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India is a nation rich with culture, fantastic food and entertainment, and so much more to offer any traveler. Whether you’re a US resident going to India for business or pleasure, it’s a beautiful country well worth exploring. Before you go, though, make sure to have an up-to-date passport and a visa handy! The requirements are fairly similar for both business and tourism, but there are quite a few differences to take note of. Here’s what you need for your India visa:

For Tourism:

  • A completed, printed, and signed India visa application that must then be taken to your local US visa processing office for a 6-month multiple visa validity request.
  • A completed additional particulars form
  • A filled out India CKGS Disclaimer Form
  • Two passport-type photos (again, make sure you take off your glasses first!)
  • A copy of your driver’s license for proof of residence. The address must match the address on your application.
  • A copy of birth certificate if under 18. Naturalized citizens must include their naturalization certificate.
  • A passport with at least six months validity after the end of your trip and a blank visa page.
  • US residents who are not citizens must provide a copy of their green card or copies of their US visa and I-94
  • A copy of your flight itinerary
  • A copy of your passport

For Business:

  • A completed India visa application that is filled out online, printed, and signed. Take this form to your local visa processing office for a 12-month multiple visa validity request.
  • A filled out additional particulars form for visa services
  • A completed India CKGS Disclaimer Form
  • Two passport-type photos (make sure to take off your glasses first!)
  • A copy of your driver’s license for proof of residence. The address must match the address on your application.
  • A copy of your birth certificate (if under 18)
  • If you are a non-US passport holder, be sure to send a copy of your green card or US Visa and I-94. If naturalized, include your naturalization certificate.
  • Passport with at least 6 months validity after the end of your trip and one blank visa page
  • A copy of your flight itinerary
  • A detailed business letter on company letterhead that states the requested length of the visa.
  • An invitation from your host in India that states the requested length of the visa. This can be faxed or emailed.
  • Articles of incorporation from the company in India.
  • One invitation from host in India. Invitation must state the request of visa length (12 months). This may be a faxed or email attachment.
  • A copy of your passport

For more information and links to the forms you will need for your India visa, check out our comprehensive article on it here. For all of your US passport and visa needs, including obtaining and expediting your India visa, call Texas Tower Houston at 713-874-1420. We are ready and eager to assist you.


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Rajasthan is India’s largest state. It offers up a multitude of interesting things to see and do during your time there. Here are four fun things to not miss while you’re there.

Shopping in Jaipur

The Jaipur Bazaar is well known as “THE” place to shop in Rajasthan. Held within the wall of Jaipur’s Old Town, the market is filled with hundreds of shopkeepers. Textiles spices, tea by the sack, and silversmiths all sell their wares there. There are also numerous types of foods to enjoy while you shop. The textiles are particularly interesting as many are handmade block prints from local villages. The lakh bangles are another local artisan creation that helps support locals when you buy them.

Pushkar Lake

Pushkar is one of the oldest towns in India and one of the most serene. After a day of shopping in Jaipur, the quiet elegance of Pushkar will be welcome. There are no trains here and vehicles are not allowed in all areas. Walking is the way most people get from place to place in this town. Pushkar Sarovar is the sacred lake this town is built around with 52 bathing ghats and 500 temples surrounding the lake. Be sure to observe local culture when you visit, alcohol and meat are forbidden and visitors should wear full-length clothing.

See some Tigers in Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park has three national tiger reserves. While there’s no guarantee you will see a tiger, there are over 300 species of deciduous trees and absolutely breathtaking views. Sometimes all you will get to photograph are tiger paw prints, but sometimes there are lucky moments when one of the reserve’s tigers will peek out to see a tour.

Romance at the Lake in Udaipur

Lake Pichola is a man-made lake, that has white marble bathing ghats, rolling hills, and lush trees all around. There are also boat rides available to take in the serene beauty of the shoreline from the water. This lake was made in the 1300s when the ruling Maharana fell in love with the area. If you want to spend the night, stay in the five-star luxury hotel, the Floating Lake Palace.

Pichola is the oldest lake in Udaipur, constructed in the 1300s when the ruling Maharana fell in love with the area. The lake is in the middle of the city and provides a fantastic view of Udaipur City Palace and the floating Lake Palace, Udaipur’s famed luxury five-star hotel.

Rajasthan has so much to see and do. Those are just four fun things to see and do during your time there. Indian travels visas can be exacting to get, talk to us – we can make the process fast and easy.