in all seriousness, ive spoken too several people who's been to INDIA and they say the country overall has a bad smell. is there anybody who's been to INDIA here that can vouch for that?
Answer:yes it smells. you get used to it. it is sort of fecal matter, mold, deisel fuel, wood smoke and spices.
Answer:Curry is not deodorant!
Answer:so basically the whole country smells like Los Angeles?
Answer:Yes it smells. I am in New Delhi right now.
Answer:Globetrotter put it well. More than anything, it smells of cow-dung fires. Cow dung is made into patties and dried on the sides of buildings. It's basically free fuel. It makes a thick, pungent smoke that can be smelled throughout the country.
Answer:Does cow dung smoke get into your clothes the way tobacco smoke does?
Answer:If you're in one of the major urban areas, it's not as big a deal as automobile emissions. The air in Calcutta is so polluted with exhaust that at night car headlights look like they're coming through a black fog.
In cities like Varanasi, which is basically a maze of back alleys full of cows, your clothes are going to end up stinking of cow dung smoke. Of course, you're probably not going to be wearing your fine worsteds there.
Answer:Not that I'm going to India soon, but if I do, it would be a fantastic excuse to get myself a khaki sort of safari suit.
Answer:This kind I imagine
Answer:My brother visited a few years ago. He said to imagine Mumbai, stuff a piece of shit up one nostril, and an exhaust pipe up the other :laugh:
And for your porters?
Answer:Let's say India has a lot of smells. The one that I remember most vividly is the pungent, unbearable and inescapable smell of diesel/kerosene exhaust. It was constantly present in the cities and never far away anywhere else, it is repulsive and, considering the country is still expanding and developing and that it's only likely to get worse -- along with other environmental depredation, depressing. And by environmental depredation, I mean damage to the environment on a dramatic, life-threatening level -- pollution of water and air that one regrets breathing. Sigh.
Answer:I thought Cairo had a strong smell....
Answer:a towel is not a hat!