India is a vast South Asian country with diverse terrain – from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline – and history reaching back 5 millennia. In the north, Mughal Empire landmarks include Delhi’s Red Fort complex, massive Jama Masjid mosque and Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum. Pilgrims bathe in the Ganges in Varanasi, and Rishikesh is a yoga center and base for Himalayan trekking.
Capital: New Delhi
Dialing code: +91
Prime minister: Narendra Modi
President: Pranab Mukherjee
Population: 1.252 billion (2013) World Bank
India Visa Information
Everyone except nationals of Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal needs a visa to visit India.
Tourist visas are valid for six months from the date of issue, and cost around US$50. Processing takes from one day to one week
Visas need to be applied for online before you visit an embassy.
A visa on arrival is available for tourists from Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Guyana, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
The on arrival visa is only available at Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Trivandrum airports for a fee of US$60. The visa is single entry and only valid for 30 days. You must apply at least 4 days in advance and up to 30 days before you arrive
If you would like to stay in India for longer than six months, you will need to leave the country and apply for another visa. Getting another visa after you have had two in a row may prove a little difficult.
The Indian embassy in Kathmandu may be able to issue new visas but there crackdowns from time to time that may make getting a new visa near impossible.
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