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Transportation In Andaman and Nicobar Islands

AIR: Inter-island travel can be easy with Sea Helicopter. The breathtaking aerial view will keep you glued to the window for sure! However, the service isn’t meant for tourists although you can try your luck by applying a day before the Directorate of Civil Aviation office. BOAT: Be ready to face long frenzy waiting queues at the ferry ticket office. You can pre-book ferry tickets only if you’ve an island permit. Hotels can do that on your behalf. Porters charge about INR 50/bag so if you aren’t carrying something heavy, it’s better to carry them yourself. There are frequent boat services from Havelock Island to Neil Island. More queries? Dig deeper at: www.andamans.gov.in. BUS: Mohanpura bus terminus is the central terminus. Buses are available throughout the day. South, Middle and North Andaman, all are linked by roads. Bus services are available from Port Blair to Wandoor, North to Baratang, Rangat, mayabunder and Diglipur. PRIVATE VEHICLES: Travelling solo or in pair? Best option would be to avail for motorbikes from port Blair that charge a minimal amount of INR 300/day. However, a car driver will charge INR 600 per 35 km. North and Middle Andaman is prohibited for foreigners to explore owing to the tribals’ aversion towards foreigners.
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Quick Andaman Travel Tips For First Timers

CLIMATE You can imagine how pleasant the weather remains throughout the year when we say that the temperature flickers between 20 to 32 degree Celsius with a humidity of about 80%. The southwest monsoon is especially wet and occurs between the mid-May and early October, whereas the northeast monsoon is comparatively dry and occurs between November and December. Andaman experiences no winter. The beginning of March marks the entry of Summer in Andaman which lasts till the mid-May. Summer is an absolute favourite season for tourists since they get to explore the archipelago to the fullest, go for sightseeing, enjoy the underwater adventures like scuba diving, sea walking and snorkeling. TIME ZONE No, Andaman doesn’t belong to a different time zone. It follows the same time as the rest of the India, that is, GMT 5 hours and 30 minutes. FORMALITIES -Residents of India, don’t need a visa/passport. However, for foreigners, passport with India Visa is mandatory.
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Best Time To Visit Andaman – Everything You Need To Know

The tropical archipelago is subjected to very less alteration in temperature. The temperature swings between 20 to 35 degree Celsius throughout the year. The serene climate is one of the reasons why Andaman is a tourists’ favourite. You can say Best Time To Visit Andaman – Its all round the year. Andaman basically has two seasons only- Monsoon and Summer. The weather is mostly breezy and delightful sans humidity. You can totally chill watching the waves flirt with the beach as it moves to and fro.   ANDAMAN FROM JANUARY TO MAY: The ideal season to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Summer in Andaman stretches from January to May. If you are an adventure enthusiast this is the season for you. You’ll love sea walking, diving, snorkeling in this pleasant weather and discover to the world underwater. The temperature fluctuates between 25 to 35 degree Celsius during this period. You should visit Andaman during this time to witness it at its best. Do you love festivals? Well, lucky for you because Andaman offers Island Tourism Festivals and Subhash Mela for tourists! Sounds great, right? So pack your bags for the beach and palms are summoning you, what are you waiting for? book your tickets now! ANDAMAN FROM JUNE – DECEMBER: Surprisingly, Andaman receive monsoon twice- one that lasts from November till January and the other lasts from May to September. The temperature keeps on fluctuating ranging from 22 to 30 degrees. This is the best time to visit Andaman if you are a Monsoon lover. Sipping coffee in your cozy hotel room isn’t that bad idea either. Also, it’ll be the perfect time for you to take a break and spend some quality time with your family and enjoy the perfect island monsoon. So what are you waiting for. Plan your trip to Andaman now. Use the WhatsApp button below to get your perfect trip planned.  
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Top Honeymoon Places in Andaman Nicobar Islands

Top Honeymoon Places in Andaman Nicobar Islands

Andaman conjures up turquoise water, palm trees and serene white sand. The perfect aura for a romantic tryst for you and your partner, being surrounded by tranquility, tropical mangroves, walking bare feet on the ivory sand and having the time of your lives, sounds quintessential. In recent years, Andaman has become a honeymoon hotspot. A romantic escape with your spouse to this gorgeous archipelago serves the perfect idea of honeymoon. So, to all the honeymooners, sit back and relax because we just made your job a bit easier by shortlisting all the spots in this dreamy island you just can’t miss. To be honest, Havelock island must be your first choice, right? We understand, since it is the most hyped one. Yes, Havelock Island probably has been popularised more than any other island in Andaman. Port Blair, Neil, Baratang and Diglipur are underrated but shouldn’t go unnoticed. If you want us to help you to plan your perfect honeymoon in the beautiful islands, use the WhatsApp button below to let us know your requirements. Keep on reading to know more… 1. CHIDIATAPU, PORT BLAIR: We bet you won’t be able to take your eyes off the stunning picturesque at Chidiatapu. 30 km from port Blair, Chidiatapu is den of rare exotic birds. Also, sunset at Chidiatapu looks marvelous. Now you know where to start your trip from. 2. FOR HISTORY FANATICS: Back in British era, freedom fighters were carried to the Cellular Jail A.k.a where they were severely tortured and punished. Overwhelming light and sound show at the Cellular Jail will surely add up to the excitement and leave you amazed. Also, we’d suggest you to book the tickets in advance. 3. NORTH BAY AND ROSS ISLAND: Take a INR 20 note. You see that island? Well, that’s North bay Island. North Bay and Ross island are extremely popular among tourists for Coral Safari in Semi Submarine, Scuba Diving, Sea Walking. You’ll be awestruck by these bonny islands. A mere INR 30 and INR 10 maintenance fees are charged at Ross Island and North Bay Island from the visitors. 4. NEIL ISLAND: Neil island is a paradise in disguise. Board a Government ferry from Port Blair and you’ll reach Neil island within 2-3 hours. Though it’s comparatively smaller than Havelock island, Neil island is ethereal. 5. HAVELOCK ISLAND: Last but not the least, watch the various hues of blue in Havelock island. It’s the largest of all the islands and is 25 miles away from port Blair. You can never get enough of its scenic beauty. The best way to end your Honeymoon would be a candle light dinner with your love.
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Why Andaman and Nicobar Islands Are The Current Favorite For Destination Wedding

Destination wedding is currently in vogue. And beach wedding is an absolute dreamy affair. Getting married with the love of your life away from the city rush, a small congregation witnessing the beginning of an eternal bond, waves moving back and forth, foliage and palm trees dancing to the beach breeze, under the azure sky. Sounds ethereal, right? When it comes to destination wedding, we bet there’s no other place you’d rather be than Andaman island! The exotic virgin island with tropical white sand is probably the best wedding destination. The concept of destination wedding is gaining popularity, couples from around the world come to this exquisite island to tie knots. Wondering what’s so special about this island? 1. THE CLIMATE IS SERENE: The temperature varies between 20 to 32 degrees Celsius in Andaman throughout the year. Although, monsoon wedding (June to September) wouldn’t be a great idea. The best time to get married in this island is between November to April when the sky is clear and looks happy with sunshine. 2. AN INTIMATE AFFAIR: Ditch the conventional Big Fat India Wedding. Make this beautiful event of your life indelible with close friends and family, a small gathering of important people away from home to be a part of this auspicious occasion. 3. A BIT UNCONVENTIONAL: Treat your guests with the scrumptious sea food and Andaman delicacies, add adventure to the wedding by planning sea walking, snorkeling and various other underwater adventures to make the wedding a bit more exciting. WHEN TO PLAN? Start planning 4-5 moths before the wedding. THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO PLAN -The number of guests: 80-100 people are easily manageable. The smaller the circle, better the functioning. You need to plan prior if you are coming to the island with a gigantic group. IDEAL LOCATION FOR THE WEDDING: 1. HAVELOCK ISLAND: 25 miles northeast from Port Blair, Havelock island has an impressive picturesque. The colour of the ocean keeps on changing owing to angle of sun. Sunset in Havelock island is a stunning view. 2. PORT BLAIR: Port Blair, being the capital, is affluent with resources. Accommodations are easily available here. Create a fairytale wedding with the beach on the background.
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Traveling to Andaman with Kids? Things You Must Know

