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What You Need to Know Before You Go


In order to enter India as a citizen of the United States, you will need:

A signed passport valid for 6 months beyond the completion of this trip and a tourist visa. Make

sure your passport has enough visa pages available for entry and exit stamps.

The Indian government now offers two options for tourist visas. Currently, a traditional Indian visa issued to U.S. citizens is valid for 10 years and allows multiple visits. We recommend you obtain a visa prior to departure by contacting our partner, VisaCentral. Call 844-823-1224 and reference A&K’s account number #73001 or visit our Travel Store at abercrombiekent.com/travel_store.

The India Electronic Tourist Visa (eTV) allows a single entry for a stay of up to 30 days in India.

Apply online at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html no earlier than 34 days and no later than four days before the date of arrival. Currently, the visa fee is U.S. $60 per traveller plus a credit card processing fee. Fees are payable by debit/credit card and subject to change. Once approved, you will receive an email authorizing you to travel to India. You must carry a printout of the authorization as immigration authorities at the airport will need to stamp the entry date into the country and your passport should have at least two blank pages available for this purpose. The eTV visa process entails capture of biometric data of passengers on arrival at the airport.

Electronic Tourist Visas can only be processed at 16 designated international airports (Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Gaya, Jaipur, Kochin, Lucknow, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruchirapalli and Varanasi). Without the Electronic Tourist Visa authorization, visas are not available upon arrival for U.S. citizens and you will be denied entry. The visa cannot be extended or converted during your stay in India and can only be issued twice in a calendar year.

You need to apply for a visa prior to departure if you are exiting and re-entering India during the course of your tour (multiple entry), require longer visa validity than 30 days or want to avoid delays at the airport in India.

If you are not a citizen of the United States, your entry requirements may vary. Please consult the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the country or countries you will be visiting.


The US Department of State provides Country Specific Information Sheets for every country in the world, as well as Travel Alerts and Warnings. Find this information by calling 888 407 4747 or 202 501 4444 or online at travel.state.gov.


India's unit of currency is the Indian Rupee.

Only exchange what you feel you will need while visiting. Do not to convert currency through unofficial, “black market” vendors. Save all receipts from any currency transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

We suggest travelling with some U.S. dollars to be exchanged for local currency and at least two major credit cards. Hotels and some stores in large cities accept all major credit cards, but in small towns cash may be required. If you have a “Chip and PIN” card, be careful to shield your number from view while entering it on a keypad; never disclose your PIN verbally. Notify your credit card company of your travel plans prior to your departure to avoid any fraud concerns.

ATM access is available in larger cities such as Delhi and Mumbai. Cash is the best (generally, the only) option in street markets. We do not recommend traveler’s checks as they are not as widely accepted as in previous years. Traveller’s checks are usually not accepted at lodges outside of major cities and large banks may offer the best exchange rates.

The import and export of Indian Rupees is strictly prohibited.


It is a good idea to read up on any health issues or concerns related to your destination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers current health information; it can be reached at 800-232-4636 or online at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

Required vaccination(s) The government of India requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. The CDC provides a list of affected countries. If vaccination for yellow fever is necessary, you must carry an International Certificate of Vaccination provided by your physician; without it, you may be denied entry. If your physician advises against receiving the vaccination because of your personal medical history, he or she can provide you with the necessary documentation for the country(ies) that you are visiting.

We suggest that you see a healthcare provider at least 4-6 weeks before your departure to allow time for any vaccinations or treatments to take effect.

Visitors to certain northeastern regions of India (which include Sikkim and Eastern Himalayas) should be aware of higher elevations in these areas. You may experience altitude sickness.

Please consult your healthcare provider for suggestions on prevention and treatment.


India is a huge country and its weather conditions are affected by diverse regions which include mountains, deserts, highlands and coastal plains. In general, India’s climate is hot and tropical although parts of northern and western India can be very cold from December through January.

The months of November to February bring the most pleasant weather throughout the country.

Average temperatures in Delhi during this cool season range from daily highs of 60 -80 F to lows between 40 -50 F. Throughout Northern India in late October and November, the days are sunny and comfortably warm, while the nights are cool and at times may be chilly especially in Amritsar.

Temperatures in Hyderabad average around 84 F in November.

Use a website such as weather.com to find average temperatures and rainfall during your travel times.


India - 220 volts and 50 hertz Voltage converters and adapter plugs may be purchased from our partner, The Travel Outfitter by New Headings, at abercrombiekent.com/travel_store or at most retail luggage stores.


Daytime attire: Conservative clothing such as lightweight pants, loose shorts, trousers and at the least, short-sleeved shirts are recommended. Bring fabrics that breathe and you can wear in layers to take off during the heat of the day and put back on for cool evenings. Women should pack a scarf large enough to cover bare neck and shoulders.

Evening attire: Somewhat smarter, but still casual, clothing is appropriate for evening dining in city restaurants. Formal clothing is not necessary.

Gala Chairman’s Event in Hyderabad: Business casual attire is suggested for evenings. For the gala farewell dinner and festivities, a jacket and tie for gentlemen and a cocktail/evening dress or pantsuit for ladies are recommended.

