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Festival calendar for year 2010

The Indian calendar is full of festivals starting form the birthdays of Deities, saints and prophets to celebration of various seasons and mythological stories. Some of the festivals are celebrated as national days.
01-Jan Friday New Year
05-Jan Tuesday Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
13-Jan Wednesday Lohri
14-Jan Thursday Makar Sankranti
15-Jan Friday Pongal
26-Jan Tuesday Republic Day
12-Feb Friday Mahashivratri
14-Feb Sunday Valentines Day
26-Feb Friday Milad un Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet), Sunni
1-Mar Mondey Holi/ Hola Mohalla
20-Mar Saturday Nau Roz
14-Mar Sunday Mothering Sunday (UK)
24-Mar Wednesday Ram Navami
26-Mar Friday Khordad Sal, Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra
28-Mar Sunday Mahavir Jayanti
30-Mar Tuesday Hanuman Jayanti
02-Apr Friday Good Friday
04-Apr Sunday Easter (Western)
13-Apr Tuesday Baisakhi
27-May Thursday Buddha Jayanti / Buddha Purnima
11-Jun Friday Ganga Dushera
16-Jun Wednesday Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi calendar)
20-Jun Sunday Father's Day
25-Jul Sunday Guru Poornima
01-Aug Sunday Friendship Day
15-Aug Sunday Independence Day
24-Aug Tuesday Raksha Bandhan
02-Sep Thursday Sri Krishna Janmashtami
05-Sep Sunday Teachers Day
10-Sep Friday Id-Ul-Fitr, Ramadan Ends
11-Sep Saturday Ganesh Chaturathi
2-Oct Saturday Gandhi Jayanti
08-Oct Friday Navaratra begin
17-Oct Sunday Dussehra
25-Oct Monday Karva Chauth
31-Oct Sunday Halloween
03-Nov Wednesday Dhan Teras
05-Nov Friday Diwali
06-Nov Saturday Govardhan Puja
07-Nov Sunday Bhai Duj
14-Nov Sunday Children's Day
16-Nov Tuesday Id Ul-Zuha / Eid al-Adha
21-Nov Sunday Guru Nanak Jayanti
25-Nov Thursday Thanksgiving Day
02-Dec Thursday Hanukkah
07-Dec Tuesday Al-Hijira
25-Dec Saturday Christmas
Disclaimer: Dates of some some holidays may vary according to various states/regions of India

Visa Informations / Rules

Visa fees

Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. The High Commission reserves the right on granting and deciding type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making application. Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities. Visa can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India in London. Visa applications from persons not ordinarily residing in the UK or from people of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan origin are considered only in the High Commission of India, London and Consulate General of India, Birmingham and their processing may take one week or in some cases much longer.
Applicants not ordinarily resident in the UK and Sri Lankan nationals are required to complete an additional form. Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals have to file special visa application forms. In the following cases processing of applications will take longer: (a) British Nationals holding dual nationality or of other origin, (b) applicants not resident in the UK, (c) where clearance from India is mandatory, (d) visitors to restricted areas and (e) certain cases where documents may need to be verified. Visa Section will contact the applicant about the time of delivery for such passports. Please note that each application is examined individually and the time taken for issuing Visa will vary from case to case.
Visitors to restricted/protected areas need special permits and for this purpose an additional form has to be completed. Please contact the High Commission of India, London if you wish to ascertain whether any of the places you intend to visit fall in the category of restricted/protected areas.
Specific Visas are granted for a variety of purposes. The principal types of Visa issued are mentioned below. Please contact the High Commission of India for further details if you are visiting India for purposes other than tourism, such as journalism, conferences, yoga, voluntary work, mountaineering or other expeditions. The visa application form is, however, the same. Separate forms are available for Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals.

Requirements for Visa

  1. Original passport valid for at least 6 months
  2. Correct visa fee
  3. Two passport size photographs (5 photographs in case of Pakistani Nationals)
  4. Supporting documents, where necessary
  5. Duly completed application form (Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals need to apply on special application forms)
  6. Additional requirements for different types of Visa are given below.
Tourist Visa Tourists wishing to visit India will normally be granted tourist Visa, effective from the date of issue. Tourist Visa are non-extendible and non-convertible. Travel Agents who have to visit India frequently may be granted tourist Visa for a longer duration.
Business Visa Business Visa are normally granted for 3 or 6 months. However, multiple-entry Business Visa for up to 2 years validity may be granted to technicians/experts going to India in pursuance of bilateral agreements or joint venture projects having government approval.
Student and Employment Visa Student Visa can be obtained on furnishing proof of admission to recognized Universities/Institutions in India. Employment Visa can also be obtained on furnishing of proof of employment with companies in India.
Transit Visa Transit Visa are valid for halts of up to 72 hours in India within 15 days from the date of issue of the visa and must be obtained before departure. Transit Visa cannot be obtained from immigration counters at ports of entry in India. Evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India is required.
Entry Visa Entry Visa are issued to persons of Indian origin for a duration of up to 5 years. These can be obtained, depending on the purpose of visit and eligibility, on a case by case basis.
Please Note: Persons holding long term Visa (having validity exceeding 6 months) are normally not expected to stay in India more than 6 months during each visit. Please refer to the boxed note further down for requirement to register with the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO)/Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO).

Visa Exemption Letters for Minors

Visa Exemption Letters previously granted to children of Indian origin (for a maximum validity of 90 days from the date of issue) have been discontinued since 1 July 1999. Visa Exemption Letters issued in the past are hence no longer valid. All children holding separate passports are now required to obtain regular Visa.    ....More Info

Your Embassy In India

Information about Indian Embassies and Embassies address ....Indian Embassies

India Tourism Offices-Abroad

New York ( United States of America ) S.L. Khyriem, Regional Director, Indiatourism 1270, Avenue of Americas , Suite 1808 , 18th Floor , New York 10020 USA . Phone : +1-212-586-4901/ 4902 /4903, Fax : +1-212-582-3274, E-mail: 12 , rd@itonyc.com , ad@itonyc.com Milan ( Italy ) Shri A.M. Basheer, Manager, Indiatourism Via-Albricci 9. Milan 20122 , Italy . Phone: +39-2-8053506. Fax : +39-2-72021681, E-mail: info@indiatourismmilan.com , director@indiatourismmilan.com
Los Angeles ( United States of America ) Sanjeev Vasihist , Assistant Director, Indiatourism 3550 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 204 , Los Angeles , California 90010 2485 USA . Phone: +1-213-380-8855. Fax : +1-213-380-6111, E-mail : indiatourismla@aol.com London ( United Kingdom ) Mr. Jagdish Chander , Assistant Director Indiatourism 7 Cork Street , London WIS 3LH. Phone : +44-207-4373677, 7346613 Fax : +44-207-4941048, E-mail: info@indiatouristoffice.org , vangra@indiatouristoffice.org
Toronto ( Canada ) Mr.Vibhav Tripathi Tourist Information Officer , Indiatourism, 60 Bloor Street, West Suite 1003 , Toronto , M4 W3, B8, Canada . Phone : +1-416-962-3787 / 3788, Fax : +1-416-962-6279, E-mail : indiatourism@bellnet.ca Dubai ( United Arab Emirates ) K.L. Das Regional Director, Indiatourism Post Box 12856, NASA Building, AL Maktoum Road , Deira, Dubai , UAE. Phone: +971-4-2274848, 2274199. Fax : +971-4-2274013, E-mail: goirto@emirates.net.ae
Frankfurt (Germany) Mrs. S.Bhramara , Regional Director, Indiatourism Basler Strasse 48, D-60329, Frankfurt, AM-MAIN 1, Federal Republic of Germany. Phone : + 49-69-2429490, 24294927 Fax : + 49-69-24294977, E-mail: info@india-tourism.com , kushwaha@india-tourism.com Johannesburg (South Africa) Mr. J.P. Shaw, Director, Indiatourism P.O. Box 412542, Craighall 2024, Hyde Lane, Lancaster Gate Johannesburg-2000,South Africa. Phone : +27-11-3250880, Fax : +27-11-3250882, E-mail: goito@global.co.za
Amsterdam ( Netherlands ) Shri M.R. Pattanaik, Director, Indiatourism Rokin 9/15, 1012 KK Amsterdam , Phone: +31-20-6208991, Fax : +31-20-6383059, Email : info.nl@india-tourism.com , director.nl@india-tourism.com Australia (Sydney) Mr. Gajendra Kumar, Jt. DG, Indiatourism Level 5, 135 King Street Glasshouse Shopping Complex Sydney, NSW 2000 Tel: + 61 2 9221 9555, Fax: + 61 2 9221 9777 E-mail: info@indiatourism.com.au
Paris ( France ) , Mrs. S. Bhramara, Director Indiatourism 11-13, Bis Boulevard Haussmann, F-75009 Paris , France . Phone : +33-1-4523 3045, 4523 3965 Fax : +33-1-4523 3345 E-mail : indtourparis@aol.com Singapore (Singapore) Neela Lad, Assistant Director , Indiatourism 20, Kramat Lane, # 01-01 United House, Singapore 228773. Phone : +65-6235-3800, Fax : +65-6235-8677 E-mail: indtour.sing@pacific.net.sg
Tokyo ( Japan ) Regional Office Mr. Manmohan Sadana , Regional Director, Indiatourism Art Masters Ginza Building , 6-9 Floor, 6-5-12 Ginza , Chuo-Ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan . Phone: +81-3-3571 5062 /63, 3571-5196 / 97 Fax : +81-3-3571 5235, E-mail: indtour@blue.ocn.ne.jp China (Beijing ) Director India Tourism Office Add: 29th Floor, East Tower, LG Twin Towers, B-12 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing Tel. +86-1065686294 , Fax +86-10-65688594

