What is the local currency?
The local currency in India is the Indian Rupee (INR)
And the currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
Should I change money before I go?
In India & Nepal Credit Cards are widely accepted in most places however it is still largely a cash based economy so it is always good to carry local currency on you.
It’s a good idea to exchange a small amount (between GBP 50-100) from Authorised Forex exchange bank counters, either before you arrive or at the airport to have local currency handy for local purchases of tea/ coffee, meals, beverages or basics.
The rate of exchange at the airport is slightly higher than banks but the difference is negligible for smaller amounts.
How much should I budget per day for extras?
Around £20 - £40 a day should be plenty, but this is guidance only as you know your spending patterns better than we do.
Is it customary to tip?
For everyday life, we recommend between £3 - 6 a day which you can give to your guide to distribute equally. Then for your guide and driver, it is customary, though not compulsory to tip them around £3-5 a day, this would normally be given at the end of the adventure and is completely up to you and whether you feel they have earned it. For restaurants and bars giving a 10% tip is fairly normal in India and Nepal. Tips are not compulsory and is entirely at your own discretion.