Planning a trip to India? The sights, sounds and smells of this Asian nation make it like no other. But what should you expect? From bartering tips to health & hygiene musts, have a read of our India Travel Tips to be in the know for your once in a lifetime adventure!
1. Go with an open mind and heart
First off – expect the unexpected and be prepared for a sensory overload. Go with the flow and you will see India’s magic and beauty, making your holiday a colourful journey that will not disappoint.
You’ll experience a wide variety of sights and sounds from car horns, stereos, music, dogs, cows and more. The traffic in most Indian cities is chaotic, moves extremely slow and seems to be in a constant gridlock with the average speed of vehicles being just 17-19 kilometres per hour!
2. Less is more
Plan your trip with quality rather than quantity in mind. Many travellers make the mistake of cramming too much into a visit to India. Make the most of your trip and concentrate on a few regions: you will feel more relaxed, less stressed and ready for whatever India throws at you!
3. Getting around
Auto rickshaws and taxis all the way! Yes, the vehicles are usually old and rickety, but they are an integral part of daily life in India, not only are they a genuine experience but they’re also extremely cheap! It is best to arrange airport and train transfers before your arrival, this will give you peace of mind and you’ll avoid being scammed and feeling overwhelmed.
The huge division of wealth in India has equated to many beggars in urban and tourist areas. It is overwhelming and heartbreaking to witness, however, by giving money you are contributing to the problem. Many beggars are abused and exploited by bosses who force them to beg. It’s best to give some food such as fruit or rice, or consider contributing to a reputable local charity.