India

India, my home country, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and the most populous democracy in the World. New Delhi is the capital of India. India consists of 29 states and 7 union territories.

  • Capital city: New Delhi.
  • Main language spoken: Hindi and English.
    • Basic Greetings in Hindi: Namaste, Shukriya/Dhanyawad.
  • Currency: Indian rupee (INR).
    • Forex Exchange: Currency can be exchanged at any international airports.
  • Tourist visa: Visa is required to enter India (latest information can be found on Indian Immigration website).
  • Best time to visit: October to March.
  • Adapter required (power points): Type D plug.
  • SIM: Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL are the common providers.
  • Driving licence: International unexpired valid driving licence is required.

Ancient India was known as the Golden Sparrow, because of the wealth and prosperity.

Mark Twain summarized as to why India was called a “Golden Sparrow”. He quoted:  “The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions, whose yesterday’s bear date with the antiquities for the rest of nations-the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.”

Rayakottai Fort (Tamil Nadu)

Guide | Hike to Rayakottai Fort (Tamil Nadu)

Rayakottai Hill is in the town in Denkanikottai Taluk and in the district of Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. The hike to the fort on top of the hill makes a great one day hike and an amazing weekend getaway. It is one of the best hikes I have done from Bangalore as there are less …

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Scuba Diving in Neil Island

Scuba diving in Neil Island | Andaman Islands (India)

Can you imagine clear and warm waters, abundant and unique marine life and a great company for diving? Seems like a dream destination for scuba diving or snorkeling correct? This is exactly what scuba diving in Neil Island offers. Nestled in the Bay of Bengal, this island has the perfect condition for an enjoyable diving …

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Divers at Temple Reef | Pondicherry

Scuba diving in Pondicherry (East Coast, India)

India has around 8000 kilometres (5000 miles) of coastal line. It is surrounded by Arabian Sea on the West, Indian Ocean on the South and Bay of Bengal on the East. India also has some spectacular islands (Andamans and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands) off the coast. The oceans surrounding the coastal line and islands …

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Temple in Bhubaneshwar

Travel Guide | Bhubaneshwar (Orissa, India)

Bhubaneshwar, is the capital city of Odisha/Orissa state in India. The city is famous for its architecture and ancient temples. PIN to Save later How to get there? By Plane: There are frequent flights between any capital city and Bhubaneshwar. I took an Indigo flight which was the cheapest. The return trip from Bhubaneshwar to …

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Super girl at Kaurava Kunda

Hike to Kaurava Kunda (Karnataka, India)

Kaurava Kunda is another hill that I had never heard of before. One of my fellow trekkers during the Vattakanal Hike, suggested me to visit this hill for the early morning sunrise. He said that this hill was a better place to see the sunrise than the Skandagiri or Nandi Hills. The reason was that …

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