Essential India 2024 Trip Notes

Trip Overview


Embark on an unforgettable 9-day adventure through the vibrant heart of India with our meticulously crafted tour. Discover the captivating blend of history, culture, and wildlife as you traverse the iconic cities of New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Gurgaon, while also immersing yourself in the natural splendors of Ranthambore National Park. Visit Delhi and marvel at the impressive architecture of historical monuments such as the majestic Qutub Minar. Explore the grandeur of Agra Fort and other architectural wonders that will transport you back in time. Prepare for an exhilarating experience at Ranthambore National Park, one of India’s premier wildlife sanctuaries. Embark on thrilling safaris to spot majestic tigers, along with other exotic wildlife species in their natural habitat. The modern metropolis of Gurgaon is the perfect finish for your India vacation with its cutting-edge infrastructure and lively ambiance. Book your 9-day India tour now and join us for an enchanting journey that promises to leave you with cherished memories of India’s diverse tapestry.

Duration : 9 Days

Destination : India

Start/Ends in : Delhi / Delhi

Group Size : 13-35 People

Age Req. : 18+

Trip Theme : Classic, Overland

Hotels : 4 & 3 Star

Departs : All Year Round

Why you will love this tour

  • * The Essential India 2024 tour offers a kaleidoscope of experiences, taking you on a journey through the rich heritage and culture of India’s most captivating destinations.
  • * Stay in carefully selected 4-star hotels with breakfasts and airport transfers included. Plus, travel in the comfort of a private, air-conditioned coach with a local, experienced guide throughout your trip.
  • * From the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra to the regal palaces of Jaipur and Udaipur, every stop on this tour presents iconic architectural marvels that will leave you awe-struck.
  • * Wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled with the safari adventure at Ranthambore National Park, where encounters with elusive tigers and exotic fauna await.
  • * Immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of the locals, engage in a culinary journey with Indian families, and savor the authentic flavors of Rajasthan’s delectable cuisine.
  • * As you explore the vibrant bazaars, indulge in traditional arts and crafts, and witness age-old traditions, you will find yourself captivated by the timeless allure of Rajasthan, leaving with unforgettable memories of this enchanting land.

Arrival Details

The group welcome meeting with your guide and other travelers is held around 18:30 at the hotel lobby on Day 1 of your tour unless otherwise notified.

Meeting and Finishing Point:

The meeting point for the tour is :

Park Plaza Delhi CBD Shahdara – Delhi

Address: Plot 32, Central Business Dist, Shahdara, Delhi, 110095, India

Phone : +91 11 4563 0000

Emergency Number: +44 203 14 99 200

Airport Transfers

Arrival airport transfer is included for the flights landing to Delhi on the first day of your tour from 5am to 11:30pm or if you have booked your Pre Accommodation with us. You will be picked up by a Travel Talk representative holding a Travel Talk sign at the airport. Departure airport transfer is only available on the last day of the tour between 05:00 and 17:00.

To arrange your airport transfer please email us the following information at least 2 weeks before your departure date. [email protected]

Making Your Own Way to the Starting Point

The arrival hotel is 25 km away from the Delhi Airport (DEL). It takes about 25 min. – 50 min. by taxi, depending on the traffic. You can take a taxi from the airport directly to the hotel, which is expected to cost around USD 10-15.


Agra: Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal and has three UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort in the city, and Fatehpur Sikri.

Delhi: Delhi, city and national capital of India. The city of Delhi actually consists of two components, Old Delhi, in the north, the historic city; and New Delhi, in the south.

Jaipur: The capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan.Located 260 km from New Delhi and forms a part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Agra .


Please note that the itinerary may be subject to small changes depending on the conditions during the tour. Alternative accommodation of similar standards may be used depending on the group size and hotel availability.

Greetings to India! Look out for the Travel Talk sign at the airport as we’ll be there to pick you up and transfer you to our hotel in Delhi. At 6:30 pm, gather in the lobby for a casual meeting with your guide and fellow group members to discuss your upcoming tour in India. Following that, you’ll have leisure time to unwind and recover after your long flight or, if you prefer, join an optional group dinner to get acquainted with your fellow travelers and toast to exciting new adventures and friendships ahead!

