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Travel Information to India

Why India?
How to get there?
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Why India?

If India could be summed up in a word, it would be variety. A country long known for its spices, India has proved to the world that variety actually is the spice of life here. People from all over have come to India, and the mere interplay of motley colors, the sights, the sounds, the visage and the landscape, has awed millions over centuries. India has blended, imbibed cultures other than its own. The result - a culture that is exotic, at the same time, has something to offer to each. At first sight, what strikes a visitor to India is the people - so many, everywhere. Each person an individual, yet living in a commune of unaffected complacence.

It's a paradisial paradox. Shining glass multiplexes mushroom in posh urban hubs. And then there are the meager huts in the rather cut-off interiors of India. There are snazzy Mercedes Benzes on the tarmac roads of metropolises. While bullock carts still ply on the makeshift muddy pathways of villages. Hep guys in Levi's hit the dance floor at the uptown discotheque, as the humble dhoti still clads the rustic male. One place reels under drought, at the same time another place is inundated by the running monsoon waters.

The highest peak guards the north, while the deep blue ocean waves abound on the shores of the south. In all this, what strings together the entire bundle of contradictions is the warmth with which the country welcomes one and all. So much can be said about India, but the best way discover India is to explore it yourself. You have to come here to drench in this monumental potpourri of culture that is India.

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SO, THE BIG QUESTION IS: HOW DOES ONE GET TO INDIA?

How to get to India?

Coming to India was never simpler. India as a tourist destination is well connected with the entire world with all major airlines operating here. The country also has the largest rail network in the world that connects the entire country from east to west and from north to south.

International Flights to India
Domestic Flights
Railways Information
Facts About India

International Flights to India:

Flights to India are of two types – direct and indirect. Direct flights do not require a change of planes and are at times non-stop. Direct flights are connected to Mumbai and Delhi. Such flights take less time, however, are more expensive than indirect flghts. Indirect flights require one to change planes. The major international airlines operating in India are the Air India, Lufthansa, British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and other European carriers.

Cities with international airports are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore. Of these, Delhi and Mumbai have direct flights, while the rest have indirect flights.

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Domestic Flights

Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Jet Lite, Kingfisher, Spice Jet, Indigo, Go Air, Paramount Airways and Alliance Airways are the domestic flight carriers in India. Each state in the country is well connected with domestic airports in major cities. In all, there are 88 domestic airports in the country. The airlines have regular, daily flights to various destinations in India. Smoking or consumption of alcohol during flights is not permitted in India.

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Railway Information

India has the distinction of having the largest rail network in the world. With the immense size of the land, railways play a crucial role in connecting the entire nation with this form of public transport. Railways is owned by the State, and efforts are on to make it more efficient and widespread. Today, virtually no part of the country is untouched by Indian Railways. Millions of travel every day all over the country, thanks to the affordability and the omnipresence of the rail network.

There are all types of trains for all classes of travelers, from luxury trains to utility trains and special trains for tourists such as the Palace on Wheels .

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Facts About India

Basic Facts about India: National Tricolor Flag of India

Country (long form)  :-   Republic of India

Capital :- New Delhi

Total Area :- 1,269,345.60 sq mi or 3,287,590.00 sq km (slightly more than one-third the size of the US)

Population :- 1,029,991,145 (July 2001 est.)

Estimated Population in 2050 :- 1,619,582,271

Languages :- English enjoys associate status but is the most important language for national, political, and commercial communication, Hindi the national language and primary tongue of 30% of the people, Bengali (official), Telugu (official), Marathi (official), Tamil (official), Urdu (official), Gujarati (official), Malayalam (official), Kannada (official), Oriya (official), Punjabi (official), Assamese (official), Kashmiri (official), Sindhi (official), Sanskrit (official), Hindustani (a popular variant of Hindi/Urdu spoken widely throughout northern India)

Note: 24 languages each spoken by a million or more persons; numerous other languages and dialects, for the most part mutually unintelligible

Literacy :- 52.0% total, 65.5% male, 37.7% female (1995 est.)

Religions :- Hindu 81.3%, Muslim 12%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other groups including Buddhist, Jain, Parsi 2.5% (2000)

Life Expectancy :- 62.22 male, 63.53 female (2001 est.)

Government Type :- Federal republic

Currency :-1 Indian rupee (Re) = 100 paise

GDP (per capita) :- $2,200 (2000 est.)

Industry :- Textiles, chemicals, food processing, steel, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petroleum, machinery, software

Agriculture :- Rice, wheat, oilseed, cotton, jute, tea, sugarcane, potatoes; cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats, poultry; fish

Arable Land :- 56%

Natural Resources :- Coal (fourth-largest reserves in the world), iron ore, manganese, mica, bauxite, titanium ore, chromites, natural gas, diamonds, petroleum, limestone, arable land


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