1. Your guide will be giving you day to day instructions, but still read the same instructions before you make a start for Indian holidays.
  2. At the time of your travel don’t forget to keep photocopies of your important documents like passports, visa, flight tickets/ train tickets etc. Keep them separate from the originals, in case the originals get lost or stolen.
  3. Carry your passport, wallet and credit/ATM cards, in safe pouches/ bags/ pockets particularly when travelling by train or in busy market places.
  4.  Take care of your pockets from pickpockets at various local markets and heritage sites / railway stations. Do not wear gold chains / jewellery in your necks. There has been an increase in chain snatching/ pick pocketing in some parts of India.
  5.  Beware of confidence tricksters, who can try selling you some worthless stuff/ including the jewellery, stones and wooden images at a high price. Always ask you guide before you buy an expensive goods.
  6. While visiting places of worship (temples, gurudwara or mausoleum), you should be fully clothed. If wearing sleeveless tops on that day still cover your shoulders with a scarf or wear a cotton shirt at the time of visiting religious shrines. Women travellers are not suggested to wear shorts or skirts less than Knee length.
  7.   Don’t forget to remove your footwear before entering any religious place.
  8.  Keep your luggage in front of your eyes while travelling by trains in India, take care of your hand bags and valuable like mobile phones, cameras, laptops, etc.
  9.  Very important while going to swim, do not leave your valuables / bags alone on the beaches as there are reports of thefts of bags and valuables from the beaches.
  10.  The most common ailment of travellers is diarrhea. It is advised to carry an antibiotic and an anti diarrhea drug if significant diarrhea occurs. In case of diarrhea, good amount of fluid intake is required. However, if diarrhea gets severe you should immediately tell your guide / hotel and they will call a doctor.
  11.  For the first 2-3 days in India be careful about the meals. Your stomach will take some time to get used to the tasty, delightful, hygienic– but grease and spicy food. So for the first 2-3 days try to eat little less. Having chicken, mutton ( lamb meat ) is totally safe in India but first 2-3 days prefer more veg. Food, as it is easy to digest.
  12. Drink sufficient water in plains of India as the weather is hot. Even if you do not feel trusty drink sufficient water as it helps to acclimatize properly in high altitudes in the Himalayas. Always drink boiled / packed mineral water. Wash the fruits properly and peel them before having them.
  13.  Be aware of eating the stuff, if some stranger is offering you. You can take help of your guide to decide. There have been some reports of travellers being drugged and robbed.
  14. Avoid individuals at railway stations / airports/ towns offering taxi service, tickets and various kind of tours / tickets.
  15.  Avoid walking alone in isolated spots after dark in popular tourist areas, consult your guide about the safety for the travellers at those places.
  16. Drinks such as beer, wine , and other Indian alcohols served in bars are totally safe but in India are often stronger than those in your country.
  17. If you trek in remote mountain areas be aware that there are no commercial mountain rescue services operating above 3,000 metres. There are also parts of the border areas where only the Indian Air Force / state government is permitted to carry out air rescues. Be aware though that they are under no obligation to perform air rescues and have limited resources to do so.
  18.   The use of personal satellite phones is illegal in India due to the security reasons.
  19. All travellers should observe and respect local dress and customs. Drugs are illegal in India. All travellers should obey local laws.
  20. Political rallies and demonstrations are frequent throughout the country and can turn violent, particularly around elections. Transport and Public services may also be disrupted at short notice, all of a sudden. During elections bans on the sale of alcohol are often imposed.
  21. It is always advisable to take your own toiletries such as soap , shampoo, toilet paper roll ( for using public toilets ), while travelling in India.
  22. Always carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines you might need. Especially medicines for upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, etc. Also, keep some band-aids, antiseptic ointments, Mosquito sprays etc with you. You guide also have most of these medicine with him in his first aid box, but mosquito repellent or antiseptic creams, you can buy from the local pharmacies all through different parts of India. As per your requirement .
  23. If you are a contact lens wearer, always take a spare set of lenses and a case, and a spare pair of glasses if necessary.
  24. If you are taking any prescription medicine or tablets, you should also take a large supply of these with you. It might be difficult in India to get the same medicine under the same name.
  25. If you are taking any prescription medicine or tablets, you should also take a large supply of these with you. It might be difficult in India to get the same medicine under the same name.
  26.  Most of the local people in India , specially the hill states are warm hearted and friendly, but watch out for anyone being too friendly in the plains of India. Many people will be friends to you, to sell you something or will help you to get some good reward from you.
  27.  Trust your guide / travel agent in kind of confusion / any need, always take his advice. If you ever have cause to feel nervous about the safety of an activity, excursion, mode of transport or hotel then please report this immediately.
  28.  Report your concerns to the supplier on the ground (this could be your hotel staff, guide, driver or activity leader for instance). You should also inform your guide, local contact and tour operator at the earliest opportunity.