Travelling with your dog in India

After two years travelling with our fawn Labrador, Abroozi, we’ve come to the conclusion that as much as you might love to explore this beautiful country, other travellers and locals might not be so keen on your furry companion in tow. How can people ignore stray dogs but a dog on a lead petrifies them? Maybe they think stray dogs, as disease ridden as they can be are  less unpredictable than a dog on a lead? Your thoughts welcome. Anyway, my husband and I love to travel, with a particular penchant for road trips and camping in the Indian wilderness. We got our Abroozi four months after we got married. I’ll be the first to admit that he’s our surrogate child – no, strike that, he is our child. And we wouldn’t dream of leaving him to go on holiday.  Dogs unlike cats are  in need of a lot of love and cannot stand the loneliness, they are far more insecure than cats. I know many people who beg family, servants and friends to look after their dog while they go on a holiday and I have looked after many such untravelled dogs. I don’t blame them – there are very few good kennels to leave your dog, unless you live in a big city like Bangalore or Mumbai and more importantly very few hotels and resorts that will let you holiday with your dog. Unlike countries such as France, Australia, Britain and the U.S, India is way behind in the dog appreciation business.

We are determined not to let the travel bug lay dormant just because we have a dog and do not want to leave him in the care of others. So we take him everywhere. We are refining a system. But first a caveat to dog owners here are some things to think about when travelling with your dog. Non dog owners/lovers who are already hating the idea of dogs on vacations I’ll come to you later.

Plane, Train, Road

Many people do not know how to transport their dog when going on vacation. Flying is an expensive option and filled with trepidation – I panic if my luggage gets lost, imagine if your dog does. Worse still are the horror stories of over heated cargo bays of planes sitting on a runway for sometimes 30 minutes with your pet over heating, dogs and cats getting free of their cage and clunking around with all that luggage. I would not want to be trapped down there. But if you relocating for instance, these guys might be able to help www.furryflyers.com . Train and road are the best options for transporting your dog on an Indian holiday. Indian Railways allows you to take your dog in First A/C as long as you book out the whole coupe. You have to let the station master know in advance that you are bringing your dog, you have to get him weighed at the parcel office and then board the train. A crate is not necessary. I can only imagine that putting your dog in the brake van, for which you do need a crate, must be very frightening for the dog. You might even find that you are sharing First A/c with other dogs making one feel  like a travelling circus…with the chai wala doing the juggling. If your dog has to relieve himself you must take him to the end of the station platform and it’s best to let everyone know that neither you nor your dog are to be left behind. But I’ve found that most dogs won’t do their “jobs”in a strange place and are more likely to hold it until he/she knows that the travelling part is over.

I have found that with the fantastic four lane national highways that make up the Golden Quadrilateral, driving through India is a highly unexplored way to experience the country intimately and a great way to travel with your dog. You can stop when you like for toilet breaks, a short stroll or lunch under a tree. However, picnic spots are becoming rare because of the lack of trees or lack of open space off the highway that isn’t a field doubling up as the village toilet. And NEVER let your dog off the leash.

For the Indian climate you must have air-conditioning in your car and even in cooler climes try not to drive with the windows open with your dog’s head hanging out. While he might be enjoying the wind whistling through his ears, the flying dust can cause serious damage to your dog’s eyes. So close your windows on long car journeys.

Sit boy, Sit!

For dog lovers I would recommend that you put emotion aside for a second and consider whether your dog is friendly with strangers and other dogs, quiet, well trained, and has passed the chewing on anything stage. As much as I love dogs I would not want to have slogged all year to go on holiday and be woken up by a howling dog in the middle of the night. Although, packs of stray dogs in this country do the same – anyone vacationing on Goa’s beaches will know what I mean. So consider this before you take your dog with you. Also, when you get your puppy I would start taking him on long car journeys so he gets used to the idea and any car sickness or need to wee in the car is an urge very quickly erased. Dogs are creatures of habit so the more you take them on car journeys the more they will associate the right type of behaviour in a car or train.

We made a very conscious decision from when our Abroozi was a puppy to ensure that he got used to long journeys. At 6 months old we took him on his first holiday from Wellington in the Nilgiris to Alleppey in Kerala on a houseboat, a 400 km car journey.

Our Abroozi in the car

Run Boy Run!

