New Delhi Warnings and Dangers

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    Little things u can do to avoid traps

    by aseem_matrix Written Apr 5, 2007

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    Map of Delhi

    I couldnt help noticing the prob people are facing in india, nepal, pakistan etc (the indian sub cont), I have known delhi for long as i worked there and yea things can go wrong however a simple little thing to avoid the traps:

    1. When you are lost or unaware of your location: Ask a College student, young university guys (make sure they look decent and are average body built).

    2. If you having a trouble at a train station or airport etc always seek for help from authorities or locals (The decent looking locals can be a great help, but just make sure they are educated lots)

    3. To spot a person who will definately help you - A young married couple, IT engineer / corporates (identification- they will have a their Company name tag around their neck, always suited in formal clothes and usually carrying laptops or official bag)

    4. Avoid hiring AUTO (tuk tuk) in night untill u dont know the map, however if u have to hire one always try and look up for a PRE PAID tuk tuk will insure ur safety. Incase u have to travel in night, simply remember not to allow them short roots etc, there are no streets without Street lights so if they head to a dark area be smart to understand its the suburbs.

    5. Why I insist on decent young people as you need to spot a person who has no flashy cars etc as Asian men generally look up to White women for sex, be careful. Motor Bikers can be helpful though they are rude or moody most of the times (by bikers i mean the real hardcore cruise bikers who keep travelling around).

    6. Keep a low profile and for women when in the city, avoid wearing very short clothes, no one will harm you however people might follow u.

    7. Get aquianted to the Map, for metro cities in india they are generally simple - the cocnept is simple - Outer Circle and inner circle. Visit wikimapia or google maps for more help or www.mapsofindia.com etc
    Have Fun and if u wanna know more . . u can email and ask . . . [aseem_matrix@yahoo.com]

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  • beggars

    by hmmmmh Updated Mar 27, 2007

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    begging is a huge problem in delhi. wherever you go you are bound to be asked for money. most of the beggars are women with babies. i have been told by a lot of indians that these children are probably not even theirs and that they have been hired out so as to get more money. i have also been told that most of the beggars are part of 'begging rings' and that its actually big business in india. therefore by giving them money you are only making the problem worse. i was stupid once and took pity on a young girl and gave her 10 rps. before i gave her it i was careful to check that there wasn't any others hanging around. satisfied there wasn't i gave her the money - within seconds i have about 10 little kids and women wiith babies begging around me! i don't know where they came from. there wher a few kids who looked hungry but when i offered to buy them some food they said no they'd prefer the money! saying that one lad actually came up to me and said he didn't want money but was starving and asked me if i'd buy him a chapati. he stuffed it down him as soon as i handed it to him. it does make you realise how good you've got it.

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  • touts

    by hmmmmh Updated Mar 26, 2007

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    don't let paranoia ruin your travels but delhi is the undisputed king of scamming! you are approached constantly by guys with big beaming smiles who 'just want to practice english' etc. just walk away as 95% of time it leads to you parting with money in one way or another. its true that a few times people did just seem to want to talk but its not worth stopping as chances are they are a fraud. one or two of them refused to take no for an answer and would follow us for ages but you just need to ignore them. the really persistant ones may even grab your arm to get you to turn around. thats the point where you need to tell them to leave you alone - do this so they are in no doubt that you mean it!
    taxi drivers can be just as if not more frustrating - most of them will try to take you to his friends shop/emporium/tour office etc for 'special discount' - some will be upfront with you and admit that they get 50 rps everytime they bring someone there - believe me its not worth it. just tell them plainly that you dont want to go and then ignore them. one guy actually drove me to the place anyway, even though i was shouting at him to stop the #u*!*&^ car but he kept smiling back saying ' its ok my friend just looking' - when we got to the shop a guy comes up to my door and opens it for me. i just sat there and played deaf and dumb and didnt move. it worked and the driver took me where i wanted to go and didnt get his 50 rps. he was well moody with me after though!

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    For female tourists

    by ajitnair97 Written Sep 27, 2006

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    Delhi has a typical macho male culture, very different than from rest of India. Female tourists have to be firm and agressive in dealing with locals like taxi, or autorickshaw drivers etc. dont travel alone late nights or go to places which are deserted. Make sure u dont take or accept lifts from anyone except females.

    Also always note your taxi numbers down and leave it with your hotel reception or in your cell phone.

    Women in general dont consume alcohol openly apart from upmarket resturants or hotels.So avoid it.

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    Lack of Danger

    by PeterVancouver Updated Jun 4, 2006

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    There seems to be a number of comments around about the dangers of travelling in India. Whilst it is perfectly true that if you look the typical tourist and leave cameras or wallets around, or more or less anything of value for that matter, they may suddenly disappear. It is, however, extraordinarily unusual to come to any physical harm, although the poorly lit or unlit streets, do look somewhat menacing and in market areas, pickpockets are often on the look out for possible customers. Be prepared for very persistant hawkers and beggers, who are exceptionally tenacious, especially in underpasses, which, certainly in daylight hours, are normally perfectly safe, with far more danger being in the overhead traffic which stops for no one.

