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    SHOPPING

    Don't buy antiques more than 100 years old. Selling and buying "shahtoosh" shawls is a crime. The same goes for ivory and wildlife.

    Buy at genuine shops only. Bargaining is a popular practice in India and necessary too. Don't ever believe in lucrative offers of antique dealers in which they offer you to carry a parcel of some other buyer back home with your own margin described. Entire transaction should be legal and transparent so that you may claim later if dissatisfied.

    Almost every touristy town you will found some boys and they will introduce you as poor student with many different stories, finally there target is to sell you and get commission.

    Indian Customs department at the airport stop some people from Spain in 2006, Her name was Lionor Mendoza, because they were carrying some Auer Vedic Medicines ( Herbal), which they bought from one of the Aurveda Message resort from South of India. So if anyone buy such kind of things must ask and be sure if you can carry or not to your home.

    Guides & Taxi drivers often get commissions if you make any shopping. Percentage of commission is depends on your bargaining level, as more you bargain they get less commission.

    TRAVELING IN TRAINS, BUSSES & FLIGHTS

    Often train’s and flights are get delayed and can be cancelled at the last moment without any prior notice. Yesterday (25.3.08) it happens with one of my client from USA and they phone me about this situation from Jodhpur town at 9.00pm and there connecting flight to States was just after three hours, It was horrible situation for both us. So it is always better to arrive one day before to your departure destination to catch your International flight.

    While travelling, don't act confused. Keep a posture of a person known to the region.

    If you are travelling in the trains then you may have to reserve your seats in advance, last time it will be not so easy to get confirm seat reservation.

    Buses are not as comfortable as trains.

    Trains and buses are the best and cheapest option if you are travelling for more then one month holidays.

    Always chain and lock your luggage under your berth in a train. Don't keep anything valuable near the window. Always carry plenty of water, fruits in trains. Alone woman travellers may request to be accommodated near other women travellers.

    Don't eat anything offered by fellow travellers on train or road travels. It might have sleeping pills. Always travel reserved class in trains.

    RENT A CAR – FOR INDIVIDUAL FAMILY TRAVEL

    Cars are one of the best and safest way to travel in India, if you are not travelling for months in India.

    Make sure that your driver is trained for defensive driving and speak basic English.

    As a driver you always have one person with you to help you and your luggage is always safe.

    Always avoid driving at night on Indian highways, It is not recommended.

    Avoid self driving in India unless you have been trained on Indian roads.

    If you feel not comfortable by the driving or he drives fast is always better to tell him to drive slow.

    RELIGIONS

    Do not visit places which encourage orthodoxy, social injustice and inhuman practices (like visiting a sati temple).

    Politics can be freely discussed in India and most people will have an opinion which they will not mind being contradicted. But avoid discussing religion.

    Avoid offers of spiritual salvation and magic remedies from saints, god men and quacks. There may be some spiritually elevated people in India, but there is no way you can distinguish the genuine ones from the crooks. If you are seriously interested in these aspects of India, take help from someone you know or visit one of the respected spiritual organizations in India.

    Don't ever enter a temple, mosque, tomb, dargah or Gurudwara ( Sikh Temple) with shoes on and/or scantily dressed. One should cover his/her head with a cloth while in a Gurudwara or Dargah. Parikrama or walking around the sanctum sanctorum should always be in clockwise direction. Also should use your full pantaloon.

    FOOD & WATER

    Take care of contamination of water and food problem. Always drink safe mineral water and take well-cooked food.

    Drink bottled water only. Even many Indians who have lived out of India for a few years sometimes suffer stomach upsets on drinking local tap water. If there is no alternative to tap water, ensure it is boiled. Most famous brand is Bislery, Aqua Fina and Himalaya.

    Avoid eating buffet meals, even in expensive hotels. The food may become contaminated due to over-exposure

    If you are buying from roadside stalls or hawkers, bargain you must. Start by offering half the price they ask for and settle for 70 - 80 per cent. Don't bargain in proper shops especially those that display "Fixed Price" signs: that will be seen as bad manners.

    Never buy food from roadside stalls or mobile canteens. Not that they are bad, but your system may not be accustomed to such delicacies and you might end up spending more time in the loo than normal.
    Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Curry, Malai Kofta and Naan these are the most famous dishes eaten by western people and they like them very much.

    King fisher Lager bear is one of the most general alcoholic drinks taken by any western tourist.

    Lassi & water is one of the most general non alcoholic drinks taken by any western tourist.

    Not only drink bottled water also brush teeth with it.
    If driving between cities, have your hotel pack a lunch for the road.


