ISC '19 | Travel & Accomodation
All registered ISC '19 delegates are invited to book after 24 September 2018 their discounted hotel accomoda-tion for the entire period of stay in New Delhi while participating in the procee-dings of ISC '19 with HotelMap
All ISC '19 | Congress Proceedings as well as the ISC '19 | Exhibition are being held at the India Habitat Centre.
The evening functions on 24.09.2019 (Ice Breaker Reception), 25.09.2019
(Congress Dinner) and 26.09.2019 (World Maritime Day Reception) are being held at different hotels in close vicinity to the India Habitat Centre and dedicated ISC '19 | Congress Hotels.
There is only one time zone for all of India. India does not observe any form of daylight saving time or any other seasonal adjustments to the time. India Standard Time (IST) is 5:30 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Currency & Foreign Exchange
The currency in India is the Indian rupee (sign ₹ / Rs.; code: INR). Currently used banknotes come in denominations of Rs.5, Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.2,000. It is always good to have a number of small notes on hand, as merchants and drivers sometimes have no equivalent cash / coins to pay balance amount. Visitors can exchange currency at major chartered banks or at offices of foreign exchange. But it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving. Hotels, merchants, restaurants and suppliers accept US or other foreign currency at a pre-determined rate, which may differ from the daily rate posted by financial institutions. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants.
Banks & ATM's
Banking hours are 10:00 to 14:00 hrs on weekdays and 10:00 to 12:00 hrs on Saturdays. In major metropolitan cities, several foreign and Indian owned banks are beginning to provide 24-hour banking services.
Most banks have automatic teller machines (ATMs) which can be accessed 24 hours a day, using bank debit or credit cards.
ISC '19 | General Information on India
General Information on Indian Visa
Generally speaking all foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained as e-Visa or from an Indian Mission or Post abroad.
It should be noted that persons holding e-Visa are allowed to enter into India only through one of the following 25 designated international airports: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Trichy, Trivandrum, Varanasi or Visakhapatnam. Furthermore persons holding e-Visa are also allowed to enter into India through one of the following 5 seaports provided they arrive as cruise tourists: Chennai, Cochin, Mormugao, Mumbai or New Mangalore.
Visa Waiver Agreements are currently in force only for nationals of Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal. A list of all Visa Waiver Agreements currently in force is accessible at www.mea.gov.in/bvwa.
Please note that nationals of Yellow Fever affected countries and/or travellers arriving from these countries must carry a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD at the time of arrival in India, otherwise they may be quarantined for 6 days upon arrival in India. Please download and check the latest guidelines by the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare regarding yellow fever countries. A current list by the WHO of Yellow Fever Endemic Countries may be downloaded here.
All ISC '19 | Delegates have to obtain a Conference Visa while their accompanying persons have to obtain a Tourist Visa. For further details on both, the Conference Visa and the Tourist Visa check below information.
It is advisable to apply for a visa well in advance, but not earlier than 3 months before the date of ISC '19, the 1st Internatio-nal Shipmasters' Congress.
Foreign visitors entering India must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after their date of entry into India, except in the case of nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, who need only carry suitable means of identification.
Information on obtaining a Tourist Visa
A Tourist Visa is granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attending a short term yoga programme, short duration medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine etc. and no other purpose/activity.
Although Tourist Visas can be granted for more than six months, depending on the applicant's nationality, it's not possible to remain in India for longer than six months at a time on a Tourist Visa.
Accompanying persons can easily apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization online (e-Visa), and then get a visa stamp for entry into the country upon arrival, valid for 60 days and up to three entries.
Applications must be made online at the e-Visa website, no less than four days and no more than 120 days before the date of travel.
As well as entering the travel details, one has also to upload a own photograph with a white background that meets the specifications as listed on the e-Visa website. Furthermore the photo page of the passport showing the personal details has to be uploaded. The passport will need to be valid for at least six months.
The e-Visa fee has to be paid online by debit or credit card. After successful completion of payment an Application ID will be send by email and within three to five days the ETA will be sent to via email. The status of the application can be checked here. One should make sure that the status shows "GRANTED" before the start of travel.
One should take a printout of the ETA as at arrival in India it has to be presented at the immigration counter at the airport. An immigration officer will stamp the passport with the e-Visa for entry into India.
ISC '19 | Visa Information India
Information on obtaining a Confrence Visa
Please note that all foreign nationals other than nationals of Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal intending to participant as speakers, delegates, exhibitors or guests of ISC '19, the 1st International Shipmasters' Congress, have to apply at least three month ahead of 25.09.2019 for a Conference Visa.
A Conference Visa is granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is to attend a conference/seminar/ workshop being held in India. Conference Visa may be granted for international conferences held to discuss a parti-cular subject or for a seminar or workshop on a specific subject.
Delegates (other than Pakistani nationals) coming to attend a conference/seminar/workshop in India can combine tourism with attending the conference. Indian Missions may at their discretion grant Visas for the required period which shall not exceed six months.
A foreign national intending to attend an International confe-rence/seminar/workshop while already in India on Business/ Employment/Student or Research Visa may seek prior per-mission of the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO)/Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) concerned by making a suitable application along with all relevant details.
Please note, application for Conference Visa is only possible through INDIAN VISA ONLINE a dedicated online platform of the Indian Government.
When applying for a Conference Visa one will be asked to upload an Invitation Letter from the ISC '19 | Organizers, an Approval Letter from the Ministry of External Affairs and an Approval Letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs. These three letters will be made available to all ISC '19 | Delegates by the confgress organizers subsequent to their individual congress registration.
ISC '19 | Congress Registration will open on 01.02.2019!
ISC '19 | Travel Information & Booking
Arrival to New Delhi by Train
Delhi is the headquarters of the Northern Railways and there are five major railway stations in Delhi, namely the the New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal and Sarai Rohilla. The New Delhi Railway Station is one through which most trains arrive and depart from Delhi and is located in Paharganj, near Connaught Place. There is a pre-paid taxi booth outside the railway station and one can take a taxi from here to go further into the city.
The New Delhi Railway Station is very well connescted to other parts of the city by the Delhi Metro and DTC .
To check train schedules and to book a train ticket go to: www.irctc.co.in
Arrival to New Delhi by Air
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Arrival to New Delhi by Bus
Delhi is well connected by bus to cities like Jaipur, Agra, Alwar, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, Dehradun and even Kathmandu among others. The main bus stands in Delhi are the Interstate Bus Terminals, located at Kashmiri Gate, Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan. Apart from that there’s Mandi House (near Barakhamba Road) which has regular air-conditioned bus services to hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, such as Shimla, Manali, Kasauli etc.
The Bikaner House (near Pandara Road) bus station has regular air conditioned buses to destinations in Rajasthan, such as Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. The Majnu ka Tila bus stand (near the Vidhan Sabha Metro Station) has regular buses to Dharamsala. The Delhi Metro and local DTC buses and auto rickshaws conveniently connect these bus stands to the rest of the city.
To check bus schedules and to book a bus ticket go to: www.busindia.com
ISC '19 | Delhi Accomodation Booking
Hotels for ISC '19, the 1st International Shipmasters' Congress, organized by IFSMA, the International Shipmasters' Association, from Tuesday, 24.09.2019 to Friday, 27.09.2019, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.
For the convenience of all ISC '19 delegates a regular shuttle bus service will be connecting from 24 September 12:00 hrs until 27 September 18:00 hrs the ISC '19 | Congress Site with all venues for social events and all dedicated ISC '19 | Hotels.
ISC '19 | Delhi Tourist Information
Page last updated on 31.07.2018
New Delhi Weather
In New Delhi, the climate is subtropical, with a very mild and sunny winter, a pre-monsoonal very hot season from mid-March to mid-June, and a muggy and rainy summer, due to the monsoon. Rainfall amounts to about 800 millimetres per year, but from October to May it rains very rarely. The sun in New Delhi often shines in the dry season, while in the rainy season the sunshine hours decrease a bit, though not as much as in other areas of India.
Due to the northern location, winter here is not as warm as in other parts of India: in January, lows are around 6°C, but sometimes they can approach freezing. During the day, however, the temperature is pleasant. The average maximum is 21°C. The sun often shines, and the rains, brought by occasional disturbances, are rare. Already in February the tempera-ture increases by a few degrees, and by March it's practically summer, since maximum temperatures are around 30° C.
In April, the heat becomes oppressive, in fact the daytime temperature is on average about 36° C , but in the course of the month it can easily exceed 40° C. In May and June, temperatures about 40° C are the norm, but sometimes they can reach 46/47° C. During this very hot period, rare thunderstorms can occur, accompanied by gusts of wind.
In the second half of June, the temperature drops a bit and the first rains due to the monsoon occur. In July, the temperature decreases, dropping to about 35° C, and heavy rains finally arrive: during the month, more than 200 mm of rain fall; on the other hand, relative humidity increases, and at night the temperature remains high, around 26/27° C. However, the rains in this area of India are intermittent, and there may be very hot and sunny periods also in the summer monsoon season. The rains are abundant also in August, and to a lesser extent in September.
In October, after the monsoon, the sun shines again steadily; the night temperature drops below 20° C, but during the day it's still hot, although the air is drier, therefore more bearable. In November, the heat becomes acceptable, with highs around 28° C, and cool night-time temperatures. December is by now a winter month, and it is almost as cool as January.
