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AUSTRALIA

 International Tour Packages From Chennai

 

Capital:Canberra

Time difference:

Australia is ahead of India by 4hrs 30min in Apr to Oct & 5hrs 30min in Oct to Apr.

Average climate in Sydney:

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 26 26 25 22 19 17 16 17 20 22 23 25
MIN 18 19 17 14 11 9 8 9 11 13 15 17
RAIN 103 111 131 130 123 129 103 80 69 83 81 78

Facts

  • Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It is about the same size as the 48 mainland state of USA and 50% larger than Europe.
  • Australia is the world’s only island continent, boasting almost 10,700 beaches – that’s more than anywhere else on earth.
  • Opals are the Australia’s national gemstone. Australia produces around 97% of the world’s opal. The town of lighting ridge in New South Wales is the main source of black opal.
  • The Aussies icon is the kangaroo, one of the easily recognized mammals. There are an estimated 50 million kangaroos in Australia.
  • The world’s longest continuous fence known as the dingo fence runs through central Queensland for 5531 km it is 1.8 meters high and is designed to keep sheep safe from Australian native dog.

 

Currency conversion:

The currency of Australia is Australian dollar (AUD)

Language spoken:

English is the common and everyday language of Australia.

Australian cuisine:

Australian cuisine was based on traditional British cooking brought to the country by the first seller. It generally consisted of pies, roasted cuts of meat, grilled steak and chops and other meat accompanied by vegetables. Australian cuisine is now influenced by a variety of Mediterranean and Asian foods introduced by immigrants.

Electric plug detail:

The electric current in Australia is 240/250v & 50hz plugs are 3 flat pins.

Visa:

You require an Australian visa, which has to be applied and procured before departure

CAMBODIA

Capital

The capital city of Cambodia is Phnom Penh

Time Difference

Cambodia is one and a half hour ahead of India.

Climate in Cambodia

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 31 32 34 35 33 23 32 32 31 30 30 30
MIN 21 22 23 24 24 24 26 26 25 24 23 22
RAIN 7 10 40 77 134 155 171 160 224 257 127 45

Facts:

  • Two Buddhist monks relax in the ruins of Bayon temple. The site is just one of many wonders at Angkor ancient capital of the Khmer empire.
  • A mostly flat and forested land, Cambodia is a small compact country. But for more than 500 years Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire.
  • Cambodia is home to a single largest religious structure in the world the Angkor Wat.
  • The Tonle Sap the only river in the world that reverses its flow annually is in Cambodia.

Currency:

The currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian Reil (KHR)

Languages spoken

Khmer is the official language, French is also spoken but English is fast becoming popular.

Cambodian Cuisine

Cambodia offers an excellent selection of dining Venus ranging from fine French and Khmer dining to American style bar and grills and budget Chinese noodles shops. Khmer cuisine shares many similarities with other south East Asian foods with dishes such as curries. Sates and fish based meals but Khmer cooking is much more delicately spiced and is rarely spicy hot.

Electric Plug Details

The standard voltage of electricity is 220-250 v& 50hz .sockets take twin prong plugs with flat sided and circular prongs.

Visas:

You require a Cambodia visa which can be obtained on arrival.

CHINA

Capital

The capital of the people’s republic of china is Beijing

Time Difference

China is two and a half hour ahead of India.

Climate in China

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 1 4 11 20 26 31 31 30 26 20 10 2
MIN -10 -7 -0.8 7 13 18 21 20 14 7 -0.7 -3
RAIN 4 5 8 18 33 78 224 170 58 18 9 3

Facts

  • China economy is the fastest growing economy in the world.
  • China is the most populous country in the world with number of people crossing 1.298 billion in 2004.
  • The highest mountain peak is Qomolangma (Everest), 8,848 meters above sea level, the lowest point is the turban basin, 154 meters below sea level.
  • Great wall was built in the 7th century B.C. It ranges 6,700 kilometers it also can be seen by the human eye from outer space.
  • Giant pandas are termed as the national treasure of china
  • Ice cream was invented in china around 2000 B.C. when the Chinese packed a soft milk and rice mixture in the snow.

Currency:

The currency of china is the Chinese Yuan renminbi (CNY)

Languages spoken

Mandarin is commonly used in modern china. There are also many dialects within the country.

Chinese Cuisine

Chinese cuisine is famous for its hundreds of dishes with special flavors that are unmatched by any other cuisine. it does not emphasize strangeness or uniqueness, only delicious food made from common ingredients with tastes that are very agreeable. it is Chinas most typical cuisine.

