Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance (don’t forget your emergency insurance contact details), air tickets.
Passport & Visa: It is the responsibility of the traveller to be in possession of a valid passport & a valid Indian visa. Please note strict guidelines on the following official online visa website only: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html - There have been reports of other unofficial websites that the travellers should be aware of.
Travel Insurance: It is mandatory for all the travellers to have a valid travel insurance while taking a trip with Incredible Indian Tours. Your trip price does not include travel insurance. At the group meeting on the very first day of your trip, please provide your Tour Leader with your Travel Insurance details along with emergency contact numbers as well as your Next of Kin details.
We respect your privacy and your travel insurance details stay with us only to be used in case of an incident that requires travel insurance company to be contacted. In case you do not carry a valid travel insurance, you will not be allowed to travel with Incredible Indian Tours.
Photocopy of above documents.
Mobile phone/Tablet/ipad - There are long journeys usually to be had in India by road or train, so reading material is a great idea to have.
Spare camera batteries.
Sunscreen, hand sanitizer, mosquito repellent, Health vaccinations/Personal Medication/First Aid kit
Long and loose fitting breathable clothing (cotton & linen) are best in summers. Winters (December - February) could be pretty cold with temperatures at some places going down to 0 degrees. You should consider packing a good quality jacket, thermal inner wears & a beanie. Please check weather of the area you are planning to visit and pack clothes accordingly.
It is best to wear comfortable walking shoes / sturdy sandals.
Consider packing a bathing suit if you are travelling in warmer months or if you are going to coastal areas like Goa or Kerala.
Shoulders & knees to be covered at all times while you are in public - minimum of half sleeves & three quarter trousers.
Unless, you are at a beach, no spaghetti straps / low necklines, please! If so, carry a stole or scarf around your neck, else, you will attract stares.
Best is to observe locals to get an idea of the respectful dress standards.
ATM card (widely available and easy to access): Please consider the following -
Visit a well-lit ATM during day time. Avoid going to ATMs after it is dark.
Make sure none is peeping into your space while you are using the ATM card. If possible, request your fellow traveller, group leader or your driver to accompany you. In small towns / cities, the concept of personal space / privacy etc. is very differently understood / perceived.
Credit cards (widely accepted in big cities)
Cash (for emergencies)
Money Exchange: We do not recommend you change money at the airport. Past travellers suggest they got much better exchange rates in town. You should ask for some small denominations (10, 20, 50) as small change is always handy in India for tips, making small purchases in local markets, etc.
Day pack to carry (camera & accessories, sun protection, toiletries etc.)
TSA approved lock for your suitcase or bag.
Money pouch to store your valueables. Avoid bringing valuable jewellery with you. Some of the hotels do provide the facility of in room electronic lockers.
Alarm clock and torch / flashlight.
Ear plugs can be useful if you are a light sleeper; at times, you may find yourself walking through a noisy street.
Binoculars for spotting wildlife
High Season (November – March)
Pleasant weather – The days may be warm but evenings & mornings can get nippy & sometimes very cold. The real cold months would be December & January with temperatures sometimes going down till 0 degree Celsius in some parts of Northern India.
Temperatures climb steadily from February.
Shoulder Season (July - November)
Passes to Ladakh and the high Himalaya open from July to September.
Monsoon rain-showers persist through to September.
The southeast coast and southern Kerala see heavy rain from October to early December.
Low Season (Apr–Jun)
April, May & June and unbearably hot. From June, the monsoon sweeps from south to north, bringing draining humidity.
Delhi-Belly: In case you face initial digestive upsets, please do not panic. This could be simply due to you getting used to the spices / ingredients along with heat & humidity that you are probably not used to back home. This is a minor stomach bug & is popularly called “Delhi-Belly”, which is easily treatable. All the hotels on the trip have a doctor (GP) on their panel. Also, there are plenty of pharmacies around.
Malaria: Malaria could be prevalent in some parts of India during summer months & monsoons, which lasts till September. So far in our travel career, we have not seen any traveller falling prey to Malaria, if proper precautions are taken:
Please consult your doctor while you are planning your trip to India.
When outdoors in the evenings, wear shoes & clothes that cover the arms & legs, & use mosquito repellents (sprays & ointments) which are easily available in India.
