Travel to India


Citizens of all countries require a visa to enter India. This is a reciprocal arrangement, and Indian citizens too need a visa to visit every other country. The visa fees are also determined reciprocally between India and each country, hence they will depend on your country of citizenship (defined by your passport) rather than your country of residence.

We are required to submit a list of conference participants along with their passport details, to the Government of India. This is intended to facilitate the granting of your visa. We will periodically contact our international registered participants to supply this information.

To obtain your visa, please contact the Indian Embassy/Consulate nearest you. There is typically an Indian Embassy in every capital city, and in some countries there may be additional Consulates in other cities. To check up whether the nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate has a website, you can consult, for example:

or use other search methods of your choice.

Some Indian Embassies/Consulates grant a "Conference Visa" on production of a letter of invitation from the conference. Such letters will be mailed out by us periodically to international participants when they register for Strings 2001. If you are planning to travel within India before or after the conference, you should ensure that the dates of your visa cover this additional period. If you plan to leave and re-enter India (for example, to visit a neighbouring country), then please make sure you have a multiple-entry visa for India.

According to our information, processing of the Indian Visa is normally quick and is completed in less than a week (on the same day in many cases). However, for citizens of a few countries, visa applications fall under a special category and may take upto three months to be processed. Delays may also apply for those residing in a country different from their country of citizenship. Please check right away, at the nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate, for information on whether this is applicable to you.

In case you experience any difficulty, please email us and we will try our best to help you.

Air Travel

International participants: Please make sure you have a confirmed round-trip travel booking to Mumbai by now.

Here are some links to India-related sites on the web that can help you find a suitable travel agent. We provide these links in good faith for the information of Strings 2001 participants, but clearly we cannot accept responsibility for any problems you may encounter. We do not endorse any particular travel agent for this conference.

Arrival Information

Airport information, directions within the city, contact addresses and numbers are now available on the "Arrival Information" page of this website.


The weather in Mumbai during the conference will be pleasantly warm and sunny, with highs around 29 degrees C and lows around 18 degrees C. However, in the interior and to the north of India, the weather at this time can be much cooler, so do come prepared depending on where else you are going to travel.

The following links provide very useful weather information about many Indian cities.

Mumbai City

Here are some links to sites specifically about Mumbai. We hope you find them interesting and useful, but as before, we do not take any responsibility for their content!

An important point: the city has been called "Bombay" in English, and "Mumbai" in Marathi (the local language), for over a century. A few years ago, the English name was also officially changed to "Mumbai". Some search engines have not made the change, so if you are surfing the web for more information, it is a good idea to try both names.

Last updated December 14, 2000