Frequently Ask Question

1. How to book a tour to  India ?
 
2. If I do not want the tour as mentioned in the website how do I make my own tour ?
 
3. I am visiting  India for the first time how should I prepare myself ?
 
4. How advance should be my travel booking ?
 
5. How to experience India at it's best ?
 
6. Can I buy an Air Ticket through you also ?
 
7. How will I be picked up from the Airport or Railway Station in  India ?
 
8. Can I book the hotels only with you and not the complete tour ?
 
9. What to you recommend about hotel reservations. What else should I keep in mind while staying at the hotels in  India ?
 
10. If I only want to take the vehicle during my tour and not the complete tour, then what do you suggest ?
 
11. Which Vaccination is required before visiting  India ?
 
12. How can I come in contact with local people during our travel in  India ?
 
13. What is the best time to visit  India ?
 
14. Are the Visa and passports required before visiting  India ?
 
15. Which currency is used in  India ?
 
16. Can I pay in Euro, US Dollars or through credit cards in  India ?
 
17. What are the timings of the post office and other administrative offices in  India ?
 
18. Is there any thing important while visiting temples and mosques in  India ?
 
19. What should I wear while on my tour to  India ?
 
20. I want to visit the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in  India. Give me some information about them ?
 
21. Are there any restrictions for the Photography in  India ? Is there anything I need to consider while doing photography in  India ?
 
22. How safe is traveling in  India ?
 
23. How is shopping in  India ? Can you provide me some tips for safe and smart shopping in India ?
 
24. What shopping I can do in  India ?
 
25. How much should I give as tipping while traveling in  India ?
 
26. Are there any restrictions on the export of articles from  India ?
 
27. I want to know more about  India Tourism ! Why should I book the tour through World Ways Travel Co. ?
 
28. What is the guarantee that I would be provided the services which I asked for during my tour? Or how safe is my tour with World Ways Travel Co. ?
 
29. Where is the office of World Ways Travel Co. located ?
 
30. How do we settle the payment? Is there an advance deposit required ?
 
31. How can I make the payment ?
 
32. What type of information is required in order to confirm the booking ?
 
33. Do people understand English and other foreign languages in  India ?
 
34. Can I drive in  India ?
 
35. What are the different greetings used in  India ?
 
36. What are the general do’s and don’ts for greeting in  India ?
 
37. How do Indians welcome their guests ?
 





1. How to book a tour to  India ?

Firstly we suggest you to visit "Tour packages" Page on the website, which include various tours of  India. Then select one of the tour. If you intend to make any changes like having a day more or less then in that case you need to inform us so that we make your itinerary accordingly. You can use our online tour booking form or send us an e mail at: worldwaysindia@yahoo.com.

 2. If I do not want the tour as mentioned in the website how do I make my own tour ?

If you don’t want those tours which are mentioned on the website then in such a case you need to fill up the "Enquiry Form" as mentioned on our website. In this form you have to specify the places you want to visit, date of arrival and departure, number of people who are traveling, the hotel category and any other special choice. After having these details from your end we will plan a tour for you and contact you very next day with all the details.

 3. I am visiting India for the first time how should I prepare myself ?

If you are visiting India for the first time, then, you may also put up your questions to us regarding any matter if you do not find the answers on our website. Apart from that we suggest you to do some background reading before visiting  India, so that your visit becomes a great experience. During your tour we will also provide you a tourist Guide at the different cities in the language of your choice who will let you know anything you want to know about  India.

  4. How advance should be my travel booking ?

Your travel bookings should be made 4 - 6 months well in advance, especially if you are traveling between October to March (high tourist season). As Travel infrastructure in India has its limitation in comparison to the high season demand therefore we highly recommend to book your tour in advance.

  5. How to experience India at it's best ?

While planning your trip we suggest you to consider the festivals which would be taking place in  India during your trip. Upon receiving the information from you we will combine your trip with the Festivals in  India which will make your trip a great experience. Our guides will also tell you about the cultural activities that would be taking place during the festivals. 

  6. Can I buy an Air Ticket through you also ?

Yes, you can buy an Air Ticket through us but to be fair we advice you to book your air ticket in your country as air tickets are normally expensive if booked in  India in India to be sent to your country. However even if Air tickets are cheaper here and you happen to change you schedule in that case it is better to have tickets issued at the port of departure. After having booked your Air tickets you can inform us the arrival time and the flight Number to enable us to pick you up from the airport to start with the tour.

  7. How will I be picked up from the Airport or Railway Station in  India ?

You will be picked up from the airport or railway station in  India whereever you arrive by  our World Ways representative. Our representative will be holding a name board with your name written on it at the arrival hall of the airport or railway station. If you are coming as a group then the name of the group will be mentioned on the name board. On that name board the arrival date, time, place and flight or train number will also be mentioned. You are requested not to leave the airport or railway station until you meet our representative. If by chance you were not able to find each other then you would also be provided the mobile and telephone number of the representative so that you can find each other at the particular location at the airport or the railway station.

  8. Can I book the hotels only with you and not the complete tour ?

Yes, World Ways Travel Co. is having special rates with many hotels all over the  India. We are sure that we will be able to offer you the hotels as per your budget in the various destinations as wished by you. As far as the hotels are concerned we have hotels of every category in  India. Do inform us what kind of hotels you are looking for. We also make arrangements for big conferences and incentive spa packages.  We provide  information about various categories of hotels available in India. All the hotels that we use in the tour itinerary are mentioned there. If you want to book a particular hotel then a booking form is supplied with the hotel details. You can fill up that particular booking form and send to us or email us at worldwaysindia@yahoo.com

  9. What to you recommend about hotel reservations. What else should I keep in mind while staying at the hotels in  India ?

It is advisable to reserve well in advance for the hotels in  India. All the hotels have air-conditioning and private baths and offer all the modern amenities like telephone, computer, and fax machines. Pay your hotel bill either in cash (rupees) or with a credit card. If you are paying in cash, have with you the receipt of your foreign money into rupees. World Ways Travel Co. is specialized in hotel bookings which are very good value for your money. Contact us with dates, destinations and wished categories and our Team would be glad to help you.

  10. If I only want to take the vehicle during my tour and not the complete tour, then what do you suggest ?

If you want to make arrangements only for the transport then we provide any type of vehicle you require for your tour. With the vehicle you would be provided one experienced and reliable English speaking driver. The car would be at your disposal throughout the tour. The cost of the vehicle includes all the expenses, fuel, driver’s fees, toll taxes and parking.

 11. Which Vaccination is required before visiting  India ?

Before visiting  India, the Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required if a tourist is coming from the Yellow Fever endemic countries. This certificate conforms to the International Health Regulation. The citizens and travelers coming from the United States, Canada or United Kingdom, do not require any vaccination certificate or inoculations. It is highly recommended to get a precautionary measure vaccination against Hepatitis B, if you plan to stay longer in  India. To avoid Malaria and Dengue, carry mosquito repellents, nets or take a course of anti Malaria tablets.

 12. How can I come in contact with local people during our travel in  India ?

Indians are hospitable and friendly people, Do not consider staring at you as unfriendly. Most of the Indians have not been abroad and therefore foreign tourists are for them a subject of curiosity. Most of the people to whom you will talk will be friendly. Always speak to the people you feel like talking too. Avoid people who are too eager to help you or want you to buy something from them.

 13. What is the best time to visit  India ?

The best time to visit  India is from October to March.

 14. Are the Visa and passports required before visiting  India ?

All foreign nationals, including children, require a visa and passport before visiting  India. For visiting  India, please consult the concerned embassies in your area. For clarifications, please contact the Indian High Commission or Indian Embassy.


15. Which currency is used in  India ?

The units of Indian currency are the Rupee and Paisa (100 Paisa equal 1 Rupee). Paper money is in denominations of Rupees 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Coins are in denominations of Rupees 1, 2 and 5. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers’ checks that can be brought by the tourists in  India. However a Declaration form need to be filled (only for the amount which is more than USD 10,000) on the arrival at the Indian airport. By filling up this form you can also get your money exchanged back in the original currency without any problem. The Money should be exchanged only through authorized money changers. You may ask our guides and they will tell you the right center or place to get the money exchanged. Please note that no Indian currency can be imported or exported, except for travelers checks. Travelers checks can be changed into rupees at any bank in India. Be aware that it can take several hours to cash travelers checks in small towns. Try to deal with large banks in large cities. Don’t accept large denomination notes, because they will be difficult to change, and don’t accept damaged or torn notes, because merchants will refuse them, especially in small towns. Keep a supply of small change. Very often taxi drivers and vendors will say that they don’t have change.


