New Delhi, India travel tips

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For a lovely stay, book your vacation a the Leela Palace New Delhi.

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Do not sit or lean on or against temple walls or shrines, even if they are in ruins.

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Avoid touching another person with your feet, even inadvertently, especially when sitting Indian-style on the floor.

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There are certain parts of India known as "Restricted Areas" which require special permits.

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As difficult as it may be, try to ignore beggars. There are many of them throughout India, and if you give to one, you will likely quickly become surrounded. That situation can become a easy way to be targeted by a pickpocket, so be careful.

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Eating with your hands is commonplace in India, but avoid using your left hand, which is considered unclean.

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Smoking is prohibited in all public places in India.

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There are no hard and fast rules regarding tipping. In restaurants, check your bill before leaving a tip, as it may be included. If it's not, ten percent of the bill is usually sufficient.

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If visiting a temple, mosque, shrine, or other religious site, you should always ask permission before taking photographs.

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Most Indians dress conservatively, although younger people--especially in the cities---are likely to dress in more typical Western styles. It's best for visitors to dress modestly, as exposed shoulders and legs may invite unwanted attention.

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Compared to most western countries, Indians tend to ask rather personal questions. This is just a cultural difference, and should not be seen as offensive. So if someone asks how much money you make immediately after meeting you, try to take it with a grain of salt.

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Be aware that older people are treated with great respect in Indian society.

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The traditional greeting when meeting an Indian person is "Namaste" with the palms pressed together and raised towards the face.

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Although Hindi is the official language of India, English is widely spoken in most major cities, and if you're an English speaker, you likely won't have any major communication problems.

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If the prospect of getting out and seeing New Delhi--or any part of India, for that matter--is overwhelming, all tourist offices and travel agents can arrange a certified guide for a fixed hourly rate.

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Trains in India are generally crowded, so make reservations well in advance. You can make them as far as two months ahead of time.

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The best time to visit India is between October and March, when the weather is milder. Avoid the summer if at all possible, as the heat is unbearable.

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