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     Do I need a visa for India?

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     What does the tour include?

    Our services during the tour (varies between tours):
    • Airport transfers

    • Accommodation and all meals during the tour (unless otherwise indicated)

    • Luxury air conditioned vehicles for land transport

    • Air ticket on economy class wherever applicable and train ticket on premium class

    • Entrance tickets to monuments

    • Local assistance in case of any emergency

    • Qualified English speaking guides

    • Every tour is accompanied by a coordinator from Athma (for a minimum group size of 6 people), who will ensure the comfort and safety of the group. For group size below 6 persons, there will be an accompanying guide / driver who will be the tour leader.


     What should I bring?

    Clothing between October and March:
    • Comfortable Shirts

    • T-Shirts preferably cotton

    • Long pants

    • Skirts (not miniskirts)

    • Shorts (long Bermudas)

    • Jeans

    • Sweater

    • Shawl

    • Set of semi formal wear for special occasions / dining in fine restaurants

    • Sun glasses

    • Sun hat

    • Comfortable walking shoes (one pair)

    • Sandals (one pair)

    • Socks

    • Sunscreen

    • Medications for common ailments

    • Any prescription drugs

    • Hand sanitizer

    • Insect repellent (mosquitos)

    For trips to North India, we suggest you carry one medium warm jacket since it tends to get cold in the evenings and early mornings.

    During summer between March and September you will not require warm jackets. Most Hotels have good quality laundry facilities.


     What is the currency used in India?

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     What credit cards are accepted?

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     How much should I tip?

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    In India most of these people depend on tips for their livelihood since their salary levels are very low. We recommend that you tip people as per the quality of the service rendered.


     How should I prepare for a tour?

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     What will the weather be like?

    The best weather in India is from October through March. The temperatures are warm and except for some late monsoon showers, it is mostly dry.

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     Will the food and water be safe?

    No matter how careful you are, there is no guarantee that your stomach won't get upset while in India. We recommend that you only drink bottled water during your stay. We will do our best to ensure that the meals where we stay are of the highest quality and recommend that you eat cooked food and fruit you can peel.


     What if I have special dietary needs?

    Please let us know if you have any food allergies or special needs. While we may not be able to accommodate all specific dietary needs we can definitely try to accommodate whatever is possible.


     What additional expenses are not covered by the tour price?

    During the tour, all your meals, accommodations, transportation, guides, entrance fees and any other items specified for your tour will be covered. Your travel from home to the starting location and returning from the ending location is not covered. Any extra days you wish to spend in India before or after the tour are also not covered. On the tour, room service, laundry, additional meals and drinks other than the bottled water aren't covered. At the end of the tour you may wish to tip the guide and bus driver too.


     Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes. We recommend that you get travel insurance.

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     Should I get medical insurance?

    Yes. We recommend that you get medical insurance; if your regular health insurance does not cover overseas claims.

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