Mauritius: On your way from the airport, you'll go past bustling Port Louis with its well preserved colonial relics, museums and famous Chinatown. The Historical Le Morne Brabant peninsula with its 4km shoreline in the extreme south hosts some of the country's best beaches and takes its name from the stunning single-standing basaltic rock that looms over it. Go hikking in the country's sole national park, Black River Gorges, covered in dense forest rife with endemic species of flowering plans and birds and a hauntingly beautiful crater lake. Thumb-shaped Le Pouce Mountain in the north-west is ideal for mountain biking, especially when you pedal your way up to staggerring views of the island and then spend the come-down at swanky party town Grand Baie. Mauritian cuisine is a schizophrenic crowd-puller, refelecting its jumble-sale population and colonial influences - be sure to nosh on dhol purri, gateaux piment (chilli cakes) and spicy camarons (fresh-water prawns in hot sauces). Volcanic Rodrigues Island, 500 km north east, is a getaway from a getaway, with some of the best diving you'll find around here.
Visa: Free tourist visa or upto 60 days. Carry two passport sized photos, hotel confirmations a confirmed return ticket. Your passport will need to be endorsed with Rs.4500 for each day there and should be valid for at least six months from your date of arrival.