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India - tourist guide for holidays

India is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. India is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.

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India - the best places to see

India If you compare India with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather large country. And you will find here a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • (New) Delhi (Red Fort + Chatta Chowk bazaar + Humayun's Tomb + Qutub Minar - UNESCO)
  • Agra (Taj Mahal + Agra Fort + Mehtab Bagh gardens)
  • sacred city of Varanasi (River Ganges - Ghats + Vishwanath Temple)
  • Khajuraho (temples with erotic sculptures - UNESCO)
  • Jaipur (Amber Fort + Hawa Mahal - Wind Palace + Jantar Mantar observatory)
  • Udaipur (City Palace + Lake Palace + Jag Mandir)
  • Ochra/Orcha temples near Jhansi
  • Leh - Ladakh (Palace of the King + Trans-Himalaya)
  • Hyderabad (Charminar + Golconda Fort + Falaknuma + Chowmahalla palaces)
  • garden and technology city of Bangalore

India - useful information

Religion:
~ Hinduism: 80 %
~ Muslim: 13.5 %
~ Christian: 2.5 %
~ Sikh: 2 %
~ other: 2 %
Religion - India
India: flagCapital: New Delhi
Area: 3,287,590 km2
Number of inhabitants: 1,189,173,000
Currency: Rupee (Indian), INR, Rs
Language: Hindi, English
Time zone: GMT+5.5 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +91
Mobile phones system: GSM 900/1800, CDMA
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: only English
Serious travel risk: malaria in some areas
Voltage in electric network: 230 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - India

India - Travellers Forum

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  Go to Mumbai - Bombay
I would recommend to visit Mumbai (written as Mumbay or Bombay as well) where is a lot to see too. Typical tourist sights are in South Mumbai. There is a lot of colonial buildings built by the British, some fine examples of the Gothic revival, neo-classical style and Indo-Saracenic style. You shoul
  Chrámy a paláce v Ochra/Orcha/Ochhra
Zajímavé je, kolik různých přepisů názvu tohoto místa existuje a jak relativně málo se o něm mluví. Za sebe můžu říci, že je to jedno z nejhezčích a nejpohodovějších míst, která jsme v Indii viděli. A rozhodně stojí za to si na něj nechat pár hodin - není to totiž jen o tom, prolítnout ten největší
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India - the map and typical itinerary

India - map
Itinerary 1: (New) Delhi (Red Fort + Chatta Chowk bazaar + Humayun's Tomb + Qutub Minar - UNESCO) - days: 2, Jaipur (Amber Fort + Hawa Mahal - Wind Palace + Jantar Mantar observatory) - days: 1, Udaipur (City Palace + Lake Palace + Jag Mandir) - days: 1, Agra (Taj Mahal + Agra Fort + Mehtab Bagh gardens) - days: 2, Ochra/Orcha temples near Jhansi - days: 1, Khajuraho (temples with erotic sculptures - UNESCO) - days: 1, sacred city of Varanasi (River Ganges - Ghats + Vishwanath Temple) - days: 1, (New) Delhi (Red Fort + Chatta Chowk bazaar + Humayun's Tomb + Qutub Minar - UNESCO)
Itinerary 2: (New) Delhi (Red Fort + Chatta Chowk bazaar + Humayun's Tomb + Qutub Minar - UNESCO) + day trip - Agra (Taj Mahal + Agra Fort + Mehtab Bagh gardens) - days: 3, Leh - Ladakh (Palace of the King + Trans-Himalaya) - trekking - days: 4, sacred city of Varanasi (River Ganges - Ghats + Vishwanath Temple) - days: 1, (New) Delhi (Red Fort + Chatta Chowk bazaar + Humayun's Tomb + Qutub Minar - UNESCO)
Itinerary 3: (New) Delhi (Red Fort + Chatta Chowk bazaar + Humayun's Tomb + Qutub Minar - UNESCO) + day trip - Agra (Taj Mahal + Agra Fort + Mehtab Bagh gardens) - days: 3, Hyderabad (Charminar + Golconda Fort + Falaknuma + Chowmahalla palaces) - days: 2, garden and technology city of Bangalore - days: 2, sacred city of Varanasi (River Ganges - Ghats + Vishwanath Temple) - days: 2, (New) Delhi (Red Fort + Chatta Chowk bazaar + Humayun's Tomb + Qutub Minar - UNESCO)
Itinerary 4: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolIndia offers a very low level of prices. Both - accommodation and meals - are very cheap here, so you can spend here a really cheap holidays - if you want to. In some places and in some times the prices may be slightly higher. And you can usually pay more money for better services.
  • Cheap accommodation: $4
  • Medium accommodation: $7
  • Expensive accommodation: $28
  • Cheap meal: $1
  • Medium meal: $4
  • Expensive meal: $12
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

India on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: India may have different names in different languages. For example Indie, Indien, L'Inde, India. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

India (Hindi: भारत Bhārat; see also other Indian languages), officially the Republic of India (Hindi: भारत गणराज्य Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on the east, India has a coastline of 7,517 kilometers (4,671 mi). It borders Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Bangladesh and Burma to the east. India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Indonesia in the Indian Ocean. Home to the Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated here, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium CE and shaped the region's diverse culture. Gradually annexed by the British East India Company from the early eighteenth century and colonised by the United Kingdom from the mid-nineteenth century, India became a modern nation state in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by widespread nonviolent resistance. India has the world's twelfth largest economy at market exchange rates and the fourth largest in purchasing power. Economic reforms have transformed it into the second fastest growing large economy; however, it still suffers from high levels of poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition. A pluralistic, multilingual, and multiethnic society, India is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.
Wikipedia

Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated onto the Indian subcontinent about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. The Maurya Empire of the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. - which reached its zenith under ASHOKA - united much of South Asia. The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries A.D.) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. Arab incursions starting in the 8th century and Turkic in the 12th were followed by those of European traders, beginning in the late 15th century. By the 19th century, Britain had assumed political control of virtually all Indian lands. Indian armed forces in the British army played a vital role in both World Wars. Nonviolent resistance to British colonialism led by Mohandas GANDHI and Jawaharlal NEHRU brought independence in 1947. The subcontinent was divided into the secular state of India and the smaller Muslim state of Pakistan. A third war between the two countries in 1971 resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. India's nuclear weapons testing in 1998 caused Pakistan to conduct its own tests that same year. The dispute between the countries over the state of Kashmir is ongoing, but discussions and confidence-building measures have led to decreased tensions since 2002. Despite impressive gains in economic investment and output, India faces pressing problems such as significant overpopulation, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and ethnic and religious strife.
CIA The World Factbook
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