India: Creative Travel


Established in 1977, Creative Travel has grown to be among India's leading Destination Management Companies covering all of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. This region is a special place for travellers and our vast experience in handling clients from all over the world allows us to create the most memorable programs for you. Our excellent relationships all across the sub-continent with hotels and others who make up this labyrinth of a destination allows us to get priority when others are just others.

Our attention to detail and creativity in planning is fostered by the independence in our ownership, which we would consider to be one of our biggest strengths. This against our more corporatised competitors give us an inherent advantage in quality control, continuity in projects and accountability. Backed by a team of over 120 professionals, the Kohlis and Creative Travel have earned a reputation for being amongst India's most quality conscious travel companies. We are proud of our history and the future it gives us.


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Key Contacts
Rajeev Kohli, Jt. Managing Director
Ashish Sehgal, General Manager - Sales

India - Destination Factfile

Local Time GMT +5.30hrs

Flying Time from UK London - New Delhi approx 9 hours / London - Mumbai approx 10 hours

Main Airports
Indira Gandhi International Airport - New Delhi
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport - Mumbai

Indira Gandhi International Airport (New Delhi) is 14 Km from city centre; approximately 25 minutes drive depending upon traffic.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai) is 22 Km from the city, approximate 35 minutes drive depending upon the traffic.

Immigration / Visas It is compulsory that all foreign travellers must possess a valid visa for visiting India. All visas are the responsibility of the traveller and must be obtained before arrival into India. If the itinerary involves more than one visit to any country (including transit) we recommend multiple entry visas should be taken. Visa fees vary from country to country. Please check with the local diplomatic mission of the countries to be visited.

For further advice contact the Indian Embassy in the UK as follows:-

High Commission of India
India House

Tel: 020 7836 8484, 020 7632 3123 (After Office Hours)
Fax: 020 7836 4331

Office hours: 09.15am – 17.45pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays and where the High Commission of India is closed on rare occasions under the directives of the Government of India to mark events).

Note: Due to the large number of telephone calls received by the High Commission, sometimes there may be a significant waiting time before your call is answered by an official. You are, therefore, encouraged to contact the High Commission by email.

Visa Enquiries - visa services and their delivery have been outsourced to VF Services UK Ltd. For information and contact details regarding VFS Centres in London please click on the link

Indian High Commission (London) website

Customs Items for personal use can be brought in to India without any restrictions. Certain electronic items such as computers, video cameras, etc., may need to be certified for re-export to avoid any problems on your departure.

Official Currency Indian Rupee – symbol Re. (singular) Rs. (plural) – 1 Rupee = 100 Paise
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10 rupees. Although the 50 paise coin remains valid is rarely found into circulation.
Notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 rupees.
ATMs usually dispense 100, 500, and 1000 notes.

Foreign Currency Foreign exchange can be brought into India without limit. Large amounts many need to be declared on arrival and a certificate issued against this to facilitate easy reconversion on departure. Visitors are warned that changing money through unauthorised persons is not only illegal, but also involves the risk of receiving counterfeit currency. There are 24-hour exchange facilities available in all big cities and international airports.

Climate The Indian sub-continent is large and the climate varies from region to another. This produces a wide selection of climates - from the cold slopes of the Himalayas to the sunny beaches of the Goan coast. The region has three major seasons - winter, summer and the monsoon. The best months to visit India are September through April. Nepal is cool in summer. From October through March, the mountains are best for soft adventure options. Bhutan is beautiful throughout the year, with summer being the best time to take advantage of its cooler climates. Tibet can be visited from April through October/ November. During the monsoons, the beaches tend to get rough in Sri Lanka.

Electricity Power in most places is 220 volts AC with points for 110 volts available in many hotels.

Opening Hours Banks are usually open from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday and to 12 noon on Saturday. Many branches also offer extended banking hours. Many foreign money exchange outlets work later as well, with hotels offering round the clock money-changing facilities. General office working hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm. Shops usually remain open from 9.30am to 7.00pm

Official Holidays
Public holidays in India tend to be observed on a strictly regional basis. Certain dates are Government of India holidays, when government offices will be closed nationwide. In addition, there are numerous festivals and fairs which are also observed in some states as holidays, the dates of which change from year to year. Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are the latest known dates.

Only the secular holidays of Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday are observed nationally. Although not official government holidays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day are observed nationally.

Click on the link for further details of Official Holidays in India

Health Advice Tourists coming to India via Africa and South America or any other yellow fever infected areas must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Bottled drinking water is widely available. If you are taking any specific medication, it is advisable to bring it with you, as locally available formulations may vary. However, world-class medical facilities are available in major cities. Creative Travel is fully equipped and experienced to handle any situation if the need arises.

Language The region has a plethora of languages, which vary from state to state. English is widely spoken throughout the sub-continent. Guides and travel professionals are generally fluent in most major international languages.

Facilities for fax and international phone calls can be found in almost everywhere.

Dialling code from UK – Mumbai 00 91 22
Dialling code from UK – New Delhi 00 91 11

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