India is the country in the world with the second largest population after China. Last year the number stood at 1.3 billion inhabitants. Compared with the Netherlands, that is almost eight times as many inhabitants in a country. The country is located south of Asia and borders six other countries. The most famous cities are Mumbai and the capital New Delhi. The population consists of all kinds of diverse ethnic groups, the most important religions that occur are Hinduism and Islam.
India has a large area and therefore there are various areas to discover in the field of nature. In addition to deserts, there are also jungles and national parks, so plenty of hiking trips in this country. Due to the great nature, there are also various animal species in the country, it is important that Hindus see certain animals as sacred. You’ve probably heard it: the holy cow. This means that the animal may not be killed for the meat and that it may roam freely. After some background information about the country, it is important to know what there is to see in India and it is very important which matters must be arranged and certain legislation that are of great importance to tourists.
Visit to the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is the most famous and touristic place in India. Translated into Dutch this means: palace of the crown. It is a gigantic funerary monument and built as a resting place for the beloved of the ruler of the time. The structure attracts up to eight million visitors a year, so it is definitely a place to visit during a trip to India. Plan your visit well and try to go as early as possible so that you can make the most of your day, the gates open early in the morning. Think of the long lines and tourists who visit the monument daily in mass. Visiting early means enjoying the monument more in peace. Next to the Taj Majal is the Red Fort, another famous structure of India. The fort is one of the most important in Indian history.
Own laws… important!
Of course, each country has its own rules and laws. It is important to remember that it is not allowed to take pictures of the airports, police/army posts and power plants. Even if this happens unintentionally, you can expect the police to approach you and arrest you. Homosexuality is not yet widely accepted in the country. Therefore, be wary when walking around the street, it can lead to a prison sentence. In addition, there are more and more reports of unwanted sexual attention towards women. Are you a woman going to travel to India? Then keep in mind not to walk alone on the street and try to cover your body as much as possible, so don’t walk with shorts and tops. Do you need emergency services in an emergency? Make a note of the following emergency numbers: 100 for the police, 101 for the fire brigade and 102 for an ambulance.
What do you need to arrange?
Before you travel to a country you must have a visa. A visa for India can be easily applied for and is intended for business, tourist or medical trips lasting less than sixty days. It is mandatory to apply for it for all travelers regardless of adult or child. Applying for an online India visa is easy with a digital form. Filling in is done in no time and will be sent to your personal email. It is important to collect all kinds of data, because the Immigration Service in India wants to know quite a few things for every traveler who enters the country.
Prevent an infectious disease
The infectious disease Malaria occurs in the country and this disease is transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. The consequences of this disease can be serious if not treated in time and can even cause death. Read carefully about fighting and preventing this infection.