 16. Can I pay in Euro, US Dollars or through credit cards in  India ?

All the major currencies including Euro, US Dollars and Pounds are accepted in  India. All the major credit cards like Visa, Master Card and American Express are also accepted in the main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres in  India.


17. What are the timings of the post office and other administrative offices in  India ?

The post offices and banks are open from 1000 to 1630 hrs from Monday to Friday and from 0930 to 1230 hrs on Saturdays. The administrative offices are open from Monday to Friday from 0930 to 1700 hrs and 0930 to 1230 hrs on Saturdays. All the offices and banks are closed on holidays.


18. Is there any thing important while visiting temples and mosques in  India ?

Do remember to remove your shoes and sandals while visiting temple, mosques and churches. Also some temples do not allow leather shoes, belts or handbags in their premises. When visiting temples, women should cover their body with short or long sleeves tops and a long skirt or pants. Women should not wear sleeveless dresses or blouses. They need not cover their face or head. Men should wear long pants and a short-sleeved shirt. The people go to the temple to worship, doing offerings on the statues of the gods and receiving a blessing – sometimes a mark on the forehead. It is customary to leave a small amount of money for the priest after receiving a blessing. Hindu custom dictates that women should not go into temples if they are menstruating. Also be alert for signs indicating that non-Hindus may not visit the inner sanctum of the temple and may see only its outer precincts. If there is no sign, ask a priest. If you are visiting a temple and are offered a portion of sweet or fresh coconut or banana, it’s prasad or sacred food, offered to the gods. Since it’s a great honor to be offered, never refuse it, rather accept it and eat it. If you don’t want it, take it and give it to someone else. In Muslim mosques, do remember that men and women sit in separate areas. You need to cover your head while visiting the main chamber in the mosque. It is compulsory for both men and women to cover their head when visiting Sikh Gurudwaras. Before photographing the inner chamber of sacred temples, be sure to get permission. It is not permitted to have the picture of main deity in some temples. World Ways Travel Guides will assist you more on about the behaviour and general customs within the temple premises.

 

 19. What should I wear while on my tour to India ?

As a Westerner, feel free to wear anything, as long it is not very revealing like extremely tight jeans, low-cut blouses. It is extremely important for women to keep their legs covered as much as possible by wearing long skirts or pants. Shorts are never acceptable, except at beach resorts. Be sure to wear a hat. It is essential protection against the sun. Men should not, however, wear turbans. Cotton outfits, hats, sun glasses and sun screen lotion should be carried while on your tour to  India.

 20. I want to visit the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in  India. Give me some information about them ?

There are many national parks and  wildlife sanctuaries in  India. Some of the famous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are the Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Panna National Park, Madhav National Park, Pench National Park and Ranthambhor Wildlife Sanctuary. The best time to visit the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India is from October to March. The best time to watch the wildlife is in the early morning and evening. 

 21. Are there any restrictions for the Photography in  India ? Is there anything I need to consider while doing photography in  India ? 

India offers you great photographing options and it is a great fun while photographing in India as you will have enough sunlight most of the time. We suggest you to bring enough films with you to catch the endless beauty of India. In some of the monuments and wildlife sanctuaries you have to pay the fees for the photography. Our guide will suggest you where it is worth to photograph and where not. At some of the locations photography is not allowed. Do not photograph these objects otherwise your film can be confiscated. Always take permission before photographing people. Lower class people are especially sensitive and suspicious as to why they are being photographed. Never photograph airports, railways, railway stations, big bridges, or a military area. It’s good not to photograph Muslim women, women bathing, cremations, slums, or beggars.

 22. How safe is traveling in  India ?

India is comparatively a safe state to travel. Crime rate against foreigners remain low. However specially to our female guests we recommend not be alone on the road after late evening just to be on the safer side. In case you need any help you can call the police at 100 and Ambulance at 102.

 23. How is shopping in India ? Can you provide me some tips for safe and smart shopping in  India ?

India is a shoppers paradise. There are various shopping places in  India. However, we recommend you to shop from the government approved emporiums. You can bargain everywhere except in government craft emporiums, government textile shops, pharmacies, bookstores, or Western-style grocery stores. Even if a price is written on an object, ask the price and bargain from there. Decide what you are willing to spend for an item. Make this your last offer in a bargaining session. If the shop owner is willing to sell at your price, he will sell you the item without much argument. It is better to buy large and expensive items, such as rugs or jewelry, only from reputable dealers recommended by Indian acquaintances, hotels or your guide and driver. Most of the large stores also ship your purchase. Although, for convenience and to avoid postal delays, it is advisable to carry your purchased items with you or book it as baggage.

 24. What shopping I can do in  India ?

India also has a rich tradition of high quality weaving, embroidery and handicrafts. India's handicraft centres have an extraordinary collection of handicraft items, wooden items, embroidery and jewellery. 

 25. How much should I give as tipping while traveling in  India ?

Tipping is expected by most of the people involved in the tourism in  India. In big hotels service charges are included in the bills so tipping is not necessary otherwise 10% of the amount of the billing is normally provided as tipping. If you are traveling with a group the tipping can be reduced to 5% of the total bill. For the porters in the hotels Rs.20 for a single baggage and in the case of a group Rs.10 per baggage is customary. For tour guides and escorts we recommend 1 to 2 USD per day per person and same is also for the driver accompanying you during your  tour. However the mentioned amounts are just to give travelers an idea. There is no “must” or “compulsion” of tipping in  India. We advice you to measure the quality of services of particular person or establishment before thinking of tipping !

 26. Are there any restrictions on the export of articles from  India ?

The Government has put restrictions on the export of the wild animals from the country. It has also put ban on the export of the articles made from the wild animals like skins, belts, furs, ivory, rhino horns, trophies, etc. Except peacock feathers and handicrafts made from them and various items and shavings of Antler, Cheetals and Sambars are not banned, subject to conditions. Export of exotic birds is also not allowed. However, the items made exclusively out of imported timber are exempted subject to conditions. Also, export of sandalwood in any form like logs, timber, roots bark, chip, powder, dust flakes, pulp and charcoal, excluding finished handicrafts and machine-finished products is prohibited. Export of furs of domestic animals, hides and skins is also prohibited except the Lamb fur. Antiques which include sculpture, painting or other works of art and craft, illustrative works of science and religion and of historical interest which are more than hundred years old may not be exported from India. Manuscripts or other documents of scientific, historical, literary or aesthetic older than seventy five years also can not be exported out of India. Recently Airport taxes are being collected at the time of issuing the tickets to India. Please always confirm with your Airline if the taxes are to paid at the airport at the time of departure from India


 27. I want to know more about  India Tourism ! Why should I book the tour through World Ways Travel Co. ?

World Ways Travel Co. is a recognized tour operator and holiday planner in India. We not only organize tours in  India, but also arrange railway ticket, Bus ticket, Car rental, local sightseeing, airport and railway station transfers . We not only organize the tours as they are printed in the itinerary but also work out any special tailor made itinerary in any area of the Indian subcontinent. We also organize special interest tours for women only.  World Ways Travel Co. is associated with a team of Tour Escorts and Guides who are fluent in different languages having long experience and are highly qualified and have also spent many years abroad. To know more about World Ways Travel Co.  please refer to "About Us" page on our website or email us at worldwaysindia@yahoo.com

 

 28. What is the guarantee that I would be provided the services which I asked for during my tour? Or how safe is my tour with World Ways Travel Co. ?

World Ways Travel Co. provide you a guarantee in the form of certificate which means that your traveling is safe with us. The certificate is attested by the Notary Public. In that certificate it is specified that World Ways Travel Co. undertakes the guarantee that it would provide all the services as decided according to the mutual agreement between you and them.

