India’s crowded public transport, crush of humanity and often-lacking infrastructure test even the hardiest traveller. If you have a physical disability or are vision-impaired, these can pose even more of a challenge, as can variable societal attitudes. If your mobility is considerably restricted, you may like to ease the stress by travelling with a companion.
Over the last few years operators such as Planet Abled (http://planetabled.com) and Cox & Kings' Enable Travel (www.enabletravel.com) have been working hard to enable and increase accessible travel across India.
Accommodation Wheelchair-friendly hotels are almost exclusively top-end. Make pretrip enquiries and book ground-floor rooms at hotels that lack adequate facilities.
Accessibility Some restaurants and offices have ramps but most tend to have at least one step. Staircases are often steep; lifts frequently stop at mezzanines between floors.
Footpaths Where pavements exist, they can be riddled with holes, littered with debris and packed with pedestrians and stalls. If using crutches, bring along spare rubber caps.
Transport Hiring a car with driver will make moving around a lot easier; if you use a wheelchair, make sure the car-hire company can provide an appropriate vehicle to carry it.
For further advice pertaining to your specific requirements, consult your doctor before heading to India.
Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.
Resources & Organisations
The following provide further information and/or help book trips:
Accessible Journeys (www.accessiblejourneys.com)
Curb Free with Cory Lee (www.curbfreewithcorylee.com)
Enable Travel (www.enabletravel.com)
Mobility International USA (MIUSA; www.miusa.org)
Planet Abled (http://planetabled.com)