Is it safe for women to travel to India?
Yes. Rajasthan is one of the more touristy areas of India and has many travelers throughout the year. Rajasthanis are known for their kindness, hospitality and traditional culture. With this said, incidents against solo travelers in isolated areas have been reported. We travel in a group, have two local male guides, a female Purposeful Nomad representative and a safe driver. Your security and safety are our number one priority. Petty theft can happen, so keeping your important belongings with the car or in hotel is advisable at all times.
Do you have a payment plan for this trip?
Yes! After paying the deposit for the trip, you can chose to pay the remaining balance in 3-5 installments up until 90 days of departure.
Do I need a visa to travel to India?
Yes. Visas obtained in advance of travel are required for all foreign visitors to India, regardless of country of origin, purpose of visit, or length of stay. Tourists who wish to travel to India solely for personal travel, and who plan to stay no longer than 30 days, can easily apply for an e-visa online. The application for an Indian e-visa requires travelers to upload a photo and passport scan, and to pay the application fee of $75 USD. If approved, tourists will receive their e-visas via email. They must be printed out and presented upon arrival at the airport. Here is the correct link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
E-visas take at least three working days to process, and should be procured no less than four business days before arriving in India.
How do I get there?
International airfare is not included in the price of the ticket. It is up to you to get to Delhi on Day 1. Please aim to arrive to the airport in the evening and an airport transfer will take you to the hotel. Be aware that flights sometimes land at/after midnight. Thats ok!
Need help buying tickets or simply don't want too? We have partnered with a trusted travel agent that can book your flight beginning to end for you! If this service is something you wish to take advantage of then just let us know and we will put you in contact with her.
What type of electricity is there/Do I need adaptors?
India uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have either grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections (Type D) or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C). Yes- you will need some sort of outlet adaptor. We like this universal one found HERE.
What type of clothes should I pack?
Rajasthan is the most traditional state in India. Wearing shorts, tank tops, short skirts (above the knee) or sundresses is not advisable and will attract unwanted attention. Loose fitting clothes that cover your shoulders, like long sleeve cotton tops, loose pants, jeans, long dresses, yoga pants with a long shirt and cotton scarf to wrap around your shoulders is appropriate attire. Having clothes tailored is inexpensive and easy in India and we will have time for this in Jodhpur if you wish to have a few items made for your trip. Plus, there will be many bizarres with fun scarfs, shirts and pants along the way! Since we are guests in this region and will be doing work with Sambhali Trust please observe the local customs and dress respectfully. At hotels or in your room, feel free to wear what you'd like. Please bring a bathing suit for the hotel pools and spa day!
Do I need international travel insurance?
Yes. International travel insurance is required. More information will be sent to you after you register. Purposeful Nomad is an affiliate partner with World Nomads. You can purchase insurance right through our website here.
What is the weather like in Rajasthan?
Rajasthan in the winter is warm/hot during the day (around 68-80 F) at night the temperature will drop dramatically (45-55 F). It is advisable to have a sweater, light jacket, warm socks, jeans, hat and gloves for the evening. We will be spending one night in the village so please bring a few extra layers for this amazing experience. It rarely rains in the desert region and the air is very dry.
Will the group be together the whole time?
Groups travel together at all times in a private van with driver and guide. There are specific days where you are allowed to choose your own adventure or just hang out. These adventures will be guided.
What is not included in the overall cost?
Not included is international airfare, travel insurance, tips, alcohol, extra snacks and food outside the noted meals per day, personal expenses.
What extra money do I need? Can I use US Dollars?
Rajasthan is known for it’s crafts, tapestries and gems. We will find time to shop, so if you wish to purchase items please bring an extra $250 - $600 USD depending on your budget. You can also have pants and shirts tailored for you in Jodhpur and Jaipur. It is advisable to tip the guides and driver (other tips are included in your price). Also, lunches are not included in the price of the trip, so please account for an extra $100-$200 depending on your appetite.
Do I need vaccinations?
Be an informed traveler, ultimately it is up to you to consult a physician and make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations. We are here to help but can not legally provide medical advice. Here are some great websites:
Can I drink the water?
No. It is not recommended to drink tap water. Having said that, please bring a reusable water bottle as most hotels and tourist destinations offer refilling stations.
Do I need to speak Hindi?
It is certainly not a requirement but always fun to try! Every group has a bilingual guide so there is nothing to worry about.
Is there internet?
Yes! In most places in India there is internet at the hotels. If you have an unlocked phone, you can purchase data and calling for around $10 USD at the airport or later in the trip and you will have internet in most places.