November 2017

Traveling Tips: India
[Lifestyle-December 2008]

If you’ve immigrated to the states from India then you have no worries. Most NRI’s visit back home often and are familiar with the culture and society. If, however, you are visiting India for the first time or traveling byyourself, here are a few things you may want to keep in mind to ease your travel.

  • Watch out for thieves. Theft, especially petty theft, is very common in India.
  • Visit the government’s travel website to learn more about traveling out of the country and safety precautions.
  • Take as little as possible so that you have more space to bring back all the fruits of your shopping.
  • Don’t eat street food…it will make you sick.
  • Limit yourself to bottled water only.
  • Respect the culture of every region you travel to.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Hang on to your passport and keep it safe. Passport theft is common.
  • Don’t carry a traditional wallet with you (the kind that you keep in your front or back pocket)
  • Consider a wallet that can be concealed underneath clothing.
  • Avoid keeping your valuables in your purse. It can be easily snatched off your shoulder.
  • Don’t share a taxi with someone unless you know them!
  • Never leave your luggage unattended.
  • Beware of imposters…porters and guides.
  • If traveling by Indian Railways, not recommended, stay away from Second Class.
  • The voltage is 220 volts. In the US it’s 120. You may need to purchase a converter
  • Prior to your visit get an anti-malarial prescription from your doctor.
  • In addition, you will need certain vaccinations to travel overseas.
  • If you need to see a doctor while you’re in India, ask your hotel for help. Doctors charge a very low fee (less than a dollar!)
  • Bring an insect repellent of some sort with you.
  • Avoid sweets and candies from local markets and anything else which is laid out in the open.
  • Always wash fruits before eating!
  • Always respect religious shrines and places of worship and dress appropriately if visiting.
  • Change currency only from official moneychangers. Remember to retain the exchange receipts. You will need them for re-exchange during departure.
  • Plan your visit wisely. Consult a travel agent for help.
  • If you happen to land in trouble contact your Embassy right away.
  • In an Indian Police Station, always speak with the Senior Inspector in charge…even if you have to wait.
  • Always dress comfortably. Avoid synthetics. Cotton is the best choice.
  • Before taking pictures, always confirm if photography is allowed.
  • Last, but not least, just like visiting any other country learn the language! This can be difficult in India which is diversified by hundreds of dialects but NEVER expect that someone should know English for you. Carry a pocket dictionary or translator if you are not Indian.

Hopefully, some of these travel tips will help you on you journey. Just remember, to educate yourself prior to your visit. If you follow the rules and take necessary safety precautions you will enjoy a memorable visit.

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