India is, without a doubt, one of the most popular tourist destinations. Its interesting culture, delicious food, colourful scenery are all luring travellers each year to come and visit this magical country.
However, you should prepare a bit in advance, learn an expression or two, and get familiar with Indian culture before departing.
The national language of India is the Hindi language. There are numerous other languages and local dialects in India, however, people everywhere speak Hindi and everyone can understand it. You can get by with only English, but it can be useful to know a word or two of Hindi. Here is a couple of them:
Hello – Namaste
Thank you – Dhanevaad
Good afternoon – Namaskaar
Goodbye – Alvida
Pronounce words the way they are written. If you don’t know the word in Hindi, just say it in English. Indian people themselves use English words when there are no Indian words for a specific term.
There are many holidays to celebrate in India since there are many religions. But two most interesting for tourists are probably Holi, the festival of colour, and Diwali, the festival of lights.
Every spring, sometime during March, Indian people celebrate Holi. This is a fun festival where people throw colour at each other. It signifies the victory of good spirits against evil ones.
Diwali is, on the other hand, celebrated every autumn. The lights symbolise good spirits and this is one of the happiest holidays in India. Many gifts are given during this 5-day holiday. Also, Shopping night organisation during this holiday is especially interesting for tourists.
It seems that India’s favourite food is chicken. Most famous dishes are definitely chicken tikka masala and tandoori chicken – roasted chicken in yoghurt and spices in a tandoor, traditional clay oven.
Tikka masala is a dish consisted of roasted marinated chicken in a spiced curry sauce. Usually, it’s service includes white rice. It is quite popular in the rest of the world, as well.
To top it all off, do try jalebi. It is a deep-fried dough drizzled with sugar syrup. It’s usually in a pretzel or a circular shape.
Visa is required
Whether you are travelling for tourist or business purposes, chances are you will need an Indian visa.
In case you are travelling with business on your mind, you will also need an invitation letter before applying for your business visa. In addition, your company needs to send a business introduction letter about you and your position at the said company with an explanation for your trip.