INDIA: NAGALAND HORNBILL FESTIVAL
8 DAYS // NOV 28 – DEC 6, 2015


ABOUT INDIA

India is a land brimming with extremes and thriving with a kaleidoscope of colors, cultures, sights and sounds very different from our ordinary experiences. As a photographer, you will find India offers nothing less than a plethora of visual feasts for your senses and camera lens. Below are some facts about India to help acquaint you with this dynamic country and the regions we will visit and photograph.


 

GEOGRAPHY

Located in South Asia between Pakistan, China and Nepal with the Bay of Bengal on the southeast and the Arabian Sea on the southwest, India spans 1,222,559 sq mi with an estimated population of 1,103,371,000. To the north,  it is bordered by the world's highest mountain chain, where foothill valleys cover the northernmost of the country's 26 states. Further south, plateaus, tropical rain forests and sandy deserts are bordered by palm-fringed beaches. With its capital as New Delhi, India has three major geographic regions: the Himalayas, along its northern border; the Indo-Gangetic Plain, formed by the alluvial deposits of three great river systems, including the Ganges (Ganga); and the southern region, noted for the Deccan plateau.

LANGUAGE

Hindi, English (both official), and other Indo-European languages, including Bengali, Kashmiri, Marathi, Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu, Punjabi, Urdu and Rajasthani in Rajasthan.

RELIGION

Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism

CLIMATE

The climate during our stay will range from 28 °C to 30 °C, and the minimum between 18 °C and 20 °C. It is considered a very pleasant time of year to visit.

CLOTHING AND APPROPRIATE DRESS

Light, wicking, high performance layers are always recommended in case it gets cool or if there is rainfall. Also, bring very comfortable walking or hiking shoes.

India is a developing country with conservative dress standards. In smaller cities and villages, people still dress conservatively. The most important rule for both women and men is to keep the legs and shoulders covered. Wearing shorts and short skirts should be avoided.

FOOD AND EATING CUSTOMS

Indian food is diverse and varies from one region to the next. It is often thought of as very spicy, but there are some simple breads, sweet deserts, and milder 'one-pot dishes' that defy the norm. Many Indians are vegetarian. There are regional specialties, different ways to serve the meal, and staple ingredients in each state.

MONEY

Currency is the Indian Rupee, Symbol: Rs

Credit cards are widely accepted in major cities. ATM machines can also be found in most places, including small towns. Carry some US currency with you in small denominations. Indian currency is highly regulated and can't be purchased outside India, so it's a good idea to also carry some currency that you can exchange for Indian rupees upon arrival at the airport in India.

PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS

US visitors to India are required to possess a valid passport and a visa. Visas can be obtained on arrival in India.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL 

As India is a developing nation, visitors need to take special precautions against illnesses not normally encountered at home. A trip to a doctor or travel clinic is recommended well in advance of your departure date to ensure that you receive all the necessary immunizations and medications.

ELECTRICITY

European plug with two circular metal pins South African/Indian-style plug with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin 230-240V 50Hz

TIME ZONE

GMT/UTC +5.5

COUNTRY DIALING CODE

+91