With a diverse culture, world-class economy, welcoming people, advanced medical facilities and premium education, India has made its own place in the minds of African countries, especially Kenya.
Due to all these things, a massive number of Kenya citizens visit India throughout the year. And, the good news is that the India visa application has become online. It is for over 160 countries, including Kenya, whose citizens don’t need to go to an Indian embassy to get a visa; they can apply for it online and receive its electronic form on their confirmed email address.
Designated seaports and airports:
The tourists of Kenya with an India visa electronic form can enter India from the following designated entry points:
Airports: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bag Dogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam.
Seaports: Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Mumbai.
Famous places to visit in India:
Some of the best tourist destinations in India for Kenya citizens are:
- Manali, the honeymoon capital of India, Himachal Pradesh
- Kerala, God’s own country
- Rishikesh, the world capital of yoga, Uttarakhand
- Mumbai, the financial capital of India
- Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
- Gokarna, Karnataka
- Gir Sanctuary, Gujarat
- Goa, the fun capital of India
- Andaman and Nicobar
India-Kenya relations :
You can have an idea of the closeness between India and Kenya with the fact that the celebration food of Kenya is ‘Chapos’, which is called ‘Chapati’ or ‘Roti’ in Hindi (India). Both these former British colonies are very close to each other. People from both countries visit each other’s country and feel like being at home there.
Famous cuisines and beverages of India: kahwah, Lucknowi Biryani, Roasted crab food, Idli, Poha, Khasta Kachori, Sambar vada, Masala Dosa, Coconut Water, Lassi, Sharbat, Tawa Paneer, Shikanji, Pav Vada, Bhelpuri, Palak paneer, Hyderabadi Biryani, Kachori Sabzi, Meen Curry, Mughlai food, Kadhi Chawal, Halwa, Pyaazi Kachori and so on.
Temperament of Indians:
Soft-hearted, welcoming, sympathetic, cool-tempered, religious and warm-hearted.
Things to remember when visiting India on an Indian visa:
- Avoid talking to the people from suspicious and unknown organizations or agencies
- Never, especially at night or alone, go to unlit or dark areas alone.
- Don’t give money or food to monks or beggars coming to you for it; you should ignore and stay from them, as they can be thieves or snatchers.
- Stay away from oily and fried food during your visit, as it may lead to digestive issues.
- Don’t come to India in the summer if you can’t bear its hot season.
- Always have your valid Indian visa in your pocket/purse to show it when asked.
- Always keep some cash in your pocket every time when you are out because most small shopkeepers and rural-people accept only cash.
- Keeping in mind the cultural beliefs of Indians, don’t kiss or hug your better half publicly or in family restaurants. And, you should wear modest clothes when visiting religious places, shrines, etc.
- Remove your shoes or sleepers before entering religious places.
- You’d better stay in only widely-known and registered places with reliable, clean records and security systems.