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How to avoid scams and touts while traveling

For tourists all over the world, it’s hard job to avoid getting cheated by different kinds of tourist scams. Touts and middlemen are a bane of tourists everywhere. They are pesky, greedy, dishonest and always looking for a way to con unsuspecting tourists out of money by any means possible. This article is intended to help tourists avoid getting cheated by scams perpetrated by such touts and other scammers. But first, we’ll explain what we are talking about by the help of some real life incidents.

Examples of travel scams

1) Tea tasting scams

There are numerous versions of this tourist scam all over the world. In this, a very friendly local will ask you for a minor favour like taking a picture, then try to gain your trust by any means possible. Then they offer to take you to a very Comic Con, New Delhi. 2013. How to avoid tourist scams, travel scamsunique restaurant, festival etc for a special tea tasting session, best food in town or something similar. When it comes to the point of paying for it, they show their true colours by presenting an amount that could buy enough food to feed 100s of people for weeks.

2) Providing wrong information

The most recent one we heard was from an American tourist who wanted to see Delh’s Red Fort (Lal Qila). He got out of his hotel from Paharganj, which is only 10-15 minutes drive from the fort and started looking for an auto-rickshaw to get there. A tout came up to him and offered him to take him there in his ‘private car’, which would have cost 5-6 times what auto-rickshaw would have charged. When the tourist refused, the tout told him that due to terrorist threat, only private cars were allowed inside the fort and auto-rickshaws and other vehicles are not. Fortunately, the tourist was smart and he ignored everything the tout said. He hired an auto-rickshaw and visited Red Fort without any issue.

3) Tour of workshops, showrooms

One of the most infamous scams in many tourist hot-spots is touts, guides, taxi-drivers etc taking to you for a tour of a workshop, garments factory, rug factory etc and claim that it’s just part of the tour and they are under no pressure to buy anything. But the unsuspecting tourists are tricked in to buying some useless trinket at vastly inflated prices by the silver-tongued touts.

4) Recommending shady businesses

Touts and middle-men like to recommend particular hotels, shops or relevant business establishment by promising good deals and discounts. Everyone from taxi drivers to guides to travel agents and hotel owners are guilty of this. In some cases, they can get you something you may or may not require, but it’s almost always at inflated prices due to commissions involved. The business owner is obligated to pay sums as high as 50% of the sale value to the referrer.

How to avoid travel scams while traveling

As evident, any tourist is very likely to be approached by unscrupulous touts in a wide variety of situations. Here is how you can avoid losing your money in any of common travel scams:

1) Read reviews

Most of reputable businesses worth their salt have an online presence by the means of a website, reviews of forums and various travel related sites like Tripzar, Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor and many others. Look around for what other travelers are saying about them. Many businesses will have some bad reviews. In that case check how they responded or did anything to make up for the bad experience. There are many business with no online presence which can be good, but always ask fellow travelers before spending your money. People who are in business for long care about their reputation and are more trustworthy than small time touts who care only about money.

2) Contact in advance and keep things clear

It’s important that a tourist knows every relevant detail before handing over the money. It’s easy to fall for common travel scams if you don’t know how your money will be spent by agents. If you are planning any trip, make sure to have information about every hotel, car, guide, driver, food, sightseeing etc. written down for quick reference. It’s helpful in more than one way. Not only you have a good idea of what you are paying for, but you can also weed out the things you don’t need or ask for upgrades and better facilities.

3) Avoid the shops random strangers and untrustworthy guides insist on

As mentioned above, most business owners pay a very large percentage of their sales amount to whoever brings clients to them. . While a small commission is OK, most of the time, it’s so much that the tourists end up buying things at many times their reasonable cost. Taxi drivers may offer you reduced fare if you agree to visit some showrooms or shops on the way. Avoid them at all costs. If you absolutely have to go, then always check for reasonable price and bargain hard.

4) Keep low profile

This may sound strange to some, but do not show off your expensive branded clothes, electronics, wads of cash etc as a status symbol. Keep a low profile, don’t let other people know of your economic status. People who look rich attract more unsavoury characters than simple and broke backpackers.

5) Ignore them, don’t engage

A lot of places frequented by tourists will have numerous vendors, guides and beggars trying to sell you something or asking for money. Don’t pay any attention to them or make eye contact or do anything to make them think that you might be interested in buying something from them. Not everyone is a tout, but most such people are poor who just want to make some money qucik.

