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Value Your Hygiene & Health: Hygiene, particular when it comes
to food, can be a problem in India and many travellers succumb to the "Delhi belly",
more commonly known as traveller's diarrhoea or food poisoning. As you can imagine
with such a high population, illness and infection occurs often and can spread fast,
particularly thriving in the tropical climates.
Are a Female Travelling Alone: India can be an uncomfortable, and
even dangerous, country for female tourists, particularly when travelling alone.
Tips On Respecting Indian Culture
-The feet are considered the filthiest part of the human body; never place feet
on chairs or tables, show the soles of your feet to anyone, or use your feet to
point to something. You are expected to remove your shoes when entering religious
sites and private accommodation. Currency, symbols of wealth (i.e. gold), books
and written material are treated with respect, and should not be touched with the
-Indians generally dress conservatively, and both men and women should cover as
much skin as possible, particularly the shoulders.
-Profanity makes you look very bad in India and you will always lose an argument
if you swear, so avoid it when you can.
-Indians apologize by touching the offended person with the right hand, and then
moving the hand to the chest and to the eyes. If you feel you may have offended
someone it is a good idea to apologize in this way.
-Avoid political discussion, particularly regarding Pakistan, China and distribution
of wealth in any country.
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backpackeradvice.com, has had a love of traveling since he first placed
a world map on his bedroom wall. Backpacker Advice is dedicated to offering first
hand advice to backpackers the world over as Craig hopes to inspire people to "just
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