In many ways, India is a safe country. Mugging and other forms of physical violence against tourists occur only sporadically. Theft from tourists is also less frequent than in Britain, despite the wide difference in wealth between westerners and Indians. Still, in the eyes of the local population each ‘white nose’ is a millionaire and those who come in touch with you will make numerous efforts to share in your infinite wealth in some way. In almost all cases this way is begging or ripping you off. This relative security does not mean, however, that you can afford to be careless with money, valuables and luggage. Cash and travel documents are best worn on your skin, underneath your clothing. Do not leave anything valuable in your hotel room, it is better not to invite theft. In each hotel, you can leave valuables at reception, in exchange for a token.