India Survival Guide (Quick-Start Safety Guide)

Introduction to Travelling Safely in India

Incredible India. That’s the best way I’ve found to describe this great country. Around every street corner is a sight that blows your senses and leaves you in disbelief.

Yup, this is India! Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

You’re sitting in Subway and outside an elephant walks past on the road (Jaipur, Rajasthan). You stumble upon a quiet old relic from the past that rivals The Taj Mahal in size and beauty (Safdarjung’s Tomb, New Delhi, Delhi). Or you decide to visit a strange place, called The Rock Garden, with no expectations, and come out amazed at one man’s passion for building a massive jungle made of rock and water (Chandigarh, Punjab).

Every day you’ll discover something incredible in India. That’s what makes this country so magic and enjoyable to travel.

The second best way I’ve found to describe India is ‘organised chaos.’ When tourists compare India to Western countries, this is usually the first impression they have upon arriving outside the bustling Mumbai or New Delhi airports. The amount of people and the amount of pushy touts that are trying to convince you that you don’t know what you’re doing and that you need to get in their taxi immediately disorientates you. How can you tell who to trust? It’s a shock to the system.

In amongst that chaos, tourists come across some problems that affect their trip: scams, pollution, hygiene, and safety. But the good news is this chaos can be learnt, and therefore it becomes organised chaos or just normal life in India.

I was lucky when I first arrived in India in 2013. I had an excellent Indian friend who met me at the airport and taught me the ropes to survive. Since then I’ve travelled to every single state and union territory in India! Plus India before partition, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Karl Rock on Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep, India
Me on the stunning Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep, India.

Now, I’m your new best friend. My name is Karl. I’m originally from Auckland, New Zealand but now I live permanently in New Delhi, India with my Wife, Manisha Malik, and my parents-in-law, Prem & Sunita Malik.

Meet my wife and learn about vitiligo.
And meet my parents-in-law as they talk about their arranged marriage.
This is me loving every second on India’s Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

I’m going to prepare you to handle the problems that will arise during your trip. I will help you save money, avoid scams, stay safe, and avoid getting sick.

Let’s get you ready to explore and experience incredible India!

“India Survival Guide” Table of Contents

Karl Rock's India Survival Guide (Quick-Start Safety Guide) Cover
India Survival Guide (Quick-Start Safety Guide) Cover
  1. Introduction
  2. Travel Essentials: Before You Travel to India
  3. Arriving in India: Getting to Your Hotel & Airport Amenities
  4. Tourist Scams to Avoid in India
  5. Avoiding Fake Money & Ripped Notes in India
  6. Avoiding Bad Accommodation
  7. How to Bargain, Get Refunds, and How Much Rickshaws Cost
  8. Avoiding Counterfeit Souvenirs in India
  9. How to Be Street Smart in India
  10. Buses and Trains in India Explained
  11. Food and Drink Safety for Travellers
  12. What to Do If You Get Sick in India
  13. How to Deal with Air Pollution in India

Please leave a comment if I helped you.

11 replies on “India Survival Guide (Quick-Start Safety Guide)”

You are a god, Karl! THANK YOU! India is such a beautiful country, and Indian people are absolutely the nicest people in the world. But for foreigners, it can be so bewildering. That’s such a shame. India should be paying you as an ambassador!

Appreciate your YouTube posts and it brought me here.
Recommending your posts to other people. Useful also for Indian people!
Be safe and continue your excellent work. I am now Canadian (and Indian), born Indian, currently in India.

Thank you soo much Karl! your videos and this travel guide are second to none! I Truly Appreciate all you do. Best wishes to you and your Family!

Hey Karl, I’ve just watched your videos for a month and I’m now addicted to your videos. It was fun and helpful. I hope you can get back to India as soon as possible. Salam dari Indonesia!

Your book /guide should be part of the visa to India. It will help so many people with what to expect, when you get to India.

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