Carry your wallet and credit cards in an inside jacket pocket
or side trouser pocket, never in the rear pocket.
Keep pocketbooks (handbags) on your lap when dining out, not
dangling over the back of a chair.
Leave valuables and important papers, such as jewellery and
passports in your hotel's safe deposit box. Never leave these
items unattended in your room.
Beware of unexpected persons coming to your hotel room. Never
open the door to unsolicited room service or maintenance
you schedule a meeting with a potential client, research the
company and the individual with whom you are meeting. Meet in
a public place, such as a restaurant.
Make sure that luggage is only given to a member of the
hotel's bell staff and a receipt is issued for stored luggage.
Never leave luggage or other expensive items, unattended at
airports or taxi stands.
Carry Only Essentials
Taking cognisance of time, place and season of visit, carry only
the most important things with you. Avoid unnecessary items like
too much of eatables, bulky clothing, heavy items, etc.
Avoid carrying valuable items, wear a money belt or stitch a
pocket inside your outfit to keep important documents like
passport, credit cards, travellers' cheques, etc. It's always
better to take photocopies of important documents and leave them
with someone trustworthy. It is advised that you carry with
details of important contact numbers, your age, blood group,
etc, so that people may help you in the event of an emergency.
Taxis / Auto Rickshaws
Transport safety standards vary widely. You should understand
the risks and plan your travel accordingly. Always book your
taxi inside the airport. If you take a pre-paid taxi, pay
stipulated fare while at the airport counter. After which you
need not pay anything to the taxi driver.
Hordes of touts and taxi men will crowd around you and offer to
take you wherever you need to go. You are very likely to get
overcharged upon reaching your destination. You are not expected
to tip taxis. If you are unsure about the cost conversions -
which are usually one and a half times to twice what the meter
reads, you can always ask for a meter card from the driver.
It is best to visit
Indian plains during cooler months from November to March.
For a visit to
mountainous regions of India, the months of April to October
are better suited.
Food and Health
Indian cuisine is a tad
too spicy for European and American taste buds. Indulge in the
gastronomical delights only if you have the stomach for it.
Also, there are plenty of non-spicy cuisines and delicacies to
You may occasionally need
insect repellent cream. If you are allergic to dust, be sure
to carry medication with you. Sunscreen is another must-have.
Bargaining is the norm in
local bazaars selling products without a written price. Resist
the urge to buy without comparing prices from shops selling
Be wary of roadside
peddlers trying to sell you semi-precious and precious gems
and jewelry. Visit state emporia and the Central Cottage
Industries Emporia (most major cities have one) for fixed
prices and a fair idea of the cost with a regular dealer.
Trading in ivory, fur,
animal skins, antiquities and the like is illegal. If you must
have it, obtain a certificate of legitimate sale and
permission for export before leaving the country.
Public display of
affection is not appreciated and neither is public nudity
unless perhaps one is at a beach.
One is expected to cover
the head before entering a religious place such as a temple or
Ask for permission before
clicking pictures of women and religious complexes. Some
places charge for taking pictures while it is prohibited at a
few places as well.
Doís and Doníts
Do carry attested
photocopies of your travel documents and keep the originals in
a safely locked baggage.
Do fill up a Currency
Declaration Form along and a Disembarkation Card besides
making an oral declaration of the luggage you are carrying.
Do not smoke in public
Do not give money to