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Time
Mauritius is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 3 hours ahead of mid-European time.

Credit Cards
Credit cards are generally accepted by banks, hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. The following credit cards are negotiable in Mauritius: America Express, Diners, MasterCard and Visa.

VAT
A value added tax of 15% is included in all bills relating to goods and services, including hotel and restaurant bills.

Working Hours
Private Sector: Monday to Friday: 08.30 – 16.15 Saturday: 09.00 – 12.00 (Some offices) Public Sector: Monday to Friday: 09.00 – 16.00 Saturday: 09.00 – 12.00 (Reduced staff)

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International Airport
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Air Terminal, also known as Plaisance (code: MRU) is approximately 3 kms from Mahébourg, 48 kms from Port Louis, 70 kms from Grand Baie, 45 kms from Flic en Flac and 40 kms from Belle Mare. Facilities include duty-free shops both on arrival and departure, bars, banks and Post Office. (230) 603 3030 / (230) 637 5306

What to Wear
Take your best beach and casual wear. In the winter months of June, July, August and September carry some light woolens for the cool evenings.

Driving
On the left, please!

Electricity
Power supply throughout the island is 220 volts

Customs
Passengers over 18 years of age may import the following duty free items: 250 grammes of tobacco (including cigars and cigarettes), 1 liter of spirits, 2 liters of wine, ale or beer, one quarter liter of Eau de Toilette and perfume not exceeding 10cl.

A plant import permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture, prior to the introducing of plants and plant material including cuttings, flowers, bulbs, fresh fruits, vegetables and seeds. All plants must be declared to Customs immediately on arrival and are subject to examination. It is prohibited to introduce sugar-cane and parts thereof, soil micro-organism and invertebrate animals. Facilities for examination and certification of plant materials are available at Le Réduit (Tel: 454-1091) and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport offices of the Plant Pathology Division. (Tel.: 637-3194).

All animals including animal products need an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and a sanitary certificate from the country of origin. All animals must be declared to the Customs Authorities immediately on arrival, and landing is allowed is allowed only if certificate issued by the Veterinary Authorities of the exporting country are in conformity with Import Permits. Dogs and cats undergo a six months’ quarantine; Birds and other animal/species up to 2 months. Drug trafficking is illegal and carry very heavy penalties. Firearms and ammunitions need import permits and must be declared on arrival.

Tobacco
It is forbidden to smoke in public areas. “Smoking” and “Non-smoking” corners are available in certain restaurants.

Drugs
Introducing drugs is illegal. Warning!, drug trafficking is severely punished by the law.

Security
A tourist police has been set up to ensure security in tourist zones. An anti-terrorist law has also been proclaimed. A specific law relating to all tourist activities and corrupt practices has also been voted. The following essential pieces of advice are meant for you:-
• Keep an eye on all personal belongings at all times.

• Be careful when withdrawing money from a cash point.

• Avoid wearing high-priced jewellery.

• Do not leave anything high-priced jewellery.

• Do not leave anything inside your car.

• (For excursions or purchases) only use recognised operators or suppliers.

• Keep your passports, plane tickets, jewellery of value and large sums of money in the safe of your room.

• For sea excursions, do not rent boats with inadequate security standards.

• During individual sea excursions, always notify the person responsible of your boat house.

• Do not go swimming in areas where it is forbidden.

Radio and Television
The Mauritian audiovisual landscape is a free one. Three private radio stations share the airwaves with the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC). There are three Mauritian television channels and two satellite television companies. France Inter and RTL programmes are broadcast by Mauritian radio stations during the day. The main France 2 new bulletins is broadcast daily, while on satellite television, Canal +, TF1, TV5 and RTL 9 programmes are available.

Newspapers
The Mauritian press is one of the most dynamic in Africa. Two English weekly co-exist with several French written newspapers. The press is totally free and reflects perfectly the plurality of the country.

 
Excursion Places:-
     

    Mauritius, so far away, yet so much at home...
    Mauritius, a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, will fascinate you. The contrast of colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that the scene is set for an unforgettable holiday. Here, you have the opportunity to experience unparalleled luxury: a level of refinement that is head and shoulders above that on offer in other tropical holiday destinations. Here, you will discover the true meaning of ‘beauty’ – a realisation that will compel you to return to Mauritius’ shores time and again. Mauritius was named after Dutch Prince Maurice Van Nassau...

     

    At a glance:
    The island, with a surface area of 2,040 square kilometres, is located 20º south of the equator and 57.5º east. English is the official language, although French and Creole are commonly used. With a population of 1.2 million, the literacy rate hovers around 90%...

