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India to Hand Out Free SIM Cards With Tourist Visas

Distribution is expected to begin September 27—here’s what you need to know.

Free Sim Card with e-tourist visa
If you’re visiting India and planning on buying a SIM card to use in your own phone for the duration of the trip, you might want to consider postponing your travels until late September. For years, it’s been notoriously difficult to procure a SIM in the subcontinent—from sourcing a retailer who’s even willing to sell to a non-resident to endless paperwork, passport photos, documentation, and a complicated activation protocol. That’s why the government has decided that, starting at the end of September, anyone arriving in India on an e-tourist visa—a visa that’s available to residents of over 113 countries, including the United States—will be automatically be issued a SIM card, along with a welcome packet that includes a “dos and don’ts” list, maps, and emergency contact information. The government will issue the SIM cards through BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited), a state-owned telecommunications company that’s the sixth-largest mobile service provider in the country.

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Kerala Looks at Ayurveda Tourism to Attract Tourist

Kerala is paving new ways to enter the tourism market of countries such as Russia, Europe and east Asia with Ayurveda tourism.
The deputy director of Kerala tourism, Nanda Kumar who was in the city on Tuesday said that foreign visitors are often looking for a relaxation place. “So we are planning to mix ayurvedic treatment along with sightseeing in such a way that the experience is truly a stress buster for them,” Kumar said.

Ayurveda in Kerala

The state also has a major chunk of domestic tourists coming from Maharashtra and Gujarat.

The main target audience though are the retired foreign visitors. “They have earned their money in their youth and are looking for a place to relax and that is how we are marketing Kerala in many places. Even in Russia, where there is not much sun through the year, Kerala climate is a welcome experience. Hence we are trying to capitalize on the natural beauty and the immense culture of Ayurveda in the state,” Kumar said.

Ayurveda Medicines for Massage

In 2015, the number of foreign tourists to have visited Kerala were 7.75 lakh (from January to October) which is up by 6.60% while the number of domestic tourists were 76.71 lakh (from January to August) which is up by 7.40 %.

Kumar said that south Kerala has long been on the tourist map and now the government is trying to put north Kerala or the Malabar region on the map too.

Kerela Ayurveda Kendra

The new endeavours have proved well for them as the foreign exchange earnings for the year 2014 was Rs 6398.93 crore, which was an increase of 15.07% over the previous year and the total revenue (including direct and indirect) for the same year was Rs 24885.44 crore, showing an increase of 12.11% over the previous year’s figure.

Moreover, they are exploring new grounds. “A memorandum of understanding between Saint Petersburg tourism board and Kerala is also on the cards. This will happen next week in Mumbai, and is a first of its kind MoU of an Indian state with a foreign country,” Kumar said.

Kerala Ayurveda Package

From Ayurveda tourism to stress-busting, Kerala is paving new ways to enter markets in otherwise unexplored countries in Russia, Europe and east Asia.
Maharashtra and Gujarat comprise major chunk of domestic tourists to Kerala, said Nanda Kumar, deputy director of Kerala tourism who was in the city on Tuesday.

“A memorandum of understanding between Saint Petersburg tourism board and Kerala is also on the cards. This will happen next week in Mumbai, and is first of its kind MoU of an Indian state with a foreign country,” claimed Nanda Kumar. Talking about tourism as a stress buster, Nanda Kumar said, “We have realized that many a times, foreign tourists are looking at relaxing more than sight-seeing. So we are planning to mix ayurvedic treatment along with sightseeing in such a way that the experience is truly a stress buster for them.”

Medicines for Aurveda

He also talked about the increasing number of retired foreigners coming for long vacations to Kerala. “They have earned their money in their youth and are looking for a place to relax and that is how we are marketing Kerala in many places. Even in Russia for that matter where there is not much sun throughout the year, Kerala climate is a welcome experience. Hence we are trying to capitalize on the natural beauty and the immense culture of Ayurveda in the state,” said Nanda Kumar. He also said that while south Kerala has been long on the tourist map, now the government is also trying to put north Kerala or what is called Malabar region on the map.

