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India first time traveller

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Would love some advice on travel in India...
5 years ago, November 23rd 2008 No: 1 Msg: #55344  
Female arriving into Kochi at 11pm at night, Intrepid has arranged a car to collect me through the hotel, should I feel okay about this?

Also, can someone please give me a definitive answer on the temperature in Delhi/Agra/Jaipur/Udaipur areas in January, I keep being told completely different advice and really don't know what to pack.

Someone else told me to eat ginger whilst in India to ward off the dreaded tummy upsets, would they mean fresh ginger and how much?

thanks so much. Belle Reply to this

5 years ago, November 23rd 2008 No: 2 Msg: #55348  
Hello Belinda

I think the car should be OK. If Intrepid have arranged it, then surely they are experienced enough and care enough about their reputation to use a reputable driver service. If for some reason the driver does not appear then use the prepaid taxi service at the airport. Write down the drivers name from his id and the licence plate number of his car. Then if he tries to take you to any other hotel besides the one you want to go to, put your foot down.

For the temperature of any city in the world, I find the best way to get information on the internet is to Google Average Annual Temperatures and the name of the city. That will give the temperatures for every month in that city. Some of the sites also give forecasts so you could check soon before you go to make sure there is no unusual weather. I will also be in and around Delhi in January. I looked up the weather and the max temps are 21 and the min 7 as far as I remember.

I heard that ginger can have anti nausea effects but I seriously doubt that it would actually prevent stomach bugs. I would be careful what you eat and drink only bottled water to try to prevent stomach upsets. Most people get a stomach bug when they visit India.

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5 years ago, November 23rd 2008 No: 3 Msg: #55368  
Thanks so much Mel, you really are the 'travel bible' for India. Have a great trip. Regards Belle
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5 years ago, November 25th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #55578  
Hi Belinda.

As a frequent traveller to India (although most visits have been unworthy of blogs), I experimented with a number of things to avoid the dreaded stomach problems and discovered a pill you take before eating rather than waiting for the inevitable. I wrote about it in a 2006 blog and in the original TravelBlog Travel Guide. To save you searching for it, this is what I wrote:

Travellers' diarrhoea (aka Delhi Belly, Montezuma's Revenge...) is the most common illness for those away from home - take a look at almost any of the backpackers' blogs! I highlighted this in one of my own early blogs: Be prepared 1 because I'd been struck down on every previous visit to India, even when I'd been ultra-careful about hygiene and what I ate.

The grapefruit seed extract idea has been tested, but the only difference I noticed was grapefruit-flavoured burps. However, my discovery of Travelan can only be described as life changing!

I've recently returned from two weeks in India, spent mostly with an Indian friend, and I ate things I've never tried before in places I would never have even dreamed of going before - and the magic Travelan pills, which you take before eating rather than after you've got the awful symptoms of nausea, vomiting and the runs, worked one hundred percent. My emergency pack of Imodium remained sealed, as did my digestive system.

Travelan's quick and easy to obtain from Australia. They may not be cheap at USD19.90 for 30 tablets, plus mailing, but they certainly beat wasted days in bed and constant excursions to the loo.



I've used them with success on every visit since!

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5 years ago, November 26th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #55630  
Dear Mike

Thank you so much, really appreciate you taking the time to reply and for providing such useful information. I will absolutely follow your recommendation. Best regards Belinda Reply to this

5 years ago, November 26th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #55654  
What is ur itinerray for jaipur/agra/Delhi..
Would u be interested in company on ur jaipur/delhi/goa leg of Indi atravel?
care,
Gill Reply to this

5 years ago, November 26th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #55670  
Hello Gill

To find somebody to travel with, you could put a thread in the Looking for Travel Companions forum.

Mel Reply to this

5 years ago, November 26th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #55706  
Ok Mell. thanks. i have done that. Reply to this

5 years ago, November 26th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #55772  
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I would bring traveler's diarrhea pills. I never had to use them, but I've heard of many people who have. Also, if you've hired a driver for trip, make sure to buy some maps anyway. When I went all over south India, I quickly realized my driver only knew Mumbai and Goa, and me and my friend were left essentially to navigate the rest of the way. You would think our driver would be in a better position to do this, but since India has 15 official langauges, none of us could communicate effectively once we left those two areas. Also, assume you'll never be able to go more than about 35 miles an hour by car.

Good luck. Try and get to Periyar Tiger Reserve if you can, its not too far from Kochi. India's fun, have a blast!

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5 years ago, November 30th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #56067  
Dear Mozzo, thanks so much for your message, super informative. Really appreciate it. Have to say that even with the recent sad happenings in Mumbai I am looking forward to my Indian experience. Thanks again. Regards Belinda Reply to this

5 years ago, December 4th 2008 No: 11 Msg: #56467  
I deleted one post. Please avoid posting SPAM on these forums.
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3 years ago, July 4th 2011 No: 12 Msg: #139643  
In response to: Msg #55578


I have traveled to various parts of the world and I find <snip> really handy especially to places where there is no clean bottled water available. For someone like me who is very prone to diarrhoea or bali belly I know how hard and sometimes embarrassing it is to experience such situations. That is why I always make sure that I always have a <snip> and imodium in my first aid kit.



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3 years ago, July 6th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #139731  
In response to: Msg #55344 If you are traveling in January than its nt a problem. Weather will be pleasant. About taxi, contact directly to the hotel wer u r staying. Dat is d best option. And who advised u abt ginger??? So funny.... Nthing lik dat... for more info contact me on <snip>
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34 months ago, September 19th 2011 No: 14 Msg: #143512  
Yeah its really funny to listen that you feared about ginger, and there not like that any thing. There is no doubt about about it? and The whether condition in January is bit cool and pleasant, not much bother about it. Reply to this

34 months ago, September 22nd 2011 No: 15 Msg: #143716  
Hi
The climate of North India is reach below 10 degree C in the January. Delhi is too cold in January. So please keep warm cloth and enjoy your trip. Reply to this

34 months ago, September 29th 2011 No: 16 Msg: #144161  
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Hii
In January weather in north india is too cold. And for taxi service talk with hotal service providers and u can take help from <snip>
And no need to eat ginger… just take ginger TEA. Its tasty and good for health in winters.
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34 months ago, October 10th 2011 No: 17 Msg: #144814  
i agree that in winter season their will be very low temperature so just have all the clothes and warm things with you.I must say that fog is big problem in those times
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