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Organizing Your Trip
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
Air routes connects over 70 cities.
There are also ships from Kolkata (Calcutta) and Chennai (Madras) to Port Blair in the Andaman Islands( Shipping Corporation of India). and from Kochi and Calicut to the Lakshadweep Islands.
There is a catamaran service from Mumbai (Bombay) to Goa.
The Indian internal railway system covers much of the country and is relatively inexpensive.
An extensive network of bus services connects all parts of the country.
A large number of chauffeur-driven tourist cars are available in the main tourist centers.
- Rail Companies
Traveling By Yourself
One must be very cautious when driving because of the bad condition of the roads and chaotic character of the traffic.
Driving around India is not recommended. Moreover self-drive cars are not generally available in the country. It is recommended to have a licensed and experienced local driver who has a "feel" for local roads and driving conditions.
The third party insurance liability is compulsory.
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Maps of India
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Maps of India
Different Forms of Tourism
Delhi: testimony of the Muslim time.
Agra: testimony of the Moghols times: the Taj Mahal and the fort of Agra. The Taj Mahal, became the tourist symbol of India.
Goa: Former Portuguese enclave on the Western coast, gained its tourist reputation in the 60s, at the height of the hippy period.
Rich cultural heritage and an element of mysticism. Various fairs and festivals: Pushkar fair, Taj Mahotsav, and Suraj Kund mela. Rajasthan, Udaipur (the most romantic city). Is famous to be the center of theater, dance, painting and art craft activities. Some Indian sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, consult the website UNESCO
Rich forest cover with some beautiful and exotic species of wildlife: Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, and Corbett National Park.
For ecotourism in India, tourists can go to places such as Kaziranga National Park, Gir National Park, and Kanha National Park.
Vaishno Devi, Golden temple, Char Dham, and Mathura Vrindavan.
Varanasi (formerly Bénarès): the holiest of the holy cities. The Indian pilgrims come to bath in the waters of the Ganges, supposed to wash all the sins. The most sacred is the Manikarnika Ghat; you will be able to attend cremations, but leave your cameras in your hotel. Go sit down in Dasawamedh Ghat to observe ablutions.
Variety of beaches : Goa, Kovalam, Puri, Mahabalipuram, and Andaman & Nicobar.
- Winter Sports
Winter sports in India bring out the best of adventure in Indian outdoors: Skiing, Heli-Skiing, Mountaineering, Ice Climbing etc.
- Outdoor Activities
Camel safaris, Rock climbing, Trekking, River Rafting, Para Gliding, Camping, Biking & Cycling, Golf.
For trekking: Ladakh, Sikkim, and Himalaya. For skiing: Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir Tourists flock to Uttranchal, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh for whitewater rafting . Visit: India Adventure.
From the semi precious stone to a trendy leather shoe, Indian market is the ultimate destination for the shoppers around the world.
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
No obligatory vaccinations, but all travelers arriving from Sub-Saharan Africa or other yellow-fever areas must have évidence of vaccination against yellow fever.Vaccinations against Poliomyelitis, Meningococcal meningitis, Rabies, Cholera are recommended.
Risk of malaria exists. Other diseases like Dengue fever are present . H5N1 avian influenza has been identified among birds in this country.
Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilized. Milk should be boiled in case unpasteurized or otherwise also
- International Hospitals
International hospitals are not allowed to operate directly in India, but some of the private hospitals have tied up with international hospitals for technology & services transfer. Some of the hospitals of international standard operating in India are:
For more details, visit:
Hospitals in India at: http://www.hospitalsinindia.org/
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
The World Health Organization web pages devoted to India
The American government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
The Current Travel Warnings given by the American State Department
Travel Report on India by Canadian Foreign Office
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Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In New Delhi (GMT+5:30)
- Summer Time Period
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
India has broadly three seasons: warm, wet and cool. Heat begins to rise in the plains of the North in February and becomes unbearable in April - May. The monsoon appear towards the end of May in the South, then heads to the North, then covers the whole country in the first week of July till the end of October. There are even some cold nights in December - January. The extreme South remains warm all year long.
Autumn and Winter are undoubtedly the best times to visit India.
- For Further Information
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Each region in the country has its own cuisine and style of preparation.
Food is broadly categorized into six tastes - sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter and astringent. Side dishes and condiments are chutneys, curries, daals and Indian pickles.
Milk-based desserts and gulab jamuns are popular.
Tea (often ready-brewed with milk and sugar unless ‘tray tea" is specified) and coffee are most widely drunk. Butter-milk (called ‘lasi’ in Hindi ) is a popular drink in the Northern parts of the country.
All forms of alcoholic drinks including wine are easily available in the country. Large quantity of beer is produced & consumed within the country.
- Dietary Restrictions
The left hand is considered unclean and to use the left hand when eating or receiving food is considered vulgar and unclean.
Hindus consider the cow as sacred and never eat beef. Muslims consider the pig unclean and never eat pork. If they are not on the menu then one would not ask for them for risk of offending the restaurateur.
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
The import of local currency is prohibited. Currency can be changed at banks, airports or authorized money changers.
ATMs are easily accessible and are open 24x7.
- Possible Means of Payment
Payment is usually in cash. All major credit cards like American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are also widely accepted.
Travelers' checls are widely accepted and may be changed at banks and larger hotels.
- Official Language
Hindi (spoken by more than 50% of the country’s population) and English.
- Other Languages Spoken
18 regional languages are recognized by the Constitution of India: Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Nepali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Manipuri , Konkani and Sanskrit. Around 2000 dialects have been identified.
- Business Language
- Getting Some Knowledge
- Free Translation Tools
Shabdkosh : Hindi-English-Hindi free dictionary (46,000 terms)
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