are pleased that you have chosen our vast and beautiful country
your holiday destination and hope that your expectation and experiences
here will bring
back again and again to discover and rediscover the
that is India"
country of staggering topographical variations whose rich and incredibly
heritagehas been shaped by 5000 years of history.
land where the ancient and the contemporary exists side by side, where
thousands of brilliant images
the soul with wonder and where quaint and startling contradictions juxtapose
to lend an
vitality, texture and poetry of life. The history of India is replete with
and cultural heritage in its variegated manifestations. India is as luxurious
squalid, some places as featureless as some absolutely spectacular. Yet
with its vast diversity it has
unity.Covering more than three million square kilometers, India is home to
masses of humanity—
billion people at last count—and a bewildering pantheon of gods and monsters.
Temples and shrines are
every corner, and throughout the year there are hundreds of religious festivals.
Here, religion is
intrinsic part of life: Religious rules influence the people's daily chores,
clothing, food, marriage,
and politics. About 80 percent of the population are Hindu and 11 percent
India is rich with tradition, the country and its people are not trapped
in the past.
has a thriving computer software industry and is the world's second-largest
are also avid movie producers; the Indian film industry is the largest
in the world,
about three times as many full-length feature films as the United States.
the deserts of Rajasthan to the tropical forests of Kerala, India is a
great destination for anybody with an adventurous spirit. India has 59
national parks and more than 250 wildlife reserves, housing many animals
are unique to the area. In this overpopulated country with underdeveloped
roads, leave the cars and buses behind — trekking and camel safaris are
great ways to get from place to place.
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Map of India
is a sub-continent, the largest democracy in the world, a country so vast,
a land mass of 324 million sq.kms, with a population of 1 billion, with
14 major and 220 minor
with 845 dialects, each state having its own racial and cultural heritage,
habits, religious customs and festivals.
occupies the 7th place in the world in respect of it's size. Forming a
natural border, the Himalayas,
throughout the northern region, with the countries of China, Nepal
and Bhutan bordering
in the north, Bangladesh in the south east, Burma (Mandalay) in the east
and Pakistan in the north west direction.
coat line is 6000 kms in length and extends east to west through south.
its distinctive bulge, India narrows like an elephant's trunk to drink
from the Indian Ocean,
of Bengal and the Arabian sea. Such thirst is understandable.
greatest deserts of the world - the Mexican, the Sahara and the Arabian
- lie at the same latitude.
India extends far beyond its Thar desert and this extra altitude
provides, rain forests,
meadows and glaciers.
countries encompass as richly varied a landscape as India's, watered by
burnished by the sun.The southwest
monsoon dominates from late June to end of September, bringing high humidity
and heavy rain. As these winds retreat in October, the land dries out and
humidity levels fall.
southeastern coasts however, get rain and cyclonic squalls until january.
In November, with the strength
the sun diminishing, the winter season starts in the northern plains. Until
February the weather remains cold
5 degrees C or 41 degrees F ) in the Himalayas and its foothills, where
skiing is possible, pleasant in
plains and warm in South India, except in cooler uplands. India's summer,
which runs from March to May,
hot and dry, with flurries of wind raising a dusty curtain over the northern
plain and maximum daytime
averaging 40 degrees C. South India is sultry and hot but temperatures
are usually bearable
27 & 29 degrees C or 80 to 84 degree F. April is one month which is
pleasant throughout the country.
- requirements Entry
Requirements : All tourists must carry a valid
visa for India. Disembarkation cards must be completed and presented at
the Immigration Counter on arrival at airport. Embarkation cards
must be presented at the respective exit point counter on departure. Visa
& Special Permits is
granted by the Foreigners Regional Registration Offices located in Delhi,
Calcutta, Mumbai & Chennai. In State Capitals and District Headquarters
application should be submitted to the Home department in the State Capital,
or to the Police Commissioners office Special
Permits : Restricted
and Protected Area Permits may be submitted to the Foreigners Registration
Office or the Chief Immigration Officer at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and
Monuments : Permission
for photography at protected monuments may be obtained from The Director
(Mouments), Archeological Survey of India, New Delhi.
is advised to report to the appropriate channel for custom clearance, which
are two in number. The Green Channel is for passengers carrying non
dutiable goods and the Red Channel for those with dutiable items. Duty
Free Items : 1) Personal effects like clothing
and other articles new or used, which one may reasonably require,
excluding merchandise for commercial purposes. These items should be taken
back on final departure from
the country. 2) Travel souvenirs up to a total value of Rs 2000/-. Gifts
may be brought in free of duty by tourists visitingIndia
for a stay of over 24 hours. 3) Cigarettes, Cigars, Tobacco and Alcoholic
beverages subject to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250gms Tabasco and
1 litter each of wine and spirits.
