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All these packages are based on hotel rooms with breakfast. The transfers and tours will be done by private chauffeur driven vehicles. The cost of these packages do not include any air fares, entrances, guides and meals, Cost for these services are quoted apart and if you wish, you can avail any of these services. You have a choice of different vehicles to choose from. As these tours are flexible, you can start the tours any day of the year.
You could add the cost of local guide and entrance fees which are quoted apart for a guided tour. We could provide you English speaking local guides in all the cities and for an extra cost, in some of the cities, we can provide you the services of Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Chinese speaking guides. You also have a choice of vehicles to choose from. As these tours are flexible, you can start the tours any day of the year.
Add or remove days/ cities to suite you from the tours given on our web-site. Or let us know the cities you wish to visit and we will quote you accordingly. If you wish for any other hotels not given in our web-site, we will be glad to quote you on the same. You also have a choice of vehicles to choose from. As these tours are flexible, you can start the tours any day of the year. Top
International or domestic airfares are not included in the cost. The domestic fares are always given apart. Please book your international air tickets directly at your end.
We could purchase the domestic flights for you in India or you could buy the same directly. The prices quoted for the domestic flights are regular fares. Please check with us for better instant purchase fares. These fares are available against full prepayments and are normally much cheaper. On hearing from you, we will quote the exact amount of these airfares. THE AIRFARES ARE NOT GUARANTEED TILL TICKETED. These tickets are non refundable in case of any changes or cancellations.
For reservations we need the names of the travelers, passport number, nationality and gender (Mr or Ms).
Quotes are based on different categories of hotels. Normally all the hotels have air-conditioning and western styled attached bathrooms. The breakfast is included in the cost and normally consists of Indian as well as Continental dishes. In a few places like houseboats, a few jungle and mountain resorts, all meals are included. At times we have not followed the Government guide lines but have classified them as per their quality .
Check-in and check-out timings at most hotels is 1200 hrs noon. In hotels of Taj group, Oberoi group and a few other hotels and also in some houseboats, check-in is 1400 hrs and check-out is 1000 hrs.
Confirmation of desired hotels is subject to availability. In case rooms are not available, bookings will be made in alternate or similar category hotel. Any supplement/reduction will be payable accordingly. You will of-course be pre-informed.
We have broadly classified the hotels as follows -
In some cities - specially Rajasthan, many old palaces/castles/forts and old houses (called havelis) have been converted into hotels. These hotels are quite charming and staying in these heritage hotels gives you a good feeling. Some of these palace are huge and have a large number of rooms and some are quite small with about 10 to 20 rooms. The best known palace hotels are Lake Palace in Udaipur, Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Samode Palace in Samode and Gajner Palace in Gajner (Bikaner). The charm of being treated like royalty in these hotels is great. In places where these hotels are not available, we are quoting you on normal modern hotels.
In this category L stands for luxury. The best available hotels are being used. Some of these hotels are Udaivilas in Udaipur, Rajvilas in Jaipur and Amarvilas in Agra. We have tried to use Taj and Oberoi hotels in many places as they represent luxury in India. Where luxury hotels are not available, we have quoted you on the next best available hotels.
In this category we are quoting you on 5 star or 4 star hotels (First class hotels) or the next best available hotels. Most of these hotels have air-conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms and serve multiple cuisines. Again, in this category, we are using mostly hotels of Taj and Oberoi group. Where these hotels are not available, we have quoted you on the the next best available hotels.
This category has normally good 4 star hotels. Again these hotels offer almost all the facilities of A category hotels. Where ever these hotels are not available, we have quoted you on the next best available hotels.
Category C *
This category offers good 3 star hotels. The rooms normally have air-conditioning and attached baths. They offer you all the modern facilities. Where these hotels are not available we have quoted you on the next best available hotels.
Category D *
This category offers a good combination of 3 star, 2 star and tourist hotels. The rooms normally have air-conditioning and attached baths. The rooms are neat and clean and hygienically very particular. They offer you all the modern facilities.
Category E *
This category offers good tourist class hotels. The rooms normally have air-conditioning and attached baths. The rooms are neat and clean and hygienically very particular. We have very carefully selected the hotels keeping in mind the likes and dislikes of a tourist. They offer you all the modern facilities.
* Do not be surprised if at times we offer you a much better hotel as at times we get special offers from very good category hotels.
All the transport is air-conditioned excepting in a few places like Kashmir, Ladakh, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet, etc. Also in some of these places, there are no coaches available and we may be using smaller vehicles. You will be pre-informed.
The chauffeur driven transport is for your exclusive use only excepting during safaris. In some packages like motor tours and guaranteed departures transport will be shared by others.
In a half day tour, the visits are normally for four hours. In a full day tour, the visits are normally for six to eight hours. In case, where long distances are covered by the same vehicle (example in Rajasthan or Kerala), the transport is at your disposal. Please check details with us. The description of transport we will be using is -
A valid visa can be obtained from the nearest Indian mission in your country. If visiting any other country along with India (example Nepal) , you have to apply for a multi-entry visa for India. Please check with the Indian Embassy as some changes are being made.
A visa can be obtained in advance from the Nepalese mission or on ARRIVAL at Kathmandu airport with one photograph.
A valid passport for at least 6 months. Vaccinations are not obligatory but anti-malaria medicines are recommended. Consult your doctor for any medicines you may require during your visit. For people coming from African and South American continent consult your travel agents for Yellow Fever Vaccination.
The baggage allowance is normally 15 to 30 kilos but varies from airline to airline. Normally 1 handbag is allowed. For safety reasons, your suitcase should be locked. All liquids, more than the specified quantity, should be placed in your checked in baggage..
Although not obligatory, guides, drivers, porters etc. expect a tip. Depending on the quality of the service, we suggest you to tip them equivalent to USD$ 5 to 10 for the tour guide, driver/per day and US$ 1 for the porter. Tipping in the restaurants depends on the quality of the food/services. You may tip 10% of the bill amount.
The currency is INDIAN RUPEE (INR) and comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Rupees. Coins are in denominations of 50 paise, one rupee, two rupees, five rupees and ten ruppees. We suggest you to carry Travellers cheques. All major credit cards etc. are accepted. You may withdraw cash in local currency from ATMs available in all the major cities. You may exchange money either in the hotels or banks/money changers against an official receipt.
Most public washroom facilities in India are of the traditional Western Style toilets. Please carry your own toilet paper and hand wipes. The washroom facilities in most of your hotels are as you are accustomed to.
The breakfast at most of the hotels is usually buffet style and has a mix of Indian and Continental dishes. Lunch and Dinners is also normally available in buffet style as well as A la Carte. Most Indian food is cooked, not raw and is safe to eat. If you are sensitive to spicy food, please ask for NO SPICE food. A wide variety of fresh fruits/juices is available round the year. A large variety of vegetarian food is available. Mineral water and other beverages are not included in the meal cost and needs to be paid for if used.