India’s crowded public transport, crush of humanity and variable infrastructure can test even the hardiest able-bodied traveller. If you have a physical disability or are vision-impaired, these can pose even more of a challenge. If your mobility is considerably restricted, you may like to ease the stress by travelling with an able-bodied companion.
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. 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.
The following organisations may be able to provide further information:
Access-Able Travel Source (www.access-able.com)
Accessible Journeys (www.disabilitytravel.com)
Global Access News (www.globalaccessnews.com)
Mobility International USA (MIUSA; www.miusa.org)