    SOCIETY & TRENDS

    Participating in a social occasion or visiting a home requires conservative dress codes. Do not shake hands with ladies. Always pick up a thing and eat with your right hand. Take only as much as you can eat, do not leave anything uneaten over the dish.

    Do not point your finger at any person. It is taken as a sign of annoyance.

    Be careful of cultural and social sensitivities of the regions. There is no single rule for that, the best way is to observe and follow.

    The “NAMASTAY” is a local form of greeting. It involves the joining of your palms as during prayer in church – well, not exactly, but it can pass (in church, the two thumbs are crossed, in the Indian “NAMASTAY” , the thumbs join but remain parallel to each other: this is only for information as the difference is not visible to the person in front of you).

    If you find the lady is not extending a hand shake, go for the “NAMASTAY” , Even with men, the “NAMASTAY” can be an excellent little PR gimmick! Follow it up with a “AAP KAISE HAIN” (how are you?) and you have broken the first block of ice if one there was!

    If somebody has invited you home for dinner, carry with you a box of sweets or at least a chocolate bar for the kid.

    Many Indians are in the habit of shaking their head in the course of conversation or taking instructions. Don't show amusement if you witness this.

    Don't photograph women without permission.

    Indian weddings are one of the most famous social ceremonies liked by western people.

    NEPAL

    To go Varanasi to Kathmandu ( Nepal):- Often flights are full from Varanasi to Nepal so to find out new possibility I wend to Nepal by road from India.
    I already been many times with my car but it was always from Varanasi, this time I start from Jaipur (Rajasthan). It was beautiful trip.

    People can go by road to Nepal from Varanasi it’s quite easy.
    Varanasi to Sanouli Border (Nepal) via Gorakhpur is around 300km 7hours drive.
    To start early morning is recommended to avoid busy traffic hours.

    Just after get in Nepal you can sleep in Lumbini or Chitvan National park or if you have enough energy then be continue till Pokhara, just 160 km more through the Himalaya Mountains 4-5hours drive.
    This drive between Nepal Border to Pokhara is one of the most beautiful drive on the Himalaya mountains.
    Kathmandu is 300km from Nepal border by road.

    TERRORISM & DRUGS – UNSAFE AREAS TO TRAVEL

    Avoid visiting Kashmir in the extreme north as well as areas in the extreme north-east. Foreigners, especially West Europeans ands Americans, are at risk to hostage-taking by terrorists in those areas. The rest of India is safe haven for everybody.

    Never argue strongly with anybody.

    You should not become involved with drugs of any kind. Penalties for possession of narcotic substances can be severe. There is a minimum sentence of six months for possession of small amounts for personal consumption only.

    VISA, INSURANCE & OTHER DOCUMENTS

    You should keep a photocopy of your passport, Indian visa and flight ticket separate from the originals when travelling.
    This will save you much inconvenience and time if your documents are lost or stolen.
    We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusion, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. See the General (Insurance) section of this advice and Travel Insurance for more details.

    CUSTOMS & AIRPORT’S AUTHORITY OF INDIA

    Indian Customs department at the airport stop one client of mine from Spain, Her name was Lionor Mendoza, because they were carrying some Auer Vedic Medicines ( Herbal), which they bought from one of the Aurveda Message resort from South of India. So if anyone buy such kind of things must ask and be sure if they can carry with them or not to their home.

    DREAM PLACES IN INDIA :rajasthan , agra, delhi , kashmir and many more.

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    hey thanks a lot buddy that was a great help seems you have great experience in this manner

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    Superb really veru informative post for those people who are planing to spend their vacation in india

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    While traveling outside US, documentation is an important part of your trip. Outside US and even in other States, you and your luggage are recognized by your documents. Carrying proper travel related documents and identity proofs could help you avoid unnecessary jitters.

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    Good information, didn't know that about the antiques....
    Thanks!
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    thanks for reading my tavel tips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullet_time View Post
    Good information, didn't know that about the antiques....
    Thanks!

    i really feel great that you liked it. thanks buddy
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    Not knowing these information can make a person land in problems and I am so happy to have found them here. One should remember these tips when traveling to India which would help them to make the trip more fruitful and also ensure there are no hassles in the entire journey. For the time being my searches are going on for tips alike these and this one is surely going to be one of the most vital stats that I encountered.
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    Default Useful travel tips

    Travel tips are as important to the traveller as reaching the destination.
    Ask about travel protection options during booking.
    Lodging rates are usually per person, based on double occupancy and availability and are subject to change with or without notice, and may be higher over holidays.
    Always ask your travel agent about companion discounts etc.........
    I would like to suggest to post you one site "http://www.only4deals.com/" where we can get tickets at low airfare.

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