INCREDIBLE INDIA
INCREDIBLE INDIA

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Physical rating

Light: 1 (out of 3)

Moderate walking and light hiking in high heat. Suitable for most fitness levels.

Tour pace

You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage.

EF Tours for Girl Scouts and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. 

If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Traveler Support Team.

Passport & visa

In order to enter India, U.S. citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of return.

We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.

U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter India. You may choose to apply directly to the Indian consulate or use a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. Obtaining an Indian visa will be an additional cost.

If you’re not a U.S. citizen, you must contact the Indian consulate for specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

We highly recommend that travelers do not check a bag due to storage limitations, airline fees and lost luggage. We suggest one carry-on suitcase and one personal item.

Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights. 

Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

We recommend lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.

A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.

It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov.

Take proper care with sun exposure, the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.

Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.

Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.

Public restrooms in India can be quite bare. We suggest carrying bathroom tissue and hand sanitizer with you.

If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.

If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify EF Tours for Girl Scouts at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Traveler Support Team.

Cuisine

Breakfast and dinners are included on tour and are pre-set with some local traditional food - don't worry picky eaters, there will be some familiar options too. 

If you want to be adventurous for lunch try some authentic staples.

In India, you’ll encounter a great deal of flavorful meat dishes, as well as kebabs and biryanis. In tandoor cooking, probably the most popular cuisine in this region, vegetables, paneer (Indian cheese), or meat is marinated in spiced yogurt and cooked over coals. As many Indians are vegetarians, meat-free options abound. Meals are usually served with rice or bread, such as unleavened roti or deep-fried puri. 

Electricity & air conditioning

India operates on 230 volts and uses a type D plug with two small, round pins and one larger round pin.

We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.

The strength of the air conditioning in Asian hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what one might be used to in the U.S. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.

Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.

There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.

Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

India is 10.5 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET) and does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

When it’s noon in New York, it's 10:30pm in Delhi from November through March and 9:30pm from April through October.

Currency

You will use the Indian rupee on this tour.

Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, though you may want to order some currency from your local bank or a foreign currency exchange retailer, such as Travelex, before you arrive.

Cash is the preferred method of payment across India. Some larger vendors may accept international debit and credit cards, such as MasterCard and Visa, though it is uncommon and a minimum payment is generally required.

Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

It's customary to offer your drivers and your Tour Director a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind. 

We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3 USD per person per day for your drivers.

If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2 USD per local guide. 
Tips can only be paid in cash.

Girl-led opportunities

There are plenty of ways that girls can take the lead throughout their experience before, during, and after their tour. Here are a few examples below, many of which could help them earn a badge as well:

Before tour:

  • Lead pre-departure meetings
  • Organize activities to earn money
  • Do destination research
  • Learn the local language
  • Cook local cuisine

During tour:

  • Navigate public transportation
  • Speak the local language
  • Lead others during free time
  • Initiate friendships with the other girls on tour who they don't know
  • Get to know a local

After tour:

  • Take action in the community in regards to something learned on the tour
  • Continue to study something learned on the tour
  • Present experiences from tour to others
  • Research or apply for volunteer opportunities abroad