India is a large, triangular-shaped country in southern Asia, buttressed by
the long sweep of the Himalayas in the north and protruding into the Indian
Ocean in the south. Pakistan borders it on the northwest, China, Nepal and
Bhutan to the north, and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. Sri Lanka is
the teardrop-shaped island hanging off its southern tip. India covers a land
area of some 3,287,000 sq. km (1,281,930sq mi.).
It is the seventh largest country in the world. Northern India contains the
snow-bound peaks and deep valleys of the Himalayas and the vast Gangetic
Plain, which separates the Himalayan region from the southern peninsula and
stretches from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal. South of the plains,
the land rises up into a triangular-shaped plateau known as the Deccan. The
plateau is bordered by the Eastern and Western ghats, ranges of hills which
run parallel to India's eastern and western coasts and separate the fertile
coastal strips from the interior.
Climate varies greatly, from the arid deserts of Rajasthan to the cool
highlands of Assam, allegedly the wettest place on earth. But basically
India has a three-season year - the hot, the wet and the cool. The heat
starts to build up on the northern plains around April and cools off by
September. The monsoon rains begin around June and end August. India's
northern cities start getting cool by October and become crisp at night in
December. In the far south, it never gets very cold, the temperatures are
comfortably warm rather than hot.
Time Zone -: India is 5 hrs 30 minutes ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
in the winter months India is 4 hrs 30 minutes ahead of GMT.
We urge you to read the health requirements and/or recommendations given
here carefully and to discuss health precautions for your exact travel
itinerary with a qualified health professional at least six (6) weeks before
No vaccinations are currently required for entry into either India or Nepal
when arrival is directly from North America or an Asian or European country.
However, please read the following information on the conditional
requirement for yellow fever vaccination.
Immunization against polio, tetanus and typhoid is recommended. Visitors
arriving from yellow fever area require valid vaccination certificates.
Malaria is endemic in certain parts of India; consult a doctor for
anti-malaria prescription. Additionally carry any anti-mosquito cream or
lotion for local application. Modern hospitals exist in all major cites of
India but visitors are advised to travel with sufficient quantities of
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
Each traveler must be in possession of a valid, signed passport that will
remain valid for six (6) months beyond the completion of his/her trip.
Visas : All foreign nationals require visas for India.
NOTE: You must obtain a MULTIPLE-ENTRY visa for India if you are
entering the country more than once on your itinerary.
If entering India more than once during a tour a double or multiple entry
visas must be obtained. Indian visas cannot be issued on arrival
. Nepal All foreign national require visas for Nepal.
Citizens of countries other than the United States should check with their
booking agents for requirements pertaining to their citizenship, as entry
requirements can vary.
In compliance with current requirements, passenger names on airline
reservations must exactly match the names on their passports. To ensure
accuracy, a copy of the informational pages of your passport if your travel
itinerary includes air flights booked through our office. (This includes "internal"
flights.) Passport copies can be mailed in or faxed to us at 91-11-6461911.
It is imperative that every traveler arrive on tour with the proper
documentation. While HOLIDAYS TO TREASURE will advise you of our most
current information concerning passports, visas, and other entry
requirements, please be aware that it is the traveler's responsibility to
obtain all documents that are necessary for admittance to the countries
visited on his/her itinerary.
ARRIVAL AND CUSTOMS INFORMATION
Please be advised that regulations at most points of international arrival
do not permit passengers to be met inside secured passenger areas (such as
the Customs area). In addition, airports in India are occasionally put on
short-notice, high-security alerts; and, at these times, passengers can only
be met outside of the airport building. If a HOLIDAYS TO TREASURE
representative is scheduled to meet you on arrival, you will be met
immediately after you have passed through the airport's secured passenger
On arrival in India, you will be required to complete a Currency
Declaration Form (see section on CURRENCY).
Airport departure tax applies at different levels for neighboring countries
and these may or may not be included in the cost of your air ticket.This can
be rechecked before departure from your ticketing/travel agent. However,
currently for neighboring countries it is Rs. 150 and for international
departures it is Rs. 500. For domestic flights, there are only check-in and
security formalities. At certain points, you may be asked to personally
identify your baggage before boarding the aircraft. Please be advised that
airport departure taxes are subject to change without notice.
