Holidays in India - prices, sights, hotels, visa, climate, transport
India – this amazing country of contrasts that has preserved its historical heritage and in modern times. The birthplace of incendiary songs and dances, beautiful costumes and majestic elephants, a place where the luxury of the palaces of rajas is adjacent to the lives of ordinary people, a place where you can see the preservation of centuries-old customs and traditions, a place which once visited cannot be forgotten. Holidays in India – an event which for many years remains as vivid as the country itself.
- Mountain buses and bustling stations
- The sun of the South and the cool North
- Visa – necessary or not?
- Rupees – through the ages the single currency
- Rickshaws and sacred cows on the roads
- Goa or the Golden triangle, Himalayas or Islands – the choice is great
- The house is not above the palm
- A living tiger and camel – unity of cultures
Mountain buses and bustling stations
The major cities of India represented by the capital – Delhi, the cities of Mumbai, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Chennai. Shopping best suited new Delhi, this huge metropolis is concentrated the heart of the trade-the many faces of India: a variety of shops and shopping centers where a variety of entertainment events and products for every taste. Women will appreciate the Indian clothes and fabrics, high quality silk, the bright colors of the year will delight the owner.
When visiting new Delhi and NCR, it is worth special attention paid to the visit to the local market of Chandi Chowk. Only here you will feel the full contrast of this country: luxury outlets with jewels side by side with trays of fruit and vegetables. When, in the old days, this market was famous for the fact that his loved daughter of Shah Jahan, in whose honor father and built it.
From Delhi you can go to other cities, here are four railway station, airport and several bus stations. Travel in India better with the help of railway transport, as bus trips on local roads far from the ideals of a comfortable stay, however, if you decide to visit the mountainous areas, the bus trip you can not avoid. This is the advantage of this form of transport, it is possible to reach even the most remote corner of India.
The one who first came to the railway station in Delhi will be very surprised. Try here to avoid persistently offered help from the local population, and if necessary contact the police or station.
The sun of the South and the cool North
The climate of India is of the same diverse as the country itself. Northern region – subtropical climate and the southern territory of Equatorial. Seasons in India depend on the actions of the monsoon, there are high and low season. The warmest time to relax when there is an abundance of rain and high humidity from April to June. The temperature at this time is equal to the average +40 °C, but can reach and +46 °C. towards the end of June the rainy season begins and the temperature drops to +35 °C. the Monsoon rains end in October, when it starts a real tourist Paradise. The average temperature +25 – +35 °C, however, in the North of the country cool enough in the mountains the temperature is equal to the value of +15 °C.
India is a hot country, often in a dry year from April to may, you can lock a record air temperature of +47 °C. Seasoned travelers do not recommend this period to visit India, too unusual for the Russians so hot and dry climate. But on the eve of the New year and before the may holidays hospitably open the tourist season on the coast, the hotels in Goa are happy to host tourists.
Visa – necessary or not?
The visa issue is relevant for everyone who wants to visit foreign country, to relax and to enjoy its beauty and India is not an exception.
For citizens of Russia and CIS countries necessarily obtain prior visas to enter the country of the Sacred cows you can't.
Preliminary visa perhaps in a special visa application centres in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok.
For registration you must provide:
- the passport of the citizen of the Russian Federation
- a copy of the internal passport, photo
- copy of round trip tickets
- confirmation of booking of places in hotels or data on the receiving side
- to fill out a questionnaire
Visa is issued within 3-4 working days for an extended period, usually six months. For children necessarily support older citizens, for example, parents or coaches.
If you wish to visit the regions marked with a special status, then you'll need separate permission to enter their territory, mainly in border States. The cost of the consular fee for a visa is 1,600 rubles, and also the tourist pays for the services of visa centerdepends on the urgency of issuing the visa, the minimum sum – 135 rubles.
However, there is a separate procedure for guests in Goa. The territory of the state can enter without a visa, but in this case you have to leave your passport at the visa service prior to departure date. This system operates with certain conditions. The inviting party should submit data on persons arriving in Goa. Tourists must surrender his passport and to receive in return a special form, they also should not violate the route of a tour group, they are not allowed independent movement in the country. The passport will be returned at the end of the visit when leaving the country.
Rupees – through the ages the single currency
The national currency of India is rupees. It was first introduced in the fifteenth century Indian ruler Sher Shah, was initially minted from silver. Paper currency began to be issued since the end of the eighteenth century, the monopoly to print banknotes has the government of the country.
The current exchange rate is 10 rupees to 6 rupees to Russian rubles. Planning your tour to India is of course possible to pre-change rubles on the national currency in Russia, but the import of Indian money into the country, you can not, however, as export is prohibited by local laws. For tourists there is the option of sharing in the banks and hotels of the country, it is better to trust banks in the course of bad hotels. Even as an option, you can use multi-currency card of Bank of Russia, and to withdraw rupees from an ATM.
