India is a land of colours, cultures, calmness and chaos all in a vibrant and delicate balance that you’ll find nowhere else. It is diverse and beautiful. It is huge and welcoming. But while it’s all these great things, it is also a little difficult.Being away from family and home gets tough for a traveller and connectivity becomes as important as food and water even if it is just for a few days. India is huge and while one is roaming around, it is necessary to stay well connected throughout the country. Now, like every experienced traveller you first thought will be to buy a local and cheapest SIM card in India and that for a heads up can be a daunting task even when the SIM card price in India is mostly affordable. And even getting one does not ensure that your phone will work with an Indian SIM card. This could either be because, the GSM band of your phone is not compatible or your phone is locked to your carrier. Few important facts you NEED to know! Regular SIM cards in India are disabled after three months of inactivity, but indian SIM cards for foreigners (tourist SIM) expire after three months regardless. Indian government tried a scheme with free tourist SIM cards and international SIM cards being sold at airports, but both these schemes have been discontinued. You must have heard that getting a SIM Card in India for a foreigner is hard, but unfortunately, it is harder than you have been told. Due to security reasons, getting a travel SIM card or an international sim card in India requires foreign tourists to furnish a lot of documents (Passport, Photographs, Indian Visa, Local Address Documents, Home Address Proof and sometimes more, all in originals and photocopies) and there are many many steps involved in the process. These steps also might differ a little from state to state. Here’s what you have to do! First, decide on the company. There are a lot of service providers but each service provider’s service is susceptible to change with change in location. The coverage may or may not stay efficient throughout the country. The key service providers with maximum market share in India are Vodafone with 19%, Airtel with 24% and Idea with 18% market share.Now, here’s what you need to do to acquire a local India Sim card. Step 1: Local referenceFor a postpaid /prepaid/ roaming SIM card you will need a local reference name and phone number (For instance you can’t apply for a SIM card in Delhi with a reference in Mumbai- it has to be a local number) It is not necessary that you will have a local reference. Your local reference will get a call from the network provider within 24 hours of submitting the documents. It is possible that only one phone call is made to the local reference and in case they miss that call, you may have to wait for a day or so get the call again. It is also possible that you may have to repeat the entire documentation process with a different number as your application may be rejected and then you’ll have to wait for another two days.
In India, there are a lot of cafes & restaurants which offer free wifi but mostly at low speeds and that tends to obstruct smooth internet surfing and does not let you apps that require decent data capacity (Apps like Facebook, Instagram).Most cities in India unfortunately, do not have wifi zones.Therefore to use internet; you remain dependent and confined to your hotel rooms or cafes and restaurants. The whole hassle of connectivity just sucks up the chill. Do what you are really here to do - Travel! And leave the rest to Trabug. What is Trabug exactly?Trabug started as India’s First Travel Phone that catered to all the needs of a foreigner travelling to India but has now also ventured into a pocket wifi device. The Pocket Wifi Device:This is a small convenient pocket sized device that you can rent at $2.49 a day. The device gives you access to high speed internet (4G) and lets you connect upto 10 devices. It is handy and lasts upto 6 hours after 1 full charge. It can be charged again using a regular USB android cord. It comes with a companion app. The Phone:Trabug is an android smartphone which comes with a 4G SIM card and saves you the hassle of purchasing a SIM card. This is awesome because in India, to purchase a SIM card sometimes takes up to days altogether and the formalities are as long as 7 steps. The plans offered on the phone can be viewed on the site. There’s a good variety to choose from but not too much to confuse you either. International roaming costs for other service providers are generally high whereas the international roaming costs almost and even less than $2 a day for people who stay for longer durations. Therefore, Trabug definitely saves you both time and money.
When’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit India? Right now! The period from October-March is when India cools down – literally. Most of the country experiences mild and dry weather at this time of year. Although the Northern and Eastern parts of the country can see some intense cold and fog in December and January, the South and the West enjoy warm days and pleasant evenings. Between October and February, India celebrates one festival after another. October begins with a national holiday – Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, on the 2nd of the month. RamleelaThe festive season proper begins with the Ramleela – the story of Lord Ram, which is enacted by local performers all over India from mid-September till mid-October. One of the oldest and most well-known Ramleelas has been running near the city of Varanasi for centuries – in Ramnagar, on the banks of the River Ganges. Make a plan to immerse yourself in the magic of the Ramleela right HERE. Navratri & DussehraNavratri, is a nine-day festival that celebrates the Mother Goddess in all her avatars and manifestations, in the form of Ma Durga, Ma Lakshmi and Ma Saraswati. The festival is observed by devout Hindus all over India, who abstain from alcohol and avoid non-vegetarian food during this period. Some people fast during the daytime and then feast after sunset. On the tenth day, the festival ends with Dussehra – a day which celebrates the victory of good over evil. On this day, Lord Ram is said to have slain the evil demon king Ravana. Giant effigies of Ravana and his brothers are burnt, and firecrackers are burst.