Frequently Asked Questions
Travelling to India
India Calling Tours - Trip to India
Frequently Asked Questions
Travelling to India
India Calling Tours - Trip to India

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about travel to India? You're likely to find relevant answers to the most common questions about visiting India here. If not, please feel free to ask us a question yourself, either by emailing us or using our online enquiry form.

How is India as a Family Destination?

With a host of fun activities, attractions and experiences appropriate for travelers of all ages, India is an excellent destination to consider when travelling with family. In addition to this, the royal hospitality and rich traditions of this country make it an excellent learning environment for your little ones. Children are more than warmly welcomed everywhere they go and families have a host of vacation types to choose from whether it is natural beauty, history or insights into bustling cities that you are looking for.

How Safe is it to Travel to India?

With regards to personal security and the safety of your travel group, India is probably one of the safest destinations you can consider. With English speaking public easily accessible, getting around is almost never a problem. However, visitors may want to take basic safety precautions that one takes when travelling to any other part of the world. It is best to have a tour guide along with you that will help you identify the safest areas to move around in and the most hygienic eateries to explore. International tourists must avoid drinking tap water while in India and it is recommended that you buy only bottled water during your stay here.

What is the Weather Like in India?

While the climate here is generically classified to be as hot and tropical, conditions may vary from one region to another. Essentially, the winter months are considered to be between November and March when the mornings as well as the evenings are rather cool and fresh. The hot temperatures between April and June can be dry is most parts with dust storms and humid along the coastal regions. If you plan on visiting the Himalayas, the best time to visit is during the monsoon months when the rest of the country is fighting torrential rains.

Where to Stay During our Holiday to India?

There are accommodation options available in India for all budgets and requirements. Whether you are looking for opulent palace hotels, to western style chains or budget accommodations such as government bungalows and hostels, there is nothing you cannot find here. Note that wildlife sanctuaries and national parks do not permit guests to stay overnight. You can easily find private accommodation options on the outskirts of such regions. Hotel tariffs vary as per season and location.

We at India Calling Tours are extremely conscientious when selecting the perfect accommodation for our customers. Depending on the provided budget, we make sure that every accommodation option we provide is highly hygienic, comfortable and adheres to quality standards. With an aim to deliver boutique experiences for our international visitors our priority is to focus on the quality of service, management and accessibility. We are also able to find deals in luxury hotels and resorts allowing our customers to have wholesome experiences while in India.

Are there any Essentials I should be Packing for my trip?

Since the winter months too aren’t extremely harsh in most parts of India, it is ideal to pack light cotton clothing in white, beige and khaki. Make sure you carry long sleeved tops or kaftans if you are heading for wildlife safaris or planning to visit temples. Carry a scarf to cover your head and bring woolen clothing if you are going to explore the mountains or northern parts of the country during the winters.

I have specific dietary requirements. Will India Calling Tours be able to cater to my needs?

India’s diverse cuisine and food culture along with the easy availability of international foods and ingredients, makes it extremely easy for us cater to all kinds of diet requirements. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or allergic to specific meats, simply let us know while making your reservations and we will be able to communicate the same to all the hotels as well as our associate offices in the respective cities.

Does “India Calling Tours” help Customize Holidays?

We at India Calling Tours recognize the diverse nature of our magnificent country and its capability to cater to a host of interests and preferences. That said, it is our goal to make sure that each and every one of our customers go back with unique travel experiences that they would enjoy. As specialists in customized holidays in India, our tailor made itineraries are our USP. One can go through our website to choose from a selection of customizable permutations and combinations.

What Activities and Sightseeing attractions should I Consider?

The diverse nature of our vast country makes it possible for travelers with all kinds of tastes and preferences to go back with enriching memories. During the planning process we will be able to make a host of recommendations with regards to destinations, sightseeing opportunities and a variety of activities. Your final offer will have all the details listed for your reference. In addition to this, our chauffeurs, guides and other staff will be more than happy to help you explore various other sides of the country while you are on your holiday. We understand the need to be spontaneous to encounter memorable experiences during your travels.

What do your Package Fees Generally Include?

Since each and every tour that we offer is customized, we are able to create an all inclusive itinerary based on your requirements. Quintessentially, our trips include all land arrangement services such as accommodation, private cars, alternative transportation, airport transfers, entrance fees and local guides. The meal plan usually includes a bed and breakfast or may also include dinner depending on your needs. However, remember that personal expenses, fees for cameras, tips, insurance and domestic flights will not be included in our packages. You will be given all the details with regards to costing in your personalized proposal.

What if I wish to change my travel plans?

Our customized tour offerings allow us to understand how travelers sometimes like to make changes before or during a trip. We at India Calling Tours are highly flexible with your changing requirements and do our best to make arrangements within the given time frame. However, it is important to know that some hotels, tour operators and attraction tickets may come with a cancellation fee or no-refund policy. In such times we maintain complete transparency with each one of our customers and keep you interests in mind. You can reach us 24X7 by phone, SMS or email.

What is the Cancellation Policy at India Calling Tours?

In the event that you need to cancel a part or all of your travel arrangements due to any reasons, you will be expected to notify us of the same in writing. Depending on the time and date of when we receive your intimation of cancellation, relevant charges will be applicable –

- 10% of the Cost of the Tour + Cost of Non-Refundable Services if intimated 60-30 days before arrival
- 25% of the Cost of the Tour + Cost of Non Refundable Services if intimated 30-15 days prior to arrival.
- 50% of the Cost of the Tour + Cost of Non Refundable Services if intimated 15-03 days prior to arrival.
Beyond this, you will be charged 100% of the cost in case of any cancellation.

In addition to this, note that special train journeys such as –
- Palace on Wheels
- Deccan Odyssey
- Golden Chariot
And during peak seasons (Between December 20th and 15th Jan) the cancellation policy changes and is advised to customers when applicable. Furthermore, hotels such as the Taj and the Oberoi apply different cancellation policies where 1 night retention fees are charged if a cancellation or amendment is made 30 days before.

Some hotels and service providers may ask for a non-refundable deposit that the time of booking. In case you need to cancel this booking, your refund will be restricted to the limited amount depending on that hotel’s or service providers’ policy. We at India Calling Tours do not bear any responsibility for refunds on unused accommodations, missed meals and chartered transportation.

How do I Go about Booking and Paying for my trip?

If you wish to confirm a booking with us, we would expect a percentage of your total billing to be paid in advance in order to hold your booking. The balanced amount can be paid based on the agreed upon payment plan for your final itinerary. Trip To India, India Calling Tours Pvt. Ltd. holds the right to decide on the amount that needs to be paid as an advance payment. This depends on the nature of the service and the duration between your booking and the start of your trip. In certain cases such as hotel and flight bookings during peak seasons or holiday seasons, full payment may be required to confirm a reservation.

We at India Calling Tours accept payments made by Visa, Master and American Express cards. If you intend to pay via a credit card, note that you will also be a charged a small amount of the bank processing fee.

Another option is to make a direct payment via wire transfer into our bank account. In this method of payment no additional fee is charged and you pay exactly as per the billing amount on your proposal. At the time of invoicing, we will share our billing and bank details for your reference. This will be sent to you after you confirm the bookings at your end.