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Travel Tips

The subcontinent of India lies in south Asia, between Pakistan, China and Nepal. To the north it is bordered by the world's highest mountain chain, where foothill valleys cover the northernmost of the country's 26 states. Further south, plateaus, tropical rain forests and sandy deserts are bordered by palm fringed beaches.the country's staggering topographical variations is its cultural diversity, the result of the coexistence of a number of religions as well as local tradition. Thus, the towering temples of south India, easily identifiable by their ornately sculptured surface, are associated with a great many crafts and performing arts of the region.In the extreme north is the high altitude desert of Ladakh. Local culture is visibly shaped by the faith - Buddhism -as well as by the harsh terrain. Yet another facet of Indian culture is observed in the colorful tribal lifestyles of the north eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur with their folk culture.

In the central Indian states of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh tribal village life has resulted in a variety of artistically executed handicrafts.

India's mountains provide heli skiing, river rafting, mountaineering ,hiking, paragliding, Bunjee jumping and low and High altitude trekking. Its beaches provide lazy sun-bathing as well as wind surfing and snorkeling, and its jungles provide shooting wildlife -with a camera.

India's history goes back to 3,200 BC when Hinduism was first founded. Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism. Judaism. Zoroashtrianism, Christianity and Islam all exist within the country today. As a consequence of India's size, the history of the country has seldom been the same for two adjoining territories, and its great natural wealth has lured a succession of traders and foreign influences to it, each having left their imprint in the country, however faint or localized. Thus, Chinese fishing nets in Kerala are a throwback to that country's ancient maritime trade, while in the north, terra-cotta figurines of the centuries BC bear distinctly Greek traces.

Capital: New Delhi
Population: 1.13 billion people
Religion: 81.5% Hindu,12% Muslim, 2.5% Christian, Sikh 2% other including Buddhist,Jain, Parsi and Tribal Religions 2%.
Languages: Hindi(Official), English, Bengali, Telgu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri,Sind and Sanskrit.
Time: GMT + 5hrs 30 mins

 

INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS VISTING TAJ MAHAL

Water bottle is allowed inside the monument. Shoe covers, Half Litre water bottle and Tourist Guide Map of Agra, Battery Bus & Golf Cart Service are provided free of cost with the foreigner’s entry ticket for the Taj. Wheel Chair for Disabled People & First Aid are available at ASI Office at Taj Mahal Ph. No : 0562 - 2334098.

Do's

• Tourist are adviced to use South Entry gate in case of long queues on East and West gate.
• Tourists must co-operate in keeping the monument neat & clean by using dustbins.
• Tourists are advised to hire approved guides & photographers who exhibit their identity cards.
• Taj Museum inside Taj Mahal Complex opens from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM.
• Above mentioned list of prohibited items along with mobile phones are banned for night viewing of the Taj Mahal. Video camera, extra batteries are prohibited though still camera is permitted after the security check.
• No Polluting vehicles are allowed within 500 mts. Radius of Taj Mahal. Parking Facility is available at Shilpgram for Eastern Gate & at Amrood-Ka -Teela for Western Gate.

Don’ts

• Eating and smoking is strictly prohibited inside Taj Mahal. Arms, ammunitions, fire, smoking items, tobacco products, liquor, eatables (Toffees), head phones, knives, wire, mobile charger, electric goods (except camera) are also prohibited.
• Mobile phones are to be kept switched off.
• Please avoid carrying big bags and books inside the monument, this may increase your security check time.
• Photography is prohibited inside the main mausoleum.
• Avoid touching & scratching the walls & surfaces of the monument as these are heritage sites and need special care.
• Visitors are requested not to make noise inside.

 

Travel Tips

Hawkers and Touts :

These guys are everywhere, especially in tourist places, so expect them. Some small Budget hotels or Lodges even have their touts in these places looking for customers. It's better if you pick a tour operator , all the more need if it's your first trip.There are a lot of tour operators in India, research them online (the big ones have their own websites along with the operational offices and the itenary of the tour ). Good travel agent would be a great help in figuring out the large country.

As for the touts if they get persistent ,just ignore them or say a firm "no" and keep on walking.

Getting in :

Most of the countries require a visa to get in with a few exceptions (like Nepal or Bhutan). Please do avoid overstaying your visa as there are some pretty fines and a large amount of paperwork which takes a lot of time and is certainly not an enjoyable experience.

As for clearing customs, check out the government site of central board of excise and customs to find out what can be brought in and cannot be brought in.

 

The infamous touts would be here too, so be careful

Moving around the Country :

Travelling by air in India is becoming pretty cheap though be sure to make bookings early on, Train Journey has also improved markably in India they offer Luxurious Cahir car and Super fast a/c trains to almost every Major destination in India. also try to arrive at least one to two hours early at the airport and One hrs before in Rialway Station especially at major cities .

Travelling by trains is a cheaper and far more enjoyable experience if you have a reserved ticket. You get to see the one of the world's biggest railway network at work. Along the way you would also get to see the common Indian's way of travel and probably get to meet a lot of people if you are not travelling at night.

Whiler hiring a car, do hire a driver along with the car, the driver being a local will be a great help while moving about the place besides knowing about the places to visit. Also once the initial haggling has been done there won't be any need to worry about travelling etc.

And yes, while travelling by an autorickshaw, please don't get into one without a meter. If there isn't one, settle the price before getting in .Also ask for the price card if there is a meter.

