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FAQ's

FAQ's

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY HOLIDAY?

High season is during the months of September through April when the temperatures are cooler and therefore ideal for sightseeing, so if you are wanting to travel during these months or other peak times such as Christmas, Easter, Bank and School holidays it is best to book early. This should also ensure that you don't pay over the odds for your flights. To book please complete our online booking form or contact our reservations team.

ARE YOUR INDIA TOURS SUITABLE FOR SINGLE TRAVELLERS?

Yes! We take lots of single travellers to India.Epic India Travel normally encourage single travellers, or small groups of 2-4 people. If you want to travel in a bigger group of your friends and known people, we can certainly organise that for you. For a modest supplement you can choose to book a sole occupancy room and enjoy a private room throughout your holiday.

I DON'T WANT TO TRAVEL IN A GROUP. CAN YOU MAKE A PRIVATE ITINERARY?

Yes, we offer a selection of tailor-made itineraries to all destinations. Alternatively, simply fill in your request and a member of our tailor-made team will contact you with a few suggested itineraries. We know India inside out and will create a personal itinerary for you just the way you want it.

DO YOU ACCEPT CHILDREN ON YOUR TOURS?

On our group tours we welcome children aged 16 years and older, accompanied by a parent/guardian if under the age of 18. On tailor made holidays there is no minimum age for children. If you are travelling as a family we will also try and arrange adjoining rooms for your convenience.

ARE AIRPORT TRANSFERS INCLUDED?

Yes, if you are arriving on the day your tour commences and departing on the day your tours ends. Additionally if you book any pre or post tour accommodation we include airport arrival and departure transfers from the appropriate airport in the relevant city in India.

We offer complimentary to- fro car transfers to UK international airport (when you book international flights with our Platinum package)

SHOULD I USE AUTO AND BICYCLE RICKSHAWS?

For travelling within a city, the auto rickshaws are a very cheap way to go, and bicycle rickshaws are even cheaper.

HOW CLEAN ARE THE HOTELS?

The 5 and 4 star hotels are pretty much like any high quality western hotel, and many of them are western chains.

SHOULD I BRING SHEETS OR BLANKETS FOR SLEEPING?

All our tours include first class or clean comfortable hotel so you need not to worry about carrying these items. However we advise you to carry woollens if you are travelling in higher altitudes.

WHAT KIND OF SHOTS SHOULD I GET BEFORE GOING?

It is a good idea to check various websites to determine if there are any outbreaks of diseases in the areas to which you plan to travel

IS THE BOTTLED WATER SAFE?

Yes. But check the bottom of the bottle for holes and broken seals around the cap.

HOW MUCH CLOTHING SHOULD I BRING ALONG?

About one weeks worth. You can get your clothing laundered for a relatively inexpensive price, and there is plenty of opportunity to purchase native dress.

SHOULD I WEAR SHORTS?

Despite the hot weather, very few Indians wear shorts.

HOW COVERED UP SHOULD I BE, SO AS TO NOT OFFEND THE LOCALS?

The best policy is to try to blend in with the locals, which is not hard to do. It is only in religious places and temples where you are expected to wear clothes which would cover your shoulders and knees.

CAN I BRING INDIAN CURRENCY WITH ME TO INDIA OR DO I HAVE TO GET THEM CONVERTED ONLY WHEN I LAND IN INDIA?

Bringing Indian currency by any foreign national is prohibited. Only Indians who travel overseas frequently can bring small amount of INR. Hence please bring your country currency and get it exchanged into Rupees in India.

HOW MUCH FOREIGN EXCHANGE CAN I CARRY TO INDIA?

Any person can bring into India from a place outside India foreign exchange without any limit. However, declaration of foreign exchange/currency is required to be made in the prescribed Currency Declaration Form in the following cases:-

  • Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5000/- or equivalent
  • Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency notes, bank notes, traveller cheques etc.) exceeds US$ 10,000/- or its equivalent
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT ARE THE VISA REQUIREMENTS TO VISIT INDIA.

Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. The High Commission reserves the right on granting and deciding type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making application. Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities. Visa can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India in London. Visa applications from persons not ordinarily residing in the UK or from people of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan origin are considered only in the High Commission of India, London and Consulate General of India, Birmingham and their processing may take one week or in some cases much longer. Applicants not ordinarily resident in the UK and Sri Lankan nationals are required to complete an additional form. Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals have to file special visa application forms. In the following cases processing of applications will take longer: (a) British Nationals holding dual nationality or of other origin, (b) applicants not resident in the UK, (c) where clearance from India is mandatory, (d) visitors to restricted areas and (e) certain cases where documents may need to be verified. Visa Section will contact the applicant about the time of delivery for such passports. Please note that each application is examined individually and the time taken for issuing Visa will vary from case to case.

Visitors to restricted/protected areas need special permits and for this purpose an additional form has to be completed. Please contact the High Commission of India, London if you wish to ascertain whether any of the places you intend to visit fall in the category of restricted/protected areas.

Specific Visas are granted for a variety of purposes. The principal types of Visa issued are mentioned below. Please contact the High Commission of India for further details if you are visiting India for purposes other than tourism, such as journalism, conferences, yoga, voluntary work, mountaineering or other expeditions. The visa application form is, however, the same. Separate forms are available for Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals.

REQUIREMENTS FOR VISA
  • Original passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Correct visa fee
  • Two passport size photographs (5 photographs in case of Pakistani Nationals)
  • Supporting documents, where necessary
  • Duly completed application form (Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals need to apply on special application forms)

Additional requirements for different types of Visa are given below.

TOURIST VISA

Tourists wishing to visit India will normally be granted tourist Visa, effective from the date of issue. Tourist Visa are non-extendible and non-convertible. Travel Agents who have to visit India frequently may be granted tourist Visa for a longer duration.

BUSINESS VISA

Business Visa are normally granted for 3 or 6 months. However, multiple-entry Business Visa for up to 2 years validity may be granted to technicians/experts going to India in pursuance of bilateral agreements or joint venture projects having government approval.

STUDENT AND EMPLOYMENT VISA

Student Visa can be obtained on furnishing proof of admission to recognized Universities/Institutions in India. Employment Visa can also be obtained on furnishing of proof of employment with companies in India.

TRANSIT VISA

Transit Visa are valid for halts of up to 72 hours in India within 15 days from the date of issue of the visa and must be obtained before departure. Transit Visa cannot be obtained from immigration counters at ports of entry in India. Evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India is required.

ENTRY VISA

Entry Visa are issued to persons of Indian origin for a duration of up to 5 years. These can be obtained, depending on the purpose of visit and eligibility, on a case by case basis.

PLEASE NOTE :

Persons holding long term Visa (having validity exceeding 6 months) are normally not expected to stay in India more than 6 months during each visit. Please refer to the boxed note further down for requirement to register with the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO)/Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO).

VISA EXEMPTION LETTERS FOR MINORS

Visa Exemption Letters previously granted to children of Indian origin (for a maximum validity of 90 days from the date of issue) have been discontinued since 1 July 1999. Visa Exemption Letters issued in the past are hence no longer valid. All children holding separate passports are now required to obtain regular Visa.

INDIA TRIP ITEM CHECKLIST

Essentials
1. Passport
2. Airline Tickets
3. Cash & traveller's checks
Clothing
4. 3 pants, 2 shorts
5. windbreaker
6. sweatshirt
7. Rain poncho
8. Hats (with decent size brims)
9. Small umbrella
10. Sunglasses
11. Flip-flops
12. Cheap sneakers
13. Hiking sneakers
14. 5 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve shirts
15. 7 days socks/underwear
16. Bathing suit
Miscellaneous
17. Pen
18. Camera
19. Reading material
20. Reading glasses
21. Notepads
22. Small Scissors
23. Small needle and thread kit
24. Glue
Travel Aids
25. Lonely Planet Guidebook
26. Lonely Planet Hindu Phrase book
27. Blow up pilllow
28. Map of India
Medicine-Health-Hygiene
29. First Aid kit
30. All purpose antibiotic, especially good for 'traveller's diarrhea
31. Natural Laxative)
32. Sunscreen
33. Natural sleeping and jet-lag agent, highly recommended, sets body rythms to local time
34. Vitamin B,C
35. Tissues: Small packages
36. Disinfectant liquid (in hand-soap dispenser, very useful)
37. Towelettes for hands
38. Nail clippers
39. Indigestion medicine
40. Bandaids
41. Throat Lozenges
42. Mosquito Repellant
Security
43. Flashlights
44. Knives (Swiss/multi-purpose, other sharp knife)
45. Cable lock (useful in trains to lock suitcase to train, prevents walking away.)
46. Small locks
47. Money belt and/or passport pouch
48. Clock radio alarm device
Food
49. High protein snacks
50. Dried soups/dehydrated food
51. Herbal teas
52. Energy bars

SMALL GROUPS AND PRIVATE TOURS

We think the smaller the group, the better the experience. That's why we average just 15 travellers per trip.

Our private or Individual tour is the perfect opportunity to discover the charm of India and Nepal in your own preferred time frame and budget.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Where you stay is all part of your India experience and something we put a lot of thought into. Whether it's a centrally-located city hotel, or a homestay in a tribal village, staying close to a region's people and culture is the guiding principle.

FREEDOM AND FLEXIBILITY

One of the great things about travelling with Epic India is that it's quite a lot like travelling independently, but with none of the drawbacks.

You're free to do as you choose; to pursue your own interests one day and take part in activities or sightseeing we've arranged for you the next. Our local tour guides are experienced and make sure that you enjoy your trip to the fullest and your trip is worth has great value for money.

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

It is a well-known fact that Epic India travellers love their food! We spend much of our time eating it and a lot of our time talking about it too.

No matter where you travel with us, great food travels with you. Epic India trips have some meals included, while at other times you are free to choose when, where and with whom you would like to eat.

AMAZING VALUE

Epic India trips are designed to be different, but one thing they do have in common - without exception - is great value for money.

IT'S ALL IN THE JOURNEY

Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself. We believe getting from A to B should be a highlight of your trip, not a chore. That's why Epic India adventures come with all manner of weird and wonderful transport options, from the familiar to the downright bizarre.

The actual 'vehicles' will depend on when and where you go, as well as the trip style You could find yourself riding an elephant, a bicycle or a bamboo raft, boarding a bus, a bemo, or an airplane. However you go, as with all things Epic India, you'll go the local way.

EXPERIENCED LEADERS

Behind every great Epic India trip is a great Epic India leader. Their enthusiasm, versatility and knowledge of local culture are second to none - in many cases because they're taking you round their home country! Others are westerners with an urge to share their passion for travelling in foreign lands. And every one of them is the reason why so many travellers return to us year after year.

MULTIPLE-TRIP DISCOUNT

We've noticed that more and more of our travellers are choosing to book multiple trips with us all at once! In future, if you have Epic India mania, we'll reward you with a multiple-trip discount. Each traveller who books three trips or more for themselves, all at once, will receive a 5% discount per person off the total trip price! Some exclusions apply.

So use the search and start planning your next BIG Epic India Real Life Experience!

Please note: this multi-trip discount cannot be combined or used with any other Epic India offers, must be advised at time of booking and will be applied to new trip bookings only.

THINK TWICE BEFORE BOOKING

This may sound like a strange thing to say on a travel web site, but it is important that you understand our style of travel. Epic India travels in a way that fully appreciates cultures and lifestyles very different from our own.

While striving to provide the very best holiday possible, we do not shield you from the cultural differences, inefficiencies and frustrations that are a part of the places we visit. Indeed, the emphasis is on getting out there and experiencing the real world - warts and all. Please bear this in mind when choosing between our travel styles and trip options

HOW YOU CAN BE A MORE RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER

Before leaving home, learn as much as you can about the country you're visiting - its religion(s), values, customs, and rules.

Pay particular attention to appropriate behaviour, dress and body language. The pre-departure information on our website should get you started. Learn some of the language and don't be afraid to use it; simple pleasantries help break the ice, as does a smile! Always ask before taking photos of people and offer to send copies if you can. Treat the environment as if it were your own home.

OUR TAILOR MADE ALTERATIONS
  • You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities or additional nights at places that may interest you.
  • Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.
  • To design you own tour visit our tailor made section

Before booking please refer to our Terms and conditions and Before You Travel section for useful tips and advice

A reminder that you're travelling to India and that although we try to stick to the above itinerary it is subject to change at short notice. Remember to pack your patience and sense of humour!