Do I need to a Visa to visit India?
YES. For most Nationals a E-Tourist Visa can be applied official Indian government website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html.
The E-Visa is currently valid for arrival through 16 designated airports but you can exit through any authorised Immigration Posts in India. It is not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas.
Travellers on our escorted tours in most cases will apply for an E-Visa. If you need to apply for a Visa from an Indian Consulate/Embassy for a tailor-made tour we will advise you.
As part of our services we provide all the necessary documents to support your Visa application.
IMPORTANT: Only apply for your E- Visa via the official Government of India website. There are a number of third-party and bogus Visa services on the internet and these will charge you more and may or may not provide the service you have paid for. What is more concerning is that these sites use similar colours and design to the official site.
Do your costs include my International flights?
Yes. Our tour includes International Flights where noted ex. Auckland with other options available. All domestic flights are booked in conjunction with your tour are included.
If you wish to book your separately to the group please get in touch.
Is tipping included?
All group tipping on the main India Fabric Food & Fabulous tour are included. This includes any tips for guides, coach drivers and helpers, rickshaw drivers etc. For other tours please see the detailed inclusions. Typically we will run a trip kitty and your tour leader will manage all the tipping on the groups’ behalf.
Porterage and the tip for our meet and greet person is not included nor is any tipping on the Varanasi extension. We provide you with detailed guidelines for this within our detailed information pack.
What about special diets?
We do cater to special dietary requirements and these need to be advised at the time of booking. However in the case of the India Fabric Food and Fabulous tour a big focus is food so if your diet is very restrictive then this may not be the tour for you.
It is very straightforward to cater to vegetarian and gluten free diets. Vegetarians are always in for a treat when travelling in India. We have had travellers who are coeliac disease travel without incident as many foods in India are naturally gluten free.
Where do we stay?
All our accommodation is chosen for its comfort and location to minimise any unnecessary travel. All accommodation is of a superior/deluxe standard for our hosted tours. Click here for more details about where we stay on the India Fabric, Food & Fabulous Tour.
How many people are in a group?
Hosted Tours like India Fabric Food and Fabulous depart with a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 12 people. Accompanied by our tour host. Other tours may have up to 16 people depending on the destination.
For private tours we can look after groups from 1 to 100!
What inoculations do I need?
For the India Fabric, Food & Fabulous tour, we recommend all travellers are vaccinated against Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Also you should ensure your Tetanus cover is up-to-date.
Japanese Encephalitis is recommends for travellers staying for more than one month and travelling to rural areas, especially if you are doing outdoor activities after dusk.
Malaria and Dengue Fever are a risk particularly during and after the monsoon. Use repellent and take extra care at dawn and dusk. If your accommodation provides mosquito netting for your bed, use it and avoid wearing dark colours and blue which are especially attractive to insects.
Hepatitis B is recommended for travellers who think they could have intimate/sexual contact with local residents.
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What about ‘Delhi-Belly’?
When you say you are planning a trip to India, the subject of ‘Delhi-Belly’ always comes up. Everyone knows that the water is not safe to drink but most cases of Delhi-Belly seem to crop up when someone forgets or their system gets upset with their body coping with a change of time zones, change in diet, (maybe) too much food, and (likely) not drinking enough fluids.
A few tips are:
> Take a probiotic supplement to support your gut health and start before you travel
> Where possible opt to start your day with something familiar such as toast, cereal etc. If Indian breakfast foods are only available (i.e. in remote areas) look for plain options such as idli (rice cakes), local breads, (freshly peeled)fruit or an omelette (ask them to hold the chilli).
> Indian food is unbelievably delicious but try not to overeat.
> Make sure you keep well-hydrated. In hot weather periodically add an electrolyte tablet to your water.
> Always wash your hands before eating and use hand sanitiser as needed through the day.
> Avoid salads, vegetables/ fruit that you can’t peel (unless washed in bottled/treated water)
What about money?
The official currency is the Indian Rupee which comes in R5, R10, R20, R50, R100, R500 and R2000 notes.
You can’t order Rupees from most New Zealand banks before travel but some travel money bureau de changes may have Rupees available. You can bring/take out of India only R25,000
We recommend using ATM’s in cities and towns. The maximum withdrawal limit is R10,000 per transaction. ATM’s accept VISA & MasterCard Credit and Debit Cards. Overseas withdrawal fees vary between banks, so do ask before you travel as a Cash Passport/Travel Card may be a better option.
What level of fitness is required?
Only an average level of fitness is required to enjoy this trip. However more important is that you have good mobility. Uneven surfaces and stairs are a reality of travelling in India. Rest periods are built into the itinerary and we do have flexibility if you decide you want to ‘sit out’ some sightseeing or a particular activity.