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At Brothers’ We Have Been Answering A Lot Of Questions From Potential Travelers To India. From Our Past Experience. When People Are Nervous, I Let Them Know That There’s Normal Culture Shock… Culture Shock At Times Gonna Blow Your Mind. You’re Going To Have Moments When You Freak Out And Cry And Other Times Where You’re Just Happy And Making Friends With Locals. Every Day Something Will Shock You. But You’re Going To Love It, And We Have Never Met Anyone Who Has Regretted Coming To India.
DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER INDIA?
You Don’t Need A Company To Help. You Could Google It For A Step By Step Indian Visa Application.You Can Get Your Visa Expedited By Going Into The Office. You Must Mail Them Your Passport- This Can Be Scary For People The First Time They Get A Visa, But Is Completely Normal. Use Fedex And Do Immediate Delivery, Which Is Quick And Can Be Tracked. Make Sure That Your Passport Has At Least Six Months Left Before Expiration. Your Visa Will Last Six Months From The Time It Is Made, Not The Time You Enter The Country. Plan Accordingly! You’ll Need To Apply For A Multiple Entry Tourist Visa. Update: There Is Now A 30 Day Visa On Arrival For Select Countries. Visas Are Issued By All Indian Embassies And Consulates And Can Take Up To 2 Weeks To Process. You Need 2 Passport Size Photograph And The Visa Fee Which Varies From Country To Country. Bring 12 More Photos For Rafting / Trekking / Restricted Area Visit.
WHAT AIRLINE SHOULD I FLY WITH TO INDIA?
This Is Dependent Upon Which Country You Are Coming From And These Days There Are Always Find Great Deals With Most of The Airlines In Various Search Engines. Our Experience Says When Looking At Last Minute Bookings For Return Flights; It Seems Air France Offers A Great Deal.
WHAT IS THE TIMEZONE IN INDIA?
The Time zone In India Is UTC/GMT (Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time) +5.5 Hours. It's Referred To As Indian Standard Time (IST). In General, This Makes The Time In India 12.5 Hours Ahead Of The West Coast Of The USA (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego), 9.5 Hours Ahead Of The East Coast Of The USA (New York, Florida), 5.5 Hours Ahead Of The UK, And 4.5 Hours Behind Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane).
ARE FOREIGNERS ALLOWED TO GET MARRIED IN INDIA?
Yes, It's Possible For Foreigners To Get Legally Married In India. However, The Process Is Lengthy And Time Consuming, And You Should Allow To Spend Around 60 Days In The Country. As A Result, Many People Prefer To Take Care Of The Legal Part Of The Wedding At Home And Just Have The Wedding Ceremony In India. Goa And Rajasthan Are India’s Hottest Wedding Destinations – Goa For Its Beaches, And Rajasthan For Its Palaces.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO INDIA?
The Best Time To Travel To India Depends Greatly On The Places To Be Visited, And The Weather Patterns Experienced There. In General, The Cooler Dry Months From October To March Are The Most Popular Time To Visit India. However, Mountains And Hill Stations Are Best Visited During Summer, From March To May.
HOW IS BROTHERS’ DIFFERENT FROM A TYPICAL INDIAN TOUR OPERATOR?
There Are Some Crucial Areas In Which Indian Panorama Differs From Other Tour Operators In India. In The Planning Stages Of Your Trip, Through Your Initial Arrival And Transfers, Your Transport And Travel Arrangements And The Way We Deal With Any Problems You May Encounter, We Offer An Unparalleled Level Of Service And Professionalism At Every Stage.
HOW DO I PLAN MY TRIP WITH YOU?
