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Ever dreamed of visiting Indira Point the most southern part of India? Why don’t you discover it on your own this winter instead of checking it out on Google? If you are still thinking of Kanyakumari, you are wrong! Actually, it’s Indira Point on Nicobar Island which is the real southernmost tip of our country. It is well located in the exotic Great Nicobar rainforests. It’s the right time to add Indira Point to your bucket list.

Located in Great Nicobar Tehsil and Nicobar District of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Indira Point falls under Laxminagar Panchayat. It was once called Parsons Point or Pygmalion Point since inception. Later on, late P.M. Rajiv Gandhi renamed it after his mother as Indira Point. Indira Point is also known as the southernmost tip of the territory of India.

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Why Visit Indira Point?

Located on Campbell Bay, which has a Gurudwara and is also called “Mini Punjab”, Indira Point is one of the less-visited tourist attractions in Andaman. Campbell Bay is a village that is open to tourists in Great Nicobar. It is also considered as one of the most lesser-known places in India. You can witness the beautiful nature in Indira Point. The lighthouse in Indira Point is one of the most beautiful in the world.

If you haven’t seen any lighthouse in your life, Indira Point is truly a visual treat to your eyes. This beach is covered by dense greens on one side and tranquil blue waters on the other side. Indira Point has been well regarded with a unique experience that comes once in a lifetime. It is always better to visit this attraction at sunset and explore the tranquil beauty of the ocean while walking on the beach.

You can witness the forest on this island which is filled with deciduous trees and awesome mangroves. In addition, the seclusion of Indira Point attracts some of the beautiful flora and fauna species. Some of the most attractive wildlife species found here are giant robber crab, crab-eating macaque, reticulated python, giant leatherback turtle, saltwater crocodile, and Nicobar serpent eagle. You can easily witness them in their own habitat.

Some Interesting Facts you should know about Indira Point

● Arichalamamanai is connected to Rameshwaram through a 23 km long strip which is believed to have existed over the ages as part of Ramsetu. You can witness the vast ocean at the end of Arichalamamanai.

● The lighthouse in Indira Point helps sea vessels by illuminating the path to ships heading to Malaysia and Malacca.

● You can have a magical view of the Bay of Bengal from India Point and feel the strong breeze coming straight from the Bay of Mannar. There is a story behind it related to Lord Rama. Once he was looking for the path to cross the ocean to reach Lanka. But the sea didn’t allow him to do that. He made the ocean dry by lifting up his bow. Later on, the sea waves became calm on one side and made way for him. Since then, Ram Setu is located on this site.

● Earlier, Indira Point was called Pygmalion Point. Indira Gandhi, who was the Prime Minister of India, visited this place on February 19, 1984. On October 10, 1985, Rajiv Gandhi visited this place and renamed it to Indira Point on the official ceremony after her death.

● Indira Point is located only 20 km from Talaimannar Island of Sri Lanka.

● The last town in the Indian Territory is Dhanuskodi. After this village, there is no other civilization, except a well-paved road to Ramsetu.

● This location has been geographically changed when the tsunami hit in December 2004. Due to this phenomenon, India Point’s height has been cut to 4.25m.

● Only four families live here in this place according to Census 2011. There are only 27 people in these families with around 85% of literacy rate.

● Indira Point is located around 47m above sea level.

● The Union Territory of Andaman has a national park named “Galathea national park”.

● Port Blair is the only airport in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Getting There
Reaching Indira Point is not that easy because of its isolated location. But, still here are some of the ways to get there –

By Air – Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair is the closest airport to reach Indira Point. There is a leading national helicopter “Pawan Hans” which takes flights through the different Andaman Islands. You can easily get there through this helicopter. However, the prices vary by season. You need to get details by contacting the Director of Civil Aviation (03192-230480).

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An aerial view of the damaged coast of Indira Point, India’s southernmost point, 600 km (about 375 miles) south of Port Blair, in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago March 1, 2005. The tsunami which swamped Asian coastlines just over two months ago not only
killed thousands of people in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, it also hurt a vital part of the country’s defenses. The picture was taken on March 1, 2005. REUTERS/Sucheta Das Die Landzunge Indira Point auf Car Nicobar, die den s¸dlichsten Ort des indischen Staatsgebietes bildet, versank w‰hrend des Tsunami 2004 im Meer. Der Leuchtturm is Indira Point steht wie ein Mahnmal im Wasser.

