Gateway to Leisure Travel
Q1. How can I book a tour to India?
Ans: We invite you to visit our website and email us your requirements to design the itinerary. After finalizing the program you may send us a consent letter with the tour reference number.
Q2. I want to travel with my own tailor made program instead of the tours listed on the website?
Ans: You can email us your ideas and specify the places you want to visit, your date of travel, number of people who are traveling, the hotel category you need and any other special travel requirements. After having these details from your end we will plan a tour for you and will mail you the same with all the details.
Q3. How advance should I make my travel booking?
Ans: In India the months of October to March are considered peak season for tourist arrivals where as months of April to September are considered to be the off season. All the facilities connected with travel has its limitation in comparison to the high season demand therefore, we highly recommend you book your holidays in advance.
Q4. Do you book the Air Tickets also?
Ans: Yes, we do book them on demand.
Q5. Is there a pick up service on Airport?
Ans: Yes, we provide pick up services. You will be picked up from the airport or railway station where ever you arrive. Vardhman's representative will be meet and greet you at the arrival lounge with your name on the placard.
Q6. Which Vaccination is compulsory before coming to India?
Ans: The Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required to be brought into India, if a tourist originates from or transiting through Yellow Fever endemic countries. This is conforming to the International Health Regulation. Yet, Citizens and travelers coming from the United States (US), Canada, or the United Kingdom (UK), do not require any vaccination certificate or inoculations.
Recommendation it is highly recommended to get a precautionary measure vaccination against Hepatitis B, should you plan to stay longer in India. To avoid Malaria, Dengue, carry mosquito repellents, nets or take a course of anti Malaria tablets.
Q7. How do I get medication in India in case of necessity?
Ans: We advise you to bring your own medicines. All though most of the medicines are available in India but they have different brand names. We can assist you in finding a Medical Specialist. Private hospitals with high standard and qualified doctors are available in India.
Q8. Do Indian people understand English and other foreign languages?
Ans: Yes, English is widely spoken and understood at almost all tourist centers. Language speaking guides are also available. We do provide qualified and government recognized guides in India who also speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Russian. They will help you not only in your sightseeing, but also help you exploring India better and will give you useful tips during your trip.
Q9. Is it forbidden to drink alcohol in India?
Ans: Gujarat is India’s only dry state, but drinking laws are in place throughout the country. Each state may have designated dry da
Q10. What is advisable to eat and drinks in India while my tour?
Ans: It is advised to drink bottled water, bottled drinks. Coffee & Tea must be taken hot. As hotels have their own water filter functions, the water in the hotels can be used for cleaning the tooth and body but avoids drinking this water. Avoid eating spicy at least at the start of your journey. After taking the above precautions you will realize that India has a wonderful cuisine and rarely any other place meet the varieties of the vegetable as in India.
Q11. Will I be able to eat meat in India?
Ans: 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.
Q12. Is there any code of conduct while visiting temples and mosques in India?
Ans: 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.
Q13. Should I give some money to the beggars if I find them on the streets of India?
Ans: We strongly advise you to not to pay any attention towards beggars.
Q14. How safe is India for me?
Ans: India is comparatively a safe country to travel. Crime rate against foreigners is low. However, we recommend females not to go alone on the road after late evening just to be on the safer side. In case help is needed you can call the police at 100 and Ambulance at 102.
Q15. What about Shopping in India?
Ans: Tourists say India is a shoppers' paradise. Shopping is recommended from Government Emporiums. Most of the large stores will ship your purchases for you, though, for convenience and to avoid postal delays, it is advisable to carry your shopping with you or to book it as baggage.
Q16. How much should I tip while traveling in India?
Ans: Tips are expected by most of the people involved in the tourism in India.
There is no "must" or "compulsion" of tipping in India. In big hotels services charges are included in the bills so tipping is not necessary.
Still, the advisory tips are:
10% of the amount of the billing is normal as tipping.
If traveling with a group the tipping can be reduced to 5% of the total bill.
For the porters in the hotels Rs.20 for a single baggage and in the case of a group Rs.10 per baggage is customary.
For tour guides and escorts we recommend 1 to 2 USD per day per person - same is also for the driver accompanying you during your India tour. Do measure the quality of services of particular person and tip him accordingly.
Q17. Which currency is used in India?
