FAQ

IS INDIA A GOOD FAMILY DESTINATION?

India is a country full of adventure, where children and families are warmly welcomed, making it a unique and memorable adventure destination for families. Special children’s programmes are available at most of hotels. From the majestic Himalayas in the north to the pristine beaches of Arabian Sea at Goa and Kerala in the south, and varied cultural Indian cities, India is a remarkable place for families to experience the journey of a lifetime.

IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SIGHTSEEING IN INDIA?

When visiting temples or other religious places you may be required to cover your head and take off your shoes. You may not be allowed to enter some temples if you are wearing or carrying any leather articles. Certain temples only admit Hindus. If you are in doubt, ask about the place you intend visiting. Most museums in India are closed on Mondays and site museums near archaeological monuments do not open on Fridays. Smoking is not permitted in public places, including all trains and railway stations.

WHAT IS THE CLIMATE LIKE IN INDIA?

India has a hot, tropical climate, although conditions vary from region to region. Winter is from November to March, when the mornings and evenings are cool and fresh, while the days are warm and sunny. The hot summers last from April to June, when hot temperatures combine with dry conditions and occasional dust storms. Monsoon season usually lasts from June to September. While the rest of India braves torrential rains, this is the perfect time to explore the Himalayas.

WHAT KIND OF FOOD CAN I EXPECT TO EAT IN INDIA?

Indian cuisine is varied, with styles varying from region to region. India has more vegetarians than the rest of the world combined, however, goat, lamb and chicken appear in many dishes. Should you tire of local cuisine, restaurants in India also offer food from other part of the world. You should be able to find French, English, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Chinese and Japanese food in hotels and restaurants in the larger cities.

WHERE CAN I CHANGE CURRENCY?

Money exchange counters are available at most international airports in India, as well as most hotels. Many of the wildlife resorts across India do not have the facilities to exchange money and it is a good idea to carry enough Indian money with you for your expenses.

CAN A SPECIFIC DIET BE CATERED FOR ON A TRIP TO INDIA?

Yes, we can cater for any kind of diet. Please advise us of any dietary requirements when making your reservation and we will communicate your requirements to the lodges.

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN INDIA?

It is best to avoid drinking tap water while in India. When buying bottled water check that the cap has not been tampered with and also the date of packing.

SHOULD I TAKE TRAVEL INSURANCE BEFORE TRAVELLING TO INDIA?

It is essential that adequate travel insurance be taken out prior to arrival in India. This should cover any medical situation such as hospitalisation, as well as cancellation, curtailment of arrangements and baggage. Please contact us for further details.

WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE IN INDIA?

Holidaymakers can choose from a wide choice of accommodation, from western style luxury hotels to budget accommodation and government bungalows. Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks generally do not allow guests to stay overnight. Private lodges are found on the outskirts of the parks or near their entrance. Hotel rates can vary widely according to the season.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

We recommend that you pack light cotton clothing in khaki, beige and white. Long sleeved tops are recommended for jungle safaris. Remember to pack some warm woollen clothing if you are travelling in winter, as temperatures do drop dramatically after dark.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS WHEN TRAVELLING IN INDIA?

Consult your doctor about recommended vaccinations when planning your trip to India. Some parts of India are malaria areas, so you may need to take the appropriate prophylactics.

CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD IN INDIA?

The Master Card and Visa are widely accepted in India (major cities). Outside the main centres it is recommended that you have enough Indian money on you for any purchases and for tipping.

DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO INDIA?

Yes, you will need a visa for travel in India. You cannot apply for it on arrival and it is recommended that you contact your local Indian embassy or consulate when planning your trip. Information about the e-Tourist Visa (eTV) process can be found at: