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Submitted by Navin Pathak on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 9:01am.

India is a signatory to the International Custom Convention and the ATA Carnet Convention and allows import of motor vehicles into India without payment of customs duties.

‘Triptique / Carnet De Passage en Douane’ is a travel document for the purposes of temporary importation of private road vehicles into India by a tourist, free of duty. This document is issued by an approved Automobile Association abroad. Carnet de Passage and Triptique are identical in purpose, except that Triptique is meant for a single country while the Carnet is for more than one country.

This facility allows you to bring your motor vehicle into India free of customs duties for a period of six months. The motor vehicle has to be re-exported from India within this period. Import of Tourist Buses is also allowed subject to certain conditions.

Extension of the Retention period: Only the Central Government has the powers to extend this time frame of retention of the motor vehicle in India and this extension is very rarely given and that too under exceptional circumstances. The initial period of six months is extended for another six months only if the Carnet book is valid till such time.

The tourist’s passport will be endorsed when a vehicle is cleared under Carnet/Triptique. Such an endorsement will also clearly mention the exact date by which the vehicle is to be re-exported.

If tourist has to travel out of India temporarily, the vehicle must be deposited into a customs bonded warehouse. When the tourist returns, such vehicle will be handed back to him. Under no circumstances, can or should a tourist leave the country leaving behind his vehicle unattended or with a friend or relative.

Documents Required for Customs Clearance:

  1. Importers Original Passport
  2. Original Carnet book / Triptique
  3. Original Shipping Documents (Bill of Lading/Air Way Bill)
  4. List of any extra fittings in the car along with their values.
  5. A letter addressed to Commissioner of Customs for Non Gainful Employment.
  6. Insurance Policy.

If the motor vehicle is not re-exported for any reason the customs will demand duty, fines, and penalties as applicable. Re-export of badly damaged vehicles shall not be required in case of fully authenticated accidents, provided the vehicles:

  1. are subject to import duties and import taxes to which they are liable.
  2. are abandoned free of all expenses to the Exchequer of the country in which they are imported.
  3. are destroyed, under the official supervision at the expense of the importer as the Customs authorities may require.

Author of this tip Mr. Yogesh Thakker is based in Somerset, New Jersey (USA) and is an expert on ’relocation to India’.  For any questions, you can reach Yogesh at

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:19pm.

One of the best uses you can make of your travel to India is to get a preventive health check-up done at a very meager cost.

Preventive screening is often not covered under medical insurance plans in US and it is very expensive.   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 scan, CT-scans of the heart to detect calcium buildup in arteries that can signal heart disease, Colon Cancer Screening,  advanced Blood tests to detect early stages of disease, and Nutrition and Fitness assessments, etc.  In US, the preventive physicals that are offered by clinics like Princeton Longevity Center, Canyon Ranch and the Mayo Clinic cost anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000.

Same quality health check-up can be done in India at very affordable 6-8th of the cost in US. Not only can you get advanced screening and wellness assessment done 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.  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.  It normally takes a day for the tests to be conducted.  Once you are back to US, you can show the reports to your general physician and create your action plan.

We highly recommend that you make use of this opportunity during your visit to India. If you need help in planning, signing up with a service provider or with the follow-up program, please fill up the Contact Us form on the site.

Preventive Health Checkup Service Providers in Delhi:

  1. Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre Limited –  Okhla New Delhi – 110025 +91-11-2682-5000
  2. Max Devki Devi Heart & Vascular Institute - 2 Press Enclave Road Saket New Delhi – 110017 +91-11-2651-5050
  3. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals - Sarita Vihar Delhi Mathura Road New Delhi – 110076 +91-11-2692-5858
Submitted by Navin Pathak on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:11pm.

Not one, not 2 but there are tens of fraudulent tourism centers in Delhi and all of them portray as if they are Government run.  These fraudulent centers are mostly located around Central and Old delhi.  For many, Delhi is the traveler’s first experience of India and for an unprepared traveler it can become the worst experience.  How you talk and look for your ways around are the easiest give-aways to the scammers. Handy with some basic information & contact numbers you can really help yourself not ruin your entire trip.

There is only one India Tourism Center under the Ministry of Tourism: +91-11- 2332-0342 or visit in-person at 88 Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi.  This center can also provide you with the list of Tourism centers in all other states and cities in India.

You can also contact Delhi Toursim office at +91-11-2464-7005 or click for details.

For travelers from US: You can reach Government of India’s India Tourism centers in US for any travel related guidance at: +1-212-586-4901 (NY) or +1-213-380-8855 (LA) or visit

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:11am.

The Indian consulate to which you shall apply for visa depends on the State you live in.  Other than  Indian Embassy there are 4 Indian consulates and they all have their own state jurisdictions.

A) Indian Embassy

Consular Wing, 2536  Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20008; +1-202-939-9806

Consular Jurisdiction: Bermuda, Delaware, District of Columbia,  Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia 

B) Consulates

Consulate General of India – New York
3 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

Consular Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Maine,  Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands

Consulate General of India – San Francisco
540 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

Consular Jurisdiction: Alaska, Arizona,  California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Consulate General of India – Chicago
455 North City Front Plaza Drive
NBC Tower Building, Suite No. 850
Chicago, IL 60611

Consular Jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Consulate General of India – Houston
4300 Scotland Street
Houston, TX 77007

Consular Jurisdiction: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas

Submitted by Shilpi Mahajan on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:52am.

Indian belly can ruin your trip if you let your taste buds run amok.Indiahas one of the best foods for your drooling palette and some basic steps ensure you stay safe, whilst you engage in self-indulgence. Here are three basic rules I can swear by. I have traveled toIndiamany times with my small daughter and I swear we never fall sick. Here is our mantra:

  1. Drink and drink only bottled water. Go to any shop and ask for Bisleri, the first bottled water brand, it is now a generic term for bottled water. If you don’t have access to bottled water, you can have RO water (RO being reverse osmosis), a process to purify water. You can also boil water for about 20 minutes and then consume it within 2 days.
  2. Avoid raw foods especially, salad. Most Indian dishes are served with vinegar onion (yum) or cucumber yoghurt. Control!!! Its a luxury you can’t afford. Avoid it at all cost. You can have anything that’s cooked and is still “warm”. Remember, India's a tropical country and it doesn’t take time for microbes to multiply. That is the reason you need to have hot, cooked food.
  3. Avoid milk for the first week. Indians drink buffalo’s milk and cow’s milk is a rarity. Start with milk products like yogurt and then try and stick to toned milk. Indian yogurt is the best I have tasted so far. You can also have the ubiquitous Indian tea. Its boiled, healthy and if herbal, aids your digestion.
  4. Stay odomoized to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Odomos is a local mosquito repellent brand. Don’t try and carry mosquito repellents from the west. Indian mosquitoes are thick skinned much like India itself .
  5. It might be worth it to invest in soft Lucknowi cotton kurtis. They will keep you covered and safe. You can get them for as low as $3 from Chandni chowk. Whats better than a slice of the old world with some shopping indulgence?

Stick to these simple rules and you will have a fun and safe trip…