If you are a citizen of Madagascar and willing to visit India for tourism, medical or business purposes, then you will be delighted to know that the government of India has made the Indian visa application system online for over 160 countries, which also includes Madagascar.
It means you can apply for an India visa online, receive its electronic form, enter India and stay here for a certain period of time. In short, you are no longer required to visit the Indian Embassy to fulfill this purpose.
Designated airports and seaports for the Madagascar citizen with an Indian visa:
The following is a list of 28 airports and 5 designated seaports from where a Madagascar national can enter India when in possession of a valid Indian visa:
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 Travelkhapatnam.
Seaports: Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Mumbai.
Famous places in India Madagascar citizens enjoy visiting:
Some of the best tourist destinations in India are:
- Manali, Himachal Pradesh
- Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
- Sis Ganj Gurudwara, Delhi
- Golden Temple, Amritsar
- Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
- Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Relations between India and Madagascar
The start of India and Madagascar relations took place in the 18th century. Both of these countries are very friendly with each other. In 2018, Ram Nath Kovind visited Madagascar, which was the first visit of an Indian president to this African country. And last but not least, the Indian Navy helped flood victims in Madagascar, whose name was Operation Vanilla, and it was launched on 28 January 2020.
Famous cuisines and beverages of India: Lucknowi Kebab, Hyderabadi Biryani, Kahwah, Butter chicken, Dal vada, Pav vada, Pav bhaji, Chhole Bhature, Gushtaba, noodles, Halwa, Raita, Lassi, Chur Chur naan, chicken soup, Sherbet, Fish curry, and the list goes on.
Temperament of Indians:
Warm-hearted, cooperative, cheerful and religious.
Things to remember when visiting India with an Indian visa:
- Avoid talking to the people of suspicious and unknown organizations or agencies
- Never, especially after sunset, go to 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.
- Don’t eat oily and fried food during your visit, as it may lead to digestive issues.
- Choose 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 have some cash in your pocket 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.
- Put off your shoes or sleepers before entering religious places.
- Stay in only widely-known and registered places with reliable, clean records and security systems.