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[[Image:India- Andaman Island Capital-Port Blair.jpeg|thumb|300px|India- Andaman Island Capital-Port Blair]]
[[Image:Andaman group of Islands.jpeg|right|thumb|Andaman group of Islands]]
[[Image:Port blair at Night.jpeg|thumb|400px|Port blair at Night]]
[[Image:Port blair view.jpeg|thumb|Port Blair Town view]]
Given the beauty of the rest of the Andamans, Port Blair is an upcoming city no different from any other smaller Indian city, although the seaside has been tarted up a bit. It comprises of people from all over India and one can imagine it as mini India with no conflicts on region and religion. Aside from Cellular Jail, there are quite few places which include Ross Island, Barren Island (known for the only active volcano) and few others known for its historical importance. A week's trip will cover the must see places at the island's. You can however do day trip to other close by places like Wandoor, Ross Island etc.
[[Image:Port blair Air travel.jpeg|thumb|Port Blair Air travel soon]]
[[Image:Port blair around map.jpeg|thumb|Port blair around map]]
[[Image:Andaman group of Islands.jpeg|right|thumb|Andaman group of Islands]]
[[Image:Andaman Islands Turtle Nesting locations.jpeg|right|thumb|Turtle Nesting sites in Dec-Feb Months]]
See [[Andaman_and_Nicobar#Get_in|Andaman and Nicobar region article]] for information on flights and ships from the mainland.
*M.V.Harshvardhana ₹1,510 to ₹5,880
*M.V.Akbar ₹1,310 to ₹5,880
==Get around==
[[Image:Andaman picture in Rs 20 Currency Note.jpeg|thumb|View from GB Pant Hospital Corridor,On Rs 20 Currency Note]]
* <see name="Cellular Jail" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="050 ₹20 per person" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Built by the British to house political prisoners far away from the mainland. All prisoners were kept in isolation cells and subjected to a brutal work regime, with regular whippings and executions. Briefly taken over by the Japanese during WW2, who added outright torture to the palette. Today, however, the jail has been transformed into an immaculately kept national monument complete with a garden that seems very much at odds with the horror of the place.You can watch it from morning 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
A light-and-sound show in Hindi (6 pm) and English (7 pm) available in the evenings. Some days the timings are altenated. Jail is closed on Mondays although the light and sounds is still on in the evenings. You have to stand in a long queue from 4.30 pm onwards till the ticket counter opens at 5.20 pm. TIP: Ask your hotel/agent to collect ticket or ask your wife/sis/mother to stand in the ladies' line. </see>
'''North Bay''' It is the place to do scuba, jet skii, snorkelling , sea walk etc. You don't need to know swimming to do scuba diving. Don't miss it.
*'''Game fishing'''
*'''Snorkeling at [[Jolly Buoy]]''' is a MUST DO for everyone and you can watch much better Corals and fishes here snorkeling as compared to Havelock Island. To reach here, first you have to reach Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor. Wandoor is around 30 km from Port Blair. There is only few ferries which takes you from Wandoor to [[Jolly Buoy]] and generally leaves at around 9 am. In peak season (December – January), you might want to book those tickets in advance as they are limited. Tickets cost ₹650 per head. Ticket cost includes one small round of trip around the corals in glass bottom boat as well as one small round of snorkeling. You can pay some more money to the guide to take an extended trip. At Jolly Buoy, everyone should do Snorkeling as it is a wonderful experience (No, you don’t need to know swimming for Snorkeling and it is completely safe). It’s a great experience to actually touch Star fish, Sea Cucumber and watch fishes at arm’s distance. If you are going to do snorkeling, don't spend money on extra trip of glass bottom boat. It is a MUST TO CARRY eatables and water as you won’t find anything at all there to eat/drink. It is restricted to carry plastic bags to Jolly buoy, so you can rent the Jute bag at 1Re/bag (with a deposit of Rs. 100).
*<do name="Sea walking" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="25 mins" price="₹500 per person" lat="" long="">Sea Walking is a must for those who love to see the corals and fishes deep inside their habitat. You put on a oxygen mask, to which compressed air oxygen is supplied from oxygen cylinders on the ship. You move down a ladder into the water, where the sea divers will show you the corals. They also feed fish on your hands and hundreds of fish will gather in front of you. Only discomfort will be some pain in the ears as you move deep into the water. They take you down to around 20-25 feets below surface for approx. 25 minutes.
To do Sea Walking you have to get to North Bay Island. You can buy tickets at Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports complex and get on a ferry to North Bay Island. Its advisable to carry another set of clothes to change. Though clothes may be provided by the company. You can ask your operator to bargain for free to and fro ride from the Island. Also, they charge Rs. 500 per person for under water photography. you can be particular about your photographs and pay only after checking you pics, as sometimes the photographs are not good. They will give you a CD of the photographs, you can check the photos on their computer.</do>
*<do name="Sealink Adventure’s" alt="" address="Near to Phoenix Jetty of Port Blair" directions="to North Bay Island" phone="03192 237040 / 09679578661)" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">

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