Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people?
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It’s a small country, but it’s rich in scenic splendour and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races. Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet.The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it’s a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you’re actually here in Nepal.
As a traveller, there are endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a fastly “modernizing” capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.
How do I get to Nepal?
You can take direct or indirect flight from your home country stopping below cities. We have direct airlink from below airports.We have direct airlink with Seaul, Hongkong, Bangkok, Kualalumpur, Dhaka, Singapore, Guangzhau, Kunming, Chengdu, Lhasa,Paro,Kolkata,Varanashi,Delhi,Mumbai,Karachi,Dubai,Doha.
When is the best time to go to Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. October and November are considered the best times of the year. The monsoon will have just ended, and clear skies with optimal temperature will prevail. The main festivals of Dashain and Tihar (Hindu equivalent of Christmas in terms of festivity) fall during these months. However, this is also the busiest tourist season, and the main tourist centers and trekking trails tend to be crowded with travelers like you. The tourist flow ebbs a little, but not significantly, between the winter months of December and mid-February. It catches up once again between mid-February and mid-April. From mid-June to early October, it’s the monsoon, during which time it rains almost everyday and most of the Himalayas are hidden behind the clouds.
What are my options to come to Nepal from India?
Alternatively, you can travel overland to Nepal from India. Buses are usually the quickest and easiest form of transport for this. There are three main crossing points: Sunauli-Bhairawa, Birganj-Raxaul and Kakarbhitta-Silguri. The Sunauli border crossing is the best one from Varanasi, the Birgunj crossing is the easiest from Calcutta; and Kakarbhitta is the best crossing from Darjeeling. These trip can be quite long and stressful, both in terms of time (it takes about two days and nights) and what you may go through during the trip (with tickets, safety, weather, border harassment etc). Not recommended for those people who want to have carefree travelling.
Flight option is reccommended. We have direct airlink from Kolkata,Varanashi,Delhi,Mumbai.
What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?
The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organised groups but not to individual travellers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you’re thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassabe during the monsoon.
Do I need a travel insurance?
Oh yes, some sort of travel insurance is highly recommended. Most travel insurance covers emergency flights, medical expenses, and theft or loss of possessions.
What is the weather in Nepal like?
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on average, but within this short distance the altitude of the land rises from lowly 60m to all the way up to above 8000m.Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20* C to 30* C(68* F to 86* F). Summer starts from June to August. These are also the pre-monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20* C to 30* C (68* F to 86* F). Winter starts from December to February. The morning and evening are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 15* C to 20* C (59* F to 68* F). For detail information on temperature and rainfall, check the Weather Chart.
What sort of clothing should I bring with me?
Clothing depends on place and time. Medium-weight and easy to wash cottons can be a good choice year-round in the Kathmandu valley. It is recommended that between October to February, woolen sweaters, jackets or similar other warm outfits are necessary. From March through May, light clothing such as short and long-sleeved shorts will do perfectly fine at Kathmandu, Pokhara and most other towns. For mornings and evenings, a jacket or heavy woolen sweater (you can find beautiful ones in reasonable price in Kathmandu) will be essential. For months from June to August, it is recommended that you bring an umbrella or raincoat and a pair of sandals with you as these months are the rainy months of Nepal. Expect lot of walking even if you don’t plan to trek. So it’s recommended that you bring comfortable footwear: sneakers and sandals are the best
If you intend to go for trekking, a pair of hiking boots will be great. Bring plenty of woolen socks too. Specialized trekking gear is easily available and can be rented in fairly inexpensive charge in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Besides hiking and trekking in Nepal, what other things can I do and see in Nepal?
One can do lot of things besides hiking and trekking in Nepal.Nepal is a land of festivals. Almost everyday is day of festival in at least some parts of the country. Though most of them are of religious nature, they are almost always of joyous. You should not miss out on them. Kathmandu Valley, with its rich Newar heritage is the most colorful place in the country. But other parts of the country also have their own fanfare.
Cultural Shows in Kathmandu and Pokhara also provide you with some entertainment, though they are far from being the real thing. Check out the posters in various restaurants and other public places in the tourist quarters of Kathmandu and Pokhara to find out what is going on.
