only remember the rain ...

The best time to travel begins in October. Blue skies, mild sun and pleasant temperatures, not too hot and not too cool. In December and January it can get quite chilly at night in northern cities. There is even a ski season in the Himalayan states, which is becoming increasingly popular.


Telex / telegram
International 24-hour service from major hotels and telegraph offices in major cities.
Telephone / cell phone (mobile)
Telephone calls to most countries can now be dialed directly. The area code from Germany to India is 0091 and from India to Germany is 0049. There are telephone shops on every corner (ISD & STD booths).
European cell phones also work in India and can be inexpensively equipped with a prepaid card from an Indian network operator - for around 3 euros. SMS are cheap. The mailbox causes high costs: switch it off at home!
In order for the Indian prepaid card to work in your own mobile phone, it must of course not have a SIM or Net lock!
The postal service and the counters for poste restante items are excellent. You can have letters sent to you in your name. When you pick them up at the counter for poste restante items, ask for items using your first and last name. You can often buy stamps at the hotel.
E-mail / Internet
There are numerous internet and cyber centers. They are very inexpensive, but the computers are often slow, the cabins tiny, and power outages are frequent. Alternative: large hotels or travel agencies.


opening hours

The opening times can vary from region to region.
Banks: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Saturday).
Post: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Offices: 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday), Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tour guide

English-speaking tour guides are available in all tourist centers on the tours offered by expenova. In the big cities there are mostly guides who speak German or other languages. Unrecognized guides will be refused entry to protected monuments.



India is a country of great contrasts. The gap between rich and poor is very wide and the vast majority of the nation lives in sometimes bitter poverty. Even western backpackers traveling through India on a very small budget are wealthy in the eyes of the rural poor or people in the slums. Nevertheless, theft and fraud are relatively rare, and in any case much less common than in Europe.

Nevertheless, you should always be aware that you are traveling to a foreign culture with different values, different customs and different rules of conduct. Short skirts and tight tops are considered improper in India. Women who show a lot of skin and wear figure-hugging clothing are believed to be easy to get. Short pants are totally frowned upon by both women and men. In India they have at most members of the lowest castes. Lying in a bikini on the hotel's own beach shouldn't be a problem. However, it is not advisable to stroll along the beach to the local fishermen in such light clothes. Basically - no matter where you are - a long, wide scarf, like the one many Indian women wear, protects you from the sun and from intrusive looks. Even if you as a woman smile directly at a stranger, he can quickly misunderstand this as an invitation. Women shouldn't take a taxi alone, especially at night. Of course, disregarding these rules of conduct does not justify sexual assault. But for Indian men this can be a provocation that it is better not to do for your own protection.
(Source: india-current v. 13.04.2013)

Hotline for tourists in India
In order to further meet the security needs of foreign tourists, the Indian government has set up a hotline on the telephone number 1363 or 1800-111-363. This is where foreign tourists who need help can turn to. The hotline will be available in twelve different languages ​​within the next month; Currently only Hindi and English are offered.
(Source: india-current v. June 20, 2015)

You can also get advice on the security situation and security-relevant behavior from the German Foreign Office, Tel .: +49 (0) 228 173678 or on the Internet at www.auswaertiges-amt.de or from the Swiss and Austrian Foreign Ministry (www.eda.admin. ch and www.bmeia.gv.at).



India is a shoppers paradise. Everywhere you can buy handicraft items in a wide variety of colors and shapes, which by far exceed the quality of mass-produced goods.
Wonderful carpets, silk fabrics, embroidery, precious stones, marble and soapstone work, dyed fabrics, leather goods, miniature drawings on silk, paper mache.
Gold and silver goods, Madhubani paintings, Bengali terracotta work, leather goods, silk and cotton fabrics in bright colors.
Ready-made fashion from Bombay, mirrors and dyed fabrics from Gujarat, patent leather goods, soft leather.
World-famous silk from Mysore and Kanchipuram, exquisite sandal and rosewood carvings, filigree work in gold, fragrances and spices.

Silver, gold, precious and semi-precious stones in artistic, masterly craftsmanship, particularly inexpensive. Bindis (Indian forehead jewelry) and costume jewelry.

Saris made of silk and cotton, silk blouses, silk scarves, cotton clothing of all qualities (tailoring evening dresses or suits is particularly inexpensive).

Other textiles
Brocade blankets and pillows, wool, cashmere and silk rugs.

For the household
Darjeeling tea in various varieties.
Exotic spices (often not available from us or not as freshly available)
Recipes with new preparation methods.