India Tourism Offices- India

Indian Tourism Offices 


Regional Director INDIATOURISM KOLKATA ( West Bengal ) 'Embassy', 4 Shakespeare Sarani Kolkata-700 071, West Bengal Tel : 033-2282 1402, 282 1475 Fax: 033-2282 3521 E-mail : indtour@cal2.vsnl.net.in Airport Domestic Counter: 033-25118299 International Airport Counter: 033-25130495 Shri D.K. Baruah, DirectorINDIATOURISM PATNA ( Bihar ) Sudama Palace , Kankar Bagh Road , Patna -800020, Bihar Tel/fax : 0612-2345776 E-mail: adgtt.tour@nic.in
Mr. G.C Bhuyan, Manager INDIATOURISM BHUBANESWAR (Orissa) B/21, B.J.B Nagar, Bhubaneswar-751 014, Orissa Tel: 0674-2432203, 2435487 Fax: 2432203, Exnt. 23 E-mail: itobbs@ori.nic.in Manager INDIATOURISM PORT BLAIR (Andaman & Nicobar) VIP Road , 189, IInd Floor, Junglighat, PO . Port Blair- 744103 Andaman & Nicobar Islands Tel : 03192-236348 Fax: 03192-233006 E-mail: indiatourism_pb@hotmail.com


Ms. Sujata Thakur, Regional Director INDIATOURISM MUMBAI (Maharastra) 123, M Karve Road, Opp.Churchgate, Mumbai-400 020, Maharashtra Tel: 022-2203 3144/45,2207 4333/4 Fax: 022-2201 4496 E-mail: indiatourism@vsnl.com Airport Domestic Counter: 022-2615 6920 Airport International Counter:022-2832 5331 Mr. Hari Singh, Manager INDIATOURISM KHAJURAHO (Madhya Pradesh) Near Western Group of Temples, Khajuraho-471 606, Madhya Pradesh Tel: 07686-242347 Fax: 07686-242348 E-mail: goito@sancharnet.in
Mr. R.Pattanaik, Manager INDIATOURISM PANAJI (Goa) Communidade Building, Church Square, Panaji-403001, Goa Tel: 0832-222 3412 Fax: 0832-564 1653 Email:indiatourismgoa@sancharnet.in Dr. Ramakant Bhoir, Manager INDIATOURISM AURANGABAD ( Maharashtra ) 'Krishna Vilas', Station Road, Aurangabad-431 005, Maharashtra Tel: 0240- 236 4999 Fax : 0240-233 1217 E-mail: indiatourism@sancharnet.in


Shri M. Sadana, Regional Director INDIATOURISM NEW DELHI 88 Janpath, New Delhi-110 001 Tel : 011-2332 0342, 2332 0005/8 Fax: 011-2332 0109 E-mail : goitodelhi@nic.in Domestic Airport Counter Tel : 011-2567 5296 Intl Airport Counter Tel : 011-2569 1171 Mr. sanjay Srivats, Director INDIATOURISM JAIPUR (Rajasthan) State Hotel, Khasa Kothi, Jaipur-302 001, Rajasthan Tel/fax : 0141-2372200 E-mail : indtourjpr@raj.nic.in
Mr. Sudhir Kumar, Manager INDIATOURISM AGRA (Uttar Pradesh) 191, The Mall Agra 282 001 Tel : 0562-2226378 Telefax : 0562-2226368 E-mail : goitoagr@sancharnet.in Shri R.K. Bhatti, Manager INDIATOURISM VARANASI (Uttar Pradesh) 15-B, The Mall Varanasi 221002 Uttar Pradesh Tel/Fax: 0542- 2501784 E-mail :indiatourvns@sify.com


Mr. D. Subhash, Regional Director INDIATOURISM CHENNAI (Tamil Nadu) 154, Anna Salai, Chennai-600002, Tamil Nadu Tel : 044-2846 1459,2846 0285 Fax: 044-2846 0193 E-mail : indtour@dataone.in Airport Domestic Counter: 044-2256 0386 Mr. T.W. Sudhakar INDIATOUTRISM BANGALORE (Karnataka) KFC Building , 48 Church Street, Bangalore-560 001, Karnataka Tel: 080-2558-3030/ 2532-1683 Fax: 080-2558 5417 E-mail : indtour@kar.nic.in
Ms. Sushila Tigga, Manager INDIATOURISM HYDERABAD (Andhra Pradesh) Netaji Bhawan, II floor, Liberty Road, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad-500029, Andhra Pradesh Tel : 040- 2326 1360 /3, 23260770 Fax : 040-2326 1362 E-mail : indtourhyd_hyd@dataone.in Shri Ashok Sharma, Manager INDIATOURISM KOCHI (Kerala) Willingdon Island , Kochi-682009, Kerala Telfax : 0484-2668352 / 266 9125 E-mail : indtourismkochi@sify.com