Ans: The units of Indian currency are the Rupee and Paisa (100 Paisa equal 1 Rupee). Paper money is in denominations of Rupees 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Coins are in denominations of Rupees 1, 2, 5 & 10. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers' checks that can be brought by a tourist to India. However a Declaration form is filled (only for the amount which is more than USD 10,000) on the arrival at the Indian airport. By filling up this form you can also get your money exchanged back in the original currency without any problem. Any kind of money exchange should be done only through authorized money- changers/ Banks. You may ask our guides and they will tell you the right center or place to get the money exchanged. Please note that no Indian currency can be imported or exported, except for Rupee travelers checks. There are 24- hour exchange facilities available at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai international airports.
Q18. Can I pay in Euro, USD or through my credit cards in India?
Ans: All the major currencies including Euro and USD are accepted in India. Also all the major credit cares (Visa, Masters and American Express) are accepted in the Indian subcontinent.
Q19. What are the timings of the Post Office, Police Station and other administrative offices in India?
Ans: Post Office:
From 1000 to 1630hrs Monday through Friday
0930 to 1230hrs on Saturdays
Anytime call at 100
0930 to 1700hrs Monday through Friday
0930 to 1230 hrs on Saturdays
Q20. Are there any restrictions on exporting from India?
Ans: The Government has put restrictions on the export of all wild animals indigenous to the country and articles made from such listed animals like skins, pelts, furs, ivory, rhino horns, trophies, etc. have been totally banned. These include all forms of wild animals including their parts and products, except peacock feathers and handicrafts made from them and those made from articles and shavings of Antler, Cheetahs and Sambars which are subject to conditions specified. Export of exotic birds is also not allowed. This ban also includes wood sand wood products including logs, timber, stumps, roots bark, chip, powder, flakes dust, pulp and charcoal. However, sawn timber made exclusively out of imported logs teak/ timbers are exempted subject to conditions. Also, export of sandalwood in any form, excluding finished handicrafts and machine-finished products is prohibited. Export of furs of domestic animals, hides and skins is prohibited excluding the Lamb fur.
Q21. Are there any restrictions on the export of the Antiques items from India?
Ans: Antiquities which include sculpture, painting or other works of arts or crafts, illustrative of science, art, craft, religion of bygone ages and of historical interest which are older than hundred years may not be exported from India. Manuscripts or other documents of scientific, historical, literary or aesthetic older than seventy five years also can not be exported out of India.
Foreign Travel Tax
Recently Airport taxes are being collected at the time of issuing the tickets to India. Please always confirm with your Airline if the taxes are to paid at the Airport at the time of departure from India.
Q22. How do we settle the payment terms? Is there any advance deposit required?
Ans: The amount of advance deposit depends upon the tour, the hotels selected and the timing of the tour. In India most of the hotels require a deposit to hold the reservations on confirmed basis.
Q23. What is the best time to visit India and its different National Parks and wild sanctuaries?
Ans: The best time to visit India is from October to April. The summer season prevails between May to June. The winter season prevails between December to March. Regarding the national parks and sanctuaries, Bharatpur and Sariska Sanctuary is open throughout the year. All other sanctuaries in India are open between October and March.
Q24. What type of information is required in order to confirm my booking with you?
Ans: In order to confirm the booking with us we require some of the information such as:
Scanned Passport Image.
Your Visa Number, if you already have the visa
Your telephone Number
Your mobile number if any
Your arrival Date, Airline number and time
Your departure date, Airline number and time
With the help of such information, we can ensure your hotel booking. At the time of check in at the hotel, you need to please handover a copy of such details at the hotel reception so that you do not have to fill up the information forms of the hotel and it also saves the time.
Q25. If I only want to take the vehicle during my tour and not the complete tour, is it possible?
Ans: Yes, we do provide Car coach rental services. Please visit our website for the picture of the vehicles - http://tourpackages-india.com/car-coach-rentals-india.html
Q26. How can I make the payment?
Ans: There are various payment options by which you can make payment to Vardhman Vacations. You can make payment by cash, bank transfer and by Check and demand draft.
Q27: Where can I find an ATM in India?
Ans: 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.
Q28. Do you provide any sort of insurances?
Ans: No, we do not provide any sort of medical insurance to foreigners. It is advisable that you get the insurance from your home country only.
Q29: What is the electricity supply in India and what plugs are used?
Ans: The electricity supply is 230 – 240 volt, with three round pin plugs. Most western visitors will require an adapter.
Q30. When is the best time to visit India?
Ans: 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 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 game viewing in the interior, as the jungle thickets dry out and game becomes concentrated at watering holes.