By Rail – Chennai is located around 1300 km from Port Blair and it is also the nearest railway station to Indira Point. So, the flight is the fastest way to get to Port Blair from Chennai which takes around 2 hours. On reaching there, you can take Pawanhans.

By Road – Indira Point has no direct road connectivity from Port Blair. But a roadway is being built from Zero Point in Campbell Bay to Indira Point which is 56 km long.

Due to the lack of proper knowledge among tourists about Indira Point and its isolated location, only a few tourists visit this place. If you want to explore its beauty and purity, you should plan ahead.

We hope you liked the interesting facts and other details about this lesser-known destination of Andaman, Indira Point. In order to visit Andaman Tourism, you can choose from different Andaman tour packages at Andaman Bliss.

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Cheapest Way to Travel Maldives from India

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Maldives is one of the expensive places to visit. So you need to find cheap & budget friendly ways to Travel Maldives from India. A one day tour in Maldives can cost you more than 1,000$. And one of the major reasons that Maldives is so expensive is because of the high value of real estate, high taxes applied on foreigners and tourists and just about everything you can get in Maldives is imported.

The breath-taking places of Maldives are all worth your money. This is why, even knowing that a trip to Maldives could cost a lot, many people still dream to tour Maldives. This is why in this article I will try to explain the cheapest way you can tour Maldives from India. But I don’t guarantee you that it will be less than 1,000$.

When I searched on Google about Maldives, I found a little interesting fact: The best month to visit Maldives is November to April. This really shocked me because even the cheapest month costs more than an average middle-class could afford.  

Though, the peak tourist season to book flights to Maldives is this only. The weather is perfect, sunny and bright for you to enjoy your vacation exploring Maldives’s islands.

You can just have a nice and peaceful walk around the beach, or you can just sit on the sands and enjoy watching the sunset and amazing water sports. The water is warm if you’re a diving expert or you love to dive then this will make your mood for diving.

India to Maldives for Honeymoon

From India to Maldives could be way too expensive for someone to enjoy their holidays and tour in Maldives, but you can minimize the expenses in Maldives by saving yourself from spending too much money. India to Maldives total flight duration is as much as 3 hours, 23 minutes so it will not take you too long to land your feet on Maldives.

If you want to tour Maldives from India, you need to know that the Indian people visiting Maldives as a tourist and they do not require any pre-arrival visa.

A free Maldives Tourist Visa will be given to you which is valid for no longer than 3 months and it will be issued to Indian national’s right after arriving at the Male airport.

To make your Maldives Honeymoon budget friendly, remember to check these top honeymoon hotels in Maldives to make the list of hotels & resorts in Maldives for romantic couples.

A real passport, along with an onward/return ticket and sufficient funds, is required to have a legal tour to Maldives. A no-cost visitor visa validity is a month and given to you on your arrival.

Without a preplan, a holiday in Maldives for a week could cost you MVR 25,888 for a single person.

 So, a trip to the Maldives for two people should cost around MVR 51,775 for one week.

A trip for two weeks for two people should cost MVR 103,551 in the Maldives.

But do you know that even though Maldives is expensive there are still some cheapest ways to visit Maldives.  And don’t worry we won’t be guiding you with some illegal ways. In fact all these ways are fully legal.

There is no doubt that Maldives is one of the most costly places to visit. But for some reasons July and August tend to be the cheapest months to travel to Maldives.  For Maldives it is always very hard to talk about money as there are so many types of accommodations and different activities to enjoy.

Even though we know Maldives for being a luxury destination, you also have more and more budget options available these days.

Resorts are the most expensive type of holidays but you can find all kind of resorts such as 2★, 3★, 4★, 5★ etc. And the price is according to your hotel category. You can search for a 2★ resort that starts with an all-inclusive package for USD 150 out of 200 per day each person.

But if you are searching for a 5★ resorts then you can go up to 1500 USD or much more on Bed and breakfast basis per night. Overall, you will have to add your excursions and water sports activities.

Guest’s houses business is rapidly growing in Maldives. This can become a good budget alternative to resort for you. Accommodations are cheap, they are between 50 and 100 USD per night, including Bed and breakfast.

If you are a full time traveler & you keep travelling for blogging then you must explore these best travel affiliate programs through which you can make money online being in Maldives. It’s simple the more you travel the more money you make.

If you want all your meals to be included (full board) you will have to add around 30 USD/pax per day. Overall, you will have to pay for your transfer (around 30$/pax) and all your excursions and watersports (between 20 and 100$ per excursion). Note that there is no alcohol to serve you on the local island.

