We spend your money providing an authentic experience & pass on the savings on to you with our low prices. We leave many other activities as options, to provide you the freedom and flexibility to choose what you want to do on a daily basis.
The best time to visit India depends on where you want to go and what you want to do. The southern regions are good destinations in the winter months (November to March), as temperatures are mild and game viewing in the national parks is at its best. Winter temperatures in the north can be harsh, but this is an excellent time for birdwatching, as migrant species arrive. Winter is also the breeding time for big cats. Summer weather (April to June) in the south is mild and this is the ideal time for beach holiday or cultural tours in this region. In the north, summers are an excellent time to visit the Himalayas ,Leh Laddak. Although hot, summer is considered a good time for game viewing in the interior, as the jungle thickets dry out and game becomes concentrated at watering holes.
Shorts, minis and tank tops are unadvisable unless you're on a beach. In small towns and cities especially, people may tend to stare if you expose too much skin. Safe clothing would be trousers, peddle pushers, capris, skirts, tops and shirts.
Yes, you can ask for it.
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No, you can't use Foreign Currency in India directly, you need to change it through bank or authorize money changer into Indian rupees.
The most commonly used cards are Visa and Mastercard, but neither American Express nor Diner’s Club are widely accepted in India. Outside the main cities, it is recommended that you carry enough Indian currency for purchases and tips.
ATMs linked to international networks are situated in most big cities, as well as an increasing number of smaller towns. Make sure that you have a four-digit PIN code for your card, as Indian ATMs require this.
The normal weight limit is 15 kilogram's.
This depends on the services you may require. But normally, we need a token payment in advance (30% as token payment). The balance 50% can be paid 10 days prior from the date of travel. Rest 20% can be paid upon arrival. Amount can be paid through bank transfer (before arrival) credit card, traveller’s cheques or cash.
We shall charge you only what is charged by principal suppliers i.e. airlines, railways or hotels, etc besides nominal cancellation fee. We can let you know at the time of reservation as what services and how much cancellation would be applicable.
You will meet our representative at airport on arrival and he will hold a placard for identification. We shall also send you emergency 24 hours contact numbers on which you may contact any time in case of any problem.
Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels.
Starting and ending hotels are listed on your travel itinerary. We use a variety of hotels en-route and so a complete list of hotels won't be provided until day 1 of your tour.
Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion. A service fee is usually automatically added to the bill in most tourist hotels and restaurants. If it is not, the tipping standard is usually 10% of the bill. It is customary to tip bellboys and porters, as well as taxi drivers , chauffeurs and guide.
We would love you to try using the local transport and taste local dishes.
Yes, you will need a visa. This must be obtained before arrival and we recommend that you contact your local Indian embassy or consulate when planning your trip.
Bharat' in Hindi or Republic of India in English .
New Delhi, also referred to as the National Capital Territory (NCT) .
Now all public places in India are declared non smoking zones, hence you must look for proper place which is meant for smoking. If found smoking just about anywhere, one could be fined for that.
India is not really known for the night life, but yes, there are plenty of discos, night clubs, bars, shopping areas that are open till late, mostly in bigger cities and starred hotels. Though Mumbai and Goa are better known for it.
India's coastline extends to 7600 km.
Indian destinations are well connected by flights, vast network of trains and of course by road. If you have sufficient time, you should usually travel with a combination of road and rail so as you can get to see more of real India. Of course after the recent aviation boom, now there are so many flights possibilities for the modern jet set tourists.
Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism.
Animal - Tiger; Bird - Peacock; Fruit - Mango; Tree - Banyan; River - Ganges; Four headed lion is the official government emblem.
Goa, Daman & Diu have been Portuguese colony while Pondicherry and Mahe were ruled by French.
You may need to take malaria prophylactics or have some vaccinations before you travel. We recommend that you visit your doctor at least four week before date of departure.
While India is generally a safe country for travellers and we will be there to take care of you every step of the way, certain basic precautions apply. It is a good idea to lock away your spare currency, travellers cheques, passports and precious jewellery in the hotel safe. Try not to walk around alone late at night, particularly in deserted areas or small towns, where everything closes early. If possible, avoid travelling on the roads after dark. As anywhere else, never leave your luggage unattended at an airport or train station.
