France has the distinction of being the most visited country in the world with almost 88 million (8.8 cr) international visitors from across the world. While France is amongst the top 10 countries visited by Indians with
visiting, it is still small when compared to the overall number of visitors they receive every year.
|Location / Language
France is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's area is spread over 6.43 lacs sq kms and they have a total population of around 67.3 million. Paris is the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre and its capital. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.
French is the official language of France and is spoken by almost all its citizens.
|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)
As India is not part of the Schengen Area, if one is an Indian passport holder you will need to apply for the appropriate type of Schengen French Visa for travelling to the country. To be eligible for a Schengen Visa for France one will mainly need their current passport, along with certain documents, to be submitted with the Visa application form.
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Conversion: Rs.1 INR = 0.013 EUR
1 EUR = Rs. 78.04 INR
|Top 10 Tourist Attractions in France
- Eiffel Tower - The symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most famous landmarks. It is a structure of 8,000 metallic parts, designed by Gustave Eiffel rising 320-meter-high and is nicknamed "Iron Lady." At the top level offers a sweeping outlook can go as far as 70 kms on a clear day.
- The Louvre Museum – The former royal palace of French Kings, the Louvre ranks among the top European collections of fine arts. Many of Western Civilization's most famous works are found here including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci, the Wedding Feast at Cana by Veronese, and the 1st-century-BC Venus de Milo sculpture.
- Palace of Versailles - Designed to show off the glory of the French monarchy, Louis XIV transformed his father's small hunting lodge into an opulent palace with a sumptuous Baroque interior with the famous Hall of Mirrors and its French gardens featuring decorative pools, perfectly trimmed shrubbery, and charming fountains.
- Côte d'Azur - The most fashionable stretch of coastline in France, "Coast of Blue," is synonymous with glamour due to fascinating blue color of the Mediterranean Sea. Also known as the French Riviera, he rich and famous are also found here in their lavish villas and luxury yachts. The town of Nice has panoramic sea views and stellar art museums. Cannes is famous for its celebrity film festival and legendary hotels.
- Mont Saint-Michel - This "Pyramid of the Seas" founded in 708, is a mystical sight, perched on a rocky islet and surrounded by walls and bastions. At high tide, Mont-Saint-Michel is an island and at low tide, it is possible to walk across the sand to the Mont.
- Loire Valley Chateaux – This lush area known as the "Garden of France," is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the Loire castles are medieval fortresses built on hilltops and surrounded by ramparts and Loire Châteaux is a Renaissance castles designed purely for enjoyment and entertaining.
- Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres – The UNESCO-listed cathedral exemplifies the glory of medieval Gothic architecture. Covering 2,500 square meters, the brilliant stained-glass windows from the 13th century allow colourful light to filter into the vast nave, creating an ethereal effect and are known for their incredible size and details. Other highlights are the Passion window, one of the most original in its style and expression, and the Blue Virgin window that dates from the 12th century.
- Avenue des Champs-Élysées – It is an avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France, 1.9 kilometres long and 70 metres wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is known for its theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race.
- Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - The highest mountain peak in Europe, Mont Blanc is the French Alps, forms part of the French border with Italy. The "White Mountain," soars to 4,810 meters, and is always blanketed in snow. Beneath its heavenly peak is the traditional alpine village of Chamonix, a town filled with historic churches, cozy chalet restaurants, and charming auberges.
- Rocamadour - Suspended on a limestone cliff, this is an unforgettable sacred site has seven ancient sanctuaries, but pilgrims flock to the Chapelle Notre-Dame (Chapelle Miraculeuse), which possesses the venerated Black Virgin (Notre-Dame de Rocamadour). This precious Virgin Mary figure was carved from walnut wood that naturally darkened over the centuries and is associated with miracles.
- Arc De Triomphe - It is the most popular triumphal arc in Paris city. The construction of this monument was ordered by French emperor Napoleon in 1806 to honour the warriors those who fought with him in number of wars.
|Things You Must Do in France
- Explore Prehistoric Cave Paintings in Lascaux - Visitors can delve into the fascinating world of prehistoric art in Lascaux, the finest example of Paleolithic art in the world. This UNESCO-listed site is in the Vézère Valley of the Dordogne region.
- Spend the day with the kids at Disneyland, Paris – The park covers an area of 4800 acres and includes two theme parks, resorts, shopping and entertainment sections. There are 57 rides, 62 shops, 5800 hotel rooms in 500 different sections.
- Enjoy the Fizz of Champagne - Champagne is the party drink par excellence. To find the best appellations, go to the region where it got its name, especially the Massif de Saint-Thierry to the Marne Valley, knock on the doors of local producers and they will be more than happy to give you a tour and a taste of those glorious golden bubbles.
- Get behind That Wheel - For many people touring France, driving around the country is pure pleasure as you weave your way through small villages, wooded river valleys and historic towns. Recommended is Short Trip around the Gorges du Verdon in Provence..Long Trip on the Route Napoleon.
- Grab a Play at Festival d’Avignon - This guarantees a serious dose of the creme de la creme of contemporary theatre and it transforms the Cité des Papes into one huge open-air theatre every July or catch a classic show performed in the Courtyard of the Palais des Papes.
|Food on the Plate
French cuisine consists of the cooking traditions and practices from France. Cheese and wine are a major part of the cuisine. They play different roles regionally and nationally, with many variations and appellation d'origine contrôlée laws. French food is known globally for its finesse and flavour.
One must sample the following popular and tasty French dishes:
- Soupe à l’oignon – This is a traditional French soup made of onions and beef stock, usually served with croutons and melted cheese on top.
- Ratatouille - It is a stewed vegetable recipe that can be served as a side dish, meal or stuffing for other dishes, such as crepes and omelettes. The vegetables are generally first cooked in a shallow pan, and then oven-baked in a dish.
- Coq au Vin - It is a dish of chicken braised with wine, mushrooms, salty pork or bacon (lardons), mushrooms, onions, often garlic and sometimes with a drop of brandy.
- Chocolate Souffle - The crispy chocolate crust with an oozing, creamy chocolate centre gives this dessert a sweet surprise.
- Hachis Parmentier - It is a dish once made with mashed baked potato that has been combined with diced meat and sauce lyonnaise and served in the potato skins ("shells"). In the modern world, however, a more copious version of the dish is the French equivalent of the British dish shepherd's pie.
|Indian travel medical insurance for visiting France
Since France is a country which is part of the Schengen countries in Europe, the traveller needs to purchase India travel medical insurance for French visa
Travel health insurance India for travelling to France is relatively cheaper when compared to destinations in Americas, and most insurance companies offer a specific Schengen Insurance Plan. One must ensure that the minimum Accident & Sickness (A&S) sum insured for a Schengen plan must be €30,000 (around $50,000), and a visa to visit any Schengen country will not be provided without this minimum coverage.
The insured must purchase an “Excluding Americas” Plan, if they are travelling to other destinations that don’t include only Schengen countries.
Illustration for 15 days overseas travel health insurance for Indians to France.
You can also choose “Excluding Plans” with Sum Insureds as high as $500,000 as well. These premiums are across different plans and different benefits.. please log in to www.eindiainsurance.com to compare and buy the best travel insurance for Indians travelling to France.
|Sum Insured($USD or €Euro) / Premium in Rs. INR
||Insured Age 33
||Insured Age 63
|Schengen - €30,000
|Schengen - €50,000
|Excluding - $50,000