As western tourists who has travelled to India several times, here are our recommendations for your safety and enjoyment.
- Make sure your Travel Insurance is up to date. It is advisable to visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Dengue fever (from mosquitos) occurs in Delhi.
- Pack some non-drowsy travel tablets. Indian pharmacies only stock the drowsy varieties. Many of the mountain roads are winding and bumpy in places. Coming down from higher altitudes can impact on your tummy. Eat light meals along the journey if altitude affects you.
- If in doubt about street food, don’t eat it. There is such a thing as ‘Delhi Belly’. Stick to restaurants and cafés as much as possible to minimize the risk of food poisoning.
- Drink filtered or bottled water only in India. In Delhi, drink bottled water, sometimes the filters are not changed regularly.
- Bring rehydration sachets and some Imodium (or equivalent) in case. Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- The code of dress in India is different to our western culture (although it’s changing in the cities) women cover arms and legs, and men wear shirts and pants. When its hot, it’s fine for women to wear t-shirts and loose pants or long skirt, bring a shawl or wrap to cover up easily in temples. It is acceptable for men to wear t-shirt and shorts in warmer weather.
- It can be cool in the mountains from December to March, particularly at night. Bring warm layers.
- In some hill station towns such as Dharamshala and Mandi, macaque monkeys like to jump across the rooftops. Ensure your balcony door is firmly shut if you are out of your hotel room.