Q - How to experience India at it's best?
Ans - While planning your trip, ask your tour operator to combine your trip during an Indian Festival which will make your trip a great experience.
Q - Are there any restrictions for the Photography in India?
Ans - Photography is a great fun exercise in India, as you will have enough sunlight most of the time. It is suggested to bring enough films along though most of the films of international brands are also available in India. One must keep in mind that in some of the monuments one has to pay a minimal fee for photography. Walking with an experienced guide is a good option or else one should ask for permission always before clicking a picture. Also at some of the places photography is not allowed, thus one should not photograph these objects otherwise the film can be confiscated.
Q - Do I need a Visa for India?
Ans - Except citizens of neighbouring countries, Nepal and Bhutan all visitors need to obtain visa for travelling India, prior to arrival.
Q - What about the climate of India? When can I visit India?
Ans - India has a tropical climate.
Summer season is from April to July, which is quite hot in the northern part of the country.
Monsoon lasts for a brief period including months of June to August, and brings with it a lot of rain in most parts of the country.
Winter season takes place in third week of September to end of February which is quite cold in entire Northern India, but mild in the Southern Peninsula.
Q - What major cultural considerations should I take care of while travelling to India?
Ans - The country has a very traditional and religious society. Its customs are very different from that of western cultural ideas. When entering temples, mosques and places of religious significance, one must remove shoes. A few Hindu temples are not open to people of other faiths, thus one should ask permission before entering.
Q - What are the options for luxury travel in India?
Ans - India is a land of diversity and apart from exotic locales the country also has a wide range of options for luxury travel. There are various extremely enticing options for luxury travel in the country. Some of the popular luxury tourist trains offer every indulgence imaginable while travelling to some of India's best tourist attractions. One will also find luxurious hotels all across India, which includes top luxury hotels in Mumbai, lavish boutique hotels in Delhi and excellent resorts in Goa. Most luxury hotels have spas installed where guests can indulge in a whole range of therapeutic, recreational and beauty treatments. Also, why not visit some unforgettable bars or treat yourself to a sumptuous Sunday brunch as these hotels are laced with excellent eateries serving everything from Indian to Chinese to Continental and more.
Q - Do Indian people understand English and other foreign languages?
Ans - Yes, English is widely spoken and understood at most of the cities and almost at all tourist centres. English is one of the main languages taught in the schools of India and thus is widely spoken. English speaking guides are also available but qualified and government recognized guides are highly recommended as they are more trustworthy and experienced. One can also opt for guides who also speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Russian. They can help guests understand the local customs and also help you explore India better and will give you useful tips while your journey in India.
Q - Do the travellers need the travel permits to visit India?
Ans - Before entering India one needs to obtain the Travel Permit issued by India Tourism Bureau or other India local authorities. Except Chinese visas, this rule is applicable for travellers (including those of Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and other countries). The permits are issued only to the travellers taking the individual and group tours operated by China-based tour operators. The tour operators can assist the travellers to obtain the travel permits. The information required for the India Travel Permit includes, names in full, passport number, date of birth, nationality, sex and occupation. The normal application procedure for India travel permits takes 3 -7 days.
Q - What are the options for Shopping in India?
Ans - India is a shoppers’ paradise. The country provides enormous options for enjoying shopping escapades. Though shopping is always recommended from Government Emporiums one must not miss out on the charms of the local bazaars of the country. Most of the large stores provide the facility of shipping your purchases for you. For further convenience and to avoid any kind of postal delays, it is advisable to carry your shopping with you or to book it as baggage.
Q - What to pack for India tours?
Ans - Your luggage should be prepared as per the requirements of the region you are going to visit in India. Yet the common set of luggage you must add includes a pair of sunglasses, sun lotions, a hat etc. One should wear more of layered clothing and down-filled coat (the sun is very strong during the day but the temperature drops at night).
Wear comfortable walking shoes for your easy walk around the city. High-calorie snacks like cookies, chocolate and candies also should be packed in advance or can be bought from some of the bakeries here.
Q - What is the weather like in India?
Ans - In southern and eastern India, the Himalayas act as a barrier against the rain-bearing monsoons, with rainfall decreasing as heading north. There is no rain from mid-September to May. Temperatures can vary from below 40 F in the early morning and evening to 85 F at midday. In the spring, dust is a problem.
Q - What is the best timing for India tours?
Ans - Generally speaking, the period from October to April is the best timing. Travelling during winters is a pleasant experience because of the mild and comfortable weather of the country. However, some travellers also like to visit the country during summers for the comfortable tour budgets and avoiding the tourist crowds.
Q - What Immunizations do I need before visiting India?
Ans - First you must consult with your doctor. However, recommended vaccinations before traveling India include Hepatitis A/B and Tetanus.
Q - How much should I tip?
Ans - As the tourism develops tour guides, drivers, and hotel staff do expect tips. If the service is satisfactory, a few dollars in tip to the guide and the driver will be gladly appreciated. While in restaurants and taxis, giving tips is not part of customary.
Q - Do I need to ask for permissions before taking the photos of Indians?
Ans - It is always good to ask for permission first. Indians are very friendly. However, it is possible that they might not want to get clicked at a particular time or during some private ceremony and thus asking for permission first is always advisable.
Q - Are Foreigners Allowed to Get Married in India?
Ans - Yes, it's possible for foreigners to get legally married in India. However, the process is lengthy and time consuming, and as per the rule the couple should have spent around 60 days in the country. As a result, many people prefer to take care of the legal part of the wedding at their home country and just like to have a ritualistic wedding ceremony in India.
One can have some of the best locales for getting wed in the country. Rajasthan for its palaces and Goa for its beaches are considered one of the best venues for one’s dream wedding.
Q - Is all Indian food very spicy?
Ans - No. India is justly famous for some of the best spices in the world. Yet the with a boon in the tourism business the hotels have understood the need for less spicy food and thus they maintain international standards. India is truly a foodie’s place and for a gourmet the choices one can get here are aplenty. Food hygiene standards are now near world class and the sensible precautions taken by hotels and resorts here minimizes any chance of getting sick. As one travels around the country one can safely relish different local cuisines at small local restaurants along the way. Chinese or even Continental style cuisines are also available at mid range to deluxe hotels throughout the country.
Q - Which currency is used in India?
Ans - The units of Indian currency are the Rupee and Paisa. Paper money is available in the denominations of Rupees 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 and the coins are in denominations of Rupees 1, 2 and 5. Any kind of money exchange process is to be done only through authorized money- changers. Travellers can get a 24- hour exchange facilities at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai international airports.
Q - Where Can I See a Tiger in the Wild in India?
Ans - The country is peppered with numerous wildlife parks and a great number of these wildlife reserves have a decent population of tigers. One of the best places to see a tiger in the wild in India is in Bandhavgarh National Park. This park is known for housing the highest concentration of tigers at any park in India, and sightings are almost guaranteed. Kanha National Park and Ranthambore National Park also has a great population of tigers and thus offer great opportunity for spotting tigers.
Q - Where can I go on a Camel Safari in India?
Ans - The most popular place for camel safaris in India is in the desert region of Jaisalmer, in Rajasthan. One can also enjoy great camel safaris around Bikaner, in Rajasthan. While on a camel safari tourists enjoy visiting some of the famous mansions and havelis of these regions and gets to interact with the locals here.