Electric Plug Details

China uses 220 volt power supply.

Visas:

You require a visa for china, which has to be applied and procured before departure.

Dubai

Time difference:

Dubai is one and a half hour behind India.

Average climate in Dubai.

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 20 23 26 29 33 35 37 38 35 32 29 24
MIN 12 14 16 22 25 28 28 28 25 22 18 14
RAIN 26 17 10 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 26


Facts

  • Dubai city is located in the northern deserts and considered to be the second largest emirates in the seven emirates of emirates of united Arab emirate.
  • Dubai features a decent combination of desert as well as desert vegetation.
  • Dubai being the major part of population being Muslim. Other religion has also a minority say in the whole population.

Currency conversion:

The currency of Dubai is dirham (AED).

Languages spoken:

Majority of the people speak English, the main language is Arabic and Hindi.

Local cuisine:

The diversity of cuisine in Dubai is a reflection of the cosmopolitan nature of the society. Arab food is very popular and is available everywhere in the city from the small shawarma to the upscale restaurants in Dubai many hotels. Shisha and qahwa boutiques are also very popular in Dubai.

Electric plug details:

British style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade.

Visa:

You require an emirates visa which has to be applied and procured before departure .normally visas take four working days excluding Friday and Saturday.

 

EGYPT

 

Capital:Cairo.

Time difference:

Egypt is three and a half hours behind India.

Climate:

MONTH

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Max 18 20 23 28 32 34 34 33 32 29 24 19
Min 9 10 12 15 18 21 22 22 21 18 14 11
Rain 5 4 4 1 1 0.2 0 0 0 1 2 6

Facts:

  • Egyptians call Egypt as Misr. The full name of the country in Arabic is Junhuryah Misr-al-Arabiya, which means the Arab republic of Egypt. Egyptians call their country Misr when they talk about Cairo.
  • Egypt’s Sahara desert is the largest desert in the world, covering about 3,500,000 sq miles of North Africa.
  • Ancient Egyptian kings were called pharaoh. Tutankhamen was a famous pharaoh who died at the age of 18.ramsesII is another well known pharaoh, whose mummified body is preserved in a mausoleum in Cairo.
  • The great pyramid is also known as the pyramid of Khufu or Cheops. It was built around 2560 BC making it more than 4500 years old. The light house at Alexandria was also one of the wonders of the ancient world, although nothing remains of it today.

Currency conversion:

The currency of Egypt is Egyptian pound (EGP)

Languages spoken:

The official language used in Egypt is Arabic.

Egyptian cuisine:

Egyptian cuisine is known for flavor and its use of fresh ingredients. The staple in every Arabs diet is a bread called Aish means life, at an Arab meal you would have a soup, meat, vegetable stew, salad, and rice or pasta. Their deserts aren’t rich like those of other Arab countries. Egypt’s cuisine includes bean stew and falafel with veal, lamb and pigeon which is also popular.

Electric plug details:

Egypt operates on 220v and 50 hz. The plug used is the one with two circular points.

Visas:

You require a visa for Egypt, which has to be obtained before the arrival in to Egypt.

GREECE

Capital of Greece is Athens.

Time difference:

Greece is three and a half hours behind India.

Average climate in Athens:

 

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max 13 14 16 19 24 28 31 31 28 23 18 15
Min 7 7 8 12 16 20 23 22 19 15 12 9
Rain 48 41 41 23 18 7 5 8 10 53 55 62

Facts you need to know about Greece.

  • The official name of Greece is the Hellenic Republic.
  • The country’s highest mountain, mount Olympus 2919 m was said to be the home of the god in ancient Greek religion.
  • Unlike most national flags there is no official shade of color required for Greek flag any blue may be used for the flag the nickname of Greek flag is Galanolefci or blue and white.
  • The classical period of Greek history 4-6th century was the golden age and most famous world wide, during this period lived the greatest philosophers and mathematicians.

Currency conversion:

The currency of Greece is Euros (EUR)

Language spoken:

The official language used is Modern Greek, which is also spoken by majority of the people. English and French is also widely used.

Greek cuisine:

Greek cuisine is based on Mediterranean cuisine and has become famous world wide for its rich texture and extensive use of olive oil. it consist of meats as well as wide variety of vegetables prepared in various styles this known as mezze.

Electric plug details:

The standard electrical voltage is 220v and 50 Hz. Sockets also have multiple circular points.

Visa:

You require a Schengen visa; which has to be obtained before departure.

HONGKONG

 

Time Difference

Hong Kong is two and a half hours ahead of India.

