(Closed) Trip to India

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
5011 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

Get a money belt to wear around your waist.

Street food is awesome and cheap. Look out for where lots of locals are eating and go there.

Take mostly trouser suits for work and, if appropriate, wearing Indian salwar kameez can actually lead to a lot less hassle in public.

Tailoring is fabulous and SO cheap over there. I had silk evening dresses made for £20 ($30) and suits made for about £50 ($80).

I haven’t been to Hyderabad but general India questions I can help with.

Post # 4
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Oh jeez… well, my advice is different for varying situations. Are you a frequent traveller who has been to many developing nations? Either way, it’ll be an amazing experience. I was there when I was 18 for three weeks. We traveled to 13 cities, and it really did change my life.

Just prepare yourself because you are entering a developing nation. They’re trying, but it can still be difficult for Americans…

I would go back in a heart beat.

Post # 5
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I spent 3 weeks in Mumbai for work and LOVED it.

Take a preventative prescription like cipro with you in case of stomach upset. Don’t drink the water (brush your teeth with bottled water) and only eat fruit and veggies that can be peeled and don’t eat the peel.

Get chai tea on the streets. It is SO good (and it’s so hot that it most likely won’t make you sick). It is dirty, but it is amazingly beautiful too.

You will have beggars knocking on the windows of your cab, and when you land at the airport there will be people all over the place trying to carry your suitcases for you and they expect to be paid. Make sure you have transport arranged when you get there.

It is completely different than the US but absolutely amazing.

Get pashmina shawls, they are gorgeous and so inexpensive (and make great gifts).

Post # 8
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@jboltz19: I’m sorry to hear that you’re so nervous about the flight :(. I love to fly, but dislike longer flights just because I get so bored! Download classical/relaxation music on your iPod, and load up your bag with plenty to do (light snacks, sudoku puzzles, a few good novels). Usually those longer flights have in-flight movies – we watched two movies on the way to Hawaii and it really helped pass the time.

What specifically are you most worried about regarding the flight?

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