Consider vacationing in places where your dog will have as much fun as you, such as a beach resort or mountain retreat. There’s no point staying in a small hotel room in a city where your dog will have to be cooped up in a hotel room by himself. Resorts are the best place to holiday with dogs. There’s usually greenery and space to take him for walks. If travelling by car you may have to break journey before you reach your final destination. For this you’ll probably have to stay in a hotel and if it’s just for the night, then you and your dog can put up with the small quarters. I do not recommend showing up at a hotel and hoping they will take your dog in. They are under no obligation to do so and you could find yourself sleeping in your car. And under no circumstances can you leave your dog in the car to spend the night in a strange place by himself. There is bound to be much barking and a traumatic experience for him.

There are two ways to find out if a resort accepts dogs. If travelling by car, carefully plan your route and via the Internet find hotels along the way, ring them up and explain your situation. When planning your holiday you could use the website: www.petvacations.co.in They have a catalogue of hotels you can search for by state and type of property – bungalow, resort, hotel. Alternatively, pick a destination and personally ring up all the resorts in the area and sound each one out. You might just get lucky but I have found that it depends on how convincing you can be. Always ask to speak to the hotel manager or even owner. If you are really lucky you’ll find that the hotel owner is a dog lover and will make an exception in your case.

If you know that your dog likes to jump in to bed and snuggle with you then bring your own bed linen. This will prevent any dog hair from getting on to the bed. Dog owners in India are not accustomed to scooping their dogs’ poop. You definitely should when in a resort. Carry plastic bags with you on your walk. Good pet stores in the big cities will sell pooper scoopers.

We have not explored the North of the Vindhiyas with our dog as most of our travels have been in the Southern states. We hope to do this soon though. Here’s some of the places we’ve stayed in:

Johnson’s Nest and Houseboat, Alleppey: www.johnsonskerala.com/thenest.html

We went on Mr.Johnson’s houseboat, The Pride. I recommend this boat compared to The Nest which is a less clean and spacious boat. The food is excellent. Mr. Johnson’s got some other great properties and we have taken our Abroozi to the Secret Beach in Alleppey. He loves dogs and has quite a few himself and rescues dogs as well.

Illikalam Lake Resort, Kumarakom: http://www.ilakeresort.com/

This is a fabulous little resort with a green lawn, hammocks and rooms facing the vast Vembanad Lake. Plenty of open space, although we did keep our Abroozi on the leash the whole time. The people who run the resort were very kind and made sure we had everything we needed for our dog. They have a small jetty so if you have your own dinghy like we do, this place is very convenient. And you can hail down the passing fisherman for a ride in their canoes. You must order the duck roast. They have ducks roaming around on the property who totally freaked out our Abroozi but if you order the duck roast, well what can I say, there’ll be one less duck to trouble your dog…

Cardamom House, Dindigul,

A secluded place on top of a hill, with a great view of a lake, Cardamom House is owned by a dynamic retired British physician who commanders his staff of 6 local men. And they all love dogs. Abroozi was never far from the kitchen and we had the most stress free holiday because of how well he was looked after and how much freedom we had. Dogs run free – no leashes here. Perhaps they made an exception in our case, but they didn’t charge us for Abroozi’s food of chicken, rice, bread and milk. Their menus are fixed each day and we had the most fantastic home made bread and jams, roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings, a mutton roast, pasta and thai boiled eggs. A peaceful place to watch the hundreds of birds and go swimming in the tranquil lake. I highly recommend. Best time to visit is in the cooler months of October to March.

Eco Dune Hotel, Pondicherry: http://www.thedunehotel.com/

This is a pricey but very classy and very friendly resort. You can find out more about their individually designed cottages by the resident artists, the beach, the pool, the ayurveda and their dogs. This resort loves dogs and have their own motley crew as well – a Dalmation, couple of Labradors and other breeds. The property is on such a huge expanse they give each cottage a couple of bicycles just to get around – the perfect place for your dog to have a good run around. And there’s also the private beach.  You and your dog need nothing else.

Or you can do what we do which is to pack up a tent, water, firewood and a rug, all other camping essentials and hit the open road looking for the perfect camping spot before sun down.

Camping in AP

To the non-dog lover

Some people have a fear of dogs and others just don’t like dogs. That’s OK. I can deal with that. I don’t understand it but I’ll accept that there are things I don’t understand but can put up with, like low fat mayonnaise or mini kit-kats. If it’s hygiene you’re worried about then all I can say is that there are a lot more clean dogs than clean people who stay in resorts. You may ask a dog owner why forego those holidays just to have a dog. Well, here’s the thing – no weekend getaway or week long vacation can be as fulfilling as a dog’s unconditional, untiring love day in, day out.

