One of the oldest civilisations in the world, India is a mosaic of multicultural experiences. With a rich heritage and myriad attractions, the country is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It covers an area of 32,87,263 sq. km, extending from the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity.
Fringed by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. As you travel the expanse of the country, you are greeted by diverse nuances of cuisines, faiths, arts, crafts, music, nature, lands, tribes, history and adventure sports. India has a mesmeric conflation of the old and the new. As the bustling old bazaars rub shoulders with swanky shopping malls, and majestic monuments accompany luxurious heritage hotels, the quintessential traveller can get the best of both worlds. Head to the mountains, enjoy a beach retreat or cruise through the golden Thar, India has options galore for all.
Area: 32,87,263 sq. km
Population: 1,364,780,000 inhabitants
Capital City: New Delhi
Currency: Indian Rupee
Time Zone: GMT + 5:30 winter | GMT +6:30 summer
Communication: English is one of the most widely spoken languages in India
Delhi – The Host City:
Delhi is the city that may surprise you at first but will soon engulf you in a string of new experiences, leaving you entwined with its culture and people. Ruled by some of the most powerful emperors in the history of India, Delhi has transformed into a soulful city embracing each culture with open arms.
The capital of world’s largest democracy, Delhi as a city that bridges two contrasting worlds. While Old Delhi is a labyrinth of mysterious narrow lanes, haveli’s and majestic mosques, the imperial city of New Delhi is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. The city has gradually evolved to become a window to India’s unique cultures and ethnicities.
The Eternal city, offers visitors a sumptuous banquet of history and heritage seamlessly in tune with its transformation as one of the world’s fastest growing and largest metropolises today. Monumental architecture here is redolent of the creative genius of successive historical era. Delhi’s kaleidoscopic core is ripe for many more cinematic ventures to be staged here. From the opulent expanse of Old Delhi to urbane skyscrapers, tree lined avenues, undulating flyovers, ancient bazaars, and the wonderful Delhi Metro, our city is the visual spectacle like none other.
Climate in Delhi varies from high of 30° C (86° F) to low of 18° C (65° F) in the end of October
The main form of currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), for currency conversion rates, please click here. Currency can be exchanged from the airport.
The month of October/ November are filled with festivals in India, you may plan your visits to enjoy the festivities in India:
Dussehra, 12th October 2024
Dussehra, also known as ‘Vijayadashami,’ holds a special place in the hearts of Indians as one of the most significant festivals. It signifies the conclusion of the nine-day extravaganza of Navratri and the four or five-day celebration of Durga Puja.
This auspicious day is steeped in mythological significance, as it is believed to mark the triumphant moment when Lord Rama vanquished the demon King Ravana and his malevolent army after a protracted battle between the forces of righteousness and evil. This monumental victory has led to the day being christened as Vijay Dashami, the Day of Victory. Throughout Navratri, Ramleela is organised in many parts of the country and people enjoy the enactment of the play based on Ramayana.
Diwali, 1st November 2024
A festival marked by four days of celebration, Deepawali or Diwali the brightness and most significant festival in Indian cultural.
The most popular tale associated with Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya following is 14 years exile and defeating of demon king Ravana, during this exile, the wicked king Ravana of Lanka abducted Sita, after lots of hurdles and a lengthy quest, Lord Ram finally vanquished Lanka and save Sita. In joyous celebration of this victory and the return of King Rama, the people of Ayodhya rejoiced by illuminating the kingdom with earthen diyas, distributing sweets and by setting off firecrackers, a tradition still followed by myriad people who celebrate the festival.