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Old 21 March 2017, 05:27
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Only eat fruit and vegetables that can be peeled. Only drink bottled water.


Whilst much of the food not not make the locals ill, Westerner's have different bacteria in our guts and hence, Delhi Belly!

When asking any time to distance, you will be told "10 more minutes". It has no significance to reality.

There's no such thing as "medium or mild spicy"

Northern cuisine tends to be more spicy. Southern cuisine, more coconut based.


Somewhat humorous, but very important! https://www.youtube[dot]com/watch?v=0RaBxH_MKQI

The key to enjoying India (for me), was not to compare it to what is "normal" in my environment, but rather to accept and embrace India for what it is. It is an incredible place with some incredible people.
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Old 27 March 2017, 21:50
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Gents,

A couple questions regarding airport layovers. I've never had a layover as long as the two I'm going to have on this trip.

I know you can leave the airport during a layover, I'm just trying to figure out if it is worth it.

My layover flying to India is in London(Heathrow) for 14 hours, arriving at 8 AM, departing at 10 PM. Worth it to leave the airport and see some sights? I've been to London before, but there are a few things I haven't seen yet, like Windsor Castle and the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms.

My layover coming home is 18 hours, arriving in London at 5:30 PM and departing at 11:30 the next morning. I was planning on getting a cheap hotel room near the airport. Anywhere you can recommend with preferably with dedicated transport to the hotel and back to Heathrow so I don't have to navigate the tube or anything like that.
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Old 27 March 2017, 23:48
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Absolutely leave the airport on the way out. You can take the tube right from the airport and it's very easy to get around. I believe you can store your luggage too.
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Old 28 March 2017, 02:04
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Gents,

A couple questions regarding airport layovers. I've never had a layover as long as the two I'm going to have on this trip.

I know you can leave the airport during a layover, I'm just trying to figure out if it is worth it.

My layover flying to India is in London(Heathrow) for 14 hours, arriving at 8 AM, departing at 10 PM. Worth it to leave the airport and see some sights? I've been to London before, but there are a few things I haven't seen yet, like Windsor Castle and the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms.

My layover coming home is 18 hours, arriving in London at 5:30 PM and departing at 11:30 the next morning. I was planning on getting a cheap hotel room near the airport. Anywhere you can recommend with preferably with dedicated transport to the hotel and back to Heathrow so I don't have to navigate the tube or anything like that.
First layover: Definitely leave the airport. Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington Square and a tube or Uber from there to wherever. Get a return ticket to save you time (and money) on the way back. To drive can take a long time, the Heathrow Express will have you downtown London in about 20 minutes.

Second layover. The Hilton at Terminal 4 is attached to the terminal by a walkway. You'll probably arrive at T5, there's a shuttle bus and no cost between the two. The Hilton has a shuttle back to T5 every 30 minutes and it costs a few pounds but not a lot.
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Old 28 March 2017, 02:07
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You can also take the tube to and from LHR but it's a long, cramped ride.
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Old 13 April 2017, 16:30
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Can anyone recommend a hotel for one night?

I have a day to kill at the end of the tour. I was originally going to go through the tour company for that extra night of accommodations and airport pickup and dropoff, but I got an e-mail from them a couple weeks ago saying that due to customer feedback, they aren't using the hotel I linked to above and are working to find other accommodations. That extra night was going to be $62, plus $36/each way for airport pickup/dropoff, but that was before I got the e-mail saying the hotel was going to be changed.
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If anyone's interested, the new road to Agra makes the Taj trip very worthwhile on a short Delhi layover.
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If anyone's interested, the new road to Agra makes the Taj trip very worthwhile on a short Delhi layover.
Does it still entail several stops along the way, at the driver's cousin's stores?
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Does it still entail several stops along the way, at the driver's cousin's stores?
Amazingly, our driver didn't play that game which was a first. The tour guide in Agra managed to get us into a marble carving place for a few minutes, but that's unavoidable in Agra. Dude knew his audience, the cold Kingfishers kept everything very civilized
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