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currency is not permitted to be brought in or taken out of the country
without prior permission from the Reserve Bank of India. Foreign Currency/
Exchange brought into the country must be declared at Customs where the
value of currency notes exceeds US$ 2500/- or the aggregate value
of exchange including currency notes exceeds US$10,000/- or its equivalent. Money changing facilities
the airport - 24 hours open. Also through banks and authorized money changers
in the city. Foreign Travel Tax :
time of departure is
levied @ Rs 150/- for travel to neighboring countries and Rs 500/- for travel to all other countries.
Prohibited Items : Animals - Export
of all forms of wild animals including their parts and products is banned Plants - Export
of all wild plants, seeds or parts is banned Antiquities :
Export is banned
tourists should be in possession of their Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate
Health Regulations, if they are originating or transitting through Africa
or South America.
validity of this certificate is for a period of 10 years. No other
vaccination certificate is needed, but for personal protection, inoculation
is recommended for cholera, typhoid, malaria and hepatitis. You may
your local Indian Tourism Office or Embassy
for further information.
The Indian Cuisine The
indian cuisine shows big variation and with great local specialties. Punjabi,
bengali, south indian, and north indian food are just to mentioned a few.
Generally indian food is spicy, but you can also get non spicy food. If
you like food India is a great place. It's quite amazing how a indian woman
with a few basic ingredients can turn out the must exquisite and tasty
meal. If you want to have a little taste of indian food take a look at
indian cuisine index How to eat: Before
eating remember,never eat with left hand, it's very impolite, sit on it
if you can't remember it! Even
when eating south and north are different. Northindian eat with their fingertips
while southindian use the whole palm of the hand to make a ball of rice Where to eat: Don't
worry about not being able to find a place to eat. No matter how small
a city, there will always be a place to eat.Street
places: Don't miss them, some can be really
good. And you'll be able to see how it's prepared. Indian
lodges:This is the place where the indians
eat. Serves basic meals and is very cheap. Restaurant:The
category above lodges. Good value, often the best food is served here. Expensive
restaurant:Besides being expensive, they offer
no extra. And since many of them isn't that busy, the
food isn't always fresh. Trains:
The food here is good and hygienic
Indian breads are excellent and cheap. Chapatti:
Very tasteful and in India you'll eat a lot
of them, eaten mostly in the north. Parota:Chappati
with fat in. Sometimes stuffed with potatoes. Good! Puri:
Small bread fried in oil, often served with rice. Bathura:
Big puris! Pappadom:
Very crispy and tasteful. Especially gujarati pappad are good Nan:
The king of bread, you most taste it, prepared in a special oven.
Thali: Rice and chapattis
served on a metal plate, with a number of vegetables and curry's. Masala dosa:
Very thin bread with potatos,onions and curry. Dal: Pulses found
everywhere in India, good resource of protein. Alu dum:Curry
the meat dishes the indians do best. Here are a pick of some you shouldn't
have not been in India, if you haven't tasted this. Pakora:Small
pieces of chicken in crispy fried dough. Butter:
Sweet and curry at the same time. Tikka:
Dry cooked and with a nice smell.
spicy and tasteful. Stuffed with "everything". Take care, they can be hard
on your stomach. Pakora:More
sweet then samosa. Fruit:
Grapes, watermelons,coconuts,mango and bananas. India has all the
fruits and they are very cheap.
indians have turned out some real thirst coolers. Lassi:
Yoghourt is pured in this drink. Lemon
soda: Exactly what you want when it's hot
and humid. Coconuts:
Often newly plucked, delicious! Tea
(chai ): Very special indian taste.
& Religious Occasions of India
Indian calendar is one long procession of festivals. These are as varied
in origin as they are large in number.
are innumerable national, regional, local, religious, seasonal and social
is not surprising considering the fact that India is the land of gods,
goddesses, saints, gurus and prophets.