During the winter months (November to March) temperatures in Northern India can get cold, particularly in the evenings. This includes travel to Agra, Amritsar, New Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Pushkar. Pack warmer clothing including a fleece jacket, a few thin sweaters, long pants, as well as gloves and a hat.

Comfortable, walking shoes with low or no heels Sweater or lightweight jacket Lightweight raincoat or poncho Swimming suit Sunglasses, sun block and a sunhat Mosquito repellent Lightweight binoculars (optional) Small flashlight (optional) Simple first-aid kit Prescriptions and medications (We recommend you carry these in their original bottles and/or packaging.) Charging cables for electronics. Voltage converter and adapter plugs Collapsible walking stick (optional) Note: Laundry service is readily available at your hotels and is generally inexpensive.

Baggage Restrictions India by Private Jet: Checked baggage not to exceed 44 lbs. per person. Dimensions of the bag should not exceed a height 26 inches and width of 18 inches. Hand luggage is limited to 11 pounds per person. As a preventative measure, it is recommended that all luggage be secured with a TSA approved lock.

What You Need to Know When You Arrive


India operates on Greenwich Mean Time +5 hours and 30 minutes.

At 9:00 a.m. in India, it is:

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In India, the official language is Hindi. Each state, however, has its own official regional language as well: 14 in all. English is widely spoken all over the country. Officially an “assistant” language, after Hindi it is the most widely spoken tongue in India and probably the most widely written and read.

Please consult with your guide on translations, if needed.


At most international airports, passengers cannot be met inside secured areas. This includes Immigration, Customs halls and Baggage Claim. Your A&K representative will greet you as you exit these restricted areas; look for the person holding the distinctive yellow A&K signboard.

Before departing, remember to tag your checked luggage with the yellow A&K tags we provided.

These brightly colored markers help identify you and your luggage quickly.


Use the safes where available in your accommodations to secure your valuables, especially passports, medications, jewelry, money and electronics. If you must carry valuables, keep them on your person at all times. Be mindful of your surroundings and take extra caution in crowds.

Photocopy the personal information pages of your passport; leave one copy with a family member or friend and pack another separately from the passport itself. You may want to scan and email a copy to yourself for easy, online access. This will help speed up the replacement process.

As a preventative measure, it is recommended that all luggage be secured with a TSA approved lock.


Unless you are shooting a crowded public scene, it is considered courteous to ask permission before taking pictures of local people, especially small children. Please be respectful of local people who do not wish to be photographed.

Photography is not permitted at some locations, which may include government buildings, museums, art galleries, private houses, etc. These areas are usually clearly marked. If in doubt, please ask.

Be sure to pack ample amounts of batteries and memory cards or film for your camera and video equipment, along with the appropriate charging cables. A dustproof case or sealable plastic bags and lens brush are also recommended.


Do not use tap water for drinking or brushing teeth. Even “purified” water in open containers should be avoided. It is always preferable and safer to use only bottled or canned water.

Regardless of precautions, changes in water and diet can result in mild abdominal upsets and nausea. To prevent serious illness, avoid suspect foods such as uncooked vegetables, peeled fruit, un-pasteurized milk and milk products. Beware of any food or drink sold by street vendors.


Many A&K guests enjoy the chance to purchase items that reflect their destination, and so as a courtesy, your guide may recommend a particular shop or arrange a shopping visit. Please note, however, that these recommendations should not be taken as A&K’s endorsement of the shop, merchandise and/or pricing. You assume all responsibility for any transactions that take place, including shipping arrangements that are made.

The decision to shop while travelling is a personal choice and shopping is never compulsory. If at any point during your journey you feel pressured to shop or make purchases, please immediately discuss the matter with your Abercrombie & Kent representative.

Government-sponsored and large department stores operate on a fixed-price basis but elsewhere, even in smart hotel stops, bargaining is customary.

To avoid disappointment, we suggest the following guidelines:

 Compute the exchange rate and thoroughly review credit card receipts before signing.

 Take your purchases home with you whenever possible. Airfreight can take many months and actual shipping charges can be excessive. Customs delays, fees and regulations can further complicate the issue. If you choose to ship purchases, we suggest taking a picture of the item(s) and/or marking them in some way to ensure you receive what was purchased. For example, you could write your name on the backside of a rug. Determine if your shipment will be delivered door-to-door or to the nearest customs facility, as is often the case. Most goods shipped from other countries to the United States are subject to Customs duty.

 Duty taxes, if applicable, are paid as you re-enter the United States. Regardless of assurances by merchants, these cannot be prepaid on your behalf. Currently, each person is entitled to an $800 duty-free exemption, however, may only bring one liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars.

 Keep all sales receipts for items purchased throughout your trip and try to pack all items that you will need to declare together. This will ease the Customs process upon re-entry into the U.S.

 Consult the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for more details. http://www.cbp.gov/


Contact your cellular telephone provider to determine if your phone operates on the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and what, if any, activation may be required.

If your phone is not GSM-enabled, you may find that renting a phone specifically designed for use overseas is the most practical option.

In Asia, reception on any cell phone can be unreliable and unpredictable. In some locations, transmission is not possible at all.

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