December 6-14, 2013
Starting at $995 • Register Now
While India is very poor and huge segments of the population don’t have access to medicine, the country does have many skilled doctors, hospitals and clinics that are very inexpensive by Western standards. Finding a modern hospital or skilled allopathic doctor is very easy in the unlikely chance you need medical care. In fact, our hotel also has a doctor on call.
Women & LGBT Travelers
India is generally a very safe place to travel for women as well as members of lesbian, gay and transgender communities. However, understanding the cultural attitudes toward these groups is important.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends a number of vaccines when traveling in India. You can review their current recommendations HERE. You should also discuss vaccinations with your doctor to evaluate which ones are right for you given your own unique health needs and personal beliefs about vaccines.
Delhi Belly seems to be a rite of passage for many traveling in India. It can be as mild as a bout of gas or as uncomfortable as extreme dysentery. I will provide guidelines for avoiding this, but you will want to be prepared by packing some over-the-counter medications, as well as Ciprofloxacin, a common antibiotic which your doctor can prescribe. Most likely you won’t need antibiotics, but it is wise as well as comforting to be prepared in case you do.
Malaria outbreaks are very rare in Inda and are generally in areas very far from where we will be traveling and at other times of the year. Because the side effects of anti-malaria medication can be harsh, travelers to Northern India usually choose not to take it. Still, you will want to discuss this with your doctor and make your own informed decision.