Finally, a V.I.P cruise in Maldives could be the most interesting solution. This is an excellent solution as your accommodation includes food and all other activities in your package and you get to see beaches of Maldives, enjoy the real beauty of the country and avoid the tourist’s crowd. Usually for a 3★ star vessel you will have to pay around 150$/person/night, food, excursions, water will be included (alcoholic drinks will be an extra cost).

For cheap resort for seven nights count around 1200$ per person (Full board, no drinks included, no excursions, no activities and water sports)

What to see in Maldives?

Book your Maldives air ticket to experience the perfect tour for a relaxing holiday. Surrounded by islands of breath-taking beauty, white sand beaches all opening to an aquamarine ocean, Maldives is more like a paradise for tourists. When you are in Maldives, make sure that you visit the National Museum in Male.

It is the first international museum of the country and it’s definitely worth visiting. The famous Masjid-al-Sultan is another architectural wonder located in Male. The shining golden dome of the mosque is in a different level of beauty. If you ever loved art in your life or you’re still into it, then the Esjehi Art Gallery is a must-visit place for you.

Or, If you want to catch a glimpse of the local life in Maldives, then the Maldives Fish Market is the right place where you would want yourself to be.

What to Eat in Maldives

Maldives is well known and famous for its multi-flavored foods. The foods you’ll get to eat in Maldives are the combination of its neighbor countries India and Sri Lanka. This kind of combination in their foods attracts many Food Loggers to visit Maldives and test their foods. But what makes their food so delicious?  It’s their mixed rich flavors that makes their foods even more tasty and delicious.

It will be a waste if you just visit Maldives without eating all the delicious foods of Maldives. The food in Maldives has a mild spiciness and a delicate sweetness and is prepared using techniques passed down from generations. Since Maldives is a major tourist destination having resorts spread throughout the island, there is a wide range of food options for tourists, even vegetarians.

If you’re planning to tour Maldives, then do not forget to eat these delicious foods of Maldives: Garudhiya,Mas Huni,Masroshi,Bis Keemiya,Boshi Mashuni (Banana Flower Salad),Fried Yams, Maldivian Live Lobster, Saagu Bonifay, Reef Fish Cutlets and more. These are some of the famous foods of Maldives. Some celebrities even visit Maldives only to have these in their breakfast.

Conclusion

Even knowing that Maldives is way too expensive for a Middle-class average person, but still the money is worth spending to tour Maldives. The beach, the sands, the sky and especially their foods are all enough to make you feel that you’re in paradise.

Having a proper Holiday in Maldives could be the best day of your life. If we aside the expensive part, then we get a romantic luxurious paradise to spend a day or a week with your connection.

You can also select Maldives as your honeymoon destination afterall it is the Ideal place for every couple to enjoy their honeymoon. Many couples even visit Maldives after their honeymoon to feel the same experience they felt during their honeymoon.

 In the end to be honest with you all, I tried my best to explore the cheapest India to Maldives tour topic. But there’s no way that you could enjoy your holidays in Maldives without spending thousands of dollars.

But after a long research in above i have tried to mention the cheapest way anyone could visit Maldives from India without spending thousands dollars. There is more to explore about Maldives but I believe that it will be wise to explore Maldives all by yourself by having a cheapest tour to Maldives from India.

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For tourists who have visited Egypt at least once, it is no secret that entry to the territory of this country is possible only with a visa. There are two options for obtaining an Egypt visa:

– Getting a “visa on arrival”. The process is as follows: upon arrival in Egypt, you need to go to the VISA window, pay the fee, and get a visa.

– Since November 2017, the Egyptian authorities have introduced an electronic visa or e-visa.

Electronic visa to Egypt – a new online system for issuing entry permits to foreigners. You can get it quickly and with ease on Natvisa.com. All you need is a laptop, a passport valid for 6 months, a bank card, and a few minutes of your precious time.

The new online permit system was introduced by the Egyptian authorities to simplify tourist entrance to the country. You can quickly apply for a single and multiple e-visa in advance within 1-3 days on the website https://natvisa.com/egypt-visa.

Nationalities Allowed Egypt eVisa

Citizens of the following countries are eligible for an Egypt e-visa: United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, and the Vatican.

The list of countries may be updated, so double-check the information on the Natvisa website immediately before your trip.

