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Bathrooms

Toilet paper – If you want toilet paper, carry it with you at all times. There are no guarantees that it will be in any bathroom in India. But don’t put paper in the toilet. Put it in the waste basket so that you don’t bung up their system. The plastic jug – The jug beside the...

Travel to India – Basic Tips

Travel to India – Basic Tips Drink sterilized  water. This is critical for traveling India. As a reader has pointed out to me (thanks Sonja), carrying a steripen so that you can purify your own water rather than create waste in the form of plastic bottles is a good idea. But, if...

Accommodation

Reservations – You can book by phone or email. In my experience, phone was easier. They simply take the reservation without asking for a credit card. Larger, chain hotels would probably ask for a card. Ask for a pick up –  this seemed to work 50% of the time. When booking your...

Trains and other Transportation

Book in advance – reserved seats in the better cars go quickly so it’s better to book your trains at least a week in advance. Depending on the train, CC, 2AC, 1AC are best. Buying at the Station – major train stations have separate ticket lines for foreigners. Watch your change –...

Shopping

Take your time – There are always many, many vendors for every product. If you’re going to be in town for a few days, say so and take notes of the products, prices and places so that you can go back if you want. I always found that I saved money by taking my time. First time? –...