I love wild life, what do you say?
Nepal is a paradise for wild life. And, you are at the right country to explore its diverse wild life and exotic birds. We have many National Parks and Wild life reserves. Some of the famous Wild life reserves and National Parks are Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, Royal Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park. Check out with the travel agent man for more information on National Parks of Nepal.
How safe is Nepal?
Nepal is one of the safest places in the world. Violent crimes are very rare. Keep your money and other valuables in a money belt or pouch strapped around your waist. Lock your bags and luggage. Also can keep such a things in hotel’s locker.
I want to go on a trek. When and where can I do so?
There are numerous treks you can try when you are in Nepal depending on the time of the year, amount of time and money you have to spend, and the amount of experience you’ve had. For limited time and money, the best trekking routes would be the Langtang-Helambu trek just north of Kathmandu, and parts of the Annapurna region trek north of Pokhara. If you have more time, a trek in the Everest region or the full Annapurna circuit can be rewarding. A more difficult trek is the Kanchanjunga area trek in the far-eastern Nepal. A good trekking book is recommended if you want more details on treks. Check out Pilgrims Book House for more details.
What dietary expectations should I have during my trip to Nepal?
The staple food of Nepalese people is “daal, bhaat,tarkari” (lentil soup, curried vegetables with rice). Tarkari or curried vegetables can be bit spicy, hot and oily to people who are not used to eating spicy, hot and oily food. To avoid any stomach problems or diarrhoea in Nepal, I would suggest any foreigners to stick with their normal spiceless food. Daal and Bhaat are not spicy, so go ahead and taste them. Tourist standard hotel and restaurant serve higenic foods so do not worry on it.
I’ve heard a lot about Tibet, and I’ve made my mind to go there after I finish touring Nepal.
An excellent idea. Kathmandu was once the center of the ancient trade route connecting Tibet to India. Thus Kathmandu is the natural gateway to Tibet and is the perfect place to start your journey to the ancient land.
Almost all the good travel agencies have some sort of package tour that would take you there. You can either fly to Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, or take the motorable road that takes you along the magnificient Nepalese countryside.
What about India? I’ve heard its a great land.
Again, because of “very friendly” relationship between Nepal and India, going to India from Nepal involves almost no hassle. Of course there are the usual travel precautions to be taken, but it is really very easy. Various airlines fly almost everyday from Kathmandu to various Indian cities like Bombay, Delhi, Kolkata , Varanashi . If you are taking a flight to visit India from Nepal, it’s best to book your ticket well in advance as some of these flights can already be booked. And if you’re more an adventurous type, you could try going by road. Nepal is bordered by India in the east, west as well as the south but we have only six entry points along the border. Before you take the overland journey, be well prepared to face the long and time consuming stress-full journey as sometimes these journeys can be a bit too much for those not used to travelling by buses and trains in South Asian Countries.
When is the best time to visit Tibet?
The best time to visit Tibet is from early May to late October. Because first of all the Tibet weather would be not harsh, and secondly it is best time to visit Mt. Everest Base Camp/Kailash Mansarovar (if you have plan to get there).
What’s the weather like in Tibet?
Lhasa – Shigatse – Lhatse – Tingri – Nylam: Along the Friendship highway is basically in good conditions year around. But from December to February, the thawed road could make some trouble. Try to avoid August – landslide could happen in the rainy season.
Mt.Everest Area: Early May and early October are the best time to visitMt. Everest. Due to the clear weather, you have great chance to seeMt. Everest’s true face (if you are lucky). From December to February, you’d better not to go to this area because it is too cold – except you are real Great Adventure People.
Ali (Mt.Kailash): Even without climate restrictions, this area is already inhospitable. Big rain and snow could make the journey worse. However, for those determined tourists, the appropriate time is May, June, July, September and October.
Eastern Tibet: Don’t go to this area in July or August (the rainy season) because the rain could ruin the road, and make terrible landslides. In winter, the road could be frozen.
Northern Tibet: With the average altitude of 4,500m, this area offers very limited time for tourists. Summer (July to August) is the prime time to enjoy the great plain in northern Tibet.
