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Travelers Tips

Visas

You will need a valid passport and visa to enter India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Please contact the necessary Consulate or Embassy closest to you to apply for a visa. The government of India recently announced tourist visa on arrival for citizens of eleven countries including, Japan, Singapore, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia in an effort to promote tourism. The TVOA is allowed for a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility by immigration officers at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports on payment of a fee of US $ 60 or equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger (including children). Such visa is allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year to a foreigner with a minimum gap of two months between each visit.

Foreign nationals arriving in India on long term multiple visas are required to register with the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Officer within 14 days of arrival. Overstates will be fined and may be prosecuted.

Passport and visa must be obtained in advance. Each participant is responsible for determining specific passport and visa requirements in the participant's country of origin and for obtaining the necessary documents prior to departure.


Medical Information

If you have diabetes, allergies, asthma or any condition that may require emergency care, always carry some identification (tag, bracelet or card) indicating so and prescriptions of the medicines. Preferably also carry a letter from your physician. Bring personal medicines, especially if you have diabetes, asthma, allergies or other disorders that require a regular intake of medicines.

Food and waterborne diseases are the number one cause of illness in travelers. Travelers' diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites, which are found throughout the region and can contaminate food or water. Infections may cause diarrhea and vomiting (Ecoli, Salmonella, cholera, and parasites), fever (typhoid fever and toxoplasmosis), or liver damage (hepatitis). Make sure your food and drinking water are safe.

Inoculation for travelers to India, Nepal or Sri Lanka is required. No compulsory Inoculations are required if you are arriving from the United States, Canada or Europe. If you are entering from Africa or parts of Latin America, certification of Yellow Fever Inoculation is required.

Although no vaccinations are required to go to India, Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. Also Anti Malarial Medication, Tetanus Gamma Globulin Viral Meningitis For further information contact your local physician.

Malaria is a preventable infection that can be fatal if left untreated. Prevent infection by taking prescription anti-malarial drugs and protecting yourself against mosquito bites. Malaria risk in this region exists in some urban and many rural areas, depending on elevation. Most travelers to the Indian Subcontinent at risk for malaria should take mefloquine to prevent malaria.

There is no risk for yellow fever in the Indian Subcontinent.

Dengue, filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, leishmaniasis and plague are diseases carried by insects that also occur in this region. Protecting yourself against insect bites will help to prevent these diseases.


Baggage Allowance

Most international airlines allow 2 pieces of baggage, each piece should not exceed 32 kg and the maximum dimensions 158cm (length + height + width). In addition to the cabin baggage allowance, the following items may be carried on board:

One small ladies handbag, one coat or plaid, one umbrella or walking stick, one small camera, one pair of binoculars, an appropriate of reading material for the duration of the journey, a baby basket and baby food for consumption during the flight

On domestic flights within India premiere class can carry 30kgs and Economy class can carry 20kgs of baggage based on a weight or piece (number of bags) concept and one hand bag is allowed provided that it fits underneath the seat on the aircraft. This bag should be tagged with a hand baggage tag provided by the airlines and checked by security.

Canter Tours & Travels will not be held responsible for any extra baggage penalties or irregularities.


Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance in the event that you have to cancel your trip. Also, comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended. It is advisable to have cover for unexpected losses such as canceled flights etc.

Canter Tours & Travels does not provide any insurance whatsoever.

Clothing

Visitors should respect local codes of dress and behavior. Dress informally while on tour; carry lightweight clothes that can be laundered easily. For evening dinners and events, a blazer for men and appropriate evening wear for the ladies.

During winter, you will need light woolens, sweaters, a light jacket or wool wrap. Dress in layers, so that you can strip down during the warmer days. In summer, light cotton clothes will do everywhere except in the mountain regions, where it will be cold at night. Bring a warm jacket and be prepared for temperatures in the 30sF.

In South India, It is advisable to wear light cotton clothes throughout the year, as the climate is hot and humid. In North India, prepare for hot, sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures in North India range from the 30s to the high 80s Fahrenheit. Be prepared for cooler weather in higher altitude. Temperatures in South India range from the 50s to the 90s Fahrenheit. In winter during the days the temperature is rather warm, however, at night it can get cold. Therefore, both warm and cold weather clothing is required. This is likewise for the Himalayan foothills, even though it is cold there, while hiking you will get hot and sweaty.

The Indian subcontinent is conservative, so women should avoid wearing shorts, mini-skirts and bare backed dresses. Pants are acceptable. Women should wear long pants or skirts to the ankles, Punjabi outfits or Saris. No short skirts or shorts are allowed. Women have to be fully clothed when they bathe in the Ganges. They will not be allowed to wear swimsuits.

What to bring

Good walking shoes with grip and preferable ankle support for trekking.
Slippers or sandals.
Warm jacket or coat.
Gloves.
Underwear.
Socks, preferably synthetic or wool for trekking.
Sweater.
Bathing suit.
No jewelry that is indispensable.
Sunglasses.
Large hat (preferably the fold-up kind).
Long-sleeved shirts and long pants to wear while outside whenever possible.
Tee shirts and sweat shirts.


Useful items to bring

Flashlight, Personal toiletries, Insect repellent, Extra rolls of toilet paper, Comfortable walking shoes, Alarm clock, Medications, Camera, Facial tissues,
Swimsuit, hat, sunglasses, and sun block Sunscreen.

Something for Water purification, such as: Water purification tablets (from a camping store) Portable water purifier 220-volt Heating coil for boiling water,
220-volt transformer so you can use your 110-volt electrical appliances, such as razor, hair dryer, travel iron, etc.
Money belt: The flat type that you can wear under clothing.
Back pack or fanny pack for carrying water, camera, etc.
Calculator: If you want to convert rupees to another currency
Compass: Some people like to know the direction in which they sleep.
Map of India: If you want to get the lay of the land.
Travel diary and pens: For journaling or memory-recording.
Any dried food that you like and can't get in India
First aid kit.
Moleskin or Band-aids to treat foot blisters.

Luggage

It is best to keep luggage to a minimum. When traveling, you will regret bringing large unwieldy clumps of luggage. A small backpack or a fanny pack will be useful on short walks or shopping. While touring and hiking, you can leave your luggage in the hotel, so you don't have to carry more than necessary.

For the Himalayan Pilgrimages, please bring soft-side luggage or a duffel bag so it can be packed on a pony. For other tours, it's fine to bring any kind of locked luggage.

Luggage is limited to one checked suitcase or duffel bag per person and one carry-on bag per person. Airline requirements limit checked luggage to not more than 70 pounds and not more than 62 inches (combined dimensions of length + breadth + height). Carry-on bags must fit under the seat or in the overhead compartment. Please note that luggage may be carried within India on tarpaulin-covered roof racks. Weather and loading and unloading can cause more than usual wear and tear to luggage. Accordingly, luggage should be capable of withstanding rain and rugged treatment.


Official Papers

Make photocopies of all your travel documents, especially your passport. It saves you lots of trouble in case the originals get stolen. Keep the copies separate from the originals.

Insurance papers, Passport, Personal medical information, Personal medicine prescriptions, Vaccination information, Travelers checks.
 

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