Hi Folks, I emailed Charlotte at Exodus with a couple of questions about money to take and whether we will be booked together on the flight. Here is her response as I thought it may be useful:
"Thank you very much for your email. I am really happy to hear that you are excited about your holiday and that you have been in touch with other people on the trip already. In answer to your questions: 1. You will be fine taking cash in sterling. It will be easy to change throughout the trip. I would adivise that you take a card as well as back up and I tend to carry a few travellers cheques as security as they can always be easily changed back on return. They are, however, getting more difficult to change as fewer people use them these days. If you let the leader know you have them they will help you find a bank in which they can be exchanged. You will be able to do this in the main cities. On the trains you will be in berths together so security shouldn't be anything to worry about and we haven't ever had such issues in the past. I would highly recommend keeping all you essential items close to you on these journies however. 2. There are security boxes in the most of the hotel rooms. However, I would probably recommend that you keep your essentials on you at all times. 3. A light jumper at this time of year will be fine. THe temperatures will still be quite high and will not drop too much at night. 4. I can't guarantee that all of you will be together on the flight unfortunately, however, if you would like me to request a particular seat for you I can certainly look into this for you. I hope this is of help but please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions."
Hi Catherine - thanks for sharing your reply that's really helpful about the money and the temperature guide, etc. I guess as its a night flight there's no point in asking for a window seat(!) but I'll ask if those of us who get the chance to meet up beforehand (and who want to!!!?) can book seats together/near each other in advance, or whether we have to wait until we check-in at the airport - any views anyone? (I won't be offended if I have to sit on my own!!!). Jenny
Hi Jenny - yes I'm happy to sit with you (or others in the group!) on the flight if you want to ask the question. I was going to ask if there was any chance of an aisle seat.
Me again! I asked what the makeup of the group was and this was the reply:
"The group is made up of 12 women - ages 61, 41, 61, 42, 68, 40, 38, 60, 32, 37, 29 and 4 men - ages 34, 36, 57 and 27. Most of the travellers are independent."
Well that's a good mix - it's a shame not everyone was able to join the forum - I'll guess we'll all meet up soon enough. I'll drop an email to Charlotte at Exodus and see what she can do about booking seats on the flight and I'll mention you want an isle seat! Jenny
Well folks - not long now - 3 weeks on Thursday - getting excited and started buying bits and bobs, sun cream etc - can't wait!
Jenny - did you have any luck with any of the group sitting together?
Apologies I've not inputed recently. I may have missed some questions that I could have answered for you, but it seems like it has been taken care of. I'm getting excited for you guys going, and I'm not even going!!! I guess it brings back fond memories. You seem to have a really good group chatting on here, so that's always a good start.
Re the currency. I managed to buy Indian Rupees from Thompson, but things may have changed now. I was also worried that I would be stopped at the airport for carrying ruppees (approx £600 worth) and was only put at ease after I asked a native Indian at Heathrow the question about carrying Rupees into India. Still, do what the email proposes - whatever that is.
Tips I can think of:
You probably know all this already and I can't think of any more tips right now, but if you have any burning questions, do let me know and I will try and answer them before you go.
Best regards and enjoy India!
Thanks for that info Andrew - very useful info for us - I was wondering about taking a fleece for the safari - so will definitely do that!
I was thinking of buying a cheap duvet cover to sleep in incase of any dodgy blankets etc - then I can just leave it behind - following your mention of bites - I think that is a definite purchase I need to make now!
Once again - thanks for the tips - can't wait!
Blanket that you can leave behind is a good idea. I would have done that in hindsight.
Thanks Catherine. Hope Kenya lives up to India!
Thanks folks. It would bever have occurred to me to take a blanket. I'll be off to Primark shortly.
Andrew, I hope you have a great time in Kenya. I'd love to see the wildlife some day, it sounds like another trip of a lifetime.
Thanks Doug. Yes, it should be another trip of a lifetime. I think Exodus trips are designed with that in mind. You should all report back here when you return to let me know how it went.
Have fun and most importantly experience it!
Hi everyone. We went on a similar itinery to you in March this year (not with Exodus). Its an amazing country. It was much cleaner more friendly and less being hassled than we expected.
A couple of tips - Money exchange. When you arrive at Delhi airport, change your money at one of the two counters (one is Thomas Cook, we think) while you are in the Baggage reclaim hall. Some of our group changed their money outside the baggage hall and got a worse rate and massive commission (£30!).
One recommended way to try and minimise/avoid the Delhi Belly is to take Probiotic Multivitamins before and during your journey. They are widely available, some are packaged especially for travel.
The advice about the dust at Ranthambore is correct. The stuff gets everywhere, but isn't a problem as long as you keep your camera covered. Pillowcases can be useful for those with D-SLR's & big lenses.
Anti-bacterial hand gel is also a good idea.
Most of all - Enjoy!
Thanks for the tips Ian, particularly the one about exchanging money - worth knowing! Plus I better take something to cover my camera with in Ranthambore!
Jenny - yes great to meet up for a coffee - unfortunately I get to Heathrow HOURS before the Delhi flight - I get to Heathrow at 14.50! So happy for you to suggest a time when you know what sort of time you will get there. If you want I can message you my mobile no on facebook just incase we struggle to identify each other!
I've bought a cheap single duvet set from Adsa to use as a sleeping bag under any blankets and because it was cheap, I won't have any worries leaving it behind - hopefully that will protect me from bites - or at least minimise them!
I'd just recently read somewhere about taking pro-biotics just before and during the trip so have bought some and will maybe start taking them the week before. I usually have a cast iron stomach, but I did get a bit of an upset stomach in Nepal last year - so fingers crossed they'll do the trick!
See you all soon - not long now!
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