Foreign visitors can obtain individual or group visas from Chinese embassies and consulates, usually within a day or two. Most tourists are included in group visas, not inserted into passports. For individual travelers, single-entry visas are valid for entry within three months. For business people and other regular visitors there are multiple-entry visas good for six months at a time. Each visa is valid for a stay of 30 or 60 days, and can be extended while in China. Remember if you enter Tibet from Nepal China visa taken in your home country does not work. In this case we (Pigeon Travels-Nepal) arrange Tibet group tourist visa ourselves. Visitors should be sure to carry their passports while in China as they are needed to check into hotels, make plane or train reservations, exchange money or establish the holder’s identity. Loss of a passport should be reported immediately to the holder’s embassy or consulate, and the Beijing Municipality Public Security Bureau.
Any trip which involves a change of climate and diet can lead to difficulty in physical adjustment. One should take along some usual medicines, such as those for colds, diarrhea and constipation, though they are available at drugstore. Those who take special medicine on a regular basis should be sure to carry an adequate supply with them. It is advisable to avoid unboiled water and raw or under-cooked meat. Medical treatment in China is usually very inexpensive.
Telephone, Telegram and Telex:
Direct phones are very common in China. Usually you can easily call from your room in a hotel, or go to a public telephone booth by street. In some large cities, You can now buy IP phone cards which can save you a lot of the usual fee. Large hotels, post offices and telecommunication centers provide telegram and telex services.
Water & Electricity:
Electricity supply is 220 volts, 50 cycles throughout China. Plugs at hotel are normally two-pin flat (5 amp).
Tap water at most hotels are not drinkable. Drink only bottled or boiled water. Tea is often provided free in hotel.
China is one of the few countries where tipping is not practised. In most places, it is not necessary to tip and nobody will ask for it. However, if you do want to tip, it is customary to do it before the service is rendered.
At present the Bank of China accepts Master, American Express, Dynasty, Visa, JCB, and Diners Club cards. Travellers may use these cards to draw cash over the exchange counters in China’s banks, make purchases or pay bills at large department stores, restaurants and hotels in more than 100 major cities in China. A surcharge of 2% is always charged for card transactions.
Is it easy to find an ATM in Tibet?
You won’t have any problems finding an ATM in Lhasa and Shigatse, although you probably won’t be able to find one in remote areas or the smaller towns. However, this situation is changing, and ATMs are gradually spreading out across the land.
In China, both Putonghua and English are the languages of business. So, if the foreign tourists travel to China for business purpose, they can usually communicate with the chinese merchants in simple English. However, Putonghua is an official language of China. Most of the Chinese merely speak Putonghua with the outsiders. So, if the foreign tourists want to visit China but cannot speak Putonghua, they will find inconvenient on their tours. Therefore, it is essential and useful for the foreign tourists to learn some simple Putonghua when they decide to visit China.
All visitors must fill out customs declaration forms to present on arrival. The copy should be kept, to hand in on departure. Reasonable amounts of currency (including RMB) can be brought in, along with alcohol and cigarettes for personal use, cameras, radios, computers and tape-recorders.
Certain valuable items, such as video cameras, office machines, computers and gold declared on the form must be brought out of China or else import duty will be charged on them.
Prohibited imports include arms, ammunition and explosives; printed matter, film or tapes detrimental to China; dangerous or narcotic drugs; infected animals, plants or foodstuffs. It is also forbidden to take out any of these items, or endangered species of animals or plants and antiques without export permits.
RMB (Renminbi) is the sole legitimate currency of the People’s Republic of China. The basic unit of RMB is yuan, (pronounced in local dialest as kuai), which is divided into 10 jiao (pronounced as mao), which is again divided into 10 fen.
RMB paper notes include 1, 2, 5, 10, 50 and 100 yuan, and the smaller 1, 2 and 5 mao. There are also 1,2, 5 yuan, 1, 2, 5 mao and 1, 2, 5 fen coins.
Bureaux de change sponsored by the Bank of China are set up at Beijing International Airport, hotels and tourist stores. The exchange rate fluctuates with international market conditions. You should keep the form you fill in when changing money, because you will need to show it when you change RMB back into foreign currency.
