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FAQ

WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL NAME OF INDIA?

“The Republic of India” is the official name of India.

WHAT IS THE CAPITAL OF INDIA?

New Delhi, also referred to as the National Capital Territory (NCT).

WHAT LANGUAGES ARE COMMONLY SPOKEN IN INDIA?

English and Hindi are two most common languages spoken in India.

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY OF INDIA?

The unit of currency is the Rupee.1 Rupee contains 100 Paisa. The note denominations available are: Rs 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 & 5. Coins are available in Rs 10, 5, 2 and 1.

CAN I OBTAIN INDIAN CURRENCY BEFORE I ARRIVE?

You cannot obtain Indian currency outside of India as it is illegal to bring rupees in or out of India. Major currencies such as US dollars, British pounds and Euros are easy to exchange throughout India at airports, banks, hotels and many vendors.

SHOULD I BRING CASH OR TRAVELLER'S CHEQUES? ARE ATMS AVAILABLE? CAN I USE CREDIT CARDS IN WILDLIFE LODGES?

Wildlife lodges are far from any city hence it is easier if you confirm and pay for your accommodation and safaris prior to your travelling dates as not all lodges accept credit card payments on site. Travelling with enough cash for tips, souvenirs,and any personal expense like liquor, calls and laundry is a good idea. ATMs and traveller cheques can be used to obtain currency widely throughout India, however,again, at wildlife lodges, ensure that you have enough cash to pay for anything which is not pre booked.

WHAT IS THE ELECTRICAL CURRENT IN INDIA?

Electrical current in India is 240 volts. Most travel appliances have their own built-in power adapters (such as laptop computers, digital cameras, mobile devices, and some travel hair dryers): these can be plugged into either 110-120-volt or 220-240-volt sockets and will adapt to the voltage automatically. Check your travel appliances, especially your travel hair dryer to be sure it can operate on either 110-120 or 220-240 voltage. You will need a plug adaptor for your appliances to plug into Indian sockets.

CAN I DRINK THE WATER WHEN TRAVELLING IN INDIA?

Avoid drinking the tap water or using it to brush your teeth. Bottled water is widely available and provided in vehicles on our trips. Some lodges provide filtered water which is safe for making tea/coffee.

IS TRAVEL INSURANCE RECOMMENDED FOR TRAVEL TO INDIA?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for unexpected travel cancellation and/or trip interruptions such as medical coverage for illness or accidents and related evacuation expenses that may be incurred during your travel. We will ask you for details of your travel insurance policy when you book.

IS A VISA REQUIRED FOR INDIA?

Yes, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of travelling. Please see more details under the Travel Guidance section.

WHICH IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT INDIA?

India is known for its diversity and different geographical areas with very different climatic conditions and hence the best time to visit India depends on where you want to go and what you want to do. Generally, for everywhere except high in the Himalayas, the best time to travel is from November to April. The temperature in winter is mild and animal viewing in the national parks is at its best, although it is very cold in the morning on early game safaris in open jeeps. April and May are considered the best time for tigers and game viewing in the interior, as the jungle thickets dry out and game concentrates at watering holes, but temperatures at this time can be very hot.

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN INDIA?

India is a country of warm, friendly and sophisticated people who genuinely care about your comfort and safety as a visitor. As in any country, there are pickpockets and scammers who target unwary tourists and you should take normal precautions in crowded places. It is recommended that you leave valuables in the hotel safe or locked in your luggage while sightseeing and carry your currency and passport in a pouch around your neck or in a money belt around your waist. Vehicles have right of way so be careful whenever crossing the street. Always be cautious when selecting your travel agent so that your safety will not be compromised.

IS IT CUSTOMARY TO TIP WHILE TRAVELLING IN INDIA?

Tipping is a custom in India and it is expected from tourists at all points. In India tips are often used to get the things done and are offered by citizens almost everywhere. It is best to carry small denomination notes to hand out for daily assistance with porters, local guides, gatekeepers and bathroom attendants. Tips for the driver and escorts are paid at the end. In the lodges, instead of tipping all staff individually, you may leave your tip at check out, in the tipping box kept at the reception. We will provide you with tipping guidelines.

WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE ON AN “INDIA WILDLIFE” TOUR?

Travelling in India can be hectic and dusty; wildlife tourism is a game of patience and fatigue. Sightings are worth the wait, however, on your return your body needs enough comfort to rejuvenate and refresh you for your next game drive. Our accommodations are selected on the basis of various aspects including location. Our properties are very near to the park entrances which saves travelling time to and from the safaris. It is best to be informed about the distance between the lodge and forest gate before you book. Our priority is to ensure the comfort and safety of our guests and all properties have to meet our criteria for cleanliness, comfort, food standards and staff service.

IS AN INTERNET SERVICE AVAILABLE ON YOUR INDIA WILDLIFE TOURS?

Wildlife lodges will often have a limited internet connection, only available in the lobby/reception area. Some lodges do not offer any wifi connection. Most city hotels will offer an in-room internet connection but there will often be a charge for this. Please inform us when booking if an internet connection is an essential requirement for all or part of your trip.

WILL MY MOBILE PHONE WORK WHILE TRAVELLING IN INDIA?

Yes, however, be aware of the international roaming charges. Some wildlife lodges will have limited connectivity. Mobile phone usage is not allowed in the National Parks.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY TRIP TO INDIA?

The earlier the better, as flights, hotels, interstate train journeys and most importantly the safaris can be booked in advance. We suggest you plan and book 6 months prior to your travelling date. Wildlife tourism is best enjoyed if your safari bookings are confirmed as it is not always possible to obtain bookings at the last minute.

IS THERE A SPECIFIC GENRE OF TRAVELLERS FOR WILDLIFE TOURISM?

Whether you are adventurous or seeking relaxation, whether you are a photographer or an explorer, nature and wildlife offers something interesting for everyone. We have regular return guests every year and they find the same forest can offer very different experiences from year to year.

WHO ARE YOUR SAFARI DRIVERS AND NATURALISTS?

A safari experience could turn out to be interesting or ruined depending on your naturalists and safari drivers. We understand the importance of having a skilled safari driver and many of our team of naturalists are third generation naturalists who were born in the villages of the forests. Our naturalists speak English and have been trained to interact with travellers in order to enhance the safari experience.

WILL I BE ABLE TO EAT NON VEGETARIAN FOOD IN WILDLIFE LODGES?

Non vegetarian food will be available, usually chicken or mutton. As wildlife lodges are far away from any city, storage of meat for long is not practical so occasionally meat may be unavailable. Our chefs check with our guests about their food preferences and plan their next menu accordingly. Indian food is mostly spicy, however, our chefs will be pleased to prepare milder versions of any dish. Please note that beef and pork are largely unavailable, as they are forbidden for Hindus and Muslims respectively.

HOW WILL I TRAVEL TO THE WILDLIFE LODGES FROM THE AIRPORT/RAILWAY STATION?

We will have land transfer services available from the airport/railway stations to the wildlife lodges and return. The transport charges will either be part of your package or will be informed to you separately.

DO YOU OFFER OTHER ITINERARIES IN INDIA?

Yes, anything is possible! The itineraries on this website are just to give you an idea of what is available. We can tailor make any tour for you whether you want a pure bird watching tour or a tiger tour through to combined cultural and wildlife tours or even a pure cultural tour (although we would recommend including one National Park on a cultural tour so that you can experience another aspect of India). Tours can be any length and we can cater for any budget.

IS THERE A SUGGESTED COLOURS COMBINATION FOR CLOTHING ON WILDLIFE SAFARIS?

It is highly recommended that you wear an earth colour palette of browns, tans, beige, warm greys and greens. Bright colours like red, yellow, blue and white can be alarming for animals and they may hide or keep away from such sights.

WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I CARRY FOR SAFARIS?

A good digital camera is always suggested for wildlife safaris. If you are a photographer or wildlife enthusiast we are sure that your luggage will include a tripod or bean bag support for your lenses for great wildlife pictures. A safari hat and sunglasses are also suggested as cover from the sun as the safaris are for 3 to 4 hours in an open jeep. Hats can be bought from many lodges.

Footwear: Light walking shoes, light socks.

Clothing: Waterproof jacket and trousers, woollens, sweater or fleece jacket, cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, sun hat, bathing suit, track suit. Carry casual, comfortable and adequate clothing for travelling. Sun protection lotion and other cosmetics as per personal needs.

Guide books: Wildlife guide books are suggested as they help you to gain more knowledge. Surprisingly it triggers your interest and safaris can turn out to be a treasure hunt sort of game to follow. The excitement remains for the entire journey and you enjoy your game drive to the fullest.

HOW CAN I ENSURE SAFETY AND ENJOYMENT DURING THE SAFARIS?

It is the most common question that we answer/discuss with our guests. The rule is to never get outof your jeep while you are inside the forest. It’s illegal and a punishable offence. The naturalist and vehicle driver are skilled enough and know what to do in case of anything unusual occurring. Trust them and follow whatever they advise.

Being quiet and patient is the best way to enjoy your game drive. Animals are very shy and try to keep away from disturbances as they see them as a threat. Sightings are best if you keep calm and enjoy your excitement within.

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