Do I need a passport to travel to India?

You must be in possession of a valid passport, which will not expire for at least six months after your journey is due to end. It should have to clear pages for entry and exit stamps as well as your visa.
A wise precaution is to carry a photocopy of your passport kept separately, extremely useful in the event of loss or theft.

Do I need a visa to travel to India?

All visitors to India require a visa that must be obtained from an Indian High Commission or Consulate. You would need to use two addresses in India and do let us know for the same as it is normal to give our company's (COMPASS INDIA HOLIDAYS) and our director's address on the same.
For postal applications passports should be sent by registered post and include a registered post paid return addressed envelope. Applications should be on the official visa form available from a local travel agent. Alternatively in some countries the form can be downloaded from the Embassies' official WEBSITE. All applications should include 3 passport-sized photographs. Your local travel agent or nearest Embassy will be able to inform you of the latest application fee.
Visas are required for British Passport Holders. Your passport must also be valid for 6 months from your date of arrival in India.
Indian High Commission London India House London WC2B 4NA Tel:020-78368484 (0930-1300 and1400-1730) www.hcilondon.org
There are also consulates in Edinburgh and Birmingham that issue visas. In London, applications normally take less than an hour to be processed if you arrive early.

Do I need travel insurance as well?

While travelling in India it is important that you obtain good personal travel insurance from an insurance agent in your country. A suitable policy will include an unlimited amount for medical, hospital and additional health associated costs.
Most policies cover loss of baggage, personal money (usually limited) delay and curtailment. Do make sure your policy covers you for unexpected cancellation of your trip in this unlikely event you will then be covered for financial cost.
You should carry your insurance policy with you at all time, preferably in your relevant details in a separate place, with your passport photocopy.

What cultural considerations should one take care of while touring in India?

India has a very traditional and religious society. Its cultures and customs are very different to western cultural ideas. We ask you as guests in this amazing country to respond to these sometimes-bizarre differences with sensitivity and respect.
We do request you to dress conservatively - both men and women should wear clothing that covers knees and shoulders (when visiting mosques and temples). Nudity is totally taboo, when swimming please do wear a swimsuit.
Try to avoid any public display of affection. When entering mosques, temples and places of religious worship or private homes - please remove your shoes. Many Hindu temples are not open to non-Hindus. Always ask permission before entering. Mosques may have limited visiting times for non-Muslims.

How is one sure of the authenticity / qualification / credentials of the guides?

We have a panel of guides with ranks and only use them, and in most cases they would be satisfactory. Government licensed guides are always preferred by Compass India Inc. There are training courses and exams for the same and chances are less that you will be unhappy if you go with one. Their daily rates and wages are Government fixed. Note that the guide usually is there during lunch and it is not an obligation to buy him/her lunch. If there are ever any problems 9The Guide cannot speak the language well, too fast while you would like to spend more time at the monuments, etc. do let us know so that we can change the guide

Are the monument entrance fees included in the tour cost?

The monument entrance fees are usually not included in the tour cost. It is not a problem when the same is included but when it is not, you need to keep small change for the same. Usually you need to take the tickets yourself but can request the guide who would be happy to oblige. We also have detailed lists of monuments with the entrance fees and camera charges. Do request us for the same if you want to have a good idea when the same is not included in your tour cost. At times we do not include the same as this might lead to misunderstandings when the tour is too tight on time.