【K・F様 30代 ３人の男の子ママ カウンセラー】
【T・T様 ３０代 ２才女の子ママ 自営業】
【E・A様 ３０代 WEBデザイナー】
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Weather in Rajasthan, January and February
Climate (Weather) of Rajasthan in January:
Avg Rainfall during January: 7mm
Avg Maximum Temperature in January: 23ºC
Avg Minimum Temperature in January: 7ºC
Avg Humidity in January: 40%
Rajasthan in February has sunny days with temperatures around 15-25 degrees Celsius. The evenings can be close to 2-5 degree Celsius. Similarly Delhi and Agra may be pretty cold in the night but day temperature are above 10 degrees normally.
What Should I Pack?
Individuals travelling with us on this tour will be given the opportunity to purchase traditional / India style clothing which will keep you warm and shows a genuine respect to be part of the culture. Our group will visit a store such as
Your packing list should include the following:
- A warm jacket, beanie and socks for cool mornings and evenings.
Walking / Riding boots that are waterproof / closed shoes; we usually often purchase a cheap pair of shoes in India that we leave in India.
Layered clothing - Ensure you have several layers of clothing such as t-shirts under long and short sleeve shirts.
Long pants or jodpuhrs for riding and walking; we do not recommend shorts for riding.
Padded pants or padded bicycle shorts have been strongly encouraged for those who like to do extra riding!
Broad brimmed sun hat / Head scarf for visiting temples if desired.
Gloves for the desert evenings on Camel Safari.
Papaw ointment / vaseline
Toiletries (Tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, moisturizers, lip balm/ chapstick, please keep in mind nothing over 100ml will pass through customs )
Although bedding is provided throughout the camel trek, persons who feel the cold are welcome to bring their own compact sleeping bags which may be especially enjoyed during nights in the desert.
1 litre drink water bottle; Karen travels with a Life Straw which filters water if you have a sensitive digestive system.
Sunscreen / insect repellant.
Basic toiletries including hand sanitary wipes and anti-bacterial gel.
Camera with fully charged batteries and spare batteries for the Camel Safari component of the journey; extra memory cards for the camera never go unused!
Head torch and larger touch if desired.
Swimming costume ; some accommodation options may provide a swimming pool and or day spa.
We also recommend guests bring an additional back pack for carrying day inclusions - water bottle, sunscreen, hand wipes, camera, hat, beanie, jacket, snacks etc.
Coffee is not always easy to purchase, if you love coffee we suggest bringing some ground coffee and a small percolator in your checked-in luggage. Delicious Chai tea is readily available in India!
Putting apps such as Facetime, WhatsApp and SnapChat on your mobile are excellent ways to keep in contact wherever we come into Internet service. Please note that obtaining a sim for your mobile phone is not often possible in India. Advise your family before departure that you will not be in contact during the Camel Safari component of the journey.
Garbage or rubbish bags are always handy to wrap your luggage and store used clothing
You are required by law to carry your passport (with a valid visa) at all times and you will need your passport to check into hotels and check in for flights.
Spare batteries and chargers. In India, the power sockets are of type C, D and M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. We recommend purchasing a universal adapter and a voltage adapter. Not all hotels have razor sockets and hair dryers. Power cuts are frequent; most hotels have back-up generators but this may not extend to air-conditioning. If you use an electric razor, you may wish to bring a battery operated one, along with extra batteries.
We highly recommend wearing your passport on your body throughout the journey. Better still is to invest in a Go Travel RFID Passport Pouch, soft and comfortable to wear, the RFID neck pouch features an innovative protective lining designed to stop illegal scanning of RFID chips embedded in modern-day passports and credit cards.
Culturally Appropriate Clothing
There is no dress code for most of the monuments, however some religious places prefer you dress modestly, so no shorts, no tank tops or revealing clothes. Jeans, below the knee skirts, dresses with sleeves are all fine for women and tees, shirts, jeans, kahkis etc are all fine for men. Occasionally covering one's head many be requested.
When dining out, it is not necessary to be dressed beyond casual. Restaurants etc. do not have any dress codes. Dress as you like.
Our trip is over two weeks and it stands to reason that guests may wish to have some of their clothes laundered. Most of the hotels have laundry and dry-cleaning facilities. They will wash and press all garments. Be sure to ask when your garments will be returned so that you will receive them in time before your departure; clearly specify when you would like your garments returned.
Tipping in India: A Brief Guide
Please note guests on this tour will not be requried to tip at all ... our team will take care of all tips, including your room porters who deliver luggage. The below information is for your interest only.
Tipping in India is culturally expected and greatly appreciated by staff at hotels, eateries and places of interest such as temples. Tejvir will offer 'tipping' advise throughout the India journey, and the below information offers some guidelines.
The following information has been sourced from relevant India culture web sites -
For hotel staff, a blanket figure does not apply. The hierarchy of employees and the category of hotel determine the amount to be paid. For doormen and bell boys, if it's a budget hotel, the tip should be in the range of `20-50 INR'(approx.$1 AUD). For 5-star hotels, the tips could be `100-250 INR'(approx. $3 AUD). Housekeeping staff should also be tipped in the same range. Tipping front desk executives is not the norm. But the concierge deserves a special extra. Concierges should be given generous tips. After all, they are the ones who run errands. A concierge at a luxury hotel should get `200-300 INR'. At a budget hotel, the amount could be between `100-150 INR'.
