England Information Dossier
Location: Politically England is part of the island country of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It shares its land boundary with Wales to its west and Scotland in the north. On the Northwest is Irish Sea and on the north England is bound by the North Sea.
Climate: England is an island country and the surrounding sea gives England a varied climate. However, the overall climate in England may be called temperate maritime. This means that it is mild with temperatures not much lower than 0ºC in winter and not much higher than 32ºC in summer. It also means that it is damp and is subject to frequent changes.
In general, it is difficult to guess what the weather will be like from one day to the other in England. It can be sunny one day and rainy the next. Regional climates are influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and latitude. Western parts of England being closest to the Atlantic Ocean are generally the mildest, wettest and windiest regions of the country, and temperature ranges here are seldom extreme. Eastern areas are drier, cooler, and less windy. They experience the greatest daily and seasonal temperature variations. Northern areas are generally cooler, wetter and have slightly larger temperature ranges than southern areas.
Cuisine: English cooking has traditional elements passing on from ancient periods. These are cuisines involving bread and cheese, roasted and stewed meats, meat and game pies, boiled vegetables and broths, and freshwater and saltwater fish. But large expansion of the empire also brought elements from different colonies. This is why influence of Chinese, Indian and Arab cuisines can clearly be seen in English cuisines of present day.
English food uses lamb, beef, pork, chicken and fish as its feature item. The meat is then accompanied by potatoes (in various forms) and one vegetable. Fruit and vegetables are amply available and of superior condition.
Currency: English currency is called Pound.
1 pound = $1.44
1 pound = Rs96.32
Things To Do: England is a multicultural country which is home of Parliamentary democracy and also of the great literary figure Shakespeare. It has a big city in the form of London with River Thames being am attraction for all. There are so many to do and see in London, other cities in England and whole country as such.
There are Roman Baths one can see and relish the past. There is also Seven Sister Country Park, where visitors have the option of cycling, canoeing, bird watching and hiking in the area. England has been home to the famous Oxford and Cambridge Universities. There are some other big attractions as well in England. This include a visit to Westminster Abbey, Ancient Stonehenge, St. Paul’s Cathederal and Tower of London and Big Ben. A visit to rural areas in England is a must. There are numerous palaces and museums to be explored too.
Visa: Following are the requirements to get a tourist visa to visit England and other parts of UK:
• Applicants should have a passport valid for the entire duration of stay in the United Kingdom. Applicants should attach the previous passports while applying for visa.
• There should be at least one fully blank page (BACK TO BACK) to issue a visa and there should not be any Immigration stamp marked on any side of Blank pages.
• Duly filled in visa application form. This is done online now.
• One passport-size photograph, not more than 6 months old, 45 mm x 35 mm in size, against a white background. This should be glued (not stapled) to the application form.
• A covering letter from the Applicant, giving reasons of travel.
• A planned itinerary, if you have one, should be submitted along. This could include bookings or tickets for any excursions, trips and outings or e-mail conversations about any excursions, trips and outings with some travel agent.
• Supporting letter(s) from your friend or sponsor in the UK. If you are visiting a friend you may wish to include a letter of invitation from them as well as their financial documents, as outlined in the finances and employment section.
• Submit any documents you think can prove your financial income and evidence about funding your trip. You can submit a bank account statement of last six months for this.
• Submit details of accommodation and return tickets.
Visa is offered by the UK government generally for a maximum of six months starting from the date of entry into the UK.
Flights: There are direct and connecting flights from most of the major International Airports – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai – to airports in England.