Home to over 1.3 billion people, India is the second-most populous country in the world and the country is extremely diverse and has one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. With 38 JCI accredited medical centers, India is considered as a prime destination for medical tourism. Other than international accreditation organization, India also has its own accreditation bodies, including the Indian Healthcare Federation, the Indian Medical Tourism Council, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as well as the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH). Tourists from all over the world, particularly those from Europe and Middle Eastern countries, are traveling to India for its low-cost medical procedures. Also, medical tourists do not have to worry about language barriers because many highly specialized doctors can speak English since most of them are trained in the UK or the US. The most popular procedures in India are heart surgery and breast augmentation.
Popular Cities and Regions
Every city and region in India has its charm and character. Delhi is brimming with colorful modern life and also steeped in history. It is known for its delicious food, such as Mughalai curries and chaat. The most notable attraction in Delhi is the Red Fort. People who come to India usually want to see the Taj Mahal, which is located in Agra. Other than the Taj Mahal, Agra offers many scenic spots, including Mehtab Bagh and Agra Fort. The most cosmopolitan city in India is Mumbai. It is home to the famous Bollywood and the Gateway of India. In Mumbai, tourists can go shopping in Colaba Causeway or visit Siddhivinayak Temple to learn more about the country’s cultural history.
The busiest airport in India is Indira Gandhi International Airport. It serves both international and domestic flights. The best way to travel around India is by train. Trains are fairly affordable and come in different classes. Buses are nice for short-distance travel. Taxis are available to move inside cities, but tourists will need to negotiate the price as many drivers do not use meters.
Unless you are a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan, you will need to obtain a visa to enter India. A Visa on arrival is available for citizens of Japan and South Korea. e-Visa is available for 150 nationalities and valid for 60 days.
India has four climatological seasons. Summer or pre-monsoon is from March to May, with April and May as the hottest months. Monsoon or the rainy season lasts from June to September and experiences many rainy days. Post-monsoon or autumn starts in October and ends in November, it is usually sunny during this season. Winter is from December to February and has an average temperature of around 10°C to 15°C.
- Local Currency: The official currency is the Indian rupee (INR). 1 USD will get you 71.8 INR.
- Money & Payments: ATMs are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in some shops. Tipping is not mandatory.
- Local Language: There are many languages spoken in India, including Hindi and Bengali. English is understood by many people, particularly in the tourism areas.
- Local Culture and Religion: Hinduism is the largest religion. Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, and other religions are also practiced.
- Public holidays: New Year’s Day, Holi, Tamil New Year, and Independence Day are some of the public holidays in India.