UPDATE 2012: Expedia.co.in now has a search criteria for their hotels including the category ‘Pets Allowed.’ Expand the “other features options” for it. You’ll be surprised how many will now accept dogs in the big cities.

Taj Vivanta properties across India now allows you to bring your dog and have him/her in the room with you for an extra Rs.3000 a night.

A reader has told us that Taj Hessergatta near Bangalore has also been very accommodating of her pug.

Do write in with places you’ve stayed at with your dog so we can share the love.

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56 Responses to Travelling with your dog in India

  1. Tarun Jangid says:

    Hey this article is very helpful. I was searching for the best way to take my dog with me to Rajasthan from Maharashtra for my sister’s wedding venue is decided there. As it would be for more then a month long stay I am afraid to leave my dog back, so I am confused between the means of transportation. Best one according to me is road as I can stop whenever I want but my dog is not comfortable in car, I know it due to frequent trips to vets. Can anybody help me. I have a golden retriever, 35 kg weight.

  2. Hey.. This is a wonderful write up.. People in India really need to understand that having a pet is not status.. Me n my husband have 5 paw kids and every year they go on vaccations with us.. We went to rajasthan (mt. Abu, udaipur, jaisalmer, kishangarh and jaipur), maharashtra ( mumbai, lonavala, satara), goa, delhi and recently we went to Himanchal with all five of them for our trekking and camping trip.. We take our car and hit the road with them..
    Before we travel we do our bookings in advance through http://www.airbnb.com.. Most of the Home stays everywhere in india actually allows pets and on a very nominal charges.. Most of the time free as well..
    Our next trip is in june and we are travelling to leh n spiti valley.. I am glad to find u guys who travel with the pAw kids..
    Cheers!!!

    • wow!! you guys are amazing!! WHat dogs do you have and what car do you have?!! I will definitley check out airbnb india – i have only used i for foreign travel. I am stunned that you have traveled so much with 5 dogs!! Great to hear this. If you have had good experiences with any particular homestays I’d love it if you could share the city/location and the name of the person or the link to their airbnb page. A lot of work i know but any help to share the experiences would be most appreciated. Safe travels and love to the dogs!

  3. Pritha Dasmahapatra says:

    Hi
    My 7 year old golden boy is having some health problems and we’ve planned to take him to Chennai from Kolkata for his treatment. He suffers from severe separation anxiety and flight is a strict no-no. Any ideas for a Kolkata-Chennai-Kolkata road/rail trip.

  4. Asha Kampil says:

    Hi, We want to travel from Belgium to Kochi, Kerala to visit family. Do you perhaps know if it is allowed to take my dog with me? If i look at this site it looks like tourist can’t bring their dogs with them: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/india.cfm

  5. This is a wonderful write-up. Not only the article but even the comments give me so much hope. I am a wildlife biologist and an ardent lover. At this point, I am seriously considering becoming a dog parent. My job is to stay in jungles most of the times and unfortunately my parents are against keeping a dog. Personally even I am against leaving my child behind and would like to take him/her along with me wherever I go. Considering my profession, the dog will have to be used to frequent travels and it will require a hell lot of training on my part to get the dog used to such a life. This post gives me so much hope. Only, it seems to me that travelling with a dog is going to be a very very expensive affair considering how grossly underpaid scientists in our country are (research scientists like me hardly make 20k a month which won’t be enough for frequent travels with dogs, I guess). I am still hopeful and should be soon getting one. Thanks a lot for sharing the info to you and several other dog travellers who commented on the post!

    • I meant ardent dog lover in the post.

    • HI sneha, thanks for reading. Being a dog parent is a lot of responsibility. Please see this person’s post for a good list of things to think about: Vikram Karve on PET DOG PARENTING https://karve.wordpress.com Most authorities in jungle areas will not allow tourists to take their dogs, but since you study these areas i am not sure.You will need to think carefully about the breed you get. You will want a dog that is easily trained and a good companion in a jungle environment, like a cockerspaniel. they are also small dogs.A beagle on the other hand cannot be left off the leash as he will follow an interesting smell and never come back! But dogs are very susceptible to things like tics and helminths that will be rife in a jungle environment. AN incredible amount of inbreeding and puppy mills means that these dogs have low immunity to things like tics and tic fever can be fatal. So A lOT to think about if you are planning to take this dog with you on ur safari trips. We took our dog on long road trips early on so he got very use to it. Your dog will need a lot of training and immersion in your work environment from a young age to get used to. Talking to people on tea estates might help as their dogs are usually well trained and roam about freely.

