India Warnings and Dangers

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India Warnings and Dangers

  • DRUGS

    Goa Warnings and Dangers

    I just had a harrowing experience at Palolem Beach in south Goa (with similar but minor occurrences in the north at Vagator/Anjuna/Calangute). I have recounted the story at the link below as a stern warning for backapckers heading to the coast of Goa: http://mixeye.com/viewpoint.php?vid=24

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  • PAY HEED TO THESE

    Mumbai Warnings and Dangers

    Yep, I fell for it ! A street vendor came up to me at the Gateway of India brandishing a large (4ft long ?) balloon and offering packs of balloons for sale at INR200. Thinking my young son would love a great big balloon to hit me with, I started haggling with the vendor and got him down to INR100. Of course, when I opened the pack later, the...

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  • Tap water

    Delhi Warnings and Dangers

    I would avoid drinking any tap water during a visit to Delhi. When dining outside the hotel, make sure you get the bottle in which the water comes, i.e. Aquafina or Bisleri. If you go on a road trip, invest a litre-size bottle or two before heading out, dont assume you will be able to find them on the way. As tempting as some of those drink carts...

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  • scary men on motorcycles

    Jaipur Warnings and Dangers

    I stayed in Jaipur for a month with a group of students. One girl in our group was riding in the back of a bicycle rickshaw one evening, and a group of four men on two motorcycles pulled the rickshaw over and attempted to abduct her. They pulled on her arms and grabbed her breasts, but she held on to to the rickshaw, and was thankfully not...

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  • Different attitudes n cultures

    Hyderabad Warnings and Dangers

    Just make sure you are decently dressed. specially if you're a woman. Strangers might come up to you to sell stuff or also to help you. For locals here, in certain parts of the city, the way you dress sends a message on what type of person you might be. In general, you can wear t-shirts, jeans, and all that, but avoid miniskirts and shorts. Avoid...

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  • SOME LOCALS

    Goa Warnings and Dangers

    Okay, so this information might be slightly dated, but in the third world, habits and lifestyles progress slowly....... One feature of Goa's beach in Panjim, in early morning, was to watch the locals defecating on the beach, close to the water's edge, in the hope that the tide would remove the human waste. They seemed to have this timed to...

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  • SAFE LOCAL TRAVEL

    Mumbai Warnings and Dangers

    1. If not taking a prepaid taxi or a metered taxi/rickshaw, negotiate the fare before taking off. 2. If spending alot of time with a taxi driver (or any driver), it helps if he speaks and understands basic English. 3. Don't drive on highways at night. 4. When travelling by train, chain and lock your luggage under your berth. Don't keep anything...

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  • General Warnings

    Delhi Warnings and Dangers

    The Holi festival of colours is held in early Spring (2014 - 17th March) and is a riotous disorganised ritual of throwing coloured water bombs over anyone and generally making merry, which in some places means consuming huge amounts of alcohol too. In the hotel where we were in Delhi the ground floors were awash with water and it became impossible...

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    Goa Warnings and Dangers

    The beaches in Goa are some of the cleanest in India but still with Shacks serving food to people on the beach - and people eating, drinking, and smoking on the beach, you will find litter. Please don't litter!! It's a good idea to bring a bag with you to keep all your waste to dispose of when you leave the beach.

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  • WATER

    Mumbai Warnings and Dangers

    As with the whole of India, only drink bottled water and use it when you're cleaning your teeth. I kept a bottle with a bit of water in it beside the sink so as to remind myself to use it. Also, avoid ice and salads as they will probably have been washed in dodgy water. Its all common sense really but if you stick to it, you limit the chances of...

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  • Climate

    Delhi Warnings and Dangers

    When I first arrived in Delhi in early November, it was hazy with a kind of smokey, misty, polluted atmosphere. It was fine and dry, mind, but as you can see by the photo's of Connaught Place, when I arrived back in March everything was much clearer. Delhi also suffers from bad fog during December and January. In fact when I flew back to delhi...

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  • WATER/MONSOONS

    Goa Warnings and Dangers

    When you go for swimming or sunbath at Candolim Beach then be careful with small crabs as we have seen few recently. They are not dangerous at all but we have to be cautious as sometime they can be harmful

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  • CLIMATE

    Mumbai Warnings and Dangers

    Mumbai, by and large, observes humidity throughout the year. Since it rests in the tropical zone, moreover close to sea, it enjoys more or less same weather. Its climate can be broadly divided into three seasons, namely winters (November-February), summers (March-May) and monsoons (June-September). The months between March and October are...

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  • Traffic

    Delhi Warnings and Dangers

    Well, travelling trought Delhi traffic is experiance! It seems everything which has weels will find it's way on Delhi streets! Sitting in the front passanger seat in a taxi is ceternly experiance, as the moment my taxi driver pull out of the IGI Airport he put his finer on the horn and he did not stop till we reached our hotel!!! Interesting thing...

