This is a country travellers fantasize about – exotic, oriental, ancient India.
It is also modern, booming, chaotic India. Between the two lies a wealth of
delights – the charm of a golden civilisation still alive and kicking after
centuries and to be glimpsed as you turn the corner of a palace or a fort; as
you hear the sweetness of the flute in the misty northern hills and the deep
rhythm of the sitar at a mesmerizing performance; as you drive past the
captivating sound of temple bells that ring out loud amidst the noise of a daily
ritual prayer; as you wander into monuments adorned with precious stones –
unguarded, still splendid; as you lie deeply relaxed drifting to music, massaged
by the strong yet gentle touch of ayurveda healers.
The wonder that is India never stops overwhelming your senses. It is not a
country for the frail and the timid. Unpredictable, noisy, spiritual, peaceful,
argumentative, complex, intelligent, emotional – a country that has seen and
absorbed many invading and colonising cultures and has grown to a chaotic,
vocal, economically booming and fiercely independent democracy that embraces
both the poor beggar on the street and the ostentatious luxury brand in the
mall. Commercialisation jostles with creativity and an ancient heritage and
teachings already include and accept ultra-modern changes and a fast-paced
evolution of ideas and inventions.
India has on offer the magnificence of a varied landscape that spreads itself
out from the mystical Himalayas to the warm serenity of the backwaters of Kerala,
from the deep mysterious Sunderbans to the brilliant colours swirling around the
deserts of Kutch. Travel here takes you from country-sized bustling cities to
forgotten mud-hut villages around rich monuments in locations where empires once
A trip to India is what travel stories are made of. It’s not just the places and
the sightseeing that travellers relish, but also the festivals, the art and
craft, the people, the cuisines, and of course, the shopping. And we haven’t
even talked about the warmth, hospitality and friendliness yet.
The climate of India comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a vast
geographic scale and varied topography, making generalisations difficult. Based
on the Köppen system, India hosts six major climatic subtypes, ranging from arid
desert in the west, alpine tundra and glaciers in the north, and humid tropical
regions supporting rainforests in the southwest and the island territories. Many
regions have starkly different microclimates. The nation has four seasons:
winter (January and February), summer (March to May), a monsoon (rainy) season
(June–September), and a post-monsoon period (October–December).
India's geography and geology are climatically pivotal: the Thar Desert in the
northwest and the Himaalayas in the north work in tandem to effect a culturally
and economically break-all monsoonal regime. As Earth's highest and most massive
mountain range, the Himaalayas bars the influx of frigid katabatic winds from
the icy Tibetan Plateau and northerly Central Asia. Most of North India is thus
kept warm or is only mildly chilly or cold during winter; the same thermal dam
keeps most regions in India hot in summer.
Though the Tropic of Cancer—the boundary between the tropics and
subtropics—passes through the middle of India, the bulk of the country can be
regarded as climatically tropical. As in much of the tropics, monsoonal and
other weather patterns in India can be wildly unstable: epochal droughts,
floods, cyclones, and other natural disasters are sporadic, but have displaced
or ended millions of human lives. There is one scientific opinion which states
that South Asia is likely to see such climatic events, along with their aleatory
unpredictability, to change in frequency and are likely to increase in severity.
Ongoing and future vegetative changes and current sea level rises and the
attendant inundation of India's low-lying coastal areas are other impacts,
current or predicted, that are attributable to global warming.
Specific Visas are granted for a variety of purposes. The principal types of
Visa issued are mentioned below. Please contact the High Commission of India for
further details if you are visiting India for purposes other than tourism. The
visa application form is, however, the same. Separate forms are available for
Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals.
Visitors to restricted/protected areas need Special Permits and for this purpose
an additional form has to be completed. Please contact the High Commission of
India, in your country if you wish to ascertain whether any of the places you
intend to visit fall in the category of restricted/protected areas.
Requirements for Visa
Original passport valid for at least 6 months
Appropriate Visa Fee
Two Passport size Photographs (5 photographs in case of Pakistani Nationals)
Supporting Documents, where necessary
Duly completed Application Form (Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals need to
apply on special application forms)
Additional requirements for different types of Visa are given below :
Tourist Visa: Tourists wishing to visit India will normally be granted a Tourist
Visa, effective from the date of issue. Tourist Visas are non-extendible and
non-convertible. People who have to visit India frequently may be granted
tourist Visa for a longer duration.
Business Visa: Business Visas are normally granted for 3 or 6 months. However,
multiple - entry Business Visa for up to 2 years validity may be granted to
technicians/experts going to India in pursuance of bilateral agreements or joint
venture projects, having government approval.
Student & Employment Visa: Student Visa can be obtained on furnishing proof of
admission to recognized Universities/Institutions in India. Employment Visa can
also be obtained on furnishing of proof of employment with companies in India.
Transit Visa: Transit Visas are valid for halts of up to 72 hours in India. The
visa remains valid within 15 Days from the date of issue and must be obtained
before departure. Transit Visa cannot be obtained from immigration counters at
ports of entry in India. Evidence of onward travel to a destination outside
India is required.
Entry Visa: Entry Visas are issued to persons of Indian origin for duration of
up to 5 years. These can be obtained, depending on the purpose of visit and
eligibility, on a case by case basis.
Festivals of India
India, the land of colour and celebrations, is a rich country exuberating
festivities 365 days a year! The large population, geographic and cultural
variety, and the number of religions practiced by the people of India, makes
every day an occasion and a reason to celebrate! Where ever you are in India,
you will never be far from festivities… We present to you, our hand picked
selection of few popular Indian festivals from different parts of the country
that are sure to impress tourists. Not only are these festivals entertaining,
they are also educative, allowing you to learn more about our country, its
people and their customs and beliefs. So come along and celebrate the festivals
The finest of India's cuisines are as rich and diverse as the country's
civilization! Indian cooking is a form of art that has flourished through
generations purely by word of mouth. Indian cuisine, renowned for its exotic
gravies, is wide ranging in variety, taste and flavour. Given the geographic
diversity of the country, each region has its own cuisine and distinct style of
They made ancient India, the richest nation in the world,Ancient Romans bartered
slaves for them, Arabs risked their lives trading them, <Columbus discovered
America while searching for them, The Dutch and English Empires fought over
India for them, The British ruled India for centuries & made a business of
them,It was not for Gold, Pearls or Diamonds...history was created with the
magic of Indian Spices!
India is known the world over as 'the Home of Spices'. No country in the world
produces the amount of spices that India does - close to 3 million tones of
spices valued at more than US$ 4 billion a year. Today, India is one of the
largest exporting nations of spices in the world.
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