Beat the Scorching Heat by visiting these top 10 hill stations in Northeast India

The unexplored North East is one of the best holiday destinations in India. The Himalayas presides the region, blessing the area with a number of scenic hill stations. Idyllic for holiday, honeymoon and adventure, the hill stations in North East offer a memorable holiday.

From incredible trekking experiences to breathtaking scenic views, things to do in North East India include exploring caves, waterfalls, trekking trails, snow, valley of flowers, quaint villages, serene monasteries, vibrant cultures, heritage and cities. So hurry up! Take a break and visit these top 10 hill stations of North East India.

  1. Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok means hilltop in the local dialect. The capital of Sikkim is a matchless choice for honeymoon in the North East. The sky-kissing Mt. Kanchendzonga, smiling monks’ spinning wheels, Buddhist monasteries with fluttering prayer flags and more than 500 species of orchids gives you reason to plan your holiday in Gangtok. Try out nightlife, shopping, adventure sports, etc. A day trip from Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake and Nathu La Pass are some places to not miss.

Attractions: Raj Bhavan, Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok.

  1. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Jaw-dropping beauty, view of Mt. Kanchendzonga, finest tea, exciting trekking, ride of toy train and bliss, welcome to Darjeeling, one of the top tourist hill stations of North East. It’s not wrong to say it is one of the best honeymoon destination in India. Wake up early to witness one of the majestic sunrise from Tiger Hill. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site offers an unforgettable ride through the mountains.

Attractions: Peace Pagoda, Padmaja Naidu himalayan national park, Mirik, Tea Estate.

  1. Shillong, Meghalaya

The ‘Scotland of the East’ Shillong in Meghalaya truly is blessed by nature. One of the best hill stations in India, a tour to Shillong allows you to visit pine forests, scenic valleys, lush green mountains, meadows, waterfalls and also amicable people. Nohkalikai Falls, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Air Force Museum, Elephant Falls, Umiam Lake, Shillong View Point, Lady Hydari Park, Bishop’s Falls, are some of the places to definitely not miss out on. If you plan your holiday in shillong, this is one place which you should visit!

Attractions: Don Bosco Centre on Indigenous Cultures, Bishop &Beadon Falls, Butterfly Museum, Lady Hydari Park.

  1. Lachung, Sikkim

Lachung in Sikkim is a popular hill town in the North Eats. It is favored as an offbeat honeymoon experience. Situated across the bank of Lachung River, this tourist spot is known for its apples, apricots and peaches. Enjoy the beauty of spectacular waterfalls, hot-water springs, lofty mountains, apple orchards, sparkling rivers and a burst of colors at the Rhododendron Sanctuary. Don’t forget to visit Yumthang Valley which is a Zero point where the road ends.

  1. Pelling, Sikkim

Nestled at the foothills of the Mt Khangchendzonga, Pelling is a famous hill town in Sikkim. Blessed with panoramic views of the Himalayas and Kanchenjunga, it’s loved by adventure lovers, especially trekkers for experiencing vigorous and strenuous treks. The untouched natural beauty of alpine vegetation and sparkling waterfalls like Chhange and Kanchenjunga add to its charm. Buddhist pilgrims head to holy Khecheopalri Lake and the numerous monasteries.

Attractions: Pemayangtse Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Tashiding Monastery.

  1. Aizawl, Mizoram

Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, ‘the land of Mizos’ is a beautiful town in the North East. Pay a visit to the Mizoram State Museum. Get busy in exploring the rich tribal culture or go for shopping to buy some amazing handicrafts. Surrounded by the Turial river valley in the East and the Tlawng River Valley in the West, this ‘No honking’ city is engulfed in natural beauty. Do check out the awesome vista of Aizawl City from Durtlang Hills.