Accommodation : Park Plaza Delhi CBD Shahdara – 5 Star

Included Activities : Welcome Meeting

Optional Activities :  Group Dinner

At around 8:30 am today, you’ll begin your sightseeing tour in Delhi with your guide. Old Delhi unveils the enchanting charm of India’s history, culture, and traditions, while the captivating New Delhi showcases the modern face of the country. Begin with a visit to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosque. Explore the bustling Chandni Chowk, Asia’s largest wholesale market, teeming with shops, bazaars, and vibrant life. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century. Pay respects at Raj Ghat, a simple yet powerful memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Continuing to New Delhi, witness the British legacy with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Qutub Minar. The Imperial Delhi part of the tour includes a drive past India Gate, a monumental war memorial arch, as well as the Parliament House, Secretariat buildings, and the Vice Regal Palace.

Accommodation : Park Plaza Delhi CBD Shahdara – 5 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities :

Sightseeing of Delhi

Sightseeing of Red Fort & Raj Ghat

Sightseeing of Jama Masjid

Sightseeing of Chandni Chowk

Sightseeing of Qutab Minar

Sightseeing of Humayun’s Tomb

Entrance Fees :

Humayun’s Tomb – USD 8

Qutab Minar – USD 8

Red Fort – USD 8

Jama Masjid – USD 4

Optional Activities :

Rickshaw Ride – USD 2.80

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll embark on a scenic 4-hour drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and take some time to relax. In the afternoon, get ready for the optional “Discovering Oriental Agra” program, designed to connect you with the essence of this incredible city. Or, join jour guide for an orientation walk among the highlights of Agra.

For an eco-friendly and immersive experience, the tour is conducted using battery-operated rickshaws. Your journey will encompass various significant places in the city. You’ll rewind to the time of Emperor Shahjehan at Dara Shikoh’s library, where intellectual and literary conversations thrived. You’ll also visit the birthplace of the esteemed poet Mirza Ghalib in the Kala Mahal locality, as well as the headquarters of the Radhasoami faith at Dayalbagh.

Other highlights include the Mankameshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the magnificent Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the country, and several churches, including the historic Akbar Church built by Emperor Akbar in 1598.

Accommodation : Howard Plaza – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities : Agra City Tour

In the early morning, embark on a visit to the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Taj Mahal stands as an epitome of Mughal architecture and a poignant symbol of India’s rich history. Constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid-17th century as an expression of love for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this grand monument is undeniably one of the world’s wonders. Its breathtaking marble inlay work, particularly when observed up close, is truly astounding, leaving visitors mesmerized by its brilliance.

After the Taj Mahal visit, return to your hotel for breakfast and enjoy a leisurely morning to relax. Later, continue your explorations with a visit to the Agra Fort and the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah, a remarkable Mughal mausoleum constructed in honor of Mumtaz Mahal’s grandfather. The tomb is affectionately known as the “jewel box” or the “Baby Taj.”

Accommodation : Howard Plaza – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities :

Sightseeing of Jaipur

Sightseeing of Amber Fort

Sightseeing of City Palace & Hawa Mahal

Sightseeing of Jantar Mantar

Entrance Fees:

Taj Mahal – USD 18

Agra Fort – USD 9

Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah – USD 5

After enjoying breakfast, your journey continues towards Ranthambore with an enroute stop at the remarkable Fatehpur Sikri.

Situated in the province of Uttar Pradesh, Fatehpur Sikri served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. This world heritage site boasts one of the best-preserved collections of Mughal architecture in India. Marvel at the majestic Jama Masjid Mosque, the intricately designed palaces constructed for Emperor Akbar’s wives, the grand public and private discussion halls, and the vast ornamental pool.

After a captivating exploration of Fatehpur Sikri, continue your journey towards the mesmerizing Ranthambore.

Accommodation : The Sher Garh Resort

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities :

Sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri

Entrance Fees :

Fatehpur Sikri – USD 9

Start your day with an early morning Game safari at Ranthambore National Park (from 6:00 am to 9:30 am) on a Shared Canter Safari.

After breakfast, continue your journey towards the enchanting “Pink City – Jaipur,” which is approximately 160 kilometers away, taking around 3.30 hours from Ranthambore.

