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You’re not a member of ABTA. How safe is my deposit?

For a small company like us joining ABTA is prohibitively expensive. However, European Law governing holidays dictates that any monies paid to us must be protected. All monies we receive from you are paid into a trust account and only passed to us on completion of the trip.

What if I want to stay longer?

No problem. We’ll help you with advice and tips and can even book hotels for you if you plan on staying on extra days.

How difficult will the driving be?

India - There are many myths surrounding driving in India. Sure, in the towns it’s busy but nothing worse than Hyde Park Corner. You will see standards of driving that will astound, amaze and amuse you but definitely nothing to be concerned about. For much of the time we will be on rural roads with very little traffic. Only the very brave and the foolhardy venture on Indian roads at night. Consequently there will be no driving after dark. Himalayas - The driving in the Himalyas is demanding and at times challenging with several rocky sections and muddy roads. Having said that, there is nothing that a competent driver need fear.

How do we get there?

For the Southern Indian trip we start and finish in Kozhikode (also known as Calicut) which has it’s own international airport. There are no direct flights form the UK which means routing through Mumbai or alternatively travelling via one of the Arab countries stopping in Dubai, Doha or Muscat. For the Himalayan trip we fly to and from Delhi, served with many direct flights from Heathrow. You are free to organise your own flights or we can put you intouch with a travel agent who will book them for you.

How hard will the map reading be?

You do not need to be an experienced rally navigator. Detailed route maps and city plans will be provided to make the map reading as easy as possible. In Africa we use GPS. These are more complicated than Sat Navs but full instruction will be given on their use at the start of the trip.

How long will the Rally be?

Please see the relevant Itinerary pages for full details of the length of each route.

How tough will the rally be?

These are not endurance events. However, whether you’re in Southern India driving an old car with low power, in a strange country, in hot weather, over some bumpy roads or travelling through the Himalayas on narrow rocky roads, or driving through the wilds of South Africa, then clearly it is not without challenge. On all the trips there is a huge variety of road surfaces and no tow days are ever the same. The roads vary from beautiful smooth blacktop to fairly appalling. All the trips are non competitive with comparatively low mileage to cover each day. Most days will start early to avoid the necessity of driving at night and there will be time built into each day for photo stops as well as a leisurely lunch stop. Most days will finish between 4 & 5 o’clock. The Himalayan trip is tougher than the Southern Indian trip. If you’re concerned about your level of physical fitness I suggest you call me for a chat.

Insurance?

The cars are all fully comprehensively insured with varying amounts of excess, depending on which trip you are on. Travel insurance to cover your own medical needs, including repatriation, is your own responsibility.

What are the ‘facilities’ like?

The state of the toilets in India always seems to be a big concern for people. All the hotels we use have ensuite facilities with western style toilets. However, during the day whilst we are on the road, facilites will be at a minimum and there is a strong possibility that you may have to resort to going behind a bush.

What is the food like?

The food each night will be buffets allowing you to make your own choice . Southern Indian food is generally mildly spiced and we do try to get at least one continental dish included in each buffet. The choice of dishes, both vegetarian and meat should be sufficient to keep everyone happy. As a break from Indian food breakfast each day will consist of cereal, toast, porridge and fruit. Detailed essential information about eating whilst out on the road will be provided.

What is the standard of accommodation?

This seems to be an area most people are concerned about. Don’t be. I have personally selected every hotel. In southern India the hotels do vary but all are excellent, clean and comfortable. Wherever possible I have chosen the best available. Several are five star establishments with standards of service as good, if not better, than any hotels in Europe. In the Himalayas, there are times when it is simply not possible to find luxurious accommodation as it doesn’t exist. However, again, wherever possible I have picked the best available. In Africa there is ahuge variety of accommodation, but again all is clean and comfortable. It is most unlikely that you will have cause to complain about the accommodation.

Why do the trips take place at specific times of the year?

By September, in southern India the monsoon season is almost at an end. There is still rain around but usually confined to the late evening. During the trip we will experience huge variations in temperature. On the plains at sea level it will be hot, nudging 30 degrees. As we climb into the hills the temperature will gradually drop requiring the need for a fleece late evening and early morning. In the Himalayas the road we are using is only open from June to October so July is an ideal time to visit.

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Created on Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 and was last updated on Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

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