Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Destinations and Tips to Consider while Buying Air Tickets to India

There are endless reasons for buying air tickets to India. The country is full of wonderful destinations like Cochin, Goa, Kerala, and many others. Read on for some interesting tid bits on these three destinations as well as travel tips on the country.
The endearing travel destination of India makes for an unforgettable Asian Odyssey. Anyone looking for the best time to visit India has the entire year to choose from as the Indian weather is pretty varied during different times of the year. For instance, the hills are best visited during summers, while Central and Southern Indian destinations are wonderful during winters. Check out three popular destinations in India and some travel tips.

One of the places to consider while buying air tickets to India is the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' or Cochin. Captivating palm fringed beaches, smashing sunrises and sunsets, and mesmerising backwaters, Cochin will steal your heart. The destination also provides ample scope for buying souvenirs like ethnic prints done in hand woven textiles, grass mats, and coconut shell decorations. A good time to buy cheap tickets to Cochin is during the monsoon months of June to September.

Goa is probably the party capital of India and the most popular of honeymoon destinations in India. Adrenalin fuelled beach fun, scrumptious seafood, shopping at flea markets, ample booze, and a rich Portuguese ambience all make Goa a never ending roller coaster of fun. The destination is at its celebratory best from December to March.

Kerala’s magnificence is indefinable. Affectionately called ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala is one of the most beautiful places to visit in India and also makes for a wonderful honeymoon. Tranquil meandering backwaters, mangrove jungles, clusters of coconut palm, and paddy fields with an emerald green hue have all done their bit to give Kerala the vote of the best Asian holiday destination in the ‘Best in Travel poll 2010’ in the poll conducted by the independent online travel magazine, Smart Travel Asia.

Travel Tips
The travel tips given here deal with entry requirements especially pertaining to visas and passports for the travellers booking flights to India. It is strongly recommended that the information be crosschecked with official sources.
  • A visa is mandatory for entering India.
  • Foreigners arriving on term multiple entry visas need to register with the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Officer. This process has to be completed within 14 days of arrival.
  • Overstayers have to pay a fine and can also be put on trial. They can also be detained and even deported later on.
  • Travellers leaving India cannot re-enter the country before two months unless they can produce adequate documentation by way of ticket booking evidence and an overall itinerary suggesting that they had visited some neighbouring country as tourists. Another clause states that visitors planning to get back to India before the two month period are required to visit the Indian Consulate or High Commission of the country they have travelled to. More clarifications are available at FAQs published by the MHA:
  • Passports should be valid for at least six months from the date of application for the visa to India. Furthermore, the passport needs to be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of arrival in India.
  • If you want to treat yourself to the Cricket World Cup matches in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, you will have to obtain a double or triple entry visa. While applying for this visa, proof of your itinerary will be required.

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