Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need visas?
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Yes you should travel on a tourist visa to India. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations. We will provide all documentation required to facilitate your visa process.

Details regarding India visas is available at www.travisa.com. Please review the information on the Travisa website to determine your purpose for travel and the most appropriate visa category. You could also visit the Indian Consulate in your city for details.

What immunisations do I need?
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You should plan to check immunization requirements 4 -6 weeks before your scheduled travel dates. As immunization requirements vary from country to country please check details of immunizations required and recommended at http://www.mdtravelhealth.com

Wherever you’re going, it’s a good idea to make sure your immunisations are recorded on an official certificate – your doctor or travel health center will usually issue you with a record.

If you have a medical condition, you should also share your travel plans with any doctors you are currently seeing for other medical reasons.

If you are arriving in India from Sub-Saharan Africa or other yellow-fever areas, Indian health regulations require that you present evidence of vaccination against yellow fever. If you do not have such proof, you could be subjected to immediate deportation or a six-day detention in the yellow-fever quarantine center. If you transit through any part of sub-Saharan Africa, even for one day, you are advised to carry proof of yellow fever immunisation.

Do I need to take Travel Insurance?
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Yes you should be adequately insured before traveling to India. The policy should be comprehensive and should also definitely cover medical insurance. Your policy must cover costs of hospitalization and emergency travel if required. You will be required to keep a copy of the insurance policy with IAC and also provide an emergency contact number.

Where do I get more information about the tour?
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The overview of each travel module is available on the relevant trip pages of our website. For detailed day by day itineraries we suggest you mail us so that we can tailor the trip to your specific interests

What should I pack?
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On confirmation of your booking we will send you a list of trip specific recommended items to carry.

Do I need to take any medical supplies?
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Once you have decided the trip you wish to take, we will send you a suggested list of items you should carry. Personal medical items for common niggling ailments such as colds and coughs, diarrhea, blisters etc. are always a ‘must carry’. Travelers who take regular medication should take an appropriate supply. If you suffer from Asthma please ensure that you carry an adequate supply of your routine medicine.

How much luggage can I take?
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You should first take into account the airline baggage allowances, so please check directly with them regarding this.

Most hotels you will be staying in will have staff that helps with the baggage but do remember that the less you carry the better. Your travels in India will surely provide lots of opportunities to shop, so keep that in mind too!

Will I be able to do any laundry?
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Along the way there will usually be chances to do laundry, either through your hotel or local services. Your leader will be able to let you know once you are on the trip.

It is a good idea to carry some washing detergent to wash necessities when on the move.

Do I need a sleeping bag?
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We will let you know prior to your travel based on the trip requirements.

How fit do I need to be?
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Our trips have been designed to make India fun and easy to visit while keeping the adventure element exciting. Traveling in India means there will be dust and traffic, lots of people and unusual circumstances which will be easy to deal with if you are reasonably fit.

The trekking and cycling trips will sometimes cover remote areas where medical facilities are available but limited, so being in good health will be important. Our trips are graded to indicate the difficulty levels from Easy to Moderate to Difficult which will give you a clear idea of the level of physical activity involved.

Being fit, flexible and open minded will ensure a lovely Indian holiday.

Can I get online whilst traveling?
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Most times you will find it easy to be connected. There may be some areas during trekking and camping where this may not be possible.

Will my mobile work overseas?
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Your phone should work in Indian cities but you should check with your service provider and remember to enable your international roaming.

How can friends and family contact me?
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Family and friends can contact you through email or phone. They can even contact the IAC office.

Can we go as a private group?
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Yes definitely! We can put together an itinerary especially for you if you are a group of at least 4 persons. We can discuss and include locations and activities of special interest to you.

Do I have to book online?
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Not necessarily. While the payments can be made online on our website (will be available very soon) it will be best to first discuss your interests so that we can suggest the most appropriate options for you. India has a lot to offer and we have several interesting and very local activities that can be integrated into your tour. So do mail or call us to begin the planning.