Upon reaching Jaipur, check-in at your hotel and take some time to unwind.

In your leisure time, you have the option to join a delightful Cooking Lesson. Early evening, embark on a cooking lesson with a local Indian family.

What to Expect:

No trip to India is complete without experiencing its rich culinary heritage with a local family. Immerse yourself in this exclusive time with your host, discovering their secret ancestral and family recipes, age-old culinary techniques, and health-conscious ingredients. Delve into the specialty of Jaipuri cooking art and gain insights into various aspects of Indian lifestyle.

This unique opportunity allows you to learn to prepare a complete Indian meal with your host. It goes beyond just cooking; it is also about enjoying an unforgettable communal dining experience in the comfort of an Indian home. The warmth of the Indian hospitality combined with the delicious flavors of the cuisine promises an exceptional and memorable experience.

Accommodation : The Fern Residency Jaipur – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities : Sightseeing of Jaipur

Entrance Fees :

Ranthambore National Park Safari – USD 3

After a delightful breakfast, embark on a full-day city tour led by your private guide.

During the morning, explore the city’s highlights, starting with the impressive City Palace. This grand complex boasts exquisite palaces, gardens, courtyards, and intricately carved doorways. Stroll to the adjacent Jantar Mantar, an Astronomical Observatory built in the 18th century. Don’t miss the opportunity for a photo-stop at the picturesque Patrika Gate.

As an optional activity, in the late afternoon, indulge in a bazaar walk coupled with local food tasting. In 1727, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh decided to shift the Kachwaha rulers’ bastion from Amber to a larger and more spacious capital.

Accommodation : The Fern Residency Jaipur – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

After a delicious breakfast, check out from your hotel in Jaipur and embark on a journey just outside the city to the historic capital of Amber. Here, you will marvel at the magnificent Amber Fort, a testament to the grandeur and splendor of the bygone era. En route, enjoy a photo stop at the iconic “Palace of Winds,” famously known as Hawa Mahal, an architectural gem adorned with intricate latticework.

Later, you will be driven back to Delhi, a journey of approximately 5 hours. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to a hotel located nearby the airport, ensuring a convenient and comfortable stay for the night.

Accommodation : Red Fox Hotel Sector 60 Gurgaon

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities : Sightseeing of Amber Fort

Entrance Fees : Amber Fort – USD 7

Experience seamless assistance and a hassle-free airport transfer as you prepare to board your onward flight for an unforgettable journey. Bid farewell to the splendid India until your next great adventure!


Inclusions & Exclusions

The tour price covers the following services:

Accomodation : 4-star hotels

Airport Transfer : A/C coach or mini-bus, Jeep ride at Amber Fort, rickshaw ride in Delhi

Meals : 7 Breakfasts, drinking water supply in vehicle

Transportation : A/C coach or mini-bus, Jeep ride at Amber Fort, rickshaw ride in Delhi

Guide : Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licensed by the Ministry of Tourism

Sightseeing : Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Amber Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal Galta Temple, Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort

What is NOT included in the tour price?

  • Any flights not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Hotels & Accommodation

Please find below the 4 Star hotels used on our India trips. All accommodation is carefully hand-selected to satisfy our standards in terms of quality, authenticity and location for you to enjoy a comfortable and unforgettable holiday.


Mantra Amaltas is an exclusive boutique hotel. With air-conditioned rooms at hotel and tea and coffee making facilities is included. Airport is only 22 km away.


Howard Plaza is 4-star hotel. The Taj Mahal is 700 m away from hotel and 10 minute drive from hotel to Delhi Gate and Ramnagar.


Golden Tulip Jaipur Hotel is an excellent facility with its proximity to the center of the Pink City.


Please find below the distances between the sites visited in India and the approximate driving times. We will always strive to take a short break every few hours to enable passengers to stretch their legs, purchase snacks and use wash facilities during long drives.

– Delhi to Jaipur: 280 km – 4 hr 45 min
– Jaipur to Agra: 235 km – 4 hr 30 min
– Agra to Delhi: 220 km – 3 hr


Please note that entrance fees to sights and optional activities are not included in the tour price.

