India in itself is a unique combination of amazing seasons, beautiful coasts, breezy lanes and plethora of cultures combining together to give it a glorious aura. To taste a slice of this land and to completely submerge your soul with its enchanting experience - prepare well in advance, so that all you remember after this trip is - memories and only memories to cherish. When combined with golf, this experience reaches a new high. Considering the accessibility of premium golf clubs and resorts in the subcontinent, a thrilling golf vacation with a plus is just around the corner.
Indian lifestyle expects modest dressing except at the beaches, and particularly when you are visiting religious monuments and sites, where full lengths bottoms and covered shoulders are a must. Slip on shoes are recommended when visiting any religious site as they need to be removed at the entrance. Also carry light cover ups for slightly cooler dawn and dusk times, while winters can be lot chillier in northern regions. Your golf travel is incomplete without a well packed golf bag and the right golf gear for the perfect game. Knowing that an average golf bag weighs about 12 to 13 kgs, you have to pack your basics bit more wisely to match the baggage allowance. Baggage allowance may also differ between airlines and routes and we will email you the details with your tickets.
Foreign nationals visiting the countries of India, Bhutan and Nepal that form part of the Indian subcontinent are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport and a valid travel visa to the country of visit. Please be sure to refer to the respective official government websites for the latest visa requirements and information on each destination before you travel.
A golf vacation is full of outdoor adventures during the day and equally enchanting nightlife experiences. Continuous physical activity with no rest could often leave you feeling lethargic. Be prepared to take some on the counter prescribed drugs like Paracetamol to give your body relief from the fatigue. Make sure you carry every essential medication with you. It is also advisable to go for a medical check-up prior to the vacation so you are aware of any allergies or ailments. In case of any special condition, please do let us know beforehand so we can prepare the best for you. A copy of your health insurance should be with you when you travel. Also since you will stay a lot in the greens, don’t miss carrying an insect repellent.
India offers a wide palette of delectable sweets, tangy curries, fluffy breads and other flavourful delicacies. Every nook and corner of this country has one thing or the other for your taste buds. You are advised to eat from only hygienic and well maintained eateries and drink sealed mineral water to avoid local infections. In case you become unwell, all the star hotels have on call doctors with decent experience who can treat you well.
A travel insurance protects you against any unwelcome turn of events, hence its a vital add on. Make sure you have adequate travel insurance which provides you sufficient cover, particularly if you are an adventure enthusiast and plan to go trekking or mountain biking after your golf rounds.
The Indian Rupee cannot be purchased outside India. Traveller’s Cheques in US dollars or Pound sterling are widely accepted and safer than carrying cash. You can exchange cash and Traveller’s Cheques at the airport, banks and at most of the larger hotels. Bank hours are 1000 – 1400 hrs. Remember to keep your money exchange forms as proof and obtain plenty of small denomination notes such as ten and twenty rupee notes for tips. It is advisable to carry some Rupees in cash when travelling to remote areas or visiting smaller establishments as credit cards and Traveller’s Cheques may not always be accepted at these places. ATMs are aplenty and available in the larger towns and cities but there is a transaction fee. Please ensure your card is valid during your period of travel and it is advisable to notify your card provider that you are going to be out of the country to ensure they do not cancel your card.
Hindi is the official language although most regions have their own languages and dialects. The country functions in English alongside Hindi, so you should not have any problems communicating unless you are really in the middle of nowhere.
Electrical current in India is 220 volts. If you are traveling with electrical appliances it is worth bringing along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs. These are available from most electrical and hardware stores. It is suggested that you take battery-operated appliances wherever possible, along with a supply of extra batteries.
Photographic opportunities in India are immense. Please be respectful when taking photographs and seek permission before taking photographs of people. Photography in religious institutions is generally not permitted. Outdoor photography is usually permitted when visiting such places, but please check with your guide before taking any photographs. At most major monuments, you have to pay a camera fee that may range between Indian Rupees 50 and Indian Rupees 200.
Mobile network coverage throughout India is good and you will be able to use your mobile phone in some rural areas, if you have international roaming facility. Emails and internet access are available in most hotels, but like phone calls, they can be very expensive. If you are bringing your laptop with you, bring an adapter and an extra battery pack if you have one.