  6. sneha says:

    Nice and informative blog. Do you think these places you have mentioned allows a friendly giant dog??

    • Well…you can always call them and find out. Ecodune I know for sure welcome all dogs big or small. But i would mention the friendly part, not so much the giant part!! Is he / she a great dane?

  7. anu says:

    So happy to see your blog. I’m a new Dog Mom and enjoying everyday some new adventures. I used to belong to the category of people having fear of dogs. My teenage son always wanted to have a dog as pet. Last month when my neighbor told about the puppies her dog had and casually asked whether we would be interested. I jumped and said YES.
    Daily trying to overcome my fear and now within a month me and our female pup “Feebee” has become good friends.
    Our summer vacations were planned already in advance to south by flight. We are determined to take puppy along as just couldn’t imagine to leave her in some Kennel so did some re planning and now driving to Himachal Pradesh.
    On the way, planning to take night halt at Amritsar. Last week was trying to do some research for online resort/hotel booking. First of all couldn’t find any good hotel and surprised to know that none of these so called 5 stars allow dogs or many of them have not mentioned on website. Called each and every place to en quire. Finally found one. Now realizing how difficult it must be for dog parents. Anyway where there is will there is way.

  8. Kausik Ganguly says:

    We travel with dog, extensively, since quite some time and various dogs over time and I will vouch that the road travel suits us best. Depending on the dog, size and temperament, choose the car to let the pet have comfy space and stretch out. I had a female boxer who was very well settled on the last seat of a scorpio and now a doberman for whom the seat had to come off and be left behind to give him the whole space to romp. Maybe just statistical but the girls love to sleep it out with the air con running as long as we are moving but the boys are more interested in the passing cows and moving scenery and dont really sleep unless its dark outside.(applicable to both the four n two legged kids on board). Done Kolkata Jaisalmer Jaipur Agra and back, Kolkata-konark-Rajmundry-Chitoor-Bangalore-Chennai-Vijaywada-Srikulam-Kolkata, Kolkata – Kerala- Kolkata etc and all by road and a very boisterous doberman who definitely does nothing to let folks let him into the hotel rooms. So unless we run into folks who actually love dogs, this chap is very happy to live with his transport. So basically I look for sheltered parking within the hotel premises and shady if possible and he gets chained to the towing hook of the car and his bed underneath and loves to laze and sleep under the shade of his own car irrespective of day or night. Depends on conditioning I agree but evidently this guy is happy as long as he with his own car and guarding it. With our quantum of travelling, its his home. Twice he has chewed thru his leash and freed himself but returns to his car after his buffalo chase till we realised nothing less than chains are safe. However never ever lock the pet inside, its very claustrophobic even with the windows left open and the car smells so unless it was very cold or parking on the street, he much prefers parking himself under his parked car as long as the parking itself is safe. Most hotels kind of agree to the concept of the dog in the car park but very rarely do I get folks who dont mind the dog to sleep in the air con of a hotel room. So for me the basics remain to find enclosed parking and tree shade and some conditioning of the dog to be chained to the car even when at home for him to relate that the car is as much home as the bedside he usually spreads out on every night. However my experiences are limited to large size dogs, it works with Lab, Boxer, GSD and Doberman. All were always okay to deter inquisitive stray dogs. Always it was a feel that had the dog been smaller, maybe he would have been allowed to sleep with us in the room, had they looked more defenceless and portable.

  9. anita says:

    I am having a 6 yes old Pomeranian… I want to travel from bangalore to kharagpur…please guide me…

    • Hi Anita, I think a first A/C train would be your best option because of the long distance. Unfortunately you will not know if you have got a coupe till the seating chart is prepared the day of the journey. However, you can approach the station master a few days prior to your journey and find out how you can request a coupe, you can write a letter to the Chief Commercial Manager who prepares the chart. Please see my post on travelling by train with dogs: https://nonsensegirl.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/travelling-with-dog-train-india/
      and pls see the blog post of The REstless SOldier (link is in the above post). All the best!

