India's amazing diversity offers you everything you could ever want in a shooting location. Bordered by the majestic Himalayas in the north, edged by a spectacular coastline to the east and west. India offers a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes and magnificent historical sites, with cities whose architecture recalls royal grandeur, as well as golden beaches, misty mountain retreats, colourful people, rich cultures and festivities.

At any part of the year India can offer you a dazzling array of destinations and experiences. All the three seasons offer amazing opportunities and experiences to capture. Check out our Library of images to see the various moods of India.

INDIA - For your information
In order to shoot in India you need Permission from the Ministry Of Information & Broadcasting, for Feature Films and from the Ministry Of External Affairs for commercials, documentaries and music videos. Both Ministries are located in Delhi. This process varies from 2 weeks to 4 weeks depending on the kind of project and the content of what you are shooting in India. In most cases we are able to get this done in 7 working days for all projects, except for Feature Films, which will take about 3 weeks. We will walk you through the permit process.
Time Zone
GMT +5:30 hours
All non-Indians need a visa to enter India. The correct Visa type to get for shooting purposes is a 'J' Visa. Processing times varies from 48 hours on a rush to 7 working days. You will need to get permission to shoot in the country from the Ministry in Delhi, before a 'J' visa can be issued. We will guide you through the process.
Importing of Equipment
Equipment can come in on a carnet.
Cell Phones
GSM mode. If you have a Tri-Band phone you should be able to make and receive calls in India. We recommend getting a local simcard, as that is far more affordable.
India hosts some of the best hotels in the world. We are able to get you the best rates at most hotels.
Not a good idea for foreigners. When you rent a car in India, it comes with a driver and that is the best way to go.
Arri is very popular in India and readily available to rent, Panavision and Movi-cam can also be sourced subject to availability.
India now boasts labs that compare with those in Los Angeles and Europe.
Aerial Photography
If your DP is Indian and depending on the location the permit will take approximately 45 days. If you have a Foreign DP, this is a 90 day process. A detailed flight plan needs to be filed well in advance of filming.
Monsoon season starts in June and ends by the end of September. The hottest months of the year are April to June in Western & Southern India and May to July in Northern India.

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