Most bureaux de change open seven days a week from 9:00 to 17:00.
What are the hotels like in Tibet?
Tourism is Tibet is in its infancy and the number of 4 Star hotels is quite limited. The newer hotels have been built away from the city center in order to protect the city history and environment. These hotels have central heating which is used in winter but no cooling is available in summer. We would still warn that the facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel with this rating in other parts of the world. Older hotels located in the city have a good location but will not provide the level of comfort of the newer hotels and may not have any central heating. The level of service and facilities may be quite basic. Staff will probably not speak much English. Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base camp are very basic. They will usually have a public bathroom with squat toilet.
What are the hotel rooms like in hotels in Tibet?
Often, in a room, there are two beds which we call twin-sharing room. Some hotels have queen bed room and some even have triple room. But the number of queen bed room and triple is very limited. Twin-sharing room with two beds inside is commonly used in Tibet.
Does the hotel room have access to internet?
Some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa have access to internet, so you should inquiry your travel advisor for accurate information before making decision. But some hotel has business center where you can use internet service.
Is there 24-hour hot water running?
Due to basic condition in Tibet, sometimes with the poor pressure, the water flow may small and water sometime is not hot but just warm. In remote area, the condition can be even worse.
What can I eat in Tibet?
In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, western food, Nepali food and Tibetan food as well. But in remote towns and areas, choice is limited, Chinese food or Sichuan cuisine is the best choice.
Do you offer join-in tour or can I join a group?
We operate private tours in Mainland China & in Tibet. But for Tibet Overland tour, we accept individuals to join in our weekly fixed departure tours. It is 7 Night 8 Days drive in / fly out budget tours.
Postal services are usually provided at hotel desks. Large hotels have mail boxes and sell stamps for letters, post cards and parcels. Post offices, with eye-catching green emblesms, are usually found on main streets, at railway stations, the airport and major scenic spots. They are open seven days a week from 9:00 to 15:00.
A letter costs 0.8yuan within China. Letter mailed through mail-boxes with yellow caps are delivered faster than ordinary services although no extra postage is needed. Stamps in China don’t come ready pasted so you need to glue them onto the envelopes.
There are hundreds of surnames in China; Zhang, Wang, Li, Zhao and Liu are the most popular. Most Chinese names have three characters, the first being the family name and the last two given names. Occasionally, one may run into four-character names, and you can be sure that the first two characters are the family name. Women keep their own family names after marriage.
Radio and TV:
All large hotels in China receive many television channels, including some popular international channels. China Central Television (CCTV) currently has 10 channels, broadcasting over 160 hours of programs daily. CCTV-4, 2, 9 and 10 show some English programs every day. CCTV-4 has a 30-minute English language news program at 23:00 every night.
China Radio International broadcasts to the world round-the-clock in 39 foreign languages and four Chinese dialects. Easy FM on 91.5 offers 12 hours of English broadcasting and Western music. This station is also a good source of information on what is happening in Beijing. Five minutes of international and domestic news is broadcast every hour on the hour.
Five working days in a week is the official government regulation. Working hours are 8 hours a day, normally from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with one hour break for lunch. All the government offices, institutions, schools,hospitals and other units do not work on Saturdays and Sundays, except some factories whose “weekends” may be within the week to avoid the electricity high peak. The emergency clinic is open when the hospital is closed. Shops are open everyday, normally from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Climate and Clothing:
China’s climate ranges from year-round tropical heat in Hainan to Siberian conditions in the far north and classic desert weather in the far west. Clothing is usually dictated by the weather. In winter it’s a good idea to wear layers of garments – thermal or silk underwear with a sweater and padded jacket – so as to be able to strip down when necessary. Padded jackets and wool-lined boots, in all sizes and styles, are among China’s best buys.
In the warm weather clothing should be casual and designed for comfort, without being too revealing. Slacks are still the norm for women in China, and are recommended for strenuous sightseeing.
The Chinese are generally conservative in their dress, favoring dark colors. In recent years, the Western coat and tie have become popular.
What do you suggest we bring with us if we travel to Tibet?