Gather Your Documents

To obtain an e-visa, you do not need to visit the Egyptian Embassy in your country. The traveler must provide a minimum package of documents and meet a few simple requirements. All foreign citizens entering Egypt with an electronic visa must:

1. Be a citizen of a country that is eligible for an e-visa (see the section above).

2. Have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the country.

3. Have a credit or debit card to pay for the visa service online.

To apply for an Egypt e-visa, children who have their own passport must submit separate applications.

Apply Online With Natvisa

Steps of applying for an electronic visa to Egypt:

1) Applying for an e-visa.

All information must correspond exactly to the passport data. Otherwise, the application is considered invalid. Unfilled and unpaid applications are automatically deleted one week after they are submitted.

When filling out the online form, you must answer the following questions:

– Choose the type of visa: single or multiple, the cost of the visa depends on it.

– Select the country of departure.

– Select the planned arrival date. It must occur within 90 days from the moment of registration of the electronic pass.

– Select the planned departure date.

– Enter your first and last name (if the last name is not specified in the passport, this field can be left empty).

– Specify the gender.

– Specify the date and place of birth.

– Answer the question about second citizenship.

– Choose your marital status.

– Select the type of passport (no other passports except regular ones, as well as ID cards are accepted).

– Enter the passport ID without spaces.

– Specify the validity period of the passport.

– Answer a question about previous visits to Egypt. If the answer is positive, the start and end dates of the trips must be indicated. You must also specify the address where you were located during your trip.

– Answer a question about deportation from Egypt or another country. If the answer is “yes”, you must specify the State, date, and reason for the deportation.

– Specify your email address and phone number.

2) Processing of the application.

The application is processed immediately after the visa fee is paid. After processing the application, a letter is sent to the traveler’s email address. It indicates the current status of the application. The traveler can also independently monitor this process through the Natvisa website.

Remember that the refusal to issue an e-visa can be made without explaining the reasons. It is also worth considering that the Egypt Visa Online is issued only for the purpose of tourism. It is an offense to engage in work without a permit.

Tourists who do not want to use this innovation can still get a pass on arrival in Egypt, at the airport.

The validity of Tourist Egypt eVisa

There is a single-entry and multiple-entry electronic visa to Egypt. The first one allows you to enter the country once and stay in it for 30 days. The second one allows the traveler to enter the country several times within three months, while the total number of days should not exceed 30 days.

Covid-19 Entry Restrictions

The epidemiological situation in Egypt is improving in 2021. Anti-Covid vaccination on a mass scale in Egypt has not yet begun, and its start has not yet been announced. Egypt already received 50,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from the UAE as a gift at the beginning of the year, and the authorities are now vaccinating health workers.

Anyone arriving at airports in Egypt must have negative results of a PCR test for COVID-19 for no more than 72 hours before departure. There are a number of conditions for those who plan to visit Egypt on an e-visa with test results:

– The test duration is calculated as the difference between the time of sample collection in the laboratory and the departure of the flight to Egypt.

– Children under 6 years of age are exempt from taking this test.

– The test result is accepted only in printed form with the laboratory seal. It is not accepted in electronic form, SMS messages are not accepted. There should be no corrections in the document;

– The test result is only accepted in Arabic or English. NOT accepted in Russian;

– The Covid test result must accurately indicate the date and time of the biomaterial collection, as well as the type of sample;

– The test result should accurately indicate the type of test – PCR.

For tourists arriving at resorts, there is an exception. This exception is made only for those arriving by direct flights (without connecting in Egypt) to the airports of Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh, Marsa Alam, and Taba. In this case, everyone can take a test in the airport building.

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Delhi, India’s national capital, will never fail to astonish you. It happens to become the only city in the world with a rare distinction within its limits of having not one but three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

There is no lack of fun things to do here if you have the will and resources to explore Delhi. The city has many cafes, bars, bazaars, and other fun places that can enhance the culture and it gives some of the world’s better-known cities a run for their money.

In Delhi, let’s choose the best things to do:

  1. Spending time at Qutab Minar

Qutab Minar is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Delhi’s main attractions.

This tower has 240 feet height, was built by the first king, Qutb-ud-din, of Delhi in 1192. The name of this architecture is given after its founder.

This tower is constructed solely of red sandstone and marble and 379-step spiral staircase it has and with these you can go to the top of this structure. However, since 1974, it is so famous to general people.