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  • THEFT

    Mumbai Warnings and Dangers

    MOST COMMON THEFT IS LADIES PURSE/HAND BAG SNACHERS. STRANGERS ON BIKES SNACH PURSES AND MOBILE PHONES ON THE COMMON STRECH OF THE WESTERN EXPRESS HIGHWAY RIGHT OUTSIDE THE AIRPORT. ALL TRAVELERS SHOULD BE ABSOLUTELY CAREFULL ABOUT THEIR HANDBAGS AND MOBILE PHONES. NOT SURE .. BUT GUESS THERE ARE PPL WHO FOLLOW RIGHT FROM THE AIRPORT AND SNACH...

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  • Beggars

    Delhi Warnings and Dangers

    When visiting Karol Bagh, one should be aware of certain things. Because of the fact that it is the largest market in the entire city, it gets a good deal of customer traffic. Which means plenty of children/youth beggars. As one other traveler has suggested, if you give money to a SINGLE child, be prepared to give to all of their friends because...

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  • Shoe cleaners

    Delhi Warnings and Dangers

    You may just laugh on the tip when you read it in your guide books, that be careful with some of the shoe-cleaners, those nasty ones, who have not got big and heavy stuffs to carry (so that they can run fast), because they can put sh*t on your shoe that they want to clean for double-triple price. We also laughed on it. After like an hour in Delhi,...

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  • Pickpocketers

    Delhi Warnings and Dangers

    As we were walking along a street just off the western end of Chandni Chowk, we noticed a couple of youths following us. They managed to slip in between us in the crowd, and I saw one of them try to put his hand into my partner's pocket. Luckily there was nothing there! Do be careful walking around the more touristy areas, and don't carry anything...

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  • Comissions

    Delhi Warnings and Dangers

    Once you would need the service of an agency, for example to book a train ticket or whatever, before to agree for somehting, ask them which is the % or value of their services. So, before to confirm something, bergain also about the provvision!!!! Provvison are also on reguarding the shops, if somebody bring you there, it means that the seller...

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  • Driving and traffic.

    I don't think I've ever seen a standard of driving as low as I did during our tour through Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. Accidents, slaloming, cars, lorries and even camels hauling trailers down the wrong side of dual carriageways, here you have it all. It is impossible to comprehend their road code (if it exists) and the way it works. All that...

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  • Indirect theaft!!!!

    as stated above indirect theaft means that when ever any india sellar notices a foregin tourist or a visitor their first aim is to sell their unsefull product to that poor guy having heavy bucks in his/her pocket and so if anything they would be selling to and indian at say $1 they would sell the same to you at say $50 which is really devastating...

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  • Taj Mahal

    I know this is not usually in the "warning or danger" category, but this was the single worst experience we had in India! My conclusion : the Taj is better enjoyed from the outside!There were hordes of people at the Taj on the day we went ( I think it was a Saturday). No problem getting in, our tour guide already had the tickets, and they were the...

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  • Probiotics for prevention, not cure

    When I asked the doctor about Travelan he didn't know about it. But I got this important info from him: When you do have diarrhea, DON'T take any probiotics. These are live bacteria. As long as they are in the gut, they do their job. But in case of illness, the gut may be more permeable, and these bacteria might get into the blood stream, where...

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  • Indian traffic

    What happens on indian roads and motorways is a something in between chaos and anarchy. Nobody obeys any traffic regulations and everybody drives like he pleases.You can see all kind vehicles ... from big old trucks to camel drawn carts, from cycle rickshaws to mopeds with goats as passengers. Between these vehicles cows and dogs roam the street...

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  • Travelan against Diarrhea

    Diarrhea can spoil your trip, and it's very common. I read Lynne's tips long before our trip to India, she recommended taking Travelan pills before Every meal. I was convinced by the company's very instructive website, and ordered Travelan by mail. We both stayed well on our whole month long trip, it was worth the expense. Travelan is produced only...

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  • NO FLAGS AT THE TAJ MAHAL - AND MORE

    There are a lot of items and activities that are prohibited at the Taj Mahal. There is some good news and solutions at the end of this tip. Not all of the prohibited items and activities are explained in one place, so please save this tip and review it before you visit. Ok, so the Prohibited Items at the Taj Mahal are:No Flags (item 4 on their...

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  • Women Travellers to India

    India is a great place to visit but there are increasing number of instances where women travellers , both local and from abroad are subject to harassment by local menfolk.It is a good idea not to travel all alone anywhere in the country.It is also a good idea not to completely trust the intentions of people you may have befriended during your...

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  • Pollution

    Yet another problem with India. It's large cities are very polluted. I remember getting off the plane in Delhi and smelling the stink of the city as soon as the door of the plane opened. I have recently read that Delhi is the most polluted city in the world. If you have any breathing difficulties then I think that you should get out of the city as...

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  • Travelling companions for peace of mind

    When in India, I would advise travelling with a partner. From personal experience, I found it more stressful travelling alone than when I was fortunate enough to hook up with two friends in Jodhpur and Jaipur. I felt more confident and less of a target with someone to 'watch my back', so to speak.I encountered more attempts at unscrupulous...

