Travel Guide to Bahrain

Indian Embassy in Bahrain

Building 1090, Road No.2819,
Block No.428, Al-Seef, Manama,
Kingdom of Bahrain

Visa Process for Indians

  • Original passports with six months validity from date of arrival along with the old passports if any
  • Visa application forms
  • Two recent photographs 
  • Cover letter mentioning the details of the traveller, type of travel, and details of the visit
  • Confirmed return air tickets 
  • Details of Hotel
  • Income tax returns or Form 16 for last 3 years
  • Original and updated personal bank statements for last 6 months 

About Bahrain

Bahrain or Kingdom of Bahrain as it is officially called is an island country situated between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The country is famous for its gorgeous pearls and has also progressed drastically in the business sector over the years. Moreover, owing to its fantastic location, the country also welcomes a huge number of tourists every year who love to explore different places to visit in Bahrain. 

Top Places to Visit in Bahrain

From stunning beaches and grand mosques to quaint desert towns and bustling markets, there are plenty of places to visit in Bahrain. Some of the famous ones include:

  • Jebel Al Dukhan: Known as the ‘Mountain of Smoke’, it is the highest hill in the country. If you love camping and trekking, this is one of the best tourist attractions in Bahrain you must not miss.
  • Al-Areen Wildlife Park: It is located in Sakhir and is no less than an abode of nature with more than 100,000 trees planted across the area. Other than that, the park is home to over 45 species of animals and 82 species of birds.
  • Al Fateh Grand Mosque: Famed as one of the largest mosques in the world, Al Fateh Grand Mosque can accommodate over 7000 worshippers at a time. Not just this, the architectural beauty of this mosque has also gained international recognition making it one of the best places to visit in Bahrain.
  • Bahrain Fort: Also called Qal'at al-Bahrain, this fort is believed to be built by Portuguese in the 16th century. The fort is located near Manama and has been named the ‘most important site in antiquity’ in Bahrain.
  • Hawar Island: The island is best known for its scintillating beaches and abundance in nature. There is also a private resort and various water sports available here to make the trip wonderful.

Apart from above-listed places to visit in Bahrain, tourists can also explore other attractions such as Marine Club, Al-Dar and Bird Islands, Saar Settlement, Isa Town and The Tree of Life.

How to Reach

Bahrain offers excellent connectivity through Bahrain International Airport located in Manama. People travelling from India can take various flights to Bahrain from cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai among others. Some of the airlines that operate between India and Bahrain include Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, Air Arabia and Jet Airways. Bus and taxi services are also available outside the airport to travel across different locations in the country. 

Best Time to Visit

To enjoy your trip to the most, try visiting the country between the months of December to March. With pleasant temperature and slightly blowing breeze, this is the best time to visit Bahrain. In case you are on a budget trip, plan your trip in October and enjoy great deals on hotels and other accommodation options. 

Things to Pack

While packing essentials like clothes and footwears usually depend on the weather conditions, there are some things which you must pack for Bahrain. Here are some of the travel essentials one must not forget to pack:

  • Sunscreen
  • Rain Jacket or Umbrella
  • First Aid Kit
  • Important documents like travel insurance policy

As Bahrain is a conservative country, tourist should try to avoid revealing clothes in public areas and respect the culture of the people. Keep this fact in mind while packing your clothes.

Top Delicacies of Bahrain

The cuisine of Bahrain is a unique blend of Arabic, Persian, Indian, Balochi and African food. Here are some of the top delicacies that you must try on your trip to Bahrain:

  • Machboos: One of the most famous dishes, it is prepared with a mixture of fragrant rice with meat. Machboos is like the Biryani as most of the ingredients are similar in both the dishes.
  • Nasheef: A simple yet delicious dish, Nasheef is prepared with chicken or lamb pieces along with potatoes cooked in a tomato based gravy.
  • Qouzi: This one is a grand dish usually prepared for celebrating special occasions. This dish consists of a chunk of lamb which is stuffed with different ingredients like rice, nuts, raisins, eggs or even smaller chunks of the lab. The dish is served well with rice.
  • Luqaimat: These sweet dumplings are best enjoyed during the holy month of Ramadan. If you have a sweet tooth, you must try Luqaimat in Bahrain and enjoy its delightful taste.

Shopping List Essentials

Bahrain is famous for its bustling souqs, mega malls and luxury shops selling precious things. Therefore, on your Bahrain trip, do not miss the chance of indulging in a unique shopping experience at famous markets and malls in the country. Here are the top places you must visit in Bahrain:

  • Manama Souq: For an authentic shopping experience, tourists often head to Manama Souq in the capital city. This old bazaar is lined with numerous shops selling everything from electronic goods and spices to clothes and shisha bottles.
  • Al Aali Mall: Located in Seef, this is one of the most popular malls in the country. There are plenty of high-end shopping stores and boutiques offering best of the luxurious stuff you want to buy.
  • Gold City: This is the ultimate destination for those who love shopping gold. Tourists visiting Bahrain should not miss this specialized mall to buy luxurious jewellery and other souvenirs.
  • Bahrain City Centre: It is the largest shopping mall in Bahrain and brings to the fore a wide array of stores making it a one-stop shop for the tourists.

Besides these shopping spots, some other malls and markets that you can visit in Bahrain include Souk Al Haraj, Yateem Centre, and Seef Mall among others.

Top Indian Restaurants

  • Rasoi by Vineet
    Location: Al Fateh Street | Gulf Hotel, Manama, Bahrain
    Contact: +973 1771 3000
  • Nirvana
    Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, | Al Seef District, Manama 428, Bahrain
    Contact: +973 1758 6499
  • Lanterns
    Location: Street 3828/3825 | Building 829, Manama, Bahrain
    Contact: +973 1724 6777

Healthcare Centres

When going on a trip to Bahrain, it is important to be aware of some of the healthcare centres to avoid any mishappenings due to an emergency. Below is the list of some hospitals you can contact in need:

  • Salmaniya Medical Complex
    Location: Rd No 2904, Manama, Bahrain
    Contact: +973 1728 8888
  • Al-Naim Health Center
    Location: 95، Lulu Ave, Manama, Bahrain
    Contact: +973 1728 6888
  • East Riffa Health Center
    Location: Hunainiyah Ave, Riffa, Bahrain
    Contact: +973 1776 8888

Moreover, you should buy a travel insurance policy before going on the trip. A travel insurance policy will help you trace the best hospitals in the region to get the appropriate treatment on time.

Currency

The official currency of Bahrain is Bahraini Dinar.

Basics of Local Communication

The official language used in Bahrain is Arabic. However, English is also spoken widely among people and tourists may not have much trouble in navigating across the country. 
Here are some of the words and phrases that you need to know while travelling across Bahrain. These will help you communicate better with the locals and know more about their culture and lifestyle. 

English Arabic
Hello Salam
Good Morning Sabah Alkjyr
Thank You Shukraan
Please Help Alraja' Almusaeada
I am sorry 'iinaa Asif
Yes Fielaan
No La
Good Bye Wadaeaan

 

While communicating with the locals, always use gentle and kind gestures. You must also not indulge in physical affection with the opposite sex in the public places as it is not socially accepted in Bahrain. Also, avoid any argument or confrontation with the locals to stay away from any trouble. 

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Loss of passport and documents:

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Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

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Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

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Personal Accident

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