What to expect on one of our tours in India
4 & 5 star hotels in India, like anywhere else in the world, generally provide a standard selection of facilities that you would expect such as Wifi, Television, Minibar, Refrigerator, Tea & Coffee making facilities, a selection of toiletries and other niceties.
In the majority of hotels other than the above, even Heritage Hotels and other unique accommodations, facilities are often scarcer, even if the hotel is of a good standard. Unless staying in a 4/5 star hotel, rooms are often not cleaned nor beds made every day. You may need to ask specifically should you require your room to be cleaned.
The below is a rundown of what to expect from standard and mid-range heritage accommodations in India.
Hotel bathrooms often do not have hairdryers and provide only basic toiletries. It is recommended that you carry all of your own toiletries. (Can be purchased easily and inexpensively in India).
Towels can be small and discoloured, although clean. If you so prefer, bring your own towel.
Many bathroom showers come without a screen or curtain. Bathroom floors tend to get very wet when showering.
Hot water can often be scarce. It may take several minutes, sometimes even up to 20 min to run hot, it may only be available certain hours of the morning or evening, or sometimes not available due to electricity issues. Hot water is sometimes heated by individual geysers in each room. These need to be switched on before a shower to heat up the water.
Bucket showering – Most bathrooms come with a bucket. This is the traditional way of bathing and many Indians still prefer this to a shower. The buckets are very useful for soaking laundry.
Toilet paper – Hotels provide toilet paper, however rolls are often very small. Simply ask room service or the hotel reception to send more to your room. Bring a roll of toilet paper with you for emergency backups.
Hotel Room Facilities
In the larger towns and cities, Wifi is commonplace. In out of the way locations, Wifi may not be available, or is only available in public areas.
Many heritage hotels, homestays, guesthouses and hotels in remote areas do not have televisions in the room.
Minibar/Tea & Coffee Making
Most midrange and less than 4 star heritage hotels may not provide a refrigerator/minibar or tea/coffee making facilities.
Most hotels will have a selection of rooms with single/double and twin beds. Some hotels however only provide single or double bedded room configurations. If you are travelling with a friend who is not your partner you may find yourself sharing the occasional double bed.
Even in midrange hotels in India, it is not unusual to not be provided with a top sheet on the bed. The bed will be made up with one sheet over the mattress and a blanket or quilt. Always ask for a top sheet to be provided as the blankets are not washed or cleaned between uses. Sometimes, the bed will be made up with just the bottom sheet, and a top sheet and blanket neatly folded at the end of the bed, requiring you to make your own bed!
Many hotel rooms, even upmarket and heritage hotels are locked by a bolt and padlock. This is the traditional way of locking doors in India and the idea has stuck. Don’t be surprised if you get to your room when checking into a hotel and are faced with a big and bulky padlock to open. I think it’s kind of funky. On the inside it is common to have at least one bolt to secure the door closed from the inside. This is a good idea to do to ensure you do not get any unwanted visitors entering the room. Indians do not have a habit of knocking first.
Most hotels offer laundry services at a very reasonable cost (and are returned beautifully pressed and folded). You may however wish to do your own laundry (particularly underwear) from time to time, so bring some washing soap and portable peg-less clotheslines.
We use a variety of transport options on our tours. Each tour itinerary and dossier lists the specific transport options used on the tour. See more about transport in India here.
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Before you decide to book one of our tours, one of your first questions will probably (and should) be ‘Who are my fellow travellers’. After all, in a group of no more than 10, you will be spending a fair amount of time in close proximity to each other.
Our travellers come from mainly Australia, Canada, the US, New Zealand and Great Britain. The majority are over 50, although we get some younger travellers as well, and in the past have had three generations of a family on the one trip. Around 70% of our travellers are women, and our mixed group tours are often made up of couples, siblings, parent/child and of course single travellers (some of whom will be travelling without their partner, and some who may be single/widowed or divorced).
We have had many of our travellers return to travel through different parts of the Sub Continent, with some travellers currently booked on their fourth or even fifth tour with us.
In 2009 we were approached by a past traveller suggesting we put together a tour just for women. She had been on a mixed tour, but had many female friends who wanted to travel to India on a tour, but just with other women. It was a fabulous idea and so our Women-only tours began, with the first one happening in 2010. Generally, our standard women-only tour is the Mumbai to Delhi Essence of India. It was an itinerary that was in reverse to the Delhi to Mumbai Essence of India, but as women-only groups do tend to be a little different from mixed groups, in terms of what our travellers are looking to get out of their holiday experience, we’ve tweaked the itinerary somewhat and it now visits several different locations to the mixed group Essence of India. We have also put together women-only versions of other tours on the request of past travellers, including the South Indian Odyssey tours in 2014 and 2015.
Whether you choose (as a woman) to travel on one of our women-only tours, or a mixed group, you can be sure that you will still have other women travellers on the tour to spend your holiday moments with.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT – DO I NEED TO PAY?
At Incredible Indian Tours, we don’t charge a compulsory single supplement charge for single travellers. On our group tours we often have 3, 4 or even 5 travellers of the same sex travelling independently. If you choose the sharing option, your tour manager will rotate the single sharers at each new hotel, so you get a new room-mate each stop. If there is an odd number of single sharers, then someone gets their own room occasionally.
The Single Supplement cost only needs to be paid if you wish to guarantee your own room throughout the tour.