If you are a cable television viewer you've noticed how much air time there has been lately regarding ancient aliens, lost archeology and UFOs. One does not have to be a convert to be swept up in the wonder of it all. Many of the things discussed on these types of programs are quite interesting. Many of the places they visit-and the texts that they quote from-are from the humongous country of India. On this land mass lies thousands of years of crumbling civilizations, breathtaking stone monuments and unique philosophies. India is definitely a great country to travel to if you have any interest in the history of the world-whether you agree with the prevailing theories or not! Like any other far off country, we Americans would be best off if we visit a certified travel clinic before we begin our journey. These facilities can offer much in the way of common sense protection and even more importantly – protection through vaccination.
India is not the first place your average American will think of when planning a vacation. Many of us rather hit a closed beach, drink on-the-house cocktails and bath in the lap of luxury that a private resort can afford us. For others amongst us, that type of vacation is bland and neutral, boring and homogenized beyond the pale! It is for these individuals that the mysterious country of India beckons. Armed with a vaccination or two, traveling throughout India will create awesome memories that will never be forgotten.
Travel to India is quite simple. Most, if not all, American carriers offer direct flights to this dusky Xanadu. From white sands beaches to dimly lit temples erected to worship a seemingly endless array of gods and goddesses, this destination is truly unique. Located in South Asia, India is the seventh largest country by geographical area on the globe. India is also the most populated country behind China, as it is home to over 1.2 billion people of varying faiths, languages, beliefs, classes and dietary preferences. India is truly one of the most amazing places on Earth, steeped in a history as poignant and as rich as the richest in the world. To think that a land as wide and as interesting is so easily and safely accessible after a simple vaccination or two boggles the mind for those of us that can appreciate such things.
Instead of making this a history lesson, let's take a look at some of the dangers that the average American may run into when traveling to India. As in many countries in Asia, a simple visit to a certified travel clinic before takeoff is recommended. Vaccination preventable diseases in India include: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, and Malaria.
It is important to note that most countries outside of the United Sates-and especially those in the East-require a vaccination or two to secure your safety while visiting. Travel to India is no different than that of any other foreign country-but the pay-off in terms of culture, sightseeing, and a delicious new menu to sample far outweigh other countries you may decide to visit.