My friend Brian recently went to India, and he shared this advice:
Always have cash (almost nobody accepts credit, even nice hotels sometimes).
A cab ride should cost roughly 50 rupees per mile.
A chai in the small glass cup on the street should cost 6 rupees.
You have to spend a little money on hotels if you want decent accommodations. Standards are simply a lot lower there.
Trains must be booked weeks in advance. No such thing as a last minute train ticket and probably no such thing as buying a train ticket less than a week out.
We bought an international data plan so we could use Google maps there. LIFE SAVER. 9 out of 10 cabs we took, the driver didn’t really know how to get where we wanted to go and we used google maps to direct him.
Download the Cleartrip app if you want to purchase plane tickets while you’re there. Worked perfectly for us.
Ladies should dress conservatively. Nothing tight fitting, no exposed shoulders, good idea to have legs covered as well.
If you feel like someone might be hustling you, they DEFINITELY ARE. Don’t be afraid to be rude if you feel this is happening.
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