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TO see the world and experience life in its fullness, it is enough to travel to India. It is not because one-sixth of humanity resides there. Its ancient civilisation that expresses itself in modern life. Its layered history is reflected in the unparalleled diversity of faiths, cultures, traditions, languages, cuisines, dresses, monuments and places of worships. And, all of this can sometimes be captured in a single photo frame, even if it takes a lifetime to comprehend it.
India offers one of the richest biodiversities in the world, from mighty Himalayan peaks and cold deserts to rainforests and emerald islands, from majestic elephants and tigers to an extraordinary range of birds and butterflies. From adventure sport to zen, India has everything on offer. And, all with the unique warmth of hospitality.
There are familiar paths:
Travelling to India is becoming easier. Tourists can fly into 19 international airports through 81 international airlines that serve India. Singapore has direct connections to 15 Indian cities through about 225 flights into India per week. A 16th destination is to be added next month.
Electronic tourist visas are now available to citizens of 161 countries. Those arriving in India on e-visa are given free SIM card for mobile phones on arrival, with a certain amount of talk time and data, to stay in touch with friends and family, and call various services in India.
Travel within India is becoming smoother with growing network of high-speed highways, increased availability of rail seats with online booking facilities and expanding air connections, including the government's new initiative on regional air connectivity.
Palace and heritage hotels, domestic and international hotel chains, homestays, and camping and modern app-based accommodation are providing a wide range of options.
The Incredible India App is an innovative project of Ministry of Tourism to assist the international and domestic tourist to access information on recognised tourism service providers namely approved inbound tour operators, travel agents, domestic tour operators, adventure tour operators, tourist tour operators, classified hotels and approved regional level tourist guides available in respective cities/tourist centres.
The Ministry of Tourism has launched the 24x7 toll-free multi-lingual Tourist Help Line in 12 international languages. This service is available on the Toll Free number 1800111363 or on a short code 1363 and operational 24x7 (365 days in a year). The languages handled by the Tourist Help Line are English, Hindi, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.