Travel Guide to Nice

Indian Embassy Near Nice

Embassy of India

13-15 rue Alfred Dehodencq

75016 - Paris, France

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Nice

  • Original passports with 6 months validity from date of arrival in France along with the old passports
  • The passport should have 2 blank pages for stamping purpose
  • Visa application forms
  • Covering letter mentioning the details of the traveller, type of travel, and details of visit.
  • Confirmed hotel reservation for the complete stay
  • Confirmed air tickets
  • Day-to-day itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Income tax returns or Form 16 for last 3 years
  • Original and updated personal bank statements for last 6 months

About Nice

Situated on the pristine coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is famous for its gorgeous beaches and elegant architecture that makes it one of the most visited travel destinations in the world. The city attracts millions of globetrotters every year and hence has second largest hotel capacity in France. It is not in the modern times that the city has gained immense popularity, it was an inspiration for many artists and painters in the ancient times. Their love for Nice can be seen in the plenty of bewitching artworks that adorn the museums today.

Places to Visit in Nice

Here are some of the best tourist places in Nice one must visit:

  • The Promenade des Anglais:The famous sea stretch of Nice has been an integral part of the city since the 19th century. Covering at least 7 kilometers, the Promenade des Anglais is lined with beautiful palm trees and opulent building like Palais de la Méditerranée theatre and Villa Masséna places. This is an ideal place to take a leisurely stroll.
  • Old Nice:A walking tour of Old Town or Vieille Ville is one of the best things to do in Nice. The quaint town has picturesque alleys and streets that gives the feel of Italy. One must also visit the famous Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) to spend a beautiful morning with flowers.
  • Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicolas:One of the best places to visit in Nice, this church was opened in 1912. It is also the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe and hence attracts a lot of visitors from across the continent.
  • The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC):Located near the Palace Garibaldi, MAMAC is a museum that is famous for its artistic collection that includes the paintings of known painters like Arman, Francis Bacon, Ed Ruscha, Daniel Spoerri and many more.
  • Parc de la Colline du Château:Also known as Castle Hill, it is a beautiful spot where travellers can get a panoramic view of the city. The place is also adorned with a scenic waterfall that makes it mark its name among Nice's points of interest.

Some other famous places to visit in Nice include Musée Chagall, Jardin Albert I, Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez and Musée Matisse.

How to Reach Nice

People travelling from India to Nice can take flights from cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to reach Nice. Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is just 7 km away from the city and is easily accessible by buses and taxis. Some of the major airlines operating between India and Nice are Aeroflot, Emirates and Air France.

Travelling in Nice

Depending on the budget, travellers can either choose to hire a private cab or take the public transport to travel in Nice. There are two primary bus services available in the city. One is Airport Express that offers its services to and from the airport. The other one is Lignes d'Azur Bus service that is used to travel within the city.

Best Time to Visit Nice

To witness the picturesque beauty of Nice, travellers can prefer the months of April and May. However, this is also the time when the maximum tourist footfall leads to rising prices of hotels. The second-best time to visit Nice is then during the Spring and Autumn when one can get good deals on hotels and restaurants.

What to Pack?

When packing for the trip, it is important that the travellers must check the weather conditions and then decide what the essential things they need to take on the vacation. Here is a short packing list for Nice:

  • Colourful and light clothes
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Important medicines
  • Travel documents including travel insurance policy
  • Umbrella and hats
  • Bathing suits
  • Essential toiletries

Top Delicacies

French food has always been known for its simplicity. However, that is not a dominant feature of the cuisine of Nice. The city offers a unique blend of Mediterranean and Provincial French cuisine to bring out the best delicacies. Some of the top delicacies travellers must try in Nice are:

  • Socca: Also known as farinata, it is a flatbread prepared from chickpea flour. There are various street vendors in Nice selling freshly baked socca which can be enjoyed with a glass of crisp rosé.
  • Ratatouille: One of the most famous dishes in Nice, Ratatouille is a healthy vegetarian dish prepared with fresh veggies and garlicky tomato sauce.
  • Soupe au pistou: This is another famous vegetarian dish one should try in Nice. It is a soup made from vegetables like carrots, summer squash, and potatoes and fresh herbs.
  • Salade Niçoise: Served with olive oil, this classic salad is a must-try. Salad Niçoise is full of flavour and is prepared using different ingredients like tomatoes, radish, hard-boiled eggs, tuna, onion, black olives, and anchovies.
  • Pissaladière: Originated in Nice, Pissaladière is a tart that looks like a pizza. The dish is topped with onion, olives and anchovies and is served as an appetizer.

Top Indian Restaurants in Nice

Havelie

  • Location: 35 Rue d'Angleterre, 06000 Nice, France
  • Contact: +33 4 93 88 99 40

Taj Orient

  • Location: 62 Rue Hérold, 06000 Nice, France
  • Contact: +33 4 93 62 58 04

Noori's Indian

  • Location: 1 Place Grimaldi, 06000 Nice, France
  • Contact: +33 4 93 82 28 33

Shopping List Essentials

A trip to Nice without shopping anything is no less than a sin. Adorned with exclusive shops selling a wide range of products, Nice can enliven your shopping list. From elegant evening gowns to yummy olive jams, one can buy anything from the famous markets of Nice. Here are some of the most popular places to shop in Nice:

  • Rue de France: This street is one of the most exhilarating places for the fashionistas as it is lined with famous boutiques selling stylish clothing.
  • Avenue Jean Medecin: Located at the center of Nice, this is the best place for high street shopping in Nice.
  • Nice Etoile: It is a high-end mall where one can buy things from numerous brands such as Habitat and H&M.

Healthcare Centers

In case of a health emergency, tourists can contact Riviera Medical Services where they can find an English-speaking doctor. One can also take the tramway to Hospital Pasteur. Some other hospitals are Clinique Parc Imperial and Clinique Saint George. Finding a medical shop is also not an issue. Travellers can also opt for travel insurance policy as it will help them in case of an emergency.

Currency

The official currency of Nice is Euro.

Basics of Local Communication

The official language spoken here is French. However, you can also find people speaking English and Occitan language with the Nicard Dialect. The latter one has its roots from Italian and Corsican language as Nice was under the control of various Italian Kingdoms in the ancient times.

Here are some of the French words and their meanings in English. A quick understanding of these words will ease the communication in Nice:

Bonjour = Hello

Merci = Thank You

Oui = Yes

Non = No

Je suis désolé = I Am Sorry

Aidez-moi = Help

Au revoir = Goodbye

Connaissez-vous cette adresse? = Do You Know This Address?

Combien? = How Much?

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  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
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Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

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.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption


Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.


Trip Delay


 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

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