All Of Our Itineraries Can Be Customized To Whatever Degree You Wish; Indeed This Is Where Our Knowledge And Experience Help Us To Stand Apart. The Pre-Designed Itineraries We Offer Are Found On The Tour Options Page. These Are All Tried And Tested Over More Than A Decade Of Operations In India. If One Of These Programmes Looks Right For You, All You Need To Do Is Contact Us and Once We Have Your Arrival Dates And A Little More Information, We Can Proceed With A Booking Straight Away. You May Find However That With The Vast Array Of Travel Options In India You Would Like To Visit Other Centres, Take A Little More Time In One Place Or Less In Another, Or Indulge In Another Area Of Interest Altogether. In This Case Contact Us To Discuss The Ideas You Have.
WHAT MODES OF TRAVEL DO YOU USE?Private Car With Driver Plane Train Auto Rickshaw
The Ubiquitous Yellow And Black Auto Rickshaw (Or Just "Auto") Is As Much A Part Of The Life Of The Country As Cricket, Chapatti And Sadhus. Best Enjoyed Over Short Distances, Auto Travel Is A Sure Way To Get Close To Life On The Street In Any Town Or City. You May Have Almost As Much Fun Bargaining Over Your Fare As In The Actual Trip Itself.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE IN INDIA?
One Of The Ways In Which BROTHERS’ Will Help Make Your Trip To India Easier Is To Have Our Representatives Assist You To Make All Your Transfers. You Will Be Met At The Airport By One Of Our Professional Team Who Will Be Carrying A Placard Bearing Your Name. The Same Standard Of Care Will Be Afforded You Whenever You Make An Internal Connection By Air Or Rail And Again On Your Final Departure From India.
DO THE INDIANS SPEAK ANY ENGLISH OR IS IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK TO THEM?
Many People Speak English Especially In Big Cities And Tourist Towns. Some May Speak English Only A Little, But It Is One Of Their National Languages Along With Hindi. .In The Toursity Places The Drivers And Locals Will At Least Know Enough To Get You Around. If You Want To Make Friends With The Locals, Bring Perfume Samples For The Women! They Love Them!
WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU USE WHILE TRAVELING IN INDIA, INCLUDING BOOKS AND WEBSITES?
For Booking Use Cleartrip & Cheapoair.Com And For Travel Related Book Prefer Lonely Planet
WHAT PORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?
This Is Dependent Upon Your Chosen Itinerary In India, But Most Likely You’ll Enter Through Delhi, Kolkotta Or Bombay. Budget Airlines In India Are Incredible, So We Suggest To Book My Domestic Flight In India Separately.When Leaving India, Make Sure You Are Very Clear To Your Drive Which Airport To Go To. If You Take An Airport Taxi, Choose A Government Approved One. Not All Prepaid Taxis Are The Same.
HOW MUCH WILL I SPEND? I’M GOING FOR SIX MONTHS.WHAT EXTRA COSTS WILL I INCUR WHILE I AM IN INDIA?
We Try To Make Our Tour Prices As 'Inclusive' As Possible So You Will Not Be Surprised With Extra 'Hidden' Costs As You Go Along. A Meal Can Cost Anything From USD 1 In A Roadside Eatery To USD 20+ In A Luxury Hotel. How Much You Will Spend Depends On Your Own Tastes Of Course, But If You Allow USD 3 Per Person For Lunches And USD 7, You Will Eat Very Well. Shopping In India Is Legendary And With Good Reason. Beautiful And Unique Handicrafts And Art Works Can Be Purchased From A Few Dollar Upwards, With Virtually No Upper Limit Provided You Are Willing To Pay For Items To Be Shipped Back To Your Home Address. You Can’t Think “Just Because It’s India Everywhere Is Cheap”. If You Want A True Vacation And Want To Live It Up, You Can Quickly Accidentally Spend As Much In Bombay As You Would In London.
WHERE SHOULD I GO AND WHAT ROUTE SHOULD I TAKE?
