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About Mauritius Holidays - Want to experience balmy summer nights, dense forested interiors and world class diving? Delve into the incredible intricacies of Mauritius with Thomas Cook India’s Mauritius holiday packages. Let Thomas Cook India plan the ideal vacation to Mauritius that promises you not just a holiday, but memories that will last a lifetime. Our Mauritius tour is not just an agenda but a meticulously designed experiential tour package that fulfils all your whims and fancies. Now that you have booked your tickets, let Thomas Cook India take care of all the nitty-gritties of your trip to Mauritius while you just focus on having a good time.
Thomas Cook India’s team of travel experts organise and chalk out every Mauritius tour with a personal touch. We aim to ensure that your Mauritius holiday fits your needs like a glove. Thomas Cook’s comfortable accommodation, novel experiences and a plethora of services make sure your family and you stay happy while on tour.
|Mauritius Packages||No. of Days||Approx Price*|
|Simply Mauritius - (Ex Bom - Air Seychelles)||5 Nights / 6 Days||Rs. 59,986|
|Simply Mauritius - Hotel Le Grand Bleu / Manisa or Similar (3* Budget)||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 62,641|
|Simply Mauritius - Hotel Coral Azur or Similar||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 72,216|
|Simply Mauritius - Hotel Riu Creole or similar (4*)||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 92,469|
|Simply Mauritius - (Ex Bom - Air Seychelles)||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 63,300|
|Simply Mauritius - Hotel Anelia or Similar (Ex Bom - Air Seychelles)||5 Nights / 6 Days||Rs. 80,608|
Emerald green waters, endless stretches of golden sand and boat trips to idyllic islets make Mauritius a tropical paradise. The warm summer breeze plays with your hair and the sea waves kiss your toes. The scorching sun makes you want to escape into the forested and mountainous interiors to hike an extensive trail. The air of excitement and anticipation in Mauritius is infectious. Quirky beach shacks invite you to laze around and sip on some cold beverages while quiet fishing villages nudge you to explore the way of life of the locals. While this tropical nirvana is the life of the party, Mauritius is also subtle with its charming waterfalls and scenic viewpoints. It is world class diving and horse riding that gets your adrenaline pumping. Sailing off to the sunset on a romantic cruise with your spouse and extravagant barbecue lunches by the clear lagoon and seas.
Best time to visit Mauritius
Mauritius has a climate that calls for sundrenched days, engaging water sports and world class golfing.
The best time to visit Mauritius is between the months of May and December, with pleasant, dry days and cool nights. The month of December is just about the perfect time to engage in snorkeling offshore and exploring its dense marine life. Mauritius, at this time of the year is bustling with activities and tourists from all walks of life. Explore the way of life of the locals as you take a tour of a quiet and quaint fishing village. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, make your way to the Vallée de Ferney. A wildlife reserve tucked away in the southeast. Trudge along a three-kilometer trail to spot the endangered Mauritius kestrel and glimpses of fascinating flora and fauna. If you wish to take the road less travelled, opt for the low season discounted Mauritius tour packages between December and March. Visit the Thomas Cook website to check out discounted Mauritius tour packages during this period.
How to reach Mauritius
It is possible to reach Mauritius from India by air, given the distance and time between the two which is approximately 3622.4 miles and 7 hours from New Delhi respectively. Mauritius is well connected to major countries and cities around the world via the airport- Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. If you are travelling from a city other than New Delhi, do not worry. Connecting flights to Mauritius are available from many cities in India such as Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. If you are a traveler with mobility difficulties, you can avail transport for special needs via advance booking. While Air Mauritius is identified as the national carrier via domestic and international routes, some of the airlines flying from India to Mauritius are Emirates, Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways and South African Airways. You can also catch a connecting flight from many of India’s cities via Air Seychelles and Emirates. It would be advisable to book your tickets well in advance, especially if you are travelling in the peak season.
If you’d like to take the long, leisurely and luxurious route to Mauritius, then a cruise is ideal. You can start your trip at the Chennai or Mumbai port. The trip from Mumbai is around 13 days, while the trip from Chennai is 12 days long. If you’re already in a close location – say Madagascar – a short boat ride should get you to Mauritius
Places to Visit in Mauritius
Le Mourne Brabant
For those who delve into the depths of intriguing history, this place is a must visit. Le Mourne Brabant marks the peninsular area of southwest Mauritius which makes for a spectacular mountainous landscape. However, it is more famous for being a refuge shelter for the runaway slaves from the nearby places including the African mainland, south-east Asia, and Madagascar. The hilly terrain that holds several caves helped them to conceal themselves from their masters and stay protected. Serving as an impregnable fortress and a refuge against slavery, it attained the symbolism of resistance against the social evil. It was declared as a World Heritage Site, Mauritius’s first ever, by the UNESCO in 2008.
