January 15, 2019

Top 10 India Travel Tips – MUST SEE BEFORE YOU GO!

When travelling in India, there's a lot that can go wrong You have to be prepared before you come here

I've made a career on YouTube helping foreigners travel safely and confidently in India so they can have a life changing experience here in incredible India Today, I'm here at India Gate on the magnificent King's Way to take you over 10 quick tips, from my India Survival Guide, to help you stay safe and travel confidently here in India

When you arrive in India, the first important thing to do is get to your hotel safely So, make sure you book a hotel pickup from the airport It's going to save you money, and if you go outside to those scam rickshaw drivers on the road they're gonna start telling you fibs like, "Sir, your hotel is shut down and I'm gonna have to take you to another hotel" or "Your hotel is in a terrible area, I can't let you stay there!" You're going to have to deal with that the second you arrive in India So, don't do that

Take hotel transport And also I recommend that you take guided tour for the first few days here in India It's gonna ease you in to life in India Then you can go off travelling on your own after that Just ease yourself in with a professional guide first

You have to be assertive when you're in India You're going to be apporached by scammers all day long here in Delhi and other parts

And they're going to be asking you to come to their overprices shops or worse And you have to be able to just tell them to go away You can tell they're a scammer pretty easily because the first thing they're going to ask you is "Where are you from?" Then they're going to spout off some fact about your country that's going to wow you and then they're gonna ask you a few more personal questions and then the conversation is going to go straight to money

They're gonna go, "How can I help you? Do you want to buy a pashmina? I can take you to a shop!" As soon as money enters the equation you know they're not just a friendly local they're pretending to be There's something more

They just want you money basically So, you have to be assertive with them You have to be able to tell them, "No, go away, I'm busy I don't want your help" And don't worry about being rude about it

And that's exactly how you have to deal with them You have to be like that You have to tell them, "No, enough, बस" Now I know this next tip is what a lot of people are worried about: sexual harassment here in India And it is a problem

One tip I can give you is don't be overly friendly here I'm a friendly guy and that has landed me in some trouble sometimes If you stare back at a guy, if you smile back at a guy, here that's a signal that you're interested So don't be overly friendly, you've gotta You have to keep a balance between guarded and friendly You can't be overly friendly and actually I can't do sexual harassment enough justice in just this video You're going to have to check out my video on sexual harassment in India on my channel and I'll link to it in the description That's going give you That's going to take you inside the minds of these guys and give you tips on how to avoid this As you just saw with that guy offering me chickpeas for breakfast cleanliness and food hygiene is an issue I can't eat from his dirty bucket he's been carrying around in the traffic and everything And the same goes for ice Don't take ice at restaurants

Even if you ask the waiter, "Is your ice clean?" They're not going to know and of course they're going to tell you "Yes" because what restaurant is going to say they serve dirty ice Clean water for us and clean water for people here in India is a different thing, and we just can't handle their water here

When exchanging money here, especially on a street level you have to check the 2000 rupee notes that you are given It's not rude to hold it up to the light and check that you can see Gandhi's face in the white window and than you can a solid black line next to it When you're in India, you're going to have to learn to bargain and one of the golden rules here is: Before you buy anything always negotiate the price up front

Don't wait until after the taxi ride or whatever to bargain the the price, because at that point it's turned into a fixed price and they're going to quote you something really high and you can't bargain at that point They're going to get angry at you if you try bargain after the fact So always check the price upfront and bargain upfront If you get sick in India, and it happens to most of us here, you have to go straight to a hospital

Don't hang around if you have a stomach infection Because these stomach infections don't go away on their own! They're different to what we have

overseas They just stay there, and I waited like 3 or 4 days, and after 3 days I was so weak that it was just hard to go to the hospital So go to the hospital straight away if you have a stomach infection and just be careful that they don't overprescribe you too many

pills Ask what ever pill is they're prescribing for you And don't take the ones you don't think you need like they're going to

painkillers when you might not need them, okay? So, just check everything the doctor is prescribing you And finally, it's coming up to that time of year when all the farmers in this area, in North India, they burn off their crops and all the pollution comes here to Delhi and the surrounding states And it gets really unbearable You need to wear a pollution mask if you're coming in Winter During others time of the year, the pollution really fluctuates so I just wear

a mask when I can actually see the pollution is terrible And you will see how bad it is if you come here during peak travel season in December And you can actually see the pollution here today It's very polluted You should be able to see Rastrapati Bhawan

or The President's House from here If you want to travel safely and have a positive life-changing time in India, you have to read my quick-start safety guide at indiasurvivalguidecom It's going to teach you things like street smart safety, how to avoid scammers, how to bargain for the best price what food is safe and what isn't, and it's going to each you so much more It's a really quick read so you can read it while you're on the plane, on the way to India, so when you step off that plane when you step out of that airpot you're going to be feeling so much more confident about travelling here in India

And you're going to have a great time here in incredible India So check out my book at indiasurvivalguidecom

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