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2011 Destinations: Indian Visa Requirements to Visit Hyderabad

January 28th, 2011
Hyderabad, India is the country's 6th largest city. Also known as the "City of Pearls," it is a hub of the India's film and IT industries. Doesn't sound like the best spot for a vacation, does it? Actually, while Hyderabad is big and busy, it's also packed with gorgeous historical and architectural treasures. Plus, you can stay in a real palace! The New York Times named the city as one of its "41 Places to Go in 2011," saying "The latest buzz is the debut of two five-star hotels...The first, Park Hyderabad, is a futuristic structure designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, with an aluminum and glass facade inspired by the settings and metalwork found in the Nizams’ jewelry collection. The new Taj Falaknuma Palace, on the other hand, is a window into the past. It’s a wedding c


Indian Visa Requirements for the Birdwatching Adventure of a Lifetime

January 18th, 2011
India may not be the first destination you think of when you think of birdwatching, but on a recent trip, New York Times writer Somini Sengupta discovered that it's actually a birder's paradise. She writes: "From the cold lakes of the Himalayas to the sand dunes of western Rajasthan to the tropical rain forests in the south, India hosts a dizzying variety of birds, like a dizzying variety of everything else. Residents and visitors, common and rare, more than 1,200 species have been recorded in India, which puts it somewhere between the United States (just under 900 recorded species) and Colombia (more than 1,800 species)." In India, it's possible to see a variety of different species of birds even in the cities. Go out into the countryside or to a large lake or river, and things get ev


Indian Visa Requirements to Stay on a Coffee Plantation

January 1st, 2011
Watch out, Italy and Jamaica - the Indian district of Coorg is attempting to become the next must-visit destination for coffee lovers! The New York Times reports that plantations in India's top coffee-growing region have been adding bed-and-breakfast-type lodging for guests to help offset the uncertainty of the coffee market. In addition to drinking freshly roasted coffee from the plantations, tourists can also hike, climb nearby Mount Tadiandamol and visit the Nalaknad Palace. However, for coffee enthusiasts, the chief draw remains getting as close as possible to your favorite beverage. Some of the most respected brands of coffee in the world source their beans from this region, including Italy's Illy. To enter India, US citizens need both a valid passport and an Indian visa. You wi


Indian Visa Requirements to Visit the Elephanta Caves

November 20th, 2010
About an hour off the coast of the city of Mumbai, a small island in the sea if Oman is home to a series of stunning temple-caves. Nobody is quite sure who carved the Elephanta Caves of Elephanta Island, other than the fact that they worshiped the Hindu god Shiva. In fact, according to Wikipedia the local legend is that the caves "are not man-made," but rather were carved by heroes from Hindu epics or perhaps by a powerful demon who was devoted to Shiva. More down-to-earth theories credit the kingdom of the Konkan Mauryas or the Kalacuris. Whoever built them, the caves themselves are amazing. Surrounded by lush, tropical foliage, the caves form a cool, dark, retreat. Inside, intricate carvings and statues loom in the shadows. Unfortunately, many of them were damaged when the Portugue


Get an Indian Visa and Save Big on a Tour With Friendly Planet

October 27th, 2010
Frommer's Deal of the Week for this week is pretty exciting: a 9-day tour of India from Friendly Planet for only $1,199 per person. The price even includes round-trip airfare to and from New York's JFK Airport, though you're on your own when it comes to getting to JFK. Hotels with private bathrooms, breakfast, ground transportation and the services of a tour guide are also part of the deal. The Taj Mahal Express tour takes you through Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, plus the Taj Mahal (naturally). Although it would take more than 9 days to experience even a fraction of the excitement that India has to offer, this tour will give you a good start. Plus, you have the option of adding on a trip to nearby Nepal after the Indian tour is over, for an additional $799-1397. Prices are good if you b


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