Entrance Fees

Humayun’s Tomb — USD 8

Qutab Minar — USD 8

Red Fort — USD 8

Jantar Mantar — USD 3

Amber Fort — USD 7

City Palace — USD 8

Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah – USD 5

Agra Fort — USD 9

Taj Mahal — USD 18

Fatehpur Sikri – USD 9

Ranthambore National Park Safari – USD 3

Personal Spending

Here you will find the average cost for a meal or drink and advice for best practice in tipping.


Lunch at restaurant — US$ 4-7

Dinner at restaurant — US$ 8-10

Tali — US$ 1-2


Bottle of water — US$ 0.5

Coffee — US$ 1-2

Bottle of beer — US$ 2-3


Tips are a common reward for service staff in India. Your tour guide and crew will be especially appreciative and honored with this kind of traditional gratitude at the end of your tour.


India is a shopper’s haven with fantastic quality products that come with a small price tag meaning that you’ll score plenty of bargains. You’ll find anything from jewellery to ceramics, clothes to tea and metal work to linen. The country has plenty of shops that come in the forms of markets, boutiques, bazaars and modern malls where you’re bound to find the perfect souvenirs.

Essential Information: India

Passport & Visas

Most travellers require a tourist visa for entry into India, which must be obtained online at least 4 days prior to arrival in India. Passport holders of Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, America and Canada can benefit from India’s e-visa online service. This service enables visitors to pay for their visa prior to arrival. For information about the e-Tourist Visa and to apply,

Passport validity entry requirements: Travellers entering India must also carry a passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date. The passport must also have two blank pages for stamping by immigration officers

This information is provided only as a guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate or embassy as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when travelling.

Travel Advice

We are closely monitoring the latest travel updates to India and follow the advice of the UK Foreign Office (FCDO). For the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, please visit

We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:

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Canada –

New Zealand –


Travel Insurance

All passengers travelling with Travel Talk are required to have personal travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance for you in place, you may read more at

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited is of utmost priority. As we monitor and comply with the official advice from the UK Foreign Office, as well as World Health Organization and government authorities regularly, we have implemented several policies and precautions on our tours for your wellbeing. You may find our Safe Travels Protocols at

Travel Talk Adventures has received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which allows travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers canexperience ‘Safe Travels’.

Please make sure to regularly check your Government’s travel advice before travelling and be well-informed of any requirements. Your tour guide will also notify you of the regulations and protocols to follow throughout your trip with us.

Please note that if any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary or possess a potential risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to remove them from all or part of a trip.

Please consult with your doctor for the latest medical travel information and any vaccinations you may need. We recommend that you bring any personal medical requirements and medications with you as these may be difficult to obtain while on tour.


India’s climate is generally defined by three seasons; the hot, the wet (monsoon) and the cool. However, the climatic conditions in the far North of India have little relation to those in the South. The most pleasant time to visit India is between October and March, when the weather is most likely to be warm, dry and sunny. The weather in India varies depending on the region. The far north of India is most accessible between June and September, when the rest of the country experiences monsoon season. While the best time to visit India’s southern states is from November onward, once the monsoon season has ended. By November and December, the rains begin to ease and temperatures are cool enough for sightseeing, but warm enough for relaxing on the beach. December marks the beginning of peak season, when the crowds begin to arrive, so November may be a good bet for a more relaxed holiday.

Check out our weather guide for the best time to visit India.

Money Matters

The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR or ₹). The currency can be divided into 100paise (p). Banknotes are available in the denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 and Rupee coins come in 1, 2, 5, 100 and 1,000. Major credit and debit cards can be used in large-scale hotels, shopping malls or higher-end establishments. However, the most convenient and cheapest method is cash, which can be obtained via ATMs located in most major towns. Please note that foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be difficult to exchange. If looking to exchange foreign currency, Travel Talk recommends you do not exchange bulk sums of money at the airport, as the exchange rates are usually more favourable in the major cities. Your tour leader will be happy to help if you need any assistance.

Please remember that everyone has different spending habits, some prefer to spend more on souvenirs, some on experiences and others on a night out! Make sure to budget your trip to your spending habits for shopping, drinking, and tipping.

