Eating in India

Oct 30th, 1999, 10:30 AM
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Eating in India

Heading out to northern India for 3 week trip and know to be careful about drinking anything but bottled water. But what about yogurt? All I read says "no milk" so am wondering if yogurt is ok or not. Any suggestions for an elderly American stomach would be greatly appreciated. thanks. Cofie
Oct 31st, 1999, 06:27 PM
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You can also have Coke, Pepsi and 7-Up.
Drink water only if it's bottled, and
YOU break open the seal. There is a thriving trade in reusing old bottles.

Stay away from any food that is not piping hot and cooked before your own eyes. Yogurt is especially unsafe.

One exception: If you stay or eat at any
of the fancy hotels (five stars, as they are called), you are safe.

There are four exceptional restaurants, serving exquisite north indian cuisine
in New Delhi: 'Chor Bazaar'(thieves' market), Karim's, 'Bukhaara' at the Sheraton and the Indian Restaurant at the Intercontinental.

One last tip. If someone offers to change your US$ to local currency at
'black market' rates, walk away.
Nov 4th, 1999, 02:09 PM
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I went on a six-week tour to India a few
years ago with my wife and would recommend eating vegetarian foods as a
way to minimize the risk of getting sick. You can often get all you can eat
thalis (trays of vegetarian dishes) for
very cheap--from the equivalent of 50 cents to a dollar. I am not a vegetarian but enjoy most Indian vegetarian dishes. We also ate chicken tandoor and chicken tikka fairly regualarly and didn't get sick from food the whole trip.
Jun 6th, 2000, 09:57 PM
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Check out, they have a listing of topend restaurants/bars/pubs
Jun 12th, 2000, 07:49 PM
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I spent a couple of months in India and didn't have any problems with any of the food, apart from the occassional hot curry! I ate most foods from street stalls and local restaurants without incident. I also brushed my teeth in the local water - this may have helped to form an immunity of some sorts. I know most guides and people say to stay away from this and that, but if you are careful and use your instincts as to what to eat you should be fine.
A small tip - eat where there are plenty of locals!
Jun 21st, 2000, 12:52 PM
jeff holmes
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Don't forget to get the requisite pre trip shots and prescriptions for various "problems" that can result from eating casually, getting bitten by some insect or otherwise exposing your entire system to a strange environment.

Most Docs and HMO Docs will refer you to a local travel clinic that does these.

Jun 22nd, 2000, 12:17 AM
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avoid ice cubes and ice cream at all costs, even in hotels. I should know better. I was down with diarrhoea when I was there!

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