- Accommodation on Twin sharing basis
- All sightseeing and Excursions
- All Meals
- Entrance Feet to Monuments
- Air Conditioned Car Transportation
- Qualified Local English speaking Guided and Naturalists
- Jeep Safaris in National Parks ( 02 Safaris in Ranthambhore, 04 each in Bandavgarh and Kanha)
Cost Does Not Include
- International airfare and airport taxes
- India visa ( You need to obtain it on your own before the travel begins.
- Drinks, tipping, laundry and other expenses of personal nature
- Extra expenses or loss due to unforeseen events such as flight delays, cancellation, civil unrest, accident, illness, inclemenet weather or any event beyond the control of the management
- Additonal safaris other than listed.
- Camera fees if any
Guaranteed departure with minimum 2 sign ups
We guarantee departures with sign-up of minimum two persons. Group of family and friends booking and traveling together are entitled good amount of saving. Sometime, there are early bird booking discounts and other offers are also available. Please, give us call to find out if there are any discounts available.
Life on the Trip
A cultural sightseeing day, depending on the season, starts between 8.30 am to 9 am. We are picked up at our hotel by our guide and driver. We visit the sights and monuments or participate in activities and we will have lunch break around noon to 1 pm. After lunch, we again embark on the tour for 2 to 3 hours and we are brought back to our hotel late afternoon and our guide will generally leave us free. We will have time to take rest, write diaries or wander about ourselves.
When we are driving from once city to another, we usually spend 4-5 hours on the road with occasional stops for photography and drinks and snacks. Some days can be longer.
A jungle safari trip begins very early morning, sometime before dawn depending on the season. Chances of game viewing is higher very early morning or late afternoon. Usually, the morning safari begins around 6 a.m. following a cup of tea or coffee .We take safari style open jeep and ride for 3-4 hours. The parks are divided in different zones and we will visit different zones on each safari. We will be back to our lodge or tent by 9:30 to 10:00 a.m and then we will have a sumptuous breakfast. Then we will have time to rest, write diaries or chat with the lodge staff and naturalists. We will have a light lunch around 1 p.m. and we will embark on another safari around 2:30 pm or 3 p.m. Depending on the area we are visiting, we will be back to our lodge around 6:30 pm. Dinner is served around 8 p.m. and then we will sit around the bonfire and chat with other fellow travelers or naturalists about the sightings of the day.
There will be optional Elephant Safari rides available in some national parks which are subject to the availability and costs additional. Often the elephant rides are provided for the tiger viewing. When tigers are located in a certain areas, you are driven by jeep to the location and then you embark on the elephant top to view the tiger.
Please, note that you are required to be quiet in the jungle. The vehicles can go on the permitted routes only and have stops in the designated places only. Please, do not force the drivers and guides to go off the route or unnecessarily closer to the animal.
We try our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a general guideline or scope of activities rather than an inflexible series of events and depending on the local conditions or time factor; it can change from the exact sight to see to the exact city to stop.
You need to obtain Indian visa before hand as India does not grant visa upon arrival. Travisa Outsourcing handles all the India visa requests from inside the United States as a private contractor to the Indian Embassy and Consulates. For more information and application process, please visit the website of Travisa Outsourcing.
Besides Indian visa, there will be permits required for national parks and monuments visits and we will take care of that for you.
If you are traveling multiple countries and returning to India within 60 days after your previous visit, you will also need to request for re-entry permit.
In the cities, our choice of accommodation are first class to deluxe properties with all modern amenities that includes private bathroom with hot and cold shower, central air-conditioning, phone, mini refrigerator, restaurant etc. Our accommodation in the national park are small lodges, built in the traditional style with local materials as far as possible; they are air conditioned and have en suite bathrooms. Electricity is backed up by generators in case of power failure.
Accommodation listed are our first line choices and are subject to availability at the time reservation is processed. If listed hotels are not available for any reason, we will book your accommodation in the similar property. Rooms are twin or double sharing basis. If you are looking for a single room, we can arrange it for you on additional charge.
The tour cost includes three meals a day. Buffest breakfasts are served in your hotel. In the cities, lunch and dinners may be in your hotel or in local restaurant. While in the National Parks, all meals will be served in your lodge. Beside regular meals, there will be tea, coffee and other refreshment drinks before and after the safaris.
Your hotels and lodges will provide both vegetarian and non vegetarian, traditional Indian and western style dishes. Traditional Indian dishes are often spicy with use of hot peppers, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric etc but you are often times asked if you want non-spicy or medium spice level.
If you have special dietary requirement, they will try to cater with an advance notice.
Equipment and Clothing:
You can bring casual clothing depending on the season. One or two pairs of smart dresses during hotel stays are recommended. For national park visits, dark colored clothes are recommended. Please avoid bright colored clothing. During Spring and summer, wide brimmed hats and sun glasses are recommended. A light windproof or fleece jackets are recommended for early morning and evening safaris. Laundry services are available everywhere.
A pair of good binoculars and bird books are recommended. Please bring spare batteries and films for your camera. For digital cameras, make sure you have sufficient memory cards and storage devices. Please, bring charger and a travel adapter with two round pin. A plastic cover or a travel towel will be useful to cover your camera equipment to protect from the dusts. A small day pack is essential for carrying camera equipment, water bottle or wallet.
All our trips are lead by local guides who are university graduate, trained and certified by Indian tourism authorities. So as for National Park visits, our lodges or national parks provide certified naturalists and guides for game drive. They are knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. They will show you the wonders of the areas that you would never discover on your own and share their knowledge on Indian history, culture and religion. Your guide carries necessary vouchers for the hotels and buys admission tickets where necessary. Tour guide and driver is not the same person.
Depending on the group size, we use air-conditioned Sedan Cars, SUVs, Mini Van or coaches for all transfers and tour in the cities. This trip also involves a train journey from Agra to Jhansi which will be an air-conditioned chair car with seating arrangement like in the plane.
All transportations and game drives in the National Park will be by open topped safari style jeeps with theatre style seating or sideway benches. The roads inside the park are dirt road and are bumpy and dusty. You can wear pollution masks to protect your nose from the dust.
Health and Personal Fitness
While there are no specific physical requirement, all participants of the trip are required to be in good health condition, have a positive attitude, team spirit and spirit of adventure. You need to be mentally prepared for some long journeys, safari rides on a bumpy and dusty dirt road and some amount of walking and even climbing stairs.
Travelers are recommended to start mild exercises like jogging, walking, cycling or swimming several months ahead of the trip to keep yourself fit.
Traveling during late Spring and summer, it can be very hot and make sure that you can bear it when you travel during this period. Travelers are advised to bring their own personal medical kit and prescription drugs.
International and Internal Airfares
You can purchase your international airfare to India and return on your own. If you need any help on this, certainly feel free to contact us. We will take care of the internal airfares for you. Local airport taxes may or may not be included in the airfare.
When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking. The internal flights are the key factor in determining whether your trip can be realized or not. A deposit of US$ 300 is requested along with complete trip application form and passport copies.
Balance payment is due 60 days prior to your departure. Depending on the number of applicants, we may set an early payment date. Credit card payment attracts additional fee.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 50 per person.
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days: 100%
Travel Protection Plan
While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It's also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High's Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.
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