Pre Departure Formalities

Frequently Ask Questions


Visas                                                                                               

As per the current low & regulation, You will need a valid passport and & multiple entry visa to enter India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka at one time for re-enter the same country within 02 months of your first visit. Please contact the necessary Consulate or Embassy closest to you to apply for a visa and keep in mind about multiple entry visas if you will more than one country at one time. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. Foreign nationals arriving in India on long term multiple visas are required to register with the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Officer within 14 days of arrival. Over-stayers will be fined and may be prosecuted.


Passport and visa must be obtained in advance. Each participant is responsible for determining specific passport and visa requirements in the participant's country of origin and for obtaining the necessary documents prior to departure.


Official papers                                                                                       

Your documents such as Passport, VISA, Travel Insurance, Travelers Cheque, Personal mediclaim Policy etc are most important things during your trip, so make photocopies of all your travel documents and keep photocopies & originals in separate bags. It saves you lots of trouble in case the originals get stolen.


Medical Information                                                                              

Food and waterborne diseases are the number one cause of illness in travelers. Hence please be careful about the food quality & drinking water. Use only mineral water during the trip to India.

Always bring personal medicines during your trip if you are patient of asthma, diabetes or allergies or any such conditions that may require emergency care and are specially advised to carry prescriptions of the medicines. Preferably carry a letter from your physician.


Baggage Allowance                                                                           

While you are travelling in International sectors, Most of the airlines allow 2 pieces of baggage. Your baggage shouldn’t exceed 62 inches or 70 lb. A carryon bag may also be allowed if it fits underneath the seat on the aircraft. On domestic flights within India and Nepal 44 lb for checked luggage and one carryon bag is allowed. This bag should be tagged with a hand baggage tag provided by the airlines and checked by security.

Ashoka India Tours ® (A.I.T.) will not be held responsible for any extra baggage penalties or irregularities.


Travel Insurance                                                                             

We do not provide any insurance whatsoever for inbound clients. But we strongly recommend you to purchase travel insurance in the event that you have to cancel your trip. Also, comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended. It is advisable to have cover for unexpected losses such as canceled flights etc.


Clothing                                                                                               

India is a subcontinent where women is a most respectable thing and Indians are very conservative as per the women dresses is concern, Among the all Indian women dresses, Punjabi outfits & Saris are most famous dresses in India. It is advisable to respect the Indian customs & local dress codes and please avoid wearing shorts, mini-skirts and bare backed dresses. Women should wear long pants or skirts to the ankles.

Bring light woolens, sweaters, a light jacket or wool wrap. Dress in layers during winters and bring light cotton clothes, light T-shirts & Paints during summers. For trekking & maintaining trips, bring warm clothes like long coat, jackets, sweaters etc.


Temperature                                                                                           

In North India, Temperature is about 30s to the high 80s Fahrenheit, days are hot and nights are cool. Temperatures in South India range from the 50s to the 90s Fahrenheit. In winter during the days the temperature is rather warm, however at night it can get cold. Therefore, both warm and cold weather clothing is required. This is likewise for the Himalayan foothills, even though it is cold there, while hiking you will get hot and sweaty.


What to bring                                                                                

• Good walking shoes with grip
• Slippers or sandals
• Warm jacket or coat
• Gloves
• Socks, preferably synthetic or wool for trekking.
• Sweater
• Bathing suit
• Sunglasses
• Large hat (preferably the fold-up kind).
• Long-sleeved shirts and long pants to wear while outside whenever possible.
• Tee shirts and sweat shirts



Useful items to bring                                                      

• Personal toiletries
• Medications
• Camera
• Insect repellent
• Facial tissues
• Extra rolls of toilet paper
• Swimsuit, hat, sunglasses, and sun block.
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Sunscreen
• Alarm clock
• Money belt: The flat type that you can wear under clothing
• Back pack or fanny pack for carrying water, camera, etc
• Map of India
• Travel diary and pens: For journaling or memory-recording.
• Any dried food that you like and can't get in India
• First aid kit.
• Moleskin or Band-aids to treat foot blisters.


Luggage                                                                                           

It is best to keep luggage to a minimum. When traveling, you will regret bringing large unwieldy clumps of luggage. A small backpack or a fanny pack will be useful on short walks or shopping. While touring and hiking, you can leave your luggage in the hotel, so you don't have to carry more than necessary. For the Himalayan Pilgrimages, please bring soft-side luggage or a duffel bag so it can be packed on a pony. For other tours, it's fine to bring any kind of locked luggage.


Luggage is limited to one checked suitcase or duffel bag per person and one carry-on bag per person. Airline requirements limit checked luggage to not more than 70 pounds and not more than 62 inches (combined dimensions of length + breadth + height). Carry-on bags must fit under the seat or in the overhead compartment. Please note that luggage may be carried within India on tarpaulin-covered roof racks. Weather and loading and unloading can cause more than usual wear and tear to luggage. Accordingly, luggage should be capable of withstanding rain and rugged treatment.


Thanks for your visit                                                                                

Have a happy & smooth journey