INDIA - the mystery land
A wealth of languages, many regions, diverse religions, castes, cultures and customs, many seasons…yet, it is one…that is India. India is a land of mystery, suprises and a tourist destination for all seasons. Indian is colourful and vibrant, a land of contrasts. India has something to offer everyone across the globe: snow-capped mountains, fertile Gangetic plains, deserts and lush green jungles. It has natural lakes and lagoons, beaches, rivers and many more attractions. India offers up its history to the traveller sharing its royal past of kings, princes and princesses, their forts and palaces, exotic and historic temples, mosques and churches. It also has some of the most famous national parks and reserves brimming with wildlife, flora and fauna.
We believe that India has endless travel opportunities for interested tourists and enthusiasts like cultural, wildlife, trekking, adventure, religious, rafting, and nature tours. There are some very famous hotels that are destinations in and of themselves and offer some very exciting tour options for relaxation and spa therapies. Yoga and Ayurveda are some very old and ancient treatments based on scientific and natural therapies in India. Medical tourism is now catching up fast as there some world class hospitals offering treatments with best equipment and technologies at very reasonable or nominal prices.
Nature walk or trek in the foothills of the Himalayas or in the hills and spice plantations of Southern India while mixing with local people and communities or cruise on the backwaters in a Kettuvallum Houseboat. Ride an elephant or a four wheel drive jeep with your naturalist to track tigers and other wildlife in the National Parks of Central and Northern India.
Rajasthan, the Royal State is the most colourful and sought after tourist destination across the world. Its fort and palace, desert, wildlife reserves and national parks are extraordinary. The people of Rajasthan are cheerful with their colourful and appealing National dress. They are friendly and wholeheartedly await you. Rajasthan has everything for an amazing holiday including horse riding safaris, camel safaris, camps, luxury hotels, and homestays.
India is an incomparable holiday destination. It’s got beaches, backwaters, and hill stations for the adventurous traveller. The Taj Mahal, a wonder carved out of white marble representing eternal love stands proudly at Agra. There are temples with the most amazing and exotic sculptures, the arts and architecture of the ruins of the historic kingdoms of South India. Watching an ancient religious ceremony from the banks of sacred River Ganga in Varanasi or Haridwar will refresh your soul. Cruise on the backwaters in the beautiful state of Kerala and enjoy an Ayurvedic spa at a resort. Your visit to the states of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Orissa in central and Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram in eastern India will fulfil your dreams of seeing some of the ancient and unique tribes. Goa is purely a fun filled destination with the influence of the Portuguese. Its sun, sand, beaches, parties and dancing and merry making will give you a fun-filled holiday.
Choose a holiday of your interest and be assured of the most memorable holiday in this fascinating land of kings and emperors.
GEOGRAPHY - India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. It covers an area of 32,87,263 sq. Km comprised of the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. Bounded by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. It lies entirely in the Northern Hemisphere.Capital City – New Delhi
By Air – there are flights to India from all over the world.
By road - Border crossing between India and Pakistan is between Lahore and Amritsar. Other crossings include: Birganj-Raxaul, Sunauli-Gorakhpur and Kakarbhitta-Siliguri for * overland routes between India and Nepal and Tiruchirappalli and Colombo (Sri Lanka). Sunauli is the most convenient entry point to Kathmandu or Pokhara from Delhi and the rest of the north-western Indian states. Bus service operates 4 times a week between Lahore and Delhi.
By Rail – the train service is only between Delhi & Lahore and runs twice a week.
By Sea - Several international cruise lines include stopovers at Indian ports. The popular destinations are Goa, Mumbai, Kochi, Kozhikode, Calcutta and Chennai.
Foreign Nationals desirous of coming into India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian Visa. Please ensure that that passport is valid for 6 months from teh date of arrival into India. Citizens of Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives do not require visa to enter India.
