Things to Know – Wonders of India & Dubai

Travel Documentation

  1. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months on the date of your trip.
  2. India visa is required for US passport holders. It is the responsibility of non-US citizen travelers to check the visa requirements for the countries they are visiting. Resident Aliens need both passport and Alien Resident card for re-entry to the States.
  3. Carry emergency contact person’s name, address, and telephone number with you.
  4. Make a copy of your travel documents, passport, personal necessities and valuables.
  5. US $600 in cash per person is generally adequate (but not for significant purchases or excess entertainment). 

Medical Requirements & Travel Insurance

It is recommended to consult a doctor before taking on any long trips. Remember to bring your own prescription and over-the-counter medicines for flu, indigestion, motion-sickness, etc. In case of illness, please advise your tour director and/or local guides immediately.

Air Ticket Taxes & Airport Taxes

 Taxes for air tickets must be paid at the time the reservation is made. Airport taxes vary by location and must be paid at site on your own when required.

Baggage

Baggage is at owner’s risk at all times. Please check with the airline baggage dimension allowance. For your own convenience, it is suggested to bring one check-in and one carry-on piece per person. Try not to pack excessively to avoid overloading your luggage. All luggage should have a tag with your name, address, telephone number, and tour description written on it. Keep your personal necessities and valuables with you instead of packing them in your check-in luggage.

Things To Carry

  1. Casual attire, smart casual attire for Afternoon Tea, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hat, swimming suit, ran coat, short pants, etc.
  2. Sun-block lotion, insect spray, hair gel, contact lens kit, etc.
  3. Books, magazines, portable music player, snacks, etc.
  4.  Hair dryer, shaver, voltage converter (220V) and adapters.
  5. Camera, camcorder, battery, film, memory sticks, etc.

You may not have any time to look for these items during the tour, and may cost you more if you buy them during the trip.

Currency

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The currency in India is the Indian rupee. Common bills come in denominations of 5 (green), 10 (orange), 20 (red), 50 (purple), 100 (blue), 500 (yellow) and 1,000 (pink). It is always good to have a number of small bills on hand, as merchants and drivers sometimes have no change. Many merchants will claim that they don’t have change for a 100 or 500 note. This is often a lie so that they are not stuck with a large bill. It is best not to buy unless you have exact change.

Changing Money

Private money changers are usually open for longer hours than banks, and they are found almost everywhere (many also double as internet cafes and travel agents). Compare rates with those at the bank, and check that you are given the correct amount.

ATMs

Modern 24-hour ATMs are found in most large towns and cities, though the ATM may not be in the same place as the bank branch. The most commonly accepted cards are Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Maestro and Plus. Banks in India that reliably accept foreign cards include Citibank, HDFC, ICICI, UTI, HSBC, the Punjab National Bank and the State Bank of India. Away from major towns, always carry cash as backup.

Credit cards

Credit cards are accepted at growing numbers of shops, upmarket restaurants, and midrange and top-end hotels, and you can also use them to pay for flights and train tickets. However, be wary of scams. Cash advances on major credit cards are also possible at some banks without ATMs.

Weather

May is the hottest month in New Delhi with an average temperature of 33°C (91°F) and the coldest is January at 13°C (55°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 13 in May. The wettest month is July with an average of 180mm of rain.

May is the hottest month of Agra city. The highest monthly average maximum temperature recorded was 44.6 °C (112.3 °F) in 1921. The lowest monthly average minimum temperature recorded was 18.6 °C (65.5 °F) in 1999 and the highest monthly rainfall recorded was 62.0 millimeter (2.44 in) in 1987.

Clothing

In respect of local tradition and rules, it is recommended to cover as much as you can. Although t-shirts maybe fine in many places, full-sleeved clothing can also be the ideal protection from sun burns and mosquitoes. Females can also wear long skirts or full-length dresses. In most cases, please avoid, tank tops, strap tops, spaghetti straps and low-cut shirts. For males, shorts that go down to the knees maybe fine in most cases; however, please avoid sleeveless shirts. 

Dress codes in historic, religious, political and cultural sites are more conservative and strict, so please dress accordingly and avoid shorts. Many religious sites have their own dress code including head scarves, so previous research is highly recommended as well.

Currency

Please visit www.XE.com for more up-to-date currency information.

UAE The official currency is the UAE dirham (Dh), which is fully convertible and pegged to the US dollar. One dirham is divided into 100 fils. Notes come in denominations of five, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000. Coins are Dh1, 50 fils, 25 fils, 10 fils and 5 fils.

Changing Money

Money changers sometimes offer better rates than banks. If they don’t charge a commission, their rate is probably bad. Most hotels will handle the exchange of foreign currency as well as many major banks. Many of the large shopping malls have bureaux de change. Recommended bureaux de change include UAE Exchange located at Dubai Mall and Marina Mall, both in Dubai, or Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi.

ATMs

ATMs accept foreign debit and credit cards including Switch, Maestro, Visa, Union Pay and Cirrus, and can be found throughout the UAE, in shopping malls, hotels and petrol stations. However, cash back is not commonly available in the UAE. Plan ahead if you are taking taxis, they will only accept cash and often only small notes and change.

Credit Cards

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are found across the UAE, mostly in the major cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Weather

May is when the true summer heat begins with average temperatures reaching 38°C, making it the perfect time for a swim with sea temperatures of roughly 29°C.Humidity is at its lowest and rainfall is extremely rare.

Clothing
To be respectful to the UAE culture, please dress accordingly. It is recommended to wear clothes that cover from shoulders to knees. Extremely tight, low cut shirts, strap tops, short skirts, short shorts and spaghetti tops may not be appropriate in most places. Although public areas may be more lenient than others, historic, traditional and religious sites are more strict on the dress codes. Furthermore, government offices including the hospital do enforce conservative dress codes. Lastly, please be cautious of wearing clothing with pictures or words that may be culturally or religiously offensive. 

 

Information About Your Trip

To make your trip more interesting and rewarding, take some time to learn a little about the culture, language, customs and habits of the places you will travel to. The internet is a good place to start.

Meals & Entertainment

  1. Meals are provided as per your final itinerary. Any meal that is not provided in your itinerary will be at your own expense.
  2. It is at your own decision to join and pay for any items or activities not included in your Charming Travel Destinations itinerary such as outside entertainment, items purchased during shopping visits, and optional sightseeing tours. Charming Travel Destinations does not take responsibility for any of these extracurricular and optional activities. 

Tipping

Tipping is at your own discretion. As a guideline, Charming Travel Destinations recommends the following gratuities:
      1. USD$10.00 per guest per day for local guides & drivers.
      2. Extra tips for well deserved services are always appreciated.

Miscellaneous

  1. Keep an eye on your personal belongings at all times.
  2. Respect other group members, your guides, and drivers.
  3. For the protection of your own interests, read your itinerary and hotel information carefully before departure. Leave a copy to your family or relatives for their reference.
  4. A nice and smooth trip counts on every group member’s utmost cooperation. It is important to follow the indicated meeting point and time. For flight delays, cancellations, or any other emergency, please immediately contact Charming Travel Destinations for assistance. (888) 607-8555