Unbelievably, counterfeit water is a thing you need to avoid while travelling in India!
Bootleggers slightly modify a legitimate water brand to fool you, and the store owners sell it because they earn more profit from this cheaper product.
Some of the fake brands include: Bilseir, Bisferi, Bisllari, Beslare, Belsri, Brislei, Blissli, and many more.
I bought 3 fake bottles of mineral water on a 4-hour road trip from Haryana to my Wife‘s Mother’s village in Rajasthan, and I could not find a real bottle on that trip!
The genuine brands are Bisleri (Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd), Aquafina (PepsiCo), and Kinley (The Coca-Cola Company).
Water is water, and I have by mistake drunk this water and it was fine, but when you’re putting something into your body, are you going to trust counterfeiters or a reputable drink manufacturer?
The big 20L bottles we buy and put in dispensers in offices are also affected. Be careful. Counterfeiters buy the empty bottles for ₹10-20 and refill them. They also produced fake stickers, seals, holograms, and caps! So it’s hard to tell real from fake.
To avoid contaminated water, please double-check all bottles you buy. Or better yet, buy a reusable bottle and fill it up directly from a water filter at your hotel.
Nowadays, there are also drink bottles that include filters so you can fill up water from uncertain sources. But these bottles are hard to suck water through, and the filter is so large that you get less water in your bottle.
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