Reopening of tourism in India

International travellers can now travel in India as the Ministry of Home Affairs began granting fresh Tourist Visas to foreigners coming to India through chartered flights w.e.f from October 15. This decision has come as a relief of joy to the foreigners who wanted to visit and explore India for a long time but  couldn’t because all visas granted to foreigners were suspended last year, due to Covid- 19 pandemic. Travelers who want to visit India through commercial flights will have to wait till November 15, 2021. After an 18- month hiatus, everyone welcomed this decision as a breath of fresh air for the Indian tourism industry and Indian economy that got severely affected during the pandemic. Covid related protocols which have been issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, from time to time, must be followed by all foreign tourists, as well as carriers carrying them into the country, and all stakeholders at the landing stations during their inbound travel.

 

TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT IN INDIA DURING WINTER SEASON

Travelling for international tourists is opening from October in India but for those who are opting for commercial flights to travel will have to wait till 15th of November. If you’re planning to travel in November, December and January, here’s the places you must visit for a lovely experience in India.

  1. Gulmarg, Kashmir

Also known as The Skier’s Paradise, Gulmarg is a town, a hill station and also a popular skiing destination and looks no less than a paradise during winters. This place is so popular that it has been termed as “ heartland of winter sports in India”. Gulmarg literally means “ MEADOW OF FLOWERS” as it is famous for its natural meadows which are covered in snow in winters.  One mustn’t miss this amazing destination during their stay.

 

  1. Goa

Goa is renowned for its beaches, cruise travel, places of worship and world heritage architecture. It is visited by a large number of both domestic and international tourists each year. It is also known for its diverse cultural entertainment and delicious cuisine. Goa is #1 tourist destination when it comes to beaches in India. Stay for long and you can also enjoy Goa Carnival - a large-scale celebration that takes place in the city of Panaji for three days and nights.

  1. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar is one of the prominent hill stations situated in Southern India. It is a picturesque place with wonderful views of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys and cool climate makes this place feel like paradise on earth. Being one of the most famous tourist places in Kerala, Munnar attracts a lot of international visitors by being an ideal location for sports like trekking, rappelling and rock climbing. Also, November is a perfect time for tourists activities like trekking and mountaineering in Munnar.

 

  1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Probably, the most visited winter destination by the Indian people. This place is so famous among the locals that even someone who hasn’t travelled out of their residential city knows what and where Manali is. It is a valley nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh and located in the district of Kullu, that’s why most people in India refer to the destination as “Kullu-Manali’. Known for its natural beauty which is surrounded by majestic hills and woody forests, Manali is a heaven for sightseeing enthusiasts. Not only is it famous for its ancient temples and scenic valleys but also fantastic trekking expeditions.

  1. Kutch, Gujarat

Rann of Kutch or simply Kutch is a shallow wetland which is submerged in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during other seasons. Kutch provides a landscape sight of vast and beautiful white salt desert which is a once in a lifetime experience. This amazing place is surrounded by the sea water, ancient temples, attractive palaces, rugged forts, flamingos and wild asses which just add to its unique beauty. November to February is the best time to visit Kutch because you will enjoy a lot of grand festivals and great hospitality that people of Gujarat are famous for.

  1. Lakshadweep Islands

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One of the prominent tropical locations in India, this place is unprecedented for an exotic vacation. A trip to this island will be worth your time and money as it will mesmerize you with its awe inspiring and scenic beauty. Explore the beautiful coral reefs, enjoy swimming, wind-surfing, diving, snorkeling and kayaking and savor the tropical fruits, fresh coconut waters while relaxing in the sand while you’re here. 

 

Bucket List – Must do things in India

  1. Explore temples of India

India is well known as the “Land of Temples”. Temples hold cultural importance and magnificent heritage, and people of various beliefs and religions visit them. These temples are also famous for their architectural designs.

Top 5 must visit temples in India;

  •         Golden Temple
  •         Konark sun dham
  •         Akshardham
  •         Jagannath Temple Puri
  •         Somnath Temple

 

  1. Explore India’s Wildlife

Exploring India’s wildlife is very exciting as it has variety of species with diverse origins. There are so many regions in India that have diverse wildlife species which are preserved in numerous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries across the country. You can also try to track India’s BIG 5. The term ‘Big Five’ refers to India’s most endangered and elusive mammals: one-horned rhinos; Asian elephant; leopard; Asiatic lion; and Royal Bengal tigers.

  •         Top 10 National Parks in India:
  •         Kaziranga National Park. 
  •         Nagarhole National Park. 
  •         Ranthambore National Park. 
  •         Periyar National Park. 
  •         Gir National Park. 
  •         Sundarbans National Park. 
  •         Nanda Devi Biosphere & Valley of Flowers National Parks. 
  •         Jim Corbett National Park.

 

  1. Trek in Himalayas

Himalayas provide trekkers with an opportunity to have a lifetime experience of adventure and to be one with nature. To enjoy the beauty of mountains and explore the undiscovered wonders of nature while trekking is an out of body experience.  

TOP 5 TREKS IN HIMALAYAS

  •         Kedartal Trek
  •         Everest Base Camp Trek
  •         Goechala Trek
  •         Pin Bhaba Pass Trek
  •         Bali Pass Trek

 

  1. Take train journeys

Exploring and experiencing India by train has become very popular among tourists. Travelling on an Indian train is not only a mode of transport but is like experiencing Indian culture as a whole. You are likely to meet welcoming and vibrant Indian people on the train journey and their hospitality which you will never forget. Indian railways have come with a concept of “India rail tours” in which they introduced many trains that link almost every state, city or village. Some trains like luxury trains and hill station trains are famous for their magnificence, services and hospitality.  Such trains are equipped with modern facilities and excellent cuisine.

Some tour trains are;

  •         Deccan Odyssey
  •         Heritage on Wheels
  •         Maharaja Express
  •         Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
  •         Golden Chariot
  •         Buddhist Special
  •         Hill Trains

 

 

  1. Taste Indian Cuisine

 

Indian cuisine is popular all over the world for its taste and variety. The cuisine is as diverse as its people and geography. Whichever city or village you will go to, you are going to find an enormous variety of local styles blended with distinguished use of spices and vegetables. There are so many versions in Non- Veg dishes as well.

Top dishes to try in North India:

  • Butter Chicken.
  • Dal Tadka.
  • Chaat.
  • Samosa.
  • Masala Chai.
  • Tandoori Chicken.
  • Matar Paneer.
  • Dhokla.

Top dishes to try in South India:

  • Masala dosa. 
  • Chicken 65
  • Sambar. 
  • Pulihora. 
  • Appam. 
  • Upma. 
  • Hyderabadi biryani.

 

  1. Buy Indian handcrafts.

India boasts a rich cultural diversity and heritage that provides a unique and huge resource for developing craft products. Indian artisans are skilled craftsmen that create varied types of items starting from consumer goods to decorative pieces out of paper, wood, clay, shells, rock, stone, metal, etc. with the help of simple tools. These kinds of items are called handicrafts owing to the fact that these crafted items are solely handmade without the usage of any machine. 

India is a manufacturing hub of varied kinds which are popular even in international markets.

  •  Metal ware
  •  Wood ware
  •  Hand printed textiles
  •  Embroidered goods & Shawls
  •  Carpets
  •  Bamboo products
  •  Jewellery
  •  Paintings
  •  Jute products
  • Marble Sculpture
  • Bronze Sculpture
  • Leather Products
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