TOURIST VISA ON ARRIVAL (TVoA) SCHEME
The Government of India has announced a scheme of granting Tourist Visa on Arrival for the citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore for a short period of 30 days. This Visa is non-extendable and non-convertible and will be issued at arrival only at the designated international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
A tourist arriving in India shall be allowed clearance free of duty articles in his bonafide baggage to the extent as mentioned below:-
(a) Used personal effects and travel souvenirs, if
(b) These goods are for personal use of the tourist, and
(c) These goods, other than those consumed during the stay in India, are re-exported when the tourist leaves India for a foreign destination.
(d) Articles upto a value of Rs-8000/- for making gifts.
It is illegal to bring in drugs, gold and silver bullion, plants and coins that have gone out of use.
The climate of India can broadly be classified as a tropical monsoon one. But, in spite of much of the northern part of India lying beyond the tropical zone, the entire country has a tropical climate marked by relatively high temperatures and dry winters. There are four seasons:
- Winter (October - February) – Average temperature between 10 C in North & 20 C in South
- Summer (March-June) – Average temperature 35 to 40 C
- Monsoon (July -September) – Hot & Humid with average temperatures at 35 C
BEST TIME TO VISIT INDIA
Although is a destinations of all time, but the best time to visit India is during the winter season when the weather is pleasant. However you can visit India during the summers as well if you are planning to visit the hill states of Northern India or places like Leh & Ladakh.
Hinduism is the main religion. Other religions practiced in India are Christianity, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains.
There are 22 different languages that have been recognised by the Constitution of India, of which Hindi is an Official Language. English is widely spoken across the country.
Voltage in most places is 220 AC 50 cycles, though a few areas have DC supply as well. Tourists are advised however to check the voltage before using an appliance. Plugs used are of the round 2- and 3-pin type. Carry a combination plug that will feed into a round-pin socket: across the subcontinent plug point sockets are round rather than flat.
Hindi is the official Language. Other languages commonly spoken across the country are English and other regional languages.
India Rupee (1 Rupee = 100 paise)
There is no import restriction on money or traveller's cheques brought into the country by travellers. Cash, banknotes, or traveller's cheques up to a value of US $10,000 or equivalent, need not be declared on entry. Tourists are advised to exchange cash or traveller's cheques only in banks or authorised exchange centres, and retain the receipts. This allows for re-exchange of currency on departure. Please note that no Indian currency is allowed to be imported or exported.
Mobile telephones, Telephone, Fax, Telegram, Telex, International 24 hour service in the larger hotels, post offices in the bigger towns. Country code: 91. POST: The Postal service is quite good. Personal letters of tourists can be addressed and collected through the Tourist Mail Service counters at GPOs and India Tourist Offices in respective tourist centres. Postage stamps can also be bought in the hotels. Coruier & Parcel services are available in most of the cities.
CULTURE & CRAFTS
Crafts : Word craft, handicrafts, architecture and sculpture all contribute to this rich and varied domain. Indian literature, both in English and in the vernacular, is ever more popular around the world. Handicrafts are as varied as the country itself. The Mughal and colonial structures and the temple architecture across the length and breadth of the country are testaments to the lands exciting past. Sculptures adorn temple walls, stupas, street junctions and ancient caves. The oldest schools are the Gandhara and the Mathura.
It is customary to tip in India like in other parts of the world. Drivers, Bell boys, Restaurant waiters, guides, escorts, doorman, porters all expect tips.
- Photography with still camera and video camera is permitted at all monuments.
- A special licence is needed to photograph ancient monuments using a flash and tripod. This licence can be issued by the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi and the Concerned State Archaeology Departments.
- Photographing in the wildlife reservations is allowed against payment of a fee, which varies from state to state.
- Photographing in tribal areas is not permissible.
No vaccination certificate is required for entry into India except the persons travelling to India through yellow fever endemic countries (certain African and Latin American countries) are required to have yellow fever vaccination certificate confirming to International Health regulations.
The time difference in India is GMT plus 5.5 (+5-1/2 Hrs Ahead of GMT) hours. This is the time difference throughout the Year. (There are no variations in summer or winter).