Do's & Don'ts -
* Always book into
approved hotels or RTDC run hotels.
* Make enquiries at the information bureaux
located at most Railway stations, Bus stands,
* Before staying in a paying guest
accommodation, always check about its
authorization by the Department of Tourism
* Always keep your hotel room locked when there
or when out for sight seeing, shopping.
* Don't stay with or
be coaxed into staying with people you meet at
Railway platforms, Bus stands or shopping areas.
* Don't think you are getting a bargain if a
free ride is given by any transporters to a
hotel, check with tourist information office
* Don't allow any one into your room for a drink
and snacks or just a chat unless the person is
really well known to you.
Take autorikshaws from pre paid kiosk wherever
Otherwise settle the amount before embarking on
Hire taxis from approved Travel Agency, RTDC or
through Govt. Tourist Reception Centres.
Free rides can culminate in trouble at hotel
suggested by the driver.
Don't leave your valuables, luggage with the
Make enquires (As to where & how far each
monument, tourist site is located ) before
setting out on sight seeing with only the driver
as a guide.
* Always insist on a bill for purchases made
* Purchase from reputed or recognized shops.
* Ensure RST/ CST registration numbers in a
corner on the bill sheet.
* Payments made by credit cards must have the
amount mentioned in words and numerical too.
* Always double-check the goods in the parcel
before leaving the shop or allowing it to be
packed for despatch.
* Ensure payment by credit cards is made only
once for each bill.
* Wrongly made out bills must be destroyed there
and then to avoid double payment to the
* Don't let the driver coax you into doing more
shopping than sight seeing
* Avoid showrooms near tourist sites or else
ensure the price and authenticity of the
purchase being made.
* Avoid shops that have names very similar to
govt. run emporia or concerns like RTDC
(Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) or
Rajasthali, Which are public sector
* Don't sign on blank letter heads or bills.
* Avoid carrying out business or developing
relations for furthering business with unknown
persons who are sweet talkers and at times
impeccable turned out.
* Avoid help of guide /driver while shopping.
Try to avoid shops recommended by them.
* Don't let shopkeepers pack your purchases
behind a counter or in another room it must be
done infront of you and sign across the joints
or ensure some method whereby no changes can be
* Take from authorized money exchangers and take
Don't exchange from unauthorized money
exchangers who do not provide a receipt.
* Utilize services of pre-paid taxis, wherever
In case Cheated: -
If you are cheated, inform nearest Police
Station or Police control room immediately or
TAF (Tourist Assistant Force) personnel posted
leave your valuables & goods/ luggage in
taxi/auto rickshaw etc.
TO AND AROUND RAJASTHAN
Jaipur is the only International Airport in Rajasthan and
only daily international flight of Indian Airlines from
Dubai. The infrastructure at the airport is being upgraded
so that more international airlines open Jaipur as their
However most travelers arriving in Rajasthan land in New
Delhi or Mumbai. New Delhi is the closest major
international airport and is the preferred gateway of most
travelers to Rajasthan. New Delhi airport is 260 kms from
Jaipur and variety of transport to Jaipur is available from
there. Mumbai is also an alternative and is one of India
major international airports.
Rajasthan has airports at Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur, while
the airport at Jaisalmer opens from 1st October to 31st
March. Government run airline Indian Airlines and private
airline Jet Airways operate daily services to all airports
in Rajasthan from New Delhi and Mumbai. The domestic airport
at New Delhi and Mumbai are located near the international
airport and flight to Rajasthan operates from domestic
Check-in time for all airlines is one hour before the flight
scheduled time. You are allowed 20 kgs of baggage in economy
and 30 kgs of baggage in business class. There is a
stringent security check your clothing is frisked and your
hand baggage is checked. Remember to get a hand baggage tag
before checking-in because it is stamped if cleared for
security. You will also be required to identify your baggage
at tarmac before its loaded on the aircraft. If you are
taking a domestic flight to catch an international make sure
to have at least 12 hour in advance to avoid missing their
flights because of delays.
India has one of the worlds biggest railway services network
managing over 60,000 kms of track and transporting over 11
million passengers every day. Indian railways are an
efficient service and reliable and cheap means of transport.
A variety of services like the super fats, mail, express,
inter city and country passenger services are offer to
choose from. The services are also classified for comfort in
travel like the most luxurious in air-conditioned first
class. Most of the trains offer air-condition service in
other classes also two tier, three tier and chair car. The
lowest is second-class three-tier sleeper berth and chair
car. Good catering is available on train and constant supply
of cold and hot beverages and mineral water is available.
