Foreign Traveler's FAQs
1. How to get here?
There is a distance of 801 kilometres between Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. There are several ways to get to Madhya Pradesh from Delhi. You can choose from the below:
- Fly to Indore/Bhopal/Jabalpur (Estimated travel time - 1 hour 20 minutes)
- Take a train ride (Estimated travel time - 10 hours)
- Drive down to Madhya Pradesh via NH44 (Estimated Travel time - 13 hours)
There is a distance of 950 kilometres between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh. There are several ways to get to Madhya Pradesh from Mumbai. You can choose from the below:
- Fly to Indore/Bhopal/Jabalpur (Estimated travel time - 1 hour 30 minutes)
- Take a train ride (Estimated travel time - 13 hours)
2. Are visa & passports required before visiting Madhya Pradesh?
All foreign nationals visiting Madhya Pradesh are legally required to hold a valid visa & passport. Before traveling to Madhya Pradesh we suggest applying for e-TV (VOA) to get an Indian visa online, quickly & easily. For more information on VOA please visit (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in)
3. Where are the International & Domestic Airports of Madhya Pradesh located?
Madhya Pradesh is well connected to most of the major cities of India & has a good network of daily flights. Domestic airports connect Madhya Pradesh to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Indore, Chandigarh, Jammu, Goa, & Pune. There are five key air terminals in Madhya Pradesh that augment air networking to the state. Major airports in Madhya Pradesh state are located in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur & Khajuraho.
4. Can I pay in Euro, US Dollars or through credit cards in Madhya Pradesh?
VISA, MasterCard, American Express & Diners Club cards are commonly accepted at many of the tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh. It's best to carry more than one type of card as not all cards are accepted by all merchants. Always carry small amounts of cash, because many shops will not take cards for smaller purchases. ATMs are found in most towns & are recommended for cash withdrawals.
5. I am visiting Madhya Pradesh for the first time. How should I prepare myself?
We suggest reading up about Madhya Pradesh before visiting, so that you have some basic knowledge about the place. The climate of Madhya Pradesh can be termed as monsoonal. Seasonal variations occur mainly in the form of three distinct seasons - summers, winters&monsoons. For sightseeing, sneakers & comfortable clothes are recommended. Items like sunscreen, sunglasses, & a hat are required to ensure protection from the afternoon sun.
6. Are credit cards widely accepted in shops?
All international credit cards are accepted in the hotels, restaurants & major shopping centers in Madhya Pradesh. Make sure you always check in advance whether your card can access banking networks in Madhya Pradesh & enquire about details of the charges applied. We advise carrying some cash as backup.
7. Which language is widely spoken? Do people understand English & other foreign languages in Madhya Pradesh?
English is generally spoken & understood by the people, at almost all major tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh. Tourist guides are conversant in different foreign languages such as French, German, Japanese & Chinese & Hindi. Hindi, the official state language, is also the language most widely spoken in Madhya Pradesh. Eastern Hindi dialects, represented by Bagheli & Awadhi, are spoken in the southern & eastern parts of the state & in the upper Narmada River valley.
8. What are the do's & don’ts in Madhya Pradesh?
It is recommended to book your accommodation in MPSTDC run hotels or hotels recommended on popular travel portals. Remember to cover your travel with proper medical & general insurance. Protect your passport & other travel documents. Remember to exchange your currency only from approved money exchanges. Please adhere to photography restrictions & rules while visiting shrines. Avoid staying out late at night.
9. Are there any restrictions on the export of articles from Madhya Pradesh?
It is advised to go through the rules, regulations & provisions of the Foreign Trade Development & Regulation Act & other similar laws, to know the restrictions.
10. Is local transport easy to use?
Madhya Pradesh offers a host of easily available & comfortable options for local transportation. Private taxis & cabs can be booked from reputed operators for plying inter-city & intra-city, after comparing their tariffs.
11. Can I drive in Madhya Pradesh?
Yes, private car & bike rental services are available in major cities. You'll require an a valid driver's license to drive in India. However, we recommend to hire a ride with a driver, from a registered operator, for going around in Madhya Pradesh. Being locals they are familiar to the routes, the traffic, & the terrain, ensuring that you travel safely.