 

Climate in Hong Kong

 

MONTH

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MAX 19 19 21 25 29 30 31 31 30 28 24 20
MIN 14 14 16 20 24 26 27 26 25 23 19 15
RAIN 27 44 75 140 298 399 371 377 297 119 38 25

 

Facts

  • A port city Hong Kong gets its namesake from the Cantonese word for fragrant harbor.
  • Hong Kong’s multi ethnic history makes it one of the most vibrant cultural and financial centers in the world.
  • Kowloon, one of the Hong Kong’s mainland regions, means nine dragons.
  • Tai mo Shan or big hat mountain is the tallest mountain in Hong Kong measuring at 957mtrs.
  • The name Macau is derived from the name of the goddess of Sea, Ama and Gao, the Portuguese for port.
  • Macau is one of the richest cities in the world.
  • After Las Vegas, Macau is one of the biggest gambling areas in the world.

Currency:

The currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD)

 

Languages spoken:

Majority of the people speak Cantonese, Chinese or mandarin, English is spoken at the tourist places.

 

Hong Kong Cuisine

Hong Kong food is a fantastic fusion of eastern and western styles Chinese, Indian, western, and hawker food is abundantly available in Hong Kong.

 

Electric Plug Details

The standard electrical voltage is 220v & 50 Hz sockets also have multiple prong styles.

 

Visas:

Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen visa is issued upon arrival at no extra cost.

 

INDONESIA

Capital:

The capital city of Indonesia is Jakarta.

 

Time Difference:

Indonesia is two and a half hour ahead of India.

Climate in Indonesia:

MONTH

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MAX 32 32 32 34 34 33 32 33 34 35 35 33
MIN 26 26 25 25 24 22 22 23 23 24 25 26
RAIN 235 300 200 80 80 50 40 30 40 100 125 280

Facts

  • Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, comprising five main islands and a multitude of smaller archipelagos with almost 17000 islands strung across the equator.
  • Indonesia was formally known as Dutch West Indies

Currency:

The currency of Indonesia is Indonesian rupiah (IDR)

Languages spoken

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language spoken.

Indonesian cuisine:

Throughout its history, Indonesia has been involved in trade and influence by India, the Middle East, china and finally Europe. Spanish and Portuguese traders brought new world produce .Indonesian Island of Malaku is famed as the Spice Islands also gave contribution on the introduction of native spices to Indonesia and global cuisine.

Electric Plug Details

The standard voltage of electricity is 220-250v some areas also have the US style 110v capability.

Visas:

A visa is required for Indonesia and can be applied and obtained prior to arrival in Indonesia.

Two passport size photo and hotel confirmation voucher is required in case you wish to obtain visa on arrival.

JAPAN

Capital: the capital city of Japan is Tokyo

Time Difference:

Japan is three and a half hours ahead of India.

Climate in Japan:

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 9 9 12 18 22 25 29 30 26 21 16 11
MIN -1 0 3 7 13 18 22 23 19 13 7 2
RAIN 50 71 106 129 144 176 136 148 216 194 96 54

Facts:

  • Japan is a dichotomy both an ancient, majestic land and a modern technological marvel. With a recorded history of more than 3000 islands is one of today’s great world economic and political power.
  • Tokyo’s original name was Edo which means mouth of river.
  • The names of Japanese national anthem are Kimigayo and it means his majesty’s reign.
  • Did you know that there is a meaning for that red dot on japans flag? The red dot stands for sun.

Currency:

The currency of Japan is Japanese Yen (JPY).

Languages spoken

The official language spoken is Japanese, however many Japanese are able to understand English.

Japanese Cuisine

The Japanese archipelago stretches from north to south, which means that each region has a different climate with seasonal changes. Amid such environmental conditions, numerous delicacies have developed in each locality and these local cuisines together with traditional Japanese dishes such as sushi and tempura produce a dietary culture unique to Japan.

Electric Plug Details

100v & 50 hz in Tokyo and eastern japan.60hz in Osaka and western Japan. Sockets take a twin prong plug with flat sided prongs.

Visas:

You require a Japanese visa, which has to be obtained before departure.

KENYA

Capital: Kenya

Time difference:

Kenya is two and a half hours behind India.

