Despite the name, you are prone to Delhi Belly anywhere in India! It’s just a traveller lingo for getting diarrhoea or an upset tummy from the food in India. A mild case is pretty normal when adjusting to the food- but the last thing you want is to be sick abroad (I speak with experience from my recent visit!)
1. Don’t drink water unless it is from a sealed bottle of mineral water (I mainly stuck to Bisleri mineral water)
2. Refuse ice cubes in your drinks unless made from mineral water (people often say Bisleri instead of mineral water- a bit like how we sometimes say Hoover when we mean vacuum cleaner!) I would avoid ice in cocktails too unless in a super swanky hotel- you can never be too careful!
3. Avoid salad in case it is washed in local water as well. Stick to hot cooked foods so harmful bacterias have been killed off!
4. There are 100’s of stalls selling fruit juices which is hard to resist. Make sure you are drinking pure fresh juice and no water has been added!
5. Keep yourself hydrated- it is hot, humid and polluted in Mumbai, even in cooler weather you will need more water than usual. Drink plenty of mineral water!
6. Take toilet roll with you in your bag- just trust me on this one!
7. Take hand sanitizer too- you can thank me later…
8. The street food on offer is a feast on the eyes and nose! Definitely look and photograph whats on offer- but then find a restaurant that cooks with mineral water to try the dishes! Show them what you want from photos or learn the name- restaurants are quite flexible with their menu! Restaurants are so cheap there- and ones using mineral water are going to be worth spending a few more rupees on!
9. Take travel insurance! Healthcare for basic stuff is relatively cheap out there, but I would not recommend travelling anywhere without a good health travel insurance – you just never know when you will need it.
10. Enjoy the food! Indian cuisine has so much to offer, I wouldn’t want this post to put you off! There is so much to explore in Indian cuisine and it is vegetarian heaven so try new dishes and flavours, learn about different spices and regional specialities- just use travel advisor and other review sites to check you’re in a place that is tummy friendly for tourists!