Travel Tips if You are Visiting India for the First Time
India is an incredible country, with a population of over a billion people. There is so much culture, revolving around their many religions since the county’s inception. The bamboozling, chaotic, and intoxicating experience needs to be seen first hand, but with so much to do in India, it’s hard to choose. To prepare yourself for your next adventure, use these tips if you’re new to India, or want a more structured second or third time through the country.
Choose Your Route Appropriately
Focus on what you want to do and plan your trip according to your destinations. Since India is a vast country, you may make the mistake of planning a city trip to Mumbai, but you also want to see the immense greenhouses in Bengaluru on the same day. One big problem: these cities are a full day apart from one another. It is better to plan a day in Mumbai than a travel day and later a full day in Bengaluru. My advice is to tour the Golden Triangle. Yes, it’s cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason, as it has some of the best destinations. Start in Delhi (Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb) then, Agra (Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri) and Jaipur (Pint City). During your time between cities, you can play on your mobile phone on the Casumo casino app. The internet in India is fantastic now, even in rural towns.
Your travel experience will vary based on your interest. Himachal Pradesh is best for hiking, while Delhi is excellent for shopping. In Madhya Pradesh, you can see tigers and many local animals. Varanasi has many religious temples, including a Buddhist temple, while Rishikesh is great for anyone that enjoys yoga and relaxation. Finally, go to Goa for their beach culture.
Relax and Slow Down
As mentioned, the country is large – really large, and many make the mistake of packing too much into one week. It’s better to pick three cities in the week, or one in a three day period so you can experience what it truly means to be a part of that community. You’re likely going to India because you want to experience a new culture, but you also want to relax. After all, we only get so many vacation days in a year. Set a slow pace so you can take in what you’re seeing. You’ll also be less stressed and gain a deeper understanding of the people you meet.
A Big Population Means a Big Crowd
You’ll need to navigate around a country’s worth of people daily to reach your destination with one billion people in the country and 13 million in Mumbai alone. Despite this large population, or likely due to it, there are plenty of quiet retreats throughout India that are open to the public. If you’re tired of the cities and the large population, consider going to Kerala, where a beautiful Tibetan monastery sits near the mountainous region of Ladakh. India has many hill stations, which are accessible by train or rickshaw drivers that are beautifully surrounded by nature.
Health Precautions to Consider
The health and safety protocols for food aren’t the same as some other countries. This doesn’t mean you can’t eat any of the local cuisines, in fact, we encourage it, but you need to be careful when it comes to the tap water. Do not eat any fruit, salads, rice, or drink any drink with ice cubes unless you’re sure they’re safe. Also, avoid the meat, because undercooked meat will destroy your whole vacation. Many travelers go vegetarian or vegan in India because there you won’t get sick from undercooked vegetables. Being vegetarian or vegan in India is easy, as most of the population already eats this way.
When going to the bathroom in India, consider using the water jug method to clean yourself as it’s more hygienic than using dry paper. Or bring your own toilet paper. Always carry soap with you to wash your hands afterward, because some locations don’t supply it.
Be Mindful of Scams
As with most countries, locals can see a foreigner from a mile away. Many people in new countries will try and take advantage of you, especially when it comes to taxi rides or beauty products. There are many ways you can avoid being overcharged, like asking the taxi driver an average price for fares on the phone. However, the best thing you can do is remain calm, no matter how frustrated you are. Control your anger and don’t take it out on anyone there, because you could get hurt. Just take a deep breath if you notice the scam and move on. The key to enjoying your experience is to move on from potentially dangerous situations.