10 tips for your first visit to India
10 tips for your first visit to India: If you are traveling to India the first time as you read this article, then for sure this article will clear your thoughts and help you in many ways. Since India can be a great cultural shock, especially when you are visiting India for the first time. It is a huge and bewildering country, with many different religions and cultures. Just departing outside of the airport in India you will feel everything different. We have prepared some tips for you, and we believe it will serve your trip.
Watch what you eat and drink: They say Indians have an iron stomach so keep this in your mind that Indian Food is something that may upset your stomach. It’s common to have a dodgy stomach for initial days in India. For the first few days, you need to be careful what you are eating and drinking. We recommend you to carry familiar snacks from your country. Avoid having any type of salad or any drink that’s served with Ice. Drink bottled water (Aquafina and Kinley). Try to have boiled and properly cooked food.
Don’t try to cover too much in Little time: India is a vast country and its ranked 7th biggest country area wise. It’s almost impossible to cover India in a Trip. So please select the destinations that you want to cover according to your vacation. Don’t make a hectic trip otherwise you will end up exhausting yourself instead of enjoying your India Tour. The calculation is simple if you want to know the number of destinations that you should cover. Number of Days divided by 2 will give to approx. a number of destinations that you may cover.
Choose the best route: India is a very big country with many destinations and you won’t have time to see everything in one trip. So you need to focus on the route that you will be selecting. Choose your port of arrival and port of departure wisely.
Mainly India is divided into to two parts when it comes to selecting a route. These two areas are North India and South India.
Some of the best routes for North India!
North India Route – 1: Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi.
North India Route – 2: Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Varanasi – Delhi.
North India Route – 3: Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi.
North India Route – 4: Delhi – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi.
North India Route – 5: Delhi – Pushkar – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi.
Some of the best routes for South India!
South India Route – 1: Trivandrum – Kovalam – Kumarakom – Cochin.
South India Route – 2: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry.
South India Route – 3: Trivandrum – Kovalam – Kumarakom – Periyar – Munnar – Cochin.
South India Route – 4: Bangalore – Mysore – Nagarhole – Ooty – Wayanad – Calicut – Guruvayur – Cochin – Alleppey – Kovalam.
South India Route – 5: Chennai – Tirupati – Mahabalipuram – Tiruvannamalai – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum.
Be alert – don’t be scammed: In addition to its beauty and wonder, India has an often-deserved reputation for vendors, scams and other hassles. You will be getting and hearing many offers that are too good to be true. In particular, beware of rickshaw drivers who insist on taking you to specific hotels, shops or travel agencies – the cost of your commission will be added to your bill. They will start with an offer that you can’t refuse. Complete sightseeing tour of the city in 5o Rupees. No one will be paying for you, ultimately they will get money out of your pocket.
Travel alone or travel with an agency: There are two ways to travel to India, you can travel with the backpacking plan, which is much cheaper but it’s a little uncomfortable and unsafe. If you have 30 days or less then hiring the services of a local Travel agent in India. But if you have more time and want to travel more places then backpacking is best.
Clothing in India: Keep in mind that India has a relatively modest culture. Covering the arms and legs is a simple step toward respect for this. You also have to think that India is a hot country most of the year. In principle, it has to wear lighter and more comfortable.
Respect the Culture: The Indians are very friendly and they love their culture. You can quickly make a good impression, for example, taking off your shoes before entering someone’s house. This is particularly important when entering a sacred place, such as a temple. Also, if you see shoes outside a store, it’s a sign to remove yours.
Try Indian Local Cuisine: Once your stomach is ready for the Indian Food to try some Indian Cusine. It’s essential to eat local food in India as what you are eating in the name of Indian Food in your country is completely different than what Indian prepares in India. Please read out Blog about Best Indian Snacks to have a perfect idea what to eat when you are in India.
Where to Shop: Every city in India has something special to buy. But be careful when you go out on Shopping. Please make sure that you buy from an authorized India Shop. In India, many people are selling fake and replicas. When you are buying something expensive (Jewelry or stones) try to get a certificate for the same.
Bargain – Bargain – Bargain: One of the best practices in India is bargaining. We have a separate blog on How to bargain in India, which will help you to learn Indian Techniques of Bargaining.