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With diverse landscapes, cultures, flavors and even languages, they say India changes every 50 kms – and it’s true. There cannot be a dull day in this country. A very popular joke is that there are more festivals than number of days in a year in India. The diversity in the picturesque is awe-inspiring. From populous cities to quite terrains, mighty mountains and ferocious rivers, beaches and forts, there is something for everyone. There is no way India can be described in mere words, and one must never miss an opportunity to immerse themselves in the colors of India.
Indian cuisine is famous for being hot, spicy, colorful and full of flavors. It is inspired by culture, tradition, availability and foreign influences. Being the spice capital of the world, the recipes are dominated by the concoction of spices and herbs. The food is predominantly vegetarian due to religious faiths, but it is also home to some mind-blowing non-vegetarian delicacies. Rice is the staple food in most parts of the country. A wide variety of sweets or ‘mithaai’ can be found in all parts of the country. The dishes you must definitely try are:
Highly recommended is a trip to a local ‘mithaai’ shop to have a taste of various sweets in India.
India is so stretched-out that climatic conditions in the far north have little relation to those of the extreme south. The best months to visit India in general are from November to end of February, although there are marked regional variations. From March to May in most areas it is really hot and from June to August it is the Monsoon season which starts in the south and rolls up to the north.
If you are from Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar (Burma) or Indonesia then you are currently granted a 30-day single-entry visa on arrival at Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi airports. If you have another nationality – except Nepali and Bhutanese – you must get a visa before arriving in India. These are available at Indian embassy’s worldwide.
Traveling can be challenging in India. The best way for transportation in most cases is by plane or train. Best for booking your train tickets is via a local agency, the ticket counter at the train station (queues are long!) or via this website
If you are looking for a flight within India then Cleartrip is a good website to find cheap flights.
Kotabagh (Uttarakhand), India
Rohtak (near Delhi), India