India is one of the largest democratic countries in the world. It has also one of the fastest growing rates of population in the world. In fact, experts predict they will exceed China’s population by 2028. Despite of that, travel to India remains very popular among tourists because it features a diverse array of cultural, historical and architectural attractions.
In terms of its economy and arms, India is considered as one of the powerhouses in the world. But the social and environmental problems are undeniable. The country also features some of the most diverse collection of religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam and Christianity are practiced in India. The current estimated population of India is at 1.3 Billion. India is a member of the United Nations.
Currency: Indian Rupee
Official Language: English and Hindi are the two official languages of India.
Wi-Fi Availability: There are a lot of internet service providers in India. However, the Wi-Fi speed in some are not too fast or reliable.
Airport/s: The New Delhi International Airport is the main hub for international flights that travel to India.
Visa Required: All foreign nationals wishing to travel to India must obtain an Indian visa first.
International Driver’s License Accepted? You must present an international driver’s license to be able to drive any motor vehicle in India.
Crime: The crime rate in India varies largely according to which city you travel to India to. Kerala is the city with the highest crime rate in India, followed by Nagaland. If you wish to travel to India through any of these cities, take the necessary safety precaution.
Electrical Adapters: In India, the standard voltage is 240 volts at a frequency of 50 Hertz.
Trivia: DID YOU KNOW that India has the largest number of vegetarians in the world? In fact, up to 40% of Indians consider themselves vegetarians.
The cuisine of India is one of the most popular in the world. It is also quite varied depending on which region in India a dish originates from. The diversity in the climate, soil type and ethnic groups that make up India contribute to the diverse culinary landscape.
But if there is one thing that Indian cuisine is known for, it’s the spices and herbs used for cooking. The most common ingredients used in Indian cuisine include cumin, turmeric, saffron, nutmeg, black mustard, cardamom, cinnamon and garlic. They also like to use fresh and dried leaves of bay, mint and coriander for cooking.
India: Points of Interest
Taj Mahal: This iconic domed mausoleum is located next to the bank of Yamuna River. It features a combination of Iranian and Mughal architectural styles. It is one of the most popular attractions not just in India, but the world.
Amer Fort: This fortress and palace located on a hilltop was built during the 16th century and is one of the most visited attractions in India. It is recognized for its Hindu style elements. When you reach the fort, don’t miss the overlooking view of nearby Maota Lake.
Ganges River: This is one of the major rivers in Asia, which serves as trans-boundary for India and Bangladesh. Ganges River spans through several cities including Kolkata, Patna, Allahabad, and Ghazipur, to name a few.
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Travel to India Resources
- 5 Tips for India First-Timers
- India for Beginners: What You Need to Know
- Solo Travel to India
- How Much it Cost to Travel in India