Noth India

  States of North India

Cities/Destinations in North India  

Jammu & Kashmir
Himachal Pradesh
Punjab
Delhi
Uttar Pradesh
Rajasthan
..more States

Bihar
Haryana
Chandigarh
Uttaranchal

 


Agra
Ajmer
Allahabad
Bikaner
Chandigarh
New Delhi
..more

Haridwar
Varanasi
Jaipur
Jaisalmer
Udaipur
Jodhpur

 

 

  North India Travel

North India Travel. Every experience, every sound, every smell shouts that youíve arrived some where magical. The land is like no other and land of endless discovery.

Taj Mahal
Varanasi Ghats

Red Fort
Golden Temple

Hawa Mahal
Rishikesh

 

 

  Forts & Monuments

Pilgrimage Places in North India  

Taj Mahal
City Palace
Amer Fort
Umaid Bhawan
Red Fort
Qutab Minar
..more

Sikandra
Khanjuraho
Fatehpur Sikri
Lake Palace
Jaisalmer Fort
Umaid Bhawan

 


Vaishno Devi
Rishikesh
Mathura Vrindavan
Varanasi Ghats
Har Ki Pauri
.. more

Golden Temple
Baijnath Temple
Char Dham
Kedarnath
Badrinath

 

 

 

  North India Holidays

North India holidays offers the travellers a perfact blend of the beauty and the beast. The perfact amalgamation of snow capped hill stations and rustles of wild animals in their natural habitat.

Corbett National Park
Shimla

Bharatpur Sanctuary
Jammu

Ranthambore
Mount Abu

 

 

 

  Wildlife Sanctuaries of North India

Hillstations in North India  

Corbett National Park
Keoladeo National Park
Ranthambore National Park
Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
Great Himalayan National Park
Dachingam National Park
.. more


Chamba
Dalhousie
Dharmshala
Kufri
Almora
Kullu
.. more

Manali
Naggar
Shimla
Nainital
Mount Abu
Jammu

 

 

 

  North India Tourism

North India Tourism, A kaleidoscope to reveal the rich cultural heritage of North India that is diverse and varied and binds the country since ages.

Palace on Wheels
Diwali

Royal Orient
Holi

Fairy Queen
Pushkar Fair

 

 

 

  North India Heritage

Train Tours of North India  

Diwali
Holi
Pushkar Fair
Cuisine of Rajasthan
Cuisine of Uttar Pradesh
.. more

Mughal Architecture
Nalanda University
Kalibanga
Embroidery

 


Palace on Wheels
Royal Orient
Fairy Queen
Toy Train
.. more

 

 

Eastern

 

States Under Eastern Region Are -

Bihar
Orissa
West Bengal

Sikkim
Assam
Meghalaya
Arunachal Pradesh

Nagaland
Manipur
Mizoram
Tripura
More States...




Some Important Cities Are -

Bodh Gaya
Nalanda
Patna
Vaishali

Chotanagpur
Ranchi
Hazaribagh
Mirik

Bhubaneshwar
Puri
Konark

Calcutta
Darjeeling
Kalimpong
More Cities...


Hillstations of East India -

Netarhat

Gangtok

Darjeeling

Kalimpong
More Hillstations...

Forts & Monuments -

Rohtasgarh Fort
Palamu Fort
Rajmahal
Deo

Fort Vishal
Maner
Rajgir
Vaishali

Jagannath Temple
Ratnagiri Udaigiri
Sun Temple
Nalanda University

Barabar Caves
Barabar Hills
Lauria Nandangarh
Munger Fort
More Monuments...



Places of Worship -

Tusk La Khang Temple
Bodhi Temples
Mahabodhi Temple
Rajgir

Jagannath Temple
Lingaraja Temple
Sun Temple
Ratnagiri Udaigiri Lalitagiri

Belurmath
Kali Temple
Rumtek Monastery
Kamakhya Temple
More Places of Worship...


Wildlife Sanctuaries of East India -

Namdapha National Park
Manas National Park
Kaziranga National Park
Pabha or Milroy Sanctuary
Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary

Keibul Lam Jao National Park
Nandan Kanan
Chilka Lake, Puri
Simplipal
Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Betla National Park
Orchid Sanctury
Sundarban, Calcutta
Lakhowa Wildlife Sanctuary
The Palamau Tiger Reserve
More Sanctuaries...

 

 

 

 

South India

South India Tours

 

A trip to South India will expose you to the best of Indian tourist attractions. The slopes of western ghats, the temple architecture of Madurai and the wildlife attractions of Periyar make South India a traveler's paradise.

 

States of South India

Cities of South India

 

Andaman Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Goa
Lakshadweep

Karnataka
Kerala
Tamil Nadu
.. more States

 

 

Bangalore
Chennai
Mysore
Hyderabad
.. more South Indian Cities

 


 

South India Holidays

 

Travel with the South Indian holidays to the breathtaking views and enchanting hill stations of South India. Nestled up in the mountains, South Indian hill stations extends an invitation to identify oneself with nature.

 

Beaches of South India

Hill Stations of South India

 

Goa Beaches
Kovalam Beach
Alappuzha Beach
Mahabalipuram Beach
.. more Beaches

Marina Beach
Kanyakumari Beach
Malpe Beach
Varkala Beach

 

 

Ooty
Kodaikanal
Munnar
Nilgiri Hills
.. more Hillstations of South India

 


 

South India Travel

 

A trip to South India will expose you to the best of Indian tourist attractions. The slopes of western ghats, the temple architecture of Madurai and the wildlife attractions of Periyar make South India a traveler's paradise.

 

South India Temples

Wildlife in South India

 

Cave Temples
Tirupati Temple
Chamundi Temple
.. more Temples of South India

Meenakshi Temple
Sabarimala Temple
Guruvayoor

 

 

Bandipur National Park
Nagahole National Park
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
.. more South Indian Wildlife

 


 

South India Tourism

 

Welcome to the South India. A mystical land of pilgrimages with most spiritual places in the abode of the gods. The most popular abode include Tirupati, Madurai, Rameshwaram, and much much more .

 

South India Pilgrimage Places

Forts & Monuments of South India

 

Amaravati
Kanyakumari
Madurai
.. more Pilgrimage Sites

Mahabalipuram
Rameshwaram
Thanjavur

 

 

Charminar
Mysore Palace
Golconda Fort
.. more Monuments

Gol Gumbaz
Rock Memorial
Vidhaan Soudha

 

 

 Western


States Under Western Region Are -

Daman
Madhya Pradesh

Diu
Maharashtra

Goa

Gujarat
More States...


Some Important Cities Are -

Ajanta-Ellora
Aurangabad
Matheran
Vadodra
Gandhinagar

Mumbai
Goa
Gwalior
Khajuraho
Mandu

Videsha
Ahmedabad
Anand
Lothal
Surat

Rajkot
Junagadh
Jamnagar
Gandhidham
Siddhpur
More Cities...




Hillstations of West India -

Saputara

Lonavala

Pachmarhi

Mahabaleshwar
More Hillstations...


Forts & Monuments -

Jahaz Mahal
Sanchi Stupa
Gwalior Fort
Raj Mahal

Bibi Ka Maqbara
Gateway of India
Fort of Daulatabad
Elephanta Caves

Asharfi Mahal
Jai Vilas Palace
Shivpuri
Hindola Mahal

Barua Sagar
Fort of Moti
Diu Fort
Ajanta Caves
More Forts & Monuments




Places of Worship -

Ajanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Ellora Temple

Deogarh
Orcha, Gwalior
Khajuraho

Somnath Temple
Churches in Goa
More Places of Worship...


Wildlife Sanctuaries of West India -

Bandhavgarh National Park
Kanha National Park

Gir National Park

Sasan Gir Forest and Sanctuary
More Sanctuaries...

 

 

 

 

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TRAVEL INFO

 

 

Visa Info

 

EMBASSY OF INDIA, WASHINGTON DC


CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA, NEW YORK


CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA, CHICAGO


CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA, HOUSTON

 

Medical Info

 

 

Food and waterborne diseases are the number one cause of illness in travelers. Travelersí diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites, which are found throughout the region and can contaminate food or water. Infections may cause diarrhea and vomiting (E. coli, Salmonella, cholera, and parasites), fever (typhoid fever and toxoplasmosis), or liver damage (hepatitis). Make sure your food and drinking water are safe. (See below.)

Malaria is a serious, but preventable infection that can be fatal. Your risk of malaria may be high in these countries, including cities. Prevent this deadly disease by seeing your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug and by protecting yourself against mosquito bites (see below).

Travelers to malaria-risk areas, including infants, children, and former residents of the Indian Subcontinent, should take an antimalarial drug. NOTE: Chloroquine is NOT an effective antimalarial drug in the Indian Subcontinent and should not be taken to prevent malaria in this region. For additional information on malaria risk and prevention, see Malaria Health Information for Travelers to the Indian Subcontinent. See also Preventing Malaria in the Pregnant Woman (Information for the Public) and Preventing Malaria in Infants and Children (Information for the Public).

Dengue, filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, leishmaniasis, and plague are diseases carried by insects that also occur in this region. Protecting yourself against insect bites (see below) will help to prevent these diseases.

If you visit the Himalayan Mountains, ascend gradually to allow time for your body to adjust to the high altitude, which can cause insomnia, headaches, nausea, and altitude sickness. In addition, use sunblock rated at least 15 SPF, because the risk of sunburn is greater at high altitudes.

Because motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury among travelers, walk and drive defensively. Avoid travel at night if possible and always use seat belts.

There is no risk for yellow fever in the Indian Subcontinent. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into certain of these countries if you are coming from countries in South America or sub-Saharan Africa. For detailed information, see Comprehensive Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements. Also, find the nearest authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccine center.

CDC recommends the following vaccines (as appropriate for age):

See your doctor at least 4Ė6 weeks before your trip to allow time for shots to take effect.

To stay healthy, do...

To avoid getting sick...

What you need to bring with you:

After you return home:

If you have visited a malaria-risk area, continue taking your antimalarial drug for 4 weeks (doxycycline or mefloquine) or seven days (atovaquone/proguanil) after leaving the risk area.

Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever or flu-like illness either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the physician your travel history.

For more information:

Ask your doctor or check the CDC web sites for more information about how to protect yourself against diseases that occur in the Indian Subcontinent, including the following:

Diseases carried by insects

Diseases carried in food or water

Diseases from person-to-person contact

For more information about these and other diseases, please check the Diseases page and CDC Health Topics AĖZ.


Be sure to read the information about all the regions you are planning to visit.

 

Restricted Zones

Under the Government of India's new policy many areas are Open for Tourists that
were under Restricted Zones. Given below is guide giving comprehensive information.

MANIPUR
Loktak Lake, Imphal, Moirang INA Memorial, Keibul Deer Sanctuary and Waithe Lake.

Authority that can grant permit:
All Indian Missions abroad.
All FRROs & MHA
State Government of Manipur (Home Commissioner, Manipur)


Remarks:
Calcutta to Imphal by air only.
*Individual tourists not permitted, 6 days allowed.


MIZORAM
Vairangte, Thingdawl and Aizawl

Authority that can grant permit:
Home Commissioner,   Government of Mizoram, Aizawl
All FRROs at Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta,
Chief Immigration Officer, Madras and all Indian Missions abroad.

Remarks:
Tourist groups may travel on the identified tour circuits only
*Individual tourists not permitted, 10 days allowed.


ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Itanagar, Ziro, Along, Pasighat, Miao, Namdapha and Sujesa (Puki) Bhalukpong

Authority that can grant permit:
Home Commissioner, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar,
all FRROs at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta,
Chief Immigration Officer, Madras.
All Indian Missions abroad.

Remarks:
Tourist groups may travel on identified tour circuits only.
*Individual tourists not permitted, 10 days allowed.


Gangtok, Rumtek, Phodang, Pemayangtse Khecheperi and Tashiging

Authority that can grant permit
MHA, all FRROs
All Indian Missions abroad, and Immigration Officers at airports at
Mumbai, Calcutta, Madras and New Delhi.
Chief Secretary/Home Secretary/Secretary (Tourism)
Government of Sikkim, Gangtok
Inspector General Of Police, Government of Sikkim, Siliguri,
Deputy Directors (Tourism), Sikkim Government , New Delhi,
Assistant Resident Commissioner;  Government of Sikkim, Calcutta,
Tourism Officer, Rangpo,
Deputy Commissioner, Darjeeling
Deputy Secretary/Under Secretary
Home Department, Government of West Bengal, Calcutta

Remarks
PAP Areas: * Individual Tourists permitted, 15 days allowed.


(2) Zongri (West Sikkim)

Authority that can grant permit:
MHA and all issuing authorities of Government of Sikkim and its
representatives at Calcutta, Siliguri & Rangpo.

Remarks:
Groups allowed for 15 days trekking and are to be accompanied
by a liaison officer.  Individual tourists not permitted, 16 days allowed.


(3)  Tsangu (Chhangu Lake in East Sikkim)

Authority that can grant permit:
Home Secretary,  Government of Sikkim, Gangtok
*Individual tourists not permitted. Day visit only.


(4)  Mangan, Tong, Singhik, Chungthang, Lachung and Yumthang

Authority that can grant permit
Home Secy., Govt. of Sikkim,
Secretary (Tourism), Government of Sikkim
Individual tourists not permitted, 5 days allowed.


KASHMIR

(1) Khaltse Sub-Division (Drokahpa Area)
     Khaltse-Dunkhar-Sroduchan
    Hanudo-Biana-Dha
(2) Nubra Sub Division:
    (a) Leh-Khardung La-Khalsar-Tirit up to Panasik
    (b) Leh-Khardung La-Khalsar up to Hunder
    (c) Leh-Sabo-Digar La-Digar-Labab-Khungru Gampa-Tangar
    (Only for trekking conducted by approved tour operators and accompanied by State Police personnel)
(3) Nyona Sub Division:
    (a) Leh-Upshi-Chusathang-Mahe-Puga-Tso-Moari Lake/Kozok
    (b) Leh-Upshi-Debring-Puga-Tso-Moari Lake/Korzok
    (c) Leh-Karu-Chang La-Durbuk-Tangtse-Lukung-Spanksik.
    (d) Pangong Lake up to Spanksik

Authority that can grant permit:

MHA / District Magistrates concerned.
 
Remarks:
Tourist groups are to travel on the identified tour circuits only.  
*Individual tourists not permitted, 7 days allowed.
 
Note:
Groups should consist of 4 to 20 numbers and should be accompanied 
by a liaison officer. For more information, contact Indian Missions abroad 
or the Ministry of Tourism, Delhi, India.

ANDAMAN NICOBAR ISLANDS
(1) Municipal Area, Port Blair,
(2) Havelock Island,
(3) Long,
(4) Neil Island
(5) Jolly Buoy
(6) South and North Cinque
(7) Red Skin
(8) Mayabunder
(9) Diglipur
(10) Rangat
(11) Mount Harriet
(12) Madhuban.

Authority that can grant permit:
MHA & All FRROs
All Indian Missions abroad, Immigration Officer, (7) & (8) Port Blair

Remarks:
Places for (1) day & night visit allowed.
Places for (2) only day.
(7) & (8) visit allowed.
Places for (8) to (12) only day visit allowed


HIMACHAL PRADESH
(1) Poo-Khab-Sumdho-Dhankar-Tabo-Gompa-Kaza
(2) Morang-Dabling

Authority that can grant permit:
MHA /Government of H.P./DM/SDM concerned/lTBP
Special. Commissioner (Tourism)
Resident Commissioner, Govt. of H.P., New Delhi
Director General of Police, H.P. Shimla.

Remarks:
For Trekking only.  Individual tourists not permitted.


UTTAR PRADESH
(1) Nanda Devi Sanctuary, Niti Ghati and Kalindi Khal in Chamoli, Uttar Kashi Districts
(2) Adjoining areas of Milam Glacier

Authority that can grant permit:
(1)  MHA/Government  of U.P.  DM/SDM concerned ATBP
(2)  MHA/Govt. of U.P./DM/SDM concerned/lTBP

Remarks:
Individual tourists not permitted.


 


 

 

Getting Ready

Once you have made up the mind to visit India,

         The customs and local conditions could be very much different from home. Try to learn local customs and rules by contacting Indian Missions in your country, travel agents and visiting libraries.

         Always remember that you will be subjected to the rules and regulations of the country you are going to visit.

         Keep track of the current happenings in India to have first-hand information on current affairs.

         The travel requires a valid passport and a valid visa. Obtain the visa from the Indian Mission in your country. Visas will not be issued at the entry point. For more information see Travel Documents and
Visa Rules & Regulations

         Entries to certain regions are restricted to foreigners. Obtain the special permit well in advance if you are planning to visit those regions. For more information see Restricted Regions

         Pre-plan your journey and make all advanced reservations. Use a reputed travel agent/tour operator to look after your interests.

         Foreign tourists should be in possession of their yellow fever vaccination certificate conforming to International Health Regulations if they are originating or transiting through Africa or South America.

         Get yourself inoculated against Cholera, hepatitis, typhoid and Malaria.

         If you wear glasses, keep an extra pair.

         Getting a travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems will be a very positive step.

         Keeping additional sets of passport size photographs will come handy.

         If you are planning to drive in India, get an international licence from your national automobile organization.

         Make photocopies of passport information page, the page on which visa is stamped, credit cards, travel insurance policy, air, bus and train tickets, driving licence etc. Keep one copy at home. Keep another copy with you separate from the original.

         Equip yourself to travel light and make your journey pleasant.

         Always pack up only a minimum amount of required valuables to carry with you.

         Keep photocopies of your passport information page and the page where the visa is stamped. It will help you to replace your passport in the event it is lost or stolen.

         To avoid problems when passing through the customs, keep your medicines in their original labelled containers. If a medication is unusual, carry a letter from your doctor certifying the need for you to use the medicine.

         Carry traveller's cheques and credit cards and lesser currency notes.

 

 

Customs

         Tourists of foreign origin can import, duty free, used personal effects and travel souvenirs, if these goods are for personal use of the tourist, and other than those consumed during the stay in India, are re-exported when the tourist leaves India for a foreign destination. Articles upto a value of Rs.4000/- for making gifts.

         Any person can bring into India from a place outside India foreign exchange without any limit. However, declaration of foreign exchange/currency is required in the prescribed Currency Declaration Form in the following cases.

o        Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5,000/- or equivalent

o        Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency notes, bank notes, traveler cheques etc.) exceeds US$ 10,000/- or its equivalent

         Import of gold is regulated

         Trafficking in Narcotic drugs like Heroin, Charas (Hashish) and Cocaine or in Psychotropic substances is prohibited and is punishable with imprisonment.

         Import of Firearms as baggage is prohibited.

         Non-declaration, false declaration and concealment of imported goods is an offence under the Customs Act, which may result in confiscation, fines, penalties and even prosecution.

         Export of most species of wild life and articles made from flora and fauna such as Ivory, Musk, Reptile skins, Furs, Shahtoosh etc. is prohibited.

         Export of Antiquities is prohibited. Restrictions exist on art objects more than 100 years old. Any doubts should be got cleared from:

Director Antiquities,
Archaeological survey of India,
Janpath, New Delhi
Tel: +(91) (11) 3017220.

 

People

Indians are generally a polite, gentle and friendly people. In the eyes of most of Indians the westerner represents the affluent society. The fact that many Indians speak English will makes it easy to communicate. In the urban area you will be able to manage your requirements with English.

Many Indians, urban and middle class people, are very westernised. However if you spend some time with traditional and rural people, please remember the following.

         In the custom of Indians the right hand has significant importance. Use only your right hand to eat, to greet someone, to shake hands, to point someone or something, to gift someone, to receive something etc.

         Similarly start a journey or enter a house or a shrine with your right leg.

         Do not touch food or cooking utensil that local people use.

         If you have to share water from a shared utensil, do not touch it to your lips. Keeping high above , pour it into your mouth.

         If you are invited to dine with a family, remove your footwear if the host does it and wash your hands before eating.

         Do not approach hearth or enter kitchen unless invited to.

         Enter the kitchen and the area where drinking water is stored only with bare foot.

         Do not serve yourself from terracotta water utensils. Always ask your host to serve.

         Indians are generally conservative about dresses. Women are expected to dress modestly covering their legs and shoulders. Many people may not approve women wearing shorts and short skirts. Men should wear a shirt in public.

         Dressing decently and staying well groomed will improve the impression you make on local people. It will help reduce sexual harassment as well.

         Please avoid kissing and embracing in public.

         Bathing naked in the beaches should be avoided. If you respect the people, don't do it.

         Taking photos of people, especially women, could be a sensitive issue. Always ask before you act.


Religion

In India religion is a way of life, an integral part of one's day to day activities, influencing every aspect of life.

         Always show due respect to religious structures and people at prayer.

         Do not enter a temple, a shrine or a mosque unless it is permitted.

         Always enter them without wearing your footwear and dress conservatively.

         Ask permission to take photos of deities or other structures of religious importance.

         Do not take photos of funerals and cremations.

 

Women Travellers

         India is generally perfectly safe for women travellers, even for those who are travelling alone. But in heavily toured areas like Goa, Rajasthan and Hampi you are advised not to walk alone in isolated spots, especially after dark. Young travellers should be cautious about lingering in isolated and lonely places at night. Cities are generally safe. It is a matter of common sense that one should take reasonable care if one is out after dark.

         While travelling in some parts of India, although you are unlikely to be at physical risk, you could be exposed to 'Eve-teasing' by young local men. If you want to avoid it then pay attention to the local norms of dress and behaviour.

         Women are expected to dress modestly covering their legs and shoulders. Many people may not approve women wearing shorts and short skirts. Dressing decently and staying well groomed will improve the impression you make on local people. It will help reduce sexual harassment as well.

         In general you will find that there is respect and great concern for your safety and welfare. People even go out of their way to assist you.

Senior Travellers

         India is a fabulous holiday destination for young and old alike. Unless your mobility is restricted or your vision is impaired and do not have any other disabilities and in reasonably good health, the senior travellers should consider India as a potential holiday destination.

Food

Indian food is world renowned for being aromatic and delicious. All Indian dishes are not hot as speculated. But being introduced to it for the first time, exert a little caution to what you eat until you develop a level of tolerance.
See Indian Cuisine

Delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are available almost every walk of life. As the Hindus do not eat beef and Muslims shun pork, you may not find both as a common dish. Buffalo meat is available and mutton mentioned in the menus is referring to lamb.

The basic Indian food will have dishes of vegetable, fish, chicken or mutton served with rice. In the north you will have a range of Indian breads to choose from. The food will be served with a number of vegetable side dishes and curd/yoghurt. There are regional specialities those will replace some of the dishes as thousands of variations are available across the country.

Broadly speaking there are three types of eating-establishments. The low-priced diner, where food is basic but often good, serves rice or Indian bread with dhal (lentil soup), vegetable side dishes and yoghurt. Sometimes meat or fish are also served as main dish.

The restaurants offer a wide choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The quality and prices vary. Deluxe restaurants like those in star hotels can be very expensive to Indian standards. But they offer you genuine classic Indian dishes at a fraction of a price you pay at home.

The third type caters specially for foreign tourists. They are found in beach resorts, hill stations and tourist centres across India. They are expensive and serve pancakes and fritters, omelettes and toasts, fried prawns, chips and cereal.

 

Things to Remember

         Remember that you will be subjected to the rules and regulations of the country you are visiting.

         All foreigners are required to get themselves registered with the Foreigner's Regional Registration Office (FRRO)

         There is a prepaid taxi service at the airports and it is advisable that this facility is made use of as it proves to be the most economical.

         Large establishments including hotels, shops, and airlines generally accept American Express, Master Card, Visa and Diners Club credit cards.

         Occasionally India and Pakistan engage in skirmishes across the disputed Kashmiri border. Indian armed forces also clash with Kashmiri separatists in the state. It is advisable that travellers avoid the western part of Jammu & Kashmir.

         Kashmiri separatist groups have targeted foreign travellers in this area and some have been kidnapped or killed.

         Civil unrest in the Northeastern states resulted in terrorist attacks on trains, buses and bridges, and political killings. Official sources encourage exercising caution in visiting the states of Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram.

         Particular care should also be taken when travelling to parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar given the prevalence of local banditry.

         On arrival, registering with your country's mission will be a good idea.

         Avoid public demonstrations and other civil disturbances.

         Beware of strangers who offer you bargain.

         Beware of pickpockets and petty thieves.

         Do not accept drinks or food from strangers.

         While you are travelling by car try not to pick up hitchhikers.

         Try not to stay in very cheap hotels

         Lock up your valuables in the hotel safe.

         Keep the hotel room locked and meet your visitors preferably in the lobby.

         Use only authorized guides.

         Try to use official taxis.

Climate

         India and most of South Asia has a warm to very hot weather. Northern India has a pleasant weather from October to March. The winter month will require light woollen. The dry hot weather is from April through mid July before monsoon begins. Light cotton will be ideal during this period.

         The Central, Eastern and Southern India have a warm and humid climate and are more comfortable during September through February. There are areas in the South closer to the Western Ghats those are cooler and comfortable throughout the year such as Bangalore, Ooty, Kodaikanal etc which requires light woollen.

         It's difficult to pin down the best time to visit India weather-wise because of the wide range of climatic factors. Broadly speaking September to March is the most pleasant months over much of the country. In the south, October to February is more pleasant, while Sikkim and the areas of northeastern India are comfortable between March and August. Kashmir and the mountainous regions of Himachal Pradesh are best accessed between May and September. The deserts of Rajasthan and the northwestern Indian Himalayan region are at their best during the monsoon.

         The trekking season in the Indian Himalayas runs roughly from April to November. The ski season is between January and March.