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India is quite possibly the most incredible place on Earth. Geographically it is exceptionally diverse, from the world’s highest mountain range in the north, to the tropical jungles and beaches in the south. The Sub-Continent is home to over 20% of the world’s population, and is the world’s fastest developing democracy. There’s some detailed information available from the menu above but here’s a few quick facts for you….

 

Capital: Delhi
Currency: INR Indian Rupee.
Time: 

GMT plus 5.5 hours in winter and GMT plus 4.5 hours in summer.
Telephone:



+91 is the international dialling code. There is an extensive mobile network and PCO’s (public call offices) almost everywhere.
Languages:


Over 1,600 (18 officially recognised) with Hindi and English being the most commonly used.
Visas: 




Essential and must be obtained prior to your arrival from a consulate outside India. A six month multiple entry tourist visa is usually issued.
Customs: 1L alcohol, 250g tobacco, 200 cigarettes. Decent wine is a good thing to bring.
Size:  3,287,265 Square Kilometres. The 7th largest country in the world.
Height:   8,598 Metres at the peak of Kanchenjunga the world’s 3rd highest mountain.
Population:

1,029,991,145 (1.029 Bn) and rising rapidly with an estimated 43,000 babies born every day. The world’s 2nd most populous country.
Religion: 82% Hindu, 12% Muslim, 6% others including Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, and Zoroastrian.
Wildlife: 89,450 Species of fauna. 49,219 Species of flora. 486 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 93 National Parks.
Cinema: The world’s largest film industry producing over 800 films per year.
Sports: Cricket, Cricket, Cricket and Hockey, Football, and Tennis.
Electricity: 220-240V, 50Hz AC. Sockets are 2 round pin (old) or 3 round pin (new).
Climate:


For most of the country the monsoon or wet season is between July and September. Summer is between March and June when temperatures soar. So, October to March is the best time to visit most places although at high altitude heavy snow and low temperatures are experienced between November and March.