You Have To Decide If You’re Here To Party, To Live In The City And Club Life, Or If You Want The “Spiritual” Route Or To The Touristy Place. You Chose The So-Called Spiritual One. Based On Your Interest And The Time We Would Suggest Few Options To Choose From. Great To Hear. Make Sure You Stay True To Yourself. Check Out An Ashram In Rishikesh. Do Vipasanna At A Quiet Location For Ten Days Of Meditation. Do Early Morning Yoga Every Day Every City You Stop In. Sunrise Hikes. Sunset Yoga. Take A Class To Learn Reiki, Yoga, Massage In The Mountains, Or Art In The Desert. Find Love In Goa! Go To Auroville And Live In A True Hippie Commune. Spend Time Exploring The Western Ghats.
But Most Of All, Realize That The Trip As A Whole Is What Makes It Life Changing. Have Fun With It! India Will Change You Even If You Don’t Want It To. You Could Go There And Not Have One Single Plan, But You’ll Eat Too Much, Pray At Hundreds Of Temples, And Probably Love Too! I Want A “Life-Changing”, Soul Searching Experience. I Want To Find Myself And Hear India Is The Place For That. Eat, Pray, Love!
I’M NERVOUS I’LL GET SICK FROM THE FOOD OR GET MALARIA! WHAT MEDICINE SHOULD I BRING AND WHICH VACCINATIONS SHOULD I GET BEFORE DEPARTURE?
Staying Healthy In India Is Really Just A Matter Of Common Sense. Some People May Find That Their Body Takes A Few Days To Adjust To The Different Foods But Generally If You Observe A Few Simple Rules Like Only Drinking Bottled Water And Eating Freshly Cooked Foods You Will Probably Find That After A Short Time In India You Feel Better Than You Have In Years!
It’s Okay To Be Nervous Of The Food, But We Feel Like The Food Actually Made Few Feel Healthy And Anytime You Feel Sick We Feel That It’s Imported European Food. Of Course Be Careful With Street Drinks With Ice. If You’re Really Nervous, Just Know That Worst Case You Can Eat Rice, Bread, And Steamed Veggies If You’re On A Budget. If You’re Not On A Budget, You Don’t Have To Eat Indian Food At All If You Don’t Want To. Feel Free To Drink Juices From Restaurants, And Eat Raw Fruits And Veggies. Just Make Sure They Are Washed! You Can Ask Politely And You Won’t Offend Anyone. All Indian Food Are Not Very Spicy. India Is Justly Famous For Some Of The World's Best Food And Here You Can Enjoy It In All Its Glory. Food Hygiene Standards In Hotels And Resorts Are Now Near World Class And A Few Sensible Precautions Will Minimize Any Chance Of Getting Sick. As You Travel Around You Can Safely Eat At Small Local Restaurants Along The Way. If You Wish To Eat Chinese Or Continental Style Cuisine, This Is Available At Mid Range To Deluxe Hotels Throughout The Country.
We Say Though, This Is Our Opinion And It’s Differs Greatly.Vaccinations You Need To Consult Your Doctor. And Carry Own First-Aid Kit, Which Is Super Tiny. We Recommend To Have Health Insurance Recommended Vaccinations For Travel To India Include Hepatitis A/B And Tetanus. We Do Not Recommend Taking Malaria Medication — The Disease Is Now Virtually Non-Existent In Areas Tourists Will Visit — Sadly, The Same Cannot Be Said For Mosquitoes Which Are Still Widespread.
WHAT ABOUT TIPPING?
From The Moment You Arrive You Will See That India Runs On Tipping, From The Person Who Carries Your Bag, Delivers Your Food Or Drives Your Vehicle. Wages Are Generally Very Low And Most People In Service Industries Make The Bulk Of Their Living By Tips. For A Room Boy Who Carries Your Bags To The Room A Few Cents Tip Is Fine. A Similar Amount Is OK For The Boys Who Come And Clean Your Room. In Restaurants Work On 10% And The Tip Will Be Reasonable. There Is No Set Amount As Is The Case In Other Countries.
WHAT ABOUT MY PERSONAL SECURITY?