While tipping in India isn’t necessarily a cultural tradition, it can be expected at touristic sites and is an appropriate way to recognise great service while travelling. Rounding up your bill or leaving a small tip is a small gesture that is greatly appreciated across the country. In restaurants, a 10% service charge is often included in the bill, so it’s best to check whether or not it’s been added. For street food, no tipping is required. For local taxi or TukTuk, we recommend rounding your bill to the nearest ₹10 or ₹20. Your local guide and driver would also appreciate tipping as a sign of your gratuity for their service.

Eating & Drinking

Indian food has a richly deserved reputation as one of the world’s great cuisines. Many of the spices we now take for granted – pepper, cardamom and turmeric – hail from India’s plains and jungles. Rice is the foundation of Indian cooking with many kinds of bread from flat chapattis to roasted naan. Travellers visiting India have become familiar with the term ‘Delhi Belly’, used to describe an upset stomach while travelling India. If you are not a big spice eater, Travel Talk recommends going easy on spices for the first few days as you become accustomed to the effects they can have on your body. For this reason, we also recommend avoiding road stalls, unless ordering from a renowned ‘Dhabas’ (a small, generally roadside shop) or other vendors recommended by your local guide. Eating out in India is not very expensive however searching for unique and authentic dishes can often be overwhelming if you’re not a local, so here’s a few must-try dishes to get you started in India.

Masala Dosa: A crispy crepe stuffed with spiced potato mash potatoes, this dish is generally served with coconut chutney and sambar (a form of lentil).

Bhelpuri: Made with puffed rice, tomatoes, peanuts, green chillies and a tangy tamarind sauce, this savoury dish is a classic street food sold everywhere across India. It can be eaten directly or served in flatbreads.

Butter Chicken: Originally from Delhi, this dish is iconic to Indian cuisine. The curry sauce is made of tomatoes, butter and cream while the chicken is marinated overnight with yogurt, ginger, garlic paste and red chilli powder. The name comes from the chunk of butter that goes into the sauce, making for a mouthwatering explosion of flavour.

Tandoori Chicken: Marinated in a spicy yogurt marinade, the chicken in this famous Indian dish is roasted in a cylindrical clay oven. The sauce is seasoned with spices and other aromatic inclusions such as bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon.

Dal Tadka: A very popular dish that was originally made with burnt charcoal to give it a smoky flavour. Dal Tadka consists of cooked lentils which are tempered with oil, fried spices and herbs.

Rogan Josh: An aromatic lamb curry made with an array of spices, tomatoes, ginger and garlic.

Samosa: Popular snack in India served at tea time or at street food vendors. Samosas are fried or baked triangular pastry packages made from potato stuffing containing onions and peas. The snack is frequently served with mint or tomato chutney.

Chaats: This savoury snack is a mainstay of Indian street food, originating from North India. The original Chaat is a mixture of potato pieces, crisp fried bread, chickpea and tangy-salty spices.

Kulfi: A traditional Indian ice cream made from slowly simmered whole milk to create a delicious nutty, caramelized flavour. Kulfi is usually flavoured with traditional Indian ingredients such as rose water, saffron or pistachio.

There are wide selections of popular drinks in India that are both unique and refreshing. According to Indian ethnic culture, there are only a few alcoholic, traditional drinks that are prepared with locally available ingredients. Indian beverages are often referred to as sherbets and are non-alcoholic, prepared to combat the heat of the sultry Indian summer. Some of these drinks include Aam Panna, Jal Jeera, Thandai, Lassi, Chhanch and Nimbu Paani. In the winter, warmer drinks like tea and filtered coffee are more standard. Tea and Chai tea is exceptionally popular and the most common form of drink in India, especially in the northern

Essentials to Bring & Internet

-Face mask/cover and hand sanitiser enough for your personal use throughout the trip – See more at

-Travel Documents: Passport, Visa (if required), flight or transport ticket (and photocopies)

-Travel Talk Tour Voucher (printed or digital)Travel Insurance Policy (and photocopy)

-Personal medical kit and medicine

-Money (cash, credit card, travellers’ cheques)

