? Frequently Asked Questions about Travelling in India ?
This is a short list of some useful information and randomly asked questions that we have found as per traveller’s need. Moreover, upon the confirmation of your trip you will receive a complete “Manual to travel” which will contain extensive information about all the concerned topics and helps you to best prepare for your visit.
If you have any other questions not mentioned here, we at Destinasia Jouneys welcome your e-mail and call’s for further assistance. By clicking here you will redirected to our Contact page.
? How is DestinAsia Journeys different from a typical Indian tour operator?
There are many crucial areas in which DestinAsia Journeys 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. We at DestinAsia Journeys are a team of professional travellers with decades of field experience within and outside Asia which allow us to understand even the tiny details which cannot be matched by other tour operators. We believe in 100% tailor made journeys putting altogether curiosity of our customer/clients alongwith vast experience of our team.
We do not count our customers/clients as numbers. Travelling with us is a different story because WE CARE.
? How do I plan my trip with you ?
All our tour itineraries are 100% tailor made and can be customised as per your requirements, indeed this is where our knowledge and experience help us to stand apart.
Although we offer pre-designed itineraries for our destinations on “Destinations page”. These are all well tried and tested over more than two decades in India. If you like any of these programmes, all you need to do is get in touch with us with all the details and we will get back back to you will all the details, cost and program. Thereafter we can proceed for booking.
For any other modification or addition you can write or call us 24×7.
? What happens when I arrive in India?
One of the ways in which DestinAsia Journeys will help make your trip to India easier is to have our multilingual 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 and upon your arrival at hotel will explain all the details of program and handover the document KIT with all the necessary documents for your travel (contains hotel vouchers, Itinerary, all emergency contacts, exc.,). The same standard of care will be afforded whenever you make an internal connection by air or rail and again on your final departure from India.
? What modes of travel do you use?
There are many ways to get around in this vast country. We use whichever combination of travel modes best suits your itinerary. Some of these are listed below:
Private Car with Driver
The best way to see India is by road — you are close to life the way the locals live it and you will have the best opportunities to stop, engage and interact with the people as you make your way through cities, towns, villages and rural landscapes. The pace of travel on our tours is never rushed — we believe you will see far more, and enjoy yourself more, taking time to properly explore India rather than rushing through merely stopping at the ‘photo op’ sites. India’s roads are quite different from the west. The highways and byways of the country are far more than just a way to get from A to B — life itself is on display along the roadside. Travel averages around 40-50 kilometres an hour and we tailor our tours to include no more than 6 hours driving in any one day, unless it is unavoidable.
We value our drivers as our team partners as they add many levels to your travel experience, they pass on feedback about hotels, new places etc.
They are not licensed guides and cannot take you inside monuments or temples to give detailed explanations but they play very important role in making your trip memorable. Also by showing you some deserted places on the way which at time are very beautiful and advising you exact time of travel from one city to another.
We have various types of vehicles available — we will recommend the appropriate one for the number of people travelling in your party.
Most travel in India runs smoothly and with a minimum of hassle for you. In the unlikely event of problems occurring, our drivers have either a mobile phone or quick access to communication with any of our offices to enable difficulties to be overcome and allow you to get on with your holiday.
Over the past few years budget air travel has emerged in India — this is a great boon to the visitor. Previously the only way to cover long distances was by train which could easily eat up several days of your valuable holiday time. It is now possible to fly between all the major places of interest with ease, meaning you can cover several parts of the country in a shorter period of time. This does not necessarily need to be expensive.
One of the world’s largest employers, Indian Railways is more than just an extremely well run business — it is part of the lifeblood of India. Train travel is another wonderful option for part of your journey through the country. From the famous Palace on the wheels in Rajasthan to the Nilgiri mountain railway in Tamil Nadu, the diversity of rail options is a great as that of India herself. If you take an overnight ‘sleeper’ journey, bedding is provided.
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.
? Do I need a E-Visa or Visa to enter India?
All visitors to India require a E-Visa or Visa which MUST be obtained before arrival in the country. The usual visa is valid for 6 months from the time of issue and is good for multiple entries to the country. Visas are issued by all Indian Embassies and consulates and can take up to 2 weeks to process.
There are 43 countries on the list of E-Visa for India which can obtain VISA with a very simple process online. For list please click here
? What Immunisations do I need before visiting India?
Please check with your doctor — 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 visit.
? What is the climate like and what is the best time to visit?
India has a vast range of climatic conditions from alpine in the North to the tropical in the south . Most of the country outside the Himalaya region is at its best for travel between October to 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.
? Is all Indian food very spicy?
No. India is 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 minimise 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.
? 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.
? 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 25–50 Rupee tip is fine. A similar amount is OK for the boys who come and clean your room. In restaurants work on 10% of the bill amount. There is no set amount as is the case in other countries.
? Will I get sick?
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!
? What about my Personal Security?
The safest way to carry your tickets, passport and travellers 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 bumbag or shoulder purse. This ensures you do not need to pull out a pile of 100Rs notes for a 10Rs 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 Traveller’s Cheques. If you are unlucky enough to lose any of these valuable items it will greatly assist in replacement.