Quick Guide: India

2020-01-04 17:31
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Plan your quickie Indian escape with these quick guide facts. (Photo: iStock)

6 Guide essentials + things you should know: 

  • Visas: A Visa is required. Find out more here.  
  • Currency: Rupee (INR) Current Exchange Rate: R1 = 5.02 INR
  • Airport Hub: No offician hub, but Indira Gandhi International Airport is the busiest
  • Peak Season: October - March (winter)
  • Language: There are several official languages in India - 6 predominantly spoken ones include: Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati 
  • Time Zone: India Standard Time (IST) (GMT+5:30) - three and a half hours ahead of South Africa 


Top cities:

  • Mumbai
  • Bengaluru
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • New Delhi

Top attractions in India:

  • Taj Mahal
  • Ganges
  • Amer Fort
  • Agra Fort
  • Hawa Mahal

What to do: 

  • Visit Jairpur's City Palace
  • Go on a safari to see Bengal tigers
  • Temple hopping
  • See the Gateway of India
  • Explore Ellora or Elephanta Caves

What to eat:

  • Biryani
  • Momos
  • Idli
  • Gulab Jaamun
  • Chole bhature 

Destination drawcards:

  • Temple tourism
  • Thriving national parks - and bengal tigers
  • Tasty food scene
  • Rich cultural heritage
  • Unique, pretty architecture

Cultural highlights:

  • Authentic culturally rooted cuisine
  • Holi Festival
  • Interchange of several religions influencing the local flair
  • Traditional cultural fashion and couture stores
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