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Exchange Rate and Travel Tips

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 1:08am.

Having access to local currency (Indian Rupee) is the first and foremost important item a foreign traveler would need starting from the airport.

In the arrival section (Terminal 3) of the Delhi airport, there are currency exchange counters before the customs and after the customs area.

Before the customs, there are 2 currency exchange counters: 1) Thomas Cook and 2) Central Bank of India.  Both the counters are open 24 hours.

Difference: Central Bank of India don’t charge any commission whereas Thomas Cook does and both gives the same exchange rate.

Make sure that you ask for Central Bank of India’s counter since they are not as strategically located as Thomas Cook.

You can use the Airport’s interactive map to see where the currency exchange counters are located.

But remember that currency exchange rate at the airport is always lower than what you can get in the city.  So, get your foreign currency exchanged to little over what you require at the airport and then go to the branch of almost any bank in the city to get the rest converted.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:04pm.

US citizens traveling abroad are recommended to register their trip with the US State Department.

STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.

STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency, Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and also enable your family to contact you in case of emergency or there are crisis in the country you are traveling.

  • Step 1: Register your trip at http://travelregistration.state.gov
  • Step 2: Give the number 1-888-407-4747 (calling from US or Canada) or +1-202-647-5225 (calling from abroad) for Office of Overseas Citizens Services to your family members

Under special circumstances, foreign travelers are required to register their travel in India with FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office). For instructions, visit Bureau of Immigration India site http://immigrationindia.nic.in/instr_foreigners2.htm

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Mon, 09/14/2015 - 9:10pm.

People who lose their passport with their valid Indian visa must contact their respective country's Embassy for their new replacement passport and apply for an exit visa with the Foreigner's Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Government of India. This process takes up to 2-3 business days. You cannot leave India without this visa. More information on obtaining an exit visa will be provided when you come to apply for a replacement passport. Exit visas are not issued on weekends or Indian holidays.

Foreigner's Regional Registration Office (FRRO)

Level 2, East Block 8
Sector 1, R.K. Puram 
(Behind Hyatt Regency)
New Delhi

Phone:  +91-11-2671-1348 / 1443

Hours: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Lunch:  1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Websitehttp://www.boi.gov.in/

You must report the loss of your passport and visa to the local Indian Police and obtain a police report.  Please report the loss of the visa to the Fraud Prevention Unit at:  support-india@ustraveldocs.com.

  1. Your name, date and place of birth, and nationality.
  2. Your address and phone number.
  3. A photocopy of the lost visa, if available, or the date and place of issuance, if known.
  4. A photocopy of the bio-data page of your lost passport, if available.  If not, the nationality and number of your lost passport as well as the issuance and expiration dates, if available.
  5. Circumstances of the loss: When and how your passport was lost or stolen.
Submitted by Navin Pathak on Sat, 09/12/2015 - 11:29pm.

U.S. citizens whose passports have either been stolen or lost while in India should:

  1. File a police report with the Indian authorities as soon as possible. If you think you know where your passport was lost or stolen (in a hotel, airport, railway station, etc.) you should report the loss to the authorities at that location.
  2. Make an appointment online. Note: If you are traveling in the next week, no appointment is necessary. Please bring the required documents and fees to the Embassy on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and friday. The Embassy is closed on U.S. and Indian holidays.
  3. Complete passport application online and Form DS-64: Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport.
  4. Print application and prepare required documents before the interview (whether you have an appointment or not)

Make an appointment here and print appointment letter.

Complete and print your online application here. 

Complete Form DS-64 Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport

Required Documents for Passport Replacement:

  • Police report
  • Proof of your identity and U.S. citizenship, if available.
  • One recent 2"x2" (5 cm x 5 cm) color photograph taken against a white background. No other format will be accepted. More information
  • Completed passport application form. Please do not use two-sided printing.
  • Do not sign the forms; you will do so in the presence of a consular officer.
  • Completed Form DS-64 Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport

Fees

Complete fee information is available down below. If applying in person, you may pay with cash dollars, cash rupees (at the current exchange rate), demand draft or by credit card. Personal checks are not accepted. ACS fees are nonrefundable.

  • Adult U.S. Passport Replacement (Lost, Stolen, Damaged): $135
  • Minor U.S. Passport (under age 16): $105

Questions?  Email: acsnd@state.gov

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 10:30pm.

American Citizen Services has compiled a list of medical facilities, most with English-speaking staff.

This list includes providers only in the New Delhi Consular District.  The New Delhi Consular District includes Delhi, Chandigarh and the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

Doctor and Hospital List, New Delhi Consular District

The names listed in this list are not endorsed by U.S. Embassy.

