India is the biggest nation of the Indian subcontinent, it has a population of 1,1 billions people and it shares land borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Burma. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. New Delhi is the capital city and it is located in the state of Rajasthan. India has 22 official languages, included Hindi and English. The most diffused religion ist Hinduism (about 80%).
In India we offer many itineraries, some in the North others in the South of this wide country: The golden triangle and the deserts of Rajasthan, Rural Rajasthan, The holy Ganges, The Spiti valley, Unexplored Kerala, Glimpses of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, The best of South India, other itineraries are in combination with other countries Sikkim and Bhutan, Exploring the Andamans, India and Sri Lanka.
Delhi – Capital of India
Agra – The city of the Taj Mahal, probably the most famous symbol of India
Kolkata – Capital of the state of West Bengal and relevant commercial centre
Chennai – Capital of the state of Tamil Nadu
Kochi – Important turistic city of the state of Kerala
Madurai – The city of the temples
Shimla – Former british colony
Pondicherry – Former french colony
Varanasi – Relevant spiritual city
Mumbai (former Bombay) – most populous city in India
Jaipur – city of the state of Rajasthan rich of monuments
Jodhpur – Features many palaces, forts and temple like the Mehrangarh fort
Pushkar – One of the most ancient cities of India
Indian cuisine varies significantly from state to state, but in the Notrh meat is more used, instead in the South vegeterian dishes and spices are more frequent.
The main ingredients are often rice or wheat.
Among the most famous recipes there are:
Samosa – made with phyllo dough, shaped in triangles, fried or baked, fulled with vegetables or meat
Pakora – Fritter made with vegetables, fish or chicken with chickpea flour
Dahl – typical red lentils soup flavoured with spices
Coconut Rice – it is a very popular recipe with rice and hot spices mixed with the sweetness of coconut milk and flakes
Tandoori Chicken – Chicken cooked in the traditional Tandoori oven, flavoured with yogurt and spices
Tikka Masala Chicken – Boneless chicken cooked in tomato sauce with yogurt and spices
How to get here
Passaport: a minimum of six months validity is required.
Visa: mandatory. Released by indian diplomatic and consular offices in Italy .
International airport: New Delhi
India has tropical and subtropical climate, the summer temperatures can reach 48° C.
Monsoon season is from May to September, with heavy rain fall causing floods and landslides, espacially in rural areas.
Local currency is Indian Rupee, exchange rate is about 1€ = 71,867 Rupee.
Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing. Recommended vaccines for India are: diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, thyphoid, tuberculosis, poliomyelitis and tetanus. For those who visit India during Monsoon season and stay in rural areas meningitis and japanese encephalitis vaccines can be necessary.