Travel Guide to New York

About the Location (the city and places to visit)

Indian Embassy in New York Consulate General of India
New York
3 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065
Contact Number: 917-815-7066

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to New York

The following documents are required to get a visa to New York, USA

  • Original passport valid for six months from the date of arrival in the USA
  • Confirmed air tickets and bank related documents
  • Print of interview appointment letter and all old passports
  • ID proof and tax documents of the previous year
  • Travel course and passport size photograph
  • A stamp of visa application centre on the application page for confirmation

Tourists keen to explore the urban lifestyle of the USA should head straight to its epicentre – New York. The place has pretty much everything to offer you a quirky city time.

There are plenty of things to do in New York like visiting the old-world cafes, diners, bars, shopping, exploring architectural treasures and town streets full of buzz, even at night. New York is a trendsetter of sorts, given its packed view of streets and the abuzz. It is an urban crossover delight for people heading further down the east coast of the US.

The places to visit in New York include The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the World Trade Centre site, and more. The vivid memories of WTC can be seen at the 9/11 national memorial and museum.

Other famous places in New York include the Central Park in Manhattan. It is perfect for a scenic walkthrough in the morning or for spending time with the kids during the park activities.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an insight into the broad world of 5000 years of the US art creatives and is one of the famous places in New York.

For a city gape, reach the top of the Rock Observation Deck. Located up on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the observation offers a 360-degree panoramic view. The height of the deck is around 850 feet, and the elevator will take you to the 67th, 69th and 70th deck floors. It operates until the midnight.

After the city tour, if there is still time, try more things to do in New York and visit the famous Chinatown - a shopper’s and a foodie paradise with Buddhist Temples and hot noodles stir. There is always fishmonger action surrounding the tourists.

At a walking distance, there is Nolita in Manhattan for the visitors with crafted taste in fashion, a must in the list of New York city points of interest.

How to Reach (All Locations)

To reach the Times Square, there is a cruise journey. Tourist can also use the city pass to reach from Manhattan. Trains are connected from the Statue of Liberty to every city point, much in practice.

For the Statue of Liberty and its accompanist Ellis Island, there are boats to take you to the Liberty Island. Use the city train to reach the Rockefeller Plaza.

Board the city’s bus, subway and ferry network to visit the World Trade Centre. Use an NYC taxi to lodge in Manhattan.

There are local yellow taxis available to navigate through the city quickly.

Best time to Visit (seasons, events) – We plan to integrate the Local weather widget here

Visit New York City from April to June to enjoy the springtime. The weather is on the warmer side, but the rains are unpredictable. From September to November, the climate is mild, and around this time, the city is not as overwhelming.

An off-season visit can be done from January to March.

It is mostly from June to August, when most of the town action happens. It is like a summer town party at this time.

To enjoy the blissful Christmas heritage of New York, visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, tentatively scheduled in November or December of each year. It has been conducted for 80 years now.

What to Pack? (as per season, event)

During the summers, it is essential to include a pair of shorts, sports jacket, denim or vest for the changing weather, t-shirts, jeans, full-sleeves t-shirt, or a sweatshirt and a fleece.

Include a backpack and a reliable pair of sneaker shoes to walk the tour.

For a Broadway show, theatre or Opera, a nice outfit is all you need to dress up. The bars and eateries have a casual dress code.

The winters can be severe and harsh, so for tourists in November onwards; it is crucial to carry a woollen headscarf, winter gloves, winter clothes preferably with an insulated hood, thermals, high-neck sweaters, comfortable boots and thick dress pants or jeans.

Top Delicacies

The culinary fashion in New York has many gastronomical inventions. First on the list is the cheesecake. This creamy delicacy has a base in the city’s colonial past. There is a unique Jewish cheesecake recipe as well.

On the other side of the course, on the table is the New York special – Lobster Newberg. It is a perfect make of lobsters floating in cream, the brandy-Cognac, the Spanish wine-Sherry, and the hot chilli pepper-cayenne pepper.

There is General Tso’s Chicken – the stir-fry crumbed chicken mixed in the thick sweet sauce. To do a different chicken taste, there is fried chicken and waffles, a perfect later supper or an early morning breakfast.

The New York Hamburger is a delicacy with a perfect meat plug of your choice. The coal oven pizza is a masterpiece of textured thin crust blend on the wood or the burnt oven.

Indian Restaurants in New York

Malai Marke

  • Located at:318 E 6th St, New York City, NY 10003-8709
  • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian-friendly
  • Contact No.:+1 212-777-7729

Indian Tanpura

  • Located at:564 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, USA
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Contact No.:+1 212-721-8700

Babuji

  • Located at: 22 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
  • Cuisine: Indian curry, Street food
  • Contact No.: +1 212-951-1082

Shopping List Essentials

New York appears like a big, wide-spaced outdoor mall. There are significant retailers, indie-boutiques, traditional departmental stores, and the big-wigs like Bergdorf's, downtown Saks, and experiential stores like Dover Street.

Buy accessories or fine-jewellery, visit the Gucci’s or Saint Laurent and try the shoe department at the Saks. There is an assorted selection of fashion, home, beauty products and the silhouette.

Healthcare Centers

The health insurance is a must for all the travellers around the world as this not only covers the cost of your medical emergencies, it also takes care to provide you the best and nearest healthcare centre around your location.

Seek for the below health care centers during emergency while in New York.

Jacobi – for physician help, pediatric care and vaccinations

Travelhealth.net – An established referral centre for treating travel-related illness

Mount Sinai – For physician care and specialist treatment

NYU Langone Orthopedic Center – A centre to treat any injuries or ailments that affect your muscles, bones, and joints

Currency

Use Travelex Currency Services in Times Square, New York. You can save time from lengthy queues and need not worry about the language barrier here.

Basics of Local Communication

Americans have a heavy English accent, and it needs to be understood clearly. So, always try and be patient for effective communication. Also, try and speak to them in their accent. You can do this by listening to audio on their basic conversational phrases and by extending a friendly hand. It is never wise to sound silly in the U.S.

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What kinds of medical coverage’s are provided??

The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
  • Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  • Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
  • Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
  • Naturopathy treatment.
  • Non Allopathic treatment e.g. - Ayurvedic, Yogic, Homeopathic, Unani treatment(s).
  • Under no circumstances shall this insurance contract be deemed to provide cover and no liability be incurred to pay any claim or provide any benefit hereunder to the extent that the provision of such cover, payment of such claim or provision of such benefit would expose us to any sanction, prohibition, or restriction under United Nations resolutions or the trade or economic sanctions, laws or regulations of the European Union, United Kingdom, United States of America & India

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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption


Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.


Trip Delay


 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.