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Travel Tips

General Travel Tips
Its a general travel guide/advice to ensure that you have a pleasant time on your holiday and throughout your travel in India. These travel tips are the extract of our own and other travellers experiences during their stay and travel in India. If you too have something to contribute to this exaustive list of travel tips, please do contact us or send your tips through email to us.
  • Carry your passport, other travel documents and your money separately. You don't want to lose them all together.
  • Place a photocopy of your passport in each and every checked-in bag that you give at the airport. Helps in case you lose your luggage.
  • Keep extra photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport. This is needed for Indian permits.
  • If you order mineral water in a restaurant, make sure the bottle is unsealed at the table.
  • Never travel without mosquito repellents and other essential medicines.
  • It is a good idea to carry locks for your bags and suitcases. Try to keep your clothes flat and avoid carrying too many fragile goods that will be left at the mercy of careless luggage handlers.
  • Label your entire luggage and even try to carry an extra set of labels with you.
  • Carry an extra set of lock and keys, just in case.
  • It's not a good idea to travel with too much cash. Travellers' cheques are best.
  • Don't use new shoes, however comfortable they may seem.
  • Try not to store liquids in a bottle in any of your bags. If you must, seal the mouth with white hospital tape.
  • Pack empty plastic ziplock bags to separate soiled clothes from the rest, especially if you're travelling to a rainy destination.
  • Ensure that your luggage is waterproof.
  • Confirm, reconfirm, confirm once again. (Your plane/train/travelling tickets, that is)
  • If travelling in the monsoon, carry a raincoat and umbrella.
  • Make a list of all your personal medicines that you are carrying with you. Carry the list with you wherever you go.
  • Carry your own water bottle. This should be within arm's length at all times. It'll save you the problem of drinking unsafe water whenever you are thirsty.
  • Many women travellers prefer to carry a high pitched whistle that would scare away stalkers.
  • Women who are travelling alone should not admit they are travelling alone.
  • When asking for directions, ask shopkeepers, not pedestrians. Check with at least two persons or more.
  • Make a list of all the things you forgot while travelling and use the list before your next trip.
  • If you are traveling with kids make sure that they remember the name of hotel and place where you have stayed and also there home address and phone numbers. If they are not big enough to remember these things put a slip with all these information in there pocket or somewhere else like in a chain etc.
Specific Travel Tips and Information
  • During your tour, you may be using several airports. A few of them are relatively basic and awaiting or under-going development and we will ask you to be prepared for any such inconvenience.
  • Should your itinerary include international flights to Nepal, you will have to complete Customs and Immigration formalities on departure and, again should you re-enter India. The reporting time for international flights is 03hrs prior to flight departure time.
  • Airport departure tax only applies at Varanasi while your departure for Kathmandu. This has now been included in your airfare.
  • For Domestic flights there are only check-in and security formalities. At certain airports you may be asked to identify your baggage before boarding the aircraft - this is a security requirement. The reporting time at the airport for domestic flights is 01hr prior to flight departure time.
  • Some airports have electronic scanners but these are not film safe. Please request the security officer to have your camera and film carried around the X-ray machine.
  • You're checked baggage would also be x-rayed on all domestic and outgoing international flights. Smoking is no longer permitted on any of Indian Airlines flights.
  • Such equipment may now be used at most monuments provid-ed you are not filming for commercial purposes. Howev-er, specific areas of some monuments may be off limits for photography. Restriction may also apply on the use of tripods and flashguns.
  • Please note that photography is strictly prohibited inside and outside all airports, railway stations and certain government buildings. Please do not photograph defense and police personnel in uniform. Our staff, representatives and guides will be on hand to direct you in case of any doubts.
  • Travellers to India find ample themes with varied subjects for photography from faces to monuments, wildlife, festivities, scenic beauty, etc. However they require to fulfill some formalities in respect to protected monuments and the wildlife sanctuaries.
  • Special permission of the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, is required for use of tripod and artificial light.
  • Photography in the wildlife sanctuaries is allowed on payment of a prescribed fee. Photography is prohibited in tribal areas.
