Travel Tips

Visa

Foreign nationals visiting the countries of India, Nepal and Maldives that form part of the Indian subcontinent are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport and a valid travel visa to the country of visit.

Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is vital. Mountain and other adventure sports enthusiasts should have insurance that covers trekking, climbing, and mountain biking. Most insurance offered by credit cards does not provide sufficient cover. Please check before you travel to ensure that you are fully covered.

Vaccination

Recommended vaccinations are polio, tetanus, diphtheria, typhoid, and hepatitis A. You may need to take anti-malarial/ Dengue tablets as well. Please consult your doctor for the latest medical advice at least one month prior to your departure. If you will be travelling during the summer or monsoon times in a tropical climate, such as South India, carry Insect Repellent sprays/creams. Please discuss health requirements for your travel itinerary with a qualified health professional at least four weeks prior to departure. If you do have any known food restrictions, allergies or medical conditions or physical disabilities, which need special care, you should ensure that your travel agent, and we, are made aware of these. A copy of your health insurance should be available with you when you travel.

Clothing

Modesty in dress is an important aspect of Indian life and, away from beaches, one should respect the local customs. This is especially important when visiting temples and religious sites, where trousers or full-length skirts are advised.

Food and Beverages

Indian cuisine is famous worldwide for its rich taste and diversity. There is a lot to discover; from spicy snacks to rich curries to sweet delicacies. However, pace yourself and pay attention to always drink bottled mineral water and avoid cut fruits and salads, unless you are at a reputed restaurant or hotel. Take care of your appetite to avoid over eating. Also, keep track of water intake and always use packaged mineral water. Everyone wants to avoid the infamous Delhi Belly and by observing a few sensible precautions, this can be achieved. Generally speaking, food in four and five star hotels and good restaurants is safe. Drink only bottled water from a reliable source and use it when brushing your teeth as well. All hotels provide bottled water in your room. If you do become unwell, the hotels have good doctors who have plenty of experience in dealing with upset stomachs. Avoid uncut fruit and food that has been kept in the open for a long time.

Communication

Hindi is the official language although most regions have their own languages and dialects. The country functions in English alongside Hindi, so you should not have any problems communicating unless you are really in the middle of nowhere.

Don’t promote Begging

Do not give alms to pan handlers, no matter how hard it might be. The urge to donate or feed the hungry stomachs can be satisfied by a registered charity or at free kitchen (langar) of any temple or Gurudwara.

Currency

In India, the local currency is Indian Rupee, in Nepal – it is the Nepali rupee. Indian Rupees are accepted everywhere in Bhutan.

Electricals

Electrical current in India, Nepal is 220/240 volts, with a circular two pin and three pin power outlets. For all electrical appliances that you bring with you, please carry the appropriate adapters. It is also recommended that you take battery-operated appliances where possible, along with a supply of extra batteries.

Electrical current in India is 220 volts. If you are traveling with electrical appliances it is worth bringing along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs. These are available from most electrical and hardware stores. It is suggested that you take battery-operated appliances wherever possible, along with a supply of extra batteries.

Baggage allowance

Security at Indian airports is very strict and all hand baggage is x-rayed and sometimes physically searched prior to boarding flights. Domestic airlines do not permit any dry cell batteries, sharp implements, and inflammable items to be carried in cabin baggage. Therefore please ensure that camera batteries, scissors, razors etc. are packed in your checked baggage. There are several different sets of baggage allowance regulations in effect for international and regional flights. Baggage allowance varies depending on type of aircraft and class of service. Currently the baggage allowance* on domestic Indian flights is 15 kg (except Air India  viz 25 KG) only for economy class travel. Only one piece of hand luggage is permitted per passenger and the allowance around 7 kg depending on the airline and the sector. Please note: The baggage allowance is included in the ticket printout we email to you. Please read the same carefully to confirm the exact baggage regulations pertaining to your specific itinerary. Any baggage in excess of airline limitations may be subject to excess baggage charges. These charges are the sole responsibility of the traveller. And we will not be held responsible or pay for the same on your behalf. Every piece of checked baggage should be locked, and contain identification both inside as well as outside. In addition, do not pack valuable items, such as cameras and jewellery in checked baggage.  Power bank should be in hand baggage. While every precaution will be taken with your baggage, we cannot be held responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen baggage or personal property and we strongly recommend the purchase of adequate baggage insurance by each traveller.

 

Tipping

Tipping is a part of life in India and it is a good idea to always have small denomination notes within easy reach, separate from your main wallet. Tipping is entirely at your discretion and not compulsory, however, on more than one occasions, the person providing you a service (driver, bell boy, waiter, porter) would expect a tip for services provided. • When tipping at hotels, we encourage you to use their central tip box wherever possible. For the bell boys and the porters who assist you during check in and check out. Tipping after meals is 10% of the bill amount. • You could tip your driver, local guide or traveling escort on the basis how happy you were with their service, knowledge, and, with your overall experience.   

Local Customs

India, Nepal are secular countries where people following different faiths and religions live in harmony. There are some local customs and religions sentiments you need to be mindful of when travelling; a modest dress code in general, removing shoes when entering religious places, covering your head as a mark of respect on some occasions, and being aware of local etiquette, is appreciated.   

 

Clicking Pictures

Photographic opportunities in India are immense. Please be respectful when taking photographs and seek permission before taking photographs of people. Photography in religious institutions is generally not permitted. Outdoor photography is usually permitted when visiting such places, but please check with your guide before taking any photographs. At most major monuments, you have to pay a camera fee mentioned at the entrance of all the monuments.

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