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Travel Tips

    Planning to travel, find below the basic travel tips to make your journey more comfortable.

    Checklist

  • Make a checklist of what you want to take with you to avoid last minute hassles. Carry only those things that you absolutely need.
  • Airport formalities
  • Report at least 1hr before departure for Domestic travel and 3hrs before departure for International travel.
  • Luggage

  • Airlines permit you to carry 2 luggage per person total weight of 20 kg and a handbag with a maximum weight of 7 kg dimensions not exceeding 120cm (Subject to airline policy).
  • All check in baggage must be x-ray.
  • Do not put any cash/jewelry/expensive items inside the check in baggage.
  • Label your bags with your name, address and telephone numbers. Also note its make/brand; this is useful to trace your bag at the time of baggage claim. Ensure that your bags are locked.
  • A baggage identification slip showing the destination of baggage, your boarding card, passport, air ticket & embarkation card will be handed over to you.
  • Fill the embarkation card & proceed to the immigration counter.
  • It is advisable to carry your passport, visa, Air tickets, boarding pass, foreign currency and other important stuff (sun glasses & camera etc) in your handbag for easy accessibility.
  • Always keep copies of your passport, air ticket and any important documents securely.
  • Things not to carry in hand baggage

  • Knives, scissors, razors, nail cutters, batteries etc.
  • Liquids, aerosol sprays and gels.
  • Cigarette lighters and metallic objects (eg safety pins).
  • Perishable food items and vegetables not allowed when travelling to countries like Australia and New Zealand.
  • Clothing & Footwear

  • Comfortable casual clothes like jeans/trousers, shirts, T-shirts, and Salwar Kameez are the best options during the day.
  • We recommend you carry a dark pair of trousers or denims, which are not only easy to mix and match, but also easy to maintain.
  • Depending on the country and the weather at the time of travel, it is advisable to carry warm clothing like thermal wear, jackets, sweaters, hand gloves and rainwear etc.
  • If you are visiting a beach or are going to undertake water sports activities, do not forget to pack your swim suits and appropriate footwear like floaters and flip flops.
  • Special Events, Gala dinners, Casinos, certain restaurants (like Paradis Latin in Paris) have a formal dress code to be followed. It is advisable to carry a set of formal clothes and footwear.
  • Carry a comfortable pair of footwear, preferably walking shoes.
  • Medication

  • Remember to carry your required medicines with their prescription, your general medical history and your health Insurer’s contact details and your policy number.
  • Also carry the name and address of contacts in the event of an emergency.
  • Carry medicines for altitude sickness when travelling to high altitude destinations.
  • Do not forget to pack any specific allergy medication that you may need.
  • Foreign Currency

  • We suggest you to carry sufficient foreign currency, for your personal expense and shopping purpose while on holiday.
  • As per current RBI rules, you can purchase a total of USD 10000 as Basic Travel Quota per person in a year.
  • Only USD 3000 can be carried as currency notes and the balance has to be carried in the form of Prepaid Forex cards or Foreign Currency traveler’s cheque.
  • Travel Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is a cover for the risks you might face in your travel. It is compulsory in all European countries.
  • It is highly recommended to purchase Travel Insurance whether you are travelling in India or abroad, since it provides you and your family medical & financial assistance in case of an emergency while travelling.
  • Flight on boarding

  • After board the flight, please be seated as per seats allocated.
  • Snacks/ meals will be served as per airlines policy.
  • During International travel, you will be handed a disembarkation card to be filled and kept ready for arrival formalities at airport.
  • As you leave the aircraft, please ensure that you carry along all your personal belongings & documents including-passport, air tickets, handbag, wallet etc.
  • Basic tips for Hotel

  • International check-in-2pm and check-out-12pm and domestic check-in and check-out-12pm. However, this may be differ for some properties.
  • Room/s will be assigned to you at the time of check-in can vary in specifications according to the availability of the room at the time of check-in and at the discretion of the hotel.
  • Always keep your room keys securely.
  • If you order anything which is not mentioned in the itinerary will be charged separately.
  • Benefits of travelling by Air India

    a) Delhi being the main hub for Air India. That’s why it offers free movement from Delhi to Kochi and Goa to a foreign passenger travelling via Air India within the period of 24 hours (subject to terms & conditions).
    b) Air India allows comparatively more luggage to a passenger than other airlines.
    c) Air India provides free of cost food services in domestic flights while other domestic flights charge separately.
    d) Tourists traveling from Europe (Frankfurt, Paris and London) can board direct flight from Europe to Delhi which will take approx 8 hrs time of travelling. The flight will depart in night and arrive at Delhi in day time. It will allow the passenger to relax after a journey.

    Travel kit

    On arrival in India, our tour escort will provide you a complementary travel kit which includes the complete details about prominent tourist destinations in India. It will also contain a ready to use Indian SIM card.

Don’ts:-

  • Avoid attracting attention to you and avoid traveling alone or in a large group.
  • Do not pack your essential documents or medicines in checked baggage as luggage can get lost.
  • Never carry large amounts of cash and expensive jewelry with you.
  • Most places are safe in the country, but don’t wander down dark alleys or into areas that are known to be high risk.
  • Do not drink any alcohol or smoke in public. It’s offensive.
  • Don’t let your “natural friendliness” be mistaken for flirtations.
  • Do not break the rules at religious places. Feet, particularly shoes/sandals are considered unclean, always take them off when entering a religious place except in some westernized, urban congregations). In some places tourists are not even allowed to walk into the most holy areas with their shirts on.
  • Do not joke about bombs or about smuggled items – airport authorities will not find that funny nor will you.
  • Women are sometimes targets of harassment, be careful and travel with some men. Dress conservatively.
  • Do not entertain strangers.
  • Avoid baggage tags that would clearly identify you as a tourist
  • Do not buy food from road side stalls or mobile canteens. Do not drink local tap water, drink bottled water only. Do not eat fresh fruit or vegetables that you cannot peel.
  • Do not take offers of spiritual salvation and magic remedies from saints, god men and quacks. There is no way you can distinguish the genuine ones from the crooks.
  • Do not ever purchase air, rail or bus tickets through strangers or unauthorized travel agents or tour operators. In any case avoid persistent touts and taxi wallahs at airport/station/bus stand to help you find your hotel. Always use tourist assistance desk for proper advice.
  • Do not hire any type of transportation from unlicensed operators. In case of taxis and auto-rikshaws try to hire them from the pre-paid booths if possible. Otherwise insist on going by meter or set a fare in advance to avoid being over charged.

Do:-

  • Do carry your valid identity proof to present at the time of check in to the hotel
  • Travel in small groups – three to five persons.
  • Keep a photo copy of your passport, flight tickets and credit card numbers and keep them separate.
  • Bring your prescription drugs with you in their original containers – don’t pack them in your check in luggage.
  • Dial 101 for fire, 100 police, and 102 for medical emergencies.
  • Mark all your bags with your name and address. Be careful for your passport, cash, important documents and other belongings. Keep only credit card with you
  • Report any suspicious person in and around to the Local Police Department. If you see an unattended package, move away from it and call the police.
  • Ask permission before photographing strangers who you find “interesting”.
  • Do dress modestly if you are female. No sleeveless blouses, no short skirts, no shorts, no low, loose collars and men do not wear shorts.
  • Do prepare yourself at the earliest, Indian traffic and roads are hapless.
  • Do bargain with half price when you buy things from roadside stalls or hawkers, but do not bargain in proper shops especially where display “fixed price” signs.
  • Keep a wallet-sized card with you that include Emergency Phone Numbers
Don’ts:-

  • Do carry your passport (foreigners) to present at the time of check in to the hotel and be careful about your passport.
  • Do not break temple rules while on a visit to temple. Feet, particularly shoes/sandals are considered unclean, always take them off when entering a temple except in some westernized, urban congregations). In some temples tourists are not even allowed to walk into the most holy areas with their shirts on.
  • Do not drink any alcohol or smoke in public. It’s offensive.
  • Do not joke about bombs or about smuggled items – airport authorities will not find that funny nor will you.
  • Do not hunt, as killing wildlife can get you in serious trouble. Do not hurt a cow as many Hindus consider the cows are holy and are offended if they are hit by strangers.
  • Do not discuss religion, especially with Muslims who form 11% of India’s population. Do not make comments of ridicule or disrespect toward the society or any religion. People are very resentful of Western (ignorant) judgments.
  • Do not do any public preaching or handling out of tracts and that kind of activity is prohibited when you are in India on tourist visa.
  • Most places are safe in the country, but don’t wander down dark alleys or into areas that are known to be high risk.
  • Women are sometimes targets of harassment, be careful and travel with some men. Dress conservatively.
  • Do not buy food from road side stalls or mobile canteens. Do not drink local tap water, drink bottled water only. Do not eat fresh fruit or vegetables that you cannot peel.
  • Do not take offers of spiritual salvation and magic remedies from saints, god men and quacks. There is no way you can distinguish the genuine ones from the crooks.
  • Do not try to explore Indian road yourself, nor drive in India unless you have been trained on Indian roads.
  • Do not ever purchase air, rail or bus tickets through strangers or unauthorized travel agents or tour operators. In any case avoid persistent touts and taxi wallahs at airport/station/bus stand to help you find your hotel. Always use tourist assistance desk for proper advice.
  • Do not hire any type of transportation from unlicensed operators. In case of taxis and auto-rikshaws try to hire them from the pre-paid booths if possible. Otherwise insist on going by meter or set a fare in advance to avoid being over charged.
  • Avoid baggage tags that would clearly identify you as a tourist.
Dos:-

  • Keep a photo copy of your passport, flight tickets and credit card numbers and keep them separate.
  • Bring your prescription drugs with you in their original containers – don’t pack them in your check in luggage.
  • Mark all your bags inside and out with your name and address. Be careful for your passport, cash, important documents and other belongings. Keep only credit card with you.
  • Keep a wallet-sized card with you that include Emergency Phone Numbers.
  • Do dress modestly if you are female. No sleeveless blouses, no short skirts, no shorts, no low, loose collars and men do not wear shorts.
  • Do prepare yourself at the earliest, Indian traffic and roads are hapless.
  • Do greet people with big smile. Handshake with ladies especially in rural areas should be avoided.
  • If possible do cover yourself with travel insurance for thefts, loss and mediclaim. Do exchange money only through authorize banks or money changers.
  • Do immunize yourself against various diseases like typhoid, malaria, hepatitis and tetanus that are prevalent in India. Do take whatever medication you need in ample supply.
  • Do bargain with half price when you buy things from roadside stalls or hawkers, but do not bargain in proper shops especially where display “fixed price” signs.
  • Do make sure to remove your footwear when visiting a place of worship or mausoleum.
  • Know as much as possible about each country you plan to visit, including its history, religion, geography and government.
  • Report any suspicious person in and around your residence to the Local Police Department. If you see an unattended package, move away from it and call the police.
  • Ask permission before photographing strangers who you find “interesting”.
  • Understand completely what your health insurance covers and does not cover while you are traveling. Chances are that you will have to pay for services and get reimbursed when you return home unless you have purchased HTH Worldwide Insurance Services, and obtain treatment from an HTH approved physician.
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