6) Call bluffs of fake officers

Some travel scams involve scammers pose as officers of some government agency and try to fleece money.It’s rare but if you ever have the misfortune of meeting any such low-life, ask for ID. Every government issued ID has text in English as well as a local language, Hindi in most cases. They’ll probably tell you that you were doing something illegal and threaten you with arrest if you don’t pay them some money. Contact nearest policeman or an uninvolved local and let him know of the issue. As a rule, ignore anyone without uniform.

That being said, there are numerous ethical businesses like ours 😀 which don’t rely on such corrupt practices. You’ll also find many good Samaritans who will help you without expecting anything in return. But you have to use your own wits to know that. Don’t let behaviour of some greedy person spoil your trip or mood.

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Food Joint Review : Kake Da Hotel, Connaught Place, New Delhi

I first came across Kake Da Hotel many years back when I was going through a vegetarian diet phase. Back then, I was intrigued by the crowd of well dressed people impatiently waiting outside in hot summers as well as cold winters in what seemed to be a very small dhaba. The only time, when the place seemed empty was when it was closing close to mid-night.

Some time later, when I started eating meat again, one of the first food joints that my friends

Mutton kofta, spinach chicken and chicken curry ,Onion with chutney at Kake Da Hotel
Mutton kofta, spinach chicken and chicken curry ,Onion with chutney

took me to was this one. First time I went inside, I had no expectations or idea what the place was. For me, it was just a small ‘upgrade’ over a street food stall with somewhat cramped seating arrangements. The chairs were not very comfortable and the air-conditioning barely worked. The waiters and kitchen staff in their red t-shirts shouted orders and the place was buzzing with families, couples, office workers and friends talking animatedly over their food. The food was and still is kept in brass pots simmering over charcoal fire right near entrance and served right from there. A space saving measure perhaps.

As we had entered some time after peak lunch hour traffic, we got a table easily, but the place was still 3/4ths full.We placed our order and the food came up within 5 minutes. As far as I can remember, we had ordered Paalak meat ( chicken cooked in spinach gravy), Meat kofta ( mutton meat bals) and Butter chicken along with some rotis (breads).For salad, we were served onion rings sprinkled with lemon juice and chaat masala.

Right from the first bite of Paalak Meat with the crisp roti, I was in love with the food. A large number of Indians love ghee and I could see why this place was so popular. Everything was cooked in pure ghee without it overpowering the flavour or aroma of any other ingredient. Everything was in just right proportions. Meat was tender and cooked properly, dishes were spicy without burning the mouth and each curry had it’s own distinct flavour.Even the simple onion salad with it’s plain dressing tasted pretty good. These days, even when prices of onions are touching 3 figures, they haven’t reduced the quantity served.

They have a few vegetarian dishes like Daal, Paneer for vegetarians too, but I’ve never tasted those. So can’t comment.

Since then, I’ve visited Kake Da Hotel numerous times over the last couple of years and have never been disappointed with anything. It’s one of our favourite places for taking our guests for non-vegetarian part of our Indian food tours in New Delhi and every single one loved it. The quality of food has remained impeccable over the years and we’ve enjoyed numerous meals over there without a single complaint.

The only sore point, as I mentioned earlier was the cramped space and patchy air-conditioning. The restaurant/hotel/dhaba ( or something in between) has some very good food but not the ambiance. But when you consider the price, quality of food, location (Connaught Place) and the history of the place, there are very few comparable food joints. Kake Da Hotel was established in 1931 and it has remained in business for so long for a reason.Do visit it whenever you’re in New Delhi looking for a good place for non-vegetarian food and you’ll not be disappointed.

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Travel India: How to avoid water & food related problems while traveling

Many tourists suffer from problems like upset stomach and similar illnesses by consuming unsafe water and food while traveling. Very few people are have iron stomachs and immune systems better than those special forces soldiers. But for rest of us mortals, a lot of effort is needed for just not getting sick whenever we travel for any period of time.