Alcoholic drinks and smoking are forbidden on Indian trains
and should be avoided. Bookings of tickets can sometimes be
taxing and trains are overcrowded so advance planning is
suggested. However most railway booking office offer a
separate queue for foreign travelers as a facility. Special
quota reservation for foreign tourist is also available on
showing travel documents and money changing receipts or ATM
slips when paying in rupees.
Indian railway stations have every conceivable amenity on
the stations. There are refreshment room, kiosks selling
snacks and beverages, books, newspaper and magazine stall,
waiting rooms with toilets and change facility, lockers,
emergency medications and first aid, basic toiletries,
overnight stay room, wheel chairs for the invalid and
infirm, push trolleys for heavy baggage and phone booths.
There is well-informed enquiry window besides frequent
announcement of train delays, arrivals and departure on the
public address system and of course the porters can also
give authentic information. The reservation chart is placed
at a well-appointed place to locate you coach number. Every
railway station is protected by the railway protection force
and have police station for complains. In case of any
assistance you also approach the Station Master or the
Rajasthan has well connected network of railways and well
managed railway stations. Most important Rajasthan town are
well connected by daily services from New Delhi, Delhi,
Mumbai, Kolkatta and other principle cities of India. For
comprehensive information on train schedules, fares and
booking position you can log on to www.indianrail.gov.in .
The railway enquiry number locally from any city is 131. You
can book tickets to from any destination to any destination
from a remote booking office. Railways also offer packages
valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of
intended departure from India should accompany visa
2. Paste one photo and staple the other one on the form at
3. Foreigners holding other nationalities (other than the
country where applying for visa), should submit proof of
long-term (at least three years)/ permanent residence in the
country (where applying). For citizen of other countries, a
reference has to be made to their country of residence for
which an additional fee is applicable and will involve extra
processing time. Please refrain from making inquiries about
the status of application during this time.
4. Following visas are available from the Indian missions
Is given for 6 months normally, rest specifically depends on
the country of residence. The applicant is required to
produce/submit documents in proof of his financial standing.
Tourist traveling in groups of not less than four members
under the auspices of a recognized travel agency may be
considered for grant of collective tourist visa.
Valid for one or more year with multiple entries. A letter
from sponsoring organization indicating nature of business,
probable duration of stay, places and organizations to be
visited incorporating there in a guarantee to meet
maintenance expenses, etc. should accompany the application.
Are issued for the duration of the academic course of study
or for a period of five years whichever is less, on the
basis of firm letters of admission from
Universities/recognized colleges or educational institutions
in India. Change of purpose and institutions are not
Are issued for a maximum period of 15-days with
single/double entry facilities to bonafide transit
VISA TO MISSIONARIES
Are valid for single entry and duration as permitted by
Government of India. A letter in triplicate from sponsoring
organization indicating intended destination in India,
probable length of stay, and nature of duties to be
discharged should be submitted along with guarantee for
applicant maintenance while in India.
Are issued to professional journalists and photographers for
visiting India. The applicants are required to contact on
arrival in New Delhi, the External Publicity Division of the
Ministry of External Affairs and in other places, the Office
of the Government of India's Press Information Bureaus.
Are issued for attending conferences/seminars/meetings in
India. A letter of invitation from the organiser of the
conference is to be submitted along with the visa
application. Delegates coming to attend conferences may
combine tourism with attending conferences
Are issued to skilled and qualified professionals or persons
who are engaged or appointed by companies, organizations,
economic undertakings as technicians, technical experts,
senior executives etc. Applicants are required to submit
proof of contract/employment/engagement of foreign nationals
by the company or organization.
The fee structure depends on the nationality of the passport
holder and type/duration of visa applied. The existing fee
Visas with validity upto six months
Visas with validity upto one year
Visas with validity between one to five years
Visa fees indicated in US$ are payable in local currencies
as well. Visa fees are not refundable except in cases where
a visa already issued is cancelled thereafter.
Depends on the type of visa applied.
The duration of stay in India, for each visit on a tourist
visa or business visa is only for a period of 6 months even
though a valid visa may be for more than 6 months.
Visa is given for a period for which passport is valid. For
example, if a passport is valid until April 30,2003 and an
applicant is applying for 5 years visa on December 31,1999,
the applicant will not be issued a 5 years visa as the
passport expires before the 5 year visa.
Validity of all visas is counted from the date of their
Tourist visa up to 5 years may be granted if the foreigner
is connected with the tourism trade.
