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Safe Travels In India: Our Top Tips For First Timers

unspecified-949 unspecified-948 unspecified-947 unspecified-945 Breathtaking, beautiful, bamboozling India: a country where we spend many glorious weeks each year, meeting with our suppliers and discussing our various product ranges. Spring is such an amazing time to visit India, so just in case you’re heading off there for the first time sometime soon, we thought we’d share out top five travel tips which have been so helpful to us over the years. It can be an overwhelming, sometimes daunting place to visit..but it’s magical too. Read on..

  1. Be realistic about what you can achieve during your trip and don’t try to cram too much in to your visit. Seeing places slowly means you’re less stressed and you’ll gain a far greater, deeper understanding of the land and its people.
  2. An iron clad constitution you may well have, but remember the tap water is never ever safe for drinking. Bottled is always best ( avoid singing in the shower too). And play safe by only eating fruits that you’ve peeled yourself. Avoid salad and ice cream too. And if you do have issues..and need to rehydrate.. remember it’s half a level teaspoon of salt and 6 level teaspoons sugar to 1 litre of clean water.
  3. Hand sanitiser is a great idea and use frequently particularly after climbing in and out of cars and tuk tuts or after handling money.
  4. We always stick to a pure vegetarian diet when we’re in India. Not only is it unbelievably delicious but undercooked veg is never going to be quite as harmful as undercooked meat. If you’re eating out head to the restaurants or street stalls that are heaving with locals (always the best barometer as far as hygiene standards go)
  5. Be courteous and always ask permission before taking someone’s photograph. More often than not the subject will be extremely jovial and highly delighted with your request..but not always. Frustrations boil up easily in India.. but so often can be avoided.

So there we go! And our final tip: check out Fiona Caulfield’s ‘Love Travel’ guides. We live by them. Each book is cloth bound and hand made in India and is essential reading for any visitor planning a trip to India. These guides detail all manner of local recommendations far from the tired tourist path. For those who search for the authentic.

Fiona’s Love Travel guides are available now at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

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Fiona Caulfield’s ‘Love Travel’ guides. Essential reading for those heading to India.

 

 

 

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ibbi loves: Fiona Caulfield and the Love Travel Guides

Fiona Caulfield's fabulous Love Travel guides

Fiona Caulfield’s fabulous Love Travel guides are now available at ibbi

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guide by Fiona Caulfield

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guide Β Β£27.99

Thinking of travelling to India? Put these on your must-have list. We are delighted that we’re now stockists of our favourite Indian travel guides by Fiona Caulfield. These beautiful books, lovingly crafted from eco-friendly hand-made paper, are packed with glorious illustrations and spectacular recommendations, which will enable you to access an abundance of authentic experiences whilst on your travels. Fiona developed the Love Travel Guides back in 2007 after making India her home. The books are bursting with gems which reflect both her own recommendations and tips collected from her vast network of local friends and travellers. Our early visits to Rajasthan were undoubtedly all the more fascinating thanks to Fiona’s guides. Without her, we’d never have discovered so many of our favourite hidden corners, including a personal favourite: the glorious Gulab Ji Chai Stall, where purveyors of the City’s most delicious tea have maintained the ritual of giving bread and chai to hundreds of homeless people now for over 60 years!

So if you’re hoping to learn more about local customs, forts and palaces, book shops, street food, metal trunks, kite makers, camel nose pins, specialist textiles, sitars, spas, balloon safaris or, of course, where to stay, then simply enjoy poring over the pages of these essential, honest and most knowledgeable guides.

Fiona is committed to conscious travel too. Her books recommend wherever possible supporting socially and environmentally sustainable organisations which make a significant contribution to livelihood support and improved living conditions in India. And 10% of the profits from her books go to the Love Travel Foundation ( to contribute to conscious travel in India) .

We can’t recommend these reads more highly and we hope you’ll love them and share them, just as we have. Spread the word!

The Love Travel Guides available are: Love Delhi, Love Jaipur, Rajasthan, Love Mumbai and Love Goa.

At http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk Β£27.99 each + p&p

 

One of the many beautiful illustrations from the Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guides

Beautiful illustrations from the Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guide

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