- Avoid drinking water from an unknown source. When in doubt asks for "Bisleri" mineral water. As a further precaution bring water-purifying tablets.
- There are some areas in India where malaria is still prevalent. Prior to your departure, get a prescription from your doctor for some anti malarial tablets.
- Do remember to bring some insect repellent, mosquito coils or even an electronic repellent. Mosquitoes in India can be fierce.
- Cows are considered sacred in India; so when you are driving in India do not hit one.
- Avoid foods, which have been laid out in the open, avoid sweets and candies from local markets.
- Wash fruits before eating them.
- Do carry sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.
- Ask permission before taking any photographs; if possible try to carry a Polaroid instant camera. Indians loved to be photographed. You can earn a lot of cooperation and friendship.
- Always respect religious shrines and places of worship. Some places require visitors to observe a decent dress code. Take care not to violate any taboos in a mosque or a temple.
- Change currency only from Thomas Cook Exchange Bureaus or official moneychangers. Remember to retain the Currency Exchange receipts after each transaction. You will need them for re-exchange on departure.
- Photography is prohibited in places of military importance, railway stations, bridges, airports and military installations.
Tips For Traveling in Punjab
Travel as light as possible. Its better for women to avoid tank tops or short skirts / shorts. The best & comfortable outfit, especially during the hot summers, apart from Salwar –Kameez’, is a T-shirt worn with loose cotton trousers. You can purchase them anywhere in Ludhiana, at very reasonable rates, at any of the shops.
If you give the impression of being from a different country or State, chances are that you might be stared at, especially in the smaller towns. Don't be offended - they mean no harm, it is just curiosity.
In Punjab, public toilet facilities are few and far between. Take every opportunity you can to use a clean toilet in places such as hotels and restaurants. Make this a habit wherever you go.
Do not let them hassle you, and do not encourage them by giving them money.
Food And Drink
Drink only bottled water. Many popular brands are available. In restaurants insist that they bring a sealed bottle to your table.
Eat non-vegetarian food only in good restaurants & popular eating Joints. The meat in cheaper and smaller places can be of dubious quality.
Good quality vegetarian food is easily available.
Curd or yogurt is served with most meals. It is a natural aid to digestion and helps temper the spicy food.
Before purchasing, check the prices at shopping places before making a choice. Bargaining is standard in most places and is enjoyed by all. You can also shop in government handicraft shops as there the prices are fixed and the quality is certified. Get used to the fact that you will probably be charged more than the locals. If possible, take a local along when you go shopping.
In hotels and restaurants, tips are not normally included in the bill.
Some hotels include service charges on their bills. In such cases tipping is not necessary.
The standard tip is 10%.
In hotels, porters and room service attendants are normally tipped at the end of the stay, though an early tip is likely to get you better service.
Tipping of taxi drivers is not customary.
Dress codes for religious places can include covering your head, being barefoot etc. Ask, so that you don't unwittingly give offence.
Some temples do not permit any leather articles at all on their premises.
Certain temples are not open to Non-Hindus. Please check with the local tourist information office.
The dry summer heat can drain you completely. Drink lots of water and fluids.
The sun is strong. Remember to use sunscreen on exposed parts of the body. Wear sunglasses to screen out harmful rays.
Photography is not always permissible, and at many places it is permitted only at a fee. There is usually a higher fee for using a video camera.
Smoking is not allowed at public places. All properties of the Indian Railways including trains and railway stations are strictly non-smoking zones with stiff penalties for violations.
Health Precautions Always drink bottled water.
Eat fruit you can peel.
Always wash fruit well before eating it.
Wash your hands before and after eating.
Always keep a tube of mosquito repellent with you.
Always carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines you might need for diarrhea, fever, etc. Also, band aids and an antiseptic ointment.
If you do catch a bug, do not panic. It will go away in a few days - but try the following tips to keep it down:
Drink lassi - a yoghurt drink. It will help tone down the bacteria.
Eat plain rice, or try a simple khichdi - an easily digestible mixture of rice and lentils.
Drink plenty of coconut water. It's cooling, and naturally sterilized!
Drink plenty of fluids and take some electrolyte salts if the bug persists.
As you know, everything in India takes time - longer than in most places. So always give yourself extra time for whatever you may have to do - even it is just a visit to the Post Office or changing money.
Tourists Safety Tips
Ludhiana Police Department would like to make your visit to our exciting city as pleasant and safe as possible. You can help us further by following these simple tips while touring Ludhiana.
Carry your wallet in an inside jacket pocket or side trouser pocket, never in the rear pocket.
Carry pocketbooks in the bend of your elbow, held close to your body. If there is a long strap, wrap it around the bag. Carry credit cards and cash in your pockets.
Keep pocketbooks on your lap when dining out, not dangling over the back of a chair. Avoid placing pocketbooks on hooks on the back of a fitting room or bathroom door, where someone can easily reach over & removed them.
Leave valuables and important papers, such as jewelry and passports, secured in your hotel's safe deposit box. Never leave these items unattended in your room or carry large sums of cash on your person.
Be wary of unexpected persons coming to your hotel room. Never op en the door to unsolicited room service or maintenance people. Contact the front desk if you have any doubts.
If you schedule a meeting with a potential client, research the company and the individual with whom you are meeting. Meet in a public place, such as a restaurant.
Make sure that luggage is only given to a member of the hotel's bell staff and a receipt is issued for stored luggage. Never leave luggage or other expensive items, unattended at airports or taxi stands.
Kindly contact on counter "May I help you" available at airport, railway station & bus stand for help and guidance.
Adequate numbers of PCR & other police officers are deputed in proper uniform in the city. You can contact nearest police officer to intimate about undesirable elements and touts in your observation. However, police is taking utmost care, vigilance and surveillance over these elements, still it is felt that we can eliminate these elements effectively with passengers active participation in the drive.
In addition to above, police officers in plain clothes are also deputed to keep watch on suspicious movements. Therefore, you should never entertain the touts and unscrupulous persons to avoid harassment.
Preplan your destination in Ludhiana regarding your stay and tourism in Ludhiana. Never take advice of Taxi Drivers regarding your stay/tourism in Ludhiana. Please strict to believe the information of Police Officers, "May I help you" counter, or any other Govt. recognized information Centres.
If you face any harassment or law and order problem in Ludhiana, you can dial 100 number from nearest telephone for police assistance.
The Train Traveller
Carry enough cash for your rail journey, as there are no places to get cash on trains.
The food and water available at train cafeterias tends to run out. In any case, fresh snacks are rarely available and it is a good idea to carry your own food and drinks. This will come in handy if there are delays.
Carrying a pillow on train journeys is a good idea, especially if you are used to sleeping with your own pillow. You may find their pillows lumpy or too high or too hard; yours will be just right.
When traveling by train at night, secure your luggage by looping a long chain through the handle of your suitcase/bag/rucksack and padlocking it to a convenient surface. You could lock the chains together too, making it difficult for someone to walk away with your luggage while you are sleeping.
Avoid the agony of waking up on a train to find that your shoes have been stolen. Stuff them into the seat pockets or place them in your bag while you sleep.
Find out in advance how long your train stops at the station and on which side the platform will appear. If you have several pieces of luggage, start moving to the door well in advance so that it is easier to disembark without making too many trips back and forth.
Carry your own paper towels, soap and toilet paper rather than being stranded on a long train journey.
Don't lose sight of the train you are traveling in when it stops at a station. You wouldn't want to be left behind at the platform browsing through a station bookshop while your train pulls out.