India FAQs

Which are the frequently visited places in India?

The most popular places in India for travelers are ‘The Golden Triangle’ comprising of the capital city of Delhi, Agra & Jaipur in the north. Agra has the world famous ‘Taj Mahal’ and Jaipur in Rajasthan state boasts of royal architectures and gallant stories. Other destinations in Rajasthan like Udaipur (city of lakes), Jaisalmer (the desert city), Jodhpur (famous for its fort) & Ranthambhore National Park (for wildlife) are also very popular. Varanasi is one of the oldest living civilizations in the world situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges & Khajuraho is famous for its exotic temples. Kerala is highly recommended in South along with states of Karnataka & Tamil Nadu. In the state of Kerala, one can experience the houseboat, backwaters, beaches, Ayurveda, hill stations and wildlife. Many travelers who are looking only for a beach vacation, prefer Goa which is famous for its beautiful beaches and Portuguese architecture. For more information o destinations, you may also visit our ‘Tour Ideas’ section.

How to obtain visa for India?

All visitors to India require a visa that can be obtained from an Indian Consulate nearest to your place. Applications should be on the official visa form. It can be downloaded from the Embassies’ official website or also obtained from a local travel agent. All applications can be submitted with a visa fees (differs from place to place) and three passport-sized photographs. For an address in India, you may mention our company’s name and address. You must also have a valid passport, which will not expire for at least six months after your journey is about to end. It should have clear pages for entry and exit stamps along with your visa.

What are the inclusions of a tour package and can it be customized?

A tour package usually includes:

  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing with guide services
  • Intercity travel by road as per the itinerary for eg. For a Golden Triangle sector.

Many a times, special activities and events are also included in the package price but most of the times it is either paid directly or collected in advance as an extra price. Entrance charges to monuments can be paid directly on a cash payment basis in Indian rupees or can also be included in the package. All meals can also be included in package price if desired so. Airfare and railway fare are also excluded from the package price. However, if you desire an ‘All-Inclusive’ package, same can definitely be included and customized.

What is the best time to visit India?

India is a country where you can have snow in one area and hot weather in some other part at the same time. India has hot weather from April to September with Monsoons from July to September. However, even during hot weather, there are plenty of hill station where you can enjoy a very cold and pleasant weather but you wouldn’t be able to make the best out of your holiday as you would be restricted by the heat . In case you want to travel across India, then October to March has a pleasant and cool weather, hill stations though are mostly visited during summer time in India. For more details, please look at our information on Climate Of India.

What is the unit of currency in India?

The unit of currency is Indian Rupee / INR. (1 USD= 64 INR approximately).

Is language a barrier for tourists in India?

India is an area of great linguistic diversity with over 1500 languages and dialect. People associated with tourism speak English throughout the country. The official language is however, Hindi. We have a special panel of various language guides and escorts speaking English, Spanish, French, Italian, German & Japanese.

What is the difference in time zone?

India is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT, 6.5 hours behind New Zealand Standard Time, 4.5 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and 11.5 hours ahead of Canadian Eastern Standard Time.

What are the various accommodations available in India?

India offers a mix of accommodations from home stays to Royal Havelis, from basic 3 star accommodations to luxury hotels, from fort hotels to palace hotels, from houseboat stays to tree houses. We recommend 4 star and 5 star for a good experience and luxury properties for the utmost luxurious experience. To get good accommodation in peak season, it is always advisable to book with us 6-8 months in advance, especially for the luxurious properties. 

Is travel insurance necessary?

Travel insurance is a must and you would be required to obtain a travel insurance policy from your country. You must obtain a policy that protects you against loss of passport or baggage, any last moment tour cancellations, flight delays, missed connection, and also medical emergencies. You would also be required to carry a copy of the insurance policy papers with you.

What are the cultural aspects that can be considered while in India?

India is well known for its rich cultural heritage. Hence, we request you to kindly keep in mind the cultural aspects (which may seem conservative at times)while you are on your tour in India. Both men and women should wear clothing that covers knees and shoulders (especially while visiting religious places like mosques and temples). When entering mosques, temples and places of religious worship or private homes - please remove your shoes. Women can cover their head with a scarf or a stole. Many Hindu temples are not open to non-Hindus. Always ask permission before entering. Even Mosques may have limited visiting times for non-Muslims. Please avoid any public displays of affection. Nudity is a taboo hence while swimming please do wear a swimsuit.

What medical aspects need to be considered?

The majority of visitors to India return home with perfect health with no problems at all. The most common problem is an upset stomach for a day or two due to use of unfiltered water, change of diet, or simply the change of lifestyle. Use mineral water which is easily available at all places and avoid tap water. However, always check the seal before buying.No specific vaccinations are required to enter India unless you are entering within six days of having visited a yellow fever infected area. Most doctors recommend the vaccinations of Tetanus, Hepatitis, Meningitis & Malaria. Dust can be a problem to travelers sometimes. You may use spects instead of contact lenses. If you are prone to coughs, colds and sore throats, we advice you to take preventive medicines with you as cities suffer from smog pollution. This is particularly important if you suffer from bronchial complaints. If you are over 60 or you think you have any physical disabilities, then you should talk to your doctor about the trip to ensure it is suitable for you. Once on the trip please tell us any concerns you may have regarding health concerns, we can then ensure your specific needs are met. If you are undergoing specific medical treatment please inform us and ensure you have an adequate supply of any medication you may be taking.

What are the transport means available & suitable for tours?

For majority of the sectors, road travel is the most comfortable and economical way of travel. A sedan suits a maximum of 2 travelers and SUV is comfortable for 3-5 passengers. For more than 5 and upto 12 passengers, we have the Tempo Travelers which is more like a mini bus and then we have the deluxe coaches for larger groups.

In India, roads could be rough at places and traffic chaotic and hence our guests often get very worried. We suggest that you catch up on some sleep or read a book or you can even carry handy music to listen and soothe. Journeys upto 7-8 hours are comfortable by roads but anything more than that can be covered by an overnight train or a flight. All major cities are connected by airports and good number of air service providers.
The drivers are well trained and they are used to Indian roads. Very seldom (I must hasten to add that almost none) are any accidents involving tourist vehicles. The cars that are used are safe, insured for and routinely checked. Overnight trains are comfortable ridewise but one may find the train travel a bit unhygienic, unless it is the luxury trains which have the fixed tours and departure dates.

We hope above information is useful to you. For further queries or clarifications, please write to us at travel (at) alluringtoursofindia (dot) com or alluringindia (at) outlook (dot) com. We shall be more than glad to be of assistance.

With Warm Regards from India,
Team A.I.T.

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