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In India, never drink tap water without boiling it. In Delhi, when you ask nicely at any restaurant, they will usually get your bottles filled with hot water. There will be proper filtered water available in most hotels and hostels where you can fill up. The blue drums will be found in many places and you can ask where any of those are found. Also, bottled ...


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I've lived in India for five years, and I believe it's better to err on the side of caution here. Why? It's important to remember that as a foreigner, your immune system is quite differently equipped compared to that of the locals. Indian ground water and tap water is often contaminated with various bacteria, other pathogens, as well as toxic chemicals ...


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Delhi has a few water ATMs which dispense potable water at a really cheap price(~ 0.07$/liter). Although you have mentioned that you don't want to purchase water bottles, I'd like to mention that water bottles are relatively cheaper (not more than ~ 0.30$/liter ) in India. If you are traveling really cheap, don't hesitate to knock on a roadside house door ...


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Almost everywhere I go, I carry a “Grayl.” This has allowed my to drink from irrigation ditches, small puddles, etc. with no ill effects.  Replacing a filter cartridge every three months or longer for $45 (US) definitely beats buying bottles of water every day.  Although I prefer the Grayl, it has many competitors, some of them quite good.


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I was not able to use it when I tried. They only accepted/processed Indian phone numbers, so when you have a phone from another country, (their) SMS don't work, and therefore you cannot connect. In my eyes, that is a rather silly limitation in an international airport. Also, it seems by giving your phone number to use the wi-fi, you agree to 'receive ...


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Please make sure to ABSOLUTELY NOT drink water on Railway stations from so called RO-filters. Those machines haven't actually had their filters replaced in years. You will get sick drinking that water. Trust NO water in India except after carefully checking the spelling, lables 'Bisleri' and 'AquaFina'. Source: I am an Indian.


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Yes, you can exit the airport freely. You will clear Indian immigration & customs at Delhi, after which you can choose to stay in the terminal (both your arriving and departing flights are to/from Terminal 3) or continue anywhere else in Delhi.


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Yes. Customs at Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi is fairly fast, especially in very early morning in your case. I have been done International to Domestic Transfers in 1-1.5 hours. Since yours is on non-peak time, it should be even faster for you. Unless your incoming flight is significantly delayed, you don't need to worry about this.


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While living/travelling in several locations, me and my wife, usually, we get by drinking potable water using: the free water bottles the hotel provide as courtesy; distilled/filtered/boiled water in restaurants given as courtesy; buying them from local supermarkets/stores - 2L/5L, and leaving it in the room for (re)filling up 20cl bottles a few times; we ...


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Your information is correct, quoting the requirements for free Wifi here - Smart Phone/other devices with an Active SIM card Turn ON Wi-Fi on your device Latch on to the Tata Docomo Wi-Fi SSID Click on the internet browser Fill in the details, name, mobile number, E-Mail Id You will receive the Serial number & PIN through SMS on the ...


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Don't reuse disposable plastic water bottles. This is a practice can cause significant health risks, even in a First World country with a reliable supply of tap water. These bottles were designed by their manufacturers to be used once, then thrown away, and all of their safety testing is designed around that assumption. As a result, the plastic begins to ...


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It's unclear from your question whether you have experience flying internationally or not. When you arrive at an international airport on a passenger flight from another country, everybody on the plane (even the crew) has to go through immigration. After leaving the plane, you will follow corridors and signs and will be directed toward the immigration desk. ...


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I'm an Indian and I'll give you a quick fix for this. I was at IGI Airport (Delhi) few months back and a foreigner sitting right beside me was perplexed about how to use the free Wi-Fi he was in the same situation as you. So what he did was: He approached me politely and explained me his plight and since I had 2 sim registered in India (with different ...


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Going against the grain here: Water is not the only place where bacteria live, so if you haven't been to a country before, that usually means you will stumble across some new ones. You cannot avoid touching door handles, and you wouldn't lick them anywhere else in the world, so you will have moderate exposure anyway. Make sure your vaccinations are adequate ...


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I just read MMT's "User agreement" which you automatically agree to when you sign up (I bet you clicked a box that said "agree to user terms"?). Sadly very few consumers bother to read the small boring print that uses many legal terms that always makes it confusing. To sum up what you agreed to (or what they made sure will solidly protect them from having ...


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OK, maybe we did things a little differently, but we travelled for over 5 months in India and maybe bought about 5 bottles of water the entire time. We had a Steripen Ultra, which we charged once every 5-7 days, then sterilised water from taps in a 1l nalgene bottle. Some restaurants provide hot water (very common in Kerala, even train stations had boiling ...


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Okay, I have called to this institution - http://www.indianconsulate.lt/index.php/lt/apie-mus/indijos-ambasada and I have found out that in my case I would need a transit visa. However, since my trip is in less than 15 days (7th of February, now it is 28th January) and the transit visa could only be issued in 2 weeks or so (I can not do all the paperwork ...


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