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#1 Jan 26th, 2009, 14:00
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3 of us from 40 to 70 years travelling for the first time to Mumbai , Delhi & Jaipur ~
What are your top tips ?

We want to hear it all , so we can be sure of a wonderful holiday & a healthy one and most of all...we don't want anyone throwing poo at our feet
#2 Jan 26th, 2009, 14:36
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The entire forum is our top tips!

You'd probably better study the Scams and Annoyances forum to see if there is a way to avoid the poo!
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Unfortunately can't find anything more on the 'poo' .
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http://www.indiamike.com/india/delhi...e-shoe-t60921/

EDIT: this is an older one and includes naughty words: http://www.indiamike.com/india/scams...-report-t9776/
I don't think there IS a way to avoid it, but this thread will let you know you're not alone, at least!
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would wearing flipflops stop this happening or are they really not fussy . BTW , where does this happen most ?
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In one of those threads I linked to someone describes having it done to them whilst wearing sandals. Someone also mentions the flipflips idea!

And according to those threads it happens in Connaught Place, Delhi.
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Yep , looks like flipflops get a go as well . May just have to wear plastic bags over my feet , lol
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I've been travelling in and out of Delhi since the early 70s; while I have heard many times about "poo on the shoe," I have never experienced this. Don't worry about it; there are worse things.
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You'll get poo on your shoe no matter what. It's everywhere. Personally, I can't wear sandals in India because the ubiquitous red grit seems to get under my feet. Comfy closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers also help protect your feet when you step in a warm, steamy pile.
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Hellsbellsbaby,

I think if I had one gift to give you it would be this: "Don't go to Jaipur." If you're going to do part of the tout-ridden, over-priced Golden Triangle, see something really dramatic, like Udaipur or Jaisalmer.
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They don't throw it. They have a little syringe shaped dispenser tube which they conceal under their clothing and at the right moment use to squirt this doodoo on your shoeshoe. Unless you watch your feet continuously you will not see it happen ..... but rest assured somebody whose 'in' on the scam will & be quick to enlighten you about it. My theory is that some of the hawkers and touts are in on this nasty deed & if you ignore or brush off too many of them - they then give the signal for this rather stinky retribution.

Tips to stay healthy: Wash your hands, Eat at well frequented restaurants only, buy Pudina Hara Pearls (at any Indian chemist) for minor stomach ailments ...... don't sweat the small stuff & definitely all pack your sense of humour.
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Indiaprof ~ why shouldn't I see Jaipur ? I'm going for the pink palaces & as I'm travelling with elderly ladies , it's a relativly short trek from Delhi .
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I too have been in Connaught Place more times than I care to mention, and have never fallen victim to poo-on-the-shoe.

Jaipur is very touristy. But so are all the other famous cities in Rajasthan. The one difference I found was that tourist shopkeepers in Jaipur are really pushy. Which is a shame, as it offers some fabulous shopping.

Basically, you'll get hassle, and it isn't the most impressive of Rajasthani cities. However, the Amber fort is well, well worth visiting, and the musuems within the palace too. Certainly do not veer off your path to a great extent to avoid Jaipur, especially if you have only limited time.
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Hellsbellsbaby,

I, too, went to Jaipur to see the Pink Palace. I was terribly let-down. Those photo-shopping photographers. You really have to view the place from afar and take a discriminating shot. The entire bottom of the wall is used as a public urinal by rickshaw drivers. At least that was the case last time I saw it. It sits on a busy intersection, not out in the country - another problem. Stand in one place too long and the deisel fumes choke you.

Nor does there seem to be any way to approach the place or go inside. The palaces outside the city were... well, by Indian standards a bit of a downer.

Jaipur is also swarming with hyper-aggressive touts. If you're going to have to deal with that, you might as well see something spectacular.
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Originally Posted by indiaprof View Post Hellsbellsbaby,

I, too, went to Jaipur to see the Pink Palace. I was terribly let-down. Those photo-shopping photographers. You really have to view the place from afar and take a discriminating shot.

I've just returned from Cambodia and it was a bit like that at Angkor Wat , never managed one photo that looked liked the books .

It sits on a busy intersection, not out in the country - another problem. Stand in one place too long and the deisel fumes choke you.

Too many times in Bangkok for that to really bother me...yes it's not healthy but I will survive for that brief time .


Jaipur is also swarming with hyper-aggressive touts. If you're going to have to deal with that, you might as well see something spectacular.
Once again am used to touts to a certain degree , in Cambodia they are everywhere and it's mainly kids which of course make you feel guilty...little toerags which if you say 'no' are then pretty rude to you or burst into tears

To be honest we've chosen Jaipur as our last chill out city . We haven't planned to do much of anything , laze by the pool and do a little bazaar shopping . It's just to calm our nerves after Delhi and Mumbai .

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