Top Tips When Visiting India

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.

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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.

Dress conservatively

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.

Stay safe

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.

Don’t overheat

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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  1. I’m feeling honoured after reading your post. India is a little unsafe but Indians are very kind also. We respect our culture and tradition a lot. Touching our books or our elders with feet is suppose to be disrespecting them. There are a lot of rules and regulations in Indian culture and most of them has scientific reason too. We treat our guests in a special way. Even our tourism tag line is “atithi devo bhavah” which means GUESTS ARE GOD. BTW thank you for such a lovely post…visit our country at least for once,enjoy our various tradition and culture,enjoy the variation of food and climate….welcome in advance 🙂

  2. Have you been to India? It’s a lovely country. I would recommend checking to see which vaccinations are recommended for travel. There is safety in numbers, too.

  3. Such a beautiful post. I couldn’t agree more. But the part where you advised to dress conservatively really touched me.
    Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful post about India.

  4. India is a magnificent land of different contrasts where you as wayfarer has great deja vu experiences. I love India in order to culture food … and you must be a cautious traveler when we’re drinking water, all bottled opened with your hands , diahrrea could be a fiend companion.
    Enjoy …

  5. Dear, I’ll visit India in October and this post was like written for me special 😅😍 tysm🙏🏼🙏🏼 will consider all your tips

    1. October is a great time to visit. This is around when we celebrate Diwali or the Festival of Lights, signifying the victory of good over evil. Reach out if you would like to know more.

  6. My bestfriend’s bf is from India- we are planning on visiting with him as our guide- so this will be helpful! Thanks! 🙂

  7. I guess India is almost the same as my home in Nigeria. The left hand thing is a HUGE deal. And then noise and the traffic and the close proximity. I’d love to go there.

  8. Some of the good tips..
    Better to search before coming to India that where you’re going (in which state….) because In India All the states n in that states most of the cities have their different cultures.. so just go through it.. so you won’t become confuse…

  9. Cool post. I’m keen to see India but am hesitant due to the maintenance side f being a tourist there.

  10. Very well described… By the way I am an Indian!😄
    So good to read an article written by a foreigner on India…

  11. Especially the tip on people crossing your ‘privacy circle’ I’ll keep in mind. When we visited Marrakesh, we were staying in a riad in the old Medina, and the first days I really had to get used to people walking very close behind you in the narrow streets. But after a few days we got used to it and felt very safe in fact.

  12. Wow so much research this is great! I hope you do enjoy your stay! Seems like you are in Rajasthan, my two cents would be to also not-to-miss places are the North East and Kerala in the South. :))

  13. I like this piece. It’s well written and balanced. Perhaps you could point out the cities that are an absolute nightmare, especially for girls. I pride myself on being Indian, but having travelled, lived and worked overseas since the age of 17, I’m able to accept why India can be somewhat of a challenge for tourists. The tips you give are perfect to prep people who want to come and experience this fantastic and culturally rich country with so much ancient history.

  14. Ahh well….you have highlighted almost all the aspects of traveling in India so very well!! Hoping you get the time to travel across the country and get to see the different colors of this country!! 🙂

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