India’s crowded public transport, hectic urban life and variable infrastructure can test even the hardiest able-bodied traveller. If you have a physical disability or you are vision impaired, these factors 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 pre-trip enquiries and book ground-floor rooms at hotels that lack adequate facilities.
Accessibility Some restaurants and offices have ramps; most tend to have at least one step. Staircases are often steep and uneven.
Footpaths Where pavements exist, they can be riddled with holes, littered with debris and packed with pedestrians and parked motorcycles.
Transport Hiring a car with a 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.
Further advice Consult your doctor about your specific requirements before heading to India.
Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from https://shop.lonelyplanet.com/products/accessible-travel-online-resources-2017. Other resources include:
- Access-Able Travel (www.access-abletravel.com.au)
- Accessible Journeys (www.accessiblejourneys.com)
- Enable Holidays (www.enableholidays.com)
- Global Access News (www.icdri.org/Travel/globalAccess.htm)
- Mobility International USA (MIUSA; www.miusa.org)