The Safest Way To Carry Your Tickets, Passport And Travelers Cheques Is In A Money Belt Worn Under Your Clothing. India Is Generally A Safe Place And You Would Be Extremely Unlucky To Have Anything Stolen. It Is Wise To Take Precautions And Always Be Alert. Small Amounts Of Money Can Be Carried In A Bum bag Or Shoulder Purse. This Ensures You Do Not Need To Pull Out A Pile Of A Small Purchase. All Hotel Rooms Have Secure Locks And Some People Prefer To Leave Their Suitcase Locked Inside The Room. For Air And Train Travel Your Bag Should Be Securely Locked. It Is A Good Idea To Carry A Photocopy Of Your Passport, Visa And Tickets And The Serial Numbers Of Your Traveler’s Cheques. If You Are Unlucky Enough To Lose Any Of These Valuable Items It Will Greatly Assist In Replacement.
I HEAR INDIA, ESPECIALLY GOA, HAS GREAT DRUGS… SO, CAN YOU TELL ME HOW MUCH THEY ARE AND WHERE TO GET THEM?
No, No, No, No! Sorry, Guys. There Are Drugs Like Everywhere Else In The World But You Need To Be Very Careful And Know That Even Though People Bribe Police, You Can’t Bank On That And You Could End Up In Prison. Like Any Country, They Are Illegal. But That’s All We Have To Say On The Matter.
OK, IS IT TRUE- DO I HAVE TO EAT WITH ONE HAND AND WIPE WITH ANOTHER? WHAT IS THE TOILET SITUATION?
Well You Got It Right. First Off, You Will Eat With Your Hands Sometimes. If There Is Silverware On The Table, Use It. If Not, Finger Food! Why Bother With Forks Or Chopsticks! Totally Unnecessary. Use Your Right Hand. Your Clean Hand. Ok, On To The Toilets: You Will See Western (Normal) Toilets Or Squat Ones. No Matter Which It Isn’t That Hard To Figure Out And You Won’t Think Much Of It Until You Get Sick To Your Stomach And Wish You Had Somewhere To Sit! Toilet Paper Access…. You’ll Have It Some Places Which Is Great But You Can’t Always Flush It- You Need To Throw It In The Trash. You Can Bring Wipes With You To Keep In Your Purse, Which Is What We Suggest, But Definitely On Trains And Buses For Late Night Stops. When You Have Neither Option, There Will Be One Of Two Things, A Water Hose To Spray Off, Or A Bucket And Tap. The Sprayer Is Genius And Actually Incredibly Clean Like Having A Shower. It’s What You Use At Home. The Water Bucket Is The Worst. You Will Fill It And Use Your Left Hand To Splash Water On Yourself. It’s Hard Sometimes To Get Use To. Always Wash Up After!
WHAT IS THE INDIAN HEAD WOBBLE?
The More U Turn Indian, The More U Wobble! It Means Yes, No, Maybe So,Or Maybe Not. Its So Funny And You’ll Probably Start Doing It Before You Even Understand It. You’ll Catch On To Gestures Before You Do Words. Eventually, You’ll Be Able To Tell The Subtle Differences Or Wobble For What The Person Is Saying, And Even If They Have A Little Bit Of Attitude!
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL ALONE AS A GIRL?
It Doesn’t Matter What Sex You Are- You Can Travel Safely In India! Make Sure You Dress Appropriately.
IS THERE ATM’S IN INDIA AND DO THEY EXCEPT FOREIGN CARDS? HOW MUCH SHOULD I WITHDRAWAL?
You’ll Be Able To Find An ATM Most Places You Won’t End Up In A Place With No Access To Cash, Unless The Atm Is Empty- Fresh Bills. We Suggest Take Out 200 USD At A Time. 10,000 Rs Is Usually The Max OnMost Of The ATM Withdrawal.
