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Quick Facts

1.21
billion beautiful, warm and friendly people

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21

Official languages

Recognized National Languages

Natural Beauty Physical Feature The mainland consists of four well-defined regions: (i)The great mountain zone, (ii)The Indo-Gangetic plain, (iii)The desert region and (iv)The Southern Peninsula. Mountains, jungles, deserts and beaches, India has it all. with numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites
25C

Summer average

10 -15C
Winter average

Capital City: Delhi

Monsoon - July to September when monsoon rains sweep across the country with daily torrential downpours and a high possibility of flooding making travel difficult in all areas except the northwest. Duration of monsoons may vary in different regions by several weeks. Cool - The months from October to February are some of the best times to visit as the weather is very pleasant with minimal rainfall in most places. Hot - March to June witnesses temperatures that can soar above average making the hot season unbearable and the hazy, dustladen air can hamper views. Many people head to "hill stations" which provide a welcome relief from the extreme heat of the lowlands.

Currency:(INR) Indian Rupee


GMT +5.5 time zone
Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+5.5). Daylight Savings is not observed.

Indian Tourist Visa Requirements:

1.Passport

Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months from day of application, and with at least two blank visa pages for Indian visa stamps. Amendment pages are not acceptable for visa stamps.

2.Indian Visa Application Form:


One signed India visa application form plus one copy .Only on-line Indian visa application forms are accepted.

3.Photo Requirements:
Two recent 2 x 2 passport type photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/white background. Glasses should not be worn in these photos; photos should not be stapled to the application. OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.

4.Other Forms: Proof of Residential Address:


5.Minors:
A copy of the child's birth certificate and a copy of both parents' signed passports must be submitted. The visa application must be signed by both parents. A copy of a parent's driver's license or utility bill can be used for proof of residential address in the US.

Minors Signing the Application Form: A minor child should sign their name inside the signature box under the photo on first page of the application. If the child is too young to sign their name, the childs thumbprint must be stamped
inside the signature box under the photo on first page of the application. The childs signature or thumbprint AND both parents signatures must be included on the second page of the visa application form.

6.Other Requirements:
Indian visas allow multiple entries into the country, however, there must be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to the country on a Tourist Visa or the traveler must have a re-entry permit. No re-entry permit is needed if the visa holder is traveling to multiple countries on the same itinerary and the trip follows the itinerary exactly. In this case the visa holder must carry a copy of the itinerary to show the Immigration Officer. All other applicants seeking permission to enter India multiple times within two months must apply for a re-entry permit.

7.Special Instructions:
For Applicants of Indian Origin: There are additional procedures and visa requirements for applicants of Indian origin. Please carefully review the requirements for applicants of Indian origin and include all necessary documents and fees with the visa application.

India Visa Validity:


Visas are usually valid for multiple entries for a period of 6 months or 5 years based on consular fee paid. 10 year visas are issued at the discretion of the Indian Consulate. Multiple entry visas allow re-entry to India only after a period of two months between visits. Important: Travelers must leave India on or before the expiration of their visa. Travelers who remain in India beyond the validity of their visa could face detention and significant penalties. If your intended length of stay in India exceeds the validity of your existing visa, you must apply for a new visa. If re-entry permission is granted, travelers intending to return to India for a second visit within two months must register at the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) within 14 days of arrival in India.

Indian Visa Processing Time:


Visa processing time varies in different locations, depending on the state of residence of the applicant (see jurisdiction list). Please visit our Consular Fee chart for estimated processing time in each location.

Air All major airlines land in India. The national airline Air India (AI) has a well established worldwide flight network, which also comprises several national routes. The number of international airports is constantly increasing. Within India travelers are able to reach numerous cities in the Indian subcontinent with Indian (Private Indian Airline) and with a constantly growing number of privately operated airlines Railways The railroad network of the Indian Railways is the largest in Asia and the second largest in the world (62,300 km, more than 7,000stations, more than 11,000 locomotives). Travelling by train is inexpensive in India. A separate system of fast trains connects India's larger cities. The Indian Railways provide special tariffs and passes (Indrail Pass), which make a journey through the country comfortable and easily affordable. In addition, there are luxury trains especially equipped to meet the demands of the tourists. The Palace-on-Wheels (round-trips through the state of Rajasthan) and the Deccan Queen (west coast including Goa)allow you to travel the country for days without having to change your bed. Sight-seeing, excursions and meals in the lunch on car of the train are included. Roads On India's roadways buses of various categories are operated at regular intervals. They connect many towns which cannot be reached by plane or rail. Especially favored among travelers is the renting of a car with a driver. At a moderate rate the journey can thus be created on a very individual basis . Traffic within the cities is managed by means of bike-rickshaws, motor scooter taxis, buses and trains. Ship Holiday cruises also anchor in India. Hence are the starting point for tours into the interior of the country. Especially attractive are the famous house boats in Kerala (former transport vessels for rice) on the backwaters, with which travelers can discover the breath-taking landscape with its rice fields and small villages.

