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Old 11-21-2017, 05:28 PM
 
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New Delhi is known for its horrible pollution. Many cities in India have pollution issues but New Delhi is the worst. I wouldn't skip New Delhi because of it! We frequently travel in rickshaws - combining fumes from surrounding vehicles with the pollution can make for a tough ride. My daughter has a mask that she wears to cover her nose and mouth and has no breathing issues. They are available on Amazon (or probably even a pharmacy). I'd use one of those before I gave up visiting New Delhi.

Jaipur is a great place - worth 2 full days. You can get away with a full day in Agra, but I'd allow at least 3/4 for New Delhi. No way would I make Jaipur my base unless you're going to Ajmer/Pushkar, Ranthambore or Shekhawati. Enjoy!
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Old 12-22-2017, 03:46 AM
 
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Just left Delhi. The air pollution is toxic. Rated 420 while I was there. I'm on my cellphone now. But I will come back later to convey what it was doing to my health.
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Old 12-24-2017, 07:02 AM
 
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Delhi pollution.

My body reacted to it. Had a crazy headache, the kind that you might feel when exposed to open markers for too long...like a biting type of headache.

Mouth was extremely dry, I could not get enough water in me. Hardest though, was it was hard to breathe. Especially at night, it just felt like the body was craving fresh air, but impossible to get. Sometimes felt shortness of breathe, especially at night. Amazing when I went to the airport, and they had fresh air in there. My lungs felt like they could expand for the first time since arriving in Delhi, and just felt great to inhale air that didn't have toxic chemicals to it.

I also developed a dry cough, tons of sneezing, and later coughed up plehm, after I had left. I don't believe I had a cold, it just began as soon as I arrived, and began the recovery at the airport upon departure. My body was fighting in its immune system, just the toxic air that was coming into the body through the lungs.

Quite an experience, and one I'd rather not repeat. That being said, not everyone's body reacted the same as mine. Many in Delhi just life as usual, doing their routines. There was a fellow traveler I met from Mumbai, and he was having the exact same symptoms as I was, the moment he arrived in the city as well. Both of had taken quite a bit of tuk-tuks and such, which is probably like inhaling toxicity as the streets were filled exhaust fumes. It also didn't help that it was winter, and locals seem to burn just about anything and everything they find - i.e. plastics, woods, anything really....to keep warm. Thinking of the seemingly homeless populations that lived out on the streets, or who had their small businesses out on the streets.
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Old 12-24-2017, 11:41 PM
 
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I managed to time a trip to Delhi this year pretty well as the air was actually pretty good, relatively speaking. The air quality still wasn't spectacular though. I went around the end of August which according to the folks there is after the most brutal heat but before the farmers start burning their crop fields and before colder weather brings on all the pollution from people heating their homes.

I hear that the crop burning surrounding New Delhi is what makes the biggest impact on the air quality.
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Old 12-28-2017, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Delhi pollution.

My body reacted to it. Had a crazy headache, the kind that you might feel when exposed to open markers for too long...like a biting type of headache.

Mouth was extremely dry, I could not get enough water in me. Hardest though, was it was hard to breathe. Especially at night, it just felt like the body was craving fresh air, but impossible to get. Sometimes felt shortness of breathe, especially at night. Amazing when I went to the airport, and they had fresh air in there. My lungs felt like they could expand for the first time since arriving in Delhi, and just felt great to inhale air that didn't have toxic chemicals to it.

I also developed a dry cough, tons of sneezing, and later coughed up plehm, after I had left. I don't believe I had a cold, it just began as soon as I arrived, and began the recovery at the airport upon departure. My body was fighting in its immune system, just the toxic air that was coming into the body through the lungs.

Quite an experience, and one I'd rather not repeat. That being said, not everyone's body reacted the same as mine. Many in Delhi just life as usual, doing their routines. There was a fellow traveler I met from Mumbai, and he was having the exact same symptoms as I was, the moment he arrived in the city as well. Both of had taken quite a bit of tuk-tuks and such, which is probably like inhaling toxicity as the streets were filled exhaust fumes. It also didn't help that it was winter, and locals seem to burn just about anything and everything they find - i.e. plastics, woods, anything really....to keep warm. Thinking of the seemingly homeless populations that lived out on the streets, or who had their small businesses out on the streets.
Tiger Beer, thanks much for your impressions. Sounds like an awful experience. I have had similar experiences where the air quality was bad, so am having second thoughts about going to New Delhi.
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Old 12-28-2017, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Tiger Beer, thanks much for your impressions. Sounds like an awful experience. I have had similar experiences where the air quality was bad, so am having second thoughts about going to New Delhi.
Yeah, India is huge, and there are many other options/choices.

I'd avoid Delhi as well, now that I've experienced that air pollution first-hand.
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:07 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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Keeping my fingers crossed.....I'll be in Delhi in four weeks. I think I'll pick up some good masks before I take off.
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:22 PM
 
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Keeping my fingers crossed.....I'll be in Delhi in four weeks. I think I'll pick up some good masks before I take off.
Good mask. Try to get air conditioning taxi/ car and don't stay in Delhi too long. Most other nearby cities has better air quality
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: St Paul's Bay, Malta
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I still see India as a dangerous place to visit. Maybe in the future...
India is not dangerous if you stick to the main tourist areas, which is the opposite of places such as Spain, where the main tourist resorts are dangerous. I have a friend who was mugged at knifepoint in Benidorm, awful.
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