India is one of life’s must-see mysteries. The contrast between the ancient gods and the modern high rises leave one perplexed, but happy to have dipped a toe in its currents. India internship options are vast. The country can host all our topics and many a custom request as well. India is easy to navigate from a setup standpoint as there is a get-it-down spirit and government regulations are reasonable and negotiable. Some fun projects to consider are event planning positions that get you out and about the cities. Photography work is another great option. We can pair you with a studio or freelancer and you can create a meaningful portfolio. Excursions to consider include the famed Taj Mahal. Along with the design and history, what makes it a unique experience is contrast to the low brow villages just outside the gates. Mix and mingle with Hindus and Muslims living side-by-side and learn how history brought them together against the backdrop of a great world icon.

The seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, India is the second most populous country as well as the most populous democracy in the world. A nuclear weapons state and regional power, it has the second largest standing army in the world and ranks fifth in military expenditure among nations. India is a federal republic governed under a parliamentary system and consists of 29 states and 7 union territories. A pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society, it is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.

 

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Delhi. Officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), is a city and a union territory of India containing Old Delhi, in the north, the historic city; and New Delhi, in the south, the capital of India. Delhi is the second-wealthiest city in India after Mumbai and is home to 18 billionaires and 23,000 millionaires. Delhi is known to its numerous tourist attractions both historic and modern. The only city in the world with a unique distinction of having three UNESCO World Heritage sites within its boundaries which are among the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. The Qutb Complex – are monuments and buildings at Mehrauli. The Qutub Minar “victory tower” in the complex standing 240 feet tall, is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Red Fort – is a historic fort in the city of Delhi. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty and used as a ceremonial and political center of the Mughal state. It was located at the center of Delhi and houses many interesting attractions inside the fort like palaces, halls and museums. The Humayun’s Tomb – is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is complete. Delhi has several famous places of worship of various religions. One of the largest Hindu temple complexes in the world, Akshardham is a major tourist attraction in the city.

Mumbai  Mumbai is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. As of 2011 it is the most populous city in India and it is one of the largest and most densely populated urban areas in the world. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It is also the wealthiest city and has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves – a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus – is a historic railway station which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways; and the city’s distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings –  is a collection of 19th century Victorian Neo Gothic public buildings and 20th century Art Deco buildings in the Fort area of Mumbai in Maharashtra, India. Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is also one of the world’s top ten centers of commerce in terms of global financial flow. The city houses important financial institutions and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations. It is also home to some of India’s premier scientific and nuclear institutes. The city also houses India’s Hindi (Bollywood) and Marathi cinema industries. Mumbai’s business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract migrants from all over India, making the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures.

The Taj Mahal  Taj Mahal meaning “Crown of the Palaces” is an immense mausoleum of ivory-white marble on the south bank of the Yamuna river of Agra. It houses the tombs of emperor Shah Jahan and empress Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is Shah Jahan’s most famous Mughal architecture which he built out of love for his wife. The tombs are the centerpiece of a 17-hectare complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall. Construction started in 1632 and the mausoleum was completed in 1643, while the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees. It took efforts from 22,000 laborers, painters, embroidery artists and stone cutters to shape the Taj Mahal. In all, twenty-eight types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into the white marble. The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. It is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. Taj Mahal is also the world’s most famous testimony to the power of love. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors a year and in 2007, it was declared a winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative. Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.

TRAVEL ADVENTURE

Spiti

India is a country very rich in culture and history, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of its ancient and modern architecture, you will be filled with awe as you uncover its luscious green wild lands and you will be fascinated by the different colors, exotic smell, and reverberating noise that slap your face as you first arrive the country. You will discover its endless beauty as you journey along the depths of India. This stark high-altitude alpine desert landscape of Spiti, in Himachal Pradesh is perfect for those adventure enthusiasts it provides options to different activities like mountain biking, hiking and trekking and tracking wildlife. The valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated regions in India and is the gateway to the northernmost reaches of the nation. Spiti’s remarkable landscape is scattered with small villages and monasteries and enclosed by soaring peaks crowned with snow. The harsh winters force residents to stockpile food and remain housebound for months. Spiti valley is a research and cultural center for Buddhists like Key Monastery and Tabo Monastery. Above the monasteries you will see number of caves carved into the cliff face and used by monks for meditation. Spiti is a hidden paradise surrounded by high mountain ranges.

A trip in a kettuvallam (Kerala houseboat) along the palm-fringed Kerala backwaters is so calm and peaceful with palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants, and bushes that grow alongside the backwaters with a green hue to the surrounding landscape is so quiet and serene seem like a journey to another world, no wonder it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Kerala Backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala state in southern India. Kerala was ranked as one of the “50 destinations of a lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler in a special collectors’ issue, with houseboat and backwater resort tourism in Alappuzha seen as leading factors. In the midst of this landscape there are a number of towns and cities, which serve as the starting and end points of backwater cruises. The backwaters have a unique ecosystem: freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea. A barrage has been built near Thanneermukkom, so salt water from the sea is prevented from entering the deep inside, keeping the fresh water intact.

A trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Ellora Caves and reflecting the strong religious faith of ancient India. Ellora Caves are an impressive complex of rock shrines that represent the three faiths of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism and were created dating from the 600–1000 CE period. It is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world. There are over 100 caves at the site, all excavated from the basalt cliffs in the Charanandri Hills, 34 of which are open to the public. These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India. They were built close to one another and illustrate the religious harmony that existed in ancient India. The caves of Ellora are protected monument sites under the Archaeological Survey of India and has been included in the World Heritage list of monuments. The nobility, grace and serenity inherent in Buddha is reflected in the sculptures of these caves. These murals and frescoes adorning the walls of these structures depict the story of Buddhism. Today, the Ellora Caves, along with the nearby Ajanta Caves, are a major tourist attraction in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra and a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

THE PEOPLE

The culture of India refers collectively to the thousands of distinct and unique cultures of all religions and communities present in India. India’s languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, languages and customs differ from place to place within the country. Arranged marriages have long been the norm in Indian society. Even today, the majority of Indians have their marriages planned by their parents and other respected family-members. In the past, the age of marriage was young has increased to 21 years now. India, being a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, celebrates holidays and festivals of various religions. The three national holidays in India, the Independence Day, the Republic Day and the Gandhi Jayanti, are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm across India. In addition, many Indian states and regions have local festivals depending on prevalent religious and linguistic demographics.

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Transport system in India consists of transport by land, water, and air. Buses are an important means of public transport in India. However, the share of buses is negligible in most Indian cities as compared to personalized vehicles, and two-wheelers and cars account for more than 80 percent of the vehicle population in most large cities. India’s rail network is the third-longest and the most heavily used system in the world, transporting more than 8.2 billion passengers and over 970 million tonnes of freight annually, as of 2015. Generally, traffic in most of the cities in India moves slowly, where traffic jams and accidents are very common. India has very poor records on road safety – around 90,000 people die from road accidents every year. A Reader’s Digest study of traffic congestion in Asian cities ranked several Indian cities within the Top Ten for worst traffic.

The cost of living in India is relatively low compared to other countries, it is 65.10% lower than in United States. The biggest expense would be the accommodation it vary a lot as you move from urban to rural areas of India. While cost of living in India is typically comparatively low, you may find you’re taking a hit to your salary as well. It depends on how you budget your day to day living expense, the lifestyle you choose and the quality of life you may want.

The Indian Rupee is the official currency of India.

Visitors to India must obtain a visa from an Indian diplomatic mission unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or a country whose citizens may obtain a visa on arrival, or an e-Visa online. Citizens from Bhutan and Nepal do not require visas or passports to enter India (unless arriving from mainland China) and may remain in the country without any limit of stay, they can also live and work freely in India. Foreign citizens possessing an Overseas Citizen of India registration certificate or holders of a Persons of Indian Origin Card are exempt from visa requirements, have the right of domicile in India and are allowed unlimited entries into India. Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, mainland China, Nepal or Pakistan are generally not entitled to hold Overseas Indian Citizenship. From March 1979 citizens of Maldives do not require visas to enter India for 90 days (unless arriving from mainland China). Citizens from Japan and South Korea are eligible for a Visa on arrival can apply for an e-Visa instead if they intend to enter the country through an airport or seaport not covered by the VOA scheme.

In January 2019 the Indian government updated e-Visa rules for all eligible countries. The validity of Indian e-tourist and e-Business Visa was increased from 60 days with double entry to up-to 1 year with multiple entries. The validity count starts from the day of being granted the e-visa online and not from the day of physical entry as before. For e-tourist visa, continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days for all eligible nationals of e-tourist visa except for nationals of US, UK, Japan and Canada. For nationals of US, UK, Japan and Canada, continuous stay during each visit should not exceed 180 days. No FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Officer) registration is required. For e-business visa, continuous stay during each visit should not exceed 180 days for nationals of all countries who are eligible for grant of e-business visa and no FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Officer) registration is required if the stay is for less than 180 days.

India is the 106th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. India is a safe country. Although there are high risk areas and remote tribal regions which are considered unsafe for everyone but with a high degree of caution and security awareness when travelling in India it can be avoided. The level of crimes of India is moderate, the most common are theft, armed robbery and rape. The number of sexual assaults had increased in recent years, so women should be very careful and take extra precautions it would be better not to travel alone and avoid walking at night in areas which you think considered unsafe. Most of these problems can be avoided with a lot of common sense and an appropriate amount of caution.

There is no national language in India. The Constitution of India designates 22 official languages for the Government of India and as Hindi written in the Devanagari script, as well as English as the official languages of the Union. Hindi, with the largest number of speakers, is the official language of the government. English is used extensively in business and administration and has the status of a “subsidiary official language”; it is important in education, especially as a medium of higher education. Hindi or English is used in official purposes such as parliamentary proceedings, judiciary, communications between the Central Government and a State Government. States within India have the liberty and powers to specify their own official language(s) through legislation and therefore there are 22 officially recognized languages in India of which Hindi is the most used. The 22 official languages are, Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.