The electricity supply is 230 – 240 volt, with three round pin plugs. Most western visitors will require an adaptor.
Internet connections are available in most places in India and are generally reasonably fast, except for the more remote rural areas. Wi-fi access is available at most good hotels and a growing number of cafés in the larger cities.
With its many diverse landscapes and attractions, India is an excellent destination for family travel. Beach holidays and wildlife adventures in national parks are good options, while many forts and monuments have sight and light shows that will capture children’s imagination. The country’s many colourful festivals also offer plenty of distractions. For teenagers, the many outdoor activities, such as camel safaris and trekking, are a draw card. The greatest challenge for families travelling in India may be the distances that need to be covered between cities. Air travel and railway journeys are usually the most comfortable modes of travel, and are recommended for those with young children. While some youngsters might balk at the unfamiliar Indian food, Western fast food is widely available.
You have to take care of your belongings specially be careful in public and crowded area with pick-pocketers. Whenever you buy for souvenirs , ask for a proper bill . If your souvenir is precious and costly then for safety you can mail a scanned copy or give photocopy to our company, We will keep that record till 6monts so in any case which is rare ,we can try to help you in justice.
It’s best to avoid drinking the tap water. Bottled water is easily available, but it’s a good idea to check that the seal on the bottle is intact before you make your purchase.
Remember to dress a little more conservatively – don’t wear shorts or sleeveless tops. You may need to take off your shoes or remove all leather items (don’t worry, the shoe minder will take good care of them). Check that photography is allowed before taking any snaps. Bear in mind that some sites might not admit women or might be reserved for followers of that faith.
It’s recommended to always ask permission when taking photos of anyone, especially women. Always ask before taking photos at a religious site or ceremony, or of people bathing on the ghats or river banks. It is forbidden to photograph military installations, which can include some train stations, bridges and airports.
Memory cards and film are available in most large cities and towns. However, the quality may vary and it is recommended that you bring your own.
Gujarat is India’s only dry state, but drinking laws are in place throughout the country. Each state may have designated dry days when the sale of liquor is forbidden. Both local and imported brands are readily available in larger cities such as Delhi or Mumbai. However, be prepared to pay a liquor tax. Note that, as a rule, few vegetarian restaurants serve alcohol.
Chicken, lamb and mutton are available in most areas, particular in northern India, where the cuisine is dominated by meat dishes. Beef and pork are largely unavailable, as they are forbidden to Hindus and Muslims respectively for religious reasons. Seafood is also an important part of the Indian diet, particularly on the west coast.
Indian cuisine has many variations, with each region renowned for its own techniques, ingredients and spices. Northern cooking is known for its meat dishes, which are usually made with chicken, mutton or lamb. Vegetarian cuisine is popular in southern India. Seafood is also readily available, particularly at the coast. While Indian cuisine tends to be fiery, most restaurants will gladly prepare a milder variation of the meals on request. Restaurants offering western style food are found in most towns and cities, and large centres such as Delhi and Mumbai will offer a wide selection of cuisine, from Indian to Mediterranean, Chinese or even Mexican.
India offers an incredibly wide range of accommodation, from backpackers’ hostels to former maharajahs’ palaces. Any accommodation recommended by &Beyond India has been selected for its high standards and attention to detail. Our consultants travel throughout India on a constant basis, paying regular visits to the properties that we recommend.
Tipping is not mandatory, but it’s expected in many circumstances for services. “Tipping leaves your impression but it depends on the impression of the Service which is given to You ". Tipping should only goes to people who are helpful; if they do not help you, do not tip them. Providing gratuities for small services is the part of the culture in India. These are additional to your package prices and not mandatory. It’s useful to keep some small denomination notes for tipping drivers and guides. The porter who takes your baggage to your room can be tipped Rs.20 per bag or Rs.100 per trolley. Tour Guides and drivers do expect tips depending on the assignments and number of days spent on the tour.
In some places, it’s clearly displayed service charges or gratuity might be automatically added to the bill. Check your bills for these charges before tipping. Gratuity is an amount, you do not have to pay, but choose to.
Do not pay for poor services and let someone know you were not happy with services.
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