Cosmetics (see Ayurveda)
Individually prepared nourishing creams and decorative cosmetics.

Chairs, tables and side tables made of solid wood with silver fittings (in the style of the Maharajah palaces), of course handcrafted utensils and decorative pieces made of brass or copper based on traditional Indian motifs.

Walking sticks with carvings from the Indian colonial era.
Colonial furniture and clocks.
Sculptures made of wood, marble or bronze.

Made of brass or copper: everything from handcrafted trays to candlesticks, Gujarat mirrors.
Made of ebony or rosewood: hand-carved items from letter openers to salad servers, ornate miniature carvings.
Made of marble: boxes and animal figures inlaid with semi-precious stones.
Made of clay: e.g. Bengali ceramics, jugs, vases.


The official state language is Hindi. English is used as the "associated" language for transport and commerce. A further 17 local languages ​​are also recognized. A total of 1,652 languages ​​and dialects are spoken across India.


It is customary to tip porters, waiters, drivers, and guides. These are not included in invoices.
Many employees are dependent on supplementary wages through tips: for simple services e.g. B. the equivalent of half a euro (provided you are satisfied with the service).


Means of transport

Domestic flights depart from Delhi and Bombay from the domestic domestic airport, which is approximately a 20-minute drive from the international airport.
Domestic flights are served by state-owned airlines such as Indian Airlines, and private airlines such as Jet Air, Sahara Airlines and Alliance Air. This network connects over 70 cities.
Traveling by train is one of the very special experiences you can have in India. The Indian rail system is the largest in Asia and the second largest in the world. It has 62,300 km of track, 7,030 stations and 11,200 locomotives, many of them steam locomotives. Many express lines connect the most important cities. Other lines, many of which are leisurely local connections, connect most of the other parts of the country. Buses complement this route network in order to also reach regions that are not connected to the train.
At the upper end of the price range there are the special trains The Royal Orient and Palace on Wheels, with which you can take an unforgettable 8-day luxury round trip in the style of a Maharaja through Gujarat and Rajasthan from Delhi.

In India there is a wide network of bus connections that connect all parts of the country with each other, especially regions where the train does not operate such as mountain regions.
In the cities you can rent taxis and three-wheeled auto rickshaws (three-wheelers). The tariffs are calculated on a kilometer basis. Not all have counters. But if there are, insist that they be hired in your presence. The prices change from time to time and therefore do not always match the information on the meters. However, drivers should always have a copy of the last valid tariff regulations with them to check.

Rental car
It is common to take rental cars with drivers, because even normal traffic with three-wheelers and camels overwhelms almost every tourist. Reliable Indian agencies offer good services at very reasonable prices, in the country from around 15 euros, in the big cities from around 50 euros per day and 200 km, all inclusive. Make sure your driver speaks English and get a local recommendation for a reliable agency!


The official currency of India is the Indian rupee (INR). The import and export of rupees is prohibited by law.

Travelers wishing to bring in more than USD 2,500 in cash and over USD 10,000 in travelers checks and cash (total value) must state this on the Currency Declaration Form they receive upon entry.

Euros, US dollars and British pounds can be exchanged almost anywhere in India. Nevertheless, it is advisable to only take some cash with you on the trip that can be exchanged in an emergency, because the exchange rates in hotels and exchange offices are often worse than at ATMs. When you change money, you will need to show your passport. Check all banknotes you receive and reject damaged notes. Get banknotes that are as small as possible, this makes paying at street vendors easier.

Credit and debit cards are the easiest means of payment in India. In all major cities there is 24-hour bank machines ("ATM")which you can use to withdraw cash with an EC or credit card and PIN. The most common cards are Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro. Credit cards are accepted in all major shops and in many hotels.

The supply of ATMs is not guaranteed in rural areas of India. If you are staying in more rural areas for several days, please make sure you have enough cash in rupees with you.

The common ones Travelers checks, for example from Amex and Thomas Cook, are generally accepted, but redeeming them is often a time-consuming process and is not possible in all locations. If you are bringing checks with you, please keep a list of all serial numbers, proof of purchase and, if applicable, exchange receipts separate from the checks.


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Customs regulations

All personal items you need are duty free. These include:
personal jewelry, gifts worth Rs. 600, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 0.95 liters of alcoholic beverages.
Professional material and articles that have a high value can only be imported duty-free if the traveler makes a written declaration that these things will be re-exported.

This article represents non-binding information about the import regulations to India. For binding information about the customs regulations and import regulations of India, please contact the embassy of India relevant in your country. Only there you can receive final, binding information for your trip.