MOST COMMONLY ENCOUNTERED QUESTIONS
Many people have expressed their concerns to me about visiting India: the heat, crowding, becoming ill and beggars are high on the list of worries, mainly from people who have never been there.
Firstly, let me relieve some of those concerns, followed by other questions you may have.
India is certainly hot in the summer months with temperatures soaring into the high forties celsius. This is why KASU TOURS are only planned in the winter months between October and March when the weather is mild, pleasant and dry.
The average daytime temperature in February is 25 °C to 27 °C, dropping to10 °C to 12 °C at night. The days are usually sunny with clear skies.
Yes, many parts of India are very crowded, especially the cities. But many parts are not crowded and that is where most of our tours will be: in the less crowded places. The short time we will spend in cities with the teeming population can be exhilarating and fun seeing how the place functions with so many people.
It is possible to stay well in India with a few simple rules: consult your doctor for appropriate preventative medicine before leaving; only drink bottled or purified water and only cooked food; either peel fruit or wash in clean water; only eat street food if it is cooked at a high temperature just before you eat it; do not touch animals; be meticulous with hand washing before eating.
Will I get sick from the food?
India offers a fantastic variety of delicious food and we take many precautions to ensure that you do not become sick. We will mostly be eating in reputable hotels and restaurants, some of them world class.
We will provide you with plenty of guidance as well as bottled water.
Many people are concerned with the possibility of encountering beggars, and how to cope with severe poverty up close. Beggars are a sad fact in India, especially in the big cities and anyone with a heart can’t help but be moved by them. But please be aware that things are not always what they seem. Giving money to beggars is frowned upon in many places as civil authorities are trying to end the practice. Yes, the stories you may of heard of beggar bosses or mafia are true in many places. If you feel the need to give something to that person demanding money from you, food is a good idea – fruit or biscuits.
What is the accommodation like on the tour?
The accommodation has been chosen for quality, comfort, and especially character. I have tried to stay away from generic impersonal international style hotels in favour of friendly staff, heritage havelis, former palaces, luxury camping and homely modern village living.
How much spending money will I need?
As most of the meals are included in the tour price (all breakfasts, 13 lunches and all dinners (except the last day when people are heading home) plus plenty of bottled water, there will be very little to spend on food. The meals not included in the tour cost will be quite inexpensive and ten dollars a day for food should be more than enough.
In addition, all workshops, demonstrations, entry to monuments and museum, guides, drivers and taxis and some tips are also included. Click here for a full list of inclusions in the tour cost.
The the rest is up to you: unless you are a complete stoic, shopping is almost impossible to avoid as there is much temptation all around. We will mostly shun big city stores as we will be visiting the makers and they usually have quite a bit of stock on hand to choose from. For those who can’t resist purchasing beautiful handmade goodies, we will include a visit to the Post Office to offload the excess baggage.
How many people are on the tour?
There will be a maximum of six people on the tour.
What kind of clothing should I take on the tour?
Pack light clothing suitable for travel as the weather will be mild. You may want to pack something a little more formal for some of the outings, and something you don’t mind getting dirty for some of the workshops. Some of our accommodation has swimming pools and we will be spending our last two days on a beach, so you may want to pack a modest bathing suit.
You will need comfortable walking shoes or sandals and a hat.
Modesty is important in India, so clothing that is not too revealing is best. As we will be visiting places of worship, legs and arms will need to be covered – so a long skirt or trousers and sleeved shirts.
What about Sim Cards and wifi?
Its best to purchase a travel sim card before you embark on your trip as it is quite difficult now for foreigners to purchase them in India.
Most of our hotels have good wifi reception.
For those who enjoy alcoholic beverages:
Gujarat has been a dry state since 1958, so alcohol is difficult to find and you will need a permit to consume it. Permits to consume alcohol are available at Ahmedabad airport and it is ok to bring in duty free from home or buy it at Ahmedabad airport. Having said that, most of our hotels will not permit drinking on the premises, so better not buy any.
Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance is unavoidably necessary and is the responsibility of the individual. KASU TOURS will require a copy of a current Travel Insurance Policy with the required inclusions two weeks before departure. For more details on travel insurance, see the Terms and Conditions page.
Duty free – Australia
If you make a purchase of items from one business, even on separate invoices, that together total AU$300 or more within 60 days of your departure and you take the item with you on the trip (eg a new camera, mobile phone, clothing etc) these items could be eligible for a tax refund under the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS). There is a handy app available on the website that may give you priority at the claims counter.
Read all about TRS claims here >>
A percentage of profits at KASU TOURS is donated to selected charities we work with in India.
Any other questions?
Please write to me via the CONTACT page.