When it comes to tipping service staff at restaurants, many get it wrong. "People usually leave 6-7% of the bill amount as tips," says Mumbai-based restaurant owner Tanu Narang. This is far below international standards, which calls for 15-20% of the bill. Says Pria Warrick, a Delhi-based corporate etiquettes trainer, tip for restaurant staff must be 10-15% of the bill in India. However, many restaurants levy a service charge, a compulsory tip, in the range of 5-10% of the bill amount and it is perfectly all right to not leave a tip if there's a service charge. The tip amount also depends on how the bill is being settled. Liji Thomas, Director, Nouvo Image Consultancy, says: "Indian customers tip better when they pay through their corporate credit cards.
IN SALONS AND SPAS
Tipping at a salon or spa can be tricky as most customers get multiple things done and cannot determine how much each staff member should be paid. Warrick says 10% of the bill should be divided among the staff serving you and you must pay each individual separately. If you are only getting your hair done, then 10% of the bill for the hairdresser is acceptable.
Finally, "If you don't like the service, it's perfectly all right not to pay anything at all. You should never feel obligated to tip."
1 AUD = 48.49 INR
1 USD = 64.39 INR
1 GBP = 82.10 INR
1 Euro = 72.09 INR
( June 2017 )
Foreigners are permitted to exchange foreign currency up to 5,000 rupees (around $100 AUD) per week at banks and foreign exchange bureaus. Be aware that some travellers have reported difficulties in exchanging Australian $100 notes for local currency in India. Hotels and most shops accept credit cards; be sure to advise your bank that you intend to travel to India. Be aware that some travel cards do not work in India.
Flights to India
There are many flights routes and airlines to New Delhi from Australia and other International capital cities. We recommend booking your flights in advance to receive the best rates. We have personally travelled to India via Singapore, Dubai and Malaysia with multiple airlines.
Looking to linger longer?
We have included an optional extra additional itinerary, please review this main page.
All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. Applicants in Australia are required to apply for their visas through VFS Global operated India Passport and Visa Services centres.
Tourist Visa Checklist
Application procedure must be complete online. After completing the application, please follow the below sequence.
- Download and Print the checklist; Find out your Submission Address.
- Read the checklist carefully and gather supporting documents.
- Find out Application Processing Time.
- Sign required documents where applicable.
- The recommended option is to Pay online and post in your application.
Please print and complete PDF and post to your relevant state / jurisdiction. Please check with the VHF Global website that all Visa Application steps have been completed.
It is essential that travellers on this tour arrange comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller's medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.
It is also important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas as we will be unable to cater for individuals in need of medical support.
We encourage all of our guests to consider having a medical check-up before booking and then again at least eight weeks before departure, make an appointment with a travel Doctor / clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition.
We highly recommend registering your travel plans with Smartraveller.gov if you are an Australian resident.
Australian High Commission
Australian High Commission, New Delhi
No. 1/50 G Shantipath (Gate 1)ChanakyapuriNew Delhi India 110021
Telephone: (91 11) 4139 9900 Facsimile: (91 11) 2687 2228 Website: india.highcommission.gov.au
Travel Insurance / Travel Doctors & Considerations
We highly recommend guests seek advice from a specialist travel Doctor regarding their en route and return places of travel, especially if you have a known health challenge. Please seek advice from your local General practitioner prior to booking for any current health issues. It is absolutely essential and a condition of travel with Camel Treks Australia Pty Ltd is that appropriate health insurance is obtained for the specifics and location of this India journey. In the rare event of a negative weather pattern affecting flights in the location / travel route you might be coming from it offers peace of mind to be insurance covered. Personal illness and family illnesses cannot be planned for either and travel insurance covers you for the unexpected, so you can reschedule without a loss.
'Cover More' Health Insurance
We have used and highly recommend travel insurance through 'Cover More' for ease of fast application, comprehensive cover, International and Domestic Travel plans.
Camel Treks Australia Pty Ltd has discussed our itinerary with the 'Cover More' sales team and they are able to provide cover for the full itinerary including riding the Bactrian Camels whilst in the Gobi Desert. Please make certain that whatever cover you choose that you are covered for the itinerary as detailed above. For further information please call 'Cover More' Insurance and ask for a sales consultant ph. 1300 72 88 22 or this LINK.
Food and Diet
In the years we have been operating our tours in India, no one has ever become ill. We choose restaurants and cafe's that have an excellent reputation and service for westerners. On the camel safari all food is purchased fresh from the local markets and prepared by cooks on the open fire. Both vegetarian, meat, gluten and dairy free options are available on this tour.
If you are concerned about water quality while traveling or have sensitive digestion we recommend purchasing a Life Straw, or similar portable filter to process the bottled water. Unlimited bottled water will be available on our private coach, train, hotel rooms and camel safari.