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The Golden Triangle - Delhi / Agra / Jaipur
8 Days
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India - Sikkim (The Garden Of Indra) - Kolkata / Darjeeling / Pemayangtse...
10 Days
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India - Kolkata / Darjeeling / Gangtok / Paro / Thimphu / Punakha / Gantey...
15 Days
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India - The Tiger Circuit - Delhi / Kanha / Bandhavgarh / Panna...
9 Days
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India - Rajasthan - Delhi / Agra / Jaipur / Bikaner / Jaisalmer / Manvar...
15 Days
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India / Nepal - Delhi / Varanasi / Bodhgaya / Patna / Vaishali...
11 Days
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India - Ladakh and Kashmir - The Land of High Passes and...
16 Days
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India - Kerala - Cochin / Periyar / Alleppey (Houseboat)
9 Days
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India - Kerala - Cochin / Kumarakom / Mararikulam
8 Days
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India - Golden Triangle and Goa
10 Days
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India - Kashmir - Srinagar / Sonmarg / Gulmarg / Pahalgam
9 Days
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The diverse subcultures and amazing amalgamated population are the most distinctive features of India, which make it different from any other countries in the world. A large variety of climates, sceneries and culture influences are also impressive.

ATTENTION:    The iconic TAJ MAHAL MONUMENT in Agra is undergoing restoration work
The World Famous monument Taj Mahal in Agra is undergoing mud pack therapy due to pollution on the marble. Due to pollution the marble is becoming yellowish and need to be treated with a special riverbed mud pack, as no chemical is used while treating the marble. The cleaning works can turn out to be a major eyesore till its completion in 2018.
Schedule of beautification as outlined by the caretaker of the monument, The Archeological Survey of India.

 

Work No.

Name of Work

Probable Month/Year for execution of works

1.

Southern Façade, Taj Mahal

June to August 2017

2.

South-East Minaret, Taj Mahal

June to August 2017

3.

South-West Façade, Taj Mahal

June to August 2017

4.

Northern Façade, Taj Mahal

August to October 2017

5.

Western façade, Taj Mahal

October to December 2017

6.

Wall of Peripheri, Sheesh Mahal, Taj Mahal

November 2017 to January 2018

7.

Four Chhatri’s at roof of main mausoleum, Taj Mahal

January 2018 to April 2018

8.

Pinnacle and Dome, Taj Mahal

May 2018 to November 2018


Location:     20 North, 77 East. Borders Pakistanm and Burma, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal
Total Area:     3,287,263 sq km, 7th Largest Country in the world. Slightly bigger than 1/3rd of USA.
Religions:    Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other 1.8%
Languages:     English is the most important language for national, political, and commercial communication. Hindi is the most widely spoken language and primary tongue of 41% of the people. There are 14 other official languages: Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi, and Sanskrit
Time:         India is 5 1/2 hours ahead of GMT
Electricity:     Usually 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Some areas have a DC supply.
Plugs used are of the round two- and three-pin type.

Currency and Foreign Exchange : Indian Rupee
The currency cannot be purchased outside India. Traveller’s cheques in US dollars or sterling are widely accepted and safer than carrying cash. You can exchange cash and travellers cheques at the airport, banks and at most of the larger hotels. Bank hours are 1000 - 1400. Remember to keep your money exchange forms as proof and obtain plenty of small denomination notes such as ten and twenty rupee notes for tips. It is advisable to carry some rupees in cash when travelling to remote areas, as credit cards and travellers cheques may not be accepted at smaller places. ATMs are available in the larger towns and cities but not all banks allow cash withdrawals.

Indian cuisine:  
Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to India. Around 35% of Indians are strict Vegetarians while another 30% are regular meat eaters. Indian food is generally spicy. It is made from Rice, Wheat flour, variety of pulses, vegetables, fruits and spices. Indian curries are cooked in ghee, peanut oil, mustard oil, coconut oil or gingili oil, depending on the region. Fish and meat are also part of many recipes.

Visa :
All non-residents require visas for India. Visa must be obtained prior to departure.
Applications are required to be filled-in online at             http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa
In addition to an Indian visa, foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. We will arrange permit for clients joining tour to Sikkim.
Tourist Visa:
► One printed copy of the Online Visa Application Form with a recent photograph (2" x 2" - White background and as per Photo Specifications and duly signed on both pages.
► Original Passport with at least two blank pages and minimum 6 months validity.
► Copy of profile page of Passport. If applicant is holding dual nationality copy of profile page of both Passports.
► Copy of Hong Kong/Macau ID Non Hong Kong/Macau Passport holders holding Hong Kong/Macau non-permanent ID cards need to provide a copy of their recent Hong Kong/Macau Visa/Visa extension page.
► Proof of travel as tourists such as leave/vacation letters from employers, Tour Package receipts booked from travel agents, self-made tours including details of trip and planned itinerary, copy of latest bank statement, etc.
► An Additional Form may be submitted providing complete details of travel.
► Bank statement for 3 MONTHS (if Unemployed)
 
E-Tourist Visa:  (ETV)
eTourist Visa is available for holders of passport of following countries
Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hong Kong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam.
eTourist Visa is valid for entry through 9 designated Airports i.e. Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai & Trivandrum. India looks to extend e-visa scheme to 36 more countries
For eTourist Visa, please fill in online form at         https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/info1.jsp
Further details are available in the following website:     https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

