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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

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

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:16pm.

Some of the medicines that are highly recommended on travel to India

  1. Tylenol/Advil
  2. Alka Seltzer
  3. Immodium
  4. Robitussin/NyQuil

Medicines that you can get over the counter at the Indian pharmacy/chemists shop:

  1. Crosin (fever)
  2. Combiflam (ibuprofen)
  3. Norflox (diarrhea)
  4. Volini (spray for muscle spasms)
  5. Coldarin (cold and cough)
  6. Benadryl (cough)
Submitted by Navin Pathak on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 1:10am.

Virtually every fourth shop in India sells food.  There is ample variety for both, vegetarians and non-vegetarians and the price range can match to anyone’s pocket.  You can get a dish from $.35 (Rs.21) upto $10 (Rs. 640).

There is no doubt that Indian food is a treat to the taste-buds but can be harsh on your digestive system.

Take precaution if you eat at road-side stalls or at low-end restaurants. Request the server to get your silverware rinsed in boiling water even if you have to pay extra. Milk and milk products, spices and water are known to upset stomach. Look at this recent report

Use bottled water only and that too from reputed shops. With poor outdoor air-quality in Delhi, especially from April to August, breathing-masks are advisable.

Some medicines you should carry to India are Tylenol/Advil, Alka Seltzer, Immodium, Robitussin/NyQuil with you. Medication that you can get over the counter at the Indian pharmacy/chemists shop: Indian Crosin (fever), Combiflam (ibuprofen), Norflox (diarrhea), Volini (spray for muscle spasms), Coldarin (cold and cough), Benadryl (cough).

It is also highly advisable to keep the items like hand sanitizer lotion, toilet rolls, and paper soap handy with you.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 7:22pm.

If you are traveling to India, you must be aware, before hand, of the items which you must NOT carry with you when you land at any port (Air or Sea) in India. There have been many instances where people who carried these items to India even by mistake got into trouble with Indian authorities. 

The items include:

  • Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly.
  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
  • Good violating any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights
  • Wild life products
  • Counterfeit Currency notes/coins or fake currency notes
  • Specified Live Birds and Animals.
Submitted by Navin Pathak on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 6:17pm.

The following are the images of the form that anyone traveling to India has to fill for Indian Customs.

For the item where total value of the goods being imported is being asked, I, citizen of US, just couldn't understand what should I fill based on the table provided on the 2nd page of this form.

The purpose of sharing these images is that you can prepare yourself much in advance as to what to fill.

Click on each image to open a larger version in a new window

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:00pm.

Take precaution if you eat at road-side stalls or at low-end restaurants. Request the server to get your silverware rinsed in boiling water even if you have to pay extra. Milk and milk products, spices and water are known to upset stomach.

Use bottled water only and that too from reputed shops. With poor outdoor air-quality in Delhi, especially from April to August, breathing-masks are advisable.

Some useful items to carry: Hand Sanitizer lotion, Toilet rolls, and Paper soap

Submitted by Mahendra Pratap on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:34pm.

"Getting Screened" (looking for potential health problems before they occur) is one of the top five things you can do to sustain good health and longevity (Eating healthy, Exercise, Positive Thinking and Social Connectivity are the other four).

So why wait until obvious symptoms of a problem emerge or an emergency situation arises before seeing a doctor. One of the reaons may be the cost factor.  The cost of individually-tailored wellness assessment of your current and future health can be high. While most insurance plans allow basic tests such as blood pressure, cholesterol level etc., they do not cover advanced procedures such as High Definition CT Lung and Full Body Scan, Colon Cancer Screening etc.

Fortunately, your visit to India provides an opportunity. The same screening programs with equal quality are available at affordable cost in India. Not only can you get advanced screening and wellness assessment done at an affordable price but can also enjoy a relaxing holiday at a culturally vibrant and historically rich place.

Here we list some of the top executive health check up service providers in Delhi and other cities in India.  At these facilities, an inter-disciplinary team of physicians working together will assess your current and (near) future health & risk factors and design a program for your wellness, which includes diet, excercise, regular screening and follow-up.

Entry India highly recommends that you make use of the opportunity to get advanced screening at an affordable price when you visit India.

Preventive Health Checkup Service Providers:

Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre Limited
New Delhi - 110025

Max Devki Devi Heart & Vascular Institute
2 Press Enclave Road
New Delhi - 110017

Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
Sarita Vihar
Delhi Mathura Road
New Delhi - 110076

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:51pm.

The following is the checklist that I follow before and during my trip to India.

  • Check the expiration date on your passport and visa
  • Leave copies of your passport, visa, and itinerary with a friend/relative
  • Put a hold on your Mail delivery or have a friend/relative collect your mail
  • Determine if you can save money by reducing your Internet, and phone service during your absence 
  • Check travel, medical insurance coverage 
  • Leave your house keys and your India contact numbers with a friend/relative 
  • Determine if you need to notify your utility providers like gas, electricity, and water of your absence
  • Determine if you need to winterize your house if traveling during cold months
  • Inform your bank and other credit card companies about your trip to India and possible use of credit cards and cash withdrawal 
  • For money matters, I do two things 1) carry adequate cash and 2) If I need cash in India, I use my online account with either of the three to transfer funds from my US bank: Western Union, Moneydart and Transfast.
Submitted by Navin Pathak on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:49pm.

If you are planning to travel to India and avail its Visa-on-arrival facility, then you must know that you need pre-authorization of visa prior to your travel to India.

General thought is that the Indian visa is granted on arrival but this is a wrong presumption.

Under the e-Tourist visa scheme, a foreign tourist would apply for a visa online by uploading his photograph and passport and also paying his visa fee online. The visa authorities would then process his application and send him an electronic travel authorization, or simply e-visa, via e-mail within 72 hour

The e-visa scheme presently covers 45 countries and can be availed across nine international airports. With the expansion of the scheme by June, the list will go up to 76 countries and 16 airports.

Among the countries whose citizens will now be eligible for e-visas are Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Belgium, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Surinam, Sweden, Tanzania, East Timor, Turks & Caicos Islands, the UK, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Sat, 03/21/2015 - 9:01am.

Are you planning to travel to America without buying travel insurance? Think again! You can’t deny the fact that mishaps can happen anywhere at any time, which is why it is important to be protected with a US travel medical insurance plan when visiting loved ones in the United States or traveling on a leisurely US trip.

Healthcare in the US is a high-cost industry. If you travel to the US without health insurance, medical costs for treatment and advice, medical emergencies, hospital visits, doctor’s visits, and diagnostic tests can put a huge dent in your bank account. International travelers and B2 visa holders traveling to the USA are advised to buy an adequate visitors insurance policy to make their trip to the US one that’s worry-free.

Travel medical insurance plans sometimes go by other names such as visitors medical insurance, visitors insurance, overseas travel insurance, and travel health insurance. A US travel medical insurance policy provides medical and travel emergency coverage for visitors throughout their entire stay in the United States. Visitor visa holders can choose between limited plans and comprehensive plans. Depending on the plan you buy, insurance policies not only cover medical expenses, but also provide coverage for travel emergencies like baggage loss, in-flight emergency, trip cancellation, and trip interruption. Coverage benefits typically include:

  • Hospitalization due to sickness, injury, or accident
  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Repatriation of mortal remains in case of accidental death
  • Surgery and dental charges
  • Cost of medications and prescription drugs
  • Flight accident
  • Accidental death & dismemberment
  • Emergency medical reunion
  • Brief return to home country

Recommended for foreign visitors to the USA, travel insurance also offers coverage for non-medical expenses including passport theft, trip interruption and cancellation, wallet theft, and baggage delay, among other travel benefits depending on the plan.

The visitors health insurance premium depends primarily on the type of coverage, age of the visitor, duration of health coverage, destination, and insurance deductible. You may either opt for comprehensive coverage plans or limited coverage plans, depending on your travel insurance needs and budget. Most of these plans do not cover pre-existing conditions, though a few may offer limited coverage under certain circumstances.

Where to Buy Visitors Travel Medical Insurance Plan

A number of insurance companies offer visitors travel insurance USA plans with competitive premium rates. However, since the prices of plans vary from one insurance provider to another, the best way you can save money on your travel insurance premium is to compare plans before you purchase. You can buy travel insurance for visitors to USA online using a travel insurance comparison site like, which is one of the best source to find the most competitive insurance plan quotes. Most insurance companies issue an e-Policy, which makes it easy for you to purchase your preferred policy online using a credit card – even after you have landed in the United States.

While searching for the best travel medical insurance quote, be sure to verify the insurance provider’s credentials and compare plans and quotes offered by different companies so you get the best visitors insurance policy to suit your needs and budget.

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Submitted by Navin Pathak on Sun, 01/11/2015 - 1:17am.

You will have to check with your insurance provider to see if they cover unforseen medical expenses during your travel. U.S. medical insurance is generally not accepted outside the United States, nor do the Social Security Medicare and Medicaid programs provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the United States. If your insurance policy does not cover you abroad, it is a good idea to consider purchasing a short-term policy that does. There are health insurance policies designed specifically to cover travel. Many travel agents and private companies offer insurance plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas including emergency services such as medical evacuations.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:30pm.

Auto-Rickshaws are also called three-wheelers and are available in plentiful for traveling within Delhi NCR. These are very cheap to hire, almost 1/3rd the cost of taxi charges, but you must negotiate the rate before you sit in them.  Availability is one thing but getting drivers to agree to take you to your desired destination is another.  Of course money talks better than your argument with them but when in need make sure that you are polite and show your emergency.

Though every auto-rickshaw is equipped with a rate ‘meter’ ,the authorized way of charging for the services based on distance traveled, sometimes its better to negotiate the price beforehand, else there are high chance that you are taken through a longer route. You can only appear smart by knowing your way, otherwise, there is no recourse to the extra money paid.

Auto-rickshaws are certainly not for the faint-hearted. Drivers can drive them in any lane, against the opposite traffic, and turn without any signal.

Open from both the sides, traveling in auto-rickshaw in colder months can be very dreadful if you are not well packed.

Safety can be a concern in an auto-rickshaw since they are open from both the sides. The sudden brakes can throw you off the street and often the drivers drive the rickshaw in the nights without head-lights.

For complaints regarding service charges, you may call +91-11-2331-9334