Planning for an odyssey to Andaman with your munchkins? Taking a break from the daily hustle and bustle once in a while with your family unwinds your mind and beach is always a good idea. In case you’re having qualms about this trip we are here to help. Enlighten yourself with some of the things you ought to know about travelling with kids to Andaman. To all the worried mommies and daddies out there, Andaman is absolutely safe for children. Kids are totally going to love building lego houses on the beach with the white sand under the clear blue sky. Andaman is a heaven in disguise. Fun never ends when you’re in Andaman. There are plenty of other activities for your kids to indulge into and places to be in. Still curious? Scroll down… 1. BE SUPER CAUTIOUS WHEN IN: -ELEPHANT BEACH AT HAVELOCK ISLAND: The bumpy ride from Havelock dock to Elephant beach is stretched with coral reefs throughout the way so, managing the ride might get difficult when you’re travelling with an infant. -BATARANG ISLAND: Here the deal, the whole trip extends till 3PM and starts from 3AM which is clearly hectic for children or even elders. 2. UNDERWATER WORLD EXPLORATION FOR CHILDREN- Sea walking is a must experience for your munchkins if they are at least 7 years. It doesn’t require one to know swimming. It’s much safer compared to scuba diving. So why not! However, if your kid is above 10 years then he can surely avail for scuba diving. 3. A VISIT TO HAVELOCK ISLAND IN A PRIVATE CRUISE OR A GOVERNMENT FERRY This visit is something you shouldn’t miss in Andaman. 4. BEACH VIBES: Asia’s Best Beach, Radhanagar Beach, definitely has to be in your list. Bask in the glory of sun and witness the paradise with your kids and create unforgettable memories. 5. SEAFOOD LOVER? ANDAMAN IS ZION OF SEAFOOD. Some of the best Sea Food restaurants are in Andaman. You can check with the guide to take you there. 6. LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW IN CELLULAR JAIL This enlightens one about the legends who fought for independence are definitely going to be an enthrallingly enriching experience about history for your kiddos. 7. SAVE A DAY FOR MUSEUM SPREE: Samudrika Marine Museum maintained by the Indian Navy, Anthropological Museum-all about the tribal culture in Andaman, Kalapani Musuem-treasury for quaint photographs and original documents are the three museums to visit with kids when in Andaman. 8. ROSS ISLAND, Currently under the control of Indian Navy, is a must visit. Seize the moment in the calm island and have the time of your life with your children 9. Oh, Visit the location – 20 Rupees Note backside Andaman Photo Don’t forget to mention to your kids that North Bay island is the island that we see at the back of INR 20 note.
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How to Plan Perfect Honeymoon in Andaman

