First and foremost all Maavalan Travels drivers are licensed driver as per regulations to drive commercial vehicle in India. All our driver are experienced, well behaved and are aware of the routes and hotels you would stay at. Driving… leave it to the Indians! Or better said, leave it to Maavalan drivers. When we design your private tour of Rajasthan we take care of this. The whole exercise of driving in Rajasthan is very different to what you are experienced to in the west. The rules though are same but the practicality on ground is different as an example your driver will honk every time he bypasses a vehicle, his purpose is simple, to make the vehicle driver aware of his presence and that he is over taking. You would be amazed by the driving skills of Indian drivers who are warm, welcoming and attentive by nature. You driver whom we know for years together would not only help you discover Rajasthan but at the same time remain cheerful and helpful in every aspect of your travel.
All monuments have an entry fee. Some even have a camera and video fee and these are not part of your package cost. The charges for these needs to be paid directly at the site and our guide would help you on this. For use of a tripod in some monuments, you need to write to the Ministry. When you are planning your trip to Rajasthan write to us and we will take of all these special permits.
Question: If you are wondering how formal is dress in general while visiting monuments, walking around cities and having dinner out, either in town or at the hotels?
VISITING MONUMENTS: There is no dress code for most of the monuments however some religious places prefer you dress modestly, so no shorts, no tank tops or revealing clothes. Jeans, below the knee skirts, dresses with sleeves are all fine for women and tees, shirts, jeans, kahkis etc are all fine for men.
WALKING AROUND CITIES: Totally your wish.
DINING at five star places: It is not necessary to be dressed for the Red carpet. But a nice dinner jacket won’t hurt. Restaurants etc do not have any dress codes. Dress as you like.
Dec – Jan are the coldest months. Days are sunny but the wind can be chilly, there are also days when we don’t see much of sun so keep provision for warm clothes. Keep a few jackets and sweaters. Keep something to cover your neck and socks are a must. Evening can be very cold in Rajasthan so keep that in mind.
Most of the hotels have laundry facilities from normal to express delivery with price variations. Depending upon the length of the stay you may choose the option. The hotels located in rural India though may have a laundry service but we would not recommend them.
Food is very varied… and variety is the spice of life. However this spice can get red hot. If you want variety and also good palatable food, we can help you… we know the country and what your palate can withstand! We also discourage consumption of food from roadside vendors unless again you plan to live here. When you are planning your trip to India be it our tailor-made trips to India or an India luxury tour, make sure to tell us about your culinary interests and we will design your travels around that theme!
Water is best consumed from sealed bottles; which is why we recommend booking your bespoke travel to India with Maavalan wherein we provide sealed bottles of mineral water every day on taking our full India tour package.
From the list of India travel tips here’s an important travel tip for you – some places require taking off of your shoes. Other places you need to cover your head. And yet some other places you need to uncover your head! Inform yourself before venturing in. All kinds of eatables (including chewing gum) and drinkables (including alcohol!) are prohibited in most religious institutions. When we are designing your itinerary for Rajasthan tour, do let us know if you would like to participate in special fairs or religious ceremonies like Indian marriages or Pushkar Fair Tours and we will make your trip to Rajasthan even more fun.
Most restaurant or hotel tariff lists do not sport the tax element on them. What you order and what you pay may not match. You need to ask for the tax structure that varies from state to state! However in our tailor-made trip to Rajasthan taxes are included and you are welcome to travel freely without having to think about such trivialities.
Do not get fooled into thinking India is a warm country. Rajasthan winter can be quite severe. Carry sufficient warm clothes for the night.
Charity begins at home. Not in the street. Do not encourage beggars on the street. If you wish to participate for a cause, we are associated with a NGO in the education sector in the rural sector, which one can visit during your travel in Rajasthan. We help the NGO to supply books, pencils, colors and other school essentials which in turn helps the village to educate its youth.
We are sure you will be carrying your share of Delhi Belly pills, paracetamol’s and mosquito repellents. However, if something goes wrong that cannot be taken care of by your collection of prescribed drugs, rest assured, Indian doctors are arguably some of the best in the world and you will be taken care of really well.
Not all trains are comfortable. Not all trains are fast. And there are almost as many classes in trains as there are gods in the Hindu pantheon. We suggest you consult well and book months in advance. Or get in touch with us. We are really good in designing tailor-made trips to India and you would be really happy working with us.
It is an open deregulated sector. And prices jump around quite a bit. But it is quite a mature sector. Barring the foggy cold wintery nights of North India, flights run pretty efficiently. However we at Maavalan are aware which airlines to avoid. When you are travelling to India it is best to look for private Rajasthan tours in India and we are the experts in such a tour.
If you are not familiar with Indian Classical music, it can be a cause of great ennui for you. However Bollywood music nights can be quite energizing and is recommended if you get a chance. We can organize a Bollywood night or a night out at a club where you can enjoy to the beats of young Indian Bollywood music.
Some places people do not mind. At others they do. Do not shoot if they mind. At other instances, they ask for money!
They are intense and passionate celebrations in India; for example, Diwali, Holi, Pushkar Fair, Weddings or a Cricket Match against England, Australia, New Zealand ! Observe from a distance and enjoy. If you want to be part of it, you have to know locals. We can help you with that.
We wish your travel to India with the above given India travel tips will give you the memories that shall last lifelong with you.