Government of India requires all foreign (except Bhutan and Nepal) nationals a valid visa before they enter the country. The Embassy of India, Washington DC under the leadership of Ambassador Nirupama Rao streamlined Visa application process by outsourcing to Travista Group which provide online access to check the status of your applications and respond timely to queries. Visa fee varies by duration of visa validity. English is spoken in all major metro areas and even in rural areas, you will find it easy to communicate in English.
Health Insurance While in India
High quality health care is available in India at selected Metropolitan and urban centers and it is expensive for foreign nationals. The India Network Health Plan is valid in India (except for Indian citizens visiting India) and provides an excellent coverage, including accidental death benefit, repartriation benefit, and medical evacuation benefits. The benefits are payable in US dollars and the plan is underwritten by Chartis Insurance, a part of American International Group (AIG), New York, NY.
We highly recommend obtaining the plan before leaving your home country.
Telecommunications and Internet Facilities in India
It is advised to purchase a prepaid sim card that is valid all over India and costs much less than using your phone from home country. Internet service is available from major cell phone companies in India and they can be purchased on prepaid basis. Wireless internet is also available in major hotels groups in India such as Taj Group of Hotels, RainTree Brand and other luxury hotels.
Indian Railiway System is very extensive and cover all corners of the country. You can directly make a reservation for a train at Indian Railway website. Currently they do not accept international credit cards and hence you have to use other means of paying for the ticket. Several tours can be booked from the website.