  10. pallavi says:

    Hi, so relieved to have read this..We have a 2 month old golden retriever guddu and we would love to travel with him.I can’t think of leaving him behind. I do agree that now hotels and resorts are opening up to the idea of people and their pets go hand in hand but still if we were to visit a place and would want to go out and explore say a fort, palace, we’d have to leave our dog back in the resort! ! I would love my bouncy pup to go on a trek with me to an old fort and spend the afternoon there just playing frisbee..like a picnic. Do you have any places in mind where we can do this?
    PS: I stay in Rajasthan so places nearby would be preferable

  11. nandini says:

    Nice to read about your experiences. We have 2 year old german Shepherd and we have teke him to mumbai from nagpur twice. In aurangabad we had planned night halt and hotel owner had agreed but changed his mind later forcing us to search for accomodation in emergency. We have swift VD but this car looks small for him now. Which car in India would be better for road travel with our Raja, GSD.

    • A raja clearly deserves the best! I would opt for a big car like a Scorpio to accommodate dog, family and luggage. Having said that we just sold our Gypsy King (perfect for dogs because of the vertical rather than horizontal seats so that the dog can face forward while travelling rather than lying down side ways) and now only have our Nano!! Ideally, one would be able to modify the seats in an SUV. I would not go for any SUV that has bucket seats (like in Xylo) because dogs need to spread out on one seat.

  12. KG says:

    Very informative and wonderful to find dog lovers sharing info. I am moving to Bangalore soon with my pet and this blog will be sooo useful

    • KG says:

      Where are you based btw? Hyd?

      • we are based in vizag. thanks for reading. Good luck with your move to bangalore – what dog do you have? He/she will have fun doing the rounds of Cubbon Park – i think they still allow dogs in there

      • KG says:

        I have a 1.5 year old German Shepherd. Cubbon Park is iffy. I am not sure if htye still allow dogs. But we will be staying near Bellandur and Kaikondrahalli Lake. And Kaikondrahalli has earmarked a separate play area for pets 🙂 Kudos to them

  13. Ankit says:

    This is a nice article. Though I dont own a dog now, But it made me feel good to have a dog in future. We had a dog when I was child , and he died in some accident it was horrified for me.

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  15. Priya says:

    Hey, thanks for your prompt replies. Train is not working out as an option due to tkt availability this time but here’s the research we’ve done so far for the road bit. (ya, we will both need to be driving and no we’re not doing this for the romantic drive lol, but because we Have to get to cal, and we’re not leaving Bozo behind.. He is used to accompanying us for 11-13 hr drives before, but not 3 successive days. Hence the pit stops become critical. not the best of options I know, but we if we pace it i’m pretty confident. ) The deal breakers would be poor road conditions and lack of pet friendly pit stops not the duration of drive..

    Lots of ifs and buts, but we are at the planning stage yet.. So here’s what we’ve found:

    blr – vishakaptnam (night) – bhubaneshwar (night) – Kolkata. Found one decent hotel each in V and B which will accommodate pets. Trying for a back up option in vizag as well – any leads? Will need to head back similarly after 10 days so vizag becomes a critical point..

    Mad? Probably! Might chicken out at the last moment even, but on paper feasible hain kya?! Kya bolti tu? Am now going to try appealing to the better nature of Circuit houses and Navy mess contacts (ahem!!!!) 😉

    • gkorula says:

      I’ve done Vizag to Vellore in 16 hrs many many times with my dog so i must be crazy too. The National Highway is great – no probs with road conditions. I would LOVE to offer you a place to stay with us in Vizag but because we live on the Naval base there is high security and sadly I can’t promise clearance. Naval mess will also not accept dogs, even the dogs of officers when we go on transfer from one place to the other. Try the Taj Gateway in Vizag. As the Taj is now accepting dogs you can try with them. It will be expensive but pretty restful after a long drive and well worth it. Sadly i don’t know any one in vizag town other than people who live on the naval base. Pls tell me the dates when are you planning to travel and I can see what i can find out for you.

      • Priya says:

        hey, I seem to have finally found a hotel in Vizag which will allow pets (hope its not on account of slow business!). Thanks so much for offering to find out more – all info is gratefully accepted, especially for back up support 🙂 we hope to be in Vizag by the afternoon of 11th Nov, for the night. Its supposed to be a place on the beach – a Sai Priya Resorts in case you know anything about it? It has received a bag of mixed reviews on TripAdvisor. we are looking forward to giving Bozo a run after a day and a half of being cooped up in the car so if u pop by on the beach too u can meet each other 🙂
        good to hear you have done the vellore-Vizag stretch multiple times – 16 hours would include a couple of breaks right? do u guys normally cover it in 1 day or over 2?

