FAQs

Taurus anchored on the banks of Indus River in Ladakh.

We have tried to compile some FAQs to explain about this new concept, if you have something which has not been attended to here, please feel free to write to us or call on phone.

  1.  What is Overlanding? Overlanding is a travel philosophy where the journey is the focus, not the destination. We specialise in offering the best outdoor experience … best NOMADIC LIFE and travel photography expeditions/ tours in India. More details …
  2. Who can be on our overland expeditions? Overland truck tours are for those who either have belly fire for outdoors and wanderlust or are keen to kindle such fire, but understand what to expect and how to live on outdoor exploratory trips offered by GDE. Experience the real culture and places that are off the beaten track and have remained off your access especially for night stays? You have a sense of adventure? More details …
  3. Is it Expensive to be on these Expeditions?  Not at all, when you assess about what you get and how much of efforts it takes to conduct your such exclusive holiday of ‘special experience’! But yes if you compare the cost with conventional tours or organised by yourself and you own car. More details … 
  4. What kind of Camping Equipment our Overland Truck – Taurus has? We are well equipped with outdoor field kitchen of good quality, unique design, which offers healthy  food. But not to be compared with the facilities of restaurant, static camping, hotel or a resort. Its self service and we don’t serve food on table with waiters. We have the best camping equipment available in India to ensure some level of fun and comfort.  Care of the equipment while using should be as if it belongs to you, respect it please.We have the best outdoor chairs. We have three hammocks; where possible we anchor these.
  5. Is it a good idea to take small children camping onboard Taurus in Ladakh? Yes,  as long as parents shall take care, for we have no staff for baby sitting like a hotel. Otherwise, the high altitude doesn’t affect small children much. Though we highly recommend you to consult your doctors for high altitude travel. Its absolutely safe to bring your children of any age as long as they are not hyper and are under your control, as its outdoors and can be a bit hazardous for such children.
  6. What do you do if it rains while you are camping? Being in the outdoors and enjoying every event of nature is fun especially when you are having best logistical support with you. Well, we can’t control the weather so we just have to make the best of it. Yes, rain or any other event ensued by bad weather may sometimes alter outdoor plans. It can be nice and beautiful one moment and not exciting the next. When one understands about outdoor life and one is prepared for any surprises by weather, a little cooperation while planning and preparation together can reduce the problems and the disappointment of bad weather on your activities. We do anticipate the possibilities and take suitable steps to minimize its impact on your campsite and have alternate activities planned.
  7. What are the basics to keep in mind while camping with Taurus? Be positive and open to be part of the team. Do your part to help keep the facilities clean and always be respectful of other campers. Extend best possible courtesy to the crew, they are not personal servants; they are coordinators of your logistics to ensure your tour or camping goes smooth and those nagging hassles of travelling are taken care. Please handle your equipment and baggage yourself. After the meals, please rinse the plates, these shall be washed by the crew. Its only to save water, as the dry plates hard to wash and take more water.
  8. How about bathing? We operate our expeditions in cold weather conditions i.e. Rajasthan in winters and Ladakh in summers which is very cold even in summers as well and in outdoors bathing everyday won’t a feasible idea, though we can provide you warm water and a tent. Best is one should get used to taking ‘sponge bath’. More details …
  9. What items do I need to carry for these expeditions by GDE? A comprehensive list shall be sent. Though few tips are here: carry a brim hat, sun lotion, comfortable walking shoes, full sleeve shirts, thermals, extra socks, gloves, skin moisturizer, personal medicines, etc. The things you will need to take with you depends on what type of camping you want to do, the time of year and also on the activities you plan on doing. For example, if you are backpacking you will have to take more practical type items and be more concerned with weight and size. If you are camping with children, you should consider comfort and also bring more activity type items to keep them busy. Check out our general check-list and customize them to fit your particular needs. Don’t fuss at camp–leave the makeup, special soaps and lotions, hair dryer and curling iron, razors, etc. at home.
  10. Where should I look for camping and outdoor gear in India? Nearest Decathlon store, else Decathlon online.
  11. What are the typical camp rules? We don’t to be like hostel wardens, but certain amount of discipline has to be maintained by everyone.
  12. May I bring pet? Taurus is not designed for pets; but yes with certain restrictions and advisory. You have to bring suitable food and sleeping arrangements for your pet, who shall not be sleeping onboard Taurus.  However they are required to be on a leash at all times. Pets should not be left unattended at the campsite, we won’t be able to handle in your absence. Pets are not allowed to the kitchen and dining area.
  13. Taurus has quilts and blankets? We have branded sleeping bags from Decathlon  tested for -5 (minus five degrees Celsius) and -10 degrees (minus ten degrees Celsius for Ladakh). Since we are a mobile camping and storage space gets much occupied with camping essentials
  14. What kind of toilets do GDE provide? We have two field toilets for routine, which are of a reputed brand from the USA. However we have onboard toilet which is for bad weather and emergencies, otherwise not available for routine use, as its chemical toilet and we want to use chemicals as little as possible.
  15. What are the means of entertainment onboard Taurus? We have some light games i.e. croquet set, golf putting mat, darts, table games, etc. which are suitable for high altitude and field conditions.
  16. Is it possible to extend stay? Yes, if we do not have other bookings and no other pre-scheduled programs.
  17. How about privacy? It’s a unique camping system, which is compact as it’s based on a vehicle. Therefore, everything is in close proximity and the privacy is provided only by the canvas sheet of the tents. However, if you wish to camp a bit away in a dome tent to seek privacy, we shall provide you a dome tent.
  18. May I bring my vehicle along? Sure, you are most welcome to bring your own car under own arrangements. And there won’t be any kind of adjustments in the tariff.
  19. If I have to pay for something extra, how to pay? Please carry your ATM cards, debit cards and suitable amount of cash. We shall not be able to accept bank cheques under any circumstances. All bills shall be cleared by the responsible guests before leaving the camp location.
  20. May I have campfire or bonfire? Being advocates of eco-tourism, we discourage campfire/ bonfire in Ladakh and even otherwise. Ladakh has scarce wood and we shall be depriving of a Ladakhi family of firewood to keep going when temperature dips -20 to -25 degrees Celsius. Yes, only on the last day, we may organize a bonfire of cow-dung cakes only, as this shall support a family while we buy local resource. Also, when its windy, it won’t happen.
  21. May I to go shopping or visit a spot of my choice? Yes, you may go on your personal shopping and anywhere of your interest. We shall help you to get transport for yourself, but the bill is supported by your purse.
  22. Are we allowed to do night photography? Yes why not! Preferably, only on Astrophotography expeditions as it needs to have extra longer hours of working for the crew. But if you still plan to shoot at night and others wish to sleep, then we have a plan. Take a dome tent from us and pitch it up before setting out for ‘night shoot’ (which should be in close proximity and with one buddy) at your own risk. We won’t be responsible for loss or damage of any kind. The crew will not be involved for night shoot unless its a special astrophotography shoot. Crew will sleep as they get tired by evening and need proper rest for the action next morning early.
  23. We have some restriction on private/ personal NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY Anyone may try night photography with some advisory and restrictions – as long it doesn’t disturb others. And no fireworks of anykind, praying lanterns or any kind of open fire performances are NOT allowed in the camping for photography or fun sake. No music at night.
  24. Am I allowed to sell or promote anything amongst the group members? No, please, others may not like. Yes, you may share your ideas and visiting cards, but no other literature etc.
  25. What kind of photos I am allowed to click onboard Taurus? Welcome to have any number of photo sessions with Taurus in the background, as long one is NOT disrupting camp routine and hinders no other guests in the camping. And you are welcome to shoot general photos, which means Taurus in the background, you are posing with or without your friends infront of Taurus. But not doing photo shoots to take down the intricacies of the design of Taurus, we will object.
  26. What are the guidelines for photographers? Please do not photograph any bridges or any property where its displayed PHOTOGRAPHY NOT ALLOWED. As a matter of principle, please do not take any kind of photos of the defense/ government establishment/ army establishment property to be seen in the images.
  27. Is it suitable for guests with disabilities? Please regret to say here that Taurus may pose serious difficulties for anyone who cannot climb ladders.
  28. Any diet for diabetic? You must tell us before booking about your status. We try our best to accommodate for such special diet, but we may not be able to make elaborate arrangements; we carry oatmeal, salty biscuits, we may also make arrangements at extra cost if we have to buy very special ration items.
  29. Can we invite our friends who are already in the area where Taurus is deployed? Yes, why not – if the number is not more than 2-3 and only for a meal of cup of tea and NOT for stay, unless paid extra for one full seat for the duration; but must consult the Team Leader of the Crew onboard Taurus to know what are the possibilities. You may have to pay extra charge.
  30. What are documents needed? You are requested to carry the attested Photocopies of Adhar card, driving license, ten passport photos, PAN card photos. You
  31. Is there any baggage checking like at airports? Yes, considering the safety and present day scenario we shall check your bagged in detail in private though. Please don’t bring weapons or any banned items, we may not allot you accommodation onboard Taurus, without any kind of refund. You will have to arrange transport to reach any nearest accommodation under own arrangements.
  32. Please bring two copies of the list of valuable items i.e. watches, expensive torches, camera gear, cellphones, etc.
  33. You are advised not bring any kind jewelry along other than what is on body. We shall not be responsible for any such losses. We shall provide you with a locker, fitted with Godrej lock. Loss of the key of your locker means you will have to pay Rs 2500 (to get the lock replaced, which means the cost of the lock, installation, loos off wood and mica and related materials).
  34. Is camping safe? Rajasthan and Ladakh are among the safest places in India to camp; we shall be 11 persons at camp (crew and participants). Life is quite safe in Ladakh, there is no risk other than landslides etc. Safety of our participants  is our highest priority. We adhere to all safety standards and maintain every necessary basic equipment & medical ‘first-aid-kit’ to the best of our knowledge and experience. We carry top class Oxygen cylinder with good capacity in Ladakh.
  35. Is there electricity at the campsites for charging? We have two power inverters  to convert 12 V DC into 220 V AC from two exclusive truck batteries. We do not have running electricity at the campsites from power lines. In case of emergency charging of phones you can ask our campsite manager to help. However, we suggest you should carry portable chargers with you.
  36. How big is the tent? We have two standard ‘three men tent’ which are deployed for double occupancy. There are 4 tents which look like hanging in air, these are for single occupancy, with strong reinforced platform.
  37. Can I choose my tent? Yes, with single supplement, which either shall be mentioned with your itinerary or else please check before booking.
  38. Are the tents protected against bugs & insects? Ladakh being a very cold area has no harmful insects, and there are no snakes and scorpions. And when operate in Rajasthan in winters there are hardly any harmful insects as they all hibernate or get inactive.
  39. Do I have to know the local language? No need, we speak Hindi and English.
  40. How many members of your team will be present at the campsite? 2 to 3
  41. What are the amenities at the camp? It’s not like a static camp. But we render a unique nomadic experience in comfort. We have equipped Taurus with best possible for the purpose i.e. camping equipment has come from Decathlon, best as of now in India. We have very well equipped kitchen for nomadic camping. We have enough arrangements for toilets etc. But everything has to be used carefully i.e. water, electricity. This infrastructure is good enough to make anyone comfortable in the middle of nowhere.
  42. May I reserve a tent for myself, the same for every night? Yes, there is Single Supplement, which is mentioned in your itinerary, otherwise please check at the time of booking. Otherwise, we prefer to allot tents on rotational basis everyday.
  43. Can we bring our own tent? Yes, but there shall not be any deductions or refund in the tariff.
  44. Do I have to participate for the camping chores? We all have to work as a team together to ensure the expedition is enjoyable. We appreciate, for few things only i.e. it’s a self-service camp, we do not have staff like a static camping, participants are expected to handle their own baggage, pick up food from buffet table, after the meal just rinse the place to prevent drying with leftover food to save water. No camera gear shall be handled by the crew, however if you wish to seek help for a moment then we shall not responsible individually or collectively for any accidental damage or in any way.
  45. Do you have Social Commitments? Yes. Please check on these two Link 1 …   Link 2 
  46. How Much of Cash to Carry? Please carry enough cash for your basic needs of transport, extra activities, etc. GDE doesn’t have any policy to extend credit facilities, neither we carry cash.
  47. Can Tours Be Blocked without Payment: Yes with a retainership fee as per the terms mentioned with each itinerary and also in terms and conditions.

DISCLAIMER

On such expeditions and under the given circumstances of the hard conditions of the region, anything can fail. But best possible shall be done to resolve any issue. There are no compensations of any kind for any equipment failure or natural hurdles or disasters.

It’s  “On The Move Camping” which shall have various constraints. Its comfortable but can not be compared with any hotel comforts i.e.wide beds, lawns, bathrooms, waiters, heaters, etc. The concept is very clearly explained through images and text. Anyone who understands the outdoor with basic wisdom shall be able to anticipate about the life Taurus offers.

Green Dot Expeditions shall not be responsible for any kind of medical issues or injuries, accidents, damages of any kind or losses caused by public unrest, riots, terrorist activities, labour unrest, mechanical or construction failures or any kind of difficulties arising during the itinerary, diseases, local laws, climatic/ weather conditions, any kind of abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside our purview or that of our travel agents or partner’s control. We are coordinators for your holiday program/ expeditions and hold no guarantee of any kind under any circumstances.