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1. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 9y

Hi All, I am leaving for a spur-of-the-moment trip to India in a little under two weeks. All I know is that I'll be spending a week in the north arriving in Delhi, moving onto to Agra and Jaipur and then a week in the South down in Goa before leaving from Bombay. I have a couple of questions I hope you might be able to help me with:

Are Visas issued at the airport upon arrival? Or do I need to sort it out before I leave? How much do they cost. From what I've been able to figure out, I'll need two passport pics, fill out an application and proof of moving onward???

Also, any tips about the weather would be much appreciated.

Are there any particular vaccines that I'll need? I mostly have everything from previous travels. Do I need malaria meds or is it past season?

Can I access money through ATMs pretty readily? I'm assuming that I can.

Lastly, I'll be visiting with a friend of mine and most likely staying with some of her family. Any ideas for an appropriate gift? Any other tips would be much appreciated!!! Thanks so much for your help in advance!

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting soupatrvlr

Are Visas issued at the airport upon arrival? Or do I need to sort it out before I leave? How much do they cost. From what I've been able to figure out, I'll need two passport pics, fill out an application and proof of moving onward???

There's no visa-on-arrival in India. For US citizens, get your Indian visa from Travisa, an outsourcing agency appointed to handle visa applications in the US.

3. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y

As Hien says, you will need to get a visa beforehand. The rainy season should be finished in India by now. After the rainy season, it can get quite chilly at night, especially in Delhi. Take at least a warm jumper, jeans and scarf. During the day should be fairly warm.

A lot of India is malarial, so you may well need anti malarials. Check with a travel doctor for current advice. You may need to start taking them now, depending on which ones you chose/which ones you can take. Mumbai & Goa have historically had malaria problems, so make sure you ask an expert about the current situation rather than rely on advice from other travellers which may be 2nd/3rd hand and wrong/outdated. You will probably also need Hep A, Typhoid, Tetnus, Polio, Diptheria (if I remember rightly, these are what I had) and possibly more. Again, check with an expert as it does change and you will need them done ASAP.

Money....easy to get from ATMs in most places or, if you're stuck, as a forward payment from travel agents (not so safe). Change some money when you arrive at the airport in Delhi though for the first few days (exchange rate not too bad). I would advise to take some back up travellers cheques as some places have no ATM (eg Goa is sparce of ATMs). You can always bring them back if you don't use them.

Gift? Not really sure, I'm afraid. Perhaps some natives can help you out with ideas of what would be enjoyed and culturally acceptable.

4. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 9y

Thanks guys!!! I usually have more time to plan these kind of details in advance, but when the opportunity came up to go, I jumped on it! I've got most of the shots but polio already, and will work on a visit with the travel doc asap. I think my biggest concern now is the visa, which I haven't needed to use a service in the states for in years. I appreciate the tip Hien. Thanks again for all the help! Holly

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