Healthcare :

Avoid drinking tap water and taking ice in drinks. Stick to bottled water ( or boiled / UV treated water available at the hotels ) and ensures that the seal is opened by you / in your presence. Aerated water ( bottled soft drinks ) are fine. Eat moderately for the first few days. Allow your system to get used to the changes. Yogurt ( Locally called “ Curd “ ) is advisable for weak constitutions or after a hot curry. Indian beer, gin and rum are fine. Your may not find some of the local whiskey very good . wine, if available , would generally be expensive. Check the price before ordering. Imported liquior is available but very expensive.

We recommend you to carry with you a small supply of basic health care medication such as a travel sickness tablets, anti-diarrhea tablets, insect repellent, sun creams and general purpose antibiotic. Although most of these items are available in India , the security provided by brands one is used to, reassuring. We strongly recommend that all travelers are properly insured for the holiday. If you have taken your own travel insurance, please check that it includes repatriation costs.

Clothing :

During the day it is best to wear light , comfortable cottons with a pair of good ventilated walking shoes( Open-toed sandals let in dust and pebbles and conttons socks ). For the sightseeing session you may find a good pair of sunglasses and sun-hat handy. At some of the monuments / temples. mosques, It is advisable to avoid sleeveless tops and shorts skirts. Your may also be asked to remove your shoes: in such cases airline socks are useful.

Shopping :

India provides splendid opportunities for the shopper especially for silk and cotton, gemstones, carpets, bed linen, handicrafts in all types of medium, miniature paintings and much more. If asked our local agents will advise on where best to buy particular items. When purchasing an expensive item, always check the level of duty payable in your country on import. Please remember VAT is payable on all goods above the value of $145 per person, even if an item is exempt from other import duties. Most hand woven carpets used to be exempt from duty: this is no longer the case.

Be prepared for the occasional pressure selling from some guides/ drivers. Although they will generally take you to respectable establishment offering reasonable quality likely that they have vested interest. If you are not interested, and if the guide/ driver is particularly insistent, do not hesitate to refuse and bring it to the attention of our associate offices/ agents in India. However, please note that we, or any of the associate offices and agents in India, are not responsible for any shopping and related problems, although we assure you of any help that we can provide.

Money :

It's better to keep small change in your pocket at all times for paying the autorickshaw or other small stuff that you buy. Also try to get rid of small changes while leaving the country.

Packaged goods have a maximum retail price printed, this price is not supposed to be exceeded by the seller.

Respect the people :

It is compulsory to remove your footwear while entering some religious place or somebody's house.It's considered rude to point at or touch something/somebody with your foot. Also avoid winking, whistling or pointing it's considered rude too.

Give and take of anything important such as gifts ,a large amount of money etc should be done with the right hand only.Indians usually go out of their way to fulfill a guest's request, in return it's expected from the guest to not be a burden.

 

Tipping & Gifts :

Tipping is common, particularly if you are happy with the service. Please note that tips are in addition to (and not the same) porterage, which unless otherwise specified, is included in your holiday price. Some suggested amounts for tipping are:

• Drivers/ Reps who help you with the transfers Rs. 100 - 150
• Bell boy who carry your baggage to your room Rs. 50 - 75
• Drivers/ Guides for half day/ Full day sightseeing trips Rs. 200 - 250
• Drivers/ Guides for long trips spread over many days Rs. 150 - 200 Per traveler/ day (The above amounts are mainly indicative. It is often customary to pay higher sums depending upon the quality of service.)
• Waiters in restaurants (If service charge not included ) 5 - 10% of billed amount.

IF you wish to do something to charity in India, we support a couple of charitable organization/ orphanages who accepts both financial and material support (like clothes both new and old) if you are interested to do something & you have some extra luggage Spaces you may bring some clothes for this needy people., we would be happy to take any of these organization to distribute the same yourselves .

 

Special Interest Tours in India:

  • Golden Triangle Tour

    Duration : 07 Days

    Destination : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mandawa – Delhi.

  • 5 Elements Tour

    Duration : 10 Days

    Destination : Delhi - Shivpuri – Ananda in Himalayas – Corbett National Park – Fort Unchagaon - Agra – Delhi.

  • Complete Himachal Tour

    Duration : 12 Days

    Destination : Delhi - Shimla - Manali - Kullu – Mc Leodganj - Dalhousie – Delhi.

  • Amazing Ladakh

    Duration : 08 Days

    Destination : Delhi – Leh - Delhi.

  • Bike For Life Tour

    Destination : Mumbai To Goa.

  • Forts of the Tiger

    Duration : 15 Days

    Destination : Delhi – Raja ji National Park – Corbett National Park – Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary –Bnadav garh National Park.

  • Golden Triangle Tour

    Duration : 07 Days

    Destination : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mandawa – Delhi.
  • 5 Elements Tour

    Duration : 10 Days

    Destination : Delhi - Shivpuri – Ananda in Himalayas – Corbett National Park – Fort Unchagaon - Agra – Delhi.
  • Complete Himachal Tour

    Duration : 12 Days

    Destination : Delhi - Shimla - Manali - Kullu – Mc Leodganj - Dalhousie – Delhi.
  • Amazing Ladakh

    Duration : 08 Days

    Destination : Delhi – Leh - Delhi
  • Bike For Life Tour

    Destination : Mumbai To Goa
  • Forts of the Tiger

    Duration : 15 Days

    Destination : Delhi – Raja ji National Park – Corbett National Park – Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary –Bnadav garh National Park – Kanha National Park – Pench National Park.

Other Tours: