Practical Information

Getting to India
What do I need before I start my visa application for India?

You need to apply for your tourist visaWe can provide an invitation letter from the MOBILIZE Team before beginning your visa application. 

Check back here for more details.

 

Do I need a visa to enter India?

You can find global visa requirement information here and here.

Apply for an e-visa here.

Where do I get an invitation letter for my visa application?

If you require an invitation letter as part of your visa application, please contact Nora.Pena@itdp.org.

Do I need any vaccines before traveling to India?

It is recommended to have the Yellow Fever vaccination if you come from a country that has Yellow Fever. Please visit this page for more information.

What are the major connecting airports in India?

The largest hub for international flights in India is Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), New Delhi, Delhi, followed by Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) although no direct flight to Pune. Majority of attendees will need to transfer in Delhi to reach Pune. Highly encouraged to fly via Delhi, India.

What national/local airlines can I take to Pune?

The following airlines provide flights from Delhi to Pune:

  1. Vistara
  2. Air Asia
  3. SpiceJet
  4. Air India
  5. Go Air
  6. IndiGo
While in Pune
Where should I stay in Pune?

We recommend that you stay in the City Center where you will find a range of hotels that fit any budget.  Check back later to find out more details about the conference hotel.

What is the USD to Indian Rupees exchange rate? Are ATMs accessible?

Exchange rate: 1 USD = 71.76 INR (as of 11/21/2019). There are ATM machines at the airport and all banks, although the banks are closed on Sundays 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Credit cards are accepted at most establishments.

What is the name and address of the airport in Pune, India?

Pune Airport (PNQ), Av. 

Address: Lohegaon, Pune, 411032 (Maharashtra), India

Note: the Pune Airport is a Military Air Force base and security is high. During your international flight departure, you will need to carry your passport and boarding pass until you reach your flight door. All electronics including wires, adapters, cameras, and plugs will need to be screened separately during multiple security checks. It’s recommended to carry a separate bag for these items for more seamless travel.

 

Where are the ATMs and/or currency exchange counters in the airport?

There are currency exchange counters upon exiting baggage claim and ATMs are located upon exiting the airport.

Will there be airport pick up?

TBD. Check back around May 2020 for updates.

What do you recommend for ground transportation from the airport?

Uber and Ola is available in Pune, the fairs are less expensive than a pre-paid taxi service. There is a designated taxi pick up area at the Pune airport.

Pre-paid taxi service is available upon exiting baggage claim.

Note: Be sure to exchange your money to Indian Rupees (INR) first as you will have to pay at the taxi kiosk.

What is the estimated cost for a taxi from the airport to Pune’s city center (where the summit venue & hotel are located)?

An airport taxi from the airport to the city center costs around $500 INR.

How far is the airport from the city center?

The airport is 14 km or 9 miles away from the city center, which is a 40-50 minute drive.

Do taxis accept credit cards?

Hailed taxis and airport taxi do not accept credit cards. Uber and Ola operate in Pune as an alternative.

What will the weather be like in Pune in June?

June falls within the rainy season in Pune. Average temperatures are:

High: 89F/32C

Low: 73F/23C

What is the air quality like in the city center?

The air quality in Pune is poor and akin to densely populated city.

What is the electricity voltage in India?

In India, the power sockets are type C, D and M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. For more info, click here.

Is the tap water safe to drink?

It is not safe to drink from the tap. It is advised to use bottled water for drinking and brushing at all times.

What is Indian cuisine?

You will find a great variety of regional Indian dishes with many vegetarian options. Flavor and spice level is medium. Here is a list of Pune Eateries.

Are there any medical facilities near the venue?

Check back later for updates.

While at MOBILIZE
What is the address of the MOBILIZE venue?

TBD. Check back for updates.

What is the dress code for the conference?

Business casual for the conference, casual for site visits, and festive for the reception and dinner.

What language will the conference be held in?

The conference will be held primarily in English.

Is there internet and Wi-Fi available?

Wi-Fi will be made available at the conference venue, although speed and connections may be inconsistent. Free Wi-Fi is limited in India. We will do our best to provide physical addresses and static maps for all event locations offline through our mobile app upon release. 

How do I download the MOBILIZE app?

Please review this pdf for instructions on how to access and download the MOBILIZE app.  You can also view a video tutorial here.  Check back for the event code.

What is the address of the MOBILIZE venue?

TBD. Check back for updates.

What is the dress code for the conference?

Business casual for the conference, casual for site visits, and festive for the reception and dinner.

What language will the conference be held in?

The conference will be held primarily in English.

Is there internet and Wi-Fi available?

Wi-Fi will be made available at the conference venue, although speed and connections may be inconsistent. Free Wi-Fi is limited in India. We will do our best to provide physical addresses and static maps for all event locations offline through our mobile app upon release. 

How do I download the MOBILIZE app?

Please review this pdf for instructions on how to access and download the MOBILIZE app.  You can also view a video tutorial here.  Check back for the event code.

What is the address of the MOBILIZE venue?

TBD. Check back for updates.

What is the dress code for the conference?

Business casual for the conference, casual for site visits, and festive for the reception and dinner.

What language will the conference be held in?

The conference will be held primarily in English.

Is there internet and Wi-Fi available?

Wi-Fi will be made available at the conference venue, although speed and connections may be inconsistent. Free Wi-Fi is limited in India. We will do our best to provide physical addresses and static maps for all event locations offline through our mobile app upon release. 

How do I download the MOBILIZE app?

Please review this pdf for instructions on how to access and download the MOBILIZE app.  You can also view a video tutorial here.  Check back for the event code.