INDIA ADVENTURE FAQS
WHAT MAKES THIS ADVENTURE SO SPECIAL? WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
India is an amazing and intense country that is best explored in the great outdoors and navigated with a knowledgable crew on hand to offer their experience and insider tips! We kept all of that (and more) in mind when we were designing this adventure, that focuses on the area around Rajasthan, a state known for it’s majestic forts, desert landscapes and colorful culture. Not to mention, you get all the fun, camaraderie, connection with local women, and safety that comes standard when exploring new places with WHOA!
Like all our adventures, we’ll be staying active as much as possible. This trip is a unique, amped up version of the famous golden triangle where you’ll get to see all the famous forts and landscapes around Rajasthan (including the Taj!), but also with stops away from the crowds and chaos at our favorite off the beaten path villages, like Jojawar. Also, we'll be staying in heritage houses that will give you an authentic taste of the Rajasthani culture and hospitality that is so special to the region.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK? HOW SHOULD I DRESS?
Pack light and smart! We're moving around a lot, so you won’t need or want a lot of extra baggage on this adventure, and it’s also very important to take into consideration the culture and conditions. First and foremost, Indian women dress much more modestly than women in the west, and breaking the norms is disrespectful and can cause unwanted and unnecessary attention. Also, keep in mind we’ll be walking around a lot in hot temperatures (think low 80s F / high 20s C). Our two biggest pieces of advice: be covered and be comfortable!
Bring clothing that covers your knees, shoulders, cleavage and midriff. Leave behind tight or sheer clothing that will show your undergarments and short shorts and skirts. Your normal workout clothes from home, like yoga pants and bike shorts, probably reveal too much curve, so we recommend wearing lightweight loose pants and capris with tunic-style tops (Athleta has some great feather weight, quick drying ones that will be great for the heat). Loose fitting sleeveless shirts are OK, but short sleeves are advised (avoid spaghetti straps altogether). Our favorite dressing tip for India is to always have a light scarf on hand. You can cover your shoulders out of respect when visiting temples, and also to protect yourself from the sun. There will be markets selling ones with incredible patterns and colors along our way, so bring one to start, but plan on buying a few along the way!
Last but not least, bring a pair of flip flops and some comfy sneakers for biking and exploring on foot. Also, don’t forget sunscreen, any and all medications you think you might need because it’s unlikely you’ll be able to find exactly what you need in India.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THIS ADVENTURE?
Most importantly, as is the case with all travel (but especially India), it's important to arrive with an open mind, and be ready to embrace a new culture! India can be a very challenging place with unfamiliar customs, but that’s where its real beauty lies! Be ready to share amazing experiences and both highs and lows with your fellow adventurers and guides.
WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO? DO I NEED A VISA?
You should fly into the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in New Delihi, and plan to arrive by 2 PM. WHOA reps will be there outside of customs to meet you and take you to the hotel in time to freshen up for our welcome dinner!
You will need an Indian visa ($75 USD) to enter the country for US citizens, and about $50 USD for citizens of most other countries. Lucky for us, this process has become much easier recently, and can be done online with their new visa upon arrival program. You can only apply for your visa a set number of days before your arrival date into the country, so mark your calendars to apply in the window 2 - 3 weeks before your trip! Don’t worry, we’ll send a reminder and all necessary information in an email closer to the time of application. Make sure your passport is valid for at least SIX MONTHS after the trip dates to India. You can find the application and more details HERE.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE? WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Included: Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels project, Walking tour with a guide from the New Delhi Streetkids Project, Old Delhi walk with stops at the Jama Masjid, Gurduwara, Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place Meherangarh Fort visit (Jodhpur), Udaipur orientation tour with city palace visit, Cultural show at the Bagore-ki-Haveli (Udaipur), Local cooking class (Udaipur), Sunrise at Savitiri Temple (Pushkar), Sunset camel ride, Ranakpur Jain temple entry, Amber Fort tour (Jaipur), Bollywood Dance class (Jaipur), Sunset visit to Ranthambore Fort, Safari in Ranthambore NP, Abhaneri stepwell visit, Taj Mahal entrance, All transport between destinations and to/from included activities, All breakfasts, welcome dinner (via tuk tuk) and other dinners where indicated, Two Group Guided Yoga Classes, Passionate CEO and GAL with you every step of the way to help, Tips for crew on all included activities + all the WHOA TLC you've come to expect!
Not Included: Visas, International Airfare, Additional food and drinks, Camera entrance fees at monuments (approx $4), Optional activities not listed as included in itinerary, Airport pick up/drop off if outside indicated time
WHAT SHOTS DO I NEED?
Please review the India traveler’s health page on the CDC website for the most current vaccination listings, as they change and are updated often. Make sure you get and/or bring with you a signed International Certificate of Vaccination (it’s a small yellow card) as proof of your yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from an at risk country (the US is not considered at risk). It’s worth noting that if you don’t have the recommended shots already, you can usually obtain them through your local health department or a travel doctor at a lower cost than through a physician.