Air India and Indian Airline-National Airline of India

Airports: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (ATQ) Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) Lokpriya Gopinath Bordolio International Airport (GAU) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) Dabolim Airport (GOI) Calicut International Airport (CCJ) Bengaluru International Airport (BLR) Cochin International Airport (COK) Trivandrum International Airport (TRV) Chennai International Airpot (MAA)

Key Factors on why to Visit India

Value for money


India is a value for money destination

Entertainment
We have a host of Entertainment to enjoy from local traditional dancing to International dances.

Spiritual self realization

Amazing Indian Hospitality

Diversity of Cultures

23 official languages
Hear our 23 official languages and discover new cultures

Variety of cuisine
We have a variety of International and Local cuisine to experience

What Makes India:


Diversity It has the world's richest, world's poorest and the third biggest middle class in the world. It has a large number of people living in the pre-historic era (in Andamans and various jungles in the mainland) and it has a large number of people living in the cutting edge of various technologies. If you want to observe people, you can't find a better place. Faith and Religion It has the largest diversity of religions, languages and races. Apart from being the birth place of 2 of the top 4 religions in the world, it has also given birth to Sikhism, Jainism and were among the handful of places that opened arms to persecuted religions such as Judaism, Zorastranism and Christianity (before 300 AD). Even among Hinduism, you will find 1000s of different variants and can easily get lost in its immense temples and literature. Thousands of years old temples, practices and writings can leave the history buff salivating. Transportation India is a massive country and unlike the top 6 largest countries of the world, its population and attractions are relatively spread around the country. That makes India bigger than its area indicates. The transportation options include rickety buses that costs a few cents to insanely luxurious trains like these:

Food We have an immense diversity of food that varies by state. Tamils have dosas & idlies, Telugus and Rajasthanis have hyper-spicy foods, Gujrathis have incredible thalis, Malayalis have coconut flavored dishes, Punjabis have super cool lassis & Bengalis have mouth water sweets. Even within the states, there are enormous diversities. For instance, the food of Tamil Nadu is quite distinct from the Chettinad or Madurai foods of Tamil Nadu.
Nature It is the home of spectacular Himalayas, massive rivers and as a subcontinent has every type of landform (from the sands of Jaisalmer to the 8000m snow caps of Kashmir to deep tropical jungles to plains that feed 1 billion people). It is the only country to have natural habitats for Tiger and Lion. Along with Indonesia and Brazil, it is among the 3 most biodiverse nations of the world. Whether you are a hiker or nature enthusiast you can get your money's worth. Culture & Festivals We celebrate about 300 festivals in a year - the biggest being the Diwali,Ramazan, Holi and Dussehra. Apart from the national festivals, we have regional festivals such as Baisakhi (Punjab) or Thai Poosam (in Tamil Nadu) that are very colorful. We have 100s of dance forms and musical traditions.

What India Offers: India offers a multi-head variety to its tourists. A past steeped in history and legends, pilgrimage points brimming with holy shrines, golden and white silvery beaches that offer a variety of water sports, snow-capped mountains, a number of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks full of rare and endangered species of animals and birds are just some of the tourism delights of India. Panoramic sights, rich cultural and architectural legacy, diversity of terrain, languages, lifestyles, eating habits and traditions make India an interesting place to explore. The marked differences between the sophisticated and lavish ways of the royalty and rustic and simple ways of the rural and village people attract the tourists. Then there is variety of dance forms, musical instruments, cuisines, paintings and other art and craft forms that are unique to every region. The camel and elephant rides of Rajasthan, cruising through backwaters of Kerala in Kettuvallams, jeep safaris through various sanctuaries full of wild cats and a Shikara ride on Dal Lake, Adventure and Scenic Beauty of Ladhak are some of the experiences that one can never forget. There is Taj Mahal, the seventh wonder of the world, at Agra and there are famous erotic sculptures of Khajuraho that speak volumes about the Indian culture. India suits all types of tourists offering adventure, sports, natural beauty, health and better living assistance, unrivalled architecture, wildlife and in short, something for everybody

