Traveling to India and on to Pune – General Information
A visa is required for India. You can check out the arrangements for obtaining a visa in your country on your local Indian consulate or embassy website
You can also visit the official Gov Visa Online Portal.
The usual tourist visa allows a stay of up to six months per visit. It is good to check whether the six months starts from the date of issue or the date of arrival in India. Note that tourist visas are not legally extendable in India. At one point recently, there were limitations put on some visas, for example, if you were intending to leave India for a third country and return within a two-month period, there were restrictions. Just make sure you understand any such limitations on your visa before you travel. You can only visit Osho International Meditation Resort while your Indian visa is valid.
India has introduced an e-Tourist Visa (eTV) scheme for the nationals from many countries.
Inoculations / Immunizations
Most health authorities recommend that you have your regular inoculations against polio, typhoid, and tetanus up to date. Many people do not have other inoculations and simply take care to eat healthily. You should consider malaria protection if you plan to spend time in Mumbai, for example, but most people staying in Pune simply rely on mosquito repellants.
Prices and availability of tickets to India vary considerably throughout the year. It is good to consult your online sources or your travel agent well in advance. The busy times begin after the monsoon in September, reach a peak at the end of the year, and continue till the hot season starts around April/May.
There are two airports serving Pune – one is in Mumbai and one is in Pune itself.
Mumbai Airport is one of India’s major international airports. It has two terminals, terminal 1 or the Domestic Terminal and terminal 2 or the International Terminal. They are a 5 km road journey apart from each other, and Terminal 2 takes all the international flights, and some domestic flights.
Arriving in Mumbai:
If you arrive in Mumbai, you have three options for reaching to the OSHO International Meditation Resort (OIMR) in Pune:
While most flights are into Mumbai, some international flights arrive directly at the international airport in Pune, which is about a 10 to 15 minute cab ride to the Osho International Meditation Resort.
There are currently direct flights to Pune from Frankfurt, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and indirect flights from many other international airports in India: Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta), Bengaluru (Bangalore) Hyderabad, Goa….
Entry procedures are simple and quick and you avoid the car journey out of Mumbai to Pune.
Arriving in Pune:
From the Pune Airport a pre-paid taxi (which you book and pay for at the cabin inside the airport on arrival) or a pre-paid rickshaw (which you book and pay for at the cabin outside the airport on arrival) can take you to the area of the Osho International Meditation Resort, approximately 8 km away, for about 200-300 INR. When you pay, they will give you a receipt with the driver’s name on it. An alternative is to book with Travel Masters who can meet you and take you by car to your accommodation.
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