Andaman has the perfect aura for a romantic tryst for you and your partner. After all, beach honeymoons can never go wrong. Soft wind rushing through your hair and gently patting your face, turquoise water and resting under the azure sky, being surrounded by tranquility, walking bare feet on the ivory sand and having the time of your lives, sounds quintessential, right? So, what are you waiting for? How about a secret little rendezvous in the archipelago with your bae? For the couples scratching their heads wondering where to plan their honeymoon in Andaman. Andaman is the answer. Let this new phase of your life commence in a resplendent manner. 5 nights and 6 days package in this dreamy island is a good idea, exploring Port Blair and Havelock Island and making memories. PLACE TO VISIT 1. Carbyn’s Cove Beach 2. Cellular Jail Light and Sound Show 3.Havelock Island – Radhanagar Beach 4. Elephant Beach + Snorkeling 5. Chidyatapu 6. Port Blair City Museums 7. Ross Island 8. Cellular Jail PLANNING THE EXPEDITION 1. ARRIVAL: Arriving at the hotel and kick starting the journey by visiting Carbyn’s Cove Beach. It has numerous casual eateries and kiosks nearby to shut the hunger pangs. The beach is located 8 km away from the City Centre. The beach brims with coconut palm trees and is absolutely suitable for basking in the glory of the sun. Sound and Light Show at Cellular Jail is something you just can’t afford to miss, so head straight to Cellular Jail next to witness this enticing experience. 2. AT BEACH WITH BAE: A ferry ride from Port Blair to Havelock takes approximately 2-3 hours. On reaching Havelock, make sure you visit Asia’s Best Beach. Yes, we’re talking about Radhanagar beach. 3. THE THALASSIC LIFE: Elephant Beach offers thrilling snorkeling experience. Observing the marine life that’ll leave indelible memories, snorkeling is a breath taking adventure. Apart from snorkeling, you can try out banana boat rides, speed boats and swimming as well. TOO MUCH FUN! 4. BEING A WANDERER FOR A DAY: Put on your favourite sunglasses and en route to Ross island. A ferry from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex drops you there. Feel the history come back to life as you wander amidst the historic wrecks. 5. STILL A LOOK MORE: There’s so much in store left-Chatham Saw Mill, Forest museum, Fishery Museum and shopping at the Aberdeen Bazaar, Government Emporium. Reserve the fifth day for a wee yet some of the significant places of the Andaman archipelago. 6. ONE LAST TIME: The last day is for biding adieu to this gorgeous island and take back home a bag full of reminisce. You can also customize you Honeymoon with Ghummo Andaman by adding your special requirements. Just use the Whatsapp button below to plan the most memorable Andaman and Nicobar Honeymoon Package for You and your Bae.
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7 Lesser Known Facts About Andaman And Nicobar Islands

Are you a Thalassophile? Are you fond of archipelagos?  Then, Andaman and Nicobar island must be in your travel list. The azure sky, turquoise water, and white beaches are definitely a treat to the eyes and beyond bliss. Whether you’ve been to Andaman and Nicobar or are planning to be there sometime soon, here’s what you need to know. Presenting to you 7 quite unfamiliar facts about these bonny islands: 1. The name is derived from Malayam language: One of 7 union territories, Andaman and Nicobar have a significant story behind its name. “Andaman” originates from the word Hanuman, the Hindu deity and “Nicobar” stands from being the land of naked people. 2. Andamanese or Nicobarese aren’t the most popularly spoken languages here: As ironic as it might sound, Bengali, Hindi, and English are mostly spoken by people in Andaman and Nicobar. According to the Census 2001, the top 3 linguistic constituency in Andaman and Nicobar is as follows- a) Bengali- 25.7% b) Hindi-18.2% c) Tamil-17.7%… 3. The Sentinelese prefer remaining isolated, detached from the outsiders: The tribe has remained a resident of these islands for the past 60,000 years. In spite of recurring efforts of Government the tribe prefers to remain in isolation. They use bows and arrows to hunt, stay in houses made of trees. Aftermath the tragic 2004 tsunami, about 300 people of this race continue to live and the Indian Government wants to preserve this tribe and its culture. 4. Home to the largest sea turtles in the world: Andaman and Nicobar, being rich in flora and fauna population, continues to be the home to several endangered and rare marine species, one of which is the leatherback turtle. Addition to this, it also hosts a range of green turtles and hawksbill turtle as well. 5. Andaman and Nicobar is a no-fishing zone!: In order to preserve the marine life in Andaman, the Government has prohibited commercial fishery. Also, because Andaman and Nicobar is one of the very few places in the world where fish actually get to live their entire life and die at the right age. 6. Slice of Andaman in our currency: Take an INR 20 rupee note and what do you see? Well, you guessed it right, the scenery depicts Andaman and Nicobar! Bet you didn’t know that! 7. Do you know what’s the state animal of Andaman and Nicobar island? It’s Dugong. The dolphins-like marine mammal is especially hunted for its meat and oil. However, not in Andaman, though!
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Surprising Details About Barren Island - The Only Active Volcano in India

Surprising Details About Barren Island – The Only Active Volcano in India

A trip to Andaman can never ever be complete unless you’ve paid your visit to the only active volcano in South Asia. A must visit place for every Andaman Goer. Here are some of the surprising details that you probably don’t know about Barren Island. The Barren Island is located about 86 miles north-east to Port Blair, the volcano last erupted on 23rd January 2017 leaving ash laden clouds drifting through sky and red pungent lava moving downhills though it was barely a 2 on the scale. Abhay Mudholkar and B. Nagender Nath from the NIO saw the episode from a mile away and observed the frequent eruptions every 5 to 10 minutes. However, 1991 eruption had an unsolicited obnoxious impact on the flaura and flora population. Aftermath the dreadful eruption, only 6 out of 16 species of birds were noticed and only one species of rat remained. An active lava is believed to erupt at least once in every 10,000 years. The dauntingly Delphic volcano lies on the Indian and Burmese tectonic plates and the island is stretched over 3 km. You might be wondering why it’s called “Barren Island”. Well, the name justifies the fact that it has zero vegetation and is bleak with its only residents as hardy goats, birds, bats and rats who’ve braved all the anomalies and morbid conditions. The mysterious part about it is how the goats got into this island. Barren Island is renowned for its scuba diving around the world for the abundant marine life and corals. It’s difficult to take your eyes off the underwater marvels. Bet you’ll make indelible memories as you swim with school of fishes in the clear profound turquoise water. What makes this island more gorgeous is the purple-black toned bedrock. It’s distinct and one of a kind. HOW TO GET THERE? Ships from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair leave for Barren island thrice a week. The fare and schedule vary as per the number of passenger and weather. Or you can take a seaplane from Port Blair to get the picturesque view from up.
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10 Commonly Asked Questions About Andaman And Nicobar Islands

If you’re reading this article then you’re probably planning an expedition to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. We are here to quell your curiosity and let you know all the things you need to know about this magic ethereal island. Q1: Do we need a passport to go to Andaman? Depends. If you’re a resident of India, you don’t need a visa/passport. However, for foreigners, passport with India Visa is mandatory. A Restricted Area Permit (RAP), issued for 30 days and expandable for 15 more days is also requisite. Q2: What is RAP? Any foreigner sans citizen of Bhutan who wants to visit a restricted area, has to obtain a RAP from the authority. It is obtained after arriving at Port Blair and the whole process is a matter of 15 minutes and costs nothing. Q3: How to extend the VISA? Foreigners are officially permitted a 30 days VISA that can be extended to 15 at most by seeking permission from 3 days before. The Havelock Police Station or Immigration Office in Port Blair is where you need to go if you desire to extend your holiday. Q4: How long does it take to reach the archipelago? Ships take about 3-4 days to reach whereas, a flight from Kolkata or Chennai takes just 2 hours and 5 hours from Delhi. Q5: Do we have access to all the islands? Tourists have access to only 32 selected islands. Q6: Can we use Indian currency there? Of course, it is an Indian union territory. Q7: What are the stuffs is need to carry with myself? Clothes, medicines, driver license (if you wish to), important documents, enough cash and your cards. Credit card is accepted in quite a lot of places. Q8: Is there a prevalent nightlife? Usually, nights are tranquil and calm. No disco music and lightings, however, during New Year and Christmas you’ll get to see a lot of lively parties. Q9: Do we get imported alcohol in Andaman? Imported alcohol is scarcely available, though alcohol is available in Andaman. Black Label, Black & White, Smirnoff, Bacardi and Kingfisher beer are available. Q10: Is very food expensive there? Do we get vegetarian food? Depends on what you eat and how much you eat. Decent restaurants range from INR400-INR 600, however, local eateries run by locals serve at a lesser rate and do not burn a whole in the pocket. Owing to the high demand, sea food costs comparatively higher. Yes, vegetarian foods are easily available. So, no worries!
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