If visa is for more than 180 days, registration is
compulsory within 14 days of first arrival in India.
Extension of visa in Delhi-
MHA- Director(F), Lok Nayak Bhawan, Ist floor, Khan
market, New Delhi-110003.
The currency in usage in India is Rupee. It is divided in
100 paise. Coins are available in .25, .50, 1.00, 2.00 and
5.00. Currency notes are available is Re 1 and Rs
2,5,10,20,50, 100, 500 and 1000. Rs 1000 note is good to
keep your wallet slim while travelling but it is recommended
to keep change since getting change is always painstaking.
Make sure the notes are not torn or deface in any manner
You are not allowed to bring in or take out Indian rupee
from the country. You can bring as foreign currency as you
wish but for above $ 10000 or equivalent it must be
All Banks exchange foreign currency at the prescribed
rate of the day by the Reserve Bank of India. Authorized
moneychangers are also located at strategic market places
and hotels. If you are traveling to remoter area it is
advised that you change your money before hand. American
Express and Thomas Cook Traveler chouse are also well
accepted. At cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur ATMs
are conveniently available. ATM accepts Cirrus, Maestro,
Master Card and Visa. Though all ATMs may not accept all the
cards. All major shopping establishments, hotel and
restaurants accept credit cards. But budget hotels,
restaurants and small shops may not accept credit cards.
India has well established postal service. A post card
can be sent in Rs 8 or an aerogramme in Rs 8.50 to anywhere
in the world. A standard mail can cost upto Rs 11 to Rs 20
per 20 grams. Parcels can also be sent they are charged as
per weight and distance. It is advisable to get the parcels
stitched by a tailor or a parcel wallah normally available
just outside the post offices.
Couriers services are available for through out the
country and internationally. Some international couriers
have offices in Jaipur while most others have associates.
Post can be received as poste restante with your surname
written first addressed care off GPO or General Post Office
of any town you intend to visit. While looking for your mail
check both for surname and first name as it could be filed
under any. Make sure the senders write the return address so
that the mails if uncollected can be returned.
Even in small town you will find abundance of phone
booths called PCOs or Public Calling Offices. You can make
local calls our STD call that is Subscribers Trunk Dialing
or ISD International Trunk Dialing from these booths. You
can spot such booths by a glow sign displayed outside the
booth saying PCO/STD/ISD. You dial yourself and pay as per
the print out metered bill only. These are cheaper options
that direct dialing from hotels. The phone service is
usually and you can get connected in moments. Most of the
phone booths also offer fax services.
Cyber Cafes are existing all over and Internet and email
access. The Cyber Cafes with leased line or ISDN lines are
generally faster. However Internet can be very slow between
5 pm and 9 pm but is generally faster in mornings, early
afternoons and late nights. The rates can vary between Rs 10
to 50 per hour.
Newspapers in English language with good quality
international and national coverage are easily available.
Newspapers like The Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian
Express, The Hindu and The Statesman are available. Selected
bookstall may have some international newspapers too.
DRINKING WATER & BEVERAGES
The Indian loves tea called locally chai it forms an
essential part of the social milieu and served as a
hospitality brew. Tea is available all over in roadside
teashops or restaurant and even on railway and bus stand
platforms. A very hygienic tea service is available largely
on railway station is in clay pot, which are disposable, but
this now being replaced by disposable plastic cups. Unless
you specify specially tea is a mixed brew and many traveller
find it too sweet. So you specify tea in a tray and manage
the addition of milk and sugar. Coffee though less freely
available can be found in more exclusive joints. Now coffee
vending machine of popular international brands is also
gaining currency and some places also have an espresso
There is an apparent over dose of international Cola and
carbonated drinks like Coco Cola and Pepsi, which are
available in abundance at every corner. These are
supplemented by local brands like Thums UP and Limca. Masala
Soda a peculiar concoction of rock salt and lime with soda
can be a pleasant surprise and very digestive. A variety of
fresh and canned fruit juices and local drink particularly
good for summer like khas and rose are also very soothing. A
diluted and churned curd drink called lassi, which is thinly
salted and sweetened and often topped with cream can be
quite filling and a remedy to sun strokes.
A variety of alcoholic drinks like whiskey, gin, rum, brandy
or vodka is available in good standard. Blended whiskeys
with Scotch are available and are generally more expensive.
Wines and Champaign are also available but in major towns.
Bottled and canned Beer is very easily available and is
generally chilled before sale. Bars are licensed by the
government and are available only in mid range and expensive
hotels. There are plenty of liquor shops but public drinking