Different Types of Tourism in India Heritage & Cultural / Leisure Adventure Tourism Business Sports Medical Tourism (One of the Fastest growing tourism in India)

Heritage & Cultural / Leisure The glorious past of India has ensured that the present and subsequent generations have plenty of historical and cultural heritage to be proud of. As one turns the pages of history, the rich heritage of India comes alive with all its fragrance and color which are still breathing in the heritage forts, palaces, temples and monuments fringed in each and every corner of this multi facet country, India. The splendid architecture, minutely carved motifs, embellished facades of the heritage monuments narrate the immense skill of the craftsmen of the yore which have been fascinating the world for many centuries. If you start counting , you may fail to accommodate all the heritage sites of India in your fingers which have evolved with the passage of time. UNESCO has come up with the mission to protect these treasures which are the finest gifts to world from India so that generations to come feel them as fortunate as we consider ourselves after acquainting with these incredible Indian heritage sites. Be it the exquisite marble inlay work of the Taj Mahal or the titillating sculptures of the Khajuraho Temples or the excellent fusion of science and art in Konark Sun Temple, Indian heritage sites are the manifests to the extremely rich heritage of India. The number of important monuments and sites in India is so great that a single tour to discover the multifarious facets of its wonderful heritage is not enough. Nevertheless, it will give you an admirable glimpse into the Indian history and heritage. At the end of your trip, you will surely develop a huge respect for the Indian heritage while craving for more such tour in the near future.

Adventure Tourism Are you an adventurous traveler? Can you rise to the challenge of testing yourself to the limit? If adventure is what you live for, then come on Adventure Tours of India and have the adventure holiday of a lifetime. Feel the thrill of climbing up a Himalayan peak or rafting down a snow-fed river. Travel across the Rajasthan Desert on a Camel safari and track tigers in the jungle, on an elephant safari in India. Adventure Tours of India offers tours to adventure destinations in India. Enjoy water sports, paragliding, skiing, trekking, and more, in India . The roads might not be silky nor the machines without glitches, yet motorcycling in India gives very powerful insights into life in this vast and diverse country. More importantly, traveling by motorbike provides adventurous travelers with the opportunity to learn how we face the various extremities thrown at us. It gives us the chance to see ourselves when one maniacal truck driver almost pushes us off the road while another offers shelter during a flash blizzard atop the Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world. Similarly, whether trying to connect with a bunch of villagers praying at Lake Pushkar or celebrating Bob Dylans birthday in Shillong, the motorcycle is only one part of what is involved while touring India. A mode of transportation, yes, but a potent tool of self-development as well.

Business Tourism Business tourism, or convention tourism, happens when business travelers visit a country to attend a conference or as part of an incentive trip. This type of travel is on the rise in India as of 2010. The Indian government has recognized the merits of business tourism and is in the process of building and opening convention centers in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa and Jaipur to support business tourism and the added revenues it provides the local economy. Incentive trips to India offer the opportunity to visit coral reefs, quaint villages and exquisite temples.
Sports Tourism Sports Tourism, once an alien concept, has been rapidly evolving over the past five years. Although a niche segment, it has an immense potential with an expected growth rate of 10-20 per cent per annum. sporting enthusiasts are willing to spend top dollar to jet set across the globe to experience the thrill of watching their favourite game live. These fans also like to live it up exploring and enjoying the destination simultaneously.

Medical Tourism (One of the Fastest growing tourism in India)


Medical tourism is a growing sector in India. Indias medical tourism sector is expected to experience an annual growth rate of 30%, making it a $2 billion industry by 2015. As medical treatment costs in the developed world balloon with the United States leading the way - more and more Westerners are finding the prospect of international travel for medical care increasingly appealing. An estimated 150,000 of these travel to India for low-priced healthcare procedures every year. Advantages for medical tourists include reduced costs, the availability of latest medical technologies and a growing compliance on international quality standards, as well as the fact that foreigners are less likely to face a language barrier in India. The Indian government is taking steps to address infrastructure issues that hinder the country's growth in medical tourism. Chennai is regarded as the Capital of medical tourism in India. Most estimates claim treatment costs in India start at around a tenth of the price of comparable treatment in America or Britain

North India refers to the set of states located on the non peninsular region of the republic of India. It includes Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. North India has been a bystander of some of the major historical and cultural development in India over the past 3500 years.