WHEN SHOULD I GO? I WANT TO SEE ALL THE DIFFERENT REGIONS LIKE THE MOUNTAINS, DESERT, AND BEACH, BUT HAVE ONLY 2-4 MONTHS IN WHICH TO DO SO WHAT IS THE CLIMATE LIKE AND WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
India Has A Vast Range Of Climatic Conditions From Tropical In The South To Alpine In The North. Most Of The Country Outside The Himalaya Region Is At Its Best For Travel Between October And March. At This Time, Days Are Mild To Warm, Nights Comfortable And Rain (Expect In The South East) Is Very Rare. From April Onwards The Humidity Level Rises With The Temperatures And With The Onset Of The Monsoon In June Travel Can Be Difficult In Places. The Advantages Of Travel Outside The Peak Season Are Reduced Tariffs, And Fewer Tourists. At Virtually Any Time Of The Year, Some Part Of India Or Other Will Be Suitable To Visit. India Is Very Seasonal With The Monsoon In The South And The Snowy Road Closures Up North. Luckily These Happen At Opposite Times So You Can Plan Your Trip Better. You Should Try To Go At A Reasonable Time To Make The Best Of Your Trip, But If You Make A Mistake Or Go Somewhere “Off-Season”, It’s All Going To Be Okay. There Are Perks To Traveling Off Season.
I’M GOING TO TRAVEL ALONE. WILL I MAKE FRIENDS EASILY? I’M WORRIED I WON’T MEET MANY OTHER BACKPACKERS HERE.
Making Friends In India As A Backpacker Is Not Like Europe. You Can’t Come Alone With The Expectation You Will Find Someone To Travel With. In India There Aren’t Hostels Like Europe, There Are Guesthouses, Which You Will Have A Room And Bathroom To Yourself. You Can Meet People In The Market Or At A Restaurant, Which Is Why Lonely Planet Guides Are Nice To Tell You Where The Tourists Are. When You See Someone That Looks Friendly, It Might Be The Only Backpacker You See For A Couple Days. You Need To Approach Them! You Won’t Make Friends Being An Introvert. If Someone Doesn’t Seem Interested In Chilling With You, Remember You Are In A Place That People Come Specifically To “Find Themselves” And All That, So They May Need Peace And Quiet.
I HEAR SUCH BAD STORIES ABOUT THE TOILETS AND TRAFFIC. I’M AFRAID IT WON’T BE RELAXING ENOUGH OR WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR. SHOULD I GO TO EUROPE INSTEAD?
India Can Make Even The Most Saint-Like Patient Person, Crack…. Lose Their Mind… Go Bonkers. It’s Just A Chaotic, Crowded Place. I’m Sure You‘ve Read It Before: The Smells, The Sights, The Cows In The Road, The Beggars, The Traffic And Honking, The Snake Charmer,The Scams, Dirt, And Pollution. Whatever You Are Expecting, Multiply It By 10. It’s Like Nowhere Else On Earth And You Just Love It Or Hate It, You’re Going To Have To Suck It Up And Get By. Every Time You Want To Scream (Which You Will), There Will Be Another Day Where You Feel Like The Luckiest Person On Earth And You Start To Cry For No Reason Other Than The Feeling Of Being Blessed.
WHAT IS THE INTERNET CONNECTION LIKE AND SHOULD I GET A PHONE OR WILL THERE BE INTERNET CAFE’S TO GET ON SKYPE?
PHEW! THAT WAS A LOT OF QUESTIONS. A FEW LAST MINUTES BITS OF ADVICE:
MISTAKES EVERYONE WHO COMES TO INDIA MAKES
TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS TO INDIA
HOW MUCH CURRENCY WILL I NEED?
You Will Need Very Little During The Activity Phases Of The Holiday: Says USD 200 This Should Be Carried In Small Denominations As Change Is Hard To Come By In The Villages. There Are Good Deals To Be Found In The Hills, On Jewelry Especially. However, When Shopping In Town, There Are Many Items To Buy (Wall Hangings, Carvings, Artifacts, Clothes, Etc.) Credit Cards Are Only Accepted In Some Shops.
