India deserves the closest attention. This country is the seventh largest and second most populous country in the world, located in South Asia.
India neighbors Pakistan in the west with China, Nepal and Bhutan – in the northeast with Bangladesh and Myanmar – in the east. Closed by the Himalayan mountains in the north, surrounded by seas on three sides, with a long history and diverse culture, India offers a huge variety of places worth seeing. Why go to India? Everyone who visited this country will answer it in their own way, but no one will give a definite answer to this question. Someone travels to “fabulous” India to see the treasures described by Athanasius Nikitin in his “Walking Over Three Seas.” Someone travels to “mystical” India to meditate, look at snake charmers and chat with real yogis. Someone goes to “exotic” India to enjoy all the splendor of flora and fauna. Someone goes to “party” India just to “light” and live a free, carefree life. In any case, India will change your ideas about yourself, about people and about the world, and for that it’s worth going there. And despite the fact that there are many other exotic countries, India still remains as Mark Twain described it: “The only country under the sun that is infinitely interesting to a foreign prince and a foreign peasant, educated and stupid, rich and poor, slave and free. ”
Where to relax in India. Cities and resorts of India
Delhi is a huge, noisy, eclectic, dirty and yet very green city. The energy and vibrancy, the noise of the bazaars and the Mughal architecture in Old Delhi contrast with the restrained luxury of New Delhi, the wide boulevards of which open up alternating views of Lutien landscape architecture.
Mumbai – which locals stubbornly continue to call Bombay – is “Indian Manhattan,” firmly fused with Indian Hollywood (Bollywood), where more films are produced annually than in any other city in the world. Initially, Mumbai was a conglomeration of 7 islands, which eventually merged and turned into the largest city in India.
Goa is the pearl of the Indian coast, a world famous resort. It is located on the shores of the Indian Ocean, about 400 km south of Mumbai. Goa gained its fame thanks to endless sandy beaches, a transparent ocean and a cloudless sky, attracting the Indian and world elite.
Kerala – This fabulous country is located in southwest India in the cradle of the Western Ghats, washed by an ocean surf. As soon as this land is not called: “Land of the Gods”, “Indian Venice”, “Paradise on Earth.” It is the capital of spices and coconut trees.
Thiruvantapuram is the state capital, the residence of the rulers of Kerala. Here are the schools of the Kalaripayatt martial art and the classical dance drama Kathakali, many museums, as well as the famous Padmanabhasvarmi temple.
Udaipur – built on the shores of Lake Pichola, attracts with the grandeur of marble palaces, the beauty of gardens and the cultural heritage of temples of the 16th – 17th centuries. One of the amazing species of Udaipur is the two islands of Jag Nivas and Jag Mandir, which are located on Lake Pichola. On each of the islands, chic royal palaces are built, and it seems as if they are standing directly on the surface of the water.
Now most tourists arrive in India by plane. The main arrival points are the airports of Bombay and Delhi, fewer international flights at the airports of Calcutta and Madras. Other international airports are Patna and Varanasi, with daily connections to Kathmandu (Nepal); Hyderabad and Trivandram – with Gulf countries; Dabolin (Goa) – with Germany, France and the UK. Sometimes there are flights from Bangalore to Singapore, and from Trivandram to Male (Maldives) and Colombo.
Customs in India
Recently, customs regulations have been greatly simplified. Tourists fill out customs declarations on board the aircraft, and then pass through the “red” or “green” corridor, respectively. It is forbidden to transport narcotic substances, plants, gold and silver bars, ancient coins. When transporting firearms, a storage license is required (valid for six months), which is issued by Indian embassies and consulates abroad or district magistrates already in India.
Duty-free can bring 200 cigarettes (or 50 cigars), 0.95 liters of alcohol, a camera with five films, the minimum number of personal items such as binoculars, portable typewriters, tape recorders, etc.
It is forbidden to export from the country antiques (over 100 years old), animals, animal skins and articles thereof, as well as jewelry worth more than 2 thousand rupees (for gold products) and more than 1 thousand rupees (for products not made of gold )