Delhi - India’s Historical City
Delhi is the capital city of India and is regarded as the heart of the nation. The city is popular for its enriched culture and heritage. The city hosts some famous historical monuments and is developing with the passing of time.
The influence of religious diversity can be seen in the city along with the cultural impact of the Mughal, the ancient Indian and the British. There are many beautiful gardens in the city, away from pollution and busy city life that provide opportunities to walk leisurely in the midst of greenery.
The capital city is divided into two sections popularly known as Purani Dilli or Old Delhi and Nayi Dilli or New Delhi. Old Delhi is popular for its ancient culture and monuments along with its overcrowded gastronomical lanes.
Mughal Emperor Shahjahan founded Old Delhi in 1639 which was formerly known as Shahjahanabad. Till the end of Mughal dynasty it remained the capital of the Mughals. During ancient times, the city was known for housing exquisitely designed mosques, beautiful gardens, and magnificent mansions of members and nobles of the royal court. Though this part of Delhi has become extremely crowded yet it symbolizes the heart of Delhi.
The Mughals built many palaces and forts in Delhi. The wall city was built by Shah Jahan in between 1638 to 1649, including the Chandni Chowk and the Lal Qila. The original cantonment of Delhi was at Daryaganj which later shifted to Ridge area. Old Delhi had the first wholesale market and the first hardware market was opened in Chawri Bazaar in the year 1840. Then the next wholesale market was opened at Khari Baoli which was of dry fruits, herbs and spices in 1850. Daryaganj also had a Phool Mandi (Flower Market), established in 1869. Though the area is small and densely populated it holds much importance.
The capital of India was shifted to Calcutta post 1857 revolt and after the fall of the Mughal Empire. It remained the capital until 1911. So, Lutyens’ Delhi was developed after the change was declared. It was developed in New Delhi located south-west of Shahjahanabad. Therefore, the Old Delhi was named so and New Delhi was considered as the seat of national government then. In the year 1931, it was officially inaugurated. Some people moved out of the walled city by 1930s as it became congested and areas around the city were getting developed.
The remarkable Indian Capital was architecturally designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens and was named after him. It has a pleasant contrast to the twisted streets of Old Delhi. Enriched with history and culture, the impressive avenues and imperial buildings of New Delhi are included in the list of attractions. Humayun’s Tomb, Gandhi Ji's Delhi home, the site where he was assassinated are all located in New Delhi that draws a large number of tourists every year. Akshardham Temple, India Gate and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib are some of the major attractions of New Delhi.
Various shopping malls and local markets are there for the locals and the visitors, providing them a wide option to shop in the city. Other options of entertainment are also available in the city such as discs, cafes, cinema halls. Wide options for eating out in the city are there as the capital city houses numerous eating outlets and restaurants serving relishing and traditional cuisines.
Delhi is well connected with the neighboring regions and other major cities of India through all modes of transport such as airways, railways and roadways. The traffic of New Delhi remains busy and chaotic because of increased population and vehicles. One needs to negotiate on fare for taxis and autos while hiring to travel within the city. One can also opt for the safest, convenient and quickest mode of transport - the Metro Rail to travel across the city and to its nearby regions.
Some Delhi Sites of Interest
Delhi, the capital of India, has a rich history. The city is dotted with spellbinding mosques, forts, and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. The contrast between rambling Old Delhi and well planned New Delhi is immense, and it's interesting to spend time exploring both. If one needs some relaxation, this can be easily found in one of Delhi's flourishing landscaped gardens..
Below is a collection of some few attractions and places to visit while in Delhi. Many of these have free entrance.
Accompanying Persons Program
Please be informed that the ISC '19 | National Organizing Committee has made arrangements for an interesting social and cultural program for accompanying persons.
As soon as released the ISC '19 | Accompanying Persons Program can be viewed here.
Tipping (known as Baksheesh) is pretty uncommon in India. In fact most services, except for restaurants, won't expect it.
Even if you are under no obligation it's always nice to leave a small gratuity. It may even help you get better service in future. If you do decide to leave a little something make sure it's in the local currency (rupees).
Also, be sure to tip in a subtle manner. To this end it's best to keep money for tips separate, so you do not have to search in front of everyone.
India uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as power source. Plugs and sockets have either grounded 3 pin con-nections (Type D or Type M) or ungrounded 2 pin connec-tions (Type C).
D M C
Mobile Sim Card & Internet Service
Mobile phones in India operate using GSM technology and function within 900/1800 MHz ranges. If you already own a GSM phone and if your home country too operates within the same GSM range, you can use your phone in India.
Popular GSM cell phone service providers in India, such as Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance or Aircel offer both post-paid and prepaid cell phone plans. If you are on a business visit to India a prepaid plan would be ideal. The documents that are required to obtain a new sim card or data card are two recent passport sized photographs, a copy of your photo ID (drivers license, first page of passport & copy of visa).