Ayurveda Therapy

In 2015, the number of foreign tourists that visited Kerala was 7.75 lakh (from January to October) which is up by 6.60% while the number of domestic tourists in Kerala was 76.71 lakh (from January to August) which is up by 7.40 %.

“Foreign exchange earnings for the year 2014 was Rs 6398.93 crore, which was an increase of 15.07% over the previous year. Total revenue (including direct and indirect) from tourism during 2014 was Rs 24885.44 crore, showing an increase of 12.11% over the previous year’s figure.

Source:  timesofindia.indiatimes.com

5 Things You Must Try When Travelling in India

India’s palette has a lot to offer. Many interesting sounds, smells and sights come along the road you travel here. While you see the best of India don’t miss out on the best of experiences you can get at bare minimal prices. We bring to you the FIVE must try outs when travelling in India. This is not a ‘travel guide’ or ‘tips to travel’ blog, these are just few things you shouldn’t be missing out on. To live and feel like the locals try some of these desi things every Indian does almost as part of their daily routine. No matter where you are in India or which road you are travelling, you can try your hands on these things very easily.

Paan Corner in India
1. Eat a Paan – Paan has been a favorite mouth freshener available at the local Paanwaala shops located around every corner or street in India. It’s a burst of flavours wrapped in an edible betel leaf. Oozing liquid fills up your mouth leaving your tongue red and longing for more. Paan has been a part of Indian tradition and customs since time immemorial with many famous variations of it. But today’s Paan has been experimented with many ingredients to give it a modern twist. Fused with strawberry, chocolate, crushed ice, mint and other relishing ingredients has changed the way Paan is eaten today. To avoid any health issues try it at a known or branded shop like Panchayat and Prince Paan in Delhi . ‘Meetha(sweet) Paan is our recommendation if this is your first time.

wedding in India

2. Attend an Indian Wedding – Weddings in India are not less than a circus or a Bollywood movie. There is dance, drama, emotions, lights, camera and action. We love all this and so will you. Go ahead and ask a local friend or your agent to help you get an upclose experience of an Indian wedding. We are sure you will enjoy it thoroughly. Two things to look out for in an Indian wedding are crazy dancers on the dance floor doing the funny ‘cobra dance’ and some mischievous kids in the wedding trying to hide or find the groom’s shoes (an Indian tradition). Rest of the fervor comes along.

barber shops in India
3. Visit the local Barber – Just like our street food and paanwaalas, our barbers have hundreds of tiny outlets which are simply dirt cheap. A visit to the local non-branded shop/barber is an unusual and thrilling experience of all. Barbers in India can be found sitting under a tree with just a table, a mirror and some simple instruments that they carry back home every evening. The mirror and the chair is left on the road tied up without any guarantee of finding it there the next day. We recommend you to get a the special head massage done, and if you want a shave too, try to carry your own blade/ razor to avoid any infections.

panipuri stall
4. Relish over Golgappas – The ever favourite ‘Dilli (delhi) ka golgappa’; Mumbai ki paanipuri or Kolkata’s puckas. So many names for this one bursting bomb found in every market or street. So in the evening if you see a small stall swarmed by a group of ladies saying out ‘Bhaiya ek aur de do’ (brother give one more) that’s the stall with the yummiest ‘Golgappa’ of the town. There is no end to the street foods of India so we can’t list all of them but this is ‘IT’. If you have a weak stomach please visit the branded ‘Chat Corners or restaurants’ and if you are really desi at heart you have to go to Old Delhi or Mumbai’s Chowpati because there is lot’s more to explore..

Rickshaw ride in old Delhi
Rickshaw ride in old Delhi

5. Tricycle Ride – ‘Trin trin’ – it’s riding time. A rickshaw is a tricycle used as a local mode of transport in India. A quided rickshaw ride of Old Delhi or the rickshaw pullers of Kolkata are one of the best experience to sink in the frenzy of colors, vivacity and irresistible charm of India. It’s arguably better to explore the city on a rickshaw than on a walking tour as you are much higher so you have a better vision and you will have less chances of being stalled by beggars.