For the clothing, we suggest casual attire style and layered clothing. In day time you may need only a T-shirt or at most a jacket, but at night you may need a coat. Down coat is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, the Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash. Sun glasses, sun blocking cream, moisture scream are very necessary to be in your packing list.
In China there are 11 days of national public holiday throughout the year, and they are:
The New Year’s Day– 2 days;
The Spring Festival (also known as Chinese Lunar New Year, usually due in late January or early and mid-February)– 3 days;
The May 1st Labor Day– 3 days;
The October 1st National Day– 3 days.
It is customary for people to “borrow” weekends to make the three-day holiday into a week-long holiday.
Governments of all levels and companies in China follow the five-day week system.
The following items may be imported into China by passengers staying less than six months without incurring customs duty: 400 cigarettes (600 cigarettes for stays of over 6 months); 2 litres of alcoholic beverages (4 bottles of alcoholic beverages for stays of over 6 months); a reasonable amount of perfume for personal use.
Prohibited items: Arms, ammunition, pornography (photographs in mainstream Western magazines may be regarded as pornographic), radio transmitters/receivers, exposed but undeveloped film, fruit and certain vegetables, political and religious pamphlets (a moderate quantity of religious material for personal use is acceptable). Any printed matter directed against the public order and the morality of China.
Note: Customs officials may seize audio and videotapes, books, records and CDs to check for pornographic, political or religious material. Baggage declaration forms must be completed upon arrival noting all valuables (such as cameras, watches and jewellery), a copy of which must be presented to customs upon leaving the country for checking. Receipts for items such as jewellery, jade, handicrafts, paintings, calligraphy or other similar items should be kept in order to obtain an export certificate from the authorities on leaving. Without this documentation such items cannot be taken out of the country.
Allowance for carry-on luggage and checked luggage will vary with the class of your airline ticket, the dimensions of the bag, and individual airline policies. Usually, for domestic China and Intra-asia flights, you are allowed to check one piece of luggage. The limitation is 20 Kilograms (44 pounds) total. A fee may be imposed for excess weight. Passengers traveling together can have their luggage allowances calculated together on a per-person basis. There is no free luggage allowance for holders of infant tickets. Passengers may apply for insurance coverage above the minimum value for checked luggage. On domestic trains there are no luggage restrictions, but few porters are available to help with luggage. Travelers who are not part of an organized tour will be responsible for carrying their own bags.
Sport & Activities:
• Cycling: An estimated 300 million Chinese people use the bicycle as a means of transport and, not suprisingly, bicycle hire shops can be found everywhere, even in smaller towns. Visitors should note that car traffic has been increasing in China. Major roads outside cities also tend to be busy.
• Hiking and Trekking: China’s main natural attractions are its scenic mountains, waterfalls, caverns and great rivers and lakes. No permit is required for hiking, although a trekking permit is compulsory (and fairly expensive) for visiting more remote areas. For details of the necessary practicalities for individual hiking or trekking and for a list of specialised tour operators, contact the China National Tourist Office. The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (also known as the ‘roof of the world’) is one of the world’s most famous mountaineering destinations. Some of the world’s highest mountains define the southern border of Tibet, including Mount Everest (8848m/29,021ft), Namcha Barwa (7756m/25,445ft), around which the Brahmaputra River carves a fantastic gorge to enter India, and Gurla Mandhata (7728m/25,355ft). Among the 14 peaks on earth above 8,000 metres, five are located in Tibet. The Tibetan approach to Mount Everest provides far better views than the Nepal side. Some 27,000 sq km around Everest’s Tibetan face have been designated as the Qoomolangma Nature Reserve. For foreign travellers, the Everest Base Camp has become the most popular trekking destination in Tibet. The two access points are Shegar and Tingri, along the Friendship Highway to Nepal, but visitors should note that these treks are very demanding and that the altitude requires some acclimatisation. Four-wheel-drive vehicles can also take visitors all the way to base camp along the Shegar track.
China has a low crime rate, comparing with a lot of other countries; however crime has increased in the past few years, principally in the major cities. Foreigners have seldom been victims of violent crime. It is still wise to be cautious with your personal possession in public place. There are pickpockets active in crowded areas such as stations, markets, shopping areas, etc. Do not show off your money in public. Use your safe in the hotel room and don’t bring too much cash with you when you don’t need it. If there is any problem, report to the hotel or police immediately.
