Eligibility & Documentation for e-Visa

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA International travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit can apply for e-VISA. The tourist’s passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer. The traveller should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India. This facility is NOT available to travellers having passport issued in Pakistan or whose origin is Pakistan. This facility is NOT available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders. This facility is NOT available to individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport i.e. each individual tourist should have a separate passport. This facility is NOT available to International Travel Document Holders. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR e-TOURIST VISA (eTV) ARE Scanned copy of information page of your passport in PDF format.The size of the scan has to be between 10 KB and 300 KB.Digital passport style photograph with the following requirements:Format - JPEGSize of the JPEG has to be between 10 KB and 1 MB.The height and width of the Photo must be equal - it has to be a square photo.Photo should present full face, front view with open eyes.Center head within frame and present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.Background should be plain, light colored or white background.No shadows on the face or on the background.The photograph has to be without borders. Application PDF (which you can fill out from the Online Order Form. You will need to type your answers, save the PDF and upload it to the form.) Stay connected across India.Getting an e-Visa will also help you to get Trabug.Trabug is a unique solution. It provides you a high-end smartphone and 4G SIM card with unlimited data. All the information about localised services is preloaded and it is delivered at your doorstep anywhere in India. For a better travelling experience get Trabug. Review from a happy customer “We had a wonderful experience with Trabug. The customer service was a minimum 5 stars as we received immediate replies to our questions and tech support if there was a problem - which was mostly user error on my part. Trabug saved us the hassle and inconvenience of trying to obtain a sim card on our own, the phone was waiting for us when we checked into our hotel, and better yet - we were able to work whenever we needed to. We would use them again if we return to India and I would highly recommend Trabug.” KimDon Greene U.S.A.

How to get an e-Visa for India?

How to get an e-Visa for India? Eligible candidates may apply online, minimum 4 days in advance of date of arrival with a window of 30 days. Photograph on white background with personal details like name, DOB, expiry date etc. should be uploaded on line. eTV fee is non- refundable. Valid till 30 days from date of arrival. eTV holder is allowed for maximum 2 visits in a calendar year. eTV on arrival is Only Single entry, non extendable, non convertible and not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment area. Services you can easily get with e-Visa You would obviously want to stay connected with your loved ones and/or your work. You would think of getting a local SIM Card to save international roaming charges, but what if we told you don’t need a SIM card now in India. Surprised! Yes it’s true. Trabug is a new service which aims to keep you connected across India with its smartphone. It is a unique solution to all your problems. It is a high-end smartphone that comes with a 4G Sim card and unlimited data and made available to you on rental basis. Trabug rental plans are designed to suit your budget and usage. It is easy to get Trabug with your e-Visa. Review from a happy customer “We did enjoy using Trabug! The phone made our trip so much easier…don’t know what we would have done without it.” Rajat Sethi Canada Links that might interest you: Why get Trabug and not just a SIMcard? How does Trabug work? Countries for which e-visa is availableTrabug Facebook Reviews

Buying a SIM card in India

Great! you found us looking for a SIM card in India, but did you know that getting a local connection in India can be quite a daunting task. Even after getting one it is not necessary that your phone will work with a Local SIM card or not.This could be because either the GSM band of your phone is not compatible or your phone is locked to your carrier. Due to security reasons, getting a SIM card in India requires foreign tourists to furnish a lot of documents and there are many steps involved in the process, have a look: Step 1: Local referenceFor a 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. Step 2: Final verification Once the network has called your local reference and your phone becomes active, it should display a signal. You then need to call the activation number (59059) from your phone and confirm the name and address details as provided at the time of applying for your SIM card. Step 3: Activation complete. Within 15 hours of your details being successfully verified, your SIM card should be active. Now you will have to go back to the shop and top up or recharge your phone with the data and voice plans that you desire. Make sure that you are in the same area in which you bought the SIM card for the activation to go through. For instance, if you bought the SIM card in Delhi, you cannot complete the activation if you have travelled outside of Delhi. It has to be done within the same area it was issued.

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Places to visit in Agra

Built by Akbar in 1565, Agra is situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, about 200 kilometers south of the national capital New Delhi. Agra is famous for its rich architecture and culture. The numerous bazaars are flooded with Zardozi (metal embroidery using gold/silver string) adorned cloth pieces, ittar (scents), dhurries (cotton rugs), brassware, leather items and of course souvenirs. There are many hidden wonders in Agra, which can be explored through Trabug. Taj Mahal “Taj Mahal” It’s the magical allure of the Taj Mahal that usually brings tourists to Agra. Described as a “teardrop on the cheek of time”, it truly lives up to the hype. The beautiful monument was made in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, by her husband, Shah Jahan. One of the seven wonders of the world and a world heritage site, it is India’s most visited monument. Other places to visit “Tomb of I’timād-Ud-Daulah”

