India: country information
Russian citizens need visa to visit India. You can get it through a visa center or online. In the first case, the cost will depend on the city where you are submitting documents from the goal of the trip and the deadline to which the visa is required. You can calculate the amount right on the website of the visa center. For example, a single tourist visa for a period of 45 days costs 1805 rubles. Taking into account service fees.
From November 2014, Russians and Ukrainians have the opportunity to receive an Indian visa online. The electronic visa is issued only for 30 days and begins to act since entering the country. Its value — $ 60 (4000 rubles.) plus a bank collection 2.5%. At the airport by arrival you give the border guard passport, printed permission for a visa and a completed migration card. There you make photos, remove fingerprints and put a stamp in the passport. List of documents to be sent in electronic form can be found on the website.
How to get?
Flights to India performs most international airlines: «Aeroflot» (from Moscow to Delhi), Airindia. Flights Air Arabia are airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines. This option can be especially profitable and convenient, because these companies fly to airports of different cities. In addition, it is possible to fly to one city, and come back from another.
1 Indian rupee is approximately equal to 1 ruble. Exchange is recommended in banks, since in all other cases, deception is possible or a hidden commission. Banks work on weekdays from 10:00 to 14:00, and on Saturday — from 10:00 to 12:00. You can change money and in stores in the tourist area — The course is attractive, although merchants will certainly want to parallel to sell you your goods. You should not exchange money where you invite a friendly random acquaintance, local very cunning and do not mind getting started at naive tourists. In supermarkets and solid restaurants you can calculate the card.
The climatic conditions of India allow to rest here all year round. Winter lasts from October to February, at this time of year the days are warm and sunny, and the nights are cool. Summer is very roast and wet — from April to June. From July to September — Mussons season. As such spring and autumn in India. Therefore, you need to choose time for vacation depending on your weather preferences.
What to see?
1.2 billion people, 16% of the world’s population, lives in India. In mumbai alone — 18 million people. Get ready for a continuous flow of people and bustle on the streets.
Mumbai is remembered by street noise, modern buildings and large stores. The main attraction here is the gate to India, erected in honor of visiting the country’s English king Georg V and Queen Maria. In numerous city stores you can find the latest new seasons. The popular place for shopping is the Crossroad shopping complex, where you will find pavilions of the world’s leading manufacturers.
Everyone who visited India says this journey changes. The trip will become special, and the country will like it, if you prepare to meet it in advance. First of all, you need to especially carefully choose the place where you are going, because India is so diverse that it can be how to please the eye, so horrify with your mud and poverty.
If you hold the course on Goa, then you should decide: «Tusovochny» North or Beach South. The northern part of Goa is known for overpopulation and hotels not higher than two-three stars. Foreign students, fans of round-the-clock disco and lovers save on vacation.
In the south, four-five stars hotels are located on the beautiful sandy shore, on this golden sand rarely meet by chance for the Cow’s Beach. But the cost of such pleasure above.
No matter how much the resort you choose, you can not refuse to see the legendary Taj Mahal in life. This huge mausoleum is located in the city of Agra. Taj Mahal was built from white marble on the orders of Emperor Shah Jakhan in memory of his beloved wife. The construction of the Grand Mausoleum continued for more than 20 years and more than 20,000 people worked on it.
If you want to travel yourself yourself, then plan your routes in advance. For example, in Delhi, you can ride for distant taxi distances, and for shopping and walking — On Motorikshe. In Old Delhi, you can hire a bicycle. In Mumbai, be sure to take a ride on the local train. The first locomotive departed from the local station back in 1853, but today the Indian railway network continues to develop. 1.1 million employees work on the country’s railway.
However, get ready to spend a lot of time on buying a ticket, place place and search for your train, and then a car: find a train is not so easy due to lack of navigation, but get into it — due to crowd of passengers and sometimes even cows.
About the cost of a trip to taxi and motorikche need to be negotiated «on the shore»: Drivers do not have counters, and prices in different areas can vary significantly. Facilities will be credited in rates.
How to dress?
Cotton shorts and pants, headdress for protection from the sun and comfortable shoes for walking around the city and visiting museums. If necessary, clothing items can be easily bought in local markets, cheaply guaranteed. Ladies wishing to acquire an attractive chocolate tan, have to be limited to hikes on the beach in a bathing suit. Bathing topless Indians will not approve.
State languages — English and Hindi. But in practice, 17 official state languages and about 700 local dialects are used.
It is impossible to study the culture of India, not becoming acquainted with her culinary traditions. Dishes of various Indian peoples are a rich mix of flavors, flavors and even flowers.
If you are going to Delhi, be sure to visit a large market around the city. This is an intersection of the country’s trade routes, where you can enjoy up to 20 sorts of southern bananas, oranges with the Himalayan previations, various types of rice and all sorts of spices.
In the northern states you can taste delicious bread products (Naan, Chapati, Roth) with lamb and soft spices. In some regions of India, meat dishes are distinguished by the original method of cooking: meat is communicated to a complete softening and then prepares on slow heat with cream, almond and dried fruits.
As for drinks, they drink Lassi everywhere (liquid light yogurt) and fresh lime juice with mineral water (taste resembles mojito). Popular Drink in Goa — Fenia, mango juice, papaya or watermelon.
India guidebooks advise tourists to drink many bottled water (but only bottled!) and eat preferably freshly prepared vegetarian dishes to avoid stomach problems.
Do not forget to take with you all kinds of antiseptic agents and stomach tablets — poisoning here, unfortunately, many tourists happen. For hygiene in India, you need to follow yourself, if you do not want to spoil myself.
Embassy of Russia in India: Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India 110021. Tel.: + (91-11) 268-737-99, + (91-11) 2467-85-64 (consular department), site.
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Calcutta: 2A, Raja Santosh Road, Alipore, Calcutta, India 700027. Tel.: + (91-33) 247-970-06.
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Mumbai: 42, Jagmohandas MARG (Nepean Sea Road) Mumbai, India 400006. Tel.: + (91-22) 236-336-27.
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai (Madras): 14, Santhome High Road, Chennai, India 600004. Tel.: + (91-44) 249-823-20.
Emergency telephones: Ambulance — 102, fireman — 101, Police — 100.