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Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are frequently asked questions regarding tours, accommodations, preparations and travel. If you have a specific question, please send your email to info@toursnbeyond.com

 

TOURS  

How do I sign up for a tour? 

In order to register for a tour, you must fill out and sign two forms. One copy of the “Registration” and one copy of the “Travel Participation Agreement” must be filled out and signed by each participant. These forms, can be downloaded from the respective pages in the web site. Fill out these forms one for each traveler. Send the completed form by

Mail to
Tours'n Beyond LLC., 2114, Gunnell Farms Dr., Vienna, VA-22181 
OR e-mail: reservations@toursnbeyond.com
OR 
Fax to 703-281-2923


Along with this, send an advance of 25% of the tour cost (check or cashier check) for each registration. If you can not download the forms or prefer not to, then request by email or fax, giving your complete mailing address, and I will mail a copy of each form to you. Your registration is not complete until both forms have been received with your deposit.
Always, checks should be payable to Tours'n Beyond LLC

Do you take credit card payment? 


At the present time, we do not take credit cards. Payment should be made by personal check or cashier’s check. 

Why small groups? 

With small groups, each person is important, and no one gets lost in the crowd. Travelers are able to get to know one another and share their adventure on a more personal level while still taking advantage of the benefits and discounts offered with larger group tours. 

Why your India tours scheduled during later months of a year? 

After the very hot summer months of May, June , July the relatively cool weather sets after September for  wonderful tour of India. 

I have several friends that would like to travel during the different months. could that be arranged? 

Personalized tours can be arranged for any time of the year, including the summer months, just for your family or small group of friends. Depending on the time of year, the itinerary would be created flexible enough to avoid the worse weather and create a wonderful travel experience.

ACCOMMODATIONS

What is a single supplement? 

All tours are based on two persons per room. The single supplement is a flat fee charge in addition to the price of tour for a person not sharing a room. 

What type of  stay can I expect?

All stay are chosen to offer the best in the area at reasonable prices. Hotels are listed in the detailed itineraries. Most are locally owned resorts or owned by a local Chain/group hotels and have best service ratings. You can be assured of clean and best service at all times.

Do tourist usually plan to spend and extra night in India before the beginning of the tours?

When traveling from the US, flights landing schedules, in India, are usually very late at night and to start a tour within a few hours would be too exhaustive. Usually there is time difference and Jet lag the travelers have to get over. So we would recommend at least to come one day early to relax and get ready for the tour from the tour start date.

  

What types of food will be available/served in India? 

Depending on the location, varieties of Indian, Continental, European, and Western foods are available. Larger cities will have more choices and the smaller locations will be somewhat limited.  


Can I drink the tap water? 


Bottled water is safest, and most hotels will have complimentary bottles of water for you each day. Bottled water is also available at all local stores all over the country.  

PREPARATIONS

Do I need a VISA for India? 

Everyone except nationals of Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal need a visa to visit India. This must be obtained before arrival and we recommend that you contact your local Indian embassy or consulate when planning your trip.

The Indian embassy visa processing web site has the complete information on tourist visa process. 

Refer to this U.S. link https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/homepage

Do I need to take medical precaution before traveling to India? 

India does not require any immunizations for entry but check with your local provider for more information. You may need to take some medication for the malaria , typhoid or  have some other vaccines like polio, and so on before you travel. But before you plan something we strongly recommend that first you visit your doctor at least four weeks before the date of the departure. 

Travelers from U.S, for up-to-date information regarding vaccination and medical precaution before visiting India, please go through this , as well as http://travel.state.gov/

   

For travel precaution tips, refer to  http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html

    
What are the baggage limitations? 

Usually two pieces of checked luggage are allowed on international flights. Please check with your aircraft carrier for exact details.

On domestic flights inside India, there are luggage weight limitations and excess luggage fees may apply if you exceed the limitations. 

For flights inside USA,  some airlines charge fees for check-in luggage.

When visiting temples in India, are there any dress codes which I should be aware of? 

There are no set rules, but appropriate clothing is required. Most of the temples in India have very modest dress codes, that is easy to comply with. You must wear skirt or trousers that cover the knees.  No formal attire required.

    

Will I need to take insect repellent and sunscreen? 

It is a good idea to take both insect repellent and sunscreen.

Will I need walking shoes? 

Yes. The tours involve a lot of walking, so make sure to bring a sturdy pair of well-worn walking shoes. Everyone will also be asked to remove shoes before entering any temples and sometimes when entering someone’s home in some of the villages, so bring shoes that are easy to take off and put on

Will I need an electrical transformer for my electrical appliances in India? 

Yes. India uses 220 volts. Please note that 100-volt appliances will be ruined if used without a transformer. An adapter will also be necessary for wall outlets, since the shape of the plug prongs is different.

What is the local currency in India? Will they take travelers checks and credit cards? 

The local currency is the Rupee (Rs.). Notes are in the denominators of Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Each denomination is a different color and has different images but when buying items, care must be taken to make sure you distinguish the 500 Rupee note from the 100 Rupee note, the colors may be confusing to the untrained eye. Coins are in 10, 20, 25, and 50 denominations

En cash travelers’ checks at any Indian banks, hotels, shopping centers, or money changers, and make sure to keep your passport with you when en-cashing it. Better exchange rates are offered at banks and authorized money changers than at hotels or shopping centers. If carrying U.S. dollar bills, try to have $100 and  $50 denominations that is easy to exchange.

Credit cards are accepted in many places, but it is better to carry limited cash for any purchases in the small towns. It is a good idea to get a couple hundred dollars changed to Rupees while at the airport because the exchange rate is as good as anywhere else. 

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Do your tour guides speak English?
 

All travel guides will speak English, and the tour organizer will participate in most part of the tour program.

Who will be receiving me, when I reach India

Once you have cleared customs and reclaimed your luggage, proceed to the exit where there will be someone holding a sign with your name on it. This person will speak English and transport you to the stay location to meet the group. 

Do I tip and if so how much? 

For India tours, the tips is included in the price of the tour. As a traveler, you don’t have to pay tips. For USA tours, it is suggested to pay 10 to 15% of the tour price. For some USA tours, the price may include the tips too. Please refer to the tour package information for specifics.

Will I have access to the Internet? 

Most stay locations will offer Internet services for a fee. In larger cities, Internet cafés are usually available. Depending on the tour, there may not be easy access to the Internet every day

What kind of security is available while on the tour in India? 

India has many different types of law enforcement personnel that are visible in tourist areas. You will always feel safe in India. Put valuables in the hotel safe or room safe that is available in most hotels. Do not leave them unattended, and use the same precautions you would use at home.