WHAT ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE AVAILABLE IN INDIA?
Produces Different Types Of Bottled Beers, Which Are Excellent. They Are Very Much Like A Lager. Some Lodges Have A Good Supply Of Local As Well As Foreign Whisky, Gin Vodka, Rum And Soft Drinks. A Local "Wine" Is Produced In The Hills Which Is Served Hot And Resembles Sake. If You Have A Special Preference, Buy It At A Duty Free Shop On Your Way To India.
CAN I DRINK THE WATER?
Do Not Drink Tap Water Or Stream Water. All Lodge/Hotel Water Has Been Boiled And Filtered And Is Safe. Local Mineral Water Is Also Provided And Is Perfectly Safe To Drink.
CAN I AVAIL THE FACILITY OF PHONE/FAX/E-MAIL IN INDIA?
A Good Standard Communication System Is Readily Available In India Neither Phone Nor Fax Are Available While Rafting Or On Trek.
WHAT IS THE POLICY ON EXCESS BAGGAGE?
Even If Your Originating Ticket States You Are Allowed 2 Bags At Any Weight, The Airports In Asia Have Their Own Regulations Which Are Strictly Enforced. For Domestic Flights, 33 Lb. (15 Kilos) Is The Limit. Excess Baggage Is Permissible But Is Charged. It Is Advisable To Check Up With The Flight Service Provider As Different Flights Have Different Policies.
WILL MY TICKETS BE RECONFIRMED WHILE I AM ON TREK?
If Required We Could Get The Same Organized At No Extra Cost.
WHERE ARE THE PASSENGERS RECEIVED AFTER THEY ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT, RAILWAY STATION, LIKEWISE AT ARRIVAL AT THE ENTRY POINTS?
People Arriving By Train, Flight Or Surface Transport Should Be Aware That Our Representative Will Be Holding A Pla Card Of Their Name Or As Advice. (Standard Pattern Followed In Case Of Any Changes Would Be Update Respectively)
|Point Of Arrival||Pick Up Point|
|Railway Station||In Old Enquiry Counter / New Exit Gate.|
|Bus Terminus Alias Junction||At The Enquiry Counter|
AFTER MEETING OUR REPRESENTATIVE, WILL THEY BE TAKEN TO THEIR VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY OR THEY HAVE TO WAIT FOR OTHER TRAVELLERS WHO HAVE ALSO BOOKED A TRANSFER?
We Provide Separate Transfer By Separate Private Vehicles To Our Different Clients Coming At The Same Time. The Passengers Have To Wait For A Few Minutes Till Our Vehicle Waiting For Them Arrives At The Spot From The Parking Place.
WHAT DO THE PASSENGERS DO IF THEY FAIL TO LOCATE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS THERE AN ALTERNATE METHOD TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE?
In That Case, You Could Get In Touch With Our Transportation Department Or The 24*7 Number Provided In Your Booking Vouchers And The Brothers Staff Who Is Expected To Guide/Direct Them At The Arrival.
DO THEY CARRY THEIR LUGGAGE THEMSELVES?
As The Guests Can Meet Our Representative Only Outside The Arrival Meeting Point,They Have To Carry Their Luggage In The Trolleys Through The Checking Upto The Vehicle On Their Own And Can Hand Over The Same To Our Representative. He Takes Care Of Their Luggage Till They Check In At The Hotel.
ON ARRIVAL AT THE HOTEL, DOES YOUR REPRESENTATIVE ESCORT THEM TO THE FRONT DESK AND ASSIST THEM IN CHECK-IN FORMALITIES?
The Guests Are Escorted Upto The Hotel's Front Office And Our Representative Assist Them In The Check-In Formalities.
WHAT TYPE OF VEHICLES ARE USED FOR TRANSFERS? (ARE THEY AIR CONDITIONED)?
