India

Explore One of the world best
tourist attraction.

If there is any region in the world that pummels your senses, in terms of sights, sounds, smells, and sensations, then India takes first prize. Here is a land of unimaginable contrasts, from the tropical fields in the south to the temperate plateaus in the centre, all the way up to the highest mountain range in the world – the Himalayas in the north.

With its sumptuous mix of traditions, spiritual beliefs, festivals, architecture and landscapes,
your memories of India will blaze bright long after you’ve left its shores.

Destination Information

Airline connectivity

  • Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Air India Airways

Must-visit places

  • Taj Mahal
  • New Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai
  • Golden Triangle
  • River Ganges
  • Kerala
  • Kolkata
  • Banglore

Best time to visit

  • October to March (Please note that India, being the 7th largest country in the world, there are vast regional climatic conditions ranging from cold desert in the north, to tropical in the south)..

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Bargaining is a natural part of shopping in India. The important thing to remember is that it is not a battle – it is a friendly negotiation. The vendor will probably quote a price that is quite high and he is expecting you to give a counter-offer that is lower. Then, you can go back and forth and reach a price that works for both of you. The price is always negotiable and if you don’t bargain, you will end up paying over the odds for nearly everything you purchase.
  • Many people try to cram too much into a visit to India and subsequently burn out. To get the best out your trip, concentrate on a few places rather than trying to tick off as many as possible. Seeing one or two places slowly can be much more rewarding than getting round loads of places but not having time to appreciate any of them.
  • For inner (and outer) peace, head south to the backwaters and beaches of Kerala, or north to India’s captivating hill stations or the Tibetan-influenced valleys of the Himalaya in Ladakh, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh.
  • In India you should also dress according to the place and customs. Some tourist spots, like a mosque, temple or other holy places require you to dress modestly by covering your head with a scarf and taking off your shoes before entering.
  • Wheat is the staple food of the people living in Northern India while the rice is the staple food of the Southern Indian people. North Indian Cuisines are heavily influenced by central Asia, especially Mughlai cooking techniques. North Indian food has loads of wheat based breads like roti, chapatti, naan, poori, kachori, paratha and bhatura. Down south, rice is the staple grain. Southern Indian cuisine has innumerable rice based delicacies like dosa, idli, appam, uttapam, puttu (all made from fermented batter with rice in it). Apart from the ubiquitous plain boiled and differently tempered rice dishes like tamarind rice, curd rice and lemon rice.

THE BEST THINGS TO BUY

  • Indian Attire (shawls, saris, kurtahs, scarves etc.)
  • Textiles
  • Jewellery
  • Scented Products
  • Spices

VISA INFORMATION

  • Please visit http://www.ivsvisalanka.com/

For more information

Sri Lankan Mission
New Delhi – 27, Kautilya Marg Chanakyapuri, 110 021, New Delhi, India
TEL – +91-11-23010201 – 3 E-mail – lankacomnd@mea.gov.lk Website – http://www.slhcindia.org/

Chennai– 56, Sterling Road, Nungambakkam, 600 034, Chennai, India
TEL – +91-44-28241896 E-mail – sldehico@md3.vsnl.net.in Website – www.sldhcchennai.org

Mumbai – “Sri Lanka House”, 34, Homi Mody Street, 400 001, Mumbai, India
TEL – +91-22-2045861 E-mail – slcon@mtnl.net.in Website – www.mumbai.mission.gov.lk

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Steeped in history yet overflowing with modern life, colourful, cacophonous
Delhi pulsates with the relentless rhythms of humanity like few other cities on Earth.