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Israel is a country in Western Asia, located on the South Eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.
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Israel - General information

Location
Western Asia
Capital
Jerusalem
Area
20,770 km²
Currency
Israeli new shekel
Best time to visit
Spring and Autumn
Country code
+972
Population
85.52 Lakhs
Language
Hebrew ,Arabic
Sports
Football and Basketball
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Vacation spots
Beit Shean, Mar Saba Monastery, Masada, Sea of Galilee, Timna Park, Bethlehem, The Dead Sea, Jaffa, Nazareth, Haifa, Eilat .

Travel to Israel – Overview

Israel is slowly becoming a more prospective destination for the Indian travellers, especially for the Christian community which travel to Jerusalem and the surrounding cities to experience first hand the Biblical truths there. It is estimated that more than 1 lacs Indians will travel to Israel in 2019-20.

  • Location
  • Visa Requirements
  • Top 10 Tourist Attractions
  • Things You Must Do
  • Food on the Plate
  • Travel Medical Insurance
Location / Language of Israel

It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, very similar to Mumbai and Delhi in India. It covers an area of around 20,700 sq km with a population of just under 9 million people.

Hebrew is the official language of Israel and spoken by almost the entire population but also Arabic is spoken by the Arab minority in the country.
Visa Requirements / Currency (please note these procedures / exchange rates can changed from time to time…please get an update from the embassy prior to travel)

For most international visitors to Indonesia, visa must be obtained through an offline application with the help of an agent or visa can be obtained on arrival depending on your country of origin.

For Indian passport, visa must be obtained prior to arrival in Israel online or through an authorised agent.

Currency : Israeli Shekel (ILS)
Conversion :Rs.1 INR = 0.049 ILS
1 ILS = Rs.20.30 INR
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Israel

  1. Masada - With its breath taking views over Israel’s desert and the Dead Sea, the fortress of Masada is one of the most impressive tourist attractions in Israel. Built in 150BC, Masada is most famous as the site of the Roman siege of Jewish Zealots.
  2. Caesarea - Hail Caesar, or at least Caesarea - the city that Herod the Great dedicated to Caesar Augustus more than 2,000 years ago. With its pastiche of Roman, Byzantine and Crusader architecture and its prime position on the coast between Tel Aviv and Haifa, Caesarea is simply stunning.
  3. Church of the Holy Sepulchre -Ranking among the oldest churches in the world, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre boasts an ornate beauty and rich history that is extremely hard to match. It is built on the believed site of the crucifixion, tomb and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which makes it ones of the most important buildings in Christianity.
  4. The Western Wall - The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, is the holiest site in the Jewish faith. Hordes of worshippers flock to the Wall in the centre of Jerusalem daily, many of whom place prayers in the Wall’s gaps.
  5. Church of the Nativity - The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is where it is believed that Jesus Christ was born. Today a silver star still marks the spot at the site itself and it is one of the holiest places in Christendom and a popular site of pilgrimage.
  6. Beit She’An – Located in the beautiful Jordan Valley, the ancient city of Beit She'an is probably one of Israel’s best kept secrets. Teeming with history and extraordinarily picturesque, it has been a settlement for many different cultures, and the colonnaded main street is one of its more impressive ruins, as are the ancient theatre, Byzantine bathhouse and Crusader castle.
  7. Yad Vashem - Yad Vashem is one of Israel’s most sombre places, but also one of its most important. It is the largest and most comprehensive museum on the Holocaust in the world.
  8. Dome of the Rock - With its huge gold circular roof, the Dome of the Rock is the most majestic building in the Old City of Jerusalem. Listed as the third most holy site in the Muslim world after shrines in Mecca and Medina, it is considered to be the oldest existing Islamic structure.
  9. Acre - The walled city of Acre is as historically rich as it is visually stunning. With its winding alleys, crumbling courtyards and views of the Mediterranean, Acre can rightly claim its place among the top ten visitor attractions in Israel.
  10. Independence Hall –in Tel Aviv, it was here that the modern State of Israel was founded on 14th May 1948. Then Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion made the Declaration of Independence here and visitors can enter the hall and see where this famous speech was delivered.
Things You Must Do in Israel

  1. Take a Jeep Ride in the Negev Desert – The Negev Desert is spread over a wide expanse in Southern Israel where you can drive for miles and miles without running into anybody.
  2. Float in the Dead Sea - The Dead Sea constitutes 33% salt, and hence you can easily float in the Dead Sea, and read a novel while you are at it! The sea constitutes of healing mud, which is known to have many therapeutic values. This is definitely one of the most unique Israel things to do.
  3. Go Hiking in Avdat National Park - It is a World Heritage Site that functioned as a Caravan Station on the famous “spice trail” from Petra to Gaza where you can spend your time exploring the ruins.
  4. Enjoy a fine-dining experience in Israel –Middle eastern and Mediterranean dishes have an exquisite taste to them because of the delightful blend of spices that go into their preparation
  5. Go for a walk on the Via Dolorosa – Known as the 14 stations of the cross, it’s a must on every Christian’s list of things to do.
Food on the Plate

Israeli cuisine comprises both local dishes and dishes brought back to Israel by Jews from the Diaspora. Since before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and particularly since the late 1970s, an Israeli Jewish fusion cuisine has developed..

The Israeli dishes that one must try include:
  • Falafel - The king of Israeli food, no question, though actually originally from Egypt. A delicious mix of chickpeas and/or fava beans, plus spices liberally applied
  • Hummus - Hummus is a kind of dip or spread made from crushed chickpeas
  • Shwarma – Another street food extremely popular in Israel, shwarma is typically slices of turkey, chicken or lamb
  • Jachnun is a traditional Yemenite dish usually only served on a Saturday morning (though is available in many hotels and restaurants throughout the week). Jachnun is made of rolled dough made with plenty of unhealthy margarine,
  • Shakshooka
Overseas Travel Medical Insurance Israel

Buying international travel insurance for Indian visitors to Israel is recommended as it covers emergency medical and travel expenses. Travelling to Israel can be a nightmare when you have a medical emergency which results in hospitalization with high cost bills. Travel medical insurance for Israel is much cheaper when compared to more developed destinations in Americas and Europe. Visitors insurance Israel should be purchased for “Excluding Americas” or “Asia”.

Illustration for 15 days overseas travel health for Israel.
Sum Insured($ USD) / Premium in Rs. INR Insured Age 28 Insured Age 61
Asia - $30,000 Rs.693 Rs.1,264
Excluding - $50,000 Rs.763 Rs.1,492
Excluding - $100,000 Rs.988 Rs.1,946

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Popular tourist destinations in Israel

Jerusalem
Jerusalem
It is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Dead Sea
Dead Sea
The Dead Sea – bordering Israel, the West Bank and Jordan – is a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land.
Bethlehem
Bethlehem
Bethlehem is a Palestinian town south of Jerusalem in the West Bank. The biblical birthplace of Jesus, it's a major Christian pilgrimage destination.

Haifa
Haifa
With plenty of eateries and places to hang out, Haifa makes for a popular tourist attraction in Israel. The port city, owing to its strategic location, is a massive lure for tourists.

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