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 here...You can also visit the official Gov Visa Online Portal.
The usual 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 a Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) scheme for the nationals from many countries.
The TVOA allows for a stay of up to 30 days on that one entry after discussion with the Immigration Officers. This facility is available only at designate airports, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata Airports, on payment of a fee of USD 62/- per passenger, or the equivalent amount in Indian rupees. There are plans to increase the number of countries for which the TVOA scheme will apply, including apparently the US, the UK and ten others.
For up-to-date information about the TVOA scheme, see here…
Inoculations / Immunizations
To find out what inoculations you may need, you can check here…
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.
Flights to India
The most convenient international airport to fly to is Mumbai (previously called Bombay), and which is now a beautiful new airport. The second best is to fly to Delhi, but it is much further away, and involves making a connection for an additional two-hour flight on to Pune. Economy return flights from London to Mumbai can be as low as USD 500-700, depending on the time of the year.
Prices of return tickets from the U.S. west coast are between USD 800-1200. Flights to India may be heavily booked and more expensive from November through January. Pune is a half-hour flight from Mumbai or a two-hour flight from Delhi. Connecting internal flight can now be booked through most international carriers at the time of booking your flight to India.
Another option is to fly direct to Pune from Frankfurt… or via Dubai. Alternatively, you can consider flying to Pune via a range of Indian international airports. In addition to Mumbai and Delhi, Pune is served by flights from Ahmadabad, Chennai (Madras), and Kolkata (Calcutta), amongst other international airports.
The advantage of landing at Pune International Airport is that arrival procedures are quick and easy and the meditation resort is a 15- to 20-minute cab ride away, which of course saves the 4-hour taxi ride from Mumbai to Pune. Now Uber car hire / cab service is available in India if you prefer, see here…
For more information about flights to India and Pune, please check here…
The flights from Mumbai to Pune are subject to change, so do check. The regular schedule can be seen here…
Travelling on from Mumbai to Pune by road.
If you decide not to wait for the next flight to Pune and go by car instead, the journey is about 4 hours on a good highway. You can book a car to meet you at Mumbai airport from our on campus travel agency, Travel Masters. The simplest way to book a car is to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just take some bottled water and a snack for the journey, and perhaps some tissues.
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