Do's & Don'ts
a nuclear war were to destroy the world, then only two creatures would
be left to wander on the planet- Cockroaches and Travelers! .
tourist who visits Delhi should take into account certain points that
can prove to be extremely vital.
The important travel tips:
- Stay away from so called "Tourist Information Centres"
which are near New Delhi Railway Stations, as they are not tourist
offices, but tourist agents out to fleece unsuspecting visitors.
- Indian's take sport very seriously and especially relish cricket
victories against the likes of England. Delhi has a surprising
amount of sporting facilities for the active traveller including
cricket pitches and a beautiful golf course at the Delhi Golf Club.
- The main type of food available in New Delhi is Indian, with
regional specialities including Tandooris and Biryani. It is
possible as in most large cities to get food from all over the world
if Indian is not to your taste.
- Guides, waiters and taxi drivers, where service is not included,
will expect around 10% of the total bill as a tip. Porters and
bellboys will only expect around five to ten Rupees per bag.
- Try to never say no to offers from hosts. (Real hosts, not those
wanting to make a buck off of you...) However, stick to your
- Do not go out alone at night! If a knowledgeable person whom you
trust tells you it's okay, then go ahead. This is good advice for an
unknown neighborhood anywhere.
- Bring a phrase book or phrase list with you. You'll get the most
mileage out of a Hindu/Urdu phrase book in the north, but try to get
one for the local language of the place you're visiting. You won't
likely need it to get your point across, but it surely shows a lot
of respect to give the language a try. If you learn one phrase, go
for "Your child is beautiful." That will surely get you a
lot of smiles and warm responses... :)
- It is simply not possible to take too many photos! Take plenty of
film with you. If you run out, buy from a store, not from someone
outside the Red Fort. At the very least, ensure the box has its
original seal and is not out of date. Do not indulge into it , if
doing so removes you from the experience and turns you into a human
recorder, you'll miss out on a lot.
- Remember to confirm all flights. All flights originating within
India should be confirmed.
- Firm patience is your greatest strength. If you aren't getting
what you feel you need, take a moment to think. Is your request
truly reasonable in the context you're in? If so, quietly and firmly
state your position. Expect that things will take longer than you'd
like, and be delighted if they don't.
- The key is to keep the most valuable things closest to you. You
shouldn't remove the security belt when you're out and about, so
that's where you'll keep you money, passport, tickets (unless you're
about to use them), medical prescriptions, and the like
- Apply several months in advance , for a new passport
as it may take up to six weeks to receive it(though expedited
services are available in emergencies).
- Your current passport must have been issued within the last 12
years and you must have been at least 16 years old when passport was
- Before booking that best fare, read the
fine print (if you can find it!). Look for terms and
conditions, frequently asked questions (FAQs) or customer
service. What may appear to be the lowest fare
could cost you in the long run.
- Most tickets cannot be cancelled, are non-refundable and
non-changeable, which means if you make a mistake entering your
dates or destination, get stuck in traffic, have a medical illness,
or simply over sleep, you forfeit your ticket. Purchasing a new
ticket at the last minute can triple the cost of your original fare.
- Note your credit card number and customer service phone number in
a separate location in case you lose your card and need to cancel
- Inform your credit card customer service department in advance of
your trip. Advise them as to when you will be traveling and in which
countries so that they don't freeze your account as a security
measure against theft when their computer notes several transactions
in various countries.