When Visiting India

pohtiongho By pohtiongho, 7th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Precautions you must consider when you are visiting India. It may involve your life.

When Visiting India

Date : Nov., 27, 2011.
Time: 1.00 pm
Location: Gaya Airport No 5
Flight No: TG 8821

My baggage consisted of three suitcases. After they had been x-rayed and were still on the conveyor belt, a uniform baggage handler jumped down from the other conveyor which was carrying the baggage to the exit. He lowered all my three suit cases on the trolley and was pushing them towards the check in counter which was about twelve feet away. About five feet away from that X-ray machine he stopped and asked for tip of five hundred rupees. I said I was willing to give him 30 rupees for the three suitcases and he must return me the balance of the five hundred rupee. He said he had no change and went away to swindle the others behind me.

All the brothers and sisters out there. When you next visit India, keep lots of 10 rupee bills with you. You trip will be cheaper. Six day earlier. I saw, about 100 yards away, five black Indian youths, physically punching a male tourist. He was alone and I believe he did not pay the tip when he used the toilet there which was constructed by the Buddhist Organizations.

If you don't have bills with smaller denomination, just walk away and don't argue with those thugs. There are cowards when alone. But they always extort and swindle in a group. We don't know how many members are in their group.

I had to sleep two nights in this hotel, with all my windows opened because the hotel manager refused to have the air-con repaired or replaced. He said that air blower on the floor was also an air-con!!! You can die from lack of oxygen if you just run that blower and keep all doors and windows closed. But the hotel people did not believe it.

Just for your info, the price per night was US$120.00, with simple dinner and simple breakfast included.

Many foreign ladies have been gang raped in the past. Never travel alone. It is safer to travel in a group of four.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Well, I used to travel the Indian circuits alone and I am female. Actually just returned from out there after a three month stint.
I had many ask me for money and I just told them that it was against regulations and if they demanded money, I would take their name and hand it to the Airport service authorities. This is at 2am in the morning in Bombay, the most notorious city of India for prostitution. I was just 21 too.
Had two-three trips alone post that experience and have lived in hotels alone in Bombay and Goa, all you have to do is be vigilant.
I was in India when the girl in Delhi was raped, there was a lot of tension in Bangalore, where I was based and we had local transportation people, autos acting funny, demanding more than charge and causing inconvenience to women because of the gender. I went through it alone and family till date aren't aware of this.
I never bribe people and always get to where I want in all honesty.
Here is a fact, you cannot afford to be naive and stupid in India and above all learn that the men are extremely egocentric and if they are back answered or abused, they can get violent, abusive and even try tricks with you. You have to be smart enough to always have a cell phone, know your routes and always alert people by a shout or a scream as people out there are hot-blooded and will beat the person up for any small thing.
Yes, I have beaten the men up out there on the road in public eye and handed them to the police who beat them up further. Started brawls because of eve teasing got people beating the eve teaser and have walked away from it and yes just two days before the wedding too as the guy put his hand in the pubic area on a famous crowded street.
I don't dress like an Indian, never have since birth and never will either. although I have worn a Saree, Salwar and Gagra-choli in my lifetime. Perhaps about 50 times and have owned 1 saree, 5 salwars and 4 Gagra cholis wherein only one exists today and all the others well have no idea where they are.
Born and brought up in India, with a foreign accent and live abroad and very unconventional in my dressing and take no nonsense from any male, female or otherwise as I respect the law and spread the awareness the same way. I always alert the cops on SMS while In India if there is a problem by giving the vehicle number and other details.
Fact, I prefer not to go to the North Indian territories as its 99% chance of getting raped out there and this is told to me by the locals of the area too.
I was a former Bangalore local till 2000.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
7th Jun 2013 (#)

With regard to hotels, well find good ones, the ones you describe are there everywhere for cheap sleaze and decent people never live out there. I always look at the star rating and ask the locals to book it for me as they know the conditions and the place better and its never less than three star - higher the better and have stayed in a 7 star too in India and service is fabulous.

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author avatar pohtiongho
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks for your comment. You are indirectly helping lots of others who for one reason or another have to travel to India.

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author avatar Grumpybear
7th Jun 2013 (#)

it is good that you inform people about these problems in India. I used to think people there were not violent. if i had went there i would have been hopeless. ty. :)

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
8th Jun 2013 (#)

In the great cities of India, it is very rare that we find a good man; in the villages, usually it is very rare to find a bad man. In the cities, since the competition and challenge for living is severe, most people tend to make as much money as possible in a short little time. Therefore, thievery, cheating, coercion and brow-beating are plenty. What a foreign traveller experience in the great Indian cities is more or less what the author Mr. Pohtiongho experienced and wrote about. But in the smaller cities and the thousands and thousands of Indian villages, a traveler from abroad is generally treated as loved guests and treated cordially. People there are extremely co-operative and help a foreign traveller in whatever ways possible. Since competition for living is not much severe in smaller cities and villages, people are contented with what they have and do not bother to disturb or rob a foreign traveller. Perhaps they may stare at you or even peep out of curiosity. Actually the major difference between the great cities and the villages as experienced by a foreign traveller is, in the cities, people will not stare at you but in the villages they will do. Do not be offended, for they are amiable. Next time you visit, travel through rural India and see the difference and traditional hospitality.

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author avatar pohtiongho
8th Jun 2013 (#)

Ramesh: Thanks for your feedback. I am not trying to nail down any race. I think people are about the same. What I was trying to do was to let guys know what to avoid so that they could concentrate on whatever they want to do. I found out while I was there, that the soil was fertile and if the government allow the citizens to plough the state land, condition for the average guy will be very much improved. But then those greedy politicians will say we want to teach the ducks to swim.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
8th Jun 2013 (#)

Useful article. When traveling it's good to have some knowledge of situations that could possible cause you problems so as to be able to avoid them. This is not true only for India but other places in the world as well.

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