Going to India?
If you're going to India, make sure you have the right travel insurance before you go, there are a few things to think about before you buy a policy, though:
- The cost of your trip - Because if you have to cancel, it's good to know that you'll get your money back
- The activities you might be doing while you are there - We include over 50 adventure activities automatically, so it's more than likely you'll be covered, but you should check before you take part. If you're planning anything more extreme, we can offer you extra cover. Just give us a call on the number above
- Whether you're covered should you incur costs as a result of civil unrest
- And don't forget to check the latest travel advice for India from the FCO
Did you know that...?
- As a guest in India, turn down the first offer of tea or snacks. Don't worry if you're gasping for a cup - you'll be asked again. It's part of the protocol. Leaving food on your plate means you've had enough, but an empty plate says "still hungry"!
- Marigolds in their thousands are used as brightly coloured decorations at Indian weddings, festivals and temples as an auspicious symbol of peace and prosperity. By contrast, giving a British bride a pair of marigolds wouldn't go down too well.
- Every year India's population grows by the equivalent of the combined populations of the Netherlands and Belgium, about 27 million people. It's expected that there will be more people in India than China by 2025. That's a lot of people.
- As the Romans found, maths and counting get a bit tricky if you haven't invented zero. So hat's off to the mathematicians of India, who came up with the idea and were calculating with zeros at least by the 9th century. Nothing is really something.
- Sushruta, a plastic surgeon in India, could reconstruct a missing nose (cut off in battle or as punishment for a crime like adultery) using flaps of skin from the cheek or forehead. The technique is still used today. He did it in the 6th century BC!
- In India ghosts, spirits, departed souls and dark energy - call them what you will - are believed to attach themselves to black clothing. They're not at all fond of white clothes. That's why Indians traditionally wear white to funerals.
- A camel race kicks off the Pushkar ka Mela, the world's largest camel and livestock market-festival held for five days every November in Pushkar, India. Sideshow events include the "matka phod" - a competition to find the longest moustache.
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