Replies: 24 - Last Post: Dec 14, 2012 5:36 AM Last Post By: kaz
Dec 8, 2012 9:26 AM
Dec 8, 2012 9:43 AM
16When I was first in India it very hard to find a computer and the internet and often you have have the child of the owner of the computer sitting on your lap watching you and two people leaning over your shoulder. The internet often came over a cell phone tethered to the computer, slow and unreliable. The next to last time I was there wifi was showing up in the newly appearing coffee houses and free. Then they began to charge and then they seem to be dropping it, not enough money in it. A hotel might have wifi in their lobby, but just might....internet cafe's offered it for a fee. Indians seem not to want to bother providing it because it was hard to make money off. Now I expect it is much more common....????
I know I am probably going to have to learn to book railway and hotel tickets online, that the discounts for hotels come at the front end online rather than walking in to bargain for empty rooms.
For all my travels, I never sussed out how much to pay a porter to carry my bags to the where I got my carriage or to get my bags through the crowds to the tuk tuks, that is when I had put my back out and was hobbling. Thye always looked disappointed. I was saw some porters complain bitterly for carrying bags down the hill to the train station for some girls in a mountain town for 500 Rs when I knew the price to go uphill was 50. Ah India.
Dec 8, 2012 10:30 AM
17My wifi experience in india and nepal were all positives. All of the places I stayed had goos connection--though many places the connection only available in the lobby/common area.
Mobile phone is the primary phone connection for people on developing countries. It is easier and cheaper to get it than to try to get a landlines.
Dec 8, 2012 10:45 AM
Dec 8, 2012 12:28 PM
19When I first went there I saw very few cell phones. And most people did not have land lines. Now everyone, even bicycle rickshaw wallahs have cel phones. I even have the cel phone number of an annni wallah in Delhi if you need an elephant…
Dec 8, 2012 12:52 PM
20Land lines are old-fashioned, India skipped that phase..And here in Delhi, seems like they all have a cell phone, the cigarette wallah, cleaning lady, pani wallah, cylinder wallah, garbage wallah...and feels like, at least Indian men, are born with a cell phone in one hand, and the other one on the honk...
Dec 8, 2012 8:10 PM
21You should use ATMs of reputed banks such as HDFC, AXIS etc. Avoid ATMs of nationalized banks as these are are poorly maintained and your card may get stuck or transaction remaining in complete and amount still debited to the card. Having learnt from these problems RBI ( Central Bank) has changed the mechanism of ATM so that the money meant against withdrawal will not be retracted by machine and you can safely collect the notes which are generally in form of Rs.500/- notes.
Dec 13, 2012 3:25 PM
22Travelers cheques have gone the way of the pith helmet...!
Get a couple of ATM cards...and you're all set... Make sure to notify your bank which countries you will be using the cards in and how long you will be there...
I say carry a couple of cards...just on the chance that one card goes squirrley on you ... a debit card and charge cards are also great way to access cash and pay for things on the road...
Dec 13, 2012 6:00 PM
Dec 14, 2012 5:36 AM
24Vasenka says notify your bank that you'll be using your card abroad, but don't bother if your account is with a UK bank. The blocking of cards with 'unusual activity' is automated and telling NatWest, Barclays and the like will make no difference at all. Your card may still be blocked, they just tell you to phone them if this happens, which isn't always so convenient or easy.
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