(traveller report by clicking on respective city)
Tales from India
Accommodation (in Delhi report)
Ear Cleaner (in Delhi report)
Hospital (in Jaipur report)
Floor Panel (in Pondicherry report)
Hints for Travelling and Everyday's Life
- After landing on International Airport in Bombay: do not take a taxi (for $20 =
Rs 900) to get to the
Domestic Airport. There's a cheap (Rs 10 tip) shuttle-bus service offered by
different airlines like Lufthansa, Jet Airways, Sahara, etc. The buses are leaving
round the clock every twenty minutes, 50m off the main entrance.
- Never ask for the price in Hindi ("Kidna paise?"). You'll get the answer in
Hindi as well. Hard to understand, because in Hindi there are a hundred different
words for the first 100 numbers!
- In shops, do not pay the price you're asked for the first time. Always half the
price and start bargaining. Except in expensive shops with the sign "fixed prices"
at the entrance - and at the railway counter, of course.
- "Queuing" up at any counter: When in reach of the small hole in the window - try
to hold your arm over the shoulder of the person in front of you and push
your documents through the window.
- Getting off public buses: do not wait until the bus has fully stopped. Just watch
out for quickly overtaking two- and threewheelers, then simply jump off the
- When detecting suspiciously red pieces in your curry: in case of doubt, do not
chew, just swallow!
- Tell the man at the laundry that a pair of Jeans does not need to be ironed
with a crease. Especially if it is a cut-off pair of short Jeans. Mention it
many times during your ten month's stay.
- Avoid haircutters who recently have bought an electrical razor. They'll enjoy
cutting and experimenting with the new toy - until you have no hair left at
the back of your head.
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