Visa to India got more Tourist Friendly


You will be glad to know that with our sincere efforts all our demands for making e-Tourist Visa more tourist friendly have been accepted. Necessary changes have been made on the official website of MHA and operative with effect from 1st April 2017
Please visit website of Ministry of Home Affairs

The highlights/instructions as per the revised guidelines for e-Visa are as under:-    
1.   The e-Visa is now applicable for 163 countries (list given on the website)

2.   e-Visa has 3 sub-categories i.e., e-Tourist visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical visa. A foreigner will be permitted to club these categories.

3.   Applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd Jan

4.   Recent front facing photograph with white background and photo page of Passport containing personal details like name, date of birth, nationality, expiry date etc. are to be uploaded mandatorily by the applicant. Additionally one more document depending upon the e-Visa type would also be required to be uploaded. The application is liable to be rejected if the uploaded documents and photograph are not clear / as per specification.

5.   e-Visa fee is country/Territory specific. Bank transaction charges of 2.5% will be charged additionally on applicable e-Visa fees. The fee must be paid at least 4 days before the expected date of travel otherwise application will not be processed. To know the fee applicable on your Country/Territory please visit the website. .

6.   e-Visa fee once submitted is non-refundable as the fee is for processing of the application and is not dependent on either Grant or Rejection of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).

7.   Applicant should carry a copy of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) along with him/her at the time of travel. Please confirm that your ETA status is shown as ‘GRANTED’ on this website prior to commencement of your journey. Applicants can track the status of their application online by clicking Visa Status

8.   Biometric details of the applicant will be mandatorily captured at Immigration on arrival in India.

9.   The validity of e-Visa will be 60 days from the date of arrival in India.

10.        Double entry is permitted on e-Tourist Visa and e-Business Visa. Triple entry will be permitted on e-Medical Visa.

11.        e-Visa is valid for entry through 24 designated Airports (i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi) and 3 designated seaports (i.e. Cochin, Goa, Mangalore). However, the foreigner can take exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.

12.        This facility is in addition to the existing Visa services.

13.        e-Visa can be availed for maximum of two times in a calendar year i.e. between January to December.

14.        e-Visa is non-extendable, non-convertible & not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas. If you intend to visit Protected/Restricted/Cantonment areas, you would require prior permission from the Civil Authority.

15.        Please be careful while making payment of the e-Visa fee. If the number of unsuccessful attempts is more than three (03), then the application id would be blocked and the applicant would be required to apply afresh by filling the application form again and regenerating a new application id.

16.        The e-Visa fee payment status up-dation may take up to 4 hours due to technical reasons/network delays. Before re-applying, the applicants are requested to wait for 4 hours for payment status updating, after final submission of the application form and payment of the fee. In cases, where e-Visa fee has been deducted but status is not updated, the applicants are advised to verify their payment status by clicking on ‘Verify Payment/Pay Visa Fee’ tab or by clicking on the link Verify Payment.

17.        Nationals of Yellow Fever affected countries or travellers arriving from these countries must carry YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD at the time of arrival in India, otherwise they may be quarantined for 6 days upon arrival in India. Please visit our Ministry Of Health & Family Welfare latest guidelines regarding yellow fever countries here.

18.        For any assistance call 24 x 7 e-Visa support center at +91-11-24300666 or send email to

For more details please visit website :

Please advise all your clients to apply through above MHA official website only and do not confuse with website having similar domain names to avoid any cheating and loss of money. 

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8 Indian Villages with Less Than 500 Residents Attracting Nature Lovers

India has a lot of villages as most of the Indian states depend truly on agriculture. There are many villages where the population might not even exceed 500. The people in the villages migrate towards town for better job and standard of living.

Below are 8 villages with less than 500 people which attract a lot of nature lovers. If you visit at the right season, these are hidden paradises in India.

1. Shansha, Himachal Pradesh

Shansha is a village in Himachal Pradesh. It has just 72 houses with 320 people. This village is located 27 km away from Keylong. This village is usually a hub for adventure lovers who trek towards Tandi through dangerous routes. This village has a greenhouse at a height of 10,000 feet from ground. This village is visited for serenity, adventure activities and used as a hub for travellers.

Nearest Destination : Manali (123 km away)

2. Nitoi, Kiphire, Nagaland

Nitoi is a small but well-accessible village in Nagaland. About 402 people live in this village and it is a very beautiful and scenic place. It is a paradise for nature lovers and photo enthusiasts. People visit this village for a few hours stay on their way from or to Kiphire. This place has amazing backdrop of ice capped mountains, lush terrace vegetation and wonderful climate.

Nearest Destination : Kiphire (248 km from Kohima)

3. Kanji, Leh

Kanji is located in Leh of Jammu and Kashmir. It has 325 people. The place is located 12,600 feet above sea level. This village is very famous among adventure tourists, gorge trekkers and others who trek from Rangdum Gompa. The Kanji River attracts a lot of tourists too. The place has mountain backdrop and is picturesque.

Nearest Destination : Kargil

4. Skuru, Nubra Valley

Skuru is a small village with 52 houses and 230 people. You need to trek for 4 days to reach this place in Nubra Valley from Saposte. Saposte can be reached by jeep. This place is very famous for adventure activities like trekking and Rakuruk River. This place is usually visited by all people who ride the motorable mountain passes. This village is located in Jammu and Kashmir at a height of 10,000 feet from sea level. It is better to visit during summer so that all adventure activities will be allowed.

Nearest Destination : Khardung La

5. Kibber, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Kibber is a small village with 366 people in Himachal Pradesh. This village is located at 14,000 feet above the sea level making it the highest village in the world. There are only 80 houses in this village and they are made with a unique rock that is found locally. You can find a lot of interesting festivals in this village. This village is very close to Key Gompa. People, who visit this Gompa, pay a visit to this village to enjoy the nature and click some pictures.

Nearest Destination : Manali (188 km Away)

6. Sankri, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand

Sankri is a small village in Uttarkashi of Uttarakhand. There are 270 people in this village. This village is quite famous because this village has the last market that you would find on your way towards Kedarkanth trek, Har-ki-Dun Trek. This village is constantly visited by trekkers during the tourist season. There are a few guest houses in this village and even families welcome trekkers to stay in their houses. It is a friendly village and the right time to visit here is during early summer or late winter.

7. Xelpem, South Goa

Xelpem is a small village in South Goa. The population is 255 and this village is located on the banks of Salaulim River. This village unfortunately has no beach. But, people visit this place frequently for the ruins of Kurdi Mahadev Temple and for nature around it. The river bank is a picturesque place in this village.

Nearest Destination : Panaji (62 km Away)

8. East Island, Andaman

Can you guess the population in this island? It has only 16 people living there. This island is ironically located in the west of Andaman Islands. Though it is a very small village, there is a shack for visitors. You can visit the island on catamaran. There are a few cruises that take you to this island for a small getaway.

Nearest Destination : Port Blair (Take the ferry to reach Island from Subhashgram)




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