     

    Port Louis, Capital of Mauritius:
    Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, was founded by the French governor and colonist Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais in 1735. Situated on the west coast, it is protected by a curve of picturesque mountains. International businesses and financial institutions rub shoulders with colourful markets in this vibrant city...

     

    The North:
    The north provides some fine beaches, a great range of accommodation and restaurants, world-class watersports facilities, wonderful shopping opportunities and entertainment. It was one of the first spots in Mauritius to welcome holidaymakers...

     

    The South & South-East:
    This region has a completely different landscape to the rest of the island. Gris Gris, for example, is one of the few areas of Mauritian coastline that is not shielded by coral reef and is therefore the best point from which to observe dramatic waves crashing against the rocks...

     

    The East:
    Some of the best beaches in Mauritius can be found on the east coast, including Blue Bay and its marine reserve and the delightful swathes of sand that exist around Belle Mare. Also here is Trou d’Eau Douce: the main jumping off point for the islet Île aux Cerfs...

     

    The West & South-West:
    The west and south-west is an adventure playground for nature and sports-lovers. Flic en Flac, with its white beaches fringed with Casuarinas trees, is a popular location for weekend beach activities such as swimming and snorkelling. Grande Rivière Noire and Tamarin were fishing villages that have been transformed with luxury villas and are now popular deep-sea finishing spots...

     

    Inland & Centre:

    The island’s most central town, Curepipe, is a major commercial hub yet also houses an extinct volcano called Trou aux Cerfs. Other features of the central plateau include Ganga Talao: a natural lake that is an important pilgrimage site for Mauritian Hindus festival...

     

    The Dodo:
    Credit goes to this bird that put Mauritius, for the first time, on the world map. Though extinct for more than 300 years now, the giant bird still continues to stir amazement in visitors at the country’s National History Museum, where one of the few remaining skeletons is on display...

     

    Landmarks:
    The Aapravasi Ghat Immigration Depot is another UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the only surviving remnant of an immigration depot typical of those established in the second half of the 19th Century to welcome indentured labourers...

     

    Festivals & Cultural Events:
    Mauritius is a blend of diverse cultures and religions. Our population coming from three continents has brought traditions and beliefs from their ancestral countries. Religious festivals are celebrated in a spirit of peace and harmony throughout the year...

       

    Transportation:
    In Mauritius transportation is very costly. It is recommended to book in advance your transportation so as to have comfortable stay as November is a peak season for tourists.
    Following are the details of Transportation and tour providers. Authors can book in advance.

    Rates for Transportation:-
    (Valid from 01 September 2011to 30 March 2012)
    Rates are in USD based on per vehicle

    AC Car suitable for 2 to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with limited luggage

    Rates are per vehicle per trip

     

    Description of trip

     

    Price in USD

    Airport transfers (two way)

    120

    Full day North Tour

    60

    Full day Isle aux Cerf tour (island) including boat transfer

    60

    Full day South tour excluding chamarel entrance fee

    60

    8 hours car during day time

    60

    Car is driven by an English and Hindi speaking driver guide.

     

    Transportation by AC van suitable for family of 4 to 08 and 9 to 12 members on private basis

    Rates are per vehicle per trip


    Description of trip

    4- 8 Pax

    9 -12 Pax

    Airport transfers (two way)

    175

    200

    Full day North Tour

    100

    120

    Full day Isle aux Cerf tour (island) including boat transfer

    110

    130

    Full day South tour excluding chamarel entrance fee

    110

    130

    8 hours car during day time

    110

    130

    Van are driven by English/Hindi speaking guide

    Chamarel entrance fee for south tour: USD 5 per adult and USD 4 child below 12 years
    Contact:-


    Ms Kajal
    Green Paradise Tours
    Kalimaye Road - opposite football playground
    Petit Raffray. 

    Tel : { 230} 2833587 , Fax { 230} 2833747

    Mail:kajal@greenparadisetours.com

     chandan@greenparadisetours.com

     

    Services booked by:-

    Mr Vivek Sharma
    UNIGLOBE Pawansut Travel
    5th Floor,Yugdharma Complex,
    27,Central Bazar Road,
    Ramdaspeth,Nagpur-440010 

    T    + 91 712 6636300
    M   + 91 9823055000
    F    + 91 712 6636399

     Mail:vivek@uniglobepawansuttravel.com

     

     
     
     
     
    English is the official language of the conference ( Paper and Presentation)