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Visa and Pass port-While visiting India you need to have a valid passport and visa.In case you lose your passport immediately report to nearest police station and your country`s embassy .For certain places to visit such as Andaman islands,Ladakh and many bordering areas permission of local administration and other authorities is a must,so before planning your itinerary check with your travel advisor.

Dress code:-While travelling to the north of India during the months of April to September ,Cotton and casual clothes are recommended,But in the months of December and January one must have woolen clothes and jackets.While visiting some religious shrines one must cover the head with a scarf as to show respect.Before entering a shrine you are supposed to take off your shoes.In certain Hindu temples even other leather items are not allowed to carry.In a Sikh temple you are supposed to cover your head and are supposed to take off your shoes.

Tipping:-Tipping is not compulsory.But if you are pleased with the services you can offer it.A general idea is as follows:-Bell Boy-20/-per bag,Driver-300-500 per day,Guide-500-1000 per day.

Indian climate:-India lies to the north of equator and extends beyond tropic of cancer,Typically Indian climate can be

divided in broad five seasons.

Summer season:-starts from April and ends with onset of rainy season in june,North Indian summer can be scorching hot with temperatures soaring up to 48degree celsius (specially in areas around the desert state of Rajasthan).If you are travelling in the summer months do not forget to carry your sunscreen.

Rainy season:-The monsoon onset(in the month of July) in India brings loads of rain and minor problems like mosquitoes.This season usually ends in september ,the usual temperature hovers around mid thirty and the humidity remains very high,If travelling in this season do not forget to carry a bottle of insect repellant and an umbrella.During Monsoon avoid the Himalayas, as the Himalayas are prone to land slides and cloud burst.

Autumn;-This is one beautiful season which entices scores of tourist to India.This season sets in October and lasts till November end.Generally the climate is bearable with temperature always staying below 30 degree celsius.

Winter;-This is the peak tourist season as the climate is very suited to the European and American travellers,apart from the hills it doesnt snow in India.The climate during winters is pleasant and sunny barring few days in northern India when it can be foggy and cold.The winters last from mid November to February.The temperature usually hovers from 5 degree celsius to 20 degree celsius.

Spring;-This is the best of all the seasons in India when flowers are in abundance and air smells sweet,This season starts from mid february till end march,The climate is very pleasant in this season and the temperature ranges from 10 degree celsius to 25 degree celsius.

Food:-Indian food is famous across the world but it is a little too spicy for European and American taste buds,We advise you to stay away from the street food as the same may result in you suffering from worst food infection,Bottled mineral/drinking water is available everywhere across India so when you travel with us your driver is always ready with your supply of mineral/drinking water.

Mode of Transport:-Most of the Indian cities are well connected by a  vast network of Indian Railways and Road network.Though public conveyance of all sorts is available but it is mostly very crowded,The Indian Railway have different categories for the passengers.You need to have a n International driving license to drive on your own ,which considering the Indian driving conditions is not always viable,We advise you to trust our experienced drivers for a safe and enjoyable journey

Monument visit:-Most of the Government protected monuments in India are open during the day time (sunrise to sunset)Photography and videography is allowed in most of these monuments and you have to pay a certain fee abiding to the few restrictions.At certain places tripod is not allowed inside the monument.Regarding the moon light visit to the Tajmahal one must book the tickets a day in advance,For this you are supposed to produce the photocopy of your passport.Do not carry any eatables,firearms,teddy bear,toys,electronic items inside the monuments.For the monuments except the religious places you can go with the overshoes to avoid scorching heat or extreme cold

DO`S AND DONT`S:

  • Do not encourage beggars by offering them money.
  • Do not smoke/drink in public( public smoking is an offence in India leading to prosecution and fine)
  • Do not drink tap water
  • Do not wear skimpy/exposing dresses in public(except the beaches)
  • Do not scribble/write on the historical monuments.
  • Do not hire car from unauthorised personnel or tour operators and make sure your guide is authorised by Department of Tourism -Government of India.
  • Do always carry a photocopy of your vital documents(viz Visa ,passport)
  • Do always carry enough cash as some places may not have ATM or the international card may not work.