If you’re planning a trip to India, there are a few things you should know before you leave that will keep you better prepared for your travels.
Be careful with what you eat and drink
This is a given when you go to India, not because their food is dirty, but it’s just prepared in a different way that our stomachs may not be ready for. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat their delicacies (that’s part of the fun!) – just be careful, and stick to drinking bottled water, even for brushing your teeth with.
You don’t necessarily have to cover yourself head to toe, but making an effort to respect their culture is always a good idea. Indians understand tourists come and wear shorts and crop tops, and who are they to tell you to wear otherwise, but little things go a long way. Like removing your shoes when entering someone’s home, or sometimes even shops.
Watch what you do with your body
The littlest things to us may be mean a whole different thing in Indian. For example, when eating with your left hand, or even just passing something to someone with it is said to be very rude. – As well as touching something with your feet, as they are deemed to being a dirty thing in India.
You can avoid these little things by doing your research beforehand, but you will most likely pick it up by watching what the locals do.
Visit the smaller villages
Don’t just stay in the big city, as beautiful as it is; you can’t get a real feel for the country as you would if you visited the backstreets of it. You get to see how people live, walk through the colorful markets and learn a lot more than you would if you just stuck to the commercialized areas.
Get used to being in close contact
If you’re planning on getting public transport, you can expect to be all squished together just to fit inside. If there is a tiny space available – it will be filled, whether or not it means leaning on somebody. It’s a whole other culture, so don’t get wrapped up in the idea that it’s ‘rude’ or ‘disrespectful,’ it’s not meant to be, it’s just their normal.
Before even thinking about going to India, make sure you have sorted out an Indian Visa Application; otherwise, you may not even be able to go anyway! Plus, it can protect you if you end up in a sticky situation.
Once you are there though, don’t be carrying huge amounts of cash on you, and any valuables that you do have, whether that be jewelry or gadgets – keep them hidden.
Criminals target tourists because they don’t know any better, so make sure you do!
Even the simple things like don’t walk down the streets alone, should all be considered. It sounds obvious, but it’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement and say “You go, I just wanna look at this,” but you should always stick together. And if you’re traveling on your own, keep watch of the time and the people around you. And it doesn’t hurt to buddy up with the locals.
Be prepared for noise
It can get very loud in India because people are always on the move; it’s busy, and there are forms of transport pretty much wherever you turn. So a good trick to drown out some of the noise if it gets too much is to wear earplugs.
Try and manage your time
Time can be a very different thing in India because it’s so busy, there’s constant traffic on the streets, and this can cause delays to everything and everyone. So if someone tells you it’ll only take five minutes, it would be wise to give yourself at least thirty minutes if not more. The place you want to go may be just down the road, but getting there is a whole other struggle.
The most common thing for people to say about going to India is the heat. Everyone wants to do as much as they can in the period of time they have, which eventually leaves you feeling exhausted, and the glaring sun doesn’t help that. There are so many things to see, so it’s understandable that people don’t want to miss anything. But what good is your vacation if you end up making yourself sick?
India isn’t going anywhere, so if you can’t fit everything in that you wanted to do – just come back again another time.
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