This is very important people who travel abroad. Tourists will find different benchmarks of hygiene, cleanliness and different pests and germs in different places across the world. Just as an example, communicable diseases like malaria, dengue are almost completely eradicated in developed western nations, but they still claims hundreds of thousands of lives in many other countries across the world, specially in tropics. Although,this can go very detailed, time and space constraints mean that we limit this article to advice related to food and drink related hygiene and safety rules only. These general instructions which true almost everywhere. So let’s begin with

1) Water safety for tourists

a) Portable Filterschandraataal lake. water safety for tourists

Portable filters are another viable option. There are many types of big and small filters available in market. One particular portable filter is as big as a pen and is used as one would use a straw. It’s very lightweight, small and can be carried in a pocket. Additionally, you can use special bottles which come with water filter already fitted in. Most of other filters meant for home use are usually too big to carry around comfortably. If you are not carrying your own water filter, then best options are bottled water, juice or soft drinks, in that order.

b) Bottled Water

Contaminated water is the biggest source of preventable infectious diseases worldwide. A large number of potentially fatal infectious diseases can be prevented from spreading by just using safe water. Fortunately for tourists, it’s quite easy almost everywhere. One of the most convenient and cheapest solutions is to use branded bottled water. It’s easily available almost everywhere. Some people consider it expensive for just ordinary water, but considering the alternative of spending so much money on doctors and medicines, it’s good alternative. Even with bottled water, buy only the original brands and properly sealed bottles. If in doubt, leave it and buy it from some place else.

c) Chemical Filters

There are options for safe water even when you are in a place with no bottled water. Unless you are near a river source with clear fast moving water, glacier etc. you must boil and filter water before drinking. You can use water purifying tablets or drops. Sometimes it causes slight change in taste of water but it’s tolerable.

2) Food Safety for tourists

Observing basic food safety and hygiene precautions can save you a lot of trouble. In general, high end restaurants and hotels are considered cleaner than most road-side street food vendors. But this is not true everywhere. One such example is freshness of ingredients used. Majority of street food vendors prepare their dishes earlier in day or during the work hours and serve them as fresh as possible. On the other hand, large restaurants usually prepare large quantities of their most popular food items or ingredients and store them in refrigerators to be heated up just before serving.

Here are some points for you to keep in mind when eating food in India or almost anywhere else in the world:

Street food safety for touristsa) Get food only from recommended and trusted vendors

Many street food businesses have good reputations among their customers for solid reasons. If you don’t know much about a place, then take advice from your local friends, guides etc . Observing the customers is also a good way of making a choice. A good, safe food seller will have larger number of customers buying food from him compared to a non-trusted one

b) Avoid uncovered food exposed to dust and flies.

Flies and dust are major source of germs. If you see food items exposed to dust and flies, avoid them

c) Use only clean utensils.

Most street food vendors use disposable plate, spoons made of plastic, leaves, cane etc. But if metal utensils are being used, ensure that they are clean first. Use your own wipes, napkins etc to clean them if not sure.

d) Eat fresh

In some places, the food you ask for is prepared right in front of you out of semi-prepared ingredients. Not every vendor brings 100 % read to eat food with him. So, if you see food cooking before being served, it’s very likely that it’ll be fresh. A good food vendor will usually pay heed to your requests and prepare the food exactly to your requirements. But if there are other people waiting, he may have to pay more attention to others.

e) Don’t get confused with food.

People may follow all the obvious precautions related to hygiene and cleanliness, but may still end up with an upset stomach due to some unknown food intolerance or allergy. It can be difficult to avoid such incidents. In case you know about your food intolerance and allergies, confirm with the vendor before eating anything. If this is not possible , try only small portions to check whether you are okay with it. If you have no problems and like the dish, go on to enjoy larger servings. Always keep a basic first aid kit consisting of a few essential medicines for an upset stomach, antacid, antihistamines etc.

We hope this article may prove of some use to tourists searching for simple ways to avoid food or water related illnesses. Contact India Food Tour for questions, feedback or help.

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List of tours and activities in New Delhi

Following is the list of tours and activities in New Delhi that we offer. It is possible to combine certain activities in a single tour according to preferences of the guests.

FOOD TOUR:
It’s average duration is 6-7 hours and covers 2 meals of the day. We usually begin it around 3 pm by pickup from hotel during summer and at 11:00 am or 2:00 pm in winters, It covers 14-18 different food items from famous and oldest food joints spread all over Delhi. The food tour includes sightseeing in Old Delhi, New Delhi and some old historical monuments and bazaars including Chawadi Bazar, Chandani Chowk, Connaught Place, Kucha Paati Ram, Spice Market, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara among other places.
Duration : 6-7 hours
Cost: INR 4500 per guest for a group of 2 or more guests.

INR 5000 for solo guest.
Details: http://foodtourindelhi.com/food-tours-in-delhi/

COOKING CLASS
These classes teach the easiest way to cook some of the most popular and delicious Indian dishes with least ingredients. The guests also learn the fine details about various kinds of spices and other ingredients used in Indian cooking. Each guest is presented with a gift hamper containing some selected spices in each class. There are two different types of cooking classes. Meat dishes ca be added for extra on request.
Duration: 5 hours and 8 hours
Cost: INR 6000 for one guest , INR 4000 for each extra guest for 5 hours class
INR 10000 for one guest.INR 7000 for each extra guest for 8 hours class
Details: http://foodtourindelhi.com/indian-cooking-classes/

PHOTO TOUR OF DELHI
Our photo tours of Delhi are meant for professional photographers as well as casual travelers who want to take great pictures while they travel. The photography guide will teach you to make best of any kind of camera including phone cameras during the tour. These can be combined with food tours or taken separately.
Duration: 4 hours to 8 hours.
Cost: INR 5000 to INR 10000
Details: http://foodtourindelhi.com/photo-tours-in-delhi/

PUB CRAWL
We begin our pub crawls by 7 pm on most days and hit up to 5-6 different bars and pubs. These include one free shot in every place and discounted prices for each extra order. Transport with pickup and drop back is provided in each tour.
Duration: 5-6 Hours
Cost: From INR 6000
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TEA TASTING
Our tea tasting sessions in Delhi are held by master blenders and tea tasters with decades of experience. Each tea tasting session includes 4 to 10 different types of teas depending upon duration chosen and the guests are presented with a complimentary gift hamper of select teas.
Duration: 1 hour and 2 hours
Cost: INR 2000 and INR 4500
Details: http://foodtourindelhi.com/tea-tasting-in-delhi/

INTRODUCTION TO SPICES
A quick look at the types of spices and their usage in India. The sessions are led by master spice blender and teach finer nuances about dozens of different spices and how to use them properly for best possible results in any type of cooking. It also includes a short tea tasting session and a small gift hamper of tea or spices.
This session is available with food tour, cooking class or photography tour.
Duration: 45 minutes and 90 minutes
Cost: INR 1100 and INR 2000
Details: http://foodtourindelhi.com/introduction-to-spices/

SHOPPING TOURS
These shopping tours are meant to help travelers who want to buy almost anything from Delhi. These tours provide assistance such as transport to different markets, price negotiations, selection of best quality for items like clothing, shoes, jewelery, spices, art and various others according to needs of the guests, These shopping tours can be included with food and photography tours.
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Cost: INR 5000
Details: http://foodtourindelhi.com/shopping-tours-in-delhi/

MEET THE CHEF & KITCHEN TOURS
Observe and learn the secrets of some of best chefs in Delhi by meeting them and attending kitchen tours of top quality food joints and kitchens in Delhi, Jaipur and some other cities. The chefs in these tours have decades of experience of cooking in best hotels and eateries in India as well as abroad. These tours can be included in the food tour or taken separately as per choice of guests.
Duration: Included in food and photography tours
Cost: INR 2500 per guest.
Details: http://foodtourindelhi.com/meet-the-chef-kitchen-tours/

CHEF TOURS OF INDIA
These are the multi-city culinary tours of India which cover Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and a few others. Highlights of these tours are food tours, cooking classes, tea tasting and various other culinary activities led by experts in addition to usual sightseeing.
Duration:6 to 10 days
Cost: From INR 60000 per guest
Details: http://foodtourindelhi.com/food-tours-of-india-with-a-chef/

DAY TOURS TO AGRA
These day long tours are best for visiting Agra for seeing Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in one day. The tour includes pickup and drop from hotel, entry fee for monuments, complimentary lunch in Agra, and guide fee.
Duration: 8-10 hours
Cost: From INR 7500 per guest on twin sharing basis.

FOOD TOURS IN JAIPUR, UDAIPUR
Food tours in Jaipur and Udaipur are also available on a notice of 1 to 3 days.
Details: http://JaipurFoodTour.com and http://UdaipurFoodTour.com

IMPORTANT : All tours include
1) Transport in air-conditioned vehicle with pickup and drop from hotel in central Delhi location (Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Barakhamba Road). For places outside this zone, a pickup charge of INR 1500 is applicable.
2) Hand wipes, sanitiser, bottled water etc.
3) Unlimited food and drinks during food tours, free snacks during photo and shopping tours.
4) A service tax of 3.09% is applicable on cost mentioned for each tour above.
5) You can either book the tour in advance by paying through payment gateway on our website or pay by cash in Indian or most foreign currencies after the tour. There is a surcharge of 3% on payment by card.
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Chaat, One of best Indian street food items