The way to deal with touts in India is to simply ignore them. If that does not work, a more firm approach – ‘No, thank you’ – should do. As for beggars, this comes with the experience. It will take time to adjust, but typically the best method to donate money is to do so through charities. Giving cash to individuals may not always be put to good use. When in crowded bazaars, at railway stations, and at major tourist sights, be aware of your possessions, particularly wallets, handbags, and cameras.
Tipping is a part of life in India and it is a good idea to always have small denomination notes within easy reach, separate from your main wallet. Tipping is entirely at your discretion and not compulsory, however, on more than one occasions, the person providing you a service (driver, bell boy, waiter, porter) would expect a tip for services provided. • For airport transfers, you can tip between Indian Rupee 100 -150 to the porters. • When tipping at hotels, we encourage you to use their central tip box wherever possible. The cumulative tip should be approximately about Indian Rupees 800 –1,000 per day for the number of nights you have stayed at the hotel. For the bell boys and the porters who assist you during check in and check out, Indian Rupee 100 per large bag and Indian Rupee 50 for a small bag is an approximate tip amount. • Tipping after meals is 10% of the bill amount. • When you have a driver over multiple days, you should budget to tip him between Indian Rupee 400 –500 a day for in-city driving and Indian Rupee 800 –1,000 when driving across cities or on especially long days. • You could tip your local guide or traveling escort between Indian Rupee 1,000 –1,500 per day depending on how happy you were with their knowledge, and, with your overall experience.
Security at Indian airports is very strict and all hand baggage is x-rayed and sometimes physically searched prior to boarding flights. Domestic airlines do not permit any dry cell batteries, sharp implements, and inflammable items to be carried in cabin baggage. Therefore please ensure that camera batteries, scissors, razors etc. are packed in your checked baggage. There are several different sets of baggage allowance regulations in effect for international and regional flights. Baggage allowance varies depending on type of aircraft and class of service. Currently the baggage allowance* on domestic Indian flights is 15 kg only for economy class travel. Only one piece of hand luggage is permitted per passenger and the allowance varies between 5 kg to 7 kg depending on the airline and the sector. Please note: The baggage allowance is included in the ticket printout we email to you. Please read the same carefully to confirm the exact baggage regulations pertaining to your specific itinerary. Any baggage in excess of airline limitations may be subject to excess baggage charges. These charges are the sole responsibility of the traveller. And we will not be held responsible or pay for the same on your behalf. Every piece of checked baggage should be locked, and contain identification both inside as well as outside. In addition, do not pack valuable items, such as cameras and jewellery in checked baggage. While every precaution will be taken with your baggage, we cannot be held responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen baggage or personal property and we strongly recommend the purchase of adequate baggage insurance by each traveller.
Having a clear idea about your golf vacation in India will allow you to choose from a variety of premium golf escapes (in different terrains), best tee-times, amenities on offer and also reconsider your budget constraints. So, in order to plan a best golf trip with Pash India, its always advisable to chalk out the basic details and your interests and then let our experts do the next step of planning the golf trip you always craved for.
If you are a fan of those victorian era golf clubs or love to treat your senses to the mighty historic structures in India, planning and reserving your place in the opening season is a great step. This way, you will not only cherish the game at the right time but also sight the iconic sites at the best moments. Learn more about this from our Golf travel designers.
India is blessed with diverse terrains and that is visible in its varied Golf courses- from desert plains to tea estates and hill stations in terms of terrain and from traditional course to modern golf resorts regarding layouts. Some course such as Madras Gymkhana in Chennai is located in a horse racing track and others like Gulmarg Golf Course in Kashmir and Yak Golf Course in Sikkim are considered as World highest Golf courses, perched on a mountain top. So when you are playing its wise to understand the course and its fairways beforehand for a successful outcome.
India sees a very dramatic weather - while the northern India will be blanketed in snow, the southern part would be experiencing tropical rain. So if you wish to relish Golf, chose your destinations wisely based on the time you are traveling. Generally the best time to visit India is in winters, as the summer heat or monsoon rains may not be the best time to swing, unless you are an adventurous golfer.
A Golfing holiday in India doesn’t mean that it will revolve only around the game. In a country like India its impossible to ignore it’s vibrant culture, colours and mystical sights which form the backdrop of its Golf Courses. You will get enough opportunities to step beyond the fairways and embrace the other sides of India like monuments, wildlife, adventure, wine, beaches, villages and so on. Simply let us know your interests so we can churn out the best from your Indian Golf Holiday.