Climate:

MONTH

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MAX 25 26 25 24 22 21 21 21 24 24 23 23
MIN 12 13 13 14 13 12 11 11 11 13 13 13
RAIN 55 50 77 198 40 15 15 19 25 50 129 85

Facts:

  • The country is named after Mt. Kenya, the second tallest mountain in Africa and the only mountain in the world lying astride the equator with ice on its peak.
  • Nairobi is Masai meaning palace of cool waters, it was initially used as grazing lands by the Masai since the water there rarely dried up.
  • Hakuna Matata is a famous Kenyan song sang in many versions and the title means no worries it was used in the animated movie lion king.

Currency conversion:

The currency of Kenya is the Kenya shrilling (KES)

Language:

Kiswahili is the national language. English is also widely spoken.

Kenya cuisine:

Kenya food is an amalgamation of various cuisines. The Portuguese introduced maize, bananas, sweet potatoes and cassava. The European brought white potatoes, cucumber and tomatoes. The British imported Indian cooks to prepare dishes like curry, chutneys and chapattis that form a delight part of the traditional Kenya food.

Electric plug details:

The standard electrical voltage is 220-240v and 50hz.3 plug rectangular sockets are most common.

Visa:

A visa is required and can be obtained upon arrival in Kenya.

Health:

Vaccination against yellow fever and meningitis is mandatory anti-malaria is highly recommended as advised by your doctor.

KOREA

 

Capital: Seoul

Time Difference

Korea is three and a half hour ahead of India.

Climate in Seoul- Korea

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 0 3 8 16 22 27 29 31 26 19 10 3
MIN -9 -7 -2 5 10 16 21 22 15 7 0 -7
RAIN 17 21 56 68 86 169 358 224 142 49 36 32

 

 

Facts

  • The country is approximately 1000 km long and 216 km wide at the narrowest point with 70% of the land mass covered by mountains making it one of the most mountainous regions in the world.
  • Freedom of religion is fully guaranteed and Korea’s traditional religions like shamanism, Buddhism and Confucianism have all played an integral role in the country’s socio cultural development.
  • With a state of art infrastructure, wireless environment and deep rooted history, the country is fused with a mixture of traditional versus technology.

Currency:

The currency of Korea is WON (KRW)

anguages spoken

Hangeul is the official language of Korea.

Korean Cuisine

Korean food has its own unique and tasty characteristics. Main dishes and side dishes are all separate and distinctive from each other and there is a large variety of different kinds of foods. A seasoning is considered an art and condiments and spices are used to obtain a harmonious blend of flavors and taste.

Electric Plug Details:

220v & 50hz a plug with two circular points.

Visas:

You require a Korean visa which has to be obtained before departure.

MALAYSIA

Time Difference

Malaysia is two and half hours ahead of India

 

Climate

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX

32

33

33

33

33

33

32

32

32

32

32

32

MIN

22

22

23

23

23

22

23

23

23

23

23

23

RAIN

158

201

259

292

223

130

100

163

218

250

258

190

Facts

The largest cave chamber in the world is the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, which can easily accommodate a Boeing 747-200.

Sabah, a Malaysian state located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo is home to Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world.

At 421 meters high the KL Tower is the fourth tallest in the world and tallest in South East Asia.

Currency

The currency of Malaysia is Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Languages spoken

Official language is Malay, English, Chinese & Tamil

Malaysian Cuisine

Malaysian food is not one particular distinction of food but a culinary diversity originating from its multi ethnic population of Malay, Indians Chinese Nyona and the indigenous people of Borneo. This cosmic array of food variations has now come to be known all over the world as Malaysian food.

Voltage

British style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade.

Visa Requirement

Malaysian visa is required which has to be applied and procured before departure.

When to Visit

May to Sep months are considered ideal time to visit Malaysia. Though with it’s Sub-tropical weather, the weather is never too extreme and hence makes it a year round destination.

 

MALDIVES

Capital: Male.

Time difference:

Maldives is 30 min behind India.

Facts:

  • Its no joke but the official highest point on the Maldives is 2.4 meter, it’s an unnamed location on an island of willingly in the Addu atoll.
  • There are 1190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls in the Maldives. Out of them 200 inhabited islands plus 80 with tourist resorts.
  • Tourism is the main industry .fishing is the second leading sector.
  • Maldives is perhaps the only country with near 100% Muslim population.
  • Only natives of the Maldives Island are allowed to be residents.


Average climate in Maldives:

MONTH

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MAX 29 29 30 31 28 26 25 25 29 29 29 29
MIN 23 24 25 27 26 25 24 25 25 24 23 23
RAIN 92 22 58 108 224 162 145 189 208 98 230 198

Language spoken:

The official language is Maldivian Dhivehi and English.