Attraction: Mizoram State Museum, K.V.Paradise, Solomon’s Temple

  1. Mirik, West Bengal

Mirik is a small town in West Bengal. Delight in boating at the Sumendu Lake. This ‘Bangla beauty’ allures avid travelers and newly wedded couples. Charming visitors with their quaint charms, escape the tourist crowds for a pleasant getaway. Tea plantations act like a protecting shield of greens around the town. Bokar Monastery and Devi Sthan are the immaculate places of worship here. Sunrise Point and Tingling View Point attracts nature lovers.

Attractions: Sumendu Lake, Mirik Church, Sunrise Point, Tingling View Point.

  1. Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji is known for being one of the rainiest places on Earth. This city in Meghalaya is one of the top tourist attractions of Northeast India. The town is dotted with spectacular living root bridges. Formerly known as Sohra, it was once the wettest place on the Earth and is still blessed with unmatched greenery. One can also get involved in camping and rock climbing during his visit to Cherrapunji. River Canyoning from Nongthymmai to Mynteng Steel Rope Bridge is also a great option to try.

Attractions: Living Root Bridges, Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Eco Park, Arwah Cave.

  1. Tawang, Arunachala Pradesh

Nature’s extravagance is granted to few parts of the world and Tawang is one such place. This hill town in Arunachala Pradesh embraces you with its matchless beauty. The beautiful hill station in North East gets covered with snow during December-January which makes it even more attractive. Tawang Monastery is the iconic landmark here. The snow covered Sela Pass and Jang waterfalls attract numerous tourists.

Attractions: Jang falls, Tawang War Memorial, Jaswant Garh, Tawang Monastery.

  1. Kalimpong, West Bengal

One of the most favored hill station of Northeast India, Kalimpong is a must visit place in the area. Known for Kalibong plant (fiber plant used for making paper), it attracts visitors seeking spectacular views of Kanchenjunga. Get a glimpse of British Raj as this place was once their stronghold. A fusion of Nepalese, Indian, British, Lepchas, Sikkimese and Tibetan culture is evident here. The Durpin Dara Hills on the South and the Delo Hills on the north are the top attractions. While on holiday in Kalimpong, don’t forget to buy ginger, turmeric and cardamom.

Going for a honeymoon or on an adventurous holiday, these hill stations of Northeast India should be definitely considered.

You can also check out 51 things to do in Northeast India

Author Bio

Akansha Negi frequently writes at India Travel Blog by Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd. She shares her passion of travel and love for various Indian destinations. While plan your vacation in India, browse through her write-ups.

Never heard of bowhunting? Read this article!

Hunters can largely be split up into two categories; those who use a bow and those who use a gun. Sometimes, it’s easier to learn how to use a gun than a bow, and that’s because it takes hours and hours of practice to master the latter.

Besides, the hunting equipment that one needs, in this case, doesn’t end with just the bow. Hunters also need arrows, broadheads, and an archery bag target, especially when starting out.

Therefore, someone looking into taking up bowhunting needs to be aware of the fact that it isn’t one of the cheapest sports ever to have been invented. Sure, it does have its perks, and it does allow you to spend more time in nature and get connected with your roots. It might even put food on the table if your skills are getting better and better.

Modern archery equipment can cost a few bucks, and if you have no one that can give you some advice as to which type you need depending on the hunting conditions and your target game, we suggest starting at your local pro shop. Just have a talk with a seller or consultant, and you’ll find out more than you’ll expect.

Something else that we have to add is that you need to blend in the environment as good as possible. What this means is that you should forego hunting jackets that come in pink. Many manufacturers seem to think that the hunting clothes they produce and market for women have to be girly.

That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Lacking stealth is one of the greatest sins because the whole point of hunting in the first place, be it with a gun or a bow, is to remain hidden from the game. Otherwise, the animal will catch sight of you and will likely become scared and run away before you even get the chance to pull the trigger.

To maximize your bowhunting success, we recommend practicing in your backyard for several months. It’s rather easy to set up a whole ensemble for this purpose, but just make sure that it is not located in an area where it could endanger the safety of your neighbors or people passing through the neighborhood.

Once you’ve completed your two to three months of backyard archery training, it would be a good idea to do the same in the environment where you’ll be doing your hunting. What this means is that you need to suit up and get all your gear and then go to the woods or wherever you intend to hunt and start exploring the area. You can use a deer target for practice. What’s more, it really does pay off to do a bit of scouting beforehand as you will be able to learn the area like the back of your hand by the time the season’s open and you’re all excited to get your first prize.

A nice gift I bought from my last trip in South Korea

There’s a myriad of places you can visit in South Korea, but one of the most popular destinations by far is the busy capital city of Seoul. I recently had the chance to visit it, and although did not have a lot of time to go sightseeing, I did take a trip to several shops to make sure that I got at least several souvenirs for friends and family.

Upon stepping inside such a shop, I quickly found out that Korean souvenirs are like no other. Many Americans and Europeans who have no Asian friends might have little to no knowledge when it comes to the cultural differences between one Asian country and the next. The fact of the matter is that Koreans definitely stand out from the crowd, and that’s because they have unique customs.

Although it is hardly characteristic to Korea, the first thing, I purchased when I got there was a brand new chinchilla wheel. Don’t get me wrong — it was hardly my intention to go scouring pet shops. However, I had my daughter in mind when I decided to get something nice for her pet, which seems to be her whole world right now. My wife and I decided on a chinchilla because it was considerably more low-maintenance compared to a dog and, as long as our daughter cares for it properly, it can live a long and happy life.

Getting back to what you can get for friends and family while you’re visiting South Korea, I would say that one of the most common things you might come across in many shops is dried seaweed. Everywhere I went, people kept adding it to soups or eating it as a snack. Something I wasn’t aware of, until my trip, was that seaweed is jam-packed with vitamin K, calcium, iodine, iron, and copper. It’s also low in fat and calories, which is definitely a plus. So, I made sure I bought a bunch of them even though I heard they were also available in the United States.

Bowls and cutleries are also rather popular if you want to make sure that your souvenir will make an impression. Something that I particularly enjoyed was sifting through the many options available in tea shops. I was in awe with the plethora of cups and kettles I stumbled upon. These people sure take their tea seriously.

Yet another gift that I didn’t fail to be impressed with was Hanji. What this term actually refers to is handmade paper. Some of the designs I saw were downright breathtaking, and upon having a talk with a seller, I found out that this type of paper is sometimes crafted from natural materials such as barks of the mulberry tree. Nowadays, artificial alternatives are more common, but they are still largely utilized to create stationary, hanging lamps, paper dolls, and a variety of other decorative and functional items.

It would be a shame not to eat pasta while in Rome, so I had to try out kimchi. Available in a broad array of varieties, this snack or side dish is a uniquely fermented type of cabbage that contains a plethora of natural probiotics, which is why it is particularly healthy. Koreans eat enormous amounts of kimchi per year, and it has recently become rather popular in the Western world, as well, and that’s mostly due to its nutritional value.

 

Should You Bring Your Dog When You Travel?

There are many advantages to owning a dog, like improved happiness and health. But many people see dogs as an obvious impediment to travel plans. Dog owners stay home more often, and may feel like travel is out of reach. Other pets can be easier to leave behind.

The truth is, there are extra costs involved, whether you bring your pup along or hire a pet-sitter. That’s one of the reasons many people put off pet ownership until they’re financially stable and settled. However, you shouldn’t feel limited just because you own a dog. Travel can be good for both of you, even if it involves time apart.

Traveling With a Pet

You may have heard horror stories of airlines mishandling dogs in cargo bays. Because airlines tend to treat pets more like luggage than living creatures, cargo holds can indeed be dangerous. They may be too hot or too cold, and airlines don’t always take appropriate precautions to ensure your pet’s safety. And airline insurance compensation for injury or death of a pet is deeply inadequate.

So if you’re considering taking your pet along on a flight, do your research. Find out what size and breed restrictions are placed on dogs traveling in the cabin, and how the airline handles pets in cargo holds. If you’re traveling in extreme temperatures, remember that dogs may also be held on the tarmac for extended periods and can face danger there.

