Q. What are the types of tours that you organise ?
A. We specialize in Leisure Tours, Pilgrimage Tours, Yoga Tours, Safari Tours, Buddhist Tours,Trekking Tours,Skiing Tours, Business tours and Beach stays or any other related travel arrangements for Individuals or Groups.
Q. How you are different from other Organization?
A.Our management has 21 years of international experience in tourism which gives us an indepth knowledge of both what our destinations have to offer in terms of infrastructure and facilities and what the foreign tourist expects.
Q. Do you organise only Inbound Tours ?
A. We are a destination management company and organize Inbound s well as Outbound Tours, Student's Groups, Domestic Tours, Conferences, Conventions and other Travel related services.
Q. Do you provide Rail Package Tours ?
A. Yes, we organise special tours aboard the Palace on Wheels, Royal Orient Luxury trains and also can organize special programmes using Rail travel within India.
Q. Do you provide credit facility?
A. As a matter of Corporate Policy we collect payment prior to providing services.
Q. What are the accommodation facilities in India?
A. Good quality Hotels and Resorts in various categories like 5 star, 4 star, 3star , Heritage etc., both from individual ownership to renowned Hotel Chains. Some of the cities have tourist apartments also. Please note that the usual check in & check out time for the hotels is 12:00 Noon. A room can accommodate a maximum of 3 Adults OR 2 Adults and 2 Children (Double Occupancy Rooms).
Q. What are the transportation facilities in India?
A. Intercity transportation can be done with Domestic Airways, Jet Airways and Air Sahara (Please check the AIRLINES page), Vast network of Indian Railways, and Road transfers by private cars, private buses or state transport buses. Private buses offer good variety of services where you have got choice of Non-Airconditioned and Airconditioned 2 x 2, Coaches.Also available are Micro Bus, Toyota Qualis, Tata Sumo, Medium Cars like Ambassador, Indica etc and also Deluxe Category cars like Mercedes, Ford Ikon, Honda City, Opel Astra etc.(please see OUR TRANSPORT page).
Indrail Passes: The Indrail pass is "As You Like" travel ticket exclusively for foreign tourists and Indian Nationals residing abroad. This ticket allows passengers to travel wherever they want, within a specific time period, at an all-inclusive fare. The Indrail Pass can be paid only in US Dollars or Pound Sterling. · These Passes enable the tourist to enjoy unlimited travel on Indian trains within the period of their validity. A tourist travelling on Indrail Pass is exempted from paying reservation fee, sleeper charges, supplementary charges for travelling by super fast trains or for meals provided in Rajdhani & Shatabdi Express trains. (Subject to various conditions.
Q.How much in advance should bookings be made ?
A. It is always better to book well in advance because at the same price you get the best services.Some Maharaja Palace Hotels such as Lake Palace Udaipur or Beach Hotels are very heavily booked .
For Domestic Air Travel- Since there are limited flights operating between many locations, such as Mumbai to Aurangabad and Delhi to Aurangabad, the flights always go full throughout the year. It is recommended to book your Air Tickets at least 30 days in advance. Cancellations till one hour prior to your travel fetch you the full refund. In case of no-show, 50% will be refunded to you. Some standard cancellation charges have to be borne by you at the time of cancellation.
For Train Travel- Again, since there are very limited trains operating on some of the routes and Indian's mainly prefer to travel by trains, all the trains are extremely packed all the time. That is why Indian Railway has given the booking period of 60 days, so that you can very well plan your journey in advance.You are requested to book your rail tickets at least 45 days in advance. For Air-conditioned coaches, you may have to book your tickets at least 60 days in advance. Cancellations between 4 hours to 24 hours before the departure of the train from the place of origin will fetch you 75 % refund. Less than 4 hours will cut 50% from the fare. There are standard cancellation charges depending on the class of journey which are also deducted at the time of any cancellation.
For Road Travel- There are many private Bus operators throughout the India. So, you need not to worry about bus bookings. You have to book it at least 24 hours prior to your journey. Only during some major festival periods such as Dussera, Diwali and Summer Holidays in April, May, it could be more crowded. Cancellations, one hour prior to the departure are considered for refund, which varies from 50% to 100 %.
IMPORTANT: OUR CANCELLATION CHARGES: - Please note that in case of cancellation of a package tour provided by us i.e. "Classic Tours", we will deduct -
1. 10 % for cancellations made after the booking.
2. 20 % for cancellations made 1 month prior to arrival.
3. 30 % for cancellations made 2 weeks prior to arrival .
4. 40 % for cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to arrival.
5. In case of Closed Group bookings a maximum of 15 % reduction of strength is allowed without any cancellation charges unless non refundable depoits to suppliers are involved.Please check with us at the time of making the reservation.
Q. How do I make the payments?
A. If you are tourist from outside India, we prefer receiving a bank transfer to our account.
Q. What are the safety regulations to be followed while in India?
A. India is as safe as any other country you visit for the first time. If you adhere to the following suggestions, you will have a safer and more enjoyable visit to India.
- On your point of entry to India and at any next town, always have somebody escort you to your Hotel / Apartment. Ensure at least for the first leg that you have your accommodation and transportation booked well in advance to save from further hassles. Since Indian's have more immunity than most westerners, drink only Mineral Water, avoid raw foods / salads, eat only cooked food in good Hotels / Restaurants, and always avoid road side exposed eatables. Be sensitive to Indian culture and dress appropriately while traveling within the country.
