Airport transfers, lodging, private transportation and driver, regional flight, bi-lingual guides, most meals where indicated, all excursions listed, entrance fees to parks and museums, community activities,
International airfare, alcohol, guide and driver tips, a few meals.
Minimum enrollment for this trip is 8 women. If minimum enrollment is not met 90 days prior to departure date then trip may be cancelled in which full payment including deposit will be refunded.
* Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.
* A cancellation request must be received in writing by email from participant. Verbal notice will not serve as a valid cancellation.
* Should you choose to withdraw from the program, unfortunately the DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE (unless the program is cancelled by PN).
**Cancellation by you up to 90 days prior to departure to will result in full reimbursement MINUS deposit. cancellation by you less than 90 days will result in no refund.**
* In the event that a trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets. While we do our absolute best to fill each trip, we highly recommend you buy refundable airline tickets.
Most meals will be eaten together at restaurants or the places we stay. Food restrictions and allergies can be accommodated, just please let us know beforehand.
Unless a specific person has been identified you will be assigned a roommate and room upon arrival. Every person will have their own bed.
Unless you are purchasing the airline insurance it is a good idea to wait until departure is confirmed to buy plane tickets.
Please ARRIVE into Indira Gandhi International airport (DEL) in New Delhi on Day 1. Depending on flight arrival time you may need to purchase an early check in for additional $60.
Our airport transfer will be confirmed once everyone has their flights.
Please book your DEPARTURE anytime in the evening on Day 11. We will have activities planned that day and we will be arriving back to Dehli from the Taj Mahal and plan to have a late lunch in Dehli.
Please note many flights leave after midnight (1am-3am)
WANT HELP BOOKING YOUR AIRFARE?
We got you! We understand booking flights can be time consuming and stressful! Feel free to take advantage of our booking service. You will be connected with Wendy, our exclusive travel agent that can handle all your airfare needs for a small fee of $50 per ticket. Just let us know when you sign up and you’ll be taken care of.
FULL PAYMENT DEADLINE:
The remaining balance should be paid 90 days prior to departure.If you are booking within 90 days of departure, then full payment is required at the time of booking.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Here at Purposeful Nomad we do our best to ensure that every program is a success. However, in the event of something unexpected we want you to be fully protected. We REQUIRE that you purchase international insurance.
Purposeful Nomad is an affiliate partner with World Nomads but you may choose any company. Click here to purchase insurance through World Nomads: INSURANCE
Make sure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medicine, it might be wise to bring a small personal first aid kit, including any patent medicines you prefer. You are responsible for taking all necessary health precautions before and during your trip. It is the client's responsibility to ensure they seek professional medical advice before travelling and to take all necessary health precautions and preventative measures.
Vaccinations: Be an informed traveler! Ultimately it is up to you to consult a physician. We are here to help but can not legally provide medical advice. Here are some great websites:
ENTRY & VISA INFORMATION
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 $103 USD. If approved, tourists will receive their e-visas via email. They must be printed out and presented upon arrival at the airport. E-visas take at least three working days to process, and should be procured no less than four business days before arriving in India.
Here is the correct link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
Passport must be valid for 6 months from entry.
Here is the local contact information to put in the visa application.
Govind Singh Rathore
1. Setrawa House
K. N. College Road
Rajasthan is a very traditional region of India, so wear clothes that are more conservative and looser fitting. Please cover up and bringing a large scarf or pashmina is helpful when walking around and visiting temples. You can definitely purchase these in India but one brand we love is the travel scarf from Waypoint Goods.
The climate is hot and dry during the day (usually 70-85 degrees) with the temperatures dropping after sunset (45-55 degrees). The key to maintaining your comfort is to bringing layers, small compact down jacket, a scarf, winter hat, cotton clothes and protection from sun and insects.
You can check out the weather in Rajasthan here:
Please leave valuables at home!
Passport + 1 copy
Any prescriptions or medications you need
Reusable water bottle
Small backpack or day bag
Adaptors for India electricity
Jacket- fleece or winter
Scarf and light gloves
Hat for sun and hat for cold
Assortment of t-shirts and pants
Sweatshirt/ Sweater for evening
Cardigan as a layer at night
Bathing suit for spa
Longer loose cotton tops/button downs
Long sleeve shirts
Pair of jeans
Loose fitting cotton pants (can purchase in India too).
Scarf for wrapping your upper body
Flipflops, TEVA or similar
Closed toe shoes good for walking
A simple dress for dinner if you wish
Sleep mask/ear plugs
Travel alarm clock
Personal first aid kit
Plastic Bags for wet clothes
Dry bag (optional)
Cloth or reusable bag for market shopping
Energy bars like Luna. Cliff, Kind bars
Nuts or other food items you wish to have
Games like cards, bananagrams, Dominos etc
Woolite- In case you want to wash some socks or underwear in sink.
If you choose you may bring a few gifts and donations to the Sambhali girls in the boarding house we will visit. These are young girls from the ages of 6-18.
Soap, shampoo, anti-lice shampoo
First aid kits
Visual aids for learning English and math
Arts & crafts
Primary reading books
Modest clothes and underwear for children 6-18 years of age
MONEY & TIPPING:
The Rupee is the currency of India. We recommend bringing your money in SMALL BILLS as it is difficult to change large bills especially in the more rural areas. CLEAN, CRISP $20 USD bills are best. Make sure there are no rips or tears.
You will have a chance to exchange USD to Rupees on the first day of the trip and throughout the trip. There are ATM's but they can be problematic so don't solely depend on them. Credit cards aren't always accepted so please don't depend on them as your only means of buying something.
TIPPING: There will some situations where you may feel the need to tip but as always it is up to your discretion. Typically it is customary to tip our guides $5-$10 per day per guide and our driver $3-5 per day. Leaving a little extra at your homestay is also customary. About $5 per person.
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.
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, there are a few meals 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.