Sunday, 17 March 2019

9 Thinks to Know Before Visiting India

Embrace the diversity. India is a land of many people, many religions, many cultures. India is both modern and traditional, poor and rich, chaotic and serene. India cannot be defined by one culture. When you travel India, absorb everything around you

Cover up. India is both a modern and a conservative country and so it’s best for women to cover up – tight or revealing clothing for women is usually not worn and may attract unwanted attention. Wear something loose and comfortable like baggy cotton (or another fabric that breathes) pants, tunics and cover your shoulders with a dupatta (large scarf or shawl)

Women – be careful with your body language. A simple smile, eye contact, and friendly conversation can be taken in the wrong context. Women making eye contact and smiling can be seen as flirtatious. Casual, friendly conversations could give people the impression that you are easy to take advantage of you. The best solution is to minimize small talk and act confident. It’s sad to say that some people, no matter where you are in the world, know how to take advantage of tourists, and the key is to exude confidence. Pretend you know exactly what you are doing, even if you feel a little unsure

Avoid asking leading questions. If an Indian doesn’t know the answer to your question they will try not to disappoint you, but will try to help you as much as he can so he will probably just answer “Yes” to your questions. Therefore, questions like “Can I cross from here to reach the train station?” are not recommended as you might not get a useful answer and will just get lost and frustrated. Also, head nodding doesn’t mean “Yes” or “No” it can mean both.

Be aware of scams and touts. If you are lost and someone offers to take you to the ‘official government tourist office”  to book a ticket, tour, hotel or for money exchange it often means that he will take you to a regular travel agent who has nothing to do with government but pays him a commission

Research your destination. Just make sure you have done a bit of research of where you are going in advance and book your accommodation for the first night

The food is amazing. The Indian food you have in India is different and SO much better than the Indian food you get in the Malaysia or Singapore.

Completed your book as soon as possible. Don't wait until the day of to book your train or bus to the next city. If you wait, seats sell out very fast

Check the weather! India is a huge country with a climate that is more diverse and changeable than you might think.  Visiting Agra in February is a really dumb idea. You will only see thick fog covering the Taj Mahal


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