The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.
Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.
Delhi - Metro - 32INR, Old Delhi by rickshaw - 100INR, Jami Masjid shoe cover charge - 20 INR
Udaipur - Boat hire on Lake Pichola - 300INR, Bike hire 200INR - , City palace entrance charges 75INR
Pushkar - Camel Safari 500 INR
Jaipur - Rickshaw for visit to City Palace and Hawa Mahal 200 INR, City Palace entrance 300 INR, Observatory entrance 100 INR , Hawa Mahal entrance50INR Excursion to Amber Fort by car 350 INR, Entrance to Amber Fort 150 INR
Agra - Rickshaw to Agra Fort (return) 200 INR Entrance fee to Agra Fort 300INR Rickshaw to 'Baby Taj' 200 INR Entrance fee to 'Baby Taj' 110 INR Rickshaw to Fatehpur Sikri 10INR0 (one way) Fatehpur Sikri entrance fee 260INR.
Varanasi - Sunrise visit to the Ghats by boat 500INR, Sunset Arti Ceremoni by boat 600INR, Sarnath entrance fee 105INR
Kolkata - Car to Flower Market & Clay Modellers village 250INR
Mamallapuram - Temple tour Car and entrances 500 INR, Return taxi to Pondicherrry 2150 INR, Visit to Hope School 350 INRMadurai
Meenakshi Temple - entrance 5 INR, transport by tuk tuk 250INR. Gandhi Museum entrance 50 INR
Mancombo - Traditional wooden canoe ride 200 INR
Kochi - Harbour Boat Cruise 300 INR, Kathakali Dance 250 INR, Mattancherry Palace entrance 90 INR, Synagogue entrance 5 INR, Tripunithura Hill Palace, taxi and entrance 500 INR,
Mysore - Taxi to visit Maharajas Palace 200INR, Palace entrance 250INR, Chamundi Hill entrance 100INR
Hampi - Entrance to Elephant Stables and Vittala Temple 250 INR
Goa - Spice plantation tour 350 INRKolkata Car to Flower Market & Clay Modellers village 250 INR
In general only lightweight clothing is needed during the day, but bring warmer clothing for the winter evenings in the North from mid November to mid February, (esp. December and January) when a windproof jacket and several warm layers are also recommended. Hotel heating arrangements in the North are not on a par with UK standards and from December to February thermals may be useful.
Bear in mind that South India is tropical with high humidity. Lightweights are needed all year round with some warmer clothes for cooler evenings, particularly in winter (Nov-Mar) in the Nilgiri Hills. Due to the high chance of rain between October and December, it is advisable to take a rain jacket or umbrella during this time. Casual clothes are the most practical: tight fitting garments, brief shorts
and skirts should be avoided, since they attract unwelcome attention. Shoes must be taken off for temple visit and you must always cover up arms and legs when going inside. You may want to take an old pair of socks to the temples as the floor can get very hot and difficult to walk on.
Luggage: On tour
One main piece of baggage and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself. It is possible at most stations to pay porters to carry your bags to and from the train however please be aware that the costs can seem high in comparison to other services. Most train stations have several sets of stairs to reach the platforms. It is worth packing light so you can carry everything yourself.
Tents (with mosquito screens), mattresses and 2 blankets per passenger are provided locally for the Ganges river camp - we recommend briging your own sleep sheet or lightweight bag. Bring a torch and a personal water bottle.
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly you should allow approximately £40.00 for tipping.
In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.