Frequently Asked Question's

Why India as a tourist destination?

India is simply Incredible, where culture echoes, tradition speaks, beauty enthrals and diversity delights. Bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by an endless stretch of golden beaches, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites and royal cities, misty mountain retreats, colourful people, rich cultures and festivities.The timeless mystery and beauty of India has been waiting for you for 5000 years, always warm and inviting, a place of infinite variety - one that favours you with different facets of its fascination every time you visit India.

How is the climate of India ? Or What is the best time to visit  India?

India has such a wide range of climatic factors that it's impossible to pin down the best time to visit weather-wise with any certainty as climatic conditions in the far north are distinctly different to those of the extreme south. Most of India has three seasons:
Cool Season - October to March
Hot season - April to June.
Rainy / Monsoon - Mid June to September.
October to March tend to be the most pleasant months for most of the parts of the country.  
The mountainous areas in North India usually have snowfall between November and March. Kashmir & Ladakh in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and the Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur in the state of Himachal Pradesh are at their most accessible between May and October.
The best time to visit Sikkim and the areas of north-eastern India is March and August.
The best time to visit deserts of Rajasthan and the north-western Indian Himalayan region is during the monsoon.

What is the dress culture in India?

India is a culturally sensitive country. Dress standards vary according to the region you visit. Conservative dressing receives the most respect. Anything below knee-length is fine. Although, at hilly regions, warmer and covered clothing are usually required throughout the year.

What kind of cuisine is available in India?

India is a great food-loving country. There is more to eat than just an Indian curry. A wide array of Indian, Tibetan, Italian, Chinese, American, Thai and an assortment of other foods are available throughout tourist destinations in India. When traveling to high altitude regions, it is necessary to have a good & nutritious food. Plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated is also very essential. It . Beef is strictly prohibited at all Hindu religious destinations.

What kind of inter-cities travel options are available?

All cities are well-connected by Rail, Road and Air transport system.

What are the visa requirements for traveling to India?

A valid visa obtained from an Indian embassy or consulate worldwide is required before you enter India. All foreign nationals are also required to register at their nearest consulate or Foreigners Regional Registration Office. However, it is mandatory to submit registration certificate back at the time of your departure from India. Yellow fever certificate is mandatory for travellers from South America or Yellow-fever pandemic regions.

What is the currency of India?

The units of Indian currency are the Rupee and Paisa (100 Paisa equal 1 Rupee). Paper money is in denominations of Rupees 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Coins are in denominations of Rupees 1, 2 and 5. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers’ checks that can be brought by a tourist to India. However a Declaration form is filled (only for the amount which is more than USD 10,000) on the arrival at the Indian airport. By filling up this form you can also get your money exchanged back in the original currency without any problem. Any kind of money exchange should be done only through authorized money- changers. You may ask our guides and they will tell you the right center or place to get the money exchanged. Please note that no Indian currency can be imported or exported, except for Rupee travelers checks. There are 24- hour exchange facilities available at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai international airports.

Are credit cards acceptable in India?

Most international brands like American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa Cards are well-accepted. But it is always advisable to carry some local currency in hand when traveling to hilly regions.

What is the voltage supply and the kind of sockets used in India?

In India, 220 volt, 50Hz is the normal electric supply. The sockets are round & are 2/3 pin variety.

What are the health risks when travelling in India?

It is not advisable to eat from road-side, and/or footpath shops, as the risk for carrying Gastroenteritis, typhoid, cholera or jaundice are high due to unhygienic water or food. Quality of drinking water may not be a problem at hilly areas. Although, many international brands are available.

Is alcohol available in India?

Many international brands are easily available in metros. You can always get a brand of your choice in India. Carrying alcohol into India is limited up to 300 ml by law. Mostly hill stations are culturally sensitive spots so, alcohol is strictly prohibited and not available.

Is smoking permitted in India?

Smoking is strictly prohibited at public places all over India, and is now a punishable offence.

How is the night-life in India?

India has an active night-life, but most frequently in larger metros like New Delhi,Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkatta etc. Besides metros Goa & Kerala has good night-life, It is difficult of find an active night-life at hill stations, although they are slowly growing in number.

I do not know Hindi. What should I do when I travel to India?

The official language of India is Hindi. English is widely spoken in India. It is advisable to carry a Hindi-English dictionary, & to learn some of the common words used in daily Indian extravaganzas.