In the US, anyone with a mental or physical disability can bring a service animal or emotional support animal into the flight cabin (per the Amended Air Carrier Access Act), so you should know your rights and ask for an exception if you have a disability. You may need a medical letter of recommendation for verification.

Better yet, hit the road. Dogs love car trips, and even a long stretch can be covered by land (or sea–some boats, like ferries, frequently permit leashed dogs). If you’re hiking, backpacking, or planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, your dog will be thrilled to come along.

Pet travel guides can help you find affordable pet-friendly accommodation, activities, restaurants, and more. You can also hire a pet-sitter to provide doggy daycare at your destination, if you have obligations where your pup won’t be permitted to tag along.

Finding a Caregiver

Many dog owners prefer not to leave their pets in kennels, which can be crowded and offer little one-on-one stimulation. Plus, kennels often turn away certain breeds, or temperamental dogs–and can be terrifying for dogs with separation anxiety. What other options are you left with?

Every dog owner should have one or more trusted caregivers they can call for help. Even if you don’t travel often, it’s best to have a plan in place with someone who knows your dog and your home. You can find vetted, experienced pet-sitters through Rover.com, which also insures the stay and processes payments.

Be aware of any unique needs your dog has, and look for sitters who are experienced, adaptable, and friendly. When you do your Meet & Greet, observe them carefully with your pet. Does your dog seem comfortable? Can they handle your puppy’s high-energy antics, or nourish your older dog’s mellow spirit? Your sitter should be able to communicate clearly with you and with your dog.

Staying with a pet-sitter can often feel like a mini-vacation, and if you find the right fit, your pup will soon have a home-away-from-home.

Whether you bring your dog on your next trip or find an amazing Rover sitter, consider changing it up next time. Who says your dog won’t enjoy a road trip to your family reunion? And if you’ve always been inseparable from your canine companion, why not look for a caregiver for your next short trip instead? Travel can give you both a wonderful change of pace. And whatever you choose this time around, you can always experiment in the future.

Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

Keeping your travel options open

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I appreciate most about the world today, is the vast array of options that we have, thanks to the internet. Gone are the days of having one family holiday a year. Our grandparents used to book their family holiday in January, and travel in August. Two weeks in Benidorm were the sum total of their travel options for a whole year.

Keeping your travel options open
Keeping your travel options open

Once the choice was made, that was it! Off they went, to the sunny Spanish coast, and they never imagined a day when people could have five, six or more holidays a year. Fortunately, things have moved on since then, and it’s a great advantage to have short and long breaks available all year round.

What about a different starting point?

A great tip is to start from different airport in your own country. You can check out all the possible destinations available, and that might spark some new ideas. You don’t have to move from your desk to do that. There’s a good selection at eDreams and you can play around with different connecting flights to reach pretty much any destination in the world. I bet you will find some fabulous destinations that you haven’t considered before. Just by researching these practical details, you can stumble across some dream locations that are well worth trying out.

Design your own itinerary

For some people, package holidays are ideal. You don’t have to do any planning, and there will be a holiday rep who can take care of all your questions. That’s not the way I like to travel, though. I like to experiment with different modes of transport and choose my own accommodation. It takes a little bit more work in advance, but I know that everything will be chosen with my own personal taste in mind. Usually, I will have a day or two in a restful location, ideally with beach and pool. This will be followed by something active, like rafting or pony trekking. After that, I will choose a final destination that is luxury itself, and I will return home fit, healthy and relaxed.

Holidays where and when you want them

I have never understood why people go back to the same place every year. One of the biggest pleasures of travel today is discovering something new. We all love to go where no blogger has gone before, pushing back the frontiers of travel writing, and coming back to write all about it. I remember going to the coast of Brittany, and looking out to sea, thinking all the while about the huge Atlantic Ocean and the distance from there to America. We are duped into thinking that the world has become smaller, simply because our media give us a window into every corner of the world. It is only when you visit these places of your dreams that you realise just how huge and amazing the world really is.

Choices, choices

It should be quite obvious by now that one of the great delights in life can be weighing up your potential options. Planning future adventures can be almost as much fun as going on the trips themselves! In fact, sometimes you can discover incredible bargains or interesting new ideas when you are busily researching your next trip. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can dream, plan and book, all from the comfort of your own sofa. Speaking of which, it’s time for a coffee and some travel blog surfing. So where shall we head for next …?

Travel round India worries free

Traveling thru any country can be mind-blasting experience, especially if you got time and money, and I mean a lot of money, particularly if you want to see India, or at least parts of India, because it is a huge country. When I say huge, I mean the 7-th largest country in the world and a country with a history dating 30,000 years in the past. Normally, the best way to travel round India would be by car or using ground public transport, that being if you have a lot of time, at least a year. As we all don’t have that much time, maybe the best option is to plan a trip to few cities, and use air transport, saving time, and surprisingly money. The option to travel by air we researched was by spicejet flight booking.

If you are traveling on budget, and expecting a comfortable and fast boarding and an array of destinations, this is a nice choice. When booking use the usual tactics, choose your departure city, choose your destination, find the best price, and voilà.

You can check in online, 48 hours prior to boarding, print it and you’re set to go. Don’t worry; you don’t have to think of snacks and sandwiches during your flight, you can pre-order a hot meal, from a variety of menus, vegan, vegetarian or regular. Baggage policy is same as everywhere, free carry-on bag, and a checked baggage up to 20 kg, for a nominal fee of course. And you don’t have to bother waiting in front of the gate, there are lounges on all the main airports. What differs from many other companies is the free privilege to choose your seat when using the “SpiceFlex” class, and with it you can make free changes to your booking as well. Other fine options are also complementary water, sale of alcoholic beverages, and many other options to make your flight as pleasant as one can be. Still, bear in mind that it is a low-budget company, so leg room is approximately as the price you will pay, so if you are as tall as I am, better choose a large space seat, pay it, it’s worth it.

Now you are set to go, you got the means, and now you need to see WHERE TO GO! This question has no simple answer; as a matter of fact it has tons of answers. Think of India as a small planet, with all the seasons happening at once on different locations, and it is impossible to see all of India in one trip, even if you spend a year trying, believe it, impossible. So, here are few trip hints to make you decide easier:

Classic – Try the most popular India tour called the Golden Triangle, featuring a visit to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, visiting Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort in Delhi, then heading to Agra and visiting the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, and finish with Jaipur and the Pink City and the fort at Amber.

Beaches – the south of India has many of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and if this is what you are after, you won’t be sorry. Of course you have to visit Goa beach, than the Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty beach where you’ll try bhelpuri (puffed rice, noodles, green mango and a tangy sauce), than the black sand beaches of Kovalam and Varkala in Kerala. Normally you would want to miss the beautiful Dal Lake in Srinagar in Kashmir, rent a water cabin and enjoy the wonderful mountains hiding in the morning mist.

Spiritual – if you are on a spiritual journey, or you just like visiting temples, in India you find plenty, there is a temple almost everywhere, in every town, village or habitat. But, the most glorious temples are settled in north and central India. Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the edifices of Khajuraho, the Sun Temple in Konark, then go south and visit the gopuram towers covered with statues, and the uniquely decorated temple caves at Ajanta and Ellora. With this few suggestions bear in mind that we have only scratched the surface, the choices are many, much many more!

– Hinging and trekking – not much need to be said when it comes to this subject, after all, we are taking of the mother country of the Himalayas. If you are up to this, then visiting some hiking club would be a better idea, because you can choose from high mountain tops, to water rafting, skiing and many more. The destinations range from the Kullu Valley to the high reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Uttar hand. Do this ideally in September or October, after the monsoon.

