General Guidlines

 

"Oasis World provides enchanting exotic experiential travel around India!. Focus areas of Oasis World are Special Interest Tourism, History , Architecture &
Culture, Cuisines , Fairs, Festivals and Textiles of the Indian sub-continent besides providing Logistics for Photography and Documentary Filming"

General Travel Guidelines for India

Meet and Greet
On arrival in India at the international airport you will first pass through immigration control, then collect your baggage and pass through customs
before our representative meets you. He/She will be carrying an Oasis Excursions paging board with your names on it. This procedure will be followed
for domestic flights, though without the customs and immigration.
Once you have exited customs you will find a large amount of people waiting for their respective guests. Please move slowly so that you can spot
our representative. In the rare event that our representative is not to be found please call up our EMERGENCY NUMBER +91-9810009248, 821 Ramesh Nambiar.



Flight Tickets
When boarding flight anywhere in the country (whether domestic or international), please remember to carry your e-ticket print out with you. In India
passengers are not allowed to enter the airport without a print out of the flight tickets.

Visa Formalities
For visiting India, all foreigners are required to acquire their VISA in their home country. The visa on arrival scheme, originally introduced for the nationals of
five countries, namely, Japan, Singapore, Finland, Luxembourg and New Zealand from 1 January 2010, has since been extended to tourists from Cambodia,
Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines with effect from 1 January 2011. This scheme is allowed for a maximum 30 days with single entry facility by the immigration
officers at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports on payment of a fee of $60 or equivalent amount in Indian Rupees per passenger (including children).
Please note that for no other nationals of any country is Visa given upon arrival in India.

Dress
The hotels are smart but not hugely formal and the smart casual label is the best description for suggested dress code. For travel during November
to March, do carry a warm coat/jersey for early morning starts and especially for any train journeys, as the onboard air-conditioning can be very severe.

Dress Code for National Parks
Please wear appropriate colours when in any National Park or Tiger Reserve, these should be muted earthy colours. You may also like to carry a sun hat and
sunglasses with you. Please note from mid November until end February, the early morning and evening games drives can be very cold, this is attributed largely
to the wind factor of the open air jeep. We highly recommend you to carry fleeces, jackets, hats, gloves and scarves. By about 8/9am, the sun is out and you
will begin de-layering and be comfortable in a t-shirt for the majority of the midday.

For serious trekkers in the Himalayas we have set of Dos and Donts which you can email us and we will give you specific advise.

Currency
Indian currency is 'Rupee', abbreviated as Rs. One Rupee is equal to 100 paise. Coins are in various denominations of 10, 25, 50 Paise (these are rarely in
circulation these days) and 1, 2, 5 and 10 Rupees. Notes (Bills) are in denominations of 1, 2, 5 (these are rarely in circulation these days) and 10, 20, 50, 100,
500 & 1000 Rupees.

Foreign Exchang
Visiting foreigners can exchange money at international airports where 24-hour exchange facilities are available, through banks and approved moneychangers.
Or, one may change money at the big city hotels. In larger cities and towns a number of ATMs have cropped up everywhere, you can withdraw money
using your credit cards at these ATMs. Bank timings are usually from 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs on weekdays and 1000hrs to 1400 hrs on Saturdays.
Please remember that not all banks will exchange foreign currency or travellers cheques particularly in small towns.
Exchange money only through authorized banks or Money Changers. Insist on a receipt/encashment certificate when changing money. Retain all receipts
to facilitate re-conversion of unspent money on departure from India. Before leaving the country, the left over Indian currency should be exchanged back into
your currency, legally, you are not permitted to carry back home large amount of Indian currency.

Travellers Cheques/Credit Cards
Travellers Cheques should be of well-known brands like Thomas Cook, American Express and Visa. Large establishments generally accept Major
Credit Cards like American Express, Master Cards and Visa, including hotels, shops and airlines.

Payments
All foreign nationals must pay their hotel bills in foreign currency (cash, Travellers Cheques or even by Credit Cards). This can be paid in Rupees if the visitor
has a receipt to show as a proof of currency exchange.

Electricity
In India voltage is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles, though some areas also have DC supplies. Visitors are advised to check the voltage before using electrical
appliances. Socket sizes vary, so it is as well to take a set of plug adapters, available from most electrical stores.

Prohibited Articles
The import of prohibited articles such as dangerous drugs, live plants, is either totally prohibited or restricted. The law provides heavy penalties
for the infringement of this restriction, and in some cases punishment can extend to the death sentence. Also, by law, visitors are banned from
taking antiques and wildlife products out of the country, any infringement is punishable by fines and imprisonment.

Caution
The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act bans all forms of wildlife trade. Violations of the provisions of the Act are punishable with heavy fines and
imprisonment up to 7 years. Foreigners are, therefore, advised not to buy any wildlife or wildlife products or derivatives especially ivory articles, fur
and skin articles derived from wild animals such as Shahtoosh.

Photography
Visitors to India find varied subjects for photography including people, monuments, wildlife, festivities, and landscapes. Note, however, these formalities,
in respect of photography, Special permission of the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, is required for use of tripod and artificial light on monuments.
Special permission of Government of India is required for any photography for the purpose of publicity and commercial use.
Photography is prohibited in tribal areas. Taking photographs of airports, railway stations, bridges, military installations, and from the air is prohibited.

Visiting Places of Worship
Removing ones shoes before entering temples, mosques or Gurudwaras (Sikh Temple) is essential. Avoid taking leather goods of any kinds (bag, belt etc) and
cigarettes into places of worship, as these are often not permitted. Do not wear shorts or sleeveless tops in places of public worship.

Insurance
It is always advisable to obtain good travel insurance to cover the worst possible scenario. Do keep a copy of your policy separately as a safeguard.

Inoculations/Vaccinations
Before travelling to India it is advised that you get vaccinations for tetanus, hepatitis, rabies and typhoid. Consult your doctor before taking them / also take
advice on other vaccinations for meningitis and tuberculosis. Most vaccination courses are completed within four weeks, best taken before the trip. Malaria
preventive course may be taken before your trip, but again this should be consulted with your doctor.

Tipping Advice
Although gratuities are at the discretion of each individual, we are aware it can also be an area of concern for some visitors to India. In this regard, we have
listed some guidelines, in order to assist, although the decision is freely left with you. Above all, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification
for good service, and therefore please view the below guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you
have received.