Our Fleet Consists Of Vehicles Of Indian Make Cars, Maruti Vans & Hard Top Covered Jeeps Coaches & 14 Seated Commuters. The Type Of Vehicle Provided For A Particular Transfer Depends Upon The Request And Contract Made Between The Two Parties (Brother's & Clients/Agent On Behalf Of The Clients) And The Size And Strength Of The Arriving Group.
ARE THE TOURISTS GIVEN A CITY ORIENTATION TOUR AS A PART OF THEIR TRANSFER?
During their transfer from the airport to the hotel, the tourists are generally briefed on India and if time permits, on tourist destination(s). The transfer is not an orientation tour of the city.
WHOM SHOULD THE TOURIST CONTACT DURING THEIR STAY?
We assign one of our tour executives to look after our clients, who constantly stays in touch with them during their stay in India and they keep informing/briefing them about their itinerary including sightseeing and every other information.
IF PASSENGERS HAVE BOOKED SIGHTSEEING TOURS IN YOUR CITY, ARE THEY PROVIDED WITH VOUCHERS/PICK-UP INFORMATION?
As we have only organised tours for our clients, they do not need vouchers for their sightseeing.
IF PASSENGERS HAVE BOOKED A DEPARTURE TRANSFER, DO YOU RECONFIRM THEIR ONWARD FLIGHT?
The Onward Flight Of All Our Clients Are Duly Reconfirmed By Our Staff In Time And The Status Is Informed To Them. Even If The Departure Transfer Is Not Booked, We Do Reconfirm Their Onward Flight As A Matter Of Courtesy.
HOW MANY HOURS PRIOR TO THE DEPARTURE FLIGHT ARE PASSENGERS PICKED -UP FROM THEIR HOTEL?
The Clients Are Picked From Their Hotel 2-3 Hours Before The Time Of Their Departure Flight.
HOW ARE THE PASSENGERS ASSISTED IN THEIR TRANSFER?
We Assign One Of Our Tour Executives To Look After Our Clients, Who Constantly Stays In Touch With Them During Their Stay And They Keep Informing/Briefing Them About Their Onward Connection, In Case Personal Contact Fails, Our Representative Leaves A Message In The Hotel Reception Or Via Other Social Media Mentioning The Details Of Their Departure, Such As, Departure Details Of Their Onward Connection, Where To Meet, Whom To Meet And When To Meet.
SHOULD I BRING MY OWN MEDICINE?
Please Consult Your Local Doctor And Follow His Advice. However, If You Are Taking Any Particular Medicines, It Would Be Best To Bring These With You.
CAN I DRINK THE WATER?
Do Not Drink Tap Water Or Stream Water. All Lodge/Hotel Water Has Been Boiled And Filtered And Is Safe. Local Mineral Water Is Also Provided And Is Perfectly Safe To Drink.
CAN I AVAIL THE FACILITY OF PHONE/FAX/E-MAIL?
A Good Standard Communication System Is Readily Available In All The Major Towns & Rural Areas. Neither Phone Nor Fax Are Available While Rafting Or On Trek.
HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE TO TREK?
If You Enjoy A Day's Walking And Can Walk Up And Down Hills, You Will Be Fine. If You Participate In Any Sport, You Will Be Fine. The Trek Has An Easy Grading Although Everyone Will Be Out Of Breath At Times. We Would Suggest Some Program Of Exercise Starting One To Two Months Prior To Your Arrival In Nepal. Step Classes/Stair Master Best Prepare One For The Hills.
HOW LONG DO WE TREK PER DAY AND HOW HIGH?
Up To A Maximum Of 5-6 Hours A Day With Lunch Breaks Along The Trail. The Maximum Altitude Reached During The Trek Will Be 7,000 Feet Or 2,100 Meters. Altitude Sickness Will Not Affect You At These Heights As It Is Only A Concern Above 10,000 Feet Or 3,000 Meters. However, Everyone Suffers Shortness Of Breath On Some Uphill Sections.
