The worst faced problem by any Foreigner visiting to India is the Communication. Getting a SIM card and the tedious activation process by the TRAI pulls back their interest in getting one.
This is an interesting development, and probably a first for any country across the globe. Ministry of Tourism has planned this new initiative, that will help new tourists in India.
Tourists landing in India on e-tourist visa would soon be getting a “gift kit” from Tourism Ministry which would consist of SIM card, among other things.
“This will be gift from Tourism Ministry…it will be handed over to the tourists arriving in India on e-tourist visa,” a Tourism Ministry source said.
The “gift” would consist of a SIM card which the tourists can use for making calls after they have recharged it.
Besides, it would also consist of maps, booklets and CD with information about various tourists destinations, guidelines relating to dos and don’ts, details regarding whom to contact in case of any emergency, among other things.
UK Tourists thronged India the most in 2015 with over 22.8 percent visitors from that country. US visitor numbers were second highest with 16.70 percent followed by France (7.09%), Germany (7.02%) and Australia (5.53%).
New Delhi Airport received nearly half (50.93%) of all these visitors followed by Mumbai Airport (20.54%), Bengaluru Airport (5.90%) and Chennai Airport (5.61%).
E-visa facility initiated by the Modi Govt. in 2014 is continuing to break all existing tourism records. In the month of August 2015, 724% more International tourists entered the country, compared to previous year in the same period.
In month of October 2015, e-Visa tourist set another record by registering a growth of 1987.9% – A total of 56,477 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,705 during the month of October, 2014.
If you take 10 month period between January to October a total of 2,58,182 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 21,995 during January-October, 2014 registering a growth of 1073.8% .