Q. What is the health-care I need to take while traveling to India?
A. Yellow fever: Any person (including infants) arriving by air or sea without a certificate is detained in isolation for a period up to 6 days if arriving within 6 days of departing from an infected area. Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country excluding parts of the States of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim. No certificate required, but a course of anti-malaria pills is recommended.
Drinking water: Bottled water is available and usually provided in flasks in hotel rooms. For people with delicate digestive systems, it is advisable to use bottled mineral water, which is also widely available.
Medical Facilities: In all our 3/5 star hotels doctors are available on call 24 hours.Please ensure that you have a medical insurance from your country.The standard of our doctors is high and international level private clinics are available in most places.
Q. Which are the Public Festivals of India worth attending, for this year?
A. The Indian calendar is a long procession of festivals. If you can find yourself in the right place at the right time, it is possible to go through your visit with a festival each day. The harvest festivals of the south, the immersion of Ganesh in Pune, the car Festival of Puri, snake-boat races in Kerala, Republic Day in Delhi... every region, every religion has something to celebrate. There is a very famous Ellora festival organised every December, in which you would be able to watch dance performances, musical performances and catch the true taste of India. Enquire at local Government of India Tourist Offices or check our Fair & Festivals page for same.
Q. What are the Visa requirements to travel to India?
A. Indian visas are available from Indian Consular Offices around the world, on payment of visa fee. All foreign citizens have to pay visa fee. Applications for multiple and single entry visas are accepted. Indian visas are necessary for all foreigners visiting India. There are several kinds of visas including Entry Visa, Tourist Visa, Business Visa, Long terms visa (upto 5 years with multiple entry facilities) etc. are available. Also Collective Landing Permits are available for foreign tourists in groups. Visa extensions: Tourists visas are available for a maximum period of 180 days. No charges are levied for visa extension within the maximum period of 180 days. Identical passport photographs are required. However, in case of an extension beyond 180 days, which is allowed only in exceptional cases, an extension fee is charged. Tourists from other countries are advised to check current applicable visa fee/visa extension fees with government of India Tourist Offices or Indian Consular Offices located in their respective countries. For further details please go through visa formalities page.
Q. Do we need to take some special permits to travel to certain parts of India?
A. - For traveling to tourist places like Ajanta & Ellora Caves and the other tourist places, you don't need any special permits. But there are some areas where you need permits. Special permits can be obtained if specifically asked for while applying for a visa or they may be obtained after arrival in India. The FRROs (Foreigners' Regional Registration Offices) in Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and the Chief Immigration Officer in Madras can issue the same as well as group permits. This permit is valid for a maximum period of 15 days only. Permits must be applied for at least two weeks in advance for group tourists. Which are restricted areas in the India which need special permits? Ans. - Certain parts of the country need special permits before they can be visited. Ajanta & Ellora Caves and the surrounding tourist places are open for all. Permits are Required for the following areas: Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland. Sikkim Andaman and Nicobar Islands Lakshadweep Islands.
Q. What are the Currency Regulations in India?
A. Tourists are not allowed to bring Indian currency into the country or take it out of the country. Unlimited amounts of foreign currency or traveller's cheques are allowed into the country but any amount over US$ 1000 should be declared on arrival and a certificate obtained from the Customs. Most branches of State Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, and all major nationalized banks have special foreign exchange counters. Credit cards (like Diners, American Express) and Visa Card among others are now widely accepted everywhere in India.
Currency - India's currency is the Rupee, abbreviated as Rs. One Rupee is equal to 100 Paise. Coins are in denominations of 10, 25 & 50 Paise & l, 2 & 5 Rupees. Notes are in denominations of Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000.
Currency Regulations - Foreign Currency: - It is advisable to carry a mix of cash and travelers cheques to guard against any situation. US Dollars are the easiest currency to change with pounds sterling coming a close second. Other hard currencies such as Yen, Euro can also be changed in tourist areas and big cities. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or traveler's cheques a tourist may import, provided a Declaration Form is completed on arrival by the tourists if they enter the country with US$10,000 or its equivalent in any other currency. This will facilitate the exchange of imported currency as well as the export of unspent currency on departure or for tax clearance certificates. Cash, bank notes and travelers' cheques up to US$2,500 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in the form of travelers' cheques, drafts, bills, cheques, etc. which tourists wish to convert into Indian currency should be exchanged only through authorized money changers. A growing number of hotels, restaurants and shops are beginning to accept credit cards, the well known and more accepted ones being American Express, Access or Mastercards, Diners Club and Visa.
Q. How do I "book" a tour with TIME SAS ?
A. We realise that you need to interact with a knowledgeable person before you can commit yourself to a tour. Therefore we always request you to first send us an enquiry about a tour that you like. You can do this by clicking on the contact us page or on line reservation. Once we receive your enquiry our Customer Support will process it and get back to you with useful inputs ultimately helping you to take an informed decision on your travel plans.
Q. Do You provide your services only for India ?
A. Besides India we also deal with tours to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Srilanka and Maldives.
Q. Do You have Interpreters ?
A. Yes, We have well trained Interpreters and tour guide majoring more then ten languages such as English, Italian, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Korean etc. These tour guides are freelancers approved by the Ministry of Tourism - Government of India.