  • Virtually all hotels we use exchange foreign currency and may be the best place for you to exchange money. Rates here are quite similar to those prevalent at banks. For your information, a better rate may be available on traveller's cheque. Hotels obtain up-to-date exchange rates from banks on a daily basis. Please exchange money through authorized channels only. When exchanging money into Indian Rupees, an encash-ment certificate is provided. Please ensure that you keep this document in order to reconvert unused Indian Rupees at the end of your holiday.
  • Any payments for the extra services at the hotels will have to be paid for in foreign exchange. Pay in foreign currency or by credit card or traveller's cheques. Where hotels do not have exchange facilities, please pay in Indian Rupees with a copy of an encashment certificate.
  • While exchanging money or collecting change, take care to ensure that local currency notes you obtain are not partly torn, soiled or damaged. It may be virtually impossible to make any transaction with such currency notes or even re-exchange them.
  • The import and export of Indian Rupees is strictly prohibited.
  • Whenever you go out of the hotel, its always good to leave information like where are you going and when you will be back with the hotel staff.
  • If you are carrying some jewellery or other precious things which are not required by you when you are going out of the hotel its always better to keep it in safe locker of hotel after declaring the things.
Food habits
  • Most hotels ensure and maintain the strictest norms of hygiene. The flask water in your room is treated and filtered. However, if you are not adaptable to a change of water, we suggest you use sealed, bottled mineral water. Many of the hotels you will be using offer a choice of cuisine within their restaurants. We suggest you do not eat any uncooked vegetables or fruit that cannot be peeled.
  • All beverage bills will be on your own account unless specified otherwise. Imported wines, sprits and liquor can be very expensive and we will ask you to ascertain such costs from the hotel wine list before confirming your order.
Travel Documents
  • Please ensure safe custody of your internal flight and train tickets. No refunds are possible against lost tickets.
  • While India offers a stupendous variety of items for the shopper, shopkeepers do not assume any responsibility for defective or substandard merchandise, or delay or damages when your purchases are shipped; so check the items throughly and be satisfied before purchasing anything. Please also keep in mind any import regulations that may apply in your home country. Export of most wildlife and their products is either banned or strictly regulated. Export of the few permissible items even as passengers' personal luggage is allowed only under an export permit. It is thus advised to be cautious when buying animal products. Insists on getting a certificate for the legitimate sale of a particular animal product and permission for its export to avoid inconvenience on departure.
Local Travel
  • Taxis and auto-rickshaws in cities do not all have meters, but where they do insist on the meter being flagged in your presence. If the driver refuses to co-operate, seek the assistance of a policeman. Always use a pre-paid taxi while travelling from airport to city. In addition, the above fares change from time to time and so will not always conform to readings on the meters. To avoid confusion, insist on seeing the latest fare chart and pay accordingly.
  • Voltage in most places is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles, although some areas also have DC supplies.
  • Electric and/or electronics items and gudgets Made in India and most of the time sold in India are for 220 volts AC power.
Time Zone
  • GMT + 5:30 hours.
  • India's currency is the Rupee, abbreviated as RS. One Rupee is equal to 100 Paise. Coins are in denominations of 50 paise, l, 2 & 5 Rupees. Notes are in denominations of RS 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000.(Coins of 25 paisa, 5,10 and 20 paisa are also available and people still do accept them but some may resist)
Custom Regulations
  • All personal objects, which are required in India, are free from duty. Under this heading fall personal jewellery, presents up to a value of RS. 600, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 0.95 l alcoholic beverages. Professional material and articles that have a high value can only be imported duty free if the traveller gives a written undertaking that these articles will be re-exported.
  • For further details, please see the official government of India site at www.indiagov.org
Travel Tax
  • Passengers embarking on journey to any place outside India from a customs airport / seaport will have to pay an Foreign Travel Tax of Rs.500/- and on journeys to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives of Rs.150/-. (Please again check these rates at the time of your travel)
  • An Inland Air Travel Tax is leviable at 10 per cent of the basic fare, on all passengers embarking on an inland air journey. However, those passengers paying their airfares in foreign exchange will be exempted from payment of this tax. In addition, infants, cancer patients, blind persons and invalids (those on stretchers) are also exempted from payment of this tax after fulfilling certain conditions, stipulated in the relevant notifications.
