Location: Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of the African continent. Its maritime neighbouring countries are Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoros, and Mayotte.
Climate: Mauritius enjoys a mild tropical maritime climate throughout the year. The country has two seasons: a warm humid summer extending from November to April and a relatively cool dry winter from June to September. October and May are transition months.
Mean summer temperature is 24.7 degrees Celsius and mean winter temperature is 20.4 degrees Celsius. Annual rainfall over the Island is 2010 mm, with more than 65 percent of rainfall happening in summer. The wettest months are February and March. The driest month is October.
Cuisine: The cuisine of Mauritius is a blend of Chinese, European and Indian cuisines. Most of the dishes and culinary practices of present day Mauritius has its roots in the culinary traditions inspired from former slaves, Indian workers and Chinese migrant workers during the 19th century.
Currency: currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee. The currency code for Rupees is MUR, and the currency symbol is ₨.
MUR1 = Rs1.90 (Indian Rupee)
Things to Do: Mauritius is a popular tourist destination with breathtaking pristine beaches and exciting water sports on offer. Tourists can indulge in jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing. There are some wonderful resorts and hotels offering interesting beach activities.
One can visit Crocodile and Tortoise Park or National Botanical Garden and aquarium. There is a photography museum and also Sugar Museum and Factory. There are some colonial buildings to explore as well. One can also visit tea plantation in Mauritius.
Visa: Indian Nationals traveling to Mauritius for tourist purpose can get a 60 day visa on arrival provided that they meet the following conditions:
• They have a valid return ticket
• They are eligible to re-enter their country of origin or residence
• They have adequate funds to meet the cost of their stay.
Indian nationals can also apply for a visa from Mauritius High Commission based in New Delhi. The following documents are required for doing this:
o Two copies of duly filled in visa application form.
o The applicant should have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of stay allowed in Mauritius.
o Two recent clear passport-size coloured photographs of size 35mmX44mm
o Confirmed onward/ return air ticket.
o Onward visa.
o Proof of adequate funds in the form of foreign exchange endorsement on passport and original receipt.
o Confirmed booking of accommodation in Mauritius. In case someone is sponsoring, a sponsorship letter giving all details of the sponsor.
Flights: There is a direct flight to Mauritius from Mumbai. There are connecting flights from Delhi and other places in India. There are connecting flights to Mauritius through Dubai, Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.