Chaat – Indian Street Food

Various varieties of Chaat are some of most popular Indian street food dishes and quite more than just snacks for people in India. Chaat is among the lightest, cheapest and most convenient meal to have when someone is in a hurry. Indian street food is incomplete without a mention of chaat. A confusing point that many people don’t get is that a lot of Indian street food items are called chaat. Some of more popular chaat dishes are papdi chaat, gol gappa also called paani puri,and bhalla chaat. Chaat is a street food dish, but some kind of it always served during most parties in India. Even posh, high-end restaurants have started serving chaat items, but they are often beaten by the street food vendors who have been doing it for generations
A large number of chaat food items exist in India, many with completely different Bhalla_Papri_Chaat_with_saunth_chutney, Chaat Indian street food flavours, looks and ingredients from the rest. Many chaats are eaten cool and thus are enjoyable even in summer. Pani puris for example, are just water flavoured with digestive spices served in hollow balls made of crisp flour. Sometimes they are garnished with chick peas and boiled mashed potatoes. The flavoured water is usually salty made using pudina (mint), rock salt, pepper, and some other ingredients depending upon where you eat it. For people who like sweetness, bit of sweet and tangy tamarind chutney is added. A number of different flavours among pani puris are available catering to almost every type of fan. The flavoured water is considered to help with digestion and is useful in preventing dehydration during hot summers of India. Many people drink pani puri water by cups.

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Puris are the most common ingredients for other types of chaats. They are small, crisp and crackle loudly when broken. Boiled or fried potatoes and two or more types of chutney ( a type of sauce) are also used. One chutney, made of imli (tamarind) is sweet and tangy . Second one is spicy and made of pudina (mint), ginger and green chillies.

Many street food items, including chaat may or may not have dahi (curd, yooghurt), another popular food item in India. It helps with digestion and makes tolerating excess spiciness easy for people who are not used to it. Dahi bhalla chaat is a very popular and tasty street food item, specially popular during summers. The yoghurt is thickened and sometimes sweetened, giving it a smooth creamy texture which gels really well with bhalla . It is sometimes sprinkled with chaat masala, onion garnishing and bits of fried potatoes.
Chaat masala is another thing which helps with digestion but is used more in a wa, not just to increase the flavours. It may have different varieties and ingredients in different places. Most popular are powders of , dried raw mango (aam choor), ginger, pepper, rock salt and dried pomegranates ( anaar daana). Apart from their use as chaat masala, these ingredients are also used in combination with other different ingredients as churan to help with digestion.

Bhel puri, from Maharashtra is a very tasty light snack made of sev ( thin noodle like crisps made of besan) and puffed rice. They are sprinkled with chaat masala, chutney and garnished with tomatoes and onions. It’s a good snack to have, light on stomach and low on oil.

Aaloo tikki is another very popular chaat dish made of boiled and then crisply fried potato cakes. They are served as soon as they are cooked, garnished with chaat masala, chutney and sometimes yoghurt. It’s a heavy dish due to fried potatoes but it’s popular all the same. McDonalds in India even launched a McAaloo Tikki burger to cash in on its popularity.
Even if the chaat may seem heavy or tough to digest, yoghurt and chat masala make sure that your digestive system stays fit and healthy. As with everything else, it’s not good to eat chaat in excess, especially if you don’t know about Indian food in details

How to eat chaat or any other food in India

Chaat_with_saunth_chutney, Chaat Indian street foodWhile traveling in Delhi or any other Indian city, you will find a number of street food vendors selling different varities of food with chaat vendors being a significant majority. Some of them will be there just to make a quick buck and be done with the whole thing, while others serve their food with pride and care for customers. Important thing is to know how to distinguish between the two. Good street food vendors care for their clientele and serve only the best quality food. You can tell it from their loyal customers.

Make sure that the food vendors you visit obey basic hygiene rules. Confirm that the food ingredients are covered and protected from dust and flies. Most street food vendors use disposable plates, but if they are not, make sure that they are clean. Read this article to know more about how to keep safe from water and food related problems while traveling.

We hope that this article will help you enjoy Indian street food, specially chaat better. Happy munching. Contact us for feedback, queries or for booking an Indian street food tour.

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Tourism in India during monsoon season

Contrary to prevalent opinion, traveling in India during rainy monsoon season can be fun and cheap. Some people advise against it due to factors like blocked roads, unreliable weather etc. An unexpected flood or landslide can upset planned travel itinerary. Inspite of all this traveling in India during monsoons can be advantageous in a number of ways. One being tourists getting good discounts on high-expense factors like air fares, hotels. They can also enjoy their sightseeing in relative peace as peak season tourist crowds are absent.

Let us explain a little about monsoons in India before going any further.

India is a a huge country and is rightly classified as a sub-continent due to it’s size as well as the large diversity it enjoys in form of different landscapes and weather. You can find cold snow covered Himalayan mountains in north, evergreen tropical forests in east, hot Thar deserts in west,, temperate coasts in south and more. All of these all provide tourists with large varieties of options and time periods in which to travel across the country. Actually there is no definite or set time to for tourists to visit India. Different regions in India have different peak-seasons for tourists. Writing about it wil need another article by itself.

Raneh waterfalls during monsoon season, khajuraho, Monsoon tourism
Raneh waterfalls during monsoon season, India

Monsoon is the rainy season of Indian sub-continent which lasts from June to September in different regions. It reaches southern parts of India in early June and travels northwards over the next few months. Northern India receives first monsoon showers in late June or early July. Not every region in India experiences equal monsoon rainfall or at same time period. All of them have different experiences with monsoon rains. Monsoon rains play a very important role in economy and lives of everyone in the sub-continent.

Arrival of monsoon rains marks the end of hot and dusty Indian summers and makes the weather cool and surroundings greener and beautiful. Indian people in general love rains and it’s a common sight to see them enjoying the rainfall by getting soaked in the rain showers. Chai ( type of milky Indian tea) and hot Pakoda (a fried salty snack) are popular snacks during this season.

Here are some ways for tourists to enjoy rainy monsoon season in India

Monsoon tourism in India

1) New greenery and cool, pleasant weather

Everything becomes doubly beautiful during monsoons in India. The weather is much more pleasant, cool breezes blow almost all day long and the surroundings are covered with lush new greenery. All of this is a relaxing sight for sore eyes . Many places in India, like Kerala, Western Ghats parts of eastern and central India are even more beautiful during monsoons due to clouds and greenery. A lot of rivers are in full flow and this makes for very beautiful and gushing waterfalls.

2) Diverse weather conditions, landscapes and customised travel plans

Due to varied landscapes and weather in different regions, tourists in India can plan their journey all year round. Tourism in India is not bound to dates in a calendar or weather reports to plan and enjoy the journey. Monsoon tourism is just another part of traveling in India.

3) Great discounts in hotels, airlines and other businesses due to lean season

A lot of airlines and hotels offer very good discounts even without asking during monsoons due to lean season. It can really decrease your travel expenses by a large margin. As majority of tourists prefer to stay indoors during rains, tourist activity is much less and you can enjoy your travel in comparative peace and leisure.

4) Cleansing rains

Many people believe that rains of monsoons are have a cleansing effect on everything. Pollution due to smoke and dust particles is very low and people are in general feel more comfortable in cooler weather. Ayurvedic detoxification treatments are one of the major attractions of monsoon tourism in India. Many herbs used in certain ayurvedic practices grow during monsoons and the rains seem to have a good effect on efficacy of certain plants.

Precautions for Monsoon tourism

Here are some basic precautions that the tourists should observe while traveling in India during monsoons:

1) Plan road trips carefully

Mountainous regions are more prone to random road blockages due to landslides, flash floods etc during rainy season. Plans your road trips only after taking these factors in to count.

2) Be safe with drinking water

Don’t drink tap water or from untrusted sources like lakes and rivers during rainy season. Always drink bottled or filtered water.

3) Be wary of bugs

Bugs and other small critters like mosquitoes, flies and even snakes can be a nuisance during rainy season. Keep a bug spray or insect repellant handy and be careful

4) Wild life parks are closed

Almost every national park and wild-life area is closed for tourists during monsoons. So if you want to do a jungle safari or a similar adventure, confirm the availability in advance.

That’s about everything that we have to say about monsoon tourism in India for now. We sincerely hope that this article may prove to be of some use for tourists visiting India during monsoons as well as other times. Please feel free to contact India Food Tour for feedback or more information, help in planning your trip to India..

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Food Tour In Delhi AWARDED 2015 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

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Recognised as a Top Performing Food Tour as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site
20/05/2015 – Food Tour In Delhi today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great l reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience. When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners,

TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. EXAMPLE QUOTE : “Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Food Tour In Delhi and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor, There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”
from India Food Yoga http://foodtourindelhi.com/food-tour-in-delhi-awarded-2015-tripadvisor-certificate-of-excellence/