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    Beggars

    by marinka_malinka Written May 27, 2006

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    There are a number of beggars on the street, please keep an eye on your belongings. Don't try to give them money or food as if you ever try you wont be able to get rid of them.
    They are very persistent, try to stay away from them.

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    Beware of Beggars

    by adite Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    Beggars - they are an inevitable part of every Indian city. Wherever you go, you will find them. And if you're a foreigner, you are particularly vulnerable because they just know how to make you feel sorry for them. Often many people are tempted to give beggars a few coins just because they feel sorry at their condition, or because they want to get rid of them, but please don't do that. Begging is a huge money-making business in India. There are beggar-lords (just like slum-lords) who use beggars to fill their bank accounts and own property! The children that beggars lug around are mostly "on hire" . By giving alms to the beggars you're NOT helping the poor, but just helping greedy and unscrupulous people who want to make money any which way!

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    Things you should NOT do

    by adite Written Mar 28, 2006

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    1. If you can avoid it, never stay in a cheap hotel near the New Delhi railway station or in Old Delhi areas like Paharganj. There will be a lot of touts hanging around in the New Delhi station and in popular shopping districts like Janpath and Connaught Place...Just be firm and DO NOT listen to them, no matter how attractive their deal sounds. If you need help approach the nearest tourist centre or ask somebody to guide you to a Tourist help booth.

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    Being short-changed!

    by Durfun Written Jan 3, 2006

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    Delhi is notorious for traders to short-change you if you hand over a large denomination.

    This is particularly the case in open shopping malls, markets, and even public transport stations!!

    Make sure you hold your note out in your hand, and let them get the appropriate change out.

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    Terrorist Attacks

    by Waxbag Written Nov 17, 2005

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    Journal Entry: It is now the morning after the terrorist attack. It is described as the “city’s worst terror attacks” by the Hindustani Times. During one of the busiest shopping days of the year in India three bombs went off in succession all targeting innocent people. The first bomb went off at 5:38 pm at the Nehru Market in Paharganj, the second went off at 5:52pm on a bus in Govindpuri, and third went off at 5:56 pm in the Mini-Market at Sarojini Nagar. It is unknown exactly what kinds of bombs were used but people Pakistan has denounced the terrorist act. It is believed that the attack was carried out by the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) group. It was thought that many of the PoK camps were annihilated after the October 8th earthquake in the region. The current good will of India during the quake and the positive steps made towards the peace process has encouraged the PoK to respond with a terrorist attack to show India and the world that it is still viable and to create an atmosphere of fear and mistrust between the two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan.

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    Walking down dark streets

    by 20011019 Written Oct 20, 2005

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    What's nice about Delhi, is that at ten o'clock in the evening there is a lot going on. Lots of people and market places. Before you know it, you're in a totally other street. Then at half past ten suddenly all the action is over and all the lights are out. Especially if you're new in the city, it seems almost impossible to find you're way back home as you can't see anything. Even very little lights are off. I've never seen a darker capital in my life so be warned!

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    Warning tip XX

    by l_joo Written May 10, 2005

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    Another contribution for my readers. If you look closer, one portion of the thing has a shoe print on it, somebody must have just step on it. That's all, I am in no mood to contribute anymore warning tips.

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    Dodgy cabbies!!!

    by Larnie Written Mar 7, 2005

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    When you arrive at Delhi airport and exit the doors, you will be rushed with cab drivers wanting to take you to places “they” want you to stay.
    If you don't have anywhere to stay try not to let on to this.
    I was taken to a hotel where they tried to charge me US$70 for a night (and it was already 2am).
    After much arguing and me threatening to leave, I ended up staying there for US$7 for the night.
    The cabbies near the airport, know all the owners of the local hotels and as they get a cut, they will try to rip you off as much as possible.

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    This is no sh*t

    by Tijavi Updated Nov 5, 2004

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    A street in Delhi

    When in New Delhi, foreigners may be well advised never to use the pedestrian underpasses at Connaught Circus. Overzealous (and very evil) shoe shine boys (and men) go at great lengths (read: smudge your shoes with 100% real sh*t!) to force you to engage their services.

    But I was spared from this potential disaster when a band of well-meaning young men warmed me never to take the underpass. Shukriya!

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  • Health Concern: DELI BELLY

    by txmsle Updated Oct 10, 2004

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    Never Never eat at any food stalls on the street.
    Never Never eat salad , raw vegetables and fruits from any food stalls or any small restaurants. Try to stick to any restaurants in the big hotel or any upscale restaurants. By following this advise, it's still not guarantee that you would not get sick from eating at any big restaurants. Delhi Belly is not just a simple diarrhea symptom. Some people may have nonstop diarrhea and vomitting at the same time. Some may experience terrible abdominal cramps. Remember Peptobismo or other anti-diarrhea do not treat this problem since the problems may be caused by micropscopic organism. The lab technician may determine if you have Amoeba or ghardia (??sp) from your stool sample. Remember always have your hand sanitizer handdy with you. Try to stay healthy as much as you can. while you're in India.....

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