If I do not want the tour as mentioned in the website how do I make my own tour ?Mention about your requirement in the form on the website and submit it, or else email us at email@example.com with your complete requirement and we would get back with the complete itinerary and quotation.
I am visiting India for the first time how should I prepare myself ?We recommend that you go through the Lonely Planet guide and do some research online. However, the easiest way is to send us the list of your queries to us and we would be happy to answer them.
Can I buy an Air Ticket through you also ?Yes we can always help you with providing air tickets whenever you need.
How will I be picked up from the Airport?There will be a representative who would be there on the airport and you will be escorted to the hotel where you hold the reservations.
Can I book the hotels only with you and not the complete tour ?Yes, we have special rates with many hotels all over the Indian Subcontinent. We are sure that we will be able to offer you the hotels for your budget in the destination as wanted by you. As far as the hotels are concerned we have hotels of every standard in India. You will find some of the world class hotels in India. Do inform us what kind of hotel you are looking for. We also make arrangements for big conferences and incentive spa and Ayurveda Packages. You can send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I get medication in India in case of necessity ?We advise that you carry your medications alongwith you, however, every 5 star hotel has a Doctor on Call facility so one needs to call the reception and ask for the doctor just in case there is a situation that requires medical assistance
Do people understand English and other foreign languages ?English is widely spoken and understood at almost all tourist centers. But we highly recommend you to take qualified and government recognized guides during your sightseeing in India.
What is advisable to eat and drink in India ?We advice our guest to drink bottled water, bottled drinks. Coffee Tea should be taken hot. As hotels have their own water filter functions the water in the hotels can be used for cleaning the tooth and body but avoid drinking this water. Avoid eating spicy food at least at the start of your journey to India. If you are traveling without a guide in India you may ask the waiter not to put any chilies to the ordered dish. It is suggested to stick to only cooked foods and to eat fresh fruits after removing their skin. After taking the above precautions you will realize that India has a wonderful cuisine and rarely any other place has such a huge variety as the vegetable dishes in India.
Which Vaccination is required before visiting India ?Before visiting India, the Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required if a tourist is coming from the Yellow Fever Endemic Countries. This certificate conforms to the International Health Regulation. Yet, citizens and travelers coming from the United States, Canada or United Kingdom, do not require any vaccination certificate or inoculations. It is highly recommended to get a precautionary measure vaccination against Hepatitis B, should you plan to stay longer in India. To avoid Malaria & Dengue carry mosquito repellents, nets or take a course of anti Malaria tablets
Is there any thing important while visiting temples and mosques in India ?Do remember to remove your shoes and sandals while visiting a place of worship or mausoleum. Also some temples do not allow leather articles in their premises. Preferably use a stole or shawl to cover your head in temples and mosques.
Are there any restrictions for the Photography in India ?Photography is a great fun in India as you will have enough sunlight most of the time. In some of the monuments you have to pay a fee for the photography. Our guide will suggest you where it is worth to photograph and where not. At some locations photography is not allowed. Do not photograph these objects otherwise your film can be confiscated.
Should I give some money to the beggars who are sometimes on the streets of India ?At most of the places in India there are organizations and homes, run for the poor people and needy to protect them. Yet, it is lucrative for some beggars to earn a handsome amount through begging the foreigners. Unfortunately Indian government has not been successful to stop begging on the street from organized and professional beggars. If you want to do something good for them there are many organisations in every city where you can help the people who need them actually. Do not forget that by giving money to small children with a good intention to help them, you are actually making them beggars as they are getting something without doing anything !
How much should I give as tipping while traveling in India ?Tipping is expected by most of the people involved in the tourism in India. In big hotels services charges are also included in the bills so tipping is not necessary otherwise 10% of the amount of the billing is normally provided as tipping. If you are travelling with a group the tipping can be reduced to 5% of the total bill. For the porters in the hotels Rs.20 for a single baggage and in case of a group Rs.10 per baggage is customary. For tour guides and escorts we recommend 1 to 2 USD per day per person same is also for the driver accompanying you during your India tour. However the mentioned amounts are just to give the travelers an idea. There is no “must” or “compulsion” of tipping in India. We advice you to measure the quality of a particular person or establishment before thinking of tipping !
Which currency is used in India ?The units of Indian currency are the Rupee and Paisa (100 Paisa equal 1 Rupee). Paper money is in denomination of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Coins are in denominations of Rupees 1, 2 and 5. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers’ checks that can be brought by a tourist to India. However a Declaration form need to be filled (only for the amount which is more than USD 10,000) on the arrival at the Indian airport. By filling up this form you can get your money exchanged back in the original currency without any problem. The Money should be excchanged only through authorized money- changers. You may ask our guides and they will tell you the right center or place to get the money exchanged. Please note that no Indian currency can be imported or exported, except for Rupee traveler checks. 24 hour currency exchange facilities are also available at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai international airports.
WAre there any restrictions on the export of articles from India ?The Government has put restrictions on the export of the wild animals from the country. It has also put ban on the export of the articles made from the wild animals like skins, belts, furs, ivory, rhino horns, trophies, etc. Except peacock feathers and handicrafts made from them and various items and shavings of Antler, Cheetals and Sambars are not banned subject to conditions. Export of exotic birds is also not allowed. However, the items made exclusively out of imported timber are exempt subject to conditions. Also, export of sandalwood in any form like logs, timber, roots bark, chip, powder, dust flakes, pulp and charcoal, excluding finished handicrafts and machine-finished products is prohibited. Export of furs of domestic animals, hides and skins is also prohibited except the Lamb fur. Antiques which include sculpture, painting or other works of art and craft illustrative works of science and religion and of historical interest which are more than hundred years old may not be exported from India. Manuscripts or other documents of scientific, historical, literary or aesthetic older than seventy five years also cannot be be exported out of India. Recently Airport taxes are being collected at the time of issuing the tickets to confirm with your Airline if the taxes are to be paid at the airport at the time of departure from India.
Can I pay in Euro, US $ or through credit cards in India ?All the major currencies including Euro, US Dollars and Pounds are accepted in India. All the major credit cards like Visa, Master Card and American Express are also accepted in the Indian subcontinent.
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RECOMMENDATIONS• We would recommend reading travel guides in India, such as LONELY PLANET GALLIMARD guide on Rajasthan (with its little anecdotes and beautiful photos) and the GUIDE BLUE push its unique cultural information.
• Remember to request a "Wake-Up Call" to the front desk for you to wake up early enough in case of train, domestic flight or international flight early morning. From downtown Delhi airport, be aware that it takes one hour. Two and a half hours to three hours are required for check-in at the international airport.
• Remember to reconfirm your international ticket to return at least 72 hours before your departure by calling the airlines. Our local representative in India, will be very pleased to offer its service to reconfirm your international ticket if you provide the relevant details to us upon arrival.
• Remember that you bring a flashlight, especially during monsoon when the power cuts are (unfortunately) frequent ... A lamp is also useful to visit some temples and caves.