India is not only famous for its diverse wildlife, architectural marvels and culture but also for its dense and vast forest cover. Indian climate befits the variety of flora and fauna.
India is among the most colorful nations of the world and boasts of a rich history, culture and heritage. To get the most of your trip to India, it would be a good idea to equip yourself with useful information before you set out for a journey of a lifetime.
Getting In and Out
•To explore India, you need a valid passport and visa to India. Carry them at all times while enjoying a vacation in India. Notify your country’s embassy or consulate in case your passport is stolen or lost.
•One needs additional permits to go to certain destinations in India such as Andaman Islands, Gujarat, Ladakh, Kerala, and more. Check with your travel agent or embassy while planning your visit.
•15-Day visa extensions are granted under exceptional circumstances. If you intend to stay longer than 3 months on non-tourist visas there is a registration requirement. This registration makes the bearer eligible for domestic ticket prices.
Getting Around and About
•Most cities have means of efficient local transportation such as taxis, auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, and buses. Private cabs can also be hired.
•It is important to carry an International Driving License if you wish to drive on your own.
•For inter-city and inter-state transport you can avail services of Indian Railways and domestic airlines. Buses, taxis and cabs also ferry people across cities and states.
•It is best to visit Indian plains during cooler months from November to March.
•For a visit to mountainous regions of India, the months of April to October are better suited.
Food and Health
•Indian cuisine is a tad too spicy for European and American taste buds. Indulge in the gastronomical delights only if you have the stomach for it. Also, there are plenty of non-spicy cuisines and delicacies to choose from.
•You may occasionally need insect repellent cream. If you are allergic to dust, be sure to carry medication with you. Sunscreen is another must-have.
•Bargaining is the norm in local bazaars selling products without a written price. Resist the urge to buy without comparing prices from shops selling similar stuff.
•Be wary of roadside peddlers trying to sell you semi-precious and precious gems and jewelry. Visit state emporia and the Central Cottage Industries Emporia (most major cities have one) for fixed prices and a fair idea of the cost with a regular dealer.
•Trading in ivory, fur, animal skins, antiquities and the like is illegal. If you must have it, obtain a certificate of legitimate sale and permission for export before leaving the country.
•Public display of affection is not appreciated and neither is public nudity unless perhaps one is at a beach.
•One is expected to cover the head before entering a religious place such as a temple or mosque.
•Ask for permission before clicking pictures of women and religious complexes. Some places charge for taking pictures while it is prohibited at a few places as well.
Do’s and Don’ts
•Do carry attested photocopies of your travel documents and keep the originals in a safely locked baggage.
•Do fill up a Currency Declaration Form along and a Disembarkation Card besides making an oral declaration of the luggage you are carrying.
•Do not smoke in public places.
•Do not give money to beggars.
The Earth Safari Team
Ecotourism (also known as ecological tourism) is travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strive to be of low impact and (often) small scale. It helps educate the traveler; provides funds for conservation; directly benefits the economic development and political empowerment of local communities; and fosters respect for different cultures and for human rights.
Responsible Eco tourism is not only a good sounding word but also carries a deeper meaning. When it comes to wildlife, the beauty and the nature comes to the mind at once. It becomes the moral responsibility f all nature lovers esp. those visiting the ecological jungle to promote security, growth and beauty of the region.
It is also concerned with promoting the economies of the nearby regions of the national parks and sanctuaries. All the nearby populations who survive on the economy from the natural habitats are to be paid special care and attention by the government authorities and also by the tourists coming fro diverse global locations.
Eco-tourism focuses on local cultures, wilderness adventures, volunteering, personal growth and learning new ways to live on our vulnerable planet. It is typically defined as travel to destinations where the flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Responsible Eco-tourism includes programs that minimize the adverse effects of traditional tourism on the natural environment, and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, initiatives by hospitality providers to promote recycling, energy efficiency, water reuse, and the creation of economic opportunities for local communities are an integral part of Eco-tourism.
How can we promote Eco tourism, by Minimizing impact
• Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
• Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
• Provide direct financial benefits for conservation
• Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people
• Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate
• Support international human rights and labor agreements.
The Earth Safari Team
Welcome to the land of Variety, welcome to India. India is a diverse ecosystem where thousands of varied flora and fauna co-exist just like its diverse culture, heritage, languages and what not. Indian Wildlife is never too different.
India is a land with 26 amazing World Heritage Sites, 13 Ramsar Sites (plus Six New ) and 13 Biosphere Reserves, India is indeed a paradise. In addition to its birds and animals, India also boasts of over 20,000 species of insects, 2,000 species of butterfly, 142 species of frogs and over 700 species of fish. This makes India a wildlife heaven and also the ultimate destination for wildlife enthusiasts and lovers.
We as a team with an expertise in providing the best information, suggestions and a vast experience in the Indian Wildlife are dedicated to all the nature and wildlife lovers of the world and invite them to come to India to capture the magic of wild in their memories and camera for the life. We offer customized wildlife tour and safari packages that sit your interest, your living conditions, your budget and also the level of your thrill.
We have identified the richest natural history destinations and carefully developed itineraries that maximize wildlife and cultural experiences for you. We have brought together selection of the finest natural history, cultural and and adventure tours and trips
You are invited to come and join us for the most unforgettable times of your life through the Safari and tours of the Indian Wildlife where you may encounter the most shy to fiercest animals of the jungle. Your journey never stops at the wild also, you can accompany us to the nearby places which are famous for their own charm.
The Earth Safari Team