Our tips were featured in The Times Of India on Sunday (25 August 2013). If you missed it, see the press clipping below.
And here is the unedited version!
What not to do when travelling in India. Tips from globetotting.com
Avoid long-distance car travel during monsoon season. Floods and landslides are common in many parts of India, which can double journey times, or worse still leave you completely stranded.
Don’t expect everything to go according to plan. Even the best laid plans can go awry; trains may be delayed, traffic may be bad and hotels might not look quite the same as they did the in the brochure. Booking through a travel agent can take some of the stresses and strains out of organising a holiday. More often than not you pay the same (sometimes less!) for the same product with the added value of having someone give you advice, take care of all the logistics and most importantly having someone to call if things don’t go according to plan.
Don’t leave your holiday reservations to the last minute, especially when travelling during peak periods. Hotels in popular destinations such as Goa and Kerala often get booked up months in advance.
Don’t forget the altitude! If travelling in Ladakh, don’t expect to start trekking on Day 1 of your holiday. Remember to allow plenty of time to acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness.
Don’t travel without insurance. Make sure that you are fully insured with a company that offers comprehensive coverage for any medical and travel emergencies. If you plan on doing any adventure sports and activities such as skiing, white-water rafting, mountain trekking remember to check that your policy covers these.
Don’t hire guides without checking their ID first – anyone who has seen Slumdog Millionaire will know why!
Don’t forget to throw your litter in the bin! Garbage is a major problem in India, don’t be part of the problem and find a trash can to dispose of your waste.
Don’t be too ambitious! India is an enormous country. It’s better to visit one area and do it well than spend your entire time travelling from place to place.
Don’t wander around aimlessly at night, especially if you’re on your own and if you are a woman.
Don’t use satellite phones without prior permission from Indian authorities – otherwise you may get arrested!
Don’t watch TV! Don’t stay in your hotel room watching TV, get outside and explore Incredible India instead!
Don’t forget to dress appropriately. What may be in vogue on the streets of Mumbai and the beaches of Goa may not always be welcome in rural Rajasthan.
Don’t forget to vaccinate. Make sure to consult your doctor before departure (around 8 weeks before travel) and don’t assume that vaccinations for one region of India will cover you in all areas.
Don’t leave home without mosquito repellent – especially during dengue season.
Don’t go bird watching near military or government buildings, airports and railway stations – Your intentions may well be misunderstood!
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