Frequently Asked Questions
What to wear?
The program is informal throughout, no jackets, ties or gowns required. Keep in mind that on many occasions you will need to have your knees and shoulders covered and will need to remove your shoes at Hindu temples. Socks may be worn in Hindu temples, so you may wish to pack a few extra pair so that you can dispose of them as you go.
We suggest sporty casual clothing that is lightweight and breathable; and sturdy comfortable footwear. Polo type shirts or short sleeve button down shirts paired with lightweight slacks or blue jeans are the nicest clothing you’ll need for the Brand g program. On most days, shorts, t-shirts or lightweight expedition style pants are perfectly fine, especially during the cruise. You may wish to pack something a bit nicer if you plan on any fine dining or other more formal nightlife in your free time.
What is the local & on board currency?
The local currency and official currency on board the Ganges Voyager is the Indian rupee. During the cruise, we operate on a cashless system, with all purchases billed to your onboard account. At the end of the cruise, bills may be settled in cash with Indian rupees or by credit card with Visa or MasterCard. The Ganges Voyager does not provide a currency exchange service, nor is there an ATM on board. In Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, and Agra, you will find options for obtaining rupees at both Indian and international banks, ATMs, and wire services.
What if I have dietary requirements (allergies, religious restrictions, or preferences)?
The culinary team will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 45 days prior to departure of these requests.
How do I power and charge my devices?
The voltage in India is officially 220/50Hz. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. The Ganges Voyager has multi-configuration outlets, which accommodate most Western plugs. We recommend bringing an adapter for use in the hotels. Because the voltage may fluctuate at times, we also recommend unplugging your devices when not in use or when leaving them unattended.
Will I need insect protection for this trip?
While you can expect to encounter insects during your trip, most are relatively harmless. Switching off lights when exiting your room or suite, and ensuring that glass or screen doors or windows are closed at all times will minimize the number of insects allowed into your room. On the fast-moving river, mosquitoes are rarely seen while sailing. If planning to be outside in the early morning or evening hours, applying an insect repellent to exposed skin is recommended.
What should I expect on the included shore excursions?
All shore excursions during your 15-day travel program. Excursions are led by expert guides. Electronic listening devices are complimentary to all guests in order to ensure that guests are able to hear their guides, without disturbing nearby wildlife.
Will there be smoking areas?
The comfort and safety of our guests is our first priority. Smoking is not permitted in the suites or enclosed, public areas on board. There is a designated smoking area on the Sun Deck.
What are pre-paid gratuities?
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. Gratuities for the included portions of this program have been pre-paid. At your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
Is the water safe to drink in India?
Please do not drink the tap water while on board or on shore, or use it for brushing your teeth. The ship’s water supply comes from the river after passing through a sterilization process. This water is suitable for showers and baths, but should not be consumed. Complimentary bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth is provided on board, as well as during excursions.
What are the passport and visa 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.
o Brand g’s program only requires a single entry visa, which may be obtained through an online application process: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
o If you have made other independent arrangements which require multiple entries into India, check with your nearest Indian consulate for the appropriate visa application process. Use care to be sure you are accessing information from the official consulate and not an intermediary.
o If you prefer you may also use a visa service to assist you with obtaining your visa. One such service that we’d recommend for US citizens is G3 Visa Services: http://www.g3visas.com/
What vaccination requirements and health recommendations?
US citizens should consult the Centers for Disease Control website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india 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.
Are there luggage restrictions on this trip?
Yes, during this trip you can expect the following luggage restrictions. We highly recommend that you pack based on these guidelines.
Delhi to Kolkata:
Checked Bag 25 kg (55 lbs) / Hand Luggage 7 kg (15 lbs)
Kolkata to Jaipur:
Checked Bag 15 kg (33 lbs) / Hand Luggage 7 kg (15 lbs)
Delhi to Varanasi:
Checked Bag 15 kg (33 lbs) / Hand Luggage 7 kg (15 lbs)
You will be allowed to pay for additional weight if you wish, however the weight of your checked luggage should not exceed 25 kg (55 lbs).
These guidelines are subject to change.
What is the air quality like during this trip?
Due largely to stubble burning in farm fields, the air quality in Delhi is currently listed as very poor. Please refer to the Air Quality Index data from the US Mission in India for more details: https://in.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/new-delhi/air-quality-data/. If you have any respiratory issues, you may wish to consider protections such as a breathing mask, allergy medications, etc. The air quality should be much better along the remainder of the itinerary.