Maldives cuisine:

Cuisine in Maldives opens up a world of mouthwatering options that range from sea food delights to vegetarian wonders. Maldives cuisine is heavy on fish and sea food, while vegetables are used as fillings. Tours to Maldives offers you the perfect opportunity to sink your teeth into juicy seafood prepared with traditional recipes while you relax on a heavenly sea beach.

Visa:

No visa is required to travel to Maldives.

MAURITIUS

Capital: Port Louis.

Time difference:

Mauritius is one and half hours behind India.

Facts:

  • Mauritius Island is famous for being the only native home of the dodo birds.
  • There are over 140 km of white sand beach.
  • The highest mountain in Mauritius the piton de la petite riveira noire. It is around 828 meters high and stands in the south west of Mauritius.
  • Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam botanic garden boasts 500 different species of plants, talipot palms, said to flower once every 60 years after which they die.
  • Mauritius is about 720 sq miles in area . it is long by round 40 miles and wide by around 30 miles at the biggest ends.

Currency conversation.

The currency of Mauritius is Mauritian rupee (MUR)

Average climate in Mauritius.

MONTH

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MAX 31 30 30 29 28 26 25 25 27 28 30 31
MIN 22 22 21 20 18 16 16 16 16 17 19 21
RAIN 8 9 7 6 5 4 2 2 2 2 2 5

Language spoken:

Official language is English; the most widely spoken language of the country is Mauritian Creole. Majority of the population can speak French fluently.

Mauritius cuisine:

Mauritius is a paradise of diversity, with exotic cuisine catering to most palates. Culinary traditions from France, India, china and Africa have been passed on through generations. the story of a Mauritian starting the day with a continental breakfast, followed by an Indian lunch and finishing off with a Chinese dinner is a common cliché.

Electric plug details:

Mauritius operates on 220v and 12-50hz.sockets has multiple prong styles.

Visa:

Mauritius visa is issued upon arrival at no extra cost.

NEW ZEALAND

Capital: Wellington.

Time difference:

New Zealand is 6hrs 30min ahead of India in MAR to OCT

7hrs 30min ahead of India in OCT to MAR

Climate:

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 23 23 22 19 17 14 13 14 16 17 19 21
MIN 17 17 14 13 11 8 9 9 10 11 13 14
RAIN 44 117 87 130 137 141 119 141 93 110 85 95

Facts:

  • New Zealand’s spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush green rain forest.
  • Bungy jumping started in queen’s town, which is now referred to as the adventure capital of the world.
  • Self drive best way to explore the country. Indian driving license is recognized in New Zealand.
  • New Zealand is the youngest country in the world.

Language spoken:

English is spoken by everyone in New Zealand.

New Zealand cuisine:

When it comes to food, every region of New Zealand has its specialties. Northland has award winning cheese. Retours is the place for a hangi a tradition Maori feast cooked in an underground oven. Wines is a very important ingredients with food and grape varieties have been chosen to perfectly match the climate and soil conditions of wine growing.

Electric plug detail:

Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240v & 50 hz. Plugs are 3 flat pins.

Visa:

You require a New Zealand visa, which has to be applied before departure.

PHILIPPINES

 

Capital:

The capital city of Philippines is Manila.

Time Difference:

Philippines is 2 ½ hours ahead of India.

Climate:

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 30 31 33 34 34 33 31 31 31 31 31 30
MIN 20 21 22 23 25 24 24 24 24 23 22 21
RAIN 19 8 11 21 165 420 486 330 271 129 129 75

Facts:

  • The Philippines is made up of 7107 islands covering a land area of 115,739 sq.m.
  • The world’s largest under ground river system can be found at St. Paul national park in the province of Palawan.
  • The highest mountain in Philippines is Mt. Apo a dormant volcano in Mindanao at 9698ft.
  • Cebu is the oldest Philippines city.
  • The popular toy the yoyo was invented by 16th century hunters in Philippines.

Currency:

The currency of Philippines is Peso.

Languages spoken

Filipino is the Philippines’ national language.

Philippines Cuisine

Philippines cuisine has evolved over several centuries from its malay roots to one of predominantly Spanish base, due to the many Mexican and Spanish dishes brought to the islands during the colonial period. It has also received influence from Arabic, Indian, Chinese and American cuisine.

Electric Plug Details

The standard voltage of electricity is 220-250v & 50hz. However some areas also have US style 110 volts capability.

Visas:

Philippine visa is required and has to be obtained before departure.

SEYCHELLES

Capital: Victoria.

Time difference:

Seychelles is one and a half hours behind India.

Climate:

 

MONTH

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MAX 27 29 30 31 28 26 25 25 29 29 29 27
MIN 23 24 25 27 26 25 24 25 25 24 23 24
RAIN 40 22 58 108 224 162 145 189 208 98 230 302

Facts:

  • The Seychelles are an archipelago of some 115 islands with a total land area of 454 sq km.
  • Nowhere else on earth will you find unique endemic specimens such as the fabulous Coco-de-Mer, the largest seed in the world, the jelly fish tree, with only eight surviving examples, the Seychelles, paradise flycauster and Seychelles warbler.
  • Seychelles is also home to two UNESCO world heritage sites, Aldabra the world’s largest raised coral atoll and Praslin’s Vallee-de-Mai, once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden.

Currency conversion:

The currency of Seychelles is Seychelles rupee (SCR)

Language spoken:

There are three official languages in Seychelles: Creole, English, and French.

Seychelles cuisine:

Creole cuisine features the subtleties and nuances of French cooking, the exoticism of Indian dishes and the piquant flavors of the orient. Grilled fish or octopus with a sauce of crushed chillies, ginger are national favorites as are a variety of delicious curries prepared with coconut milk and chatnis made from fruits such as papaya and golden apple.

Electric plug detail:

The standard electric voltage is 240v and 50 hz . Sockets also have multiple prong styles.

Visa:

Seychelles visa is on arrival at no extra cost.

SINGAPORE

Time Difference

Singapore is two and half hours ahead of India.

Climate in Singapore

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 30 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31
MIN 23 23 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 23
RAIN 252 174 192 188 173 179 196 178 208 254 254 267

Facts:

  • Singapore is a stopover point for thousand of migratory birds travelling the East Asian flyway
  • One of the worlds highest man made waterfall of 30mtr is located at Jurong bird park
  • The largest fountain in the world is located in Singapore at Suntec city made of cast bronze, its cost an estimated USD6 million to build in 1997
  • Buildings in Singapore cannot be higher than 280 metres due to air traffic control restrictions .There are presently only three buildings of that height.
  • The sultan of Johor once offered Singapore as a gift to a Scottish sailor who subsequently rejected it on the grounds that Singapore could be of no use to a private person.

Currency:

The currency of Singapore is Singapore dollars (SGD) and cents.

 

Languages spoken:

Official language is English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil

Singapore Cuisine

Singapore cuisine evolved under the influence of the Chinese, the Indians and the Malays. Influence from such varied lands ensured that Singapore learnt to cook an astonishing variety of dishes. Besides these multi cuisine options, some of the cuisine associated directly with the island are Nonya, Halal, Vegetarian and sea food.

Electric Plug Details:

British style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade.

Visas:

Singapore visa is required which has to be applied and procured before departure.

When to visit:

Singapore has the good climate thru out the year the best time to visit for committed shoppers are in June during the great Singapore sale.

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is the only country having three capitals:

Pretoria-administrative, Cape Town –legislative and seat of parliament,
Bloemfontein-judicial.

Time Difference:

South African is three and a half hours behind India.

Average climate in Cape Town:

MONTH

J

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M

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M

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J

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MAX 26 26 25 23 20 18 17 18 19 21 23 25
Min 15 15 15 13 11 9 9 9 11 12 14 15
Rain 15 15 21 49 91 105 91 82 54 39 24 19

Facts:

  • South Africa has the deepest mine in the world nearly 4 km underground.
  • The highest bungy jump in the world 216 meters.
  • The biggest land mammal is found in south Africa is the African elephant.
  • The biggest sea mammal blue whale.
  • About half of the world’s gold is produced in South Africa.
  • The worlds largest diamond was the Cullinan, found in South Africa in 19055. It weighed 3106.75 carats uncut.
  • Kruger national park has around 450 different species of birds.

Currency conversion:

The currency of South Africa if the South African rand (ZAR)

Language spoken:

There are 11 official languages in South Africa. English is spoken and understood in most of the country. Afrikaans is the only spoken by nearly 6 million people in South Africa. isiZulu is spoken by more people as a home language than any other language in south Africa over 9 million people.

South African cuisine:

South African cuisine offers a wide variety of tastes and experience as a result of the tastes of settlers from different parts of the world. There is spicy Malay and Indian traditional African international cuisine as well as typical South African delicacies. South Africa dried fruits and preserves are unbeatable.
Electric plug details:

The standard electrical voltage is 220/230 v and 50hz. The main plugs are 15amp with 3 circular points.

Visas:

You require a South African visa and needs to be obtained before arrival in South Africa.

