India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. 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.
At a glance
Capital : New Delhi
Area : 3.3 million square kilometers
No Of States : 29
No of Union Territories : 7
Official Languages : Hindi,English
Time Zone : GMT + 5:30
Literacy Rate : 74.04%
Largest City : Mumbai
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Dwell in the Valleys of Ever Changing Srinagar
Conquer the fears of water with Scuba Diving in Andaman
Explore the Ghats in Banaras
Explore an offbeat Wildlife Sanctuary – Binsar at Almora
Explore the Scotland of the south – Coorg
Visit Kolkata to Color Yourself Red in Durga Puja
Visit the 7th Wonder of the World – The Taj Mahal in Agra
Camp In The Arid Thar Desert
Walk On The Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunji
Face The Unknown At The Bhangarh Fort
Explore The Ruins Of Hampi
Travel To The Salt Lands During The Kutch Festival
Beat Your Fear Of Heights – Go Paragliding In Solang
Visit Golden Temple in Amritsar
India’s floating post office is on Dal Lake, Srinagar
Mawsynram, a village on the Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, receives the highest recorded average rainfall in the world.
The word ‘shampoo’ itself has been derived from the Sanskrit word champu, which means to massage.
Science day in Switzerland is dedicated to Ex-Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam.
The first rocket in India was transported on a cycle.
India has a spa just for elephants in Kerala.
India is the world’s second-largest English speaking country.
Freddie Mercury and Ben Kingsley are both of Indian descent.
The game, Snakes and Ladders originated in India.
Money and Costs
The Indian Rupee (INR) was adopted as the country’s sole currency, and the use of other domestic coinage was removed from circulation.
1 AED =17.67 Rs.
Best time to go
High Season (Dec–Mar)
Pleasant weather – warm days, cool nights. Peak tourists. Peak prices. December and January bring chilly nights in the north.Temperatures climb steadily from February.
Shoulder Season (Jul–Nov)
Passes to Ladakh and the high Himalaya open from July to September. Monsoon rain-showers persist through to September.
Low Season (Apr–Jun)
April is hot; May and June are scorching. Competitive hotel prices. From June, the monsoon sweeps from south to north, bringing draining humidity. Beat the heat (but not the crowds) in the cool hills.
International Kite Festival, Gujarat (Jan)
Jaisalmer Desert Festival, Rajasthan (Feb)
Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh (Feb)
Goa Carnival, Goa (Feb)
Losar Festival, Ladakh (Feb)
Bihu Festival, Assam (April)
Janmashtami, All Over India (Aug)
Onam, Kerala (Sept)
Durga Puja, West Bengal (Oct)
Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan (Nov)
Rann Utsav, Gujarat (Dec-Mar)
E-visa facility is available for UAE Nationals. Applicants are only allowed to apply for 2 E-visas per calendar year. This visa will have a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry from the date of arrival in India.
Indian Consulate in Dubai :
8th Street,Al Hamriya, Diplomatic Enclave. Tel : 04-3971222 / 04-3971333. Website : www.cgidubai.org
Indian Consulate in Abu Dhabi :
Plot No. 10, Sector W-59/02, Diplomatic Area, Off the Airport Road, Tel : 02-4492700. Website : www.indembassyuae.org
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