Tourist Attraction in North Kashmir The valley is distinctively marked by breath-taking lakes, fresh water streams, luscious fruits, magnificent forests, mighty mountains and lush meadows which makes it a paradise on Earth. The mountain-downs or margs are numerous on the tops of the hill ranges prominent being Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Yousmarg etc.

Jammu Set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pir Panjal range, Jammu marks the transition between the Himalayas in the north and the dusty plains of the Punjab in the south, bridging these two extremities by a series of scrub covered hills, forested mountain ranges and deep river valleys. The southernmost unit of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Jammu region is traversed by the Shivalik hills and quenched by the rivers Ravi, Tawi and Chenab.

Situated at the western edge of the Tibetan plateau, Ladakh is bound by the mighty Karokaram mountain range in the north and the Great Himalayas in the South. Landscape of Ladakh has been modified and sculpted into the spectacular shape by the wind and the erosion over the centuries. Its altitude ranges from 9000 to 25000 feet. And is traversed by other mountain chains, the Ladakh range and Zanaskar range Magnetic Hill. It is rightly called the broken moonland and land of endless discovery.

The Land of Himachal Popularly known as the Devbhumi "Land of the Gods", Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill state in India, nestles in north-west region of western Himalayas. The state is landlocked with the Tibetan plateau to the east, Jammu and Kashmir to the north, and the Punjab to the west. However, the state stands apart from its neighbors in terms of its sheer topographic diversity and breathtaking pristine natural beauty. From vast tracts of high-altitude Trans-Himalayan desert to dense green deodar forests, from apple orchards to cultivated terraces, from snow capped high Himalayan mountain ranges to snow fed lakes and gushing rivers.

Uttrakhand
Uttarakhand - the land of gods, the home of Himalayas and truly a paradise on earth, allures everyone from everywhere. The fresh air, the pure water, the chilling snow, the adverting mountains, the scenic beauty, the small villages, the simpler people.

Punjab/Amritsar
Punjab , located in the north west of India, is one of the smallest and the most prosperous states of India. The five river Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Chenab and Jhelum gave it its name 'punj-ab' or the 'land of five waters'. As a civilization , it is one of the most ancient in the world with a distinguished culture.

Folklore of heroism and romance resound from the formidable monuments that majestically stand to tell the tale of a bygone era. The magic of vibrant Rajasthan - its rich heritage, colourful culture, exciting desert safaris, shining sand-dunes, amazing variety lush forests and varied wildlife - makes it a destination nonpareil. Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most skeptical traveler. It is an incredible destination for the outdoor-tourist take a safari on horses, camels, elephants or even in jeeps, with the Aravalis - India's oldest mountain range as the backdrop. Feast your eyes on spectacular sand-dunes, take the tiger trail, or just watch the birds in the wetlands. You can also choose to pamper yourself in the lavish heritage properties. Rajasthan has something for everyone one just has to choose an activity appropriate to one's temperament.

Aavo Padharo, words of welcome in the language of Gujarat because it is here that these words ring truely and the guest is 'God' and the people of Gujarat are gregariously friendly, inviting and will entice you to come again and again. Here in Gujarat you will discover centuries of history as spanning the geological core of the earth onto a fascinatingly vibrant future. Gujarat is unique in its geological and topographical landscape. From volcanic outpourings through bedrock to fossil fields of indegenous dinosaurs; from the art of the neolithic cave painter to the stone masterpieces of a series of civilized architecture. Gujarat has it all.

A land whose sheer size and diversity will stun you. Enjoy her mountains that stretch out into the mists as far as the eye can see. Her innumerous forts that stand proud and strong. Her scores of temples, sculpted into and out of basalt rock. Her diverse and colorful cultures, woven into one gigantic quilt. Her festivals that galvanize the sleepy thousands into fervent motion. And her miles of silver, white beaches, stretched taut and inviting over the entire coast. Welcome aboard a travel package that gives you a glimpse into this vibrant and beautiful land. Welcome to Maharashtra. A land untouched, unsullied, unlimited.

Now our road takes us to the magnificent kingdom of GoaThe people of this kingdom are strong, prudent and very hardworking The kingdom of Goa is the most important in IndiaIt is civilized, having famous orchards and water. It is the coolest place in India and it is the most plentiful in foodstuffs. The white people make a practice of going to the kingdom of Goa to enjoy the shade and the groves of trees and to savour the sweet betel.