WHAT KIND OF FOOTWEAR WILL I NEED?
You Will Require A Light Weight Pair Of Boots That Have Rubber Soles With Thick Tread And Good Ankle Support. Hi-Tech And Nike Produce Good Walking Comfortable Shoes.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL BE SERVED WHILE ON TREK?
A general idea will be:
Breakfast : Cereal/Muesli/Porridge/Eggs/Tomatoes/Toast/Jam/Honey/Tea/Coffee.
Lunch : Salad/Spring Rolls/Pizza/Quiche.
Dinner : Soup/Curry/Pasta/Dumplings/Vegetables/Cake/Fruit Fritters.
WILL I NEED TO BE INOCULATED?
Consult Your Local Doctor Who Will Have An Updated List. However, Most Important Are Gamma Globulin (For Hepatitis) And Tetanus. Do Not Go Over The Top Otherwise You Will End Up Cholera, Rabies, Malaria Tablets And Many Others. In Case, It Is Always Worth Talking To Two Doctors And Then Using Your Own Judgment.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY?
On Trek, If You Are Not Feeling Well We Make Necessary ( Potter / Guide ) Arrangements And Will Be Made To Descends To The Nearest Road Where You Will Be Met By Our Office Staff And Taken To The Nearest Hospital If Necessary A Helicopter Will Be Summoned As Per The Availability. You Will Then Be With Your Guide. Anywhere Else On The Trip, You Will Be Taken By Road To Nearest Hospital Where The Same Process Will Occur. Ensure That Your Insurance Policy Covers You For Such Unlike Eventualities.
HOW HOT/COLD DOES IT GET?
As General Rule, It Is Hot Enough During The Days To Wear An Open-Neck Shirt With Shorts And You Will Not Be Cold. During The Evening, It Gets Cold So, Long Trousers And A Warm Jersey Are Essential.
WHAT IS THE SEASON IN SIKKIM & DARJEELING?
|Mid October/November||Very Clear Skies, Flowers In Bloom, Hot During The Day And Cold Evenings. Temperatures Steadily Decrease During These Months.|
|December/January/February||Skies, Frosty Mornings, Warm Days But Cold At Night. Day Time|
|March/April||Some Times Hazy Skies, Flowers In Bloom, Hot During The Day, Warm At Night, Daytime Temperature Reach The Low|
|June/July/August||This Is Rainy Season, Although Fascinating For Those Interested In The Flora And Fauna Of The State. Daytime Temperatures Are Consistently.|
|May/September/Early October||These Are The Transition Months Between The Wet And Dry Season. The Rain Is Not As Frequent As The Summer Months; However, It Is Unpredictable. The Temperatures, Flora And Fauna Are The Same As The Summer Month.|
Note: The Plain, where Kalimpong & Mirik is locate, is about 400 feet, 120 meters, lower in altitude than Darjeeling & Gangtok and is consistently warmer than the rest of State.
FORECASTED CLIMATE CHART
|Chances Of Dry Day||95%||91%||91%||85%||74%||54%||33%||37%||62%||88%||98%||99%|
|Hours Of Sunshine||5:54||5:39||7:37||9:3||5:43||4:54||2:37||2:23||3:18||5:12||5:12||5:06|
We Suggest That You Bring A Suitcase To India In Which You Have A Zip-Down Duffel Bag And Small Duffel Overnight Bag. The Suitcase Can Be Left In Town With Your Town Cloths. The Duffel Bags Travel With You To Your Trek/Rafting And Jungle Clothes. The Small Overnight Bag Is Used For The Rafting.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK FOR THE TREK, RIVER RAFTING & SAFARI?For Rafting For Safaris About The River
It Is An Excellent Introduction To Rafting. There Is Only 1 Grade Iii Rapid. For Those Who Are Already Experienced, They Can Try Guiding Or Our Guide Can Aim To Get You Wet.