SRILANKA

Capital: Colombo.

Facts:

  • Has an elephant orphanage and every year puts on an elephant pageant.
  • Cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka and was discovered by the Egyptians.
  • Sri Lanka is the first country in the world to have a female prime minister.
  • Sri Lanka was called by Romans as taprobane, serenade by Muslims traders and Ceilao by Portuguese, the Dutch altered the name to Ceylon and the British to Ceylon.
  • Ratnapura is a small town famous for its gems. It is called the gem capital of Sri Lanka.

Average climate in Colombo

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 30 31 31 31 29 29 29 28 29 29 29 29
MIN 22 22 23 24 26 25 25 25 25 25 23 22
RAIN 89 69 147 231 371 224 135 109 160 348 315 147

Currency Conversion:

The currency of Sri Lanka is the Sri Lanka rupee (LKR)

Languages Spoken:

The official languages are Sinhala and Tamil. However English is widely spoken.

Sri Lanka Cuisine:

The cuisine of Sri Lanka draws influence from that of India, as well as colonists and foreign traders. Rice, which is usually consumed daily, can be found at any special occasion, while spicy curries are favorite dishes for dinner and lunch. A very popular alcoholic drink is toddy, made from palm tree sap. Rice and curry refers to a range of Sri Lanka dishes.

Electric Plug Detail:

Sri Lanka operates on 230v and 50hz sockets are three pin circular style.

Visa:

No visa is required to travel to Sri Lanka

TANZANIA

Capital:

Tanzania is Dar-e- Salam.

Time difference:

Tanzania is three and a half hours behind India.

Climate in Arusha.

MONTH

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F

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MAX 25 25 26 24 23 22 23 23 25 27 27 26
MIN 15 14 14 15 13 11 11 11 12 13 14 15
RAIN 66 76 106 180 33 15 18 18 18 36 124 99

Facts:

  • There are 14 national parks, 33 game reserves, 44 game controlled areas a conservation area and 2 marine parks.
  • Tanzania is the only country in the world, which has allocated more than 25% of its area to wildlife national parks and protected areas.
  • The word Tanzania is derived from two nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
  • At 264 sq. km the extinct Ngogongoro crater is the largest complete crater in the world.
  • Kilimanjaro last eruption was 200 years ago.
  • Coconut crab, inhabitant of Zanzibar Chumbe Island are the largest crab in the world.

Currency conversion:

The currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian shrilling (TZS)

Languages spoken:

Kiswahili is the national language, English is also widely spoken.

Tanzania cuisine:

Tanzanian cuisine is both unique and widely varied. Tanzania is made of the mainland Tanganyika and the island Zanzibar and Pemba. Along the coastal regions Dar-e-Salam, Tanga, Bagamoyo, Zanzibar and Pemba, spicy foods are common and there is also much use of coconut milk.

Electric plug details:

The standard electrical voltage is 230v and 50hz.3 plug rectangular sockets are most common.

Visa:

A visa is required for Tanzania and can be obtained upon arrival in Tanzania.

Health:

Vaccination against yellow fever and meningitis is mandatory. anti-malaria pills are highly recommended as advised by your doctor.

THAILAND

Capital: Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the most vibrant capitals of south East Asia .also known as Krung Thep which means the city of angels; the city is considered one of the biggest cities in the world. Bangkok is surprisingly full of quiet escapes.

Time Difference:

Thailand is one and a half hour ahead of India.

Climate in Bangkok-Thailand

MONTH

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

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D

MAX 32 33 34 35 34 33 33 33 32 32 32 31
MIN 22 24 26 27 27 27 26 26 26 26 24 22
RAIN 8 20 36 58 198 160 160 160 175 206 66 5


Facts:

  • Bangkok officially has the longest name for a place on the planet translated into English its full Thai name rambles on for an interminable 167 alphabets.
  • The largest China Town is in Bangkok.
  • In Koh Samui the palm tree is a measure of how high a new constructions can be built on the island.

Currency:

The currency of Thailand is THAI BAHT.

Languages spoken:

Mostly Thai but Chinese Malay and English also spoken

Thai cuisine:

Thai cuisine is considered among one of the worlds most delicious with a unique blend of particular taste: hot (spicy),sour (piquant),sweet and always highlighted with citrus (lemon grass and lime).

Electric Plug Details:

British style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade

Visas:

A visa is required for Thailand and can be applied and obtained prior to arrival or upon arrival in Bangkok (one passport size photo required incase you wish to obtain visa on arrival)

TURKEY

Capital: Ankara.