  1. Lotus Temple

An architectural pleasure is the Lotus Temple. The entire top to the bottom complex is covered in white marble.

The universal sign of harmony, a lotus flower, not only gives the name but also gives form to the temple.

In the inner sanctum, photography is prohibited and there is a strict code of silence to be retained at all times. The temple, open to all castes and creeds, is an ideal venue for anyone who wants to meditate and pray. The temple is also regarded as the place of faith of the Baha’is.

  1. India Gate

Deeply committed to the remembrance of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Afghan War, a tour to this iconic and historic landmark of Delhi, 42 m high, is not only an educational opportunity but also a delight for photographers.

Each of the 13,500 individuals who laid down their lives fighting on the Northwest Frontier displays the names of the walls.

In the evenings, India Gate is best visited when the monument is beautifully illuminated and the beautiful fountains around it offer a truly magical look to the place and after that choose a hotel in Delhi to stay.

  1. Akshardham Temple

The Akshardham temple in East Delhi is a place of worship, complete with exhibitions, boat trips, water shows, and lush gardens, unlike any other, not only in India but throughout the world.

Viewed to be among some of the world’s largest Hindu temples, the area’s architectural beauty and decoration would certainly leave you spellbound.

Sadly, within this temple, photography is strictly forbidden.

  1. Rashtrapati Bhavan

The President of India’s official residence, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, is a magnificent palatial building with more than 400 rooms. It keeps the bodyguards, stables, and other utility workers, apart from the President.

In height, it’s second only to the President of Turkey’s residence. On weekends, the palace doors are thrown open to tourists via a registration process that can be reached online.

The beautiful Mughal Gardens are the pride of the Presidential Place here, attracting a large number of tourists, both local and foreign and they can stay in a hotel in Delhi for a few days.

  1. Jama Masjid

In the 17th century, the largest Islamic mosque in the region, Jama Masjid, was founded way back. The imposing building is iconic of Old Delhi landmark and a significant place of worship.

The mosque can hold up to 25,000 people and the sight of such a number is a scene to behold, particularly during Friday prayers.

There are several entry points to the main building, all of which ultimately lead to the main deck. Entry for all nationalities is free and available, except that you need to cover up from head to toe. If one wants to take photos, a small fee is charged for photography.

  1. Connaught Spot

The nightlife in Delhi might not be so lively, but Connaught Spot, the commercial and party hub of Delhi, it has its fair share of resto-bars, clubs, and music outlets.

Joints like Junkyard Cafe, Excuse Me, Boss, Lord of the Drinks are accompanied by a broad and vigorous crowd. Accessorized like the Royal Crescent of Bath, England, Connaught Place is undoubtedly Delhi’s most famous night out venue, and then pick a proper hotel in Delhi to stay.

  1. Chandni Chowk

The commercial center of Old Delhi is Chandni Chowk, translated as Moonlight Lane.

One of India’s oldest markets, its tiny narrow lanes are a circus tent of daybreak activity, offering on sale any commodity you can imagine under the sun.

The best way to stop being swept away in the mass of humanity that gathers here is to take a leisurely rickshaw cycle tour.

As a local guide, the rickshaw driver doubles up and happily imparts important inputs to everything, including places to eat, shop, and visit. A visit to Chandni Chowk should be high on any tourist’s agenda in order to see how the real Delhi survives.

  1. Pragati Maidan

Facing the castle walls of the Old Fort, aka the Purana Qila, lies Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

The grounds are used solely for the planning of national and international exhibitions. A visitor can visit stalls ranging from textiles, food, drinks, vehicles, electronics, furniture, and much more under one roof.

The items are not only genuine, but they also originate from exhibitors in India and a number of foreign countries. There are hundreds of shops that show an impressive variety of goods that draw clients from all over and wide.

  1. Little Tibet

For specialty food, every cosmopolitan city has at least one traditional location. Very few people, including locals, are aware of the fact that, for almost a century, a large number of Tibetan refugees have been living in North Delhi.

These Tibetans converted their modest homes into small food joints in order to make a living, serving some of the most delicious Chinese, Korean, and Tibetan cuisine you can find anywhere in Delhi.

The food is not only fresh and delicious here, but also relatively inexpensive. Restaurants such as Dolma and Ama are regularly lined with clients on the main road.

Things just don’t work out as you expect them to, and after taking rest in a hotel in Delhi while touring around, certain difficulties will always occur.

But don’t let the frustrations get you down, don’t let them hold a good outlook.

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