From snow-clad marvellous mountain beauty, soothing beach allure, yoga activities for the spiritual comfort to historical monuments still preserving the remains of Indian Maharajas and Nawabs, India has everything that a foreigner visitor expects from a country
And, French people tend to be absorbed in the timeless charisma of this seventh largest country in the world. Furthermore, India’s fast-growing economy also compels French businessmen to invest in India so that they can take their business to the next level.
Having taken all such points into consideration, the government of India has made the Indian visa application system online for French citizens in order to allow them to get an India visa by applying online and receive its electronic copy to enter India without any hassle.
Designated airports and seaports for the French with an electronic visa:
The following is a list of 28 airports and 5 designated seaports from where a French national can enter the country when in possession of a valid e visa for India:
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 in India loved by French visitors:
Some of the best tourist destinations in India for French are:
- The Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
- India Gate, Delhi
- The Gateway of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra
- Andaman Nicobar
- Manali, Himachal Pradesh
- Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
- Jammu and Kashmir
Relations between India and France:
France and India have been close to each other since historical times, mainly due to trade reasons. From the seventeenth century till 1954, France ruled the subcontinent, Puducherry, which is an ideal tourist destination for its people.
Moreover, a French Physician called Francois Bernier was the personal physician of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Although a handful of people can speak French in India, French tourists don’t feel awkward here and manage easily.
Famous cuisines and beverages of India: Kadugu Yerra, Quiche, Palpayasam, Butter chicken, Dal Makhni, Chana Bhatura, vegan chocolates, Chhole Bhature, Gushtaba, noodles, Bengali rasgualla, Halwa, Gushtaba, Raita, Lassi, Chur Chur naan, Paneer naan, chicken soup, Lucknowi Kebab, Hyderabadi Biryani, Bhalle papdi, Dahi papdi, Soybean Dosai, Kahwah, Fish curry, and the list goes on.
Temperament of Indians:
Helpful, sympathetic, soft-natured and religious.
Things to remember when visiting India with an Indian visa:
- Don’t talk more to the people of suspicious and unknown organizations or agencies
- Don’t, especially after sunset, visit unlit or dark areas alone, especially girls.
- Never give money or food to monks, clerics 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.
- Pick the season before visiting India for your convenience because some Indian places are very hot, cold and rainy.
- Always have your valid Indian visa in your pocket or purse to show it when asked.
- Always keep some cash in your pocket every time when out because most small shopkeepers and rural-people accept only cash.
- Taking the strict cultural beliefs of Indians into account, never kiss or hug your better half publicly or in family restaurants. And, wear modest clothes when visiting religious places, shrines, etc.
- Don’t forget to put off your shoes or sleepers before entering religious places.
- Stay in only widely-known and registered places with trustworthy, clean records and security systems.