India Country Information

India (Heart of the World) – a state in South Asia, ranks 7th in the world in terms of area occupied by the territory and second in terms of population. According to acronymmonster, the culture of India is very diverse. The capital is New Delhi. Official language – Hindi, English. Currency – Indian rupee. Religion – Hinduism.

Common borders in the west – with Pakistan, China, Nepal. In the northeast – with Bhutan. In the east – with Bangladesh, Myanmar. In the southwest – with the Maldives. To the south with Sri Lanka. In the southeast with Indonesia.

India has three weather seasons: hot and humid (June – October), cooler and dry (November – February), very hot and dry (March – May).

Emergency numbers: police – 100, fire department – 101, ambulance – 102.

Far and magical India – temples of gold, rising above the clouds, mountains and lively markets, quiet ashrams and many-voiced streets. India looks different for everyone. This state is one of the oldest on the planet, keeping the monuments of bygone centuries. India is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. It is here that you can forget about everyday life, about your problems and immerse yourself in a fairy-tale world that is very different from our usual way of life. It has its own culture and traditions unchanged for several centuries.

For centuries, India has attracted European travelers. But if in those distant times only the elite could visit this country, in our time anyone can afford to rest in India. Today’s travelers come to India to relax at sea and ski resorts to get acquainted with the unique nature and centuries-old culture, and bring incense, spices and other curiosities as souvenirs.

Visa to India
Tourist visas are issued for 1 month from the moment of entry into the country, for a period of the number of days for which documents are submitted. For registration of the visa it is necessary:
​​- the international passport;
– 2 copies. embassy questionnaire;
– 2 photos;
– The cost of obtaining a visa is $ 50

General information 
The Republic of India is located in South Asia on the Hindustan Peninsula, washed by the waters of the Indian Ocean and on most of the Indo-Gangetic lowland. In the north, the country borders with Afghanistan, China, Nepal and Bhutan, in the east – with Bangladesh and Burma, in the west – with Pakistan. In the east it is washed by the Bay of Bengal, in the south – by the Polk Strait, which separates it from the island of Sri Lanka, in the west – by the Arabian Sea. Capital – New Delhi, 14 million people. (with suburbs).

Beaches in Goa belong to the state, and not a single hotel has the right to deny access to them to local residents – fishermen, fruit and souvenir sellers, sometimes very annoying. Only the best 4 and 5 star hotels provide their guests with the opportunity to use their services on the beach, including free umbrellas, sunbeds and beach towels (usually pool towels). Hotels of 4-star category and below, especially in the northern part of Goa, located far from the beaches, do not provide such services to their guests, and towels from the room are not allowed to be used on the beach. But almost all beaches have local cafes – shaks (or shacks – shacks), where foreign tourists and local vacationers, those who ordered food and drinks, of course, are provided with places under beach umbrellas near the cafe. The owners of most of these shaks are very hospitable and friendly, many can even speak a little Russian. For those tourists who do not want to order anything in such a shak, a sun lounger under an umbrella can be rented – from 150 to 200 rupees per day. However, it is better to take a couple of beach towels for such beaches from home (however, you will have to use the services of a paid laundry at the hotel).

Population – 1016 mln. India ranks second in the world (after China) in terms of population. Ethnic India is represented by all three major races: Negroid, Caucasoid and Mongoloid.

Due to the vast territory, it is very difficult to characterize the climate of India as a whole. Climate – subequatorial monsoon, tropical in the Northeast, mountainous (two seasons – wet: from November to March, and dry: from June to October). The rainy season June – October, in Bombay – the most pronounced. The cool dry season runs from October to March; this is the best time to visit Hindustan peninsula. At this time, in most areas, the sky is clear and the bright sun shines. The southwest monsoon season begins on the west coast in late May and is accompanied by rainfall. Especially heavy rains occur in the north-east of India; here is the rainiest place on Earth (about 12000mm of precipitation per year).

The time difference with Moscow is +1.5 hours in summer and +2.5 hours in winter.

Monetary unit
The state currency of India is the Indian rupee. In major banks, hotels, shops, major credit cards are accepted for payment.

To obtain a visa, you need a questionnaire with an attached declaration in 2 copies, 2 photos. 50 USD is charged for the services of paperwork and obtaining a visa. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the end of the trip.

India is connected by airlines to all major cities in the world. There are international airports in Delhi, Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Calcutta (formerly Calcutta), Chennai (formerly Madras). The domestic network of airlines is well developed. In India, it is more convenient to fly by plane than by train. Rail transport is used when there is no airport near the destination of the trip. Train tickets must be booked in advance. According to the rules of Indian Railways, ticket sales and seat reservations are made separately.

Useful tips
Voltage – 220 volts, frequency – 50 Hertz, sockets for plugs with three flat pins, adapters in good hotels are available on request, they can also be purchased in stores.

India Country Information