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Should I go to India?

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I have been invited to India with a friend from university who lives there and I am unsure whether or not to go. We'd be going for 10 days and staying with her family and attending a wedding while out there and also enjoying the Diwali celebrations.

I know it would be an unforgettable experience but I have a number of reservations:
- The food - I am not a fan of spicy food and have read the eating salads is not a good idea in India as they can be contaminated
- Illness - We would only be there for 10 days and so wouldn't want a substantial portion of this to be ruined by illness, I know there are certain vaccines I can have and precautions I can take while there but given my dislike to spicy food, would this make illness more likely even if I try to avoid it? e.g. are there reasonable western dining options?
- I am not an experienced traveller and have only been outside Europe once, to visit north America
- Cost - flights don't seem too expensive (around 560 GBP) but how much spending money would I need while there if I don't have to pay for my accommodation as my friend is hosting?
- Any other factors I should consider?

I would really like to go but given my circumstances I am not sure how rewarding the experience would be and if I am ill I don't want to be a burden on my host, but it would be great to experience India with someone who is used to living there and knows all about its history and hugely varied culture.

Any tips and advice would be appreciated!


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