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  • SINGLE WOMEN TRAVELLERS

    Single women will have a hard time here so be prepared to get hassled a lot because to to different cultural ideas many Indian men have their own opinion regarding the sexual availability of the foreign traveller, so sexual harassment can be encountered all over India. One way to try and avoid this is to dress conservatively and keep your body...

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  • NO ICE

    When ordering a drink or juice in India- NEVER take ice cubes in the drink.The ice is not made with bottled water.Tap water is used to make ice, and this can make you ill.An upset tummy can spoil your whole holiday.

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  • ACOMMON1 SAFE JOURNEY ANYWHERE

    Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go.#1. Don't go where you shouldn't go.#2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside.#3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country.#4. Respect and "pre-" read up on the culture(s).#5. Gain some familiarity with the country's national language prior to your trip.#6. Practice...

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  • Using ATM in India

    As an interesting side note. I always call my bank when traveling to tell them I'll be using my ATM card. My bank (a US Credit Union) told me they will not allow use of my ATM card in only 3 countries because of possible fraud. One was one of the countries in Eastern Europe, the second on was a countries in South America. The third was in India.

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  • Pas op met wat je eet.

    Ik had het al na twee dagen te pakken. Gigantische buikloop. Josée amper, maar die heeft uitsluitend vegetarisch gegeten. Dat raad ik je dus ook aan. Vlees is niet altijd even betrouwbaar. Iedereen van onze Shoestring-groep was trouwens wel een keer aan de diarrhee. Maar de meesten niet zo erg als ik.

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  • Money Matters...

    1. Double-check all hotel and restaurant bills for errors.2. Don't leave cash and valuables in your hotel room. Use room safes where available.3. Keep daily cash in separate pockets.4. Don't flash jewelry or large sums of money.5. Never pay for anything upfront - including drivers.6. Avoid touts!7. Don't exchange money on the black market.8. Get a...

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  • Travelling with Infants/Toddlers...

    Indians adore children and you will see (and hear) children all over - at all times - of the day and night. So your children will be welcomed warmly. But if your infant/toddler is new to travelling or is not a good traveller, India may not be the best place to visit. As difficult as India may be for some first time visitors, it will be much more so...

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  • Mischievous Monkeys...

    You will come across monkeys in many places in India - everywhere from temples to forts to jungles. The monkeys in the jungles are not used to interaction with humans and there is less chance they will bother you. The monkeys that have been fed by humans are more likely to become aggressive - especially when they want more food. While the monkeys...

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  • Safety/Police

    1. Within India dial 100 or 108 for police.2. Within India dial 101 or 108 for medical or fire emergency.3. Be aware of your surroundings. Report any suspicious activity/packages, etc. to police.4. Although it is common in India, do not offer bribes. If anyone asks for a bribe tell them you will report them to the Anit-Corruption Bureau or the...

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  • Respect and Common Courtesies...

    1. Learn at least Hello, Thank you, Yes, No, and Goodbye in Hindi (at least). 2. Turn your cell phones off inside churches, temples, museums, etc. If it rings and you must take the call, do it outside!3. If there’s a running commentary (live or recorded) or you're on a guided tour, be polite and be quiet.4. Dress appropriately and be respectful in...

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  • Health & Eating...

    1. Drink bottled water (check to confirm seal has not been broken). Do NOT drink tap water or any water served in a restaurant in a glass unless you saw it being poured from a sealed bottle.2. Mind what you eat. One of my great joys while travelling in India is eating street foods. If you're not used to the food or have a sensitive stomach, eat...

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  • Taking photos...

    1. If there are signs saying “No photos”, don’t take pictures! (Some airports & bridges, Military Bases, etc. are off-limits!)2. Learn how to use your camera before the trip. If there are signs saying “No flash”, make sure you know how to use the camera without it.3. If you see a couple or family where one person taking pictures of the other(s),...

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  • Women Travellers...

    1. Unless on the beaches of Goa, it's best to dress conservatively. No shorts, short skirts, or shirts displaying too much cleavage. You will have to endure uncomfortable stares, and sometimes comments and even "accidental" touching. (Capris & t-shritsare fine.)2. If someone does touch you or becomes aggressive, yell LOUDLY. They will likely run...

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  • Travel Within India

    1. If not taking a prepaid taxi or a metered taxi/rickshaw, negotiate the fare before taking off.2. If spending alot of time with a taxi driver (or any driver), it helps if he speaks and understands basic English.3. Don't drive on highways at night.4. When travelling by train, chain and lock your luggage under your berth. Don't keep anything...

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  • Warning - Northern India Hotels in...

    Hotels in India vary widely from really, really bad - just like everywhere else - to incredibly luxurious - just like everywhere else. One thing I think I would have liked to have known before going was that, in northern India, such as towns like Delhi, where the temperatures can get quite cool, but it doesn't snow in a normal year, there is no...

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  • Warning - Watch The Food

    Normally, I'm a pretty healthy person. But, there have been times when I went somewhere and my body reacted strongly to the environment. India was that kind of place. I'm not blaming anyone. I'm just saying that you never know when that one weird microbe will ruin your whole day. Take a few basic pills with you and get traveler's insurance.This is...

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