      • gkorula says:

        WE do vizag-vellore in 1 day because there is nowhere to stop in andhra. we don’t have any breaks, except for loo breaks and to give abroozi a 5 min walk. But it’s a pretty hard core run. Sai Priya is OK. Not fantastic, but it’s a room and you’ll be comfortable I think. We live pretty far away from the town, where your hotel is. But bozo should get a good run around on the beach. It is a crowded beach but who cares! it’s other people’s problem. We have a beach near our house about an hr from town .Good luck with the journey. I will email you my phone number in case you have any problems in vizag and need assistance.

      • Priya says:

        Hi, reached fine late afternoon yesterday, off now to cal. Roads are quite fantastic and Sai Priya is very pleasantly dog friendly not just tolerant! Definite option on way back. Bozo taking the journey well, giving him 3 loo breaks for a days driving and he definitely enjoyed the beach. Will let u know how the rest of the journey pans out, long day ahead today. Cheers

      • gkorula says:

        Happy to hear it. I’m glad your journey has been safe. DO let us know when you reach cal and what your stop at Bhubaneshwar is like. Safe driving.

  16. Priya says:

    Hi,
    thanks for this very informative space on pet-oriented experiences in India! We too have travelled quite a bit with our golden retriever, and your advice is bang on.

    Our experience with Taj Kuteeram in Hessarghata was disappointing though – they definitely did not welcome us with our golden retriever. (After a lot of convincing we were allowed to wait with him in their Yoga hall and had to take turns for lunch – we went in July 2012)

    Want to know whether anyone has done a 3 day long type road trip with their dog in India? We are considering the Bangalore – Calcutta route and back by road. Heartening to read the travel experiences along the Golden Quad. Duronto Express is our other option, but am worried about the loo breaks..

    Any advice would be welcome,
    Priya

    • Alien says:

      We traveled with our lab (7-8 months at that time) in June this yr by B’lore-Kolkata Duronto. You need a coupe for yourself if you wanna keep your furry friend with you and coupe allocation is a last minute thing, which is very stressful.
      Regarding loo breaks, my puppy did not go to pee for 22 h straight(!), I took him to the shower room twice when all were asleep, but he did not do his business and finally he went inside the coupe only (we had stock up puppy pads for that purpose).

    • Arati says:

      Oh!….sorry to hear that… We went in feb this year. They were really nice to my lil girl pug.. is a person called mr tripathi who looks after the resort and he helped us a lot…the manager too loves dogs ….hmmmmm mebbe staff have changed ?

    • gkorula says:

      Dear Priya, I’ve had a look at the route from Bangalore to Cal and it looks brutal. You will not be able to do this in 3 days and keep your sanity. If you go along the east coast (ie. not b’lore to hyd) then you will be travelling through the whole of Andhra and i know from experience there is no where that will take you in with a dog. I strongly suggest the train. It’s not such a long journey, only 28hrs and all your station stops are for a good 10 or 15 mins which is quite long. The first a/c coach is at the end of the platform so you will be able to walk him a bit and with the smell of other dogs around, i bet you he’ll want to mark his territory. Pls take the train.

      I know it seems quite romantic to drive along the east coast but trust me it’s not. I’ve done it too many times on our Vizag to Vellore journeys. Even with a good car, without at least 2 drivers it’s a bit much. Some dogs tend not to complain but they are suffering and when they get car sick some of them just hunker down and wait for it to be over. Take the train

  17. Arati says:

    🙂 thank you…appreciate your help…will let you know where we end up goin 🙂

  18. Arati says:

    Hmmm….agree totally abt the seafood bar…we managed to have lunch there one day …:-) would luv to get some info abt coorg. Called orange county and they were quite snooty bt dogs ..lol

  19. gkorula says:

    You will absolutely LOVE the dune. I had a fantastic experience and it is GREAT for dogs.

    • Arati says:

      Babe- my lil girl pug and me just loved the dune!….mainly coz they were so nice to her….:-) and the resort beach is great….otherwise the dune is quite average in terms of accommodation an food…….my husband dint like it too much….too many creepy-crawlies in the room…overpriced average food and facilities ..etc……..but I must say babe had a great time..it is really one of the perfect places to take your dog on holiday :-)…..mebbe we do chickmanglur or coorg next…..:-)

      • gkorula says:

        Agreed – i should have warned you about the food being average and overpriced. But the seafood bbq near the pool is really great. They put on a great spread for my b’day. Glad you enjoyed most of the Dune. Will keep u posted on places in Coorg – have some contacts.

  20. Arati says:

    Was wonderful to read your blog…I have travelled with my lil girl pug to resorts around Bangalore …found the Taj at Hesargatta to be most accommodating…now plan a trip to Pondicherry with her!

  21. Vikram Karve says:

    a very informative post for dog lovers

    • gkorula says:

      If you can afford it, the Taj Vivanta properties are now accepting guests with their dogs (staying in the room) for Rs.3000 for the dog. Also Expedia.co.in has a pet friendly choice of hotels, just check the pet friendly box in the drop down menu. Things are looking up for us dog owners!

  22. Gerlinde Shrestha says:

    How can I post a question here ? I am planning to move from Kthmandu/Nepal to Kerala end of october. As Airlines do not transport short nosed dogs anymore I have to go by rented car. I have three tibetan dogs, not young anymore but fit. I would be grateful for any advice.

    • gkorula says:

      I strongly suggest you contact Anupama Vinayak, located in bombay who is an expert in pet relocation. Her number is +91 98198 80222 or office number: +91-022-4295 5520/1/2/3. IF you can get to India then the best is to take the dog by first a/c train, delhi to kerala by rajdhani or any superfast train.Hope that helps, good luck and let us know how your move turns out

  23. Alien says:

    Is 30hrs train journey too much for a 10 months lab?
    Another issue is my train has only 4 stops.. how can I let him relieve inside the train?
    please suggest…

    • gkorula says:

      Dear Alien, 30hrs is, i fear, way too long a journey for a dog of any age. And relieving himself inside the train is definitely not an option – i doubt your other passengers or the train officials will look too kindly on that. I suggest you take a car journey to your nearest airport and fly your dog. When flying ensure you have an IATA specified crate, lock it well, and remind the crew and captain that you have an animal in the hold so that they pressurise it. COntact petvacations.co.in for advice on flying your dog. Good luck!

      • Alien says:

        Dear gkorula,

        Thanks for getting back to me. Actually I am not very comfortable about keeping him out of my sight during a flight. He is not crate trained too.

        How much does this special type of crates cost anyways?
        Is there any rental service? Airlines are not providing any either.

      • gkorula says:

        For crates I suggest you check out Furry flyers who are a pet relocation service based in Mumbai. Here’s the crates available with them – not sure if its for rent or purchase. http://www.furryflyers.com/iata_pet_crates.html#sizes But from what i know they can be Rs5000 to Rs10,000 for a giant size. I suggest you contact Anupama Vinayak (9819880222 OR 022- 4295 5520) who runs the organisation. They provide for the crate, transport to the airport. Best to call her for advice and I’m sure she’ll rid you of some of your fears of flying. She has many of domestic and international pet relocation success stories. Go to http://www.furryflyers.com

  24. gkorula says:

    Definitely agree with you that self-research is key – you have to put a little effort in to things if you want it to work out your way. As for going with the flow, I am totally for that approach – the world and its people can surprise you. But in India there is also a lot of hesitancy about dogs staying in hotels so showing up and hoping for the best could backfire. Thanks for your thoughts Arc Travels – pls keep reading!

  25. arc travels says:

    I think this is important, but also I think many people underestimate the power of self-research and just going with the flow.

  26. shilpa says:

    Gayatri, what a wonderful insight to travelling with dogs as that remains the main key issue with most dog owners! People who are keen to keep dogs as pets should realise that they are to be treated like children and cannot be left alone for long periods of time just like children cant! So if you cannot travel with them then maybe you should do a rethink!! Personally I felt being a mother to a golden lab myself, travelling from point A to Point B the Indian railways AC 1st class is the most comfortable option and if going on a fun trip then of course by road as you suggested, its a pity that the commercial airlines have a very uncooperative attitude towards pet travel in India and the safety of pets as you rightly pointed out is a big question mark! Keep writing Gayatri, finally found someone who thinks like me on ” Pet issues”…..

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