Travellers can enter India through any of the five major cities with International Airports – New Delhi, the capital, in the north; Mumbai (formery Bombay), the commercial capital on the coast of the Arabian Sea in the west, Chennai (formerly Madras) on the southern coast of the Indian Ocean, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), in the east, and Thiruvananthapuram in the South-West. In addition to the International Airports there are also several Domestic Airports in India with limited international operations: – These have customs and immigration facilities for limited international operations by national carriers and for foreign tourist and cargo charter flights. These include Bangalore (CE), Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Calicut, Goa (CE), Varanasi, Patna, Agra (CE), Jaipur, Amritsar, Tiruchirapally, Coimbatore and Lucknow. Please click here for more details on Airports in India
Domestic Airlines in India International Airlines connecting India Customs and Baggage Rules
There are two channels for customs clearance :- (i) Green Channel for passengers not having any dutiable goods. (ii) Red Channel for passengers having dutiable goods. Passengers walking through the Green Channel with dutiable / prohibited goods are liable to prosecution/penalty and confiscation of goods. Duty free allowances and the rates of duties applicable for goods imported as personal baggage are contained in the rules established by the Central Board of Excise and Customs, Government of India. Currency Declaration
Travellers can bring into India any amount of foreign exchange, subject to the condition that on arrival a declaration is made to the custom authorities in a Currency Declaration Form. It is necessary to fill out a declaration form if the foreign exchange exceeds US$ 10,000 or its equivalent and /or the aggregate value of foreign currency notes is US$ 5,000 or its equivalent. Travellers Cheques in US Dollar and Pound sterling are easily exchangeable and ATMs are available in major Indian cities. Credit cards are accepted in hotels and large stores.
India by rail offers a fascinating odyssey through time and space,cultures and history offering magical glimpses, cultural and natural diversity, shrouded in enchanting, mystery colours that captures the heart while soothing the soul. Spread over 63,000 km. this massive rail network is served by nearly 7,000 railway stations.The Indian international railway system is the largest in Asia and second largest in the world. There are 63,000 km of track, over 8000 stations runing over 12,000 trains every day carrying more than 20 million passengers. The Rajdhani Express
, India’s superfast, fully air-conditioned,deluxe train gives you the unique opportunity of experiencing Indian Railways at its best. The train links New Delhi (the capital/ Rajdhani) to India’s major cities. Fare includes all meals and mineral water. Superfast, intercity trains known as the Shatabdi Express
link major cities and offer facilities for quick and comfortable travel.Faster, cheaper the newly introduced super fast intercity trains known as the Jan Shatabdi
Express, link major cities and offer facilities for quick and comfortable travel to the budget tourists. Sampark Kranti
trains have been introduced to provide quicker connectivity from a particular State to the national capital, with value added features such as non-stop run beyond the State, dedicated staff throughout the run and public address system. The luxury trains of India provide a unique travel experience. The Fairy Queen
,The Deccan Odyssey,Heritage On Wheels,Palace On Wheels Mahaparinivan. Golden ChariotSpecial arrangements can be made to book a whole carriage or special carriiages can be reserved for an entire event. You can experience the royal and incredible India on one of these trains
Travel By Road India has 3.32 million kilometers of road network, which is the second largest in the world. Roads occupy an eminent position in transportation as they, as per the present estimate, carry nearly 65% of freight and 85% of passenger traffic. Traffic on roads is growing at a rate of 7 to 10% per annum, while the vehicle population growth, for the past few years, is of the order of 12% per annum. If you are new to India, it is important to familiarise yourselves with rules and regulations of the roads if you wish to drive. We drive on the left-hand side of the road, and the cars, including the rental cars are right-hand drive vehicles. All distances, speed limits (and speedometers) are in kilometers. While driving on the road, wearing of seat belts is compulsory and usage of hand-held phones is banned. Petrol (Gas) stations are situated on both main and country roads. It is advised to fill up the tank before it starts giving warning signals, as sometimes there is a considerable distance between the towns. Indian petrol stations are not self-help. A helper will check tire pressure, oil and water, and fill the car, and if necessary, clean the windscreen. After the railways, surface transport is the chief means of travel in India. It is a viable option to rent a car in cities, and fares are charged on a kilometer basis. In Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and other major cities, metered taxis, as well as luxury cars are easily available on hire. There are many rent-a-car services, with prominent international companies tying up with Indian firms to provide these services. You can hire a car for a full day or for a destination.
Travel By Sea India is a large peninsula bounded by sea on three sides, and is blessed with a long coastline extending to more than 7500 kilometres. To the east lies the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea lies to the west, and the Indian Ocean lies to the south.Some of these States and Union Territories of India, lying along the coast, operate regular transportation services and scenic tours between various points. Traveling on the blue waters enveloping the Indian subcontinent is an experience to be cherished. Regular passenger ships are available in most of the coastal states. Sea journey is mostly used to reach the Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Both these islands are a part of the Indian subcontinent, and are also well connected by airways. A sea journey can also be undertaken to travel between the different port cities of the Country. Apart from taking a journey by sea, you can also hire a ship for fun trips in the blue waters. There are nine Indian states and three Union Territories, which are situated along the coast. These are: Andhra Pradesh Andaman and Nicobar Islands Goa Gujarat Kerala Karnataka Maharashtra Orissa Tamil Nadu Puducherry Daman and Diu Lakshadweep Islands