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Jaipur: City Royale

The capital of the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur offers nostalgia for the past on the busy streets of its present. Home to majestic palaces, grand forts and architectural wonders, Jaipur is a city like none other. The Pink City, as Jaipur is often called, is visited by tourists almost all year round. A Jaipur itinerary is made up attractions like Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, the City Palace and Sisodia Rani Garden. It is also quite popular for handicrafts, jewellery and it’s food—an interesting mix of savouries and sweets. Things to do “Amber Fort” The Chokhi Dhani Village, a one-of-a-kind theme park, is a complete family destination. There are many entertainment activities available, including camel and horse rides, folk dance shows, puppet shows, fire acts and various games. It is also renowned for it’s mouth watering Rajasthani food served with gusto on leaf platters. “Chokhi Dhani” The Jaipur Literature festival, the world’s largest literature festival, is quite famous amongst book lovers around the globe. Typically held in January at the Diggi Palace, the 5-day festival gives people around the world a fascinating insight into Rajasthan’s cultural heritage.

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9 Cool Things to Do in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad (also called Amdavad) is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. It has many remarkable buildings, excellent museums and fine restaurants. One of India’s safest cities, it has fabulous night markets and vibrant night-life overall. If you want to enjoy proper Gujarati cuisine then ‘Dadi Dining Hall’ is the place to visit. Their staff knows how to treat their guests with veritable gestures and authentic food. Cool things to do Do the night heritage walk Attend Ravivari Visit “Bhatiyaar ki Gali” or the “Irani Café” at Teen Darwaza Fly a kite on the festival of Makar Sankranti on the river front Shop at Rani ni Hajiro Hang around in Law Gardens Go to Garba during Navratri Explore the above and other great spots using Trabug. :) Places to visit “Sabarmati Ashram” The former residence of Mahatma Gandhi and now a national monument, the Sabarmati Ashram is one of the most visited attractions in Ahmedabad. You can listen to stories about various aspects of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and also learn how to spin “Khadi” in a “Charkha”. There are also many pictures which depict the life and challenges in the life of Mahatma Gandhi during his struggle for an independent India. Other places of interest are the Auto World Vintage Car Museum, Sabarmati Riverfront, Sarkhej Roza, Jama Masjid, Sidi Saiyad Mosque, Calico Museum of Textiles, Manek Chowk, Heritage Walk and Dada Hari in Vav.

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Roam like a Native

Travelling abroad is usually an expensive affair and hence you want to make the best of the limited time you have there. To optimise vacation time you end up spending hours and hours on the internet researching about the place. You try and figure out where to eat, how much would it cost, what to see, how to get there, and so on. There is seldom room for you to be spontaneous. And if you are traveling with family it becomes even more important to make the most of your time there. You cannot be casual about your trip. Everything has to be pre-planned. What if I tell you, you don’t HAVE to travel that way. You can be as spontaneous as you want to be. You would probably not believe me. But this is exactly what we are trying to achieve for travellers like ourselves. We’ve seen that tourists waste a lot of time trying to locate good restaurants, shopping, pubs, money changers, etc. Even with copious amounts of planning, you need information about these facets, on the go. One very interesting thing that also came up during our research phase was that travellers were seldom familiar with local portals or digital properties to get the right information from, and more often than not ended up using Google for everything. Now we all know that Google is great but not perfect. My recent trip to London taught me that Google can go badly wrong in giving ratings to a restaurant. A 3.5 rating for me from Google would mean that I would enjoy a meal here. But unfortunately, I ended up spending a lot of money for really bad food. Tesco Express would have been a better bet any day. But that is the thing about internet. It is only as good as the things we ask it to do. I was not familiar with local content curators, like Yelp in the US, or Zomato in India. Hence Google was my go-to portal. After one bad experience, I started reading the reviews. The average time I ended up taking deciding where to eat went up almost to an hour. That’s a sheer waste of precious vacation time. And more often than not, I would settle for a place near to me or a short 10-minute ride away. I really could have used Trabug on that trip. If you had to spend no time planning, you would easily save about a week’s time of researching and curating stuff on your own.

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List of Embassies and Consulates in India

What is the task of an Embassy?An embassy is a diplomatic representation of country’s government in another country. It’s functions are: Transmits the message of its home government to the government of the host country and vice versa. Informs its home government about important political, social, economic, military and other events happening in the host country. Promotes its own home culture, economy and science in the host country. Prepares international treaties and official state visits.Many embassies have a consular section exercising the functions of a consulate. What is the task of a Consulate?A consulate is the representation of the public administration of a country in a foreign town. First of all, it is responsible for its own fellow-citizens, living or travelling in the host country.The most important duties of a consulate are: