India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, Indias Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.
When to go:
November to March is the main tourist season, with temperatures heating up either side. The monsoon season occurs between May and August.
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Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and English.
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India has colourful festivals throughout the year.
British passport holders require a visa prior to entering India which can be obtained from the Indian Embassy. Alternatively you can contact the CIBT/VISA service on 0870 8900185 or visit www.uk.cibt.com, please allow one month for processing and passports should be valid for at least six months from your date of return. Before travelling you should ensure that you are up to date with the standard vaccinations such as Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Polio, also recommended are Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Typhoid and anti-Malarial protection. Always consult your GP for up to date vaccination requirements for the country and area you are visiting.
Delhi and Mumbai can be reached on direct services with Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. Carriers operating via the Middle East region include Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. In addition Sri Lankan Airlines features both cities via Colombo. The beach areas of Goa and Cochin can be reached via the main cities on domestic flights or with some of the airlines operating via the Arabian Gulf or Sri Lanka. Goa is served direct by Thomson from both London Gatwick and Manchester.
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