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Morocco can be best visited during the months of autumn (September and October) and during the months of winter (November to February), while spring is the time, when it's green everywhere. The temperatures are cooler and pleasant for sightseeing. Autumn is an ideal season for visiting the Atlantic coast and embarking on a hike in the mountains, during the winter season from November onwards the temperature starts to fall and Essaouira becomes very windy.
If you are travelling from India then there are several flights to places like Casablanca, Marrakech and Rabat (Capital of Morocco). You can avail direct and indirect flights from Delhi and Mumbai for Morocco.
There is a list of countries which are
listed for ‘no visa requirement’ but if you are travelling from India to
Morocco, you need to apply for visa as India is not one of those countries
which fall under the ‘no visa requirement’ list.
In order to get the visa, Morocco state embassy in your country is usually the first port of call. Mail the required documents with the filled application wherever stated and it generally takes 5 to 7 business days to process if everything is fine in your application. A 90 day or a 3 months permit can maximum be obtained on your visa.
Denoted as MAD or Dhs, the Moroccan Dirham is the official currency of Morocco. The Moroccan Dirham is composed of 100 centimes; notes are available in denominations of (Dhs) 200, 100, 50, 25, and 20, and coins are available in denominations of (Dhs) 10, 5, 2 and 1, or 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.
One can get it exchanged from different currency exchange outlets at the Airport. Also, look for an official Bureaux de Change which is identifiable by a golden sign and do not exchange it with any local or unauthorized organization.
There are myriads of attractions in Morocco, the famous ones are:
• Hassan II Mosque - commissioned by King Hassan II to be the most ambitious structure ever built in Morocco.
• Hassan Tower – a world heritage site
• Roman city of Volubilis
• Fes- Medina Fes is Morocco's other big cultural destination where leather products are made.
• Bab Mansour, the Sahrij Souani Bassin, and the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum in Meknes
• High Atlas, the highest peak of North Africa.
• Tangier: Tangier has a fascinating appearance with architectural works like
• Chefchaouen is a gorgeous labyrinth of blue-on-blue buildings that is a picture perfect destination.
There are countless things to do when you visit a foreign place and Morocco definitely has some unique way of treating your travel on a different level altogether.
• Take a scrub bath at a local hammam
• Eat a kebab alongside snake charmers in the Marrakech medina
• Stroll through the blue streets of Chefchaouen
• Buy leather souvenirs from tanneries in Fes.
• Dine out at Djemaa el Fna
• Discover the Saharan sandscape in the Sahara Desert
• Surf in Taghazout, the most popular surfing town, just north of Agadir.
• Encounter the rarest of the floras in Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech
• Trek the High Atlas
• Visit Hassan II Mosque and stay in a riad
• Skii in Oukaimeden
The food in Morocco is legendary and there are some which you should never return without trying.
• Mint tea
• Kefta tagine
• Petit Taxi: The multicolored metered petit taxis are available in cities and bigger towns; one petite taxi is allowed to only carry three passengers at a time.
• Bus: The large cities of Morocco have public bus services and you can avail a ticket for as less as Dh5.
• Grand Taxi: The shared Mercedes on the Moroccan roads can give you a ride of a lifetime.
• Pick-up Truck & 4WD: These modes of transports are for the remote areas, such as the Atlas Mountains, and other remote villages.
• Trains: Trains can be availed to travel intercity or interstate.
The routine vaccines that are every traveler needs include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
It is also recommended that you should get travel vaccines like Hepatitis A and Typhoid because there is a risk of these diseases through contaminated food and water in Morocco.
The two languages which are commonly spoken are Moroccan Arabic and French.
The commonly used greeting are Hello (es salaam alaikum- in Arabic), Please (Afaka, when speaking to a woman, say Afik and to a group afakum), Thank you very much (shukran bezze), Good night (tisbah ala khair).
The aromatic fumes of spices and the authentic leather products are definitely piqued your attention in the famous Moroccan markets, some which are listed below:
Assembled below are some of the famous beach destination in Morocco where sea surfing and kite surfing are some of the regular activities that you will found in this country.
• Mediterrania Saïdia
The University of Al-Karaouine is located in Fes, Morocco. This university originally was a mosque founded in 859 by Fatima al –Fihri and is considered the oldest continuously -operating degree-granting university in the world by the Guinness Book of World Record.
The distance between Casablanca and Rabat is
around 85 KM by road. There can be several ways through which you can reach
Casablanca from Rabat.
By train: You get a train ride for Casa- voyageurs from Gare Rabat village for a ticket price ranging between INR 250 to 500 after every 30 minutes and the travelling time is around an hour and 10 minutes.
By Taxi: Taxi is estimated to take around an hour time and the cost can be INR 3500 to 4000
By the Grand Taxi: The grand taxi is operated after every hour between the two stations and costs INR 400 to 600 per person.
The famous places which fall under the category of ‘must-visit’ sights in Casablanca are:
• Place Mohamed V
• Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur
• Central Market
Morocco is a land of ancient monuments and sacred mosques, some of the famous one are listed below:
• Bab Berdieyinne Mosque.
• Bou Inania Madrasa.
• Hassan II Mosque Casablanca, Morocco.
• Koutoubia Mosque Morocco.
• Mosque of Mulai Idris.
• Sidi Bou Abib Mosque.
• Great Mosque of Taza Morocco.
• Tangier Grand Mosque.
Most of the southeast portion of the country is in the Sahara desert. Sme of the places one should visit in the desert region of Morocco are:
• Erfoud: It is the small city also called as the Gate of Sahara, located on the way of Erg Chebbi Dunes.
• Ouarzazate: It is also considered the capital of South and has preserved the feel of an ancient city.
• Nkob: This small Berber town southeast of Agdz is surrounded by palm groves and is full of old Kasbahs.
• Zagora: It is a small desert town south of Ouarzazate.
• Tipping is an integral part of Moroccan lifestyle, so keep a lot of change.
• Take an official tourist guide through a tourist office and do not engage a false guide.
• Bargaining in Souks is a friendly game, be a sport and show your skills.
• Spring is when the country is covered in lush green vegetation, which makes it an ideal time to go. But Ramadan is an interesting period to visit Morocco; however, you can find most of the cafes and shops closed during Ramadan.
• Petite and Grand Taxis are the best way to travel in Morocco.
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