Asian Adventures Travel Tips

  • Travel Tips

Have you…

  • Arranged your travel insurance?
  • Got a valid passport?
  • Acquired your tourist visa? Either and E-Visa or stamped on your passport from the Indian Embassy.
  • Had your personal vaccinations (if needed) following advice from your doctor. No vaccinations are required in India and no need for any anti-malaria course is required. However, mosquito repellent or mild deet will be useful.
  • Kept your International Debit or Credit Card. Note: You cannot bring local currency (Indian Rupees) into India. The bureau de change / Thomas Cook should be open at the airport. Also, you are not allowed to take rupees out of the country. Check the details on any internal train of flight tickets given to you at the start of your trip (if applicable); and keep them in a safe place. Liaise with your driver and / or nature guide – each day agree what time you would like to set out the following morning etc.
  • Liaise with your nature guide (if different to your driver) over your itinerary on arrival at each different location and on a day-to- day basis. Book a packed breakfast or packed lunch the night before you require them– this will avoid delays in setting off the next morning. CHECK EACH DAY HOW MUCH WATER YOU WILL NEED WHILE YOU ARE OUT AND TAKE SUFFICIENT WITH YOU. Not all hotels provide free bottled water so you may have to buy at places where it is not being offered free of cost.
  • At each location confirm the time of meals and jeep safaris (these vary according to the time of year).
  • Jeep safaris can start very early in the morning to maximize on the best time of day for wildlife watching.
  • Take responsibility for arriving at train stations or airports well in advance of your departure times. Similarly, when travelling by overnight trains do carry an Alarm Clock as the train attendants may not wake you up in time to disembark you at your station. We can estimate the length of time required for the journey to the airport and it is recommended you allow extra time to be on the safe side. The company cannot be held responsible for delays (for whatever reason) that might result in missing a scheduled train or flight and any extra costs associated. REMEMBER TO RE-CONFIRM YOUR FLIGHTS AND ARRIVE EARLY AT THE AIRPORT.

A lot of flights are over-subscribed, so it is important that you arrive at the airport early to be sure that you acquire a seat on the flight. Staying safe outdoors

  1. National Parks are home to many potentially dangerous animals. Tigers, Indian Elephants and Leopards are at the top of a long list and there are also Cobras and other poisonous snakes. Whether inside or outside of National Parks (often they don’t have fenced boundaries) you should follow instructions from your nature guide, National Park staff and use your own common sense. Should you hear deer, monkeys or birds alarm calling, don’t be tempted to disappear in the vegetation in search of the cause of all the commotion and don’t let photographing wildlife cloud your judgement! Clients embark on their tour at their own risk and with the understanding that it is the client’s responsibility to take out suitable travel insurance to cover the activities on their itinerary. The likelihood of being injured by a wild animal is small, but the risk is still present. Avoid eating fruit and biscuits anywhere near monkeys – it might attract them (and they also like flower garlands!). If they are attracted to food, let them have it. Rabies is present in India in dogs, monkeys and other animals, but you shouldn’t be alarmed by this – just stay alert.  If you are bitten, seek urgent medical attention – just to be on the safe side. You are unlikely to come across any animal showing signs of the illness. Also, keep your room doors shut and locked to avoid a visit by local monkeys. While at the railway stations & public places, please keep your money and passports extremely safe. Do not carry these items in your handbags, please use a waist belt to store and carry these items. They don’t weigh very much anyways. Do not encourage your guide, escort or driver to share alcoholic drinks or your cigarettes with you as the sensibilities may differ.

Staying healthy

  1. Buy bottled water from reputable sources – never have ice, raw vegetables and salad (which might be washed in local water). Always check the seal on the bottles and if in doubt don’t drink it. Use bottled water to clean your teeth.
  2. Avoid fruits that are not freshly cut – preferably eat fruit that you peel it yourself. Also avoid any foods that contain yoghurt and other milk products unless made from pasteurized milk. Indian tea, where the tea is boiled thoroughly, with milk is usually fine. Take mosquito repellent.  It is advisable to cover up in the evenings, especially if you are susceptible to being bitten by mosquitoes – ask for a mosquito coil (most hotels have them) if there isn’t one in your room.  Take Imodium tablets, just in case.

Other Things to take….

  • A copy of your final itinerary.
  • A copy of your Tips for Travellers, which includes emergency contact details.
  • Insurance documents.
  • Passport.
  • E-visa to India, if not already stamped on your passport.
  • Flight / Train tickets.
  • Your credit / debit cards, currency. ATMs are available almost at all places throughout the country.
  • You might want to pack anti-bacterial wipes for your hands and disposable bags.
  • First aid kit.
  • Small torch / flashlight.
  • A lock and a chain for your important luggage if you have a train journey.
  • Warm clothing for early morning safari drives. (Gloves / Mittens, a hat and either two pairs of trousers or thermals are advisable November – February/March).
  • It is advisable to keep a scanned copy of your passports and other valid ids in your emails for emergencies.
  • Do keep a ‘contact in case of emergency’ number on yourself, should you need it.
  • Do keep the contact number of your embassy in India.
  • Credit cards are accepted in all the major cities in India, however this may not be the case in smaller towns or places where wildlife parks are.
  • Do remember to always round of the amount on your credit card payment slip before signing

Extra tips

  1. Try and avoid rush hour in major cities. In Delhi, the rush hour starts around 08.30 – 10.30 and again around 17.00 – 19.30 when it is best to avoid travelling for a couple of hours.
  2. At some lodges rooms have an outside switch to turn on the electricity. Some places have another switch to turn on the hot water heater. If you are uncertain, please ask. Also in remote places you might experience timed power-off periods or intermittent power cuts.
  3. At each hotel or lodge, please ask about the availability of hot water and what time of day it is available. In more remote locations hot water can be limited, so use it wisely if more than one person requires a shower and allow time in between for the water to heat up again. In case of electricity failure due to bad weather you may be given hot water in buckets. Always ask questions that require an answer other than yes or no. Some Indian people don’t want to disappoint and hate saying no. Quite often they say yes when they mean the opposite! If your question is an important one, ask more than one person so you can compare the answers.Always agree a price before accepting anything.If you want to buy gifts, it is normal in India to negotiate on the price, especially at tourist destinations like the Taj Mahal and FatehpurSikri. If you have a dedicated car and someone other than your driver gets in, feel free to ask who they are. Touts might try and take you to gift emporiums. If you have any concerns stop the car and phone us. It is always advisable to not to travel by road after dark. If you are travelling by road, leave early morning so that you reach your destination before sunset. Early morning jeep drives can be exceptionally chilly in the winter. We would recommend wearing a water proof jacket (to keep out the wind), fleece and sweatshirt underneath. If you wear several layers of clothing you can peel them off as the day warms up. You might want to take gloves and a hat (especially from October – February).  Many hotels discourage you from taking blankets off your beds out in the jeeps.  During the middle of a typical day from November to February inclusive you are likely to be walking around in a sweatshirt and sometimes just a t-shirt.
  4. March – April will be much warmer during the day. Take an alarm clock – most hotels offer early morning wake-up calls, but you can’t beat having your own alarm clock!
  5. Watch your valuables – there are thieves out there and some are very cunning at getting you to part company from your possessions on trains etc.
  6. Never accept anything to eat or drink from strangers. No matter how trustworthy they may come across as.Also, remember that using items out of the hotel room fridge can delay checkout times. If you do want to make use of this facility, pay for the items in advance of you checking out – say the night before.

India is largely for people who enjoy the outdoors and are well aware of the limitations of the outdoors and remote areas.

  • Medical Insurance is recommended.
  • Do not touch stray dogs, cats, monkeys, etc.
  • First aid kit: While medicines and aid is readily available, it is good to have an emergency kit of Band-

Aids, antiseptic ointment, diarrhea tablets, anti-allergy tablets, sterile syringes, sutures and needles.

  • Mineral / bottled water is recommended for consumption.
  • Carry casual and comfortable and adequate clothing for travelling. Sun hat, sun protection lotions, and other cosmetics as per personal needs.
  • One can convert the foreign exchange upon arrival at the airport or in a bank in any of the major cities. Please insist on encashment certificate as this will be helpful in converting Indian currency back to foreign currency.
  • As trade of all species is banned in India, purchase of items such as peacock feathers and any other
  • animal products is forbidden. Similarly, please discourage snake charmers, monkey and bear shows.
  • Use minimum non-bio- degradable material, such as plastics, cans, etc.
  • Not every hotel may be equipped to render laundry service, do check with us which hotels will do it.
  • Soaps are usually provided by all the hotels whereas Shampoo & Shaving Kit may not be provided.
  • Should you need a hair dryer, do let us know and we will request the hotels to do so.
  • Tips may be given collectively to ensure fair distribution.