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Clothing:
We recommend light cotton tops, short and trousers. The best colours to wear are khaki, beige and white. Light cotton, long sleeved clothing is especially recommended for game drives. Please ensure that you pack warm clothing if they are travelling in the winter months, as temperatures can drop dramatically.

Here are some of our packing suggestions:
    Light cotton trousers
    Cotton shorts
    Light cotton shirts (long and short leeved)
    Cotton socks
    Comfortable walking shoes
    Sandals
    Any special medicines, especially anti-alaria
    Shower-proof rain jacket/windbreaker
    Sunhat
    Fleece
    Insect repellent
    Small torch
    Bathing suit
    Suntan lotion
    Sunglasses
    Camera (telephoto lens recommended)
    Binoculars
    For winter, pack extra:
    Heavy woolen clothing
    Woolen hat
    Scarf and gloves

Health

Drinking water: Avoid drinking tap water while in India. Consumption of bottled water is always advisable. Please do not forget to check that the bottle is sealed before you purchase it, and please remember to dispose of it properly.

Medical precautions: Please consult your physician or health department for the latest health and anti-malaria precautions. Some countries require advance inoculations (and certificates thereof). Contact us if you have any questions about this.

Emergency medical cover and travel insurance: Before you travel to India, you must subscribe to comprehensive travel insurance covering personal effects, personal accident, medical exigencies, emergency travel expenses, cancellation and curtailment.

Money – Foreign Currency: Most International airports in India have money exchange counters where you can easily change money. It is recommended that you do have enough Indian money on you, which you may require for any purchases. Most big cities have ATMs which accept Visa and MasterCard as well as American Express. The ATM network is ever expanding you may even find them in some smaller towns. Most hotels and resorts should have money exchange facilities, however, this is not always guaranteed. It is advisable to research this before your departure.

Safety: Traveling in India is relatively safe. Simple precautions, however, should always be applied when traveling to any foreign country. Use the hotel safe to keep your documents secures i.e passports and visas. Avoid wearing heavy jewellery or carrying large amounts of cash during sightseeing – tourists are easy targets for pickpockets. Try not to keep your wallet in your back pocket, and do not accept food or drinks from strangers during your travels. You should never walk around in deserted areas, especially at night.

Electricity – What plugs are used in India?: The voltage supply at most of the hotels across India is 230-240 volts. Most of the plug-in pins in India are different from western made plug-in pins. It makes sense to carry an adaptor and dry cells.

Equipment – What else do I need?: We also recommend carrying a torch, padlocks for your bags, sun cream, a small sewing kit, safety pins and spare glasses or contact lenses if you wear them.

Photography Tips: If you do not use a digital camera, it may be difficult to get photography film in smaller towns or in national parks / reserves, so please ensure you either bring them along or buy them on arrival at the port of entry. Photography may also not be permissible at some railway stations, bridges, airports and all military installations. If in doubt, please ask.

Indian Sightseeing Tips – What should I know?: Dress codes for religious sights do apply. In other words, you may need to cover your head, shoulders and always wear shoes. Please remember to rather ask, so that you don't unknowingly offend. Some temples do not permit any leather articles at all on their premises. Certain temples are not open to Non-Hindus. Most museums in India are closed on Mondays, and Site Museums, those near archaeological monuments, on Fridays.

Smoking is not allowed at public places. All properties of Indian Railways, including trains and railway stations, are strictly non-smoking zones with stiff penalties for violations.

Tipping guidelines – What is standard in India?: Your lodge manager will provide you with guidelines for tipping, although many of the lodges have a central tip box where you can leave your gratuity at the end of your stay. Where restaurant meals are involved, the tipping standard is usually 10% of the bill.