How to book a tour?
To book a tour to India, we suggest
you that you view the India Journeys Page on the
website, which include many tours that are being taken
by most of the tourists coming to India. If you intend
to make any changes, or customize your travel itinerary,
you can request a quote by filling our online query form
or sending us an e mail at:
How do I book a tour if I have
special interests, like Yoga/Ayurveda or Golf etc.?
To book a special interest tour, we
suggest you that you view the ˜Special Journeys" Page on
the website, to view itineraries that we commonly offer.
If you intend to make any changes, or customize your
travel itinerary, you can request a quote by sending us
an e mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am visiting India for the first
time how should I prepare myself?
For resources about India, Please
visit our website page ˜Travel Information". You may 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, you may ask us to provide you a tourist
Guide in the language of your choice who will accompany
you during your tour to India and take care of
everything related to your tour.
How many months in advance should be
my travel booking ?
We recommend that your travel
bookings should be made 6-8 months in advance,
especially if you are travelling between October- March
(high tourist season) and May - June, the Indian holiday
season. As Travel infrastructure in India has its
limitation in comparison to the high season demand
therefore we highly recommend booking your tour in
advance. However, in the case of late/last minute
booking, we should be able to accommodate depending on
How to experience India at it's best
We suggest you to consider rural
India while planning your trip, ask us to combine your
trip during an Indian Festival which will make your trip
a great experience. At each city you visit our guides
will tell you about the cultural activities taking place
that might be interesting.
Can I buy an Air Ticket through you
Yes, you can. Our services are
comprehensive. We do both international and domestic
How will I be picked up from the
You will be picked up by our
representative at the arrival hall of the particular
International Airport of India. You should not leave Air
Port without our representative if you are to be picked
up. Pioneer Journeys representative would be holding a
welcome board with your name on it. If you are part of a
group, the name of the group will be mentioned on the
Can I book the hotels only with you
and not the complete tour ?
Yes, Pioneer Journeys has
special rates with many hotels all over the Indian
Subcontinent. We are sure that we will be able to offer
you the hotels for your budget in the destination wanted
by you. As for as hotels are concerned we have hotels of
every standard in India. You will find some of the world
class hotels in India. Do inform us what kind of hotels
you are looking for. We also make arrangements for big
conferences, Meetings and incentives. You can also book
specialized holidays like yoga, spa and Ayurveda
How do I get medication in India in
case of necessity ?
It is advised that you bring your own
medicines. Most of the medications in India are
available but you may not find it under the same brand
name as in your own country. If consulting a doctor is
necessary, be assured that we will assist you
in this matter. Private hospitals with high standard and
qualified doctors are available in India.
Do people understand English and
other foreign languages ?
English is widely spoken and
understood at almost all tourist centres. All our guides
are qualified and government recognized. They assist you
during your sightseeing in India. We arrange guides who
speak German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or
Chinese. 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!
How can I come in contact with local
people during our travel in India ?
Indians are hospitable and friendly
people. Most of the people you talk to you will find
friendly. Follow the golden rule in India (especially
for Women, when travelling in India): Always speak to the
people you feel like talking to. Avoid people who are
too eager to help you or want you to buy you something.
If you want to enrich your visit to India by visiting an
Indian Family or want to stay in an Indian Family, ask
us. We will be happy to make these arrangements for you.
What is advisable to eat and drink in
We advice our guest to drink bottled
water, bottled drinks. Coffee Tea should be taken hot.
Avoid eating spicy at least at the start of your journey
to India. If you are travelling without a guide in India
you may ask the waiter not to put any chillies to the
ordered dish. It is suggested to stick to only cooked
foods and to eat fresh fruits after removing their skin.
After taking the above precautions you will realize that
India has a wonderful cuisine and rarely any other place
meet the varieties of cuisines and flavours as in India.
Is there anything important to
remember while visiting temples and mosques in India ?
Do remember to remove your shoes and
sandals while visiting a place of worship or mausoleum.
Also some temples do not allow leather articles in their
Are there any restrictions for the
Photography in India ?
Photography is a great fun in India
as you will have enough sunlight most of the time. We
suggest you to bring enough films with you though most
of the films of international brands are also available
in India. In some of the monuments one has to pay fee
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.
Should I give some money to the beggars who
are sometimes on the streets of India ?
Unfortunately Indian government has
not been successful to stop begging on the street from
organized and professional beggars. Even though, in most
cities NGOs and homes are run for poor people to protect
them, begging is prevalent in major Indian cities. If
you want to do something good there are many serious
institutes in every city where you can help the people
who need them actually.
Shopping in India?
India is a shoppers paradise.
Shopping is recommended from Government Emporiums. We
can forward you the details for that. Most of the large
stores will ship your purchases for you, though, for
convenience and to avoid postal delays, it is advisable
to carry your shopping with you or to book it as
baggage. If you have any specific items on your shopping
list, you many contact us we will provide you the needed
How much should I give as tipping
while travelling in India ?
Tipping is expected by most of the
people involved in the tourism in India. In big hotels
services charges are included in the bills so tipping is
not necessary otherwise 10% of the amount of the billing
is normal as tipping. If travelling with a group the
tipping can be reduced to 5% of the total bill.
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
There are no restrictions on the
amount of foreign currency or travellers checks that can
be brought by a tourist to India. However a Declaration
form is 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. Any kind of money exchange should be done only
through authorized money- changers. You may ask our
guides and they will tell you the right centre or place
to get the money exchanged. Please note that no Indian
currency can be imported or exported, except for Rupee
travellers checks. There are 24- hour exchange
facilities available at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and
Chennai international airports.
Can I pay in Euro , US $ or through
credit cards in India ?
All the major currencies including
Euro and US $ are accepted in India. Also all the major
credit cards (Visa, Masters and American Express) are
accepted in the Indian subcontinent.
Are there any restrictions on the
export from India ?
The Government has put restrictions
on the export of all wild animals indigenous to the
country and articles made from such listed animals like
skins, pelts, furs, ivory, rhino horns, trophies, etc.
have been totally banned. These include all forms of
wild animals including their parts and products, except
peacock feathers and handicrafts made from them and
those made from articles and shavings of Antler,
Cheetals and Sambars which are subject to conditions
specified. Export of exotic birds is also not allowed.
This ban also includes wood , sand wood products
including logs, timber, stumps, roots bark, chip,
powder, flakes dust, pulp and charcoal. However, sawn
timber made exclusively out of imported logs teak/
timber are exempted subject to conditions. Also, export
of sandalwood in any form, excluding finished
handicrafts and machine-finished products is prohibited.
Export of furs of domestic animals, excluding lamb fur,
hides and skins is prohibited.
Is there any restrictions on the
export of the Antiques from India ?
Antiquities which include sculpture,
painting or other works of arts or crafts, illustrative
of science, art, craft, religion of bygone ages and of
historical interest which are older than hundred years
may not be exported from India. Manuscripts or other
documents of scientific, historical, literary or
aesthetic older than seventy five years also cannot be
exported out of India.
How do we settle the payment? Is
there an advance deposit required ?
We need 50% of the total tour cost at
the time of the confirmation of the tour. This is to be
sure that your booking a genuine one and we can go ahead
with the reservations. The rest of the due amount should
be deposited at least 7 days prior to your departure
from your country. On special request you can also make
the payment after your arrival in India, but before the
commencement of services. 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 office for
making the reservations.