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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a visa to travel to India?
A: Yes, valid Visa is mandatory for all visitors. This must be obtained before arrival and we recommend that you contact your local Indian embassy or consulate when planning your trip.
Q: Is it safe to travel in India ?
A: India is generally considered safe country for travelers for any corner of world. We will always be there to take care of you every step of your tour. In addition to this their are certain basic precautions to be taken during tour like 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. To the possible extent, avoid travelling on the roads after dark. As anywhere else, never leave your luggage unattended or in custody of unknown person at an airport, train station, bus stands etc. Do not disclose your travel plans to strangers. Keep pretty cash in separate to meet frequent small expenses, tips etc.
Q: Is India a good destination for traveling with children ?
A: India is an excellent destination for family travel. Here you can find diverse landscapes and culture, dressing style, language during tour. Beach holidays and wildlife adventures in national parks are good options, while many forts, palaces and monuments have sight and light shows that will capture children’s imagination. The country’s many colorful festivals, traditional dressing style also offer plenty of distractions. For teenagers, the many outdoor activities, such as camel safaris, elephant ride, horse ride, boat ride and trekking are the best sum up of adventurous activities. 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 in standard & luxury restaurants/hotels/resorts.
Q: What is the best time to visit in India ?
A: In India, scope for tourism activities prevails through out the year. The best time to visit India depends on your tour theme or purpose of visit. Winter (Nov-Dec-Jan-Feb) is the most preferred time for tourists in India. Tours for Heritage tourism, cultural tourism, wildlife tourism are mostly organized during this time. The Central India & 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 bird watching, 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. Although hot, summer is considered a good time for wildlife photography and safaris in the interior, as the jungle thickets dry out and game becomes concentrated at watering holes.
Summers are good for adventure tourism and hill station visits of North India and North East areas. For trekking it is the ideal time. North & Eastern regions like Leh-ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim etc are the mostly visited states & reigons during summers.
Q: What kind of cloths should I carry during trip to India ?
A: In the hot Indian summers we recommend light coloured cotton tops, shorts and trousers with sun-hats. If you are travelling to any of India’s national parks, remember to pack some long-sleeved cotton tops for game drives. Practical colors to wear are khaki, beige, muddy-brown and white. In the cold winter months temperatures may drop dramatically in early morning & evening hours, so some warm clothing is essential. When visiting religious monuments and shrines you may need to cover up, so both men and women should pack some long skirts and pants. For women it is a good idea to throw in a scarf or shawl that you can use to cover your head and shoulders if required.
Q: What type and standard of accommodation I can avail in India ?
A: 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.
Q: It is safe to drink tap water in India ?
A: It’s best practice is to avoid drinking the tap water. Packed bottle mineral water is ideal solution for drinking water. Packed mineral water bottles of popular brands like Aquafina, Kinley, Bisleri are easily available in urban & country sides. At the time of purchase, don't forget to check it expiry date. At most of the Airports, popular Railway Stations, metro cities bus stands, tap water having cooling system are almost hygenic and can be used in requirement. Similarly at higher officials government offices, available tap water is also good.
Q: What kind of food I will have at Indian hotels & restaurants ?
A: As you know in India tradition, culture, language, taste, dress changes in every 10 to 50 kms. Here you can large variety of food stuff at different parts of India with change in cooking technique, ingredients and spices etc. North India cooking is known for its meat dishes, which are usually made with chicken, mutton or lamb where as South India is popular for its vegetarian cuisine. Seafood is also readily available, particularly at the coastal parts of country. 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 centers such as Delhi and Mumbai will offer a wide selection of cuisine, from Indian to Mediterranean, Chinese or even Mexican.
Q: Can I easily have non-veg dishes in India ?
A: 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.
Q: Is it forbidden to consume liquor in India? ?
A: 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.
Q: What kind of medical precautions I need to take before traveling to India ?
A: Malaria, Diarrhea, 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.
Q: Will I be able to get internet access easily during tour ?
A: 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.
Q: What is the electricity supply in India and what plugs are used ?
A: The electricity supply is 230 – 240 volt, with three round pin plugs. Most western visitors will require an adaptor.
Q: What kind of currency used in India & how can I do money exchange ?
A: The Indian currency is the rupee, which is made of 100 paise. Major currencies such as US dollars, British pounds and Euros are easy to exchange throughout India. Most international airports throughout the country will have money exchange counters, as should the larger hotels and resorts.
Q: Can I use my credit card in India ?
A: 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.
Q: How is ATM facility in India ?
A: 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.
Q: Is it customary to tip and how much should I give ?
A: 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 and chauffeurs.
Q: Is there anything I need to know about visiting religious sites ?
A: 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.
Q: Is it allowed to take photos everywhere in India ?
A: 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, river banks or in rural areas. It is forbidden to photograph military installations, courts, security establishments, which can include some train stations, bridges and airports.
Q: Will I be able to buy memory cards or film for my camera ?
A: 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.
Q: Is it safe for a woman to travel alone in India ?
A: Single woman or small group of women can travel alone to any tourist destination in India by following some precautions. Here we recommend avoid traveling alone in night hours and lonely places with unknown person. For traveling distant places, tribal areas, night travels do take service of good travel agency. Do not get friendly with strangers who have no valid reason to talk to you. In case you have reached station in late night and have no prior booked taxi, it is better to spend night at railway station or nearby good hotel till morning rather than traveling with strangers & getting yourself in risky situation.
With Indus Excursion, we design itinerary is such a way that their is rarely any scope of night traveling. We prefer early morning drives rather than night drives as per convenience of guest. In case, situation compells to visit in night hours, we keep tracking the guest movements till he reached his hotel or destination.
Q: Is it safe to travel with heavy cash in India ?
A: We recommend to carry small or moderate cash amount with you and try to make use of credit-card or ATM cards instead of carrying heavy cash with you. If you are traveling to a remote destination, national park, tribal areas, less known tourist destination than carry sufficient cash with you as you may not find ATM or card charging machines, currency exchanges in such places. Arrange your cash in two part in which keep heavy cash at safe place and do not reveal in public places like Airports, railway station, ticket counters, taxi stands etc. Keep petty cash separately to manage frequent expenses.
With Indus Excursion, all your hotels, train/flight tickets, taxi, jugle safari, guide payments etc. are pre-paid so you need not to keep cash to met such expenses due to which you can avoid to carry heavy cash & remain away from risky situations.

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