IF THE THOUGHT of squatting over a hole for days on end is holding you back from one of the most incredible journeys of your life, I urge you to read this.
It is possible to travel extensively in India and avoid a case of Delhi (or Rishikesh, or Anjuna, or anywhere) Belly. What’s more, you’ll be able to eat some of the best food on the planet. I know this because I spent a month in the country, and while travelers around me seemed to drop like flies, I remained healthy.
This is not because I have a superhero gut of steel. It’s because I took some basic precautions, and stuck to them. Our digestive system just isn’t ready for the onslaught of foreign microbes you’ll find on the subcontinent. Over time it will adjust, but for travelers, here’s my plan to prevent a messy disaster: