The website PlutoTours. All bookings here are made with Pluto Tours and the booking terms mentioned herein below constitutes the entire agreement between the customer and Company. By making a booking with us and/or depositing payments with us for tour and travel services you confirm having carefully read, understood and accepted the below mentioned ‘Terms of Services’.
Visitors on our website are kindly requested to fill the Enquiry Form with all necessary fields mentioned there and submit the same to be sent to our office. Upon receipt of the booking request or travel enquiry a travel expert from our office will get in touch with you with the best available information and offers for the desired tour package or travel services. In the event the travel requirements are not clear in the booking form submitted by you to us, our team may contact you via email or phone no. provided by you in the booking form. No booking is considered as ‘confirmed’ unless a tour confirmation letter is sent by us to the customer after receiving the initial advance payments in our account.
Our tours are subject to availability. To make reservation for a tour with us, the customer requires depositing advance payments as may be conveyed by our travel consultant during the course of correspondence. No booking is treated ‘confirmed’ unless a confirmation letter is received by the traveller from our office after depositing the advance payments for the trip.
It is the sole responsibility of the customer to make the balance payments at least 90 days prior to the start of the tour or as may be agreed / conveyed by our travel consultant during the course of correspondence. In the event of non-receipt of balance payment by the cut-off date, the Company will retain the right to treat the tour bookings as cancelled and the advance payment may be forfeited.
Our customers may send the payments to us using our SWIFT bank account information. This is the responsibility of the sender to provide us with a copy of the telegraphic transfer report (Bank document) for necessary check and follow ups with our local bank in India. While paying the deposits via SWIFT for the tour bookings kindly ensure that you have filled all correct information in the payment form and have also paid the intermediary bank fee which is normally US$35 approx for each payment. We will only credit in your tour account the amount which we receive in our bank and we take no responsibility of intermediary bank fee/charges.
The customers may also pay through NEFT/RTGS for the bookings made with us. Please forward us a copy of the NEFT/RTGS payment advice made by you. Upon receipt of the payments in the bank, our travel consultant will confirm the same to you via phone or email.
The customer residing in India may deposit a local cheque / draft in our bank account (please ask for the bank details from our office). A copy of deposit slip duly stamped by the bank may kindly be sent to our office for our records. The receipt of the payment slip will not be considered as ‘receipt’ of the payment. The payment will be considered as ‘received’ only once the same has arrived and settled in our bank account. The booking confirmation process will effect accordingly therefore the customers are advised to deposit the cheque payments well in advance to avoid inconvenience.
Our customers residing in India can also deposit advance payments in ‘cash’ in our bank account. A copy of the payment deposit slip may kindly be sent to our office for their follow up and records. Our office issues a ‘Cash Receipt’ against all cash payments received by us and it is the responsibility and right of the customer to ask for a ‘customer copy’ of such receipt after the payment is settled in our account.
Our worldwide customers can avail the benefits of our ‘100% secure’ online credit card payment gateway (Visa and MasterCard) managed by Pay u. We accept payments in US$, GBP, Euro, YEN, INR and other renowned international currencies. It is advisable and requested to our customers residing outside India to make the payments in US$, GBP, Euro, YEN or their local currency (if listed in our payment gateway). Please note that the online payments attract online bank fee/charges of 3% (it may vary case to case) and the same is payable by the credit card holder in addition to the tour payments while making the transaction. For certain credit card payments, on the instruction of the bank to ensure genuine card entry our office may ask the credit card holder to fill and sign the ‘Credit Card Payment Authorisation Form’ and send the same to our office along with the identity proof (passport copies etc) and/or front copy of the credit card. It is mandatory for the customer to provide us with such details / document if demanded by our office. Credit card security code (CVV/CV2 no. mentioned on the ‘back’ of the card) is case sensitive and not to be shared by the card holder or filled in the authorisation form or written in email etc.
A service invoice is issued for all tour bookings which are usually inclusive of all applicable taxes except the Govt of India Service Tax. It is not only the liability of the Company to charge Service Tax to the customer but also the responsibility of the customer to pay the same without fail. All our quotes and offers are ‘exclusive’ of GST until specified in the quote unless.
The customers may refer to the Reserve Bank of India website www.rbi.org.in to check the current exchange rate of major foreign currencies to INDIAN Rupees H) Late Bookings We may need full or higher percentage of amount for ‘Late Bookings’. Kindly ask our travel consultant at the time of making bookings with us. The payments received for such bookings are ‘non-refundable’.
To make reservation and also for our file records our travel consultant retains the right to ask you for providing him/her with the copy of passport, personal details such as name, date of birth, gender, address, phone no., email etc., the customer is kindly requested to provide the same if and when asked.
Most ‘tour packages’ offered by Round the World Vacations are inclusive of accommodation in hotel/guest house/resorts, transportation in a private car (for private trips) or in a coach/bus (for group tours), breakfast, services of local tour guides (where available) for visiting historic sites and basic entertainments for the trip. The same may vary on case to case basis and is conveyed to the customer by our travel consultants during the course of correspondence.
Our ‘independent tours’ includes accommodation in handpicked hotels selected by us based on the market report and/or recommendation of our past travellers. Based on the demand of the customer and type of requirements or budget mentioned by them, our travel consultants ensure to provide a comfortable and clean hotel for stay (for independent trip) during the trip. Also for our guaranteed departure ‘India group tours’ we have a select list of handpicked hotels and guest houses which may also be changed if situation demands. In the event of non-availability of hotel/s listed by us in our offer, our team retains the right to reserve another similar standard hotel for the travellers. All our hotels are subject to availability. We request the travellers to check on the internet about the standard of the hotels offered by us, before making the deposit for the trip.
We provide comfortable vehicle (bus/coach/car/jeep) in good condition with customer friendly English speaking drivers (basic knowledge of English). Some of our tourist drivers are highly recommended by the travellers and they are serving to international itinerants for many years now.
Most trips are inclusive of assisted airport/railway station transfers. For sightseeing trips, we use only Govt of India licensed ‘Tourist Guides/Escorts’. Most of our tour packages are inclusive of services of local English speaking tour guides at historic sites. Other than English we also have tourist guides who are expert in more international languages such as German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Turkish, Farsi, Chinese etc.
Most trips are inclusive of hotel breakfasts. Some trips also include special lunches and theme dinners etc. in the hotel of stay or outside in a city restaurants. Some of the tours are even inclusive of all meals (jungle lodges and camps mainly) which is mentioned in the list of inclusions and/or will be conveyed during the course of correspondence.
All cancellations must be intimated to our head office on phone followed by a written confirmation via email or fax. Telephonic cancellation will not be accepted as ‘cancelation request’. Cancellations for the independent/individual tour services should be made with a notice of not less than 7-30 days (According to Situation). The cancellation in case of group booking should be made at least 30 days prior to the date of commencement of the trip. For Christmas, New Year, Diwali, Pushkar Fair and other important festivals the normal cancelation policy does not apply and payments for against bookings during such busy period are considered as non-refundable. Please check with our travel consultants at the time of booking for such cancelation policy for special event tours.