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-length 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 a lot chillier in the northern regions. 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 kg, you must pack your basics a 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.
All international travel requires your passport along with the visa of the country you are planning to visit and where you will be spending your time. So if you are planning a trip to India,do make sure that yourpassport and visaare in order much in advance to avoid any last minute hassles. If you have any queries regardingIndian VISA norms, you can make enquiries with our travel experts.
A golf vacation means spending a large part of your day outdoors, with plenty of walking, in varying degrees of temperature. Your evenings will also mostly be filled with activities and experiences. Continuous physical activity with little or no rest could leave you feeling exhausted and lethargic.Especially gruelling can be the high-altitude courses – if you don’t acclimatise properly to the thin air and conditions at higher elevations, you could experience nausea, headaches, dizziness, even edema. Be prepared, therefore, to carry some on-the-counter prescribed drugs such asParacetamol 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. Incase 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 on the greens, don’t miss carrying an insect repellent.
Withits diversity ofterrain, culture, and climate,and natural abundance of fruits, vegetables, and seafood, it is little wonder that India has such a remarkable array of cuisines on offer.Every region, in fact every state, has its own delicious fare and flavourful ingredients that will definitely have you asking for more. You are advised to eat from only hygienic and well-maintained restaurants / eateries, and drink sealed mineral water to avoid local infections. Incase you become unwell, all the starhotels will have doctors on call who can treat you well.
A travel insurance protects you against any unwelcome turn of events, hence it is 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 etc.and also help you reconsider your time and budget constraints, especiallyif your goal is to get in as many rounds as you can. So, in order to plan the ideal golf trip with Pash India, it is always advisable to chalk out the basic details and your particular interests,and then let our experts take over the next step of planning so they can create the golf trip you have always wanted.
Whetheryou are a lover ofelegant colonial-era golf clubs or have always wanted to see India’s ancient and spectacular monuments, 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 take in the destination’s iconic sights at the best moments. Learn more about this from our golf travel designers.
India has incredibly diverse terrain; and you can see it in its varied golf courses – from desert plains to tea estatesfrom breezy coasts to hill stations in terms of terrain; and from traditional courses to modern golf resorts in terms of layout and design. The course at the Madras Gymkhana Club in Chennai is located, for instance,within the horse racing track of the Madras Race Clubwhile theGulmarg Golf Course in Kashmir and Yak Golf Course in Sikkim – both resting high in the Himalayan mountain ranges– are considered among theworld’s highest altitude golf courses. So, when you are playing, it is wise to understand the course and its fairways beforehand for a successful outcome.
India sees dramatic changes in climate, depending on the region you’re travelling to. For instance, while northern India is blanketed in snow, the southern part of the country could be experiencing tropical rains. So if you wish to relish and truly enjoygolf, chose your destinations wisely based on the time you are travelling. Generally, the ideal time to visit India is in the winter, 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 doesnot mean that your entire travel experience will revolve only around the game. For it is impossible to ignore India’ssplendid culture, colours,history,architecture, and great natural beauty – it is against this dramatic backdrop that many of the country’s renownedgolf courses are laid out. You will get enough opportunities to step beyond the fairways and discoverthe real India in its monuments, wildlife, forests, coasts, villages, cuisines and so on. Simply let us know your interests so we can bring you the very best on your Indian golf holiday.