RECONFIRMATION OF FLIGHTS
When you arrive in India, your airline tickets will be collected by your
HOLIDAYS TO TREASURE representative so that departure flights can be
reconfirmed. Flight reconfirmation is essential in India, and failure to do
so is likely to result in cancelled reservations.
Electricity 220 AC. Socket sizes vary widely: take a universal adaptor.
Popular languages are Hindi and English, plus 15 main languages and over
700 dialects are spoken in India.
If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission
beforehand. Your driver / guide will assist you in this and will possibly
help you agree on a modeling fee. Do not take photographs of any official
buildings, such as military installations, airports, railway stations,
boarder posts or roadblocks. It is advisable to carry your camera in
dust-proof bags especially in the dry season. Film rolls are available in
most hotels and lodges but it is advisable to stock up in major cities.
There are several different sets of baggage allowance regulations in effect
for international and regional flights. Baggage allowances can vary
depending on which airline(s), class of service, and routing is used.
Despite the information given here, you are urged to check with your booking
agent for the exact baggage regulations pertaining to your specific
Please be advised that baggage limits are adhered to very strictly on both
international and domestic flights. Most domestic carriers have more
restrictive baggage limitations than international carriers. On domestic
flights, the baggage allowance is 30 kilograms (66 lbs.) per person for
those traveling in economy class and 40 kilograms (88 lbs.) per person for
those traveling in business class.
In case of a small plane being used for travel within India or Nepal, the
maximum baggage allowance varies between 15 to 20 kilograms (33 lbs.) per
Any baggage in excess of airline limitations may be subject to substantial
freight charges by the airline. These charges are the entire responsibility
of the traveler. (Please be advised that some domestic airlines
categorically refuse excess baggage. Also, payment of excess baggage charges
on domestic flights within India and Nepal may not guarantee that the
baggage is transported.) Every piece of checked baggage should be locked and
contain identification inside (as well as outside) stating your home address
and phone number. In addition, do not pack valuable items (such as your
camera and jewelry) in checked baggage. While every precaution will be taken
with your baggage, HOLIDAYS TO TREASURE cannot be held responsible for any
damaged, lost, or stolen baggage or personal property; and we strongly
recommend the purchase of adequate baggage insurance by each traveler.
Canned foods, knives, scissors, or other sharp objects that may be
considered potentially dangerous should not be packed in your hand luggage.
If you are carrying items of this nature, be sure that they are packed in
your checked baggage.
Many travelers view tipping as a difficult subject, though this need not be
the case. The first thing to remember is that tipping is not compulsory, nor
are there any fixed amounts. The bottom line in determining whether and how
much to tip is to ask yourself how much the individual did to make your
travel more enjoyable.
Trained English speaking guides are available at fixed charges at all
important tourist centres. French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and
Japanese speaking guides are available at most of the important cities.
Unapproved guides are not permitted to enter protected monuments and
tourists are, therefore, advised to ask for the services of guides who carry
a certificate issued by the Department of Tourism/Archaeological Survey of
EXPORT OF ANTIQUES
Antiquities, which include sculpture, painting or other works of art and
crafts, illustrative of science, art, crafts, religion of bygone ages and of
historical interest which have been in existence for not less than 100 years
may not be exported out of India.
Manuscripts or other documents of scientific, historical, literary or
aesthetic value in existence for not less than 75 years; art treasures, not
necessarily antiquities but having regard to the artistic and aesthetic
value cannot be exported out of India.
For further clarification on the antiquity of an artefact, the tourists can
contact the authorities and get information on the Acts and Rules governing
Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972.
The Indian Rupee (Rs), divided into 100 paise (p). There are no
restrictions on the amount visitors can bring into India. Travelers carrying
more than US$ 5000 in cash and US$ 10,000 in travelers cheque are
required to fill in a currency declaration form. Most hotels and large shops
accept credit cards but smaller properties and game lodges do not. Only
change money at official banks and hotels and keep your receipts, which is
required in the event of your changing the Indian currency to your own