Goa is a multifaceted jewel in the crown of India. It is a frame of mind and body, spirit and soul. Goa is an unfading memory. It is joy and nirvana. Goa is Indias smallest State---with the largest heart. Goa is Forever.

Banglar mati, banglar jol..West Bengal is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse states of India. The people of West Bengal inherit their identity and aspiration from the larger Indian mosaic. One can still recapture the colonial era in its relics which survived the states progressive development. The land of West Bengal has in it intricately woven stories of many bright mornings and dark nights; stories of many civilisations have left their footprints here. Awash in the memory of that rich history and heritage West Bengal boasts of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, people and languages which add to this beautiful landscape. Indian statesman Gopalkrishna Gokhale once said -- "....what Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow! Kolkata:Kolkata the capital of West Bengal is the nerve centre of intellectual and human values having given birth to
numerous modern movements in literature, art, cinema, theatre, science, politics and industry.Kolkata is regarded as the cultural capital of India for her immense contribution in these fields.Kolkata is also the hub centre of West Bengal. The Kolkata port is one of the major ports of the country. Darjeeling:Travelling in Darjeeling is like walking along the memory lanes during the time of the British Raj. Located in the cozy and inviting lap of the Kanchan Junga, Darjeeling the dramatic land is amazingly blessed with the superb beauty of the nature, fantastic sightseeing places, ornamental monasteries, mystic hill, alluring tea gardens, refreshing and healthy climatic condition and warm hospitality. Darjeeling is truly a gem in the crown of the Himalayas that invites the foot falls of thousands and thousands of tourists from across the globe.

The word Bhubaneshwar which means the "Lord of the Universe" is the capital of Odisha.In Bhubaneshwar Shiva is known as Tribhuvaneshwar or "Lord of the Three Worlds from which the city derives its name.Bhubaneshwar is also popularly know as the "The Temple City of India. This is an important pilgrimage centre and hundreds of temple dot the landscape of the old town which once boasted of more than 2000 temples.

The city of Bodhgaya, located in the state of Bihar, is known to most us as being related to Gautam Buddha. However the actual association and the facts about the place have always eluded us. Bodhgaya is the place where the wandering prince Siddhartha sat in meditation below a Bodhi Tree. His three days of initial meditation and subsequent seven weeks of enlightenment have been closely associated with various places in Bodh Gaya.

A South India Tourist Places and tour includes trips to the backwaters, beaches, temples along with Ayurveda treatment and varied wildlife. The rich culture, history and tradition adds to the mystery and magic of South India. A trip to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Lakshadweep, or Andaman& Nicobar Islands provides you with fond memories. Nature lovers, adventure lover and wanderlust would surely like to visit South India because of its diversity.

One State: Many Worlds Welcome to . A land blessed with many fascinating worlds. Discover ageless monuments, world heritage sites, lush green forests, amazing wildlife, spectacular waterfalls, romantic hill stations, timeless temples, pristine beaches, exhilarating adventure sports and vibrant art & culture. And, as you traverse through the length and breadth of Karnataka, be spellbound by every facet of this amazing land. Come embark upon a journey through Karnataka. And discover the best of all worlds.

point where the three seas meet

the Queen of Hill Stations

Kerala, India's most advanced society: With hundred percent literacy. World-class health care systems. India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India's cleanest state.

Tourism in iNDIA is the largest service industry, with a contribution of 6.23% to the national GDP and 8.78% of the total employment in India. In 2010, total Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) in India were 5.78 million and India generated about 200 billion US dollars in 2008 and that is expected to increase to US$375.5 billion by 2018 at a 9.4% annual growth rate. The majority of foreign tourists come from USA and UK. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are the top five states to receive inbound tourists.
According to World Travel and Tourism Council, India will be a tourism hot-spot from 2009 to 2018,having the highest 10-year growth potential. The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2007 ranked tourism in India sixth in terms of price competitiveness and 39th in terms of safety and security. Despite short- and medium-term setbacks, such as shortage of hotel rooms, tourism revenues are expected to surge by 42% from 2007 to 2017. India's rich history and its cultural and geographical diversity make its international tourism appeal large and diverse. It presents heritage and cultural tourism along with medical, business and sports tourism. India has one of the largest and fastest growing medical tourism sectors.