Chennai Travel Guide

Chennai in Tamil Nadu, previously called Madras and still often referred to by this name, is a remanence of India’s British past. The city is the fourth largest metropolitan city of India. It is situated on the bay of Bengal, Northeast of Tamil Nadu. Although the city does not have any world famous monuments or tourist attractions, unlike other cities in India, it requires time and effort to get to know it, leaving such a strong impression. It is a city where one will need to explore below its surface and dive into its distinctive culture. Know more!

The city sits on the bay of Bengal just Northeast of Tamil Nadu. It is India’s fourth largest city with a population of roughly 7 million people. Know more!

Government Museum, Chennai’s best, this magnificent collection of art and artifacts is housed in the Pantheon Complex. Know more!

FAQs
What do I need to do to book trips to India and confirm my reservation?
Booking a tour is simple. You just need to contact our representatives and you will receive a prompt response giving you the options available to you and then you can build a tour that will suit your needs. After that a detailed itinerary that includes all necessary information and plans will be sent to you. At this point, you need to confirm your reservation with payment of a deposit. Your reservation will not be confirmed until payment of this deposit is received by Memphis Tours. The balance of payment will be due on arrival to begin your tour.
Why book an India tour packages with Memphis Tours?
We have tailor-make India travel packages. Memphis Tours creates consistently high quality, personalized tour experiences.
Will I be able to exchange dollars, Euros, or other currencies during my tour in India?
There are a large number of banks that can change cash and travelers’ checks in India.
How much will I have to pay as a deposit for India tour package?
The deposit required will be 25% of the total price of the tour, except during peak travel times around Christmas and New Years, when the deposit will be 50% of the total price.
Is there a discount for booking my tour far in advance?
If you pay the full payment six months before the date of your arrival, we will gladly reduce the quoted cost of your trip by 5%. “Early Bird” rates require full, non-refundable pre-payment. Discounted tours will not be eligible for date changes or refunds.
Is there any surcharge on transactions completed using a debit or credit card?
Memphis Tours Egypt does not charge any additional fees or surcharges on any debit or credit card transactions. We accept Visa and MasterCard.
Is it common to use credit cards in India?
It became more common to use credit cards in India. Credit cards are widely used in India in hotels, many shops, restaurants, and cafes.
I have never been to India and have no idea where to start ? what's your recommendation ?
India is a very rich country is culture and nature with many Forts. over 65% of Americans choose Golden Triangle Tour as the most famous itinerary of the cities Delhi, Agra and the pink city of Jaipur. Taj Mahal also is one the icons of India. Kerala and Rajasthan is a great add on your tour.
Are there certain vaccinations to be taken before traveling to India?
Immunizations are not required to visit India. However, if you are traveling from an area infected with Yellow Fever, you must have a certificate.
Is there any special dress code to be followed during visiting religious sites in India while experiencing the amazing India tours?
There are not specific clothes to be put on while visiting religious places during India vacation packages. However, modest dress is recommended, and women will be asked to cover their arms and legs.
Can I take pictures of the people, streets, during my tour?
Indians are hospitable, however, it is polite to ask for a permission before photographing someone.
What is the official currency in India?
The official currency of India is rupee. It is advisable to exchange your money through authorized banks and hotels. You might need to convert your rupees back to your own currency, so keep your receipts.
What are the opening hours for sites in India?
Red Fort: Sunrise to sunset all days of the week (Closed Monday) India Gate: Open to visitors 24 hours a day, but after dark the area surrounding the main monument is cordoned off to visitors Jama Masjid: Open from 7 am to an hour before sunset in summer; open from 8 am to an hour before sunset in winter. The masjid is closed for half an hour in the afternoon for prayers. Amber Fort: Open from 10 am to 5 pm all days Hawa Mahal: Open from 9 am to 4:30 pm all days Jaipur City Palace: Open from 9:30 am to 5 pm Agra Fort: All days of the week from 6 am to 6 pm Taj Mahal: Open from sunrise to sunset all days except Fridays Mehrangarh Fort Museum: Open from 9 am to 5 pm all days Ranthambore National Park: Open from 6 am to 10 am and from 3 pm to 7 pm all days Panna National Park: Open from 6:30 am to 10:30 am and from 2:30 pm to 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm Chandni Chowk: Opening and closing times vary according to each store. The stores are open all days except Sundays.
Do I need visa to visit India?
Travellers from Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal do not need visa to visit India. Travellers from other countries need to apply for a visa before arriving to India. More than 100 nationalities can apply for a 30 day Electronic Tourist visa or Visa on Arrival before arriving in India. One needs to apply for a 6 months tourist visa for trips longer than 30 days. A tourist visa is valid from the date of issue while the e-visa is valid from the day of arrival to India.
How much should I tip?
In a restaurant, it is good to give between 5%, for an average tip and 10%, for a huge tip. Tipping your tour guide and vehicle driver is completely optional but should be considered if you're provided with great service. If you decide to tip feel free to give what you think your experience was worth.
Do you include Taj Mahal on your tours to India?
Yes, we do. We include Taj Mahal on all the tours that cover north India. Our guide will help you learn a lot about Taj Mahal and why and how it was built. Our tours to Agra also include a visit to Agra Fort.
I want to see tigers in India. Do you have trips to India for that?
Yes, we do. There are a number of national parks and wildlife reserves that protect the numbers of this endangered species. We have tours that include visit to Ranthambhore National Park to experience the wildlife in India. We also have private tours that include other parks such as Bandavgarh National Park.
