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Submitted by Navin Pathak on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 1:10am.

Virtually every fourth shop in India sells food.  There is ample variety for both, vegetarians and non-vegetarians and the price range can match to anyone’s pocket.  You can get a dish from $.35 (Rs.21) upto $10 (Rs. 640).

There is no doubt that Indian food is a treat to the taste-buds but can be harsh on your digestive system.

Take precaution if you eat at road-side stalls or at low-end restaurants. Request the server to get your silverware rinsed in boiling water even if you have to pay extra. Milk and milk products, spices and water are known to upset stomach. Look at this recent report http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/delhi-street-food-test-restaurants-momos-contamination/1/440901.html.

Use bottled water only and that too from reputed shops. With poor outdoor air-quality in Delhi, especially from April to August, breathing-masks are advisable.

Some medicines you should carry to India are Tylenol/Advil, Alka Seltzer, Immodium, Robitussin/NyQuil with you. Medication that you can get over the counter at the Indian pharmacy/chemists shop: Indian Crosin (fever), Combiflam (ibuprofen), Norflox (diarrhea), Volini (spray for muscle spasms), Coldarin (cold and cough), Benadryl (cough).

It is also highly advisable to keep the items like hand sanitizer lotion, toilet rolls, and paper soap handy with you.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:00pm.

Updated Aug 12, 201Traveling to India – Eating Healthy Food and Drinking Safe Water

No doubt that Indian food is one of the top cuisines in the world.  Depending on what part of India you visit, the food variety may differ significantly. Every region has its own preference of vegetables, spices & spice level, and cooking style. Of course you would want to try out as much as you can but some precautions while consuming food and water would go a long way for making your stay in India fun and mem0rable.

To begin, if you really want to try food from road-side stalls or at low-end restaurants, then request the vendor to a) wash hands before serving, b) rinse the silverware boiling water in front of you, even if you have to pay extra, and c) have them wear gloves if possible. If you are sanitizing your hands properly, then using fingers to eat food is well accepted in India and it indeed is fun eating with hands.

If it is raining or it is rainy season during your visit to India, then do NOT succumb to any temptation of having anything to eat from road-side vendors.

In salads, I would resist from consuming vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, or any other which can't be peeled. I take this precaution with only exceptions of top rated restaurants, hotels and franchise chains like McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, etc.

Bottom line here is: Have as much Cooked Food as possible.

Use bottled water only and that too from reputed shops, which most likely be visibly nice & clean. Even at top-rated restaurants, bottled water is the best option. Do ensure that the bottle is sealed and never opened before. If you have to visit anyone’s house, you most likely be served RO (reverse osmosis) water, which is equally safe.

Now, coming to air, there is no escape to pollution almost in whole of India with Himalayan regions the only exception. 14 of the most polluted cities in the world are in India with Delhi the sixth worst according to World Health Organization. With such poor outdoor air-quality, breathing-masks are advisable.

Of course the travel needs differ if you are a traveler with specific health needs, such as for pregnant, immune compromised or any other specific purpose.

Some useful items to carry: Hand Sanitizer lotion, Toilet rolls, and Paper soap

Some of the medicines which highly recommended that you should carry with you are for: Diarrhea (Imodium or Pepto-Bismol), Cough drops, Medicine for pain or fever (Tylenol), saline nose spray, decongestant and cough drops.

Though you may not be carrying every medicine with you, there are excellent over-the-counter medicines in India and that you can easily buy from chemists (pharmacy).

We have covered lots of other details for the travelers visiting India in our India business and travel guide 'ENTRY INDIA', which you can download for free here.

Submitted by Mahendra Pratap on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:52am.

Indian belly can ruin your trip if you let your taste buds run amok. India has one of the best foods for your drooling palette and some basic steps ensure you stay safe, whilst you engage in self-indulgence. Here are three basic rules I can swear by. I have traveled to India many times with my small daughter and I swear we never fall sick. Here is our mantra:

  1. Drink and drink only bottled water. Go to any shop and ask for Bisleri, the first bottled water brand, it is now a generic term for bottled water. If you don’t have access to bottled water, you can have RO water (RO being reverse osmosis), a process to purify water. You can also boil water for about 20 minutes and then consume it within 2 days.
  2. Avoid raw foods especially, salad. Most Indian dishes are served with vinegar onion (yum) or cucumber yoghurt. Control!!! Its a luxury you can’t afford. Avoid it at all cost. You can have anything that’s cooked and is still “warm”. Remember, India's a tropical country and it doesn’t take time for microbes to multiply. That is the reason you need to have hot, cooked food.
  3. Avoid milk for the first week. Indians drink buffalo’s milk and cow’s milk is a rarity. Start with milk products like yogurt and then try and stick to toned milk. Indian yogurt is the best I have tasted so far. You can also have the ubiquitous Indian tea. Its boiled, healthy and if herbal, aids your digestion.
  4. Stay odomoized to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Odomos is a local mosquito repellent brand. Don’t try and carry mosquito repellents from the west. Indian mosquitoes are thick skinned much like India itself .
  5. It might be worth it to invest in soft Lucknowi cotton kurtis. They will keep you covered and safe. You can get them for as low as $3 from Chandni chowk. Whats better than a slice of the old world with some shopping indulgence?

Stick to these simple rules and you will have a fun and safe trip…