About how much money to take to India, read here.
If you want to take some rupees out of the country as a souvenir, this is allowed if you exchange foreign currency in Indian Bank and get a certificate that will be valid for six months. Of course, the limit on currency export individually very limited, a few coins or a couple of bills.
Rickshaws and sacred cows on the roads
Transport in India is presented is diverse, ranging from cars and the ubiquitous taxi to exotic for the Russian people, rickshaws. It is important to call attention to the fact that taxis, which are licensed for this type of activity, equipped with yellow numbers. In India with the drivers you will have to bargain – it is a national attribute, so don't be afraid to reduce the price for the trip, because it was originally the driver will overcharge. The usual trip over the counter in India in wonder and therefore, if you plan to go somewhere for the first time, find out the cost of pre-the hotel employee.
For those wishing to test the entire national character trips on rickshaws and the stories of tuk tuks. The advantages of such movements around the city – to avoid falling into the tube, and a lower cost than a taxi, and of course, exotic, in Russia you don't try.
To travel around the country, you can choose air travel, travel by train or bus. Aviaset ' in India are relatively well developed, but superiority in terms of price and quality confidently hold the train. Comfortable cars, equipped with air conditioning, a wide network of railway lines connects disparate regions of India. The train is convenient, fast and cheap.
The bus trip in this South Asian country is not the best way to move around the country. Comfortable models of this type of transport is relatively small, but this mode of transport has a distinct advantage – it can reach even the most remote corners of the country such as the mountainous regions near the Himalayas.
Goa or the Golden triangle, Himalayas or Islands – the choice is great
For tourists India is ready to offer a variety southern beach resorts or mountain exotic. If you crave to luxuriate on the Bank of the beautiful Indian ocean, it offers hotels Goa. The average cost of travel in this Paradise for 7 days is 25 000 rubles, you can purchase tours at a more pleasant price from 22 000. In anticipation of the Christmas holidays, prices for holidays in India can reach up to 30 000 rubles per person, driven by higher consumer demand.
Tours to popular tourist "Golden triangle" are visiting Agra, Delhi and Jaipur. The territory of these cities most fully demonstrates the history of the formation of the Indian state. Visitors may enjoy the beauty of the capital of Rajasthan – Jaipur after visitors are invited to visit the ancient capital of another state of India – Agra. In this cultural heart of the Mughal Empire is the world famous Taj Mahal. At the end of the tour guests visit Delhi – the capital of modern India. The cost of such tours varies from the prices of the hotels in the cities, visit local attractions and cultural events.
For lovers of diving tour operators offer tours to the exotic Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The cost of these rounds is chosen individually because of limited entry. A separate paragraph are tours in mountainous areasof the country.
The house is not above the palm
The hotel business in India has been developing for decades. All the Indian ocean coast dotted with a variety of hotels and hotels, are always ready to accept guests. An interesting architectural feature of the coastal India – the height of the hotel should be no more than palm trees, approximately 9 meters, also these hotels are not located closer than 300 meters from the shore due to frequent tides. Five star hotels in Goa amaze with its magnificence is the majestic palaces, where every guest will feel like a Raja.
Hotels within densely populated cities have their unpleasant characteristics, often three or even four stars - the only decoration on the facade of the building, the service in such hotels is not high, however, there are exceptions to the rule. Planning to stay in big cities, it is necessary to coordinate with the tour operator the choice of accommodation. It is worth noting also that the sockets in the hotels of India are different from the European counterparts, but mains voltage is 230 – 240V.
A living tiger and camel – unity of cultures
While vacationing in India, you will always find something to see what the world heritage site to visit or any future visit. In this country of ancient civilizations, cultures and religions cannot get bored. Depending on the cities or regions in which you stay, plan visits to local attractions.
While visiting the areas of the "Golden triangle" is impossible not to visit the Agra Fort or the Taj Mahal, and traveling through the North of the country not enter the city, where time stands still – Jaisalmer, the only one in India current city-Fort, on the streets you can see live camels, and even to visit the local festival. As the spiritual center of Hinduism deserves special attention Varanasi is a sacred place on the banks of the Ganges, by the way, there are national nature reserves where you can meet the tiger in its natural habitat.
Among tourists especially popular is the local methods of treatment of Ayurveda. This methodology of alternative treatment has received recognition from the world health organization. Using years of experience in the treatment of diseases, local doctors provide programs to fight with many diseases of the cardiovascular system, problems of the gastrointestinal tract, disorders of a sexual nature and so on.
India is a diverse country, a place where it joins the Muslim and Asian cultures, a place glorified in the works of R. Kipling, the place where wild tiger is adjacent to the king of the desert, a place where the Sacred cow is a great value and an object of worship, a place where history is alive today. Having once in India, it is impossible not to want to visit it again.