– Wildlife enthusiasts – again, a horde of choices, just find what you want to see most. There are national reserves all over India, wild elephants in Wayanad and Kerala, tigers in Madhya Pradesh, lions in Sasan Gir and rhinos in Assam. Still just scratching the surface, the option to travel and see wildlife is huge!

Just find your trigger, book in time, have nice flight, and enjoy India!

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3 Things You Shouldn’t Forget When Going Fishing With Your Husband

Whether you’re into angling as well, or you’re just looking forward to your next fishing trip with your special someone, the fact is that you can’t leave home without putting together a list of things you should take with you. Let’s forget about the actual gear and tackle that anglers use regularly and that they make sure to pack whenever a fishing opportunity arises.

 

To make the most of your angling adventure, we’ve put together a list of three things you should never leave behind.

  • Safety-related items

If you intend to go boat fishing, you need to make sure that you have two things with you. One of them is a first-aid kit and the other is a marine fire extinguisher. Most people will be surprised, but the incidence of fires on boats is rather high, which is ironic in a way given that boats are surrounded by so much water. Nonetheless, fire extinguishers for marine use have special substances in them that can put out a fire way faster than water ever could.

As for first-aid kits, their presence on the boat is self-explanatory. Even when fly fishing, you need to ensure that you and your hubby’s skin is protected at all times, which is why we recommend keeping some sunscreen at hand. If you’re going fishing with the kids, make sure to bring along personal floatation devices or life vests for them.

  • Proper clothing

While some rookies might argue that there’s little to no point in investing in quality fishing clothes, this issue is still debatable. Sure, some things like fishing t-shirts might make little to no sense as they do not come with a good deal of pockets to store your gear in. However, a fishing vest or jacket can mean the world to an angler who wants to know that all the tackle is easily reachable.

If you want to stay close to your partner and assist him or her in their fishing endeavors, perhaps you need a pair of nice-looking fishing waders for women. These can be waist or chest-high, made from neoprene or rubber, and might come with integrated boots or not. Some fishers tend to think that those models made specifically for women have to be pink or brightly colored, but we’ve seen that the design matters less when it comes to getting a functional wader.

Hats and sunglasses are great, as well, especially if you’re going to spend a whole day under the sun.

  • Food and water

If you plan to spend a whole day on the water, it stands to reason that you should be properly hydrated and have enough nourishment with you. The least you could bring along is some beef jerky, chopped carrots, sunflower seeds, sandwiches, chips, or just some light snacks that can withstand the heat. In a worst case scenario, if you’re left with no water, we recommend getting a filter like LifeStraw, which is basically a portable bottle that can filter water from any potable source. Stream and river fishers are going to love this product, without a doubt.

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What To Do When You Are In Japan

Taking a trip to Japan was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and it truly is a land filled with history, culture and everything that you could possibly want from a country. I love the culture especially and wanted to talk about a few of the things that you need to do whilst you are there.

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Japan

I hope you enjoy reading about it and I hope that you will love Japan as much as I do.

Eat sushi

Everyone knows and loves sushi, but the thing is that it isn’t something you can truly appreciate until you have actually been to Japan. The Japanese pride themselves on the finest fish and the most meticulous preparation to make sushi great. You will never try sushi as good as you can in Japan, so you absolutely need to eat as much sashimi, nori rolls and nigiri as possible.

Visit mount Fuji

Mount Fuji definitely is one of the most iconic sights of Japan that you could think of. It is a beautiful place and definitely something that you should see, even better is climbing the mountain and it may sound like a challenge at 3776 metres high, but it is relatively tame in comparison to other high mountains, especially due to the lack of actual climbing (with your hands and feet) and the good paths that exist on the mountain. The view from the top is amazing and is something that you truly will now forget. The mountain itself is seen to be rather holy in Japan and has been the site for pilgrimages for hundreds of years.

Visit the beautiful Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the most beautiful places that you could imagine, especially with the huge number of temples that you can visit there. If you have ever considered Japan road trips, Kyoto would likely be on the best places to put on your list. You could endlessly explore the area and go from temple to temple. Zen Buddhism is also very fascinating and you can naturally learn a lot about it in Kyoto.