Weather:
India has a large number of climatic regions, tropical climate in the south to temperate and alpine in the north Himalayan regions. The elevated Himalayan regions receive snowfall in the winter months. Himalayas and the Thar Desert substantially influence the Indian climate. The Himalayas block the cold winds from Central Asia. This keeps the Indian subcontinent warmer than places with similar latitudes. Thar Desert attracts the south west monsoons during the June to October post summer months, providing most of the rainfall in India.
Summer: March to June are the Summer months in most parts of India. North Western India has April to July as the summer months. May is the hottest month in the North while West is the hottest in April. Average temperatures in India during Summer are around 32 to 40 °C  ( 90 to 104 °F )
Rainy Season : Also called the South West Summer monsoons, the rains last from June to September. South India receives more rainfall than the North. India has some of the world’s wettest places. This is typically a low tourist season, so for the “I hate touristy places” traveler, this is a good time to chill out in India. Kerala  promotes Ayurveda and Wellness spas during the monsoons too.
Post Monsoon season is the period from October to December. October and November have clear skies. It is a great time to trek the Himalayas.
Winter season lasts from December to February end / early March. December and January are the coldest months where average temperatures in the North West are 10 to 15 °C (50 to 59 °F) while the South East part of the country has a maximum of  20 to 25 °C (68 to 77 °F)
For detailed Indian weather conditions, please check:  http://www.accuweather.com/en/in/india-weather

What to wear :
Modesty in dress is an important aspect of Indian life and, away from beaches, one should respect the local customs. This is especially important when visiting temples and religious sites, where trousers or full-length skirts should be worn, shoulders should be covered, and in Sikh temples, your head must be covered. Shoes that can be slipped on and off easily are very useful as they must always be removed at all religious sites. On game drives, clothes should be in muted jungle shades of beige, brown and green. A wind proof jacket, a sweater and even a woollen hat may be required on early morning drives since the open vehicles can be rather chilly in the early morning and at dusk - even in the warmer months. Formal clothes are not necessary but something elegant is always appreciated. For general day wear, recommended light cottons and loose clothing, with jumpers or fleeces and sturdy shoes for those travelling to hill stations and desert locations.

Health & Vaccinations:
Recommended vaccinations are polio, tetanus, diphtheria, typhoid and hepatitis A. You may like to take anti-malarial tablets, if you think it is safer. No official requirements for vaccinations to visit India.  Please consult your doctor or a travel clinic for the latest medical advice few weeks before your departure.  
Health Precautions:
Everyone wants to avoid the infamous Delhi Belly and by observing a few sensible precautions, this can be achieved. Generally speaking, food in four and five star hotels is safe. You can eat meat provided you are sure it is fresh and well cooked. Your instincts are usually right in this respect. Drink only bottled water from a reliable source and use it when brushing your teeth – almost all hotels provide bottled water in your room. Or you may consult your family doctor for your trip to India.
Health information for travelers from Hongkong:
http://www.travelhealth.gov.hk/eindex.html
Consultation clinics for traveler from Hongkong :
Travel Health Centre ( Hong Kong Island  ), Department of Health
Room 26, 18/F Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2961 8840
Travel Health Centre ( Kowloon Side ), Department of Health
1/F Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po. Tel: (852) 2150 7235
   
Travel Insurance:  
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.  
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.

Gratuities:
Tipping is part of life in India and it is a good idea to always have small denomination notes within easy reach, separate from your main wallet. When tipping porters at Indian hotels and railway stations Rs.40 per bag is the norm and Rs.100 - 200 for housekeeping. We recommend Rs.400 - 550 per day for your driver and Rs. 1000 per day for a guide. In restaurants, tip 10%. If the hotel discourages individual tipping, we suggest Rs.200 per person, per day for the staff boxes. Tipping is entirely at your discretion.     

Photography:  
The photographic opportunities in India are immense. The scenery and architecture are superb, and you will wish to capture the colourful local people, their animals, houses and shops etc. Please be respectful when taking photos and ask permission of people before taking their picture. Photography in religious institutions is generally not permitted. Outdoor photography is usually permitted when visiting such places, but please check with your guide before taking any photographs. A back-up battery pack will prevent any disappointments.

Shopping:
There are plenty of great shopping opportunities including clothes, textiles, jewellery and leather goods. In markets, you can haggle on the price but shops have fixed costs and you tend to pay more. The buying and selling of antiques is strictly forbidden. Be cautious when considering the purchase of old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance, as such items may not be exported without a clearance certificate.
Please note that when shipping goods door-to-door this can take a lot longer than expected and that shipping charges, though promised to include all door-to-door expenses, NEVER do.

Touts, Beggars and Pickpockets :
The way to deal with touts in India is to simply ignore them – try to look occupied with something else – and they are more likely to ignore you. If that does not work, a more firm approach – ‘No thank you’ – should do. As for beggars, this comes with the experience. School children can be cute as well as annoying. They will ask for sweets or pens or ‘one rupee’ – a laugh and a firm-but-gentle ‘No’ will do. They do not actually expect you to give anything as they are generally having some fun. When in crowded bazaars, at railway stations and at major tourist sights, be aware of you are your possessions, particularly wallets, handbags and cameras.

Your tour arrangements:
All land arrangements within INDIA are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flight schedule, traffic condition etc…….   Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf

Travel information:
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.

Travel Alert :
Hong Kong Government raises the Travel Alert for India to “Amber” since 20 Sep 2010, please check and make sure you have travel insurance covered to travel to this country.  
If would like to know more about the outbound Travel alert please explore the website:  
http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/note-India.htm
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge.  Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm

More traveling information in India please visit:      www.incredibleindia.org
For India’s weather update, please visit:            www.indiaweather.net