Paris, capital city of France is the most populous city of the country that attracts millions of tourist each year. The city is one of Europe’s main centres in many ways including finance, art, cuisine and fashion.
It is world renowned for its Museums and other Architectural sights. A central landmark of the city Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art museum while Musee d’Orsay and Musee de l’Orangerie are noted for their impressionist art. Few other well known sites includes Notre-Dame Cathedral, Grand Palais, Arc de Triomphe, Icon of Paris, Eiffel Tower, Ile de la Cite, Avenue des Champs-Elysees and the royal holy chapel, Sainte-Chapelle. The River Seine is an important commercial waterway that neatly separates Paris right and left bank. The bank of the River Seine is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paris.
INFORMATION ABOUT PARIS | PARIS TRAVELING TIPS
The best time to visit Paris is from June to October, however; the city is one of the most visited destinations that attract travellers year round.
City of lights is also considered as one of the most romantic city and it has been a top pick for bollywood filmmakers as well.
CLIMATE: The climate of Paris is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and is mild and moderately wet year round. In summers (June to August) average temperature varies between 15-25 degree celcius and days are warm and pleasant. Winter days (December to February) are usually cold with low temperature around 3 degree celcius. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are cool and unstable.
PEOPLE & LIFE STYLE: Paris is one of the most densely populated cities of Europe. More than sixty percent resident of Paris Region are Roman Catholic. People are engaged into various industries such as Transport, Food, Finance etc.
GETTING TO PARIS: International travellers generally arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CODE: CDG) or Paris Orly Airport (CODE: ORY). People travelling to or from other European cities prefer SNCF Rails or TGV high speed trains. There are around six major train stations in Paris.
VISA: Depending upon the purpose of your travel, you will be required to apply for different type of France Schengen Visa. Type of visa also differs based on your nationality and length of stay.
CURRENCY: As France is a member of European Union its national currency is Euro (currency code: EUR). Currency is available in various denominations that can be easily differentiated. Coins exist in eight different denominations. Most French bank doesn’t exchange money for non-account holders. Money exchangers are easily found around Airport, Train Stations and popular Tourist Areas.
Travel insurance is must when visiting Paris
Beware of Pickpockets
Wear comfortable shoes as you will have to walk a lot
Carry a universal travel adapter
Appropriate clothing required
Use and possession of Drugs are criminal offence
Don’t smoke in public areas
Emergency Numbers: The most important emergency number is 112
Activities in Paris / Attractions in Paris
Eiffel Tower: This symbol of Paris and France is one of the most iconic landmarks in the World. Not only in Paris but Eiffel Tower is most visited paid monument in the World. The wrought iron tower stands at a height of 324 meters that offers three different levels to its visitors.
Each year over seven million visitors climb Eiffel Tower to soak in the breathtaking unique views from three different levels. Don’t miss the Eiffel Tower illumination and light show. Every evening Eiffel Tower is lit up for 05 minutes each hour from sunset to 1 AM or 2 AM depending on season.
Louvre Museum: Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art museum situated in the right bank of the Seine River. It is central landmark of Paris and one of the world’s most visited art museums. Louvre was originally built as a palace until Louis XIV chose to move to Palace of Versailles leaving Louvre as a place to display the royal collection.
Louvre Museum is home to hundreds of thousands of classic and modern masterpieces and its painting collection is one of the richest in the World. The entire museum is so vast that it is nearly impossible to see the whole in one day.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris: A medieval catholic cathedral is considered to be one of the masterpieces of French Gothic architecture. Notre Dame de Paris means our lady of Paris and it is one of the most important landmarks of the French Capital. The cathedral is built on a sacred location – Ile de la Cite surrounded by River Seine. Admission to Notre Dame Cathedral is free but entry fee is applicable for The Tower and The Crypt.
Arc de Triomphe de I’Etoile: Situated at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle located at western end of the Champs-Elysees, the monument is a tribute to those who fought for their country. The design is inspired by the Arch of Titus situated in Rome, Italy and it is biggest arch in the World. Arc de Triomphe de I’Etoile stands at a height of more than 160 feet offering its visitors a panoramic view of Paris city.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées: An avenue that runs between Place de la Concorde and Place Charles de Gaulle needs no introduction. It is where Arc de Triomphe is located and is a cultural hotspot and shopper’s paradise. It is host to Bastille Day military parade that is held on fourteenth day of July every year and it also act as the finish line to the Tour de France cycle race. Avenue des Champs-Élysées welcomes millions of tourist each year and is a must see while in Paris.
Sacré-Cœur Basilica: The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris or the Sacre-Coeur is a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is a popular landmark that stands on top of the hill of Montmartre. Sacre-Coeur Bailica is the second most visited church in France with first place retained by Notre Dame Cathedral. The nineteen century basilica has romano-byzanine style architecture.
Palace of Versailles: Chateau de Versailles is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once a royal residence of France. It is now a national landmark situated in the region of Ile-de-France. The eighteenth century French architecture Palace is one of the most opulent castles in the world noteworthy for its ceremonial hall of mirrors, Royal Opera, Royal Apartments, Grand Trianon, The Musical Fountain Show and The Gardens.
The Gardens and Park are open all seven days but the Palace of Versailles and Trianon are closed on Monday. It is visited by millions of people each year and is one of the best sites to learn about French History.
Moulin Rouge: Moulin Rouge is a musical dance entertainment which evolved from high energy, physically demanding dance known as Can-Can to French Cabaret. Two shows are held each night at 9 pm and 11 pm lasting around two hours each. Dinner show is scheduled at 7 pm with duration of four hours. You get privileged seats when you opt for Dinner Show. Children below six years of age are not permitted. It is highly recommended to reach at least half an hour prior to your scheduled slot. Elegant / Smart attire is a must as shorts, sportswear are not allowed.
Lido Show: Le Lido is a cabaret show located on the Champs-Elysees. Two shows are held each night at 9 pm and 11 pm lasting around one and an half hours each. Dinner show is scheduled at 7 pm with duration of four hours. You get privileged seats when you opt for Dinner Show. Children below six years of age are not permitted. It is highly recommended to reach at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled slot. Elegant / Smart attire is a must as shorts, sportswear are not allowed.
Disneyland Paris: Located in Marne-la-Vallee, France, Disneyland Paris is an entertainment resort that comprises of two theme parks Disneyland Park and Walt Disneyland Studios Park. Apart from theme parks, Disneyland also has Hotels, a golf course, railway station and a large outlet centre. Disneyland is a family attraction that is open 365 days a year and has something to offer for all age group. One needs separate entrance ticket for each park. This is a must see attraction that is in wish list of any traveler visiting Paris, France.
Place de la Concorde: Situated at the end of the Champs-Elysées, Place de la Concorde is the largest public square in Paris, France. The square is in the form of Octagon with Obelisk placed at the centre and statues representing different French cities of Bordeaux, Brest, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rouen, Strasbourgh at each corner. Place de la Concorde has witnessed many cheerful and depressing gatherings. Two monumental fountains were added while redesigning the Place de la Concorde which was primarily influenced by fountains of Rome, Piazza Navona and the Piazza San Pierto.
Montparnasse Tower: Located in Montparnasse, it is a skyscraper that offers an exceptional view of Eiffel Tower. The 210 meter tall Tower was once the tallest skyscraper in France. The Tower consist of Offices, Restaurant on level 56 and a terrace that offer spectacular 360 degree views of Paris city. Towers fast elevators take you to level 56 in just under 40 seconds. Apart from Eiffel Tower, you also get a view of The Louvre, Sacre-Coeur, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides and few other landmarks.
Seine River Cruise: There are many ways to enjoy unique view of Paris city. You can opt for 01 day Paris Hop-on Hop-off tour or enjoy the view from observation deck of Eiffel Tower or Montparnasse Tower or simply enjoy the panoramic view of Paris iconic sites onboard Seine River Cruise. Seine River Cruise is a circular cruise that last for 45 minutes to an hour. There is a wide array of Cruises available, Paris by day or night, Sparkling Cruise that includes Champagne or with meals option that last for longer duration.
Grand Palais: The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees is an exhibition hall and museum located at Champs-Eylsees and is often referred as Grand Palais. It is currently largest existing ironwork and glass structure in the world.
Paris Hop-on Hop-off: This is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the romantic city of Paris. The tour gives you flexibility to choose the attraction you wish to explore at your own pace and it is available in several languages.