Frequently Asked Questions
Attire is casual and comfortable during the day, with sturdy footwear for excursions. Evening wear consists of open-neck shirts, slacks, or similar attire. Fleece jackets or sweaters are advisable for cool evenings. Other items to consider: shorts, swimsuit, hat, sunglasses and rain jacket.
The official currency in India is the Indian rupee; Nepal uses the Nepalese Rupee; and the Bhutanese Ngultrum is the currency of Bhutan. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops. As exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for exchange rates: www.xe.com
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 60 days prior to departure of these requests.
The voltage in India, Nepal and Bhutan is officially 220/50Hz. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. We recommend bringing an adapter for use in the hotels. The most common socket types are the two round-prong plug type such as is found in Europe or three round-prong plug such as that found in India. Because the voltage may fluctuate at times, we also recommend unplugging your devices when not in use or when leaving them unattended.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. While we have collected pre-paid gratuities with your reservation, at your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
In spite of being among the highest peaks in the world, the elevations you will experience on our Bhutan/Nepal custom tours are not extreme. Kathmandu is at 4,500 feet; Paro, which is situated in foothills of the Himalayas is at 7,300. There is time to move at a comfortable pace, allowing travelers to adjust to the mountain air. Keeping hydrated, avoiding excessive alcohol, eating frequent, light meals, and getting plenty of rest will help with any effects of altitude that you may feel.
Passport and Visas Requirements
A passport, which is valid for six months after your last date of travel, is required for this trip.
Visa Requirements – citizens of almost every country require tourist visas to enter India, Nepal and Bhutan.
You will be required to obtain a multiple entry visa to India, which you will need to apply for in advance. The soonest you may apply is 3 months prior to your last day in India. We will remind you at the appropriate time and provide instructions.
You will also need an entry visa for Nepal. The Nepalese visa may be obtained upon arrival to the airport in Kathmandu for $25usd payable by cash or credit card.
We will obtain the Bhutan visa on your behalf approximately 45 days prior to the trip start date. We will require a clear copy of your passport and a clear passport photo in order to process this visa.
Vaccination Requirements and Health Recommendations
US citizens should consult the Centers for Disease Control website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/or your health care provider for vaccination requirements and recommendations. Citizens of all other countries should consult their government’s national disease center or their physician.