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Bribing at border, trouble in El Salvador and Mexican Wrestling
Well slept in the lap of luxury, a full tank of fuel gifted by Ca
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Panama Canal, Curry in Costa Rica and the King of Nicaragua
We left our vehicle at the Indian Embassy in Bogota and flew back
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Machu Picchu, Equator and reaching the finish line in Bogota
We crossed the Bolivian-Peruvian border which is located right ne
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Bolivia – Surviving the death road and breakdown at 16000 feet
“Pachamama will take care of us”, Chinu, our Bolivian guide said
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Chile – Coffee with legs, Atacama desert and the unfortunate theft
After driving for a couple of weeks in Argentina, we were slowly
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India has something for all budgets. In terms of accommodation, you can choose from simple backpacker lodging to five star luxury hotels and midrange options in between. For dining, again, you don’t have to burst your pockets – there is a wide range of eateries from fast food joints to high-end eateries to midrange restaurants. The public transport network is comprehensive and so it is possible to travel around the country economically.

 

With this said, it is important to point out that the rates vary from one region to the other. The cost of accommodation, travel and dining are considerably higher in metro cities such as Delhi and Mumbai, especially during the peak tourist season. If you are willing to splash, India offers some of the world’s finest hotels where food, services and hospitality are impeccable.

 

Given the huge size of the country and vast differences nationwide, it is difficult to give one neat figure for accommodation, travel and dining.

 

As a yardstick, in Rajasthan you can expect to pay roughly between US$20 and US$25 per day if you stay in the cheaper hotels, travel on public buses, do limited sightseeing, and eat basic meals. For a more midrange experience, the rate could go up to US$40 and US$65 per day.

 

For sightseeing, foreigners are usually charged more than locals and so if you wish to see the TajMahal, be prepared to more. There may also be extra charges for still/video cameras.

 

Eating out in India is an experience in itself. In budget restaurants and basic street eateries, you can enjoy a good meal for as little as Rs 40. In midrange restaurants, the price usually hovers between Rs150 and Rs350 and usually there is a tax of 10% to 12.5%.

 

For long-distance travel, you can choose from a range of classes on trains and several bus types. Domestic air travel is another option and thanks to competition you can find good deals on the internet. Within a town or city, you can hire a taxi or a much cheaper auto.

 

Money

The local currency, the Indian rupee (Rs), is divided into 100 paise (p). Coins come in denominations ofRs 1, 2 and 5. Notes come in Rs5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000.

 

ATMs

ATMs linked to international networks are common in most towns and cities. However, it is advisable to carry cash or travellers cheques. Commonly accepted cards are Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Maestro and Plus. To change currency, you wouldneed to present your passport. Commission for foreign exchange is rare-if it is charged, the fee is nominal.

Banks in India such as Citibank, HDFC, ICICI, UTI, HSBC, the Punjab National Bank and the State Bank of Indiaaccept foreign cards. Away from major towns, always carry cash or travellers cheques.

 

Cash

You can exchange all major currencies at banks and with private money­changers. However, Pakistani, Nepali and Bangladeshi currency can be harder to change away from the border.

 

When changing money, be sure to check every note. Don’t accept ripped or damaged notes as these may not be accepted as payment. If you end up with these notes, you can get them exchanged for new bills at branches of the Reserve Bank of India in major cities.

 

Also it is advisable to carry small denomination currency that isRs 10, 20 and 50 notes. Officially, you cannot take rupees out India. However, you can change any leftover rupees back into foreign currency, most easily at the airport.

 

Credit cards

Credit cards are now accepted at growing numbers of shops, upmarket restaurants, and midrange and top-end hotels in major cities. MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted cards. However, while traveling in smaller towns, it is better to carry some cash or use the ATMs.

 

International transfers

International money transfer services are available via moneychangers affiliated with Moneygram (www.moneygram.com) or Western Union (www.westernunion.com).  A hefty fee is charged. Also you need to bring your passport and give the name and reference number of the person who sent the funds.

 

Moneychangers

Private moneychangers are usually open for longer hours than banks. To get the best deal, compare rates offered by different agencies.Also, check you are given the correct amount.

 

Travellers cheques

All major brands are accepted in India, but some banks may only accept cheques from Amex and Thomas Cook. Pounds sterling and US dollars are the safest currencies, especially in smaller towns.

 

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"The experience of Ladakh expedition was just amazing and this drive and destination grows on you,flashes the memories back to miss the experience even more !


Mr Jagat M Aggarwal,M.D Pioneer Industries Ltd.

"A great and completely new and thrilling experience was the self drive tour of the Rann of Kutch area in November this year aptly named Road to Rann 2012. Impeccably organized by Expedition On Wheels....read more"


Mr.Mayank Bhatnagar,SAP,Bangalore

"In a country like India it is a handicap to be a female if you like to just hit the road and cruise and I am extremely thrilled to have met the team of Expedition On Wheels. There wasn't a dull moment in the trip...read more"


Ms Surabhi Rohilla,IBM consultant India


It was a very well planned trip and much better than our expectation. Hope to join you in future.


Sanjiv Sawhney,Brisbane, Australia

True to your words. This was once in a lifetime experience that went far beyond my expectations. Thank you Sanjay and Tushar for this and being the best company we would have wanted.


Sagun Sawhney,Delhi, India

Thanks so much for giving us a memorable experience of a life time. It was much beyond our expectations. Excellent organisation and planning throughout. The trip and company was great too. Thanks.


Ela Sawhney,Brisbane, Australia

Tushar Agarwal was a pioneer when it came to travelling from UK to India. His trip infused a sense of pride into every Indian living abroad and i was one of them. Now i am doing this journey www.glasgow2goa.com, a big thanks to "Expedition On Wheels....read more"


Inderpal Shergill,Glasgow,UK

Meeting Sanjay for the first time one can't miss his humbleness and his warm hospitality. His vast knowledge of the Himalayas and his experience put together, makes him a great leader and a 'must have' companion if you wish to explore....read more


Mr. Prateek Mehta,New Delhi

First of all "A BIG THANKS" to Expedition On Wheels for making my Ladakh trip a memorable one. I just want to convey my deep thanks to Mr. Sanjay MADAN for accommodating me in this expedition.An amazing person, very professional....read more


Mr.Manish Tiwari - Aaj Tak News,Noida

Kudos to Expedition On Wheels for successfully organizing the Toyota Trans Himalayan Challenge 2012.. your team will go far in helping people re-discover themselves! All the best and I am already looking forward to my next trip with you guys! :)


Amitoj Arya,New Delhi

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