-Power Adapter

-Reusable water bottle

-Ear plugs and eye mask

-Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

-Comfortable, closed walking shoes

-Wind/water proof jacket

-Warm clothes, hat, and gloves for cold weather

-Sandals, swimwear, shorts for warm weather

Internet Access

Internet access is good across India and many cafes, hotels and restaurants in cities of India provide free WiFi, but the connection may be spotty or slow. India has a relatively widespread communication infrastructure and internet usage in major cities. WiFi coverage may be limited in remote areas. If you wish to use your own 3G/4G Data, be sure to enable data roaming on your mobile. Purchasing a Indian SIM card for the duration of your tour may be a cost-effective alternative. Make sure that your phone is unlocked before you leave home so a local SIM will be compatible. Your local guide will be able to provide advice on where to purchase data SIMs in India.

Culture and Traditions

With over 1.3 billion people speaking over 122 languages across 28 states and seven territories, it’s difficult to describe one unified culture or tradition for India. Put simply, the culture and traditions of the nation can vary quite substantially from city to city. However, India’s culture is among the world’s oldest with civilization beginning about 4,500 years ago. Today, India is a very diverse country and sees a large number of festivals and cultural traditions across the calendar year, mainly because of the prevalence of diverse religions and groups. Some of the nation’s largest festivals include Holi (Festival of Colour), Diwali (Festival of Lights) and Gujarat Kite Festival. The concept of arranged marriage in India traces its origin to as early as the Vedic times, and still remains an integral part of ‘Indian Traditions’. In many parts of India, it is common to find three or four generations living together. The concept of family extends beyond the typical nuclear unit
to encompass the wider family circle. These multigenerational families are sometimes essential to providing economic security to an individual, through work opportunities for example. However, the growth of urbanisation and migration has seen younger generations challenging these perceptions and traditions, with family networks spreading further across regions and occupations.

Religion, Etiquette, and How to Dress

While travelling to other nations as a foreigner, it is important to understand the traditions, cultures and religious beliefs of the populations and regions you visit. India is known for its vast diversity of religious beliefs in practices throughout the country, and is the home to four of the world’s major religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. While the majority of the population is Hindu, a considerable minority follows Islam. While your guide will be able to provide further knowledge about these throughout your tour, here are a few important notes to remember.

It is common to remove your shoes as a sign or respect before entering a temple and indeed before entering into someone’s home. Temperatures can soar past 35 degrees celsius in India, but it’s not appropriate to walk around in skimpy clothing. Travel Talk strongly recommends all visitors dress respectfully while in India with shorts or skirts that cover past the knee and shirts or blouses which cover the shoulders and chest region. Try to appear friendly and be open to have authentic interactions with the locals, though it’s always smart to keep your valuables safe and covered while travelling.

Solo Travellers

We have many solo travellers joining our tours. Solo travellers will be roomed with another traveller of the same gender. If you would like a private solo room, please contact us. You may see out solo travels page for more details.

Rules to Follow

We are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. We do not tolerate any form of violence (physical or verbal), bullying or harassment involving customers, partners, Travel Talk staff or locals. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a passenger are forbidden.

We will not tolerate any illegal activity, including but not limited to: use and possession of illegal drugs, trespassing, and disrupting public order. If you consume alcohol, please ensure that you drink responsibly and follow the local laws and regulations.

You must follow the advice of your tour leader and local officials regarding health and safety measures. We operate all tours under Safe Travels protocols for the wellbeing of our passengers, staff and communities visited. Please ensure that you have read the and are fully prepared for your trip.

If someone is acting inappropriately regarding these matters, please notify your tour leader immediately or contact us on the emergency contact number provided below.

Your tour leader has the right to remove from the group anyone not abiding by these rules, with no right of compensation or refund. See more at

Please remember that our travellers come from different parts of the world and will have various needs and preferences. Be understanding and patient with your fellow travellers, and always strive to be on time.

Responsible Travel

We believe that travel is a force for good and show our support through various initiatives and charity organizations, as well as keeping the principals of responsible and sustainable travel at the core of our ethos. These values are engrained in our business culture and the design of our trips just the same. Together with you, we strive to make a positive impact on local people and economies, respecting the local culture, environment, social fabric and customs; encouraging respectful and meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Read more at

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