Foreigners need a special permit to visit the areas mentioned below. For processing the application, certain documents are need like application form with a photograph, photograph and signature of the holder photocopies of passport pages that contain personal details, a copy of the page with the VISA for India. The permit issued contains the following particulars- duration, time to process the application, minimum number of people in groups, number of passport size photographs, permit for specific places and dates of stay and original application.
Following are the restricted areas:
If you are planning to visit these places, you must make a booking in advance.
India offers a lot of diversity in Climate. A tourist can any time find a place of his choice of the climate. During summers, the places lying on the foothills of Himalayas like Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir etc in the Northern region have a pleasant weather. The South too has its share of hill stations Ooty, Kodai Kanal, Coorg, Munnar along with Darjeeling, Sikkim, Gangtok in the East. India mainly witnesses three seasons- Summer, Winter and Monsoon. Some areas in summers (April-July) are extremely hot but hill stations offer cool respite. The winters (November-March) of the country are very famous with snowfall at hill stations. Monsoon (August-September: on western coast AND October-December: on eastern coast) is also a great time with heavy rainfall.
If you are a health tourist coming to India with any yellow fever infected area then you should carry yellow fever yellow fever vaccination certificate. Vaccinations for Hepatitis, Cholera and anti-malarial pills can be taken but are optional.
Most of the offices, banks and markets are closed on Sunday. Sometimes, within a city, different markets remain close on some weekdays too. Thus, you must make an enquiry from your hotel before you leave for shopping. Many offices are closed on Saturdays too. The calendar of India is filled with festivals and various kinds of holidays. If you are in India during such a time, you will have a great time in the celebrations.
If you know the art of bargaining then India is a shopping paradise for you. Nevertheless, it is advisable that you should confirm the price from a number of shops before buying anything. Bargaining with tourists is a 'must'. Shopping (for expensive goods) from State government run emporiums is the best bet. You cannot return your purchase once you have left the Indian shores. Some handicraft shops also offer this service. But in the case of antiques, a special permission from the archaeological survey of India (ASI) is necessary. Most of the shops accept major credit cards while a few also accept personal cheques.