When sleeping in camps, use a mosquito net over the bed.
GENERAL NOTE: When visiting India, we also suggest travellers to get vaccinated against Typhoid, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B.
Precautions(Health & Hygiene): Although, we exercise caution while selecting hotels or restaurants for our travelers, you as a traveler need to consider a few points so as to remain healthy:
Always carry hand sanitizer & wipes and use them adequately, after handling money, going to washroom & every time just before you are going to touch food.
Please be mindful of anything that you put in your mouth, for example, camera strap or postage stamps.
Drink plenty of water; carry a hat, a pair of sunglasses & sunscreen, especially if the weather is warm.
Use Oral Rehydration Salts in your drinking water, at least every other day on the trip.
Consume Fresh lime & water with salt & sugar several times during the trip.
We always guide our travellers to restaurants / eating outlets which are safe and carry a decent reputation in the market.
Indian food could be spicy but when ordering in restaurants / hotels, you do have the option of toning down the spices. Regarding street food, we recommend specific places that are clean & safe to eat.
In big cities & large towns, continental, chinese, italian cuisine is easily available. If do have options in case you want a break from Indian cuisine on your trip.
Unfortunately, the fear factor related to Asian countries & with special reference to India is hyped and hence is very high among the travelers coming to India. By & large, it is safe travelling in India, with a few precautions which are also a part of common sense that one is expected to have while travelling anywhere in the world.
Activities & Excursions
The following days are celebrated as National Holidays & are declared as "Dry Days". Alcohol is not sold legally on any of these days:
To enjoy India, one has to have loads of patience, good sense of humor, large heart & the willingness to go out of your comfort zone. If you have all this, this could be the most life changing and life enhancing trip you could ever visualize.
If at all you have any concerns which have not been answered above, please send us a query at email@example.com
Realistically and honestly, though not mandatory, it supports and augments the low pay scales in India and inspires excellent service. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that the basic wage of an individual is a combo of the monthly pay packet, plus a tip. Since tourism industry works only 6-7 months a year, the service providers on the route always look forward to this tip. Moreover, a tip is a way of showing gratitude towards the people who have worked tirelessly to make our trip a memorable one.
We shall provide more specific tipping guidelines (how much and to who) with trip notes once you a book trip with Incredible Indian Tours. Just to reiterate that tipping is solely is at your discretion.
At the time of booking a trip, we provide our travellers with the list of hotels which are a part of their trip. We encourage our travellers to have a look at hotels' website for a clear understanding of the facilities/amenities available at the hotels along with hotels' policy on check in/check out, credit card policy, etc.
Private Toilets & Public Facilities
SAFETY OF BEING IN A GROUP
With a local tour leader accompanying your group, you are better placed to know the safest way to enjoy your trip. And don’t forget, when you travel solo on a group tour, you’ll have a bunch of new friends to watch your back (and your stuff).
Local tour leader who is full of local knowledge and experience. He/she is responsible for taking the hassles out of your trip so that you could have the best possible experience.
MAKE SOME FRIENDS
There may be other travellers from different corners of the world on the same trip with whom you will share your experiences and stories.
VALUE FOR MONEY
One of the perks of going on a group tour is sharing expenses and that’s how these are great value for money.
LOGISTICS AND CONVENIENCE
You need not worry about any of the tour logistics. Just sit back and relax – we along with our tour leaders will take care of all the operational part for a convenient and experiential trip for you.
You could either choose any of our pre-existing itineraries and we can operate it with minor tweaks (if you wish) or we could offer you a customized itinerary from scratch.
PICK YOUR STYLE
Within your budget, we will choose the best possible hotels for your comfort and convenience.
We will pick and choose activities/sightseeing that suit you so that you could have the best possible experience.
With private groups, you have the flexibility to choose your own departure date. We just need to cross-check if the departure date is feasible considering operational practicalities.
You could also choose to hire services of an accompanying Tour Leader from the beginning till the end of the tour.
A tour leader accompanies the travelers from the beginning till the end of the trip. He is a trained professional with local knowledge and experience. His job is to facilitate your travel and help you enjoy your trip to the fullest. He is one point of contact for any of your concerns, requirements, requests related to the trip on ground.
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