Pre-Departure Information-India

This pre-departure information is designed to help you prepare the best before you backpack and step out to travel. Our sole intention is to make your travel informed, rewarding and hassle free. If any questions come to mind, feel free to give us a call or send us an email.

Please send us the below mentioned documents:-

Trip Application: Complete, sign, and return your Trip Application form as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Medical Form: Complete, sign, and return your Medical Form as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Air Schedule: Please forward a copy of your email confirmation, which shows your exact flight arrival and departure times.

Refer to the Arrival & Departure section of the Detailed Trip Itinerary for instructions. 

Please review your proposed schedule with Mission Nepal Holidays before purchasing your tickets.

Passport Photocopy: Scan a COLOR copy of your passport photo page and email it to us as a JPG or PDF attachment, or send us a high quality photocopy by mail (immediately upon reserving your trip).

Visa Photocopy: Once you have obtained the required visa in your passport, please scan* a copy of your visa and email it to us as a JPG or PDF attachment, or send us a high quality photocopy by mail.

If you are scanning documents to email, we suggest a maximum resolution of 300 dpi.

Travel Details

Passport

A genuine valid passport is required for your trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from Nepal. In addition, we recommend your passport have at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say “Visas” at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which says “Amendments and Endorsements,” and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. It is always advisable to carry photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.

Visas

Travelers should possess a tourist visa for India. Indian visas cannot be obtained upon arrival; you must obtain your visa prior to departure. We suggest applying for your visa 2-3 months prior to trip departure, as visa processing can take time.

 

Getting an Indian Visa in Kathmandu takes about 7 working days in all.

Pre-fill the Indian Visa Application form online

Print a copy of your application

Visit the Indian Embassy to validate your application

After 5 working days, return for a second visit to the Indian Embassy

Collect your passport the next working day.

Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), E-Visa Issued Online: Authorization (ETA), which is valid for 365 days from the date of issue. This ETA allows for multiple entries within the365 days, although each individual visit cannot exceed 180 days.

Currently, this ETA is valid for entry through 28 designated airports and 5 designated seaports. However the visitors have the flexibility to depart/exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India. 

Upon arrival, you will need to present your physical ETA document and passport to the Indian immigration officials. Please make sure that you also have a printed copy of your international flight itinerary. 

You must apply for this ETA through India’s Ministry of Home Affairs at the following website (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html).

Money Matters

India’s currency is the rupee. You can exchange money at the international airport on arrival and at our hotels during the trip. You will be issued a currency exchange forms whenever you change the money when exchanging money, please do not accept 500 or 1000 Indian Rupee bills. They are no longer accepted by the Indian government.

Credit cards are accepted in most shops, hotels, and restaurants in India. There are ATMs at the international airports, and you can use these upon arrival in India. Please note that there are ATM machines elsewhere in India, but they may not be conveniently located near the hotels on our trips.

To use an ATM internationally, you must have a four-digit PIN. If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad

Tipping Know-How

Although completely discretionary, tipping is a customary part of the tourist industry in India. Over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward service. Please make your tips in Indian rupees.

Special Diets

We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs, however, please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or limitations due to logistics can make it extremely difficult and at times impossible to accommodate dietary restrictions. Please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you are on a restricted diet due to health reasons.

 

Communications

Telephone

The international dialing code for India is 91. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use.

Email & Internet Access

Internet access is available at most of our lodges and hotels.

Electricity

India has 230-volt current and either C or D plugs type. Bring a converter and plug adaptor kit for appliance use.

Medical Information

The following recommendations should be used as a guideline only; consult your physician for medical advice. It is vital that you let Mission Nepal Holidays know about the medical problems, allergies, or physical limitations if any. 

Mission Nepal Holidays is not a medical facility. It is not under any obligation or has expertise regarding what medications are safe for your participation in the trip. Traveler’s health information is available from the Centers for Disease Control. (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/index.htm)

Cultural Considerations

In India It is difficult for travelers to comprehend the traditions and rituals involved in everyday life. As in all travel situations, it is important to observe the local people carefully and use common sense. For You’ll almost always find the Indians friendly and helpful. You should at all times respect the culture by observing local customs concerning appropriate dress, particularly in sacred places. Your Trip Leader is always available to answer any questions that you may have regarding this. 

Packing List – The essentials you need to carry and always remember 

Air tickets (or E-tickets)

Visa for India

Passport

Carry with you a picture proof ID, such as a driver’s license, pan card, voter’s id.

Expense money

Weight Limits

On the internal flights for this departure, each passenger can bring one piece of checked luggage with a weight limit of 33 lbs., as well as one carry-on of 15 lbs.

 

If your baggage exceeds this weight limit, you may be required to pay excess baggage fees on the spot.

Important notes on Clothing

We recommend that you bring comfortable, lightweight clothing and shoes made for walking. Visitors should take care to dress modestly. For women, long pants, skirts, or knee-length hiking shorts are fine. Skimpy or revealing tops are generally unacceptable. 

Men should wear shirts with sleeves and long pants or knee-length hiking shorts. In some temples, shoes must be removed.

Necessary Equipments and accessories

Reusable water bottle (optional, as bottled water is widely available on the trip)

Good quality sunglasses with case

Personal toiletries

Plastic bags to organize items in duffel

Flashlight or headlamp, spare batteries; blackouts are a possibility and it’s a good idea to keep a small flashlight or headlamp handy in your hotel room

Money belt or neck pouch stashed in and around your waist.

Always carry your passport, credit cards, and cash with you in a money belt or neck pouch tucked down inside your shirt or blouse.

Personal First Aid Supplies  

We always recommend you to carry mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Lip balm with sunscreen

Aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, Tylenol PM for sleeping

Topical antibiotic (such as Neosporin) for cuts, bites, or sores

Insect repellent

Blister kit. Look for the long-lasting gel-type bandages that you can apply directly on blisters

Anti-bacterial gel for hand washing

Carry Antihistamine such as Benadryl and cold remedy such as Sudafed Imodium for diarrhea

Spare contact lenses or spare prescription glasses

Feminine protection (not always available for purchase)

 

Packing List – The essentials you need to carry and always remember

Air tickets (or E-tickets)

Visa for Nepal

Passport

Carry a picture proof ID, such as a driver’s license, or a pan card, voter’s identification if any.

Personal Expense money

While preparing it is always good to remember the fitter you are, the more you will be able to enjoy the splendor of the Himalayas around you. Mission Nepal Holidays is always there to help and provide detailed information so that your journey becomes a memorable one.

If you have any queries or questions you can always revert back to us on? Call: +977 1- 4438165 or +9779802072870, go to our website (www.missionnepal.com) or email us at: info@missionnepal.com or dhakalji2011@gmail.com we would be more than happy to help you at any given point of time 24/7.

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