 29. Where is the office of World Ways Travel Co. located ?

Our office is located at the East Gate of Taj Mahal opposite Oberoi Hotel Amarvilas, VIP road, Shilp Gram, Agra -U.P. 282001 India


 30. How do we settle the payment? Is there an advance deposit required ?

We need 10% of the total tour cost as an advance at the time of the confirmation of the tour. This is to be sure that your booking is genuine and we can go ahead with the reservations. The rest of the due amount can be paid before your arrival in  India. On special request you can also make the payment after your arrival. This can be agreed upon as per the type of tour and the amount we have to pay in advance to the hotels and our other associate offices for making the reservations.

 31. How can I make the payment ?

There are various payment options by which you can make payment to North East India Tourism. You can make payment by cash, bank transfer, online credit card payment, Paypal, Cheque, Travelers checks and demand draft. If you have booked the tour through our associate offices then you can make the payment to them and get the confirmation from us. If you wish to use another option of payment suitable to you, then we would assist you. Please send us your queries and specify the country of your residence.

 32. What type of information is required in order to confirm the booking ?

In order to confirm the booking with us we require some of the information like01. Passport no.02. Date of passport issue03. Validity of passport04. Passport issued at05. Date of Birth 06. Your complete name as in the passport07. Complete address 08. Your Nationality 09. Your Visa Number, if you already have the visa 10. Your telephone Number 11. Your mobile number if any 12. Your arrival Date, Airline number and time13. Your departure date, Airline number and time
You can fill up all these information and send it to us so that we will confirm your hotel booking. At the time of check in at the hotel, you need to please handover a copy of such details at the hotel reception so that you do not have to fill up the information forms of the hotel and it also saves the time.

 33. Do people understand English and other foreign languages in  India ?

English is widely spoken and understood at almost all tourist centers. But we highly recommend you to take qualified and government recognized guides during your sightseeing in  India. We are associated with Guides in India who also speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Russian. Tour guides will help you not only in your sightseeing, but also help you understand  India better and give you useful tips for your Journey to  India !

 34. Can I drive in  India ?

Though it is permissible to drive in  India but we strongly recommend you not to drive as the condition of roads and traffic rules do not match with Western countries. Driving here is on the left, as in Japan, Hong Kong, and Britain. There are cyclists, buses, trucks, rickshaws, camels, cows, goats, pigs, countless pedestrians on roads. Chances are more to meet with an accident if you drive on your own. It is always advisable to hire a driver as they are trained and familiar with local traffic sense. For more information on hiring a driver and vehicle contact our team of World Ways Travel Co.

 35. What are the different greetings used in  India ?

India is a land of diversity thus you will notice that different people use different greetings. Like, Hindus say "Namaste", Muslims say, "Salaam al-eikum" (Sah-lahm ah-lay-kuhm) and the Sikhs say "Sat Sri Akal" (Saht shree ah-kahl).

 36. What are the general do’s and don’ts for greeting in  India ?

The general greeting is "Namaste" (nah-mahs-tay). You can do this for "Good morning", "Good afternoon" or "Good evening". While saying Namaste hold your palms together at chin level and nod (never bow) your head. In major cities, men usually shake hands, while women use the more traditional greeting. In general, you can shake hands with men and can say Namaste to women. Ji is used following a name as a sign of respect, e.g., Gandhi-ji. Note that a Hindu may greet a man by adding "Sahib" ("Sir" or "Master") to the name (Mr. Jones-sahib) and woman by adding "ji" (Miss Jones-ji) as a sign of respect. Don’t use first names unless you know someone very well. Use "Mr.", "Mrs.", or "Miss". You can also use titles such as "Professor", "Doctor" and also "Sir" or "Madam" with elders. Please note that only people of the same sex can hug one another.

 37. How do Indians welcome their guests ?

Indians follow very traditional style to welcome their honored guests. The garlands of flowers are used in formal occasions, such as in the inauguration of building or company, in the receptions of a distinguished visitor, or at the end of a concert. The garlands are draped around the neck of the honored person. If you are a receiver of a garland, wear the flowers for a few minutes, then remove the garland and give it to someone else or else hold on to it. Never leave it behind, except at the foot of a statue in a temple.