Submitted by Shilpi Mahajan on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 10:12am.

Electricity Voltage in India is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Some upscale hotels in India do have provisions for 110 volt shavers, electric tooth brushes etc.

However, it is still a good idea to take along a voltage converter if you have small electrical gadgets that you intend to use during your trip to India.

If possible buy an electric plug adapter as the electric plugs in India are rounded.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Sun, 09/06/2015 - 8:56pm.

In case of emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-11) 2419-8000 and ask for American Citizen Services. If you are calling from within India, but outside Delhi, first dial 011-. If you are calling from the United States, first dial 011-91-11-.

 
The American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi can assist when a U.S. citizen in India is arrested, missing, is a victim of violent crime, becomes ill or dies, or when there is otherwise a need for immediate help. ACS can assist with information on local resources and by contacting family members in the United States apprised of the circumstances, so that they can make necessary decisions and provide financial and logistical support.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 8:33pm.

Morning - Subha Night - Raat Yes - Haan
Today - Aaj Tomorrow - Kul No - Nahin
Vegetable - Sabzi Salt - Namak Rice - Chawal
Milk - Doodh Boil - Ubaalna Water - Paani

 

Hello
Namaskaar
How are you?
Aap kaisay hain?
Fine!
Theek hai!
Glad to meet you
Mil kay acha laga
What is your name?
Aapka naam kya hai?
My name is Raju
Mera naam Raju hai
Come in
Under aao
Sit down
Neechay baitho
Stop
Ruko
Go forward
Aagay jaao
Go back
Wapas jao
Go straight
Seeda jao
I want to get down here
Mujhay yahan utarna hai
Next stop
agla stop
Listen
Suno
Please
Kripya
Thank You
Shukriya
Good-bye
Good-Bye
I want...
Main chahta hon
Please help me
Kripya meri madad karo
I agree!
Main manta hoon!
It's good!
Ucha hai!
This is very good
Yeh bahut ucha hai
I am sorry
Mujhay maaf kar do!
Lets go!
Chalayen
What does this cost?
Yeh kitnay ka hai?
Is this water good for drinking?
Kya yeh paani theek hai peenay ke liyay?
Can I make a phone call from here?
Main yahan se phone kar sakta hoon?
Where can I hire a taxi?
Taxi kahan se hire karoon?
Where does this road lead?
Yeh sadak kahan jaati hai?
What is the time?
Kitna baja hai?
Have you eaten?
Aapnay khana khaya?
Please would you tell me where I can find this address?
Kya aap bata saktay hain kee yeh pata (address) kahan par hai?
Submitted by Navin Pathak on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 8:51pm.

Carrying a satellite phone without permission is strictly prohibited in India.

There is a clear rule in India which bans the use of satellite phones and even if foreigners coming in with valid documents permitting them to carry such phones, the Indian authorities reserve the right to deny them such permissions. When persons with satellite phones land in India, the mandate is that the phone is first seized by the customs. Only after they obtain a licence from the department of telecommunications, can they clan claim their phones back. (source: Rediff)

For permission, contact Department of Telecommunication at Room No. 1204, Sanchar Bhavan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi - 110 001.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Fri, 08/14/2015 - 8:27pm.

One of the best part to enjoy in India is to buy stuff from road-side vendors. You can buy a wide range of traditional stuff, handicraft from these street vendors. But buying without bargaining in India is like throwing money away. Since vendors in India know that their clients will haggle, the prices are already inflated.

Following are the tips you can follow to save some money:

  • Do not show the urgency to buy
  • Don't take your wallet out before the final price is agreed
  • Expect to pay as much as 50% of the first asked price
Submitted by Navin Pathak on Sun, 08/09/2015 - 8:01pm.

Government permission is required before clicking photographs of any of the following:

  • Places of military establishments
  • Metro trains
  • Bridges
  • Airports
  • Railway stations
  • Tribal areas
  • Sensitive border regions
  • Some of the temples, fmonuments of historical value, forts, palaces, tombs and monasteries.

For details, visit the site http://asi.nic.in/asi_faq_photography.asp

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 7:34pm.

There are certain protected areas for which tourists have to take special permit to visit. This requirement is in addition to obtaining an Indian visa. These places include certain areas of

  • Assam
  • North Eastern Frontier States (Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh)
  • Border areas of Jammu & Kashmir
  • Selected areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan
  • Union Territories of Andaman and Lakshadweep Island

For complete details, visit the site http://www.mdoner.gov.in/content/rappap-restrictedprotected-area-permit

For permission, contact Ministry of Home Affairs: +91-11-2309-2011, +91-11-2309-2161

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