15. How can I please my shopping senses in India?

India is a perfect shopping destination. India fulfills all your shopping senses, be it Metal Craft, Gold & Silverware, Brass & Copperware, Pottery & Stone Craft, Wood Craft, Precious & Semi Precious Stones, Paintings, Textiles, Hand-made Furniture, Floor Coverings etc.
If I do not want the tour as mentioned in the website how do I make my own tour ?

In the case You will to inform us the places you want to visit and some other factors like duration, number of people traveling together and choice of hotels you prefer. After having these details from your end we will plan a tour for you and contact you very next day with all the details.
17. I am visiting India for the first time how should I prepare myself ?

For the general information please visit our website link You may put up your questions to us regarding any matter if you do not find the answers on our website. Apart from that we suggest you to do some background reading before visiting India, so that your visit becomes a great experience, you may ask us to provide you a tourist Guide in the language of your choice who will accompany you during your tour to India and take care of every thing related to your tour.
How to experience India at it's best ?

We suggest you to consider rural India 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 dates of the Indian festivals taking place and which journey can be combined to them. For any further query on festivals visit our information on Festivals . At each city you visit our guides will tell you about the cultural activities taking place that might be interesting.
Can I buy an Air Ticket through you also ?

Yes, you can but to be fair we advice you to book your air ticket in your country as air tickets are normally expensive if booked in India to be sent to your country. However even it Air tickets are cheaper here and you happen to change you schedule in that case it is better to have to tickets issued at the port of departure After having booked your Air tickets you can inform us the arrival time and the flight Nr. to enable us to pick you up from the airport to start with the tour.
Can I book the hotels only with you and not the complete tour ?

Yes, Indian Discovery is having special rates with many hotels all over the Indian Subcontinent. We are sure that we will be able to offer you the hotels for your budget in the destination wanted by you. As for as hotels are concerned we have hotels of every standard in India. You will find some of the world class hotels in India. Do inform us what kind of hotels you are looking for. We also make arrangements for big conferences and incentive spa and Ayurveda Packages.
How do I get medication in India in case of necessity ?

It is advised that you bring your own medicines. Most of the medications in India are available but you may not find it under the same brand name as in your own country. If necessarily of consulting a doctor be assure that we will assist you in this matter. Private hospitals with high standard and qualified doctors are available in India.
Do people understand English and other foreign languages ?

English is widely spoken and understood at almost all tourist centers. But we highly recommend you to take qualified and government recognized guides during your sightseeing in India. We are associated with Guides in India who also speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Russian. Tour guides will help you not only in your sightseeing, but also help you understand India better and give you useful tips for your Journey to India !
How can I come in contact with local people during our travel in India ?

Indians are hospitable and friendly people, Do not consider starring at you as unfriendly. Most of the Indian have not been abroad and therefore foreigners are for them a subject of curiosity. Most of the people you talk to you will find friendly. Follow the golden rule in India (especially for Women, when traveling in India): Always speak to the people you feel like taking too. Avoid people who are too eager to help you or want you to buy something from them. If you want to enrich your visit to India by visiting an Indian Family or want to stay in an Indian Family, ask us. We will be happy to make these arrangements for you.
What is advisable to eat and drink in India ?

We advice our guest to drink bottled water, bottled drinks. Coffee Tea should be taken hot. As hotels have their own water filter functions the water in the hotels can be used for cleaning the tooth and body but avoid drinking this water. Avoid eating spicy at least at the start of your journey to India. If you are traveling without a guide in India you may ask the waiter not to put any chilies to the ordered dish. It is suggested to stick to only cooked foods and to eat fresh fruits after removing their skin. After taking the above precautions you will realize that India has a wonderful cuisine and rarely any other place meet the verities of the vegetable as in India.
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.
Shopping in India ?

India is a shoppers paradise. Shopping is recommended from Government Emporiums. We can forward you the details for that. Most of the large stores will ship your purchases for you, though, for convenience and to avoid postal delays, it is advisable to carry your shopping with you or to book it as baggage. If you have any specific items you want you many contact us we will provide you the needed information.
27. Can I pay in Euro , US $ or through credit cards in India ?

All the major currencies including Euro and US $ are accepted in India. Also all the major credit cares (Visa, Masters and American Express) are accepted in the Indian subcontinent.

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