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Namaskar/Namaste People in India greet each other by joining the palms at almost the chest level and saying “namaste”. This is used for both “hello” and “goodbye”.


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From the Editor’s Desk Dear Reader, Welcome to the “Know Incredible India Travel Companion.” Compiling this handbook on India has been a most pleasurable though complex task. As our teams researched the various States and Union Territories that make up this wonderful country, we realised that we were going through an amazing learning experience ourselves! In this publication, we have attempted to capture the essence of India. The first part of the Travel Companion introduces you to India and broadly describes her culture. The next part is a Travel Guide with travel tips, information on applying for visa and information on travel within the country. This is followed by a section on the “Types of Tours” that you could experience within India. Finally, we have brief write ups on tourist attractions in all 28 States and 7 Union Territories. The States and Union Territories have been classified into Geographical zones. The Travel Companion is also available online at www.travelcompanionindia.com. Please do visit this site to get the latest information and updates. We hope you enjoy reading the Travel Companion as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Yours faithfully, Irwin Raj President & Managing Editor

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Welcome India at a Glance National Flag National Anthem National Symbols Climate Population Geography Language Cities with Name Changes Distance Chart Religions of India I. Hinduism Ii. Jainism Iii. Buddhism Iv. Sikhism V. Islam Vi. Christianity Vii. Zoroastrianism Viii. Judaism Ix. Animism Festivals and Holidays Indian Jewellery Adornments Indian Attire Cuisines of India The Arts

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Travel Tips and Information Travel Formalities and Rules Travel to and within India Tourist Information i. Tourism Departments ii. Accommodation High Commission and Consulates of Canada in India Types of Tours i. Adventure Tourism ii. Angling / Fishing Tours iii. Safaris and Wildlife iv. Recreation and Relaxation v. Wellness Tourism vi. Rural and Agricultural Tourism Flora and Fauna of India

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States and Union Territories of India North

South

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Chandigarh The National Capital Territory of Delhi Haryana Himachal Pradesh Jammu and Kashmir Punjab Rajasthan Uttarakhand Uttar Pradesh Andaman & Nicobar Islands Andhra Pradesh

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 37) 38) 39) 40) 41) East 42) 43) 44) 45) West 46) 47) 48) 49) 50) Northeast 51) 52) 53) 54) 55) 56) 57) 58) Central 59) 60) 61) 62) 63) 64) 65) 66)

Karnataka Kerala Lakshadweep Puducherry Tamil Nadu Bihar Jharkhand Orissa West Bengal Dadra & Nagar Haveli Daman and Diu Goa Gujarat Maharashtra Arunachal Pradesh Assam Manipur Meghalaya Mizoram Nagaland Sikkim Tripura Chhattisgarh Madhya Pradesh

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Government of India Offices in Canada Index of States and Union Territories Advertiser’s Index Do’s and Don’ts when visiting India India - State Map India - Union Territory Map

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