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Accommodation (India, Nepal & Bhutan)


Group tour hotels are mainly local three to four star standard and located conveniently in the city, or near markets or shops. All rooms will have private western bathroom facilities, television, air-conditioning and a telephone. Some hotels may have hot water restrictions, operating for only a few hours at a time, usually in the mornings/evenings. It is not customary for hotels to have in-room fridges or tea/coffee making facilities. If an in-room safety deposit box is not provided, please use the security boxes at reception. Most hotel rooms do not have irons or boards, but most will offer a laundry service that can launder your clothes (typically in 24hrs) for a small fee. Usually check out time is 12 midday and check in time is 2pm. Please keep this in mind on the days when you are travelling between cities as it may result in a delay of access to your room, or a change of itinerary. Delays due to previous night’s guests are out of our control. Hotels cannot guarantee late checkout.

Double beds are subject to hotel inventory and cannot be guaranteed.

Hotel List - You will receive your hotel list with final documents sent to you 2-3 weeks prior to travel. A sample list of hotels can be found on each tour's website. 

Bhutan - Few hotels have tea and coffee facilities available in your room and in-room fridges/mini bars are limited. Please bear in mind that all levels of hotels can sometimes suffer from minor problems and technical difficulties

Hotel ratings

Countries throughout the world adopt various classification systems for hotels in accordance with their chain name and the type of hotel. No international classification system exists. Typically, a three-star Indian or Nepal rated hotel cannot be compared to a three-star Australia/New Zealand rated hotel. Attempts at unifying the classification system have been made so that it becomes an internationally recognised and reliable standard. However, differences do exist in the quality of accommodation which plays an integral part in defining which hotel category the specific accommodation fits into. Your accommodation can range from a business hotel in a city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Please be advised that all hotels used by Wendy Wu Tours are regularly inspected by our staff and our operators so that a good standard of quality and safety are maintained.

Kettuvallam houseboats (Kerala)

Accommodation is simple but comfortable, in a twin berth cabin with private western toilet. Usually there is only cold water for showers or an Indian style bucket and pail, but most
passengers don’t mind this due to the hot weather all year round in the south. There is also a kitchen and an open deck with a shaded sitting and dining area. The boats usually have two or three cabins, allowing up to 6 passengers. If you are travelling in a large group, you will have a small group of boats that will travel together.

Manvar tented camp

This is classed as a “deluxe tented camp” by the Indian Tourism Authority. There are 20 permanent tents with simple but very comfortable accommodation. Each has two single beds, a private bathroom with western toilet and shower (hot and cold water) and a veranda. There is no air-conditioning. Meals are served in the nearby dining tent. Tents will have generator supplied electricity, usually restricted to a few hours in the evening and morning.

National Park tents and huts

India’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries such as Ranthambore and Periyar, are popular places to visit and most have a cluster of small hotels located near the entrance gates or in a town close by. Accommodation in the more remote areas of India have basic facilities when compared to properties in the bigger cities, however they are clean and comfortable.

Please keep in mind the choice of suitable accommodation in these areas is limited and English spoken by the hotel staff may be minimal. Should you encounter any issues with your room please notify your National Escort/Guide so they may rectify things as soon as possible.

Heritage properties and Havelis

During your travel, you may get the opportunity to stay in heritage properties which are restored palaces or forts. As these properties were not originally designed to be hotels, the room sizes will vary in the same accommodation category, as will the décor and layout. This uniqueness only adds to your experience in India.