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Discover and explore this wonderful peninsular subcontinent that is India, the land that projects Unity in Diversity - surrounded by the grand snow capped Himalayan ranges in the North, the spectacular coastline offered by the Arabian Sea in the West, the vast Bay of Bengal in the East, and the awesome Indian Ocean in the South.

SOME IMPORTANT FACTS ON INDIA

India is possibly the most diverse nation on earth. Stretching 3214 km north to south from the icy peaks of the Himalayas to the warm waters of the Andaman Sea and 2933 km west to east from the parched deserts of Gujarat to the lush densely forested hills of Arunachal Pradesh, India offers an extraordinary variety of cultures, beliefs, history, landscapes, vegetation and wildlife. With a population of over a billion India for first time visitors can be a powerful assault on the senses. Consisting of 28 states and 7 Union territories whose population speak 22 languages and 800 dialects and practice 8 major differing religions, it is in reality a continent. One of the oldest civilizations on earth dating back to 2500 BC, India’s historical wealth is immense and virtually unrivalled.

PEOPLE & LIFE STYLE

In a country as diverse and complex as India, it is not surprising to find that people here reflect the rich glories of the past, the culture, traditions and values relative to geographic locations and the numerous distinctive manners, habits and food that will always remain truly Indian. According to five thousand years of recorded history. 

From the eternal snows of the Himalayas to the cultivated peninsula of far South, from the deserts of the West to the humid deltas of the East, from the dry heat and cold of the Central Plateau to the cool forest foothills, Indian lifestyles clearly glorify the geography. The food, clothing and habits of an Indian differ in accordance to the place of origin. 

Indians believe in sharing happiness and sorrow. A festival or a celebration is never constrained to a family or a home. The whole community or neighbourhood is involved in bringing liveliness to an occasion. A lot of festivals like Diwali, Holi, Id, Christmas, Mahaveer Jayanthi are all celebrated by sharing sweets and pleasantries with family, neighbours and friends. An Indian wedding is an occasion that calls for participation of the family and friends. Similarly, neighbours and friends always help out a family in times of need. 

Ethnically Indians speak different languages, follow different religions, eat the most diverse varieties of food all of which add to the rich Indian culture. The beauty of the Indian people lies in the spirit of tolerance, give-and-take and a composition of cultures that can be compared to a garden of flowers of various colours and shades of which, while maintaining their own entity, lend harmony and beauty to the garden - India!


India is a very personal experience, leaving no traveler unchanged. It is an amazing and contradictory place intensely rich in color and vitality; where time has stood still for centuries in some regions and in others catapulted into the full force of the 21st century.

AIRLINES            

Most international flights arrive into Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata or Bangalore. There are also international airports in Hyderabad, Cochin, Trivandrum, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Amritsar.

ARRIVAL

All visitors are required to have a valid Indian Visa and to complete an arrival/departure card, which is usually distributed during the flight. The completed card should be submitted with passport to the immigration officials on arrival. The departure portion will be torn off and returned to the visitor - it should be retained for presentation upon departure. Be patient whilst going through the formalities at the airports and bear with the slow procedure.

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