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India is a truly huge country of contrasts and vibrancy and is a staple of any intrepid traveller’s bucket list. From the imposing icy peaks of the northern mountains to the arid sun-blasted beaches of Goa and the southern coast, India's culture, striking terrain and way of life really are sights to behold. Ornate temples and modern shopping malls sit alongside amazing natural landscape. Crumbling ruins and battlements look out over plunging ravines whilst those who love the great outdoors can marvel at the hiking trails, wildlife sanctuaries, fragrant forests and beautiful beaches.
When it comes to food, you’re really in for a treat. Here you'll find meals which fry, simmer, sizzle, roast and flip their way to your heart, and of course don’t forget to try some local delicacies like Palak Paneer, Malai Kofta and Kahwa Chai. Indeed, wherever in this fantastic country you and your family choose to visit, you’ll find a veritable feast of various distinct recipes from each region, all with their own traditional cooking methods and presentation styles.
Despite the crowded inner cities and heart-in-your-mouth transport system, the people of India are known for their warmth, kindness and good humour. So whatever you decide to do whilst you’re there, you’re sure to make memories that last a lifetime.
Here are five things you may not have known about India, which you’ll want to make note of before packing your bags:Time Difference: UTC +5.5 hoursCurrency: Indian rupeeNative Language: Hindi (with English widely spoken)Weather: The weather in India varies dramatically. The best time to visit India depends greatly on the destinations and the climate experienced there. Summers are extremely hot and can easily reach 40 degrees C.Sales Tax: 15%
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about flying to India from Australia, including flight times and entry requirements.
Flights from Australia to India generally take around thirteen hours, with direct flights available from Alice Springs and Sydney.
Flights from other cities in Australia, such as Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin will have to take indirect routes, which will take a little longer.
Australian nationals require a valid visa for entry into India, either as a tourist or in transit or in any other capacity. Registration is required within 14 days of arrival in India for visas valid for more than 180 days. You will also need a valid passport.
The following airlines offer direct flights from Australia to India:
- Air India
If you’ve never visited India before and are wondering what the ‘must-see’ sights and attractions are, here are our top ten:
- Taj Mahal
- Gateway of India
- Qutub Minar
- River Ganges
- Khajuraho Temples
- Gurudongmar Lake
- Kandariya Mahadev Temple
- Chennakesava Temple
- Vaishno Devi Mandir
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