Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Paris About Paris Indian Embassy in Paris Address:Address: 13-15 Rue Alfred Dehodencq, 75016 Paris, France Contact Number: +33 1 40 50 70 70 Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Paris, France Original passports with 6 months validity from date of arrival in Paris 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 traveler, 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 Time required: 15 working days Places to visit in Paris The architectural icons, exquisite cuisine, artistic treasures and chic boutiques make it hard for anyone to resist the feeling of love for this city with a timeless familiarity. In short, the ‘City of Lights’ never fails to enthral. Paris’ beauty can be witnessed on a quiet stroll along the river Seine, on cobblestone streets, with manicured gardens and stunning vistas. Places to visit in Paris are plentiful; each tourist place is steeped in rich history. The Louvre: This is the site of the world's most extensive and most diverse collection of pre-20th-century paintings and sculptures, the most prominent being the iconic Mona Lisa. Notre Dame Cathedral: One of the most prominent places in Paris, the dramatic towers of Notre Dame are sure to take your breath away. This marvel of Gothic architecture is home to the nucleus of an erstwhile medieval Paris. Musée d'Orsay: This popular tourist place of Paris houses the world's most important collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings including the major works by Van Gogh. Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees: The 164-foot Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Emperor Napoléon to evoke his military power. Culminate the visit with a walk down the grandiose Avenue des Champs-Elysées, home to chic boutiques and famous Parisian cafes. Boat Tour of River Seine: Boat Tour of River Seine: Witness famous places in Paris as you glide along the river on boat tours. Eiffel Tower: Who can forget the most popular tourist landmark of the city. The tower glitters in the skyline of the city every night and is always crowded with tourists. Pre-booking tickets is advisable. How to Reach Paris From India The capital of the most visited country in the world witnesses a lot of tourist activity and is connected to all major airports. Paris has 3 international airports, the most important being the Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). Situated in the north-eastern part of the city, the three terminals can be quite crowded with its throng of tourists. The second airport is Orly, and the third is the Aéroport de Beauvais Tillé in the distant north of the city, used by some low-cost carriers. Top airlines offering connectivity to the City of Love include Jet Airways, Air France, Air India, SWISS and more. Best Time to Visit High season: Starting June through mid-September, Paris is packed with tourists. Expect long lines at points of interest in Paris, along with high airline prices and peak hotel occupancy. This is also the time when most Parisians flee the city, so expect to find more tourists. December sees the city lit in Christmas festivities, with a rush of shopping and other seasonal activities. Department stores are all decked up, and the Champ Elysees is full of Christmas trees and lights. Mid-season: April through May, and mid-September through November present the ideal combination of pleasant sightseeing weather and thinner crowds. While rates remain on the higher side, it is still easier to get hotel reservations and airlines charge a reasonable fare. The months of September and October are the time when Paris hosts its annual fashion shows and trade fairs, while the gardens and parks of Paris see their first bloom around mid-to-late April. Low season: Paris sees a decline in the number of tourists from January through March, when the weather is chilly and damp. This is the time to get the best deals on airfare and hotel rates, and smaller crowds and queues at tourist attractions in Paris. This is also a good time to take children to Disneyland Paris as most French families are away on ski trips. Although, some rides may be closed for renovation during this period. What to Pack? Paris generally experiences a mild temperature throughout the year, but weather conditions can change rapidly. Spring (Mid-March to April): Visitors should bring a jacket, as nights can be cold. Temperature during the day can vary, so it’s best to get clothes that allow you to layer. Summer (May to mid-July): The weather is dry, sunny and warm, and ideal for carrying a pair of sunglasses, shorts, dresses or any breathable fabric. A light jacket is recommended for exploring famous places in Paris after sunset. Autumn (July to October): Warmer weather prevails at the start, but temperatures drop quickly towards the end. Pack a warm coat, thick sweaters and other pieces to layer. Winter (Mid-November to February): Winter in Paris is chilly and damp, so wrap yourself in your warmest clothes, along with a scarf, gloves and hat. Top Delicacies The French are famous for their exquisite cuisine. Some of the most popular delicacies are- Baguette: Paris is the only place in the world that serves top-quality baguettes. There is even an annual event to elect the best baguette in Paris. Croissant: The smell of freshly-baked croissants wafts across most bakeries in Paris in the early hours of the morning. Grab a quick bite for breakfast and awaken your senses in its warm buttery smell. Macaron: This delicate pastry’s birthplace is Paris and is available in all sorts of flavours and colours. Seek out these two-bite delights from any reputable pastry shop in Paris. Cheese: Paris has more cheese than any of the other cities in the world, combined. Choose from a variety of blue cheese, hard cheese or goat cheese in any bakery or supermarket while vacationing in Paris. Croque-monsieur: This is a staple of menus across Paris, a crisp grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Some cafes also serve it up with a topping of fried egg. Top Indian Restaurants in Paris Desi Road Address: 14 Rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris, France Contact Number: +33 1 43 26 44 91 Kastoori Address: 4 Place Gustave Toudouze, 75009 Paris, France Contact Number: +33 1 44 53 06 10 Coffee Anjapper Address:22 Rue Cail, 75010 Paris, France Contact Number: +33 1 40 05 09 00 Shopping List Essentials Paris is certainly synonymous to classic heritage and world-class shopping. From Eiffel tower key chains to je t’aime! T-shirts, you will find shops overloaded with enticing souvenirs. Furthermore, chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat will leave you craving for more. Be sure of packing a few bars before you leave Paris. Last but not the least, leaving Paris without a bag full of candles from the famous Claude Trudon is surely a sin. Healthcare Centers For any medical emergency in Paris, you will typically be asked to show your proof of medical insurance, although all hospitals in France are legally bound to not refuse patients who can't pay for emergency services upfront. The 39 hospitals of the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, located in various parts of the city offers healthcare services for all public, 24 hours and all seven days of the week. Currency Paris accepts Euro as its currency. Basics of Local Communication A cheat sheet of useful words and phrases in French is always helpful. However, most locals understand and can speak English. English French Hello Bonjour (bohn-ZHOOR) What is your name ? Comment vous appellez vous? (kaw-mahng vooz AP-lay VOO?) Thank you Au revoir (oh ruh-VWAHR) Good bye Au revoir (oh ruh-VWAHR) Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais? (par-lay VOO sahng-LEH?) Help! Au secours! (oh suh-KOOR) I need a doctor J'ai besoin d'un médecin. 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