Buying your air ticket
Because of the volatile aspect of the price of air tickets, we request our travelers to buy their tickets by themselves.
Despite the great distance that separates the Western countries from the Indian subcontinent, the ticket prices are relatively cheap compared to other exotic destinations.
The price depends on the season, it is recommended to buy your ticket well in advance since the airline companies increase their price as flights fill up.
Expect between 500 and 700 euros per person all taxes included for a flight from Europe to Delhi. Flying to Delhi will usually be cheapest and it is also the nearest airport to the Himalayas.
If you travel in a group, you must take the same flight. Therefore it is important to buy your tickets together.
Formalities prior to departure
You need a visa to enter India. Be sure to have a passport whose validity exceeds 6 months your date of return from the India.
Most Indian embassy around the world have delegated visa services to "Visa Facilitation Services" (VFS)
Just google "India visa + 'the name of your country'", choose the link to VFS and follow the procedure carefully.
Check first with your mutual fund if any. If you are not covered you will need to contact a private travelinsurance.
Good to know once in India
Whether you have travelled around a lot, or whether it's your first big trip, the first landing in India is still a 'shock' that we do not forget.
Having plunged in a Western culture and well 'disciplined' environments, Oriental culture and the very 'cluttered' environment of Old Delhi will surprise you.
An English-speaking guide will welcome you at the airport, but there are small things that are good to know:
- People of opposite sex do not kiss or hug in India in public. The most common way to greet is to join both palms of the hands and say "Namaste" by slightly tilting the head forward.
- Motorists and motorcyclists drive dangerously and very aggressively. Don't expect any courtesy towards pedestrians. Be patient and walk carefully when you walk in the street. And most importantly, remain humble and do not try to lecture the guy who honks on you like a madman.
- Although the women in cities dress more and more in a Western style, it is not the case in the most remote corners of the country. Women should avoid loose necklines and not show off their legs. For your legs, pants or a long skirt will do. Indian women will greatly appreciate when you wear Indian dresses. There are no clothing restrictions for men. Arriving in Delhi, you can ask your guide to take you to a ready-to-wear Indian dress store.
- In the heart of the Himalayas, human experiences are extremely rich and spontaneous. This is unfortunately not the case in tourist areas of major cities. In tourist areas if someone approaches you for any reason, it is best to ignore him.
- Begging is very common in the plains of the North of the India. Do not encourage it. Apart from a tip that you can give to your team at the end of your trip, we request you to never give money to anybody. Remember that traveling with Himalayan Ecotourism you support several social and environmental programs that are conducted in a sustainable manner.
- Whether you like it or not, haggling is part of shopping in many places of India. Do not hesitate to negotiate prices. We will never take you to shops where we take commissions. We will guide you towards reliable shops only upon your request.
- When you will stay in a homestay or when you are invited to a home in rural areas, be humble and respectful. Follow the advice of your guide. Remove your shoes at the entrance. Signs of respect must be shown to the various members of the family and you won't be allowed in some rooms of the home.