One of the most wondrous places to visit in Mauritius, Troud’Argent is a beach on Rodrigues Island. Extremely beautiful, with pure white sands and blue waters, the site finds its place at the top of the list of most popular tourist spots in the country. Equally loved by both tourists and the locals, the beach promises the most memorable and relaxed day out at sea. With the tropical sun shining bright and reflecting off the splashing waters at the shore, it is indeed a bliss to be lazing around on a chaise longue and sipping rum coco.
If Mauritian history dating to its colonial era is what you seek, then do not miss out on Maison Eureka. The perfectly conserved Creole mansion that was built in the 1830s is indeed a sight to behold. Today it has been transmuted into a museum that takes you gliding back into the island's spirited bygone days of a plantation. The architecture of the house is another aspect to marvel at with its superior, tropical ideal construction that is still effective in keeping the interiors pleasantly cool. The incalculable number of rooms, 109 doors and antique furniture that’s beautifully preserved even to this day are incredible to witness. Moreover, the numerous ancient maps, and a mildewed piano along with carefully manicured grounds and stone servant cottages just add to the list of the house’s impressive features.
Black River Gorges National Park
Of the many beautiful and ardent natural environs of the rugged Mauritian mountains, Black River Gorges National Park deserves a special mention. One of the many magnificent attractions in Mauritius, the park is filled with lovely rainforests that boast of many quaint hiking trails and picnic spots. It displays a wide array of both flora and fauna, with many rare species too such as the Mauritian flying fox that draws in huge crowds of tourists from the world over. Serving as the most important wildlife and rainforest conservatory of the country, it is the home to many endemic birds and animals. The park is not only an essential ecological system but is also a celebrated tourist destination of Mauritius which is heavily frequented by avid hikers. The 60 km long hiking trail winds along the forest area to end at delightful picnic spots.
National History Museum
The roots of any place can be explored through its museums, and the Natural History Museum does the same for Mauritius. It showcases a collection of some veritably fascinating artifacts which includes many ancient maps of the island and amusing paintings of the original fauna of the county- including that of a dodo. Along with these, you can also spot here the preserved bones of certain extinct birds, a curio of an engraving depicting some Dutchmen riding the back of an enormous tortoise and some salvaged objects- cannons, wine bottles etc. dating back to the Battle of Vieux Grand Port from 1810.
Although famous among tourists as a great shopping destination in Mauritius, the capital city of Port Louis is also a trove amassing several cultural attractions in Mauritius. Located here is The Blue Penny Museum which is the home to the first ever colonial stamp across the globe. Also, The Natural History Museum in the city lets you get a glimpse of the preserved skeleton of the extinct dodo bird. Port Louis is also the place to get a taste of the multi-culture and faiths of Mauritius through a visit to its many Indian or Chinese temples, churches and mosques. You can also experience life here by going for a leisurely afternoon stroll with the residents or expats of the area. Take a walk uphill from the Signal Mountain which derived its name from the antenna located at the summit, to witness the beauty of the city below during sunset.
Until about 20 years ago, Grand Baie, a quiet fishing village of Mauritius, is now a bustling tourist spot of the country. This lovely sheltered bay that is also given the sobriquet of ‘Le Trop,' appears happily bobbing up and down with the many big and small boats in its clear waters. The village has emerged as one of the most prominent tourism hubs of the nation and is famous for the many entertainment options and hot shopping districts, along with several unusual sightseeing spots, beaches, and excursions in the nearby areas and a kid friendly ‘Aquarium’ where you can enjoy feeding the fish.
Apart from letting you enjoy rum tasting, the interactive museum of L’Aventure du Sucre located here will also allow you to learn the history of the island. Also, found only 275 m away from the institution, are the Pamplemousses Botanic Gardens which make for another refreshing visit. The garden which was built in the 18th century is famous for an enormous pond of Amazon lilies that are extraordinary to view.
Food in Mauritius
The food in Mauritius is very similar to Indian food. With foods like biriyani, achaar and falooda in common with Indian cuisine. Here’s some Mauritian foods you must try on your Mauritius trip.
Like Indian achaar, Achard is a tangy, sweet, spicy mix of vegetables that can be eaten with bread, biriyani or rotis.
