Travel Guide To Egypt

Travel Guide To Egypt

Indian Embassy in Egypt

Embassy of India

5, Aziz Abaza Street, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

Tel: (+202) 2736-0052 / 2735-6053 / 2736-3051

Email:  embassy@indembcairo.com

Visa Process for Indians

Indian nationals travelling to Egypt require Visa. However, there are 3 types of Visas from which you can choose depending on your purpose of going to Egypt. Following are the type of Visa you can select from:

  • Tourist Visa or Visitor’s Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Transit Visa

Also, the following documents are required to establish proof of identity:

  • Valid Indian passport
  • Two passport size photograph of size 4 x 6 cm with red background
  • Visa application forms
  • Hotel confirmation vouchers
  • Day to the day tour itinerary
  • Salary slips for last 3 months
  • Original personal bank statement 

About Egypt

Egypt– the home of the largest river and desert, i.e. Nile River and the Sahara Desert, respectively. Also, it is officially known as the ‘Arab Republic of Egypt’. The country is known for its rich culture and tradition that you can see in their ancient monuments like Pyramids and Sphinx. Egypt is also called Mother of the world (Umm El Donya) because of its ancient history. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. Travelling to the old country of Egypt is one of the best experiences and is highly recommended. Egyptians are highly friendly and going anywhere in Egypt is highly rewarding all due to its pristine beauty and historical monuments.

Top Places to Visit in Egypt

There are uncountable places that one can visit in Egypt, and every one of them has a unique vibe.

Giza Necropolis

When you ask someone in the world about Egypt, the first thing they will imagine will be The Great Pyramid of Giza. And yes, it is indisputably one top attraction in Egypt which was built throughout 3 generations. The Great Pyramid of Khufu is the largest pyramid in Egypt with 139 meters high.

Red Sea Reef

If you want to something adventurous in Egypt such as diving, the Red Sea Reef is the place for you. It is known for its spectacular visibility and is the home of thousands of exotic sea creatures because of the coral formation on the reefs. Resorts are available on both sides of the sea.

River Nile Cruise

Egypt is the home of the largest river in the world, i.e. Nile river. If you want to embrace the rich history of Egypt, then what is better than cruising on the Nile river, which has been the lifeline of the country since the beginning. Luxor-Aswan route is the safest route which consists of awe dropping scenes. If you are adventurous, then you can sail on Feluccas and enjoy the quiet rig that was designed thousands.

Abu Simbel

An archaeological site that consists of two massive rock-cut temples on the bank of Lake Nasser. Abu Simbel is the twin temple which was initially carved out of the mountainside. It’s still the attractions of many tourists because it is associated with the ancient history of Egypt.

How to Reach Egypt

The most popular way of getting to Egypt is by air. There are many airports in Egypt, but very few international airports out of which Cairo International Airport and Borg El Arab International Airport are the busiest one located in Cairo and Alexandria respectively.

Best Time to Visit

There is no bad time to visit Egypt, but the best time to visit this country is between October to April, when the temperature is mostly pleasant. However, Egypt is mostly populated with tourists in December and January, when iconic sights like the Temple of Luxor, Abu Simbel and Pyramids of Giza get highly crowded.

Things to Pack

When visiting Egypt, there are many things a traveller would need to pack. Apart from the essentials such as clothes, footwear and such, the following items are also a must:

  • Packing tubes
  • Toiletries
  • Hat
  • Power Adaptor
  • Travel insurance (for medical emergencies)

Top Delicacies

Egypt has many lip-smacking delicacies that you should try while visiting the place:

Ful wa Ta’meya (fava beans and falafel)  

Ful wa Ta’meya- original Egyptian fast food. Unlike Lebanese falafel, ta’meya is made up of fava beans instead of chickpeas. It is inexpensive, vegan and utterly delicious, which is served with tahini sauce and salad. You can eat it at breakfast or as a snack later in the day.

Fattah

Fattah is the most popular dish in the Middle East, but Egyptian eat Fattah on celebrations and religious festivals. It is mainly served at Eid al- Adha that marks the end of Ramadan fasting. It consists of-

  • Layers of rice
  • Fried aish baladi
  • Meat chunks
  • Vinegar and tomato sauce

warning for weight watchers this dish is highly calorific.

Kushari

An incredible blend of flavours and textures that is equally addictive for locals as well as tourists. It consists of

  • rice
  • spaghetti
  • round macaroni
  • black lentils
  • topped with a thick tomato sauce
  • garlic vinegar
  • chilli

It is served with crispy fried onion and chickpeas. Kushari is a treat for vegetarians.

Shopping List Essentials

A holiday without shopping is incomplete. Egypt is a fascinating country to visit because of its historical monuments, Red sea, Great Pyramids and Sphinx. There is no better way to remember your trip than to buy some exotic things that you can only buy in Egypt.

Here are some of the best things one can shop for when in Egypt.

Mini pyramids          

Since pyramids define the country, mini pyramids are one of the most popular souvenirs that you can home. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only surviving ancient wonder in the world and is mostly visited by tourists.

Papyrus scroll

Papyrus is the paper used in ancient Egyptian times and is made up of pith of the papyrus plant. However, you will not find the original these days, but it is very cool. Many things are printed on them from Hieroglyphic alphabet to pharaonic battle scenes.

Scarab

Ancient Egyptians used to have amulets, known as scarab beetles which were at that time a symbol of religious significance in the ancient Egyptian religion. Today, these scarabs are another souvenir that people love to take back home.

Top Indian Restaurants in Egypt

Indian Cuisine

Location:  21-23 Bahgat Ali, Mohammed Mazhar, Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Contact: +20 2 27360433

Royal Tandoor

Location: River Walk Mall، Mohammed Nagib Axis, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Contact: +20 115 521 5454

India Along the Nile

Location:   Corniche El Nil Garden city, Cairo, Cairo Governorate 11511, Egypt

Contact: +20 2 27988000

Healthcare Centers

While travelling in Egypt, you must be aware of some healthcare centres to get medical help in the event of an emergency. The list of some hospitals that you can contact in need are given below:

Saudi German Hospital Cairo

Location:  Joseph Tito St, Huckstep, El Nozha, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Contact:  +20 2 26252400

Cleopatra Hospital

Location:    39 Cleopatra Street, Opposite Maidan Salahuddin Square، Almazah, Heliopolis, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Contact: +20 2 24143931

The Egyptian Hospital

Location:  Ahmed Saied Sreet EL KAWTHER، Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

Contact: +20 111 050 6888

Moreover, every tourist is advised to buy a travel insurance policy before visiting Egypt. Travel insurance policy will help you in finding the best hospitals in Egypt and provide appropriate treatment on time without any hassles.

Currency

The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound.

Basis of Local Communication

The official language of Standard Egyptian Arabic, which is spoken by more than 68% of the population. There are other languages like Sa’idi Arabic, Bedouin Arabic, and Sudanese Arabic are spoken in Egypt.

English

Egyptian Arabic

Good Morning

 

صباح الخير sabah alkhyr

My Name is…

 اسمي هو... aismi hua...

Where is…?

أين هو ...؟ 'ayn hu ...?

Yes

نعم فعلا nem fielaan

No

لا la

Please

رجاء raja'

Sorry

آسف asif

How Much is This for?

كم ثمن هذا؟ kam thaman hadha?

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