India is one of the most famous travel destinations in the world. However, like any other destination worldwide, it is advisable to follow some basic tips so that you have a memorable experience in a country that promises to be a treat for the mind, body and soul. Here, we list some travel tips to follow while in India.
Be on guard: While people are by large friendly, the best way to stay safe is to follow some basic safety tips. For example, it is advisable not to travel alone at night in metro cities. And in case you are, inform your hotel or people your family or friends where you are going. In case you have a late night flight, it is advisable to arrange with the hotel to pick you up; or otherwise take a cab but do note the number and also if you have Internet on the phone, check out the map to your destination and ensure the cab follows the route.
Avoid Delhi belly: Avoid drinking tap water; also, India is famous for its street food and no matter how tempted you are by the sight and smell emanating from the food stalls, keep in mind that the food is generally spicy and may not suit your stomach. Studies suggest that you are more likely to pick up a bug in the first seven days after arrival, so it is good to be on guard during that first week and let your stomach acclimatize. This being said, India is known for its street food and in case you don’t want to miss out on the delights, you may wish to contact your doctor before coming and take a vaccine for protection against bacterial causes of gastroenteritis.
Heat and dust: India can be suffocatingly hot during the summer months with the temperature reaching 47 degrees in north India. Be sure to drink plenty of water and carry sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
Be conservative in dress: India is generally seen as a conservative society so it is advisable to dress conservatively in order to avoid unwanted attention. Also, you may have to follow a dress code while visiting the ancient temples and other spiritual sites.
Pick the perfect routes: India is a massive country and one trip is never enough to explore all its wonders. Think of what interests you and plan your trip accordingly. You can do some research on the Internet to identify the places you wish to visit. Otherwise, the more popular tours include the classic golden triangle tour that takes you to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Since most flights land in Delhi, you can start with the capital city and check out monuments such as Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort. Next, move to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and Agra fort and then proceed to Jaipur to explore the Pink City and the fort at Amber, before returning to Delhi’s wonderful bazaars for a bout shopping. If it is beaches you are interested in, plan your trip to Goa or the Andaman and Nicobar islands; or if it is the mountains that captivate your attention, you can visit Himachal Pradesh and visit some popular destinations such as Manali, Dharamshala, and Shimla.
Go slow: As said, there just too much to see and do in India and cramming too much in a single visit can leave you exhausted, making it difficult to absorb and assimilate everything. The better option is to narrow down on a few places to visit and ensure that you have enough time to look around and really experience the place, remain unstressed and understand the place, its people and its culture.
In case, you are unable to plan the trip on your own, you may contact a reliable tour operator company to arrange your tour. We at India Highlight Voyagers have successfully been arranging standard and bespoke tours across India for travellers worldwide. Share your travel ideas with us and we will help you plan a safe, reliable and memorable trip to India.
Indian Rupee or INR (₹) is the currency of India. Most of the cities and metropolitan areas all forms of credit cards accepted however while visiting remote areas, hill stations, village tours one must carry cash to avoid any difficulties.
Denominations of Indian Rupees are as ₹2000, ₹500, ₹200, ₹100, ₹50, ₹20 & ₹10. Coins are available in ₹10, ₹5, ₹2 & ₹1
India offer E-visa for citizens of most of the countries, here is the link to obtain E-Visa for India https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
If visiting during summer to the following states – Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Tamilnadu, Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar areas wear light cotton cloths, hat & good walking shoes. Sun glass, sun screen lotion should apply during any day tour. Drink adequate water or liquid, keep yourself dehydrated.
Avoid wearing short dress while visiting any temple & masjid or Gurudwara. Always put off your foot wear while visiting these places.
And if visiting to the following places – Kashmir, Leh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Munnar, Ooty, Coimbatore do carry warm cloths. If you are visiting these places during winter.
In India there is a great saying i.e. Atithi Devo Bhava” it means “guest is God”. Traditionally all Indian follow this however as things are getting commercialized mainly with hotels, restaurants, tourist guide and drivers they expect tips at the end of the services. It is not mandatory and there are no rules for tipping however you may give it only if you are satisfied with the services they offer. As that encourages in delivering their best to the people they host.