We decided early on which hotel we wanted in Kolkata based on lots of research and the recommendation of a friend: The Oberoi Grand. Of course the hotel gets great reviews for both the rooms and the service, but the location is perfect for exploring Kolkata. Prices on the Oberoi website were well over $600 […]
After all my figuring of the costs of a foreign wire transfer, it turned out that my bank did not charge me for the transfer. My only cost was a small foreign exchange premium. So check with your bank. If you have multiple accounts, they can be linked to give you more clout and better […]
As I was planning this trip, you may remember that I researched flight options to make sure it was possible to get from Bangkok to Bagdogra in one day. The schedules of the airlines made the choice of which airline to take very simple
It looked like I could make the arrangements online. For security purposes, I had to request an authorization code they emailed to me. As I moved through the process, I suddenly realized they wanted to transfer money out of my brokerage account rather than my bank account.
Travisa emailed us once they had received our passports and visa applications. Their website also allows you to track your passport through the process. They emailed us when they sent our packets to the Indian Consulate and when they received our completed visas from the consulate. They notified us the same day they received our […]
I wanted to make our reservations for the Sikkim and Darjeeling part of the trip first. All of the places we are staying are small, so (as we learned from our Glenburn experience) fill up fast – even far in advance
India is one of about half of the countries in the world which require a visa for US citizens. Some of those countries you can purchase a visa upon arrival at the airport, some you must get your visa or arrange for your visa in advance.
I received a quick reply from Glenburn that the dates we wanted were not available – six months out from our trip. The Glenburn is small, just 8 rooms, but I had not anticipated that they would be full. They gave us alternate dates and I started working around those dates. So the next iteration […]
I always make an outline of our travel schedule, beginning with our flights from Seattle, to, in this case, Bangkok. It gives me a visual aid for planning the itinerary.
Reading over what I’ve written as I prepare for my next entry reminds me how much of the process happens in tiny, almost unnoticed steps. For instance, we have changed where we are staying in Darjeeling as we stumbled across a place in the countryside that looked great. A recommendation from a fellow Fodorite sealed […]