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Time difference:

Turkey is two and a half hours behind India.

Climate:

MONTH

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M

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Max 9 9 11 16 21 26 28 28 25 20 15 11
Min 3 3 4 8 12 16 18 19 15 12 8 11
Rain 95 71 58 43 30 23 19 16 29 53 90 102

Facts:

  • Turkey is bio-continental country that is located mainly in the Middle East known as Anatolia and partly in south east Europe known as Thrace.
  • Turkey has two European and six Asian countries as neighbors
  • Mt. Agri is the highest peak 5166 m in turkey also known as Mt. Ararat, is said to be the place where Noah’s ark came to rest.
  • Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the temple of Artemisia are the two of the seven wonders of ancient world of turkey.
  • Many people associate the Netherlands with tulips. In fact tulips were introduced to Netherlands from turkey several hindered years ago.
  • The water body – Bosporus straits divides the European part of Istanbul from the Asian part.

Currency conversion:

The currency of turkey is the new Turkish lira (YTL)

Languages spoken:

The official language used is Turkish, English, German , French is also spoken.

Cuisine:

It is said that three major kinds of cuisine exist in the world namely Turkish, Chinese and French. Fully justifying its reputation, Turkish cuisine is always a pleasant surprise for the visitors. The variety and simplicity of the recipes and the quality of the ingredients are guaranteed of delicious meals.

Electric plug detail:

Turkey operates on 220v and 50hz. The plug used is the one with two circular points.

Visa:

You require a Turkish visa, which has to be obtained before arrival.

United States of America.

Capital: Washington D.C.

Time Difference:

There are six time zones in the USA

1) Hawaii-Aleutian 2) Alaska

3) Pacific 4) Mountain

5) Central 6) Eastern.

Easter Time:

New York, Niagara, Washington, Orlando, Miami 9.5hrs behind India(Mar-Nov) and 10.5 hrs behind India (Nov-Feb).

Pacific time zone:

San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles 12.5 hrs behind India (Mar-Nov) and 13.5 hrs behind India (Nov-Feb).

Central Time Zone:

Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Memphis 10.5 hrs behind India (Mar-Nov) and 11.5 hrs behind India (Nov –Feb).

Facts:

  • The USA is the third largest country by land area and by population encompassing 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km) and over 300 million people.
  • The united states consist of 50 states 48 are called the contiguous, continental or lower states. Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states of the union .21 of the smallest U.S states would fit in to Alaska making it the country’s largest state.
  • 16 of the worlds 30 busiest airports are in the United States, including the worlds busiest, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airport in Georgia.
  • New York empire state building a national historic landmark is one of the world’s tallest buildings.

Average climate in New York:

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max 3 4 8 14 20 25 28 27 24 18 11 5
Min -4 -3 -1 6 12 16 19 19 16 9 3 -1
Rain 82 77 91 96 97 90 96 86 84 75 90 86

Currency Conversion:

The currency of USA is US Dollar (USD)

Language Spoken:

English is the common and everyday language of USA

USA cuisine

US remain a great place for great eating meat. Strongest influences have come from Africa, American food is inconceivable without barbecue in its many variations, and selected Italian dishes had become as American as apple pie. Pizza took off in Chicago and is the center of pizza as Chicago pizza.

Visa:

You require a visa for USA, which has to be applied and procured before departure.

VIETNAM

Capital

The capital city of Vietnam is Hanoi.

Time Difference

Vietnam is one and a half hours ahead of India.

Climate in Vietnam

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
MAX 19 20 23 27 31 33 33 32 31 29 25 22
MIN 14 15 18 21 24 26 26 26 26 22 18 15
RAIN 19 26 44 90 188 240 288 318 265 131 43 23

Facts about Vietnam

  • Luscious beauty everywhere, from delicate design to Technicolor sunsets.
  • Most visitors to Vietnam are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country’s natural setting, the red river delta in the north, the Mekong delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by women in conical hats.

Currency:

The currency of Vietnam is Vietnamese dong (VND)

Languages spoken

The official language is Vietnamese, some Chinese English and French is also spoken

Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnamese cuisine can be basically divided into three categories, each pertaining to a specific region. The north’s cuisine is more traditional and stricter in choosing spiciness and ingredients. The southern prefers sweet flavors in many dishes. Central Vietnamese cooking is quite different in its use of many small side dishes and also its distinct spiciness when compared to its counterparts.

Electric Plug Details

220 to 230v & 50hz plug with two circular metal pins.

Visas:

You require Vietnamese visa which has to be obtained before departure.