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India

Caution: India may steal your heart! Subtle or head-over-heels, this fascinating country does not serve you one kind, but a multitude of experiences. The colourful mishmash of influences, the immense buzzing crowds of Delhi, the historical treasures of Jaipur and Agra and the ever-present smiles and head shakes of its local population are bound to stun you. India inspires, frustrates and charms… India creeps under your skin. Taste the spicy cuisine, indulge in its hospitality and stand in awe in front of the Taj Mahal. Honestly, there are as many impressions of this country as travellers who travel there but one thing stands out: India is said to have changed them. No wonder, probably nowhere else in the world can you experience diversity as you do on this sub-continent.

The contrast between tradition and modernity is fascinating. You visit dreamlike places such as old castles and desert palaces, enjoy the radiant shades of Rajasthan and the bright colours and taste of Kerala's herbs, listen captivated by the story of the Taj Mahal and alternate regions where time seems to have stood still with lively cities, some complete with glitzy skyscrapers and shopping centres.

Have you lost the north? Our destination experts will gladly put you back on track and work out a travel itinerary, hotel stays and exciting excursions that will maximize your experience of this incredibly fascinating country.

Hotels & Meals

Indian cuisine uses lots of rice, cereals, spices and fresh herbs which are ground to garam masala's (aromatic mixtures). Here are a few famous trays:

  • Biryani : An aromatic rice dish cooked with several spices, notably saffron, and a protein (typically chicken or mutton) that's been marinated.

  • Dosa: A crispy, flat bread (similar to a crepe or pancake) made of rice batter, served with a lentil sauce (sambar) and a variety of chutneys.

  • Gaajar Halwa: An extremely popular dessert, made by cooking grated carrot with milk, sugar, and dried fruits.

  • Idli: A heavy South Indian breakfast food. A fermented batter of ground rice and lentils, steamed in little circular moulds.

  • Kati roll:  A traditional street food popular across India (and abroad). A wrap of kebabs, eggs, vegetables, and spices rolled into paratha (a type of flat bread).

  • Momos: A variation on the traditional dimsum, native to the North Eastern states that border Nepal (where the dish originated), eaten with a fiery red chutney. A quick mid-evening snack.

  • Nethili varuval: Anchovies dipped in a paste of turmeric and red chilies and fried, native to the South Indian region Chettinad. A crispy, spicy appetizer.

  • Pani Puri: A small crisp hollow round bread filled with spiced water, tamarind paste, potato, onion, and chickpeas. Perfect when you are craving 1000 flavours at once.

  • Rogan Josh: A lamb curry of Persian origin, now popular in the Kashmir area. In India, rogan josh is often made using goat meat instead of lamb.

  • Rumali roti: The word "rumal" is Hindi for handkerchief, and this bread resembles one; it is large, as thin as cloth, and served folded like a napkin.

  • Samoosas: A fried or baked triangular snackfood made of a potato stuffing, usually also containing onions and peas, served with a mint chutney.

  • Tandoori Chicken: Chicken marinated for hours in a paste of yogurt and spices, and then roasted (traditionally) in a clay oven called a tandoor.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes.  We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our  Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you. 

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages,  valid for at least 6 months at the date of arrival. You can request your visa for India via http://in.vfsglobal.be/.  Please note that if you are travelling to Nepal as well, you will need a double entry visum to India. The visum for Nepal can be obtained at the borderpost and costs 25 USD, or the equivalent in euro. Do not forget to take 2 ID photos along. Please check for the latest updates on travel advice and documents on http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en

  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously reported this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to http://www.itg.be

 

Time Zones

Delhi: + 4h30 (winter), + 3h30 (summer)

Kathmandu +4h30 (winter), +3h30 (summer)

Currency

Currency

Indian Roepie; 100 INR = 1,38 EUR  & 1 EUR = 72.22 INR (01/05/2017)
Nepalese Roepie; 100 NPR= 0.87EUR  & 1 EUR = 115.28 NPR (01/05/2017)

Payment Methods

Cash euros can be exchanged at most places. Credit cards are widely accepted as form of payment.

Tipping

Tipping is important and customary in India and Nepal as it forms an integral part of the wages. Foresee 2 EUR /pers/day for your guide and driver and adapt according to courtesy.

Climate

North-India and Nepal is a year-round destination. From June until September the weather is wet and humid with thundershowers concentrating in the south. Nepal is much cooler due to its altitude and in ladakh you may even expect wintery temperatures.

Average Temperatures (in °C):
 
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Delhi 20 22 28 35 38 38 33 32 33 32 27 21
Chennai 27 30 32 34 36 36 33 33 32 31 28 27
Leh -1 0 6 12 17 21 24 24 21 14 8 1
Katmandou 15 17 21 25 26 26 26 26 25 23 20 16

 

Highlights

  • Agra - India

In Agra you will find the most famous building of India, the Taj Mahal. A building that has been lyrical described as the tear on the jaw of eternity or the personification of purity just has to be part of your travel bucket list items right? The Taj Mahal - with all its grandeur - attracts many admirers every year who all fall in love with the most romantic building in the world. The Taj Mahal undoubtedly deserves the beautiful 14th spot in the Ultimate Top 100.

  • Delhi - India
  • This city dates back to 1920 and was designed by the British. You will find wide avenues, impressive buildings, parks and gardens.

  • Jaipur - India

Jaipur is known as the pink city. All facades were painted pink in 1856 as a welcome to Prince Albert. You will also find a 16th-century fort and palace. At the City Palace you will explore a city in a city.

  • Jaisalmer - India

Deshnoke's temple of rats proudly towers over the city. These holy rats are called kabbas, and many people travel great distances to pay their respects. From the yellow sandstone fort views are endless. At dusk the walls color gold. Fort Sonarharh is another must see. Watch the sun set from the sand dunes. a stunning memory.

  • Jodhpur - India

Mehrangarh Fort is impressive with ingenious lace-like decorated red limestone. Jaswant Thada is a huge white marble headstone commemorating the courage and generosity of the 19th century rulers.

  • Kathmandu - Nepal

Kathmandu and the ancient villages in the surrounding valley are related to Indian culture and yet different. The ancient temples and photogenic squares are well worth a visit.

  • Kochi - India

This port city, nicknamed 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', is a mix of different influences. Main attraction here is the Mattanchery Palace. Make sure you visit the Indian churches, the 500 year old Portuguese homes and the 16th-century synagogue ...!

  • Lakdakh - India

This remote part of India did not open to tourism until 1974. Lakdakh is especially popular with backpackers and is often described as small Tibet or even the last Shangri-La.

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