Keeping in Touch
While travelling it is important to keep in regular
touch with your family and let them know of any
changes to your travel plans. You may be having a
great time on your holiday but forgetting to contact
family and friends can cause them needless stress
and worry. Each year, the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade’s consulate service receives
hundreds of calls from concerned families who have
not heard from loved ones and are concerned for
To save your family and friends needless worry:
Leave a copy of your itinerary and travel insurance
details with your family and register your travel
Establish an email address that you can access
Activate global roaming on your mobile phone but
keep in mind it may not work in some remote areas.
Contact your family and friends to let them know you
are safe if there is a natural disaster, major
accident or terrorist attack in the area you
travellers are in Advise your family how regularly
they can expect to hear from you and stick to your
Carry only essentials
Taking into consideration the time, place and season
of our visit, carry only the most important things
with you. Avoid unnecessary items like excess food
too much of eatables, bulky clothing, heavy items,
Avoid carrying valuable items. Wear a money belt or
stitch a pocket inside your outfit to keep important
documents like passport, credit cards, travellers'
cheques, etc. It's always better to take photocopies
of important documents and leave them with someone
trustworthy. It is advised that you carry a card
with details of important contact numbers, your age,
blood group, etc, so that people may help you in the
event of an emergency.
Taxis / Auto Rickshaws
Transport safety standards vary widely. You should
understand the risks and plan your travel
accordingly. Always book your taxi inside the
airport. If you take a pre-paid taxi, pay the
stipulated fare while at the airport counter. After
which you need not pay anything to the taxi driver.
Hordes of touts and taxi men will crowd around you
and offer to take you wherever you need to go. You
are very likely to get overcharged upon reaching
your destination. You are not expected to tip taxis.
If you are unsure about the cost conversions - which
are usually one and a half times to twice what the
meter reads, you can always ask for a meter card
from the driver.
For hotel bookings and other information, check out
our Travel & Accommodation section. There is no
shortage of hotels in Delhi. There are numerous
touts offering hotel services at the airport. If you
must consider employing their services, make sure
they have some kind of official identification .