India: Tips That Will Help You When Travelling Through The Country

India: Tips That Will Help You When Travelling Through The Country

Taking a trip to India can be a huge undertaking. There are so many different locations and activities to fill your time with. Don’t let the array of options and possibilities overwhelm you though. There are some top tips that will prepare you properly for what India will throw at you. It’s best to be aware of all these things before you start your trip.

Be Aware of Scams and Touts

It’s a known fact that there are plenty of scammers and touts on the streets of India. And it’s also quite clear that they make tourists their targets. So, if someone approaches you on the street offering you something that seems too good to be true, it probably is. You should stay aware of these scams and touts, and educate yourself on their methods before you visit. Your entire visit can be ruined if you fall victim to a scam.

Get Used to the Noise

When you’re in an Indian city, you’ll just have to accept the fact that it’s going to be noisy. If you’re anywhere near a street, the noise can be overwhelming. India’s cities are hugely overpopulated, and they can be full of people almost 24 hours a day. So, this is something that you will just have to get used to when you are visiting India. There are options that allow you to get out of the city. We’ll discuss those below.

Use Online Resources

There are lots of online resources that can really help you out when you are visiting India. You should make the most of these if you’ve never been to the country before. The more you know, and the more advice you get, the smoother your trip will be. This India travel forum could be useful if you want to learn more or ask a question. Your GPS app on your phone can also help you out when trying to navigate the busy cities.

Be Careful About What You Eat and Drink

It’s not uncommon for people to get a little sick when they go to India for the first time. Minor stomach troubles are usually caused by people not being careful about what they eat and drink. To avoid this problem, you should make sure that you eat food that has been properly fried or boiled. This gets rid of bacteria. You should also peel the skin off fruit before eating it. And drink bottled water rather than tap water, and avoid the ice.

Don’t Stick to the Big Cities

One of the mistakes that many people make when they visit India for the first time is sticking to the cities. This might seem like it’s a good idea, but it really isn’t. Yes, the cities of India are fascinating, and you should see and experience as many of them as possible. But they can also tire you out. And if you spend all your time in them, you’ll miss the delights of the country. The villages, mountains and rivers of rural India can be just as interesting as the main cities.

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  1. September 15, 2016 / 8:27 am

    I’s like to add something to the ‘scams and touts’ section here. These often start out really innocently, with someone coming up to you and starts chatting, asking you where you are from, if this is your first time to India etc. They will walk with you for a while. Still all very friendly and innocent. Once they have gained your trust and you have lowered your guard, they will suggest that you ‘visit their brother’s shop’, help them ‘buy rice for the family’, ‘support a local school’ or a host of other money-making scams. Or they will show you ‘something interesting’ and expect a tip, or lead you to the ‘village elephant’ to pet – all for a fee of course.
    Other scams to look out for are the taxi drivers who will say your chosen hotel is ‘closed’ or ‘not very good’, but they know of another one. Always agree a price with taxi drivers before you get in, otherwise you could end up with an expensive surprise at the end.
    There are a number of other scams in operation, such as someone ‘accidentally’ spraying you with a substance and a ‘passer-by’ offering to help you clean it off.
    Having said all that, Indians in general are extremely friendly and usually very genