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===Beware===
 
===Beware===
  
Probably the worst way to get introduced to India for the first time visitor would be to fly into Delhi on one of those packed red-eye flights arriving at 1am, and take a random taxi from airport into a hotel in a backpacking district, and follow the taxi driver hotel suggestions once you have heard that your hotel has been closed/burned a few days ago. This city is '''difficult''' to handle even for seasoned travellers, and it is hard to shake off the feeling that it is one big dirty noisy dump where everyone tries to rip you off.
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Probably the worst way to get introduced to India for the first time visitor would be to fly into Delhi on one of those packed red-eye flights arriving at 1am, and take a random taxi from airport into a hotel in a backpacking district, and follow the taxi driver hotel suggestions once you have heard that your hotel has been closed/burned a few days ago. This city is '''difficult''' to handle even for seasoned travelers, and it is hard to shake off the feeling that it is one big dirty noisy dump where everyone tries to rip you off.
  
Generally, for a first-time visitor, you will get a better experience of India if you initially fly to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore or Kolkata (then you can continue to Delhi). However, if you must fly to Delhi:
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Generally for a first time visitor you will get a better experience of India if you initially fly to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore or Kolkata (then you can continue to Delhi). However if you must fly to Delhi:
  
* Book a flight arriving during the daytime, preferably afternoon (morning and evening traffic is very bad). A huge number of flights, mostly from the Middle East, are arriving in the late night, and the airport is crowded.
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* Book a flight arriving during daytime, preferably afternoon (morning and evening traffic is very bad). A huge number of flights, mostly from Middle East, are arriving in the late night, and the airport is crowded.
 
   
 
   
* For the first-night book a hotel in advance in the same price range you'd book a hotel in your own country. Yes, good hotels in India could be very cheap, but it is hit and miss. Next day you can walk around and move to a different hotel, or negotiate a price in your hotel down (this is why you only need to book one night).
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* For the first night book a hotel in advance in the same price range you'd book a hotel in your own country. Yes, good hotels in India could be very cheap, but it is hit and miss. Next day you can walk around and move to a different hotel, or negotiate a price in your hotel down (this is why you only need to book one night).
  
 
* Ask the hotel to pick you up from the airport. You will pay 2x-4x more than the normal taxi fare would be, but you will save yourself lots of hassle as the driver will wait for you in arrival area (and yes, they will still wait even if your flight is 4hr late) - and, being the first time in India, it is unlikely you'd get a normal taxi fare anyway. Trying to get Uber at Indian airport also is not a good idea, as finding your driver is always a major hassle which requires several calls - too many cars, and too many people.
 
* Ask the hotel to pick you up from the airport. You will pay 2x-4x more than the normal taxi fare would be, but you will save yourself lots of hassle as the driver will wait for you in arrival area (and yes, they will still wait even if your flight is 4hr late) - and, being the first time in India, it is unlikely you'd get a normal taxi fare anyway. Trying to get Uber at Indian airport also is not a good idea, as finding your driver is always a major hassle which requires several calls - too many cars, and too many people.
  
Note that those items mostly apply to Delhi only. Other Indian airports receive significantly less international traffic and are less crowded, and Delhi seems to be the only major city in India which still doesn't have a proper concept of taxi regulations, and has such a huge abundance of hotels which shouldn't even be allowed to open doors.
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Note that those items mostly apply to Delhi only. Other Indian airports receive significantly less international traffic and are less crowded, and Delhi seem to be the only major city in India which still doesn't have a proper concept of taxi regulations, and has such a huge abundance of hotels which shouldn't even be allowed to open doors.
  
 
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