The seventh-largest country in terms of geographical terrain, India has much to offer the visitor looking for an exotic, unique and exciting holiday. Like most tropical countries, India’s food and weather may not be easy to adjust to for the first-time traveler. Some simple precautions while on your trip can ensure a hassle-free holiday to take in the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of this beautiful country.
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Water: Water is something you have to be really careful with. A carrier for many diseases, drinking water should be safe and clean at all times. Buy bottled water from proper shops and outlets and make sure that the seal is unbroken. Do not ever drink from taps or from the road side. Canned or bottled soda is a better choice than fountain soda.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Ensure that you wash, cut and peel any fruit and vegetables you buy. While street vendors will be glad to sell you whole fruit, avoid the pre-cut fruit on display.
Insect Repellant: Mosquitoes are known carriers of malaria and other illnesses. A tube or can of mosquito spray and repellant cream are essential, especially if you visit during the rainy season.
First Aid Kit: Keeping a basic first aid kit is essential to treat minor scrapes and illnesses. You should stock up on medication to treat the common flu, an upset stomach as well as a good antiseptic cream, medicinal plaster, cotton and some wound disinfectant. For more serious injury, visit a good doctor. Antacids and analgesic tablets complete your first aid kit.
Street Food: While India’s street food is delicious, do be careful not to overindulge. If you are tempted to sample some exotic cuisine, make sure that you request for it to be cooked with some moderation of spices. If you can, as in an open kitchen, check to see that the food is freshly cooked. Freshly cooked street food is rated by the WHO as one of the most hygienic food in the world as all ingredients are fresh and not stored for long periods of time. If you are unaccustomed to spicy food, go easy on the spices and keep a bottle of water close at hand.
Summers in India: Indian summers can be quite fierce. Make sure to keep drinking plenty of water and to keep your head covered and protected from the sun. Use plenty of sunscreen lotion with SPF 50 and wear UV-protected sunglasses. Try and stay indoors during the hot afternoons.
Doctors: Make sure to visit a doctor if you come down with any illness that lasts more than two days. Do remember to get a good recommendation from the hotel or the people you are staying with. Most major hospital chains have excellent doctors.
Wash your Hands: While it’s true for children, be sure to sanitize or wash your hands no matter where you go.
Vaccinations: Ensure that you get the proper vaccinations before heading to India. Your doctor should be able to recommend the vaccinations you need before you travel.
Follow these simple suggestions and you can be assured of a great holiday. India is a diverse and rich land, resplendent with natural beauty and cultural heritage and can make for the holiday of a lifetime.
Hotels in India
Hotel Eurostar International – New Delhi
Average Price: €21
Average Rating: 6.7
Residency Hotel – Fort – Mumbai
Average Price: €52
Average Rating: 8.1
Casa De Bengaluru – Bangalore
Average Price: €53
Average Rating: 9.0