Step by step preparations to visiting India

#1 Jan 3rd, 2019, 19:33
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Here is my thinking on the way to get to India and preparation required.

1. Not to rush from one city to next.

2. Read online as well as many travel related books as possible.

3. Observe many online discussions in few popular websites like tripadvisor and India mike.

4. Talk to people in your town who may have visited India?

5. Ask local doctor about precautions, as he knows your immune system and allergies better than anybody else.

6. Keep a notes diary of all information you have learned so far.

7. Organize travel documents such as visa and health certificates

8. Buy tickets, make few early reservations in advance.

9 Pack and Go.


I used variations of this for European trip. Please add more if I missed something important.
#2 Jan 3rd, 2019, 20:56
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Originally Posted by xochi View Post ...5. Ask local doctor about precautions, as he knows your immune system and allergies better than anybody else...
Sounds like you've thought things through very well and will do fine.

I might suggest checking with a travel clinic in addition to you local doctor. We've found that local doctors often defer to travel clinics (there's one at our nearby university hospital, happily), because the travel clinics are likely to be more up-to-date on current health threats at your destination.

But note that travel clinics themselves often paint with a broad brush, labeling entire areas dangerous when only micro-environments within those areas are dangerous. Still, we follow the maxim "Better to be safe than to be sorry."

Following that maxim irritates many of the tough guys on IndiaMike, who boast that they've gone a hundred times with no shots and never had a bit of trouble. Funny how they never seem to live to tell us about the hundred and first time.
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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post Sounds like you've thought things through very well and will do fine.

I might suggest checking with a travel clinic in addition to you local doctor. We've found that local doctors often defer to travel clinics (there's one at our nearby university hospital, happily), because the travel clinics are likely to be more up-to-date on current health threats at your destination.

But note that travel clinics themselves often paint with a broad brush, labeling entire areas dangerous when only micro-environments within those areas are dangerous. Still, we follow the maxim "Better to be safe than to be sorry.".
Thank you for your suggestions.
I noted your suggestion. I asked the doctor connection with our properties, he says because he see in person from many countries, he will make one list. I am welcome to confirm with medical college teacher in infectious allergies
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4. Talk to people in your town who may have visited India?
Yesterday left one large family from India, suggested many things. Said, food is not problems with spicy. Half of Indian not understand languages of other half Indians, so translation book is not helping.

I am keeping electronic notes on my tablet.
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"8. Buy tickets, make few early reservations in advance."

For travel of any distance, booking trains in advance is essential. Sometimes weeks and weeks in advance. And remember that there's a limit on how many tickets you can book online in a month. Be sure to register for online booking before you leave.

I'd also suggest easing into Indian food and drink over the first week or so. Very tempting to gorge on first arrival.

Get a SIM card with data at first chance. Can be very cheap and very useful.
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8. Buy tickets, make few early reservations in advance.
What happens when your spouse isn't familiar with 24 hour time and you miss first your flight and then your onward rail reservations. Numero uno is take lots of patience and good spirit.

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4. Talk to people in your town who may have visited India?
Its only anecdote not data but I have always found that to be the very worst source of information. I am not quite sure why. Maybe its the parable of the 3 blind men and the elephant. This was especially the case with NRIs. I didn't grasp that until I had people asking me what was happening with village folk. Making one's own careful informed judgement is probably the best way. I have quoted my late Father in law's advice repetitively here, ask 3 Indians in the country and take the majority while assuming that what ever a foren says is dead wrong. He seems to me to have gained intelligence even after he passed..
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Originally Posted by zif View Post "8. Buy tickets, make few early reservations in advance."

For travel of any distance, booking trains in advance is essential. Sometimes weeks and weeks in advance. And remember that there's a limit on how many tickets you can book online in a month. Be sure to register for online booking before you leave.

I'd also suggest easing into Indian food and drink over the first week or so. Very tempting to gorge on first arrival.

Get a SIM card with data at first chance. Can be very cheap and very useful.
Thank you sir,
Total days I have in India based on my accumulated earned days off, is 18 from 21 days total.

I don't have smartphone yet, only wifi iPad and flip phone. If I get a new phone in the future
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post What happens when your spouse isn't familiar with 24 hour time and you miss first your flight and then your onward rail reservations. Numero uno is take lots of patience and good spirit.



Its only anecdote not data but I have always found that to be the very worst source of information. I am not quite sure why. Maybe its the parable of the 3 blind men and the elephant. This was especially the case with NRIs. I didn't grasp that until I had people asking me what was happening with village folk. Making one's own careful informed judgement is probably the best way. I have quoted my late Father in law's advice repetitively here, ask 3 Indians in the country and take the majority while assuming that what ever a foren says is dead wrong. He seems to me to have gained intelligence even after he passed..
Sir, I don't understand you. I am traveling solo, no spouse.

Are you suggesting any person who visited or lived in India, who come to Cancun for vacation is worst source ?
Don't know what you suggest with your father in law ? I have not yet been to India, how can I make informed judgment?
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Step by step preparations to visiting India

No spouse, no smartphone!

No salt! Take Mr Seco with a large pinch of salt. He's probably joking, but nobody really knows.

Enjoy your planning; enjoy your trip
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Originally Posted by xochi View Post Thank you sir,
Total days I have in India based on my accumulated earned days off, is 18 from 21 days total.

I don't have smartphone yet, only wifi iPad and flip phone. If I get a new phone in the future
Suggest you get a smartphone for the trip at least. Many things in India are either cheaper to order, or available only via smartphone apps. Taxi services, food (sometimes), directions when you don't know the language or can't find someone.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post No spouse, no smartphone!

No salt! Take Mr Seco with a large pinch of salt. He's probably joking, but nobody really knows.

Enjoy your planning; enjoy your trip
Okay, thank you!
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Suggest you get a smartphone for the trip at least. Many things in India are either cheaper to order, or available only via smartphone apps. Taxi services, food (sometimes), directions when you don't know the language or can't find someone.
Thank you sir, I had not realized that.
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Step by step preparations to visiting India

You can certainly get by without a phone, and getting the local SIM for it can be an adventure in itself (there are threads).

If you do have one, it adds possibilities like using Uber (and Ola, the local alternative). And Google Maps. Always know exactly where you are, and how far away things are.

Beware, though... India is no longer a place where you can wave your phone and your purse around safely.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post ...Beware, though... India is no longer a place where you can wave your phone and your purse around safely.
You amaze me, sir. Without flippancy, I must ask, was it ever?
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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post You amaze me, sir. Without flippancy, I must ask, was it ever?
Yes, it was. Even when thugs were snatching gold chains from women's necks, they had little interest in phones and stuff. But that was before mobile phones became so very popular.

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