The main exception to the above is far North India (Himachal Pradesh and Punjab). From October to April the nights are VERY COLD and from Dec to Feb daytime temperatures can also fall considerably.
The only items not included in your fully inclusive package are tipping, beverages and personal expenditure. What this means for you is that after paying the initial cost your can sit back, relax and we will take care of the rest!
How far in advance should I book?
As a general rule, it is best to book as soon as you have made a firm decision on a particular tour in order to avoid disappointment, as our tours fill up rather quickly. To make a booking, contact our office to check for availability, then simply fill out our booking form and send a ZAR2500 deposit.
Do you create tours specifically for my requirements?
We understand that group travel is not always suited for everyone, so we will happily custom make any itinerary to suit your specific needs.
How much money should I allocate for tipping?
Introduced by a large number of tourists, tipping is compulsory in the Indian tourism industry. An amount of approximately 250 INR (Indian Rupees) per person per day is to be allocated for tipping for independent travel and tour extensions. This should be shared in the following manner; 35% to the guide, 25% each to the drivers and assistants. The remaining amount is to be split between waiters, porters and other such incidentals. For Group Tours the nominated tip amount is to be given to your National Escort at the beginning of your group tour and they will do all the necessary tipping on your behalf. Wendy Wu Tours will advise the amount required per person as it is dependant on the length of the Group Tour undertaken.
What are the coaches and train compartments like on the tours?
Getting from A to B in India can involve a taxi, auto rickshaw (Tuk Tuk), tonga or cycle rickshaw. Taxis are the most comfortable method of local transport, and recommended for longer journeys but are more expensive than rickshaws. Auto rickshaws usually take 2-3 people (although the driver will tell you that your party of 6 can all fit in!) and are great for shorter journeys and nipping through the traffic within a city. Cycle rickshaws (a three wheeled cycle with an uncovered seat at the back) usually take 1-2 people (depending on how heavy you are!) and are ideal for shorter journeys and tours as the slower pace allows you to take in everything around you. Both auto and cycle rickshaws are happy to wait for you and cycle rickshaws, in particular, can be hired for a whole or half day for around US$2. In India taxi and auto rickshaw meters are for show only and you will find yourself engaging in a bit of haggling with the driver to agree upon the fare you will pay. This can be fun, but it is a good idea to find out, from your National Escort or the hotel receptionist, approximately how much the fare should be for the journey you propose. You will have to accept that you will pay more than the Indians do. Our Groups use 18-35 seater coaches as well as local transport to reach those small alleyways and little nooks too large for a bus.
All nationalities require a visa to enter India. For WendyWu Tours clients Travelling on a South African passport, your visa is included in your group tour cost and will be obtained for you prior to departure. For all other nationalities, regulations and costs change frequently and differ according to nationality. For the latest information on your specific visa requirements you should contact your local Indian Embassy or Consulate. Visas are usually valid for either 3 months or 6 months from the date of issue and are valid for multiple entry regardless of whether you intend staying that long or re-entering the country. Tourist visas cannot be extended.
Note: Be wary of applying for your visa too soon as all visas are valid from the date of issue, not the date of entry to India.
What is the breakaway fee?
All fully inclusive prices are based on group travel and any deviation from the set itinerary will incur a breakaway fee.
What is the fuel surcharge?
All packages that are inclusive of flights will be subject to airline fuel surcharges that will be applied from time to time by the airline and will be in addition to the cost of the tour. These fees cannot be waived.
What is a Re-routing Fee?
A re-routing fee will be applied whenever a passenger changes the arrival/ departure city, to that of another where there is a difference in the airfare cost.
Are there any baggage restrictions?
All passengers are limited to two (2) items of luggage each:
> One (1) suitcase or backpack, with a maximum weight of 20kg and maximum size of 70 litres.
> One (1) piece of hand luggage, with a maximum weight of 5kg. It is advisable that your hand luggage consist of a day “daypack”- a small bag which you can access during the day and carry items like your camera, drinking water, toilet paper, hat etc.
It is essential that you have a lock for each piece of luggage. Without one, railway and airline staff may refuse to handle it.