1.Why is there a fixed cost to travel to Bhutan? And why is the tariff relatively more expensive than the other neighboring countries?
All the tourists visiting Bhutan should come through package inclusive tours. The tariff you pay is not just a fee for entering Bhutan. The tariff covers the cost of 35% of royalty and taxes to the government, hotels, inland transportation, services of guide, meals (breakfast+lunch+dinner), and entrance fees to temple and monuments. For trekkers, it covers the cost of riding ponies and pack animals such as yaks/horses, knowledgeable guides, camping equipment, meals, cooks and transportation. Also the volume of tourists visiting Bhutan is regulated to a manageable level because of the constraints of the tourism infrastructure.
2. Could you explain what the royalty and taxes to the government are used for?
The Royal Government of Bhutan uses the royalty and taxes for the socio-economic development of the country, sustainability of public services such as free education and heath care services, rendering employment opportunities for the youth as guides, cooks and transport operators, and the development of other service sectors such as hotels, restaurants, transportations and communications. Tourism has also contributed significantly to rural incomes through earnings from tourist transport and portage. Thus, the royalty and taxes collected from tourism have largely benefited the people of Bhutan by improving their quality of life.
3. How do I book the package tour to Bhutan?
If the tour itinerary given in the website suits you, you can send booking by e-mail or call . Also if you want to customize your trip, we can start the dialogue and together we can develop an itinerary that really suit your utmost interests and travel dates. To help you in customizing the trip, decide the duration that you wish to spend in Bhutan, destinations and check the Druk Air flight/Buddha Air schedules to make your entry and departure dates. The duration of stay in Bhutan will determine your package costs.
4. How can I obtain a visa to travel to Bhutan? Is there any country or embassy that issues visas on behalf of Bhutan?
Until now tour operator like us are arranging visa approval letter before you arrive Bhutan. And upon showing this letter, you will get visa stamp on your passport at Paro airport or any from any entry point. For this we need passport and picture copy well in advance. The visas can be extended, if required, upon the additional payment.
5. When is the best season to travel to Bhutan?
The best season to visit Bhutan is from March to May and September to November. However, some tourists prefer to visit Bhutan in the lean season too because there are abundant choices in terms of accommodation and flight bookings can be done very easily.
6. Do we need to cover travel insurance?
Yes, we advise you to get your insurance cover from your respective country.
7. What kind of hotels do you use?
We use the A class ( 3 star standard) best available hotels in each tourist destination, which are approved by the Royal Government of Bhutan for the tourist. Luxury hotel also available in some city in additional price.
8. What kind of tour guide do you use for the trip?
We use knowledgeable, experienced and English speaking guides. French, German and Japanese speaking guides can also be arranged for a group of three or more persons upon the additional fees.
9. What kind of transport vehicles are used for the trips?
We use Toyota car for 1-2 persons, Hiace bus for a group of 3- 7 persons and Deluxe Coaster bus for group 8 – 20 persons. All these vehicles are periodically checked and maintained, and will be at your disposal at all times, with the drivers.
10. Is it possible to travel as an individual with a guide?
Yes, individual traveler can also be arranged but there is a government surcharge of US$ 40 per night halt for the individual traveler and US$30 per night halt for the group of two persons. The surcharge is not applicable for a group of three or more persons. And single suppliment cost is Usd 35 per night.
1.Best Time To visit
North : Delhi, Agra, Khajurao, Varanasi, Lumbini, Rajasthan etc. — Early October to mid April.
Hilly areas (Kangra, Dharamshala) – March to mid December
Ladhak, Zanskar, Lahul & Spiti Valley – Mid June to October.
South : Kerala – Mid November to March. Rejunivation Season — Mid May to August
Karnataka – Early October to mid April
West : Goa / Bombay – November to March
East : Sikkim & Darjeeling -End February to early May; mid September – end November
India is as safe as any other foreign location you visit for the first time. If you adhere to the following suggestions you will have a safer and more enjoyable visit to India :
– On your point of entry to the country – have somebody meet you and escort you to your hotel/home.
– Ensure, at least for the first leg that you have your accommodation booked in advance.
– Since Indians have greater immunity than most Westerners – drink only Mineral water, avoid raw salads, eat cooked food and avoid road-side exposed food.
– Be sensitive to Indian culture and dress appropriately while travelling within the country. Avoid taking cabs off the road during late nights.
3.Are we contactable on a 24 hour basis?
Yes, we will be, during your entire trip to India. Upon your arrival you are met by our representative at the airport. A mobile number and name of an executive will be provided for after office hours. Unless otherwise indicated, there is a briefing session on the first day of your stay.
4.Domestic Air Travel
Popular sectors go full during peak season or when limited flights operate between two cities (example: Jaipur- Jodhpur or Jodhpur-Udaipur etc.) If travelling in a group, it is best to book 6-3 months in advance.
5. Domestic Rail Travel:
– Tickets have to be purchased while making a reservation. Reservations are possible only 30 days prior to the travel date.
– For superior trains such as ‘Rajdhani’ / ‘Shatabdi’ (super fast trains) the bookings open 60 days prior to the travel date.
– Three days prior to travel you can cancel and you forgo a small reservation fee. You pay 50% if you cancel 24hrs in advance and the full amount after that.
6 What If I do not like any of the tours listed on the site? Can Magic Himalaya treks and expeditions (p) Ltd Make a Tailor made tour for me?
If you do not like the mentioned tour packages, we suggest you send us a mail giving your requirements like the date of travel, which category of hotels you are looking for to suit your budget, how many members are supposed to travel along with you, the name of cities or destinations like North India, South India etc. As soon as we have these details from your end, we will design a tour especially for you and get back immediately. These details serve as an outline for us to make a tailor-made tour for you.
7. Is the information I give on the net safe?
Any correspondence exchanged between you and Magic Himalaya treks and expeditions (p) Ltd will be kept confidential and not out-sourced to any third party under any circumstances. Your profile (name, Email ID, address, Telephone number) will be used only to communicate with you in regards to the services you are buying or availing. At no time will this profile be misused.
8. What Immunizations do I need before visiting India?
Check with your doctor – recommended vaccinations for travel to India include Hepatitis A/B, Typhoid & Yellow fever.
9. How to experience India at it’s best?
While planning your trip, ask us to combine your trip during an Indian Festival which will make your trip a great experience. On our website you find the details of the Indian festivals taking place.
10. Are there any restrictions for the Photography in India?
Photography is a great fun in India, as you will have enough sunlight most of the time. We suggest you to bring enough films with you though most of the films of international brands are also available in India. In some of the monuments one has to pay fee for the photography. Our guide will suggest you where it is worth to photograph and where not. At some of the locations photography is not allowed. Do not photograph these objects otherwise your film can be confiscated.
11. What are the major tourist destinations of India?
It is difficult to say, which tourist destination is the most popular in India. Every important tourist destination in India gives the tourists something different to look for. Still there are some destinations in India that are undoubtedly more popular than the others. We are providing you with the TEN most popular tourist destinations in India, but there are many more that may be equally popular among certain segments of tourists…
4. Mumbai – Goa
6. Rajasthan (Jaipur- Jodhpur –Udaipur Etc)
9. Leh – Ladakh
10. Hill stations (Himachal Pradesh / Uttranchal / Sikkim/Darjeeling
12 What about the climate of India? When can I visit India?
India has a tropical climate.
Summers, April to July, are quite hot in the northern India.
Monsoon, last week of June to August, brings with it a lot of rain mainly in most parts of the country.
Winters, third week of September to end of February is quite cold in entire Northern India, but mild in the Southern Peninsula.
13. What major cultural considerations should I take care of while traveling to India?
India has a very traditional and religious society. Its cultures and customs are very different from the western cultural ideas. We ask you as a guest in this incredible country, request you to respond to these customs with sensitivity and Respect.
When entering temples, mosques and places of religious worship, please remove your shoes. Many Hindu temples are not open to non-Hindus, always ask permission before entering.