The Indian faloodas Mauritian cousin, this is a thick, sweet concoction of sweetened milk, ice cream fruits and nuts that is a must try on your Mauritian holiday.
DholPuri is a street food in which thin wheat bread or roti is stuffed with ground split peas. It is served with curries, pickles and chutney. It is sold all over the island, and you cannot afford to miss this dish on your Mauritius holiday as it is a taste of home in a foreign land.
Mauritian biryani is very similar to Hyderabadi Biryani made with fragrant Basmati rice and meat. Potatoes placed at the bottom to prevent the rice from burning or sticking to the vessel and mingle with the rice to form a crunchy crust called socarrat which is a little-known culinary gem you’ll want to explore on your Mauritius holiday.
The cousin of the Indian paratha, these flatbreads are eaten all over the island. They are also called Roti Chaud, which means ‘hot roti’ in French. These are served with curries, stews and chutneys and will make you feel at home on your trip to Mauritius
Literally meaning ‘Upside down bowl’ this is a biryani consisting of three layers: an omelet, chicken or seafood stir-fried with vegetables and sauces and finally stir fried or steamed rice. While preparing the dish, the omelet is first placed in the bowl, followed by the meat or fish and vegetables and lastly, cooked rice. While serving it is turned upside down, which gives it its name.
Things to Do in Mauritius
Pick your own tea
Sometimes you want to take a morning stroll and it is best to be a part of the tea plantations. The natural beauty of the place which comes along with tea plantations makes the place a must visit to Bois Cheri Tea plantation. Celebrate your early mornings by taking a small walk through the plantations and enjoying the virgin beauty of nature on your dream Mauritius vacation.
Splash About with some Watersports
Belle Mare in Mauritius is where you can partake in a variety of watersports from scuba diving to snorkeling and kite surfing. This is sure to get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping on your tour of Mauritius.
Climb Signal Mountain
So, named because of the signal antennae at its summit, reaching the top of Signal mountain will give you a magnificent view of Port-Louis on one side and of the western coastline of the island on the other. This is a hike you must undertake on your trip to Mauritius that will leave you with a sense of wonder and amazement with every step you take.
Play with lion cubs at Casella Park
Casella Park is a huge outdoor amusement park with safari tours, camel rides & zip-lining. It is in Cascavella. Here you can feel the thrill and majesty of getting up close and personal with the king of the jungle under the watchful eyes of the guides and trainers. You can also cuddle a lion cub or two making this experience the highlight of your Mauritius vacation.
Ride into the sunset at Riambel beach
Riambel beach embodies the spirit of everything tropical. There’s the sun, the sand and the sea, all coexisting in perfect harmony. A perfect way to wind down your Mauritius holiday is to splash about in the water during the day and as the sun begins to set, you can rent a horse to take a leisurely languid ride down the beach into the sunset capping off a wonderful Mauritian holiday.
Mauritius – FAQs
What is the best way to travel to Mauritius?
The quickest way to travel to Mauritius is by booking a flight from India to Mauritius. The journey takes about 6-7 hours. Flights to Mauritius are available from all major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Can I travel to Mauritius by sea?
You can take a cruise to Mauritius from Mumbai or Chennai. The trip from Mumbai is around 13 days, while the trip from Chennai is 12 days long.
What is the time difference between India and Mauritius?
India is one hour and thirty minutes ahead of Mauritius.
Is visa on arrival available for Indians in Mauritius?
Indian nationals can avail of a 60-day visa on arrival in Mauritius provided they have a valid return ticket.
Is Mauritius a safe destination?
Mauritius is a safe destination for Indian travelers; however, caution is always a good policy. In terms of natural disasters, November to May is cyclone season on the island, so plan your trip accordingly.
What is the currency of Mauritius?
The Mauritian Rupee is the official currency of the Republic of Mauritius. You can buy Mauritian Rupees from Thomas Cook.
Will I get Wi-Fi connectivity? Can I buy a local sim card in Mauritius?
Wi-Fi is available in 350 public spots, across the island, including Community centers, Women centers, Youth centers, Social welfare centers, Post Offices and Village councils.
Can I get Indian food in? What about vegetarian options?
Mauritian food is a mixed pot of flavors and is heavily influenced by the diverse residents who live on the island. You will find a lot of Indian food and vegetarian options too.
What are some of the common greetings in Mauritius?
Hello in Mauritius is usually Salut (French) or Salam (Creole). You can wish a local Good morning with Bonjour and Good evening with Bonsoir (French). Goodbye is Au Revoir (French) or Salam (Creole).
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