Enjoy the atmosphere of karaoke

Karaoke is a fun pastime that we have all tried at one point or another, but wouldn’t it be great to try it in the place where is was invented? The Japanese truly love to sing and they are fanatics about karaoke. They love to have themed rooms that are so well designed and thought out that only the Japanese could have built them!

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Okinawa

Japan is an otherworldly kind of place and Okinawa is the most curious and interesting part of Japan in my mind. It really does not look or feel like anywhere else in Japan, especially due to its hot and tropical climate and stunning beaches. It is only when you hear the people speaking Japanese that you will realise that you are still in Japan. This is an amazing destination for diving and swimming and is a great way to catch some sunshine whilst in Japan.

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Applying for an Indian Visa? Things you should know!

The charming and delightful India!  

India is a beautiful and fascinating country full of history and ethnic diversity. It is famous for its centuries-old temples, the remarkable Taj Mahal, and contemporary skyscrapers. Its geographical features consist of breathtaking hill resorts, majestic Himalayan mountains, frozen glaciers, fertile valleys and beautiful beaches. It has a rich history and a large number of historical sites dating back to the Mughal empire. The British rule also left an everlasting imprint on this great country. India’s fascinating cultural heritage and popular hill resorts make it one of the most popular tourist destinations. Apart from tourism, a large number of people visit India for numerous other reasons such as education, religious pilgrimage, business, and much more. Anyone who wishes to visit India is required to first apply and secure a valid Indian visa and have a valid passport of the country they belong to.

Requirements for Indian Visa

Generally, there are four main requirements for a valid Indian visa. You will need to complete the necessary documentation which includes a completed and signed application form, passport number, visa fee, and a recent photograph and submit the documents on time.

There are different types of visas and the applicant’s nature of the visit and the number of days the applicant will stay in India will determine the type of visa he or she requires. For example, a tourist visa can be valid for 6 months to 10 years, depending on the requirements of different visa applications. Student and business visas are both valid for a minimum of 1 year.

Steps for applying for an Indian visa

The first step when applying for an Indian visa application is to fill out the form. This form can be obtained from the Indian Consulate or the Indian Embassy. This form can also be obtained online but online applications can take more than 1 day to process. Indian visas are issued by the Visa and the Consular Passport Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to tourists from different countries. Two passport size photos are also required. These photos should be colored, the applicant must be facing front and should have the photograph taken without wearing any glasses. The applicant must also complete other standard requirements, if any, and attach all the documents with the application.

You should also have a valid and current passport before applying for an Indian visa. The passport should have at least two or more blank pages where the visa can be stamped. A copy of your birth certificate should also be submitted with the application. This acts as confirmation of your nationality, date of birth and your parent’s name. In addition, a photocopy of your driver’s license, state identification card, or a current utility bill (water, electricity, gas, sewage). Visitors to India can get their visa extended for a further three months. For this purpose, you will need to visit a Foreigner’s Registration Office which can be easily located in all the major cities in India such as Calcutta, New Delhi, Chennai or Mumbai.

Feel Great Experience Vacation with Royal Caribbean Baltimore Cruising Program

The Royal Caribbean Baltimore offers cruise trip to the great Port Discovery, National Aquarium or Baltimore Zoo in the city, and the baseball adventure Inner Harbor.

royal Caribbean Baltimore If it is your first experience, having a journey on a cruise ship is indeed a popular option to spend the holiday time. People can enjoy their time at the sea and visit the most popular cities and destinations around the world. In this case, the royal Caribbean Baltimore is an option where people will be brought to the famous city of Baltimore in Maryland. The city has a lot of attractive things to explore.

There are many things to see and to do for those who join the royal Caribbean Baltimore. The city offers everyone in the family some attractive places to visit. The kids can enjoy their time in Port Discovery. They can also check out the amazing collection in National Aquarium in the city, or visit the Baltimore Zoo that has more than 2000 animals.
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