How do I know which trips are available?
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Our tours are put together specifically with your interests in mind which is why we do not have fixed departure dates. You are free to book with us whenever you are ready and do not need to worry about availability.

Does the tour price include international flights?
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We do not include the cost of international flights but we can help you in deciding the routing based on the selected tour.

How far in advance do I need to book?
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Our tours are put together specifically with your interests in mind which is why we do not have fixed departure dates. We suggest you start to plan with us at least 3 months prior to your vacation dates.

Can you pick us up at the airport and drop us off after the tour?
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Yes we can arrange to meet you at the Mumbai airport and take you to the next destination as in the tour.

What weather conditions can we expect?
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We love Maharashtra, the state in which we operate, for the sunbathing friendly summers, lush green monsoons and the very pleasant winters. Summer is strong during the period March to May and the temperature varies between 22°C-39°C (71°F – 102°F).

Monsoons are between June and September with intermittent showers and dry days. Rains could be severe but mostly only for a few days. The countryside is lush green and provides perfect conditions for treks into the hills.

Winter is between mid October to February are very pleasant and the temperature varies between 08°C-34°C (46°F – 90°F)during these months. The days are warm and the nights cool. This is the perfect time to travel in India. This is also the period when we celebrate several festivals which will provide you an excellent opportunity to participate in the festivities.

Can I use my credit card in India? What other modes of payment may I use? Where can I change my currency?
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Credit cards: In major cities, all banks cards are generally accepted including debit cards, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. However, in smaller towns and villages, choice is generally narrowed to cash or MasterCard and Visa

ATM: 24 hour ATM machines can be found in all the major cities and most large towns. Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Maestro and Plus are amongst the most commonly accepted cards.

Travelers cheques: These are widely accepted and may be changed at banks and larger hotels. The most widely accepted currencies include US Dollars and Pounds Sterling. Some banks may refuse to change certain brands of traveler’s cheques whilst others may exchange quite happily.

Banking hours: Mon-Fri 1030-1530; Sat 1030-1300.

Currency exchange: Currency can be changed at banks, airports or authorised money changers. Many hotels also have facilities to change money but this is a more expensive option. It is illegal to exchange money through unauthorised money changers. US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are the easiest currencies to exchange.

What is the largest note you would recommend we have (considering that we might be spending money in small villages)?
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The Rupee currency is available in note denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. It is best to have notes of Rs 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 readily available.

Would it be helpful to bring a water filter?
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Bottled mineral water is easily available at all times. Some bottled water is included in our trips and you will always have the option to buy as much as you need even on the treks and wilderness camps. You could also carry water purification tabs depending on your personal preference.

Do we need mosquito repellants?
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Yes, it maybe a good idea to carry mosquito repellants on the adventure tours. Mosquito Repellants are also available in India in the form of Gels, creams or as electric liquid dispensers.

Will we be in places where it would be considered inappropriate to wear shorts or even short sleeve shirts for cultural reasons?
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While Indian cities are modern the villages are more conservative in their outlook. Shorts and tee shirts are fine on men at all times. Try and avoid overly revealing clothes. When visiting sacred sites it is essential to have non revealing clothes. At some sites, it is mandatory to cover your head and legs; scarves may be provided at the entrance to such sites but it is advisable to carry your own head covering.

Should we bargain for souvenirs?
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Bargaining is done in some smaller establishments. IAC guides are also available to help you with your shopping

Any ideas for nice souvenirs?
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Incense sticks, Indian spices, local handicraft, costume jewelry and cotton fabric are some ideas. You will love to explore the bazaars and look for interesting things to take back home

What’s the food like?
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Indian food provides for some of the most satiating culinary experiences. We provide tasty, hygienic and nutritious food on all our tours. We cater to the tastes of the adventurous as well as the careful traveler at all times. Continental cuisine is also available in all big cities. If you have any dietary preference, be sure to mention these during the planning stages and we will try our best to accommodate these

Do you take children on your trips?
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Yes, we offer customized trips built around your preferences. We will help you plan a trip that is suitable for children

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