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Essential travel insights to keep you safe in India
Over the last 100 or so years women have broken down much of the entrenched sexism which was once common place in even modern western countries. But this is not the case in India. In India women are viewed in a very different light.
A reminder to anyone undertaking a high altitude trek or ski excursion that AMS - acute mountain sickness - is a threat to your health. There has been a spike in the number of cases reported in the past year.
Before you hit the highway in India be aware that this isn't Kansas any more Toto! More people die on India's roads per capita than anywhere in the world. More than 118,000 in 2008, the highest figure in the entire world. And that's despite having only 12 cars per 1000 people - the United States has 765 per 1000.
Unless you have an absolutely iron clad constitution inevitably you will become at least slightly ill during your stay in India. but here's a collection of tips, tricks and advice on staying as healthy as possible.
Unfortunately there are simply too many scams in India to be prepared for all of them, but a good rule of thumb is that if something feels wrong, or too good to be true, then it probably is.
Touts, or spruikers, are an unfortunate fact of life in India. In fact it's wise to assume anyone actively trying to help has a hidden agenda of some kind.
Thinking of planning a trip to India? From sharing your personal space to embracing the "organised chaos" travel experts share their knowledge and advice about what you should know before travelling to India. Read more