These are some of the information to make your trip better and easier to plan.
India is five and a half hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. That means if it is 1 pm in New Delhi, India it is 7:30am in London and 2:30 am in New York.
You won’t need to take a great deal of money on the trip—just enough for any souvenirs you may buy, drinks, and any meals that are not covered in the cost of the trip. Anywhere from $300 to $500 should be enough, depending on how much shopping you like to do, plus an amount for any tips you may want to give the camp staff or trip leader (see the Gratuities section). The local currency in India is rupee.
It is always better to exchange enough currency either at the airport or bank in Delhi for use in Ladakh or you would be spending a good 2 – 3 hrs waiting in the queue in Leh.
ATMs vends are operational in the town but there is always a queue and it is also important to inform your bank that you will be travelling so that your card is not blocked. Besides the banks and ATMs, several govt authorized money exchange vendors are there in towns and cities.
However at any place beyond the towns, e.g towns where roadheads are for treks, villages, only local currency can be accepted.
It is customary in India to tip the camp staff. Trip members can contribute toward a group tip to be shared among the guides, porters, cooks, and camp staff who have assisted you. We suggest each trip member tip about $50 to $80 towards the group tip, preferably in Indian rupees (traveler’s checks are difficult for the trekking staff to exchange). This generally works out to be $4 to $6 per day per person. The guide will help you distribute this individually amongst the trek team.
Trip members also usually tip the trip leader. Typically, individual trip members tip the main guide $125 to $200, depending on the level of satisfaction. All tipping is, of course, at your own discretion and you are under no obligation to tip.
Your crew will comprise of a trekking guide, Cook, Kitchen helpers and local porters. Depending on the region you are trekking, luggage would be carried by pack animals (horses or Yaks)/porters.
We provide spacious 3 person top of the line hardware and tents for sleeping. 3 inch thick foam mattresses will be provided. Kitchen, dining tents with table and chairs and toilet tents are provided. All you need to do is bring your personal equipment. If you are booked on a short camping holiday and do not have a sleeping bag, our stores have equipment on hire.
Visitors can take photos freely except in some restricted areas like airports, ports and military areas. Some museums restrict photography to protect the sites and art-facts and may charge a nominal fee.
Local, Indian, Chinese, Continental. Full course meals for treks & packed lunches for jeep safaris.
Tea / Coffee, varieties of breads (khambirs, breads, pancakes) with butter, peanut butter, jam, porridge/ muesli / granola.
We do not make hot lunches. However, we carry plates, cutlery and hot cases with semi hot lunches consisting of various local breads (khambirs) dried veges, fried rice/ vegetable rolls/mashed potatoes stuffed with veg fillings/ salads, juices, fresh fruits(as long as they can stay as these have to be carried out from Leh and not available on the trail). This has worked out better than the packed individual lunches.
We begin with soup, a main course of Indian / continental / Chinese and ending with dessert, tea/coffee / hot chocolate.
Tourist visa to India can be obtained from the High Commission of India in respective countries. General requirements for a tourist visa are:
a) valid 6 months passport is required for India Visa
b) correct visa fee
c) two passport size photographs
d) supporting documents, wherever necessary
e) duly completed application form
TOURIST VISA ON ARRIVAL
Visas to the citizens of following countries are now given on arrival in India. These visas are for single entry strictly for the purpose of Tourism and for a short period of up to a maximum of 30 days. This visa is issued at arrival only at the designated international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. The fee for the visa on arrival is USD 60 (or equivalent amount in Indian Rupees)
iv) New Zealand
RESTRICTED AREAS PERMIT
Visitors to restricted/protected areas need special permits and for this purpose an additional form has to be completed. Please check our “Restricted Area Info” for same.
Indian Airport and Port Authority customs operate in the same way as most major countries across the world. Note that you are not allowed to take Indian antiques out of the country unless they are replicas.