India Travel Tips

Transportation

Many airlines fly to India. You’ll fly to Delhi.The easiest way to determine carriers in your area is to use expedia.com or travelocity.com to determine who flies to Delhi. Check airline web sites for discounts. If you stay over in Delhi here are a few recommendations. Hotel Grand Godwin – www.godwinhotels.com Yatri House – www.yatrihouse.com High end- Imperial – www.theimperialindia.com Budget near airport- Hotel Tarra St, 2, Marhipalpur Extn, National Hwy 8 phone 26783677 Check with the hotel for airport service at time of reservation. Domestic Travel Jet Airways – www.jetairways.com considered by many to be the best. Indian Airlines – www.indian-airlines.nic.in major carrier just ok service. Sahara Airlines – www.airsahara.net comparable to Jet Airways Air Deccan – www.airdeccan.net Budget fares including to Dibrugarh.

 

Visa Requirements

Everyone entering India must obtain a tourist visa prior to traveling. Visas can be obtained through the Indian Embassy or a private visa service. As of the time of this writing U.S citizens were charged 60usd for a tourist Visa good for up to 6 months in India. In addition, your passport must be valid for up to 6 months after your trip date is scheduled. For more information please contact the Indian Embassy at www.indianembassy.org

 

Water

Unfortunately, water for consumption while traveling internationally is not always as reliable as your water at home. It is imperative that we all pay close attention to our own personal hygiene and staying healthy before and throughout the river expedition. Please be religious about washing your hands throughout the trip, especially before and after eating and using the toilet. Tap water and water served from unknown sources before and after the trip is not to be trusted. Stick with bottled water only! You may choose to bring your own water purification system or tablets. However, there will always be plenty of clean water available throughout the river portion of the expedition.

 

Weather

The Brahmaputra River Valley has a mild to temperate climate, with temperatures ranging from 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit) between November and April. This is the dry season when we are on the river, although, the mornings can be dewy and we do expect to be getting wet. The combination of water and crisp weather means we will take extra care in staying warm and dry.

 

Money

The national currency of India is the Rupee (Rs) and at the time of this writing, the exchange rate is 56Rs to 1USD and 79Rs to 1GBP. It is always advised not to accept disfigured or torn bills. It’s also a good idea to carry a mixture of cash and travelers checks. As well as an exchange booth upon arrival at the Delhi International airport, there are ATM’s available in all major cities and credit cards accepted at larger hotels and restaurants. In Delhi, tipping is accepted at restaurants and hotel room services. Somewhere between 5-10% is appropriate.

 

Beverages

Hydration is always of the utmost importance for us on all river expeditions. Especially due to the high temperatures and physical exertion necessary throughout the trip. In addition to water, we provide a modest amount of cocktails, wine and juice mix. If you plan on consuming a larger amount of alcoholic beverages, specific sodas or juices, please let your trip leader know in order to find everything you need before the trip. If there are specific brands you are looking for its best to find them in Duty free on your way to the destination.