International tourists should have a valid visa and passport, to enter India. The visa is available at Indian missions located worldwide. A standard tourist visa is sufficient for a visit. An onward travel ticket is a requirement for most visas. There are additional restrictions on travelers from Bangladesh and Pakistan, as well as certain Eastern European, African and Central Asian countries.
Visas are priced in the local currency:
UK it is UK£30
Australia A$75 (an extra A$15 service fee applies at consulates) and
A visa can be extended for 14 days at the discretion of the Ministry of Home Affairs. This special grant extended only if the passport is robbed before the date of departure. The Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office will process all requests pertaining to visa extension.
A travel permit is required to visit certain places in India, especially areas close to borders. An Inner-Line Permit (ILP) is required to visit northern parts of Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim that lie close to the disputed border with China/Tibet. ILPs are issued by regional magistrates and district commissioners, either directly to travelers (for free) or through travel agents (for a fee).
Entering the northeast states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP).
A travel to India will not pinch pockets as accommodation is available to suit all budgets. The public transport network makes travel economical in the country. Factors such as location, festival seasons can influence accommodation tariffs. And food is low priced at midrange restaurants.
ATMs linked to international networks are common in most towns and cities in India. US dollars, UK pounds and Euros are easy to change throughout India. Traveler’s cheques are widely accepted. But if you are moving into remote places, it is advisable to carry cash.
Credit cards are accepted at shops, up market restaurants. These cards can be used to book train or flight tickets.