What about the food hygiene in India?
If you abide by the standard rules of food safety, there would be no reason to be worried. Stick to busy restaurants and avoid street food. Indian cuisine is diverse and has a lot of delicious dishes, so do not miss food experience in India.
How big are your groups of tours to India?
The average group size for our tours is around 15 passengers.
What are the standards of hotels on your trips to India?
Throughout your visit in India, you'll be staying in 4-5 star hotels with a mix of modern and heritage properties.
Is India considered a safe destination ?
India considered a very safe country with very low crime rate. as general advice, be aware of your personal stuff, surroundings and monitor your Luggage at the airport.
What sort of transport do you use?
Mainly, you will be travelling in comfortable private vehicles with air-conditioning. The size of the vehicle depends on the number of the group. There will be a chance to experience local forms of transportation including a rickshaw ride in Delhi and a houseboat ride in Kerala.
When is the best time to enjoy India tours ?
Climate in India varies dramatically from north to south though the dry season is the best time to visit. The months of October to February are the ideal months to visit India, as rainfall is minimal in most parts of the country.
Can I access to the internet during my tour ?
yes, Internet connections are easily accessed in most places in India with good speed, besides, WiFi if available at most hotels and most of cafes.
Can I combine my visit to India with another country?
yes, you can add Dubai, Nepal, Bhutan or Sri Lanka to your tour with our very own selection of India combined tours.
Is India a good destination for traveling with children ?
India is an excellent destination for family travel. you can enjoy the diversity in culture, nature, language and very special dressing style. India has a very special types of tours such as: holiday Packages in Kerala and south India, cultural tours with many forts, palaces and monuments in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and more. backing to nature and wildlife india is full of national parks in Rajasthan and more. Besides, India has one of the most festivals in the world such as: Holi, Diwali, Vesak, Chhath, Republic day and more. with so many activities for adults, teenagers and children India considered a perfect destination for family travel.
Can I buy memory card for my mobile or camera ?
yes, memory cards are available in most places, cities and towns. India considered one of the technological centers in the world. .
Is English widely used in India ?
yes, English is widely used in India. adults and children in cities can speak English for the usage of commercial, national and political matter. however, India has more than 21 official languages while Hindi if the primary language for 40% of Indians.
what electricity supply used in India ? what kind of plugs are used ?
Electricity supply varies between 230 -240 Volt, with three pin plugs. so, you may need an adapter for your charger.
What different types of hotels are there in hotels in India?
Accommodations for travelers in India fall across a broad range — everything from world class luxury to simple hostel accommodations are available. The nicest hotels compare well with luxury hotels anywhere, coming from international hotel chains like Movenpick, Hilton, Four Seasons, and Sofitel. A step down from these are a variety of local hotels that ranges from luxurious to simple.
If I am not able to complete my trip with Memphis Tours will I receive a refund?
Memphis Tours refund policy is detailed in our Terms and Conditions. The amount refunded depends on how far in advance we are notified about the cancellation.
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Tips
  • India Tour Packages is a great way to discover the best India has to offer
  • Visitors should always wear long trousers or skirts or shorts that reach below the knee and shirts with sleeves when visiting a religious site.
  • Tipping in India is a preferred gesture, as it makes up a significant part of many people’s wages.
  • It's advisable to dress conservatively, covering your shoulders and legs.
  • Smoking is not allowed in temples. Couples should avoid holding hands there.
  • Do not drink tap water, and only drink bottled water.
  • The ideal time to visit India is between the months of October and February.
  • Make sure to have adequate Travel Insurance before travelling to India
  • India is considered a very safe country for women travelers
  • Open up to the experience of the cultural diversity of India.
  • Avoid eating too much spicy food as it might cause you some health issues.
  • Respect the Cultural differences as India is an eastern country after all.
  • it's recommended to try Sari for women and Dhoti for men as they the national clothing outfit.
  • Never give money, gifts or anything else to an Indian with your left hand. The conservative ones may take it as an offense.
  • be careful that your English does not sound too casual or rude to them. Swearing, for instance, is taken quite seriously.
  • Keep a copy of emergency numbers, the all-in-one emergency number is 112. Otherwise, for fire-101, police-102 and ambulance-103.
Highlights
  • One should pay a visit to the famous Indian Golden Triangle in north, covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
  • Rajasthan is a must-visit state with its beautiful vibrant cities Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
  • Undoubtedly, Mumbai is among your finest options if you’re looking to explore India’s vibrant urban nightlife.
  • Make a trip to Kerala and discover sandy beaches, lush waterways and wildlife reserves.
  • A must-do experience in India is travelling by train, as it is a great way to meet local people.
  • Experience the wildlife of India and pay a visit to Ranthambore National Park and more.
  • Pay a visit to the one of the amazing icons of India, taj Mahal which was built by Ustad Ahmad Lahauri in memory of his beloved wife
  • Take a dip in the Arabian Sea in Goa, or walk the sands on the remote Havelock Island for a really unique experience.
  • Nepal has a great nature landscape, it's a must to pay a visit to this amazing land.
  • Sri Lanka Located to the south of India, considered one of most beautiful cities in India, the small island country”Sri lanka” makes for a perfect destination in Asia.
  • Visit Kolkata, Thimphu, Punakha in Bhutan and more to discover the culture and heritage of the mountain kingdom.
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