Some Do's and Don'ts at tourist places/spots
  • Avoid use of polythene bags. If you are carrying any with you please don't leave it at the destination you are visiting. Bring it back with you.
  • Don't take out plant saplings.
  • Don't damage flora (vegetation and plants etc.) and fauna (insects, animals etc.) of the tourist destination you are visiting.
  • Do respect the culture, rituals and religion of the people and inhabitants of the tourist destination and places visited by you.
  • Don't write on the walls, pillars, floor and roof etc. of any monument etc. visited by you.
  • Don't carve and engrave anything on the stems of trees at any place.
  • If visiting any Wildlife Sanctuary, National park or jungle etc. please wear clothes of nature colours like green, khaki, etc. same as worn by forest rangers.
  • Don't shout and play stereo etc. at any Wildlife Sanctuary, National Park etc.
  • Don't carry stones etc. from any river bank, Dam, water resource etc.
  • Don't litter. Through garbage at places made for that else simply carry your garbage with you. Don't through it anywhere.
Your Packing List
Pre Departure Check List Basic
  • Read the Travel Advisory for your destination
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Health Documentation
  • Transportation Tickets
  • Emergency Information
  • Insurance
  • Hotel Reservations
  • Traveler's Checks
  • Currency
  • Credit Cards
  • Guide Books and Maps
  • Trip Cancellation/Medical Insurance
  • Personal Identification
  • Photocopies of Documentation
  • Special Event Reservations (art, popular festivals, sporting events).
  • Luggage/Travel Pack
  • Travel Clothing
  • Rain Protection
  • Travel Footwear
  • Visor or Brimmed Hat
  • Camera, Film
  • Video Camera, Tapes
  • Radiation Shield for Film
  • Water Bottle
  • Language Books
  • Reading Materials
  • Address Book
  • Travel Journal
  • Scarf/Bandanna
  • Games/Playing Cards
  • Binoculars
  • Travel Lock
  • Luggage I.D. Tags
Maintenance Items Medication
  • Flashlight Batteries/Bulb
  • Matches or Lighter
  • Camera Batteries
  • Visa
  • Mini Sewing/Repair Kit
  • Duct Tape
  • Portable Lightweight Travel Iron or Steamer
  • Travel Clothesline & Clothespins
  • Sink Stopper for Hotel Sinks
  • Mesh Bag for Dirty Laundry
  • Zip close Plastic Bags
  • Aspirin/Pain Reliever
  • Cold Medicine
  • Cough Syrup
  • Diarrhea Medicine
  • Contact Lens
  • Preparation Laxative
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunburn Relief
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Malaria Pills
  • Motion
  • Sickness Medicine
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Personal Prescription
  • Water Purification System
  • Vitamins
  • Band Aid etc.
  • Eye, Ear, Nasal Drops
Toiletries Home Check List
  • Comb/Brush
  • Toothbrush/Paste
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Soap: Personal and Laundry
  • Insect Repellent
  • Skin Care Lotions/Creams
  • Make Up Mirror
  • Manicure Articles
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Towel
  • Shaving Cream
  • Blow Dryer
  • Towel/Washcloth
  • NalgeneŽ Bottles (for shampoo & laundry soap)
  • Stop deliveries
  • Have Post Office hold mail
  • Arrange for care of pets, lawn and house plants
  • Set-up a timed lighting system
  • Check timed night lighting system
  • Notify local police of your absence
  • Leave house key and trip itinerary with a neighbor
  • Empty refrigerator
  • Eliminate possible fire hazards (unplug appliances, etc.)
  • Turn down thermostat
  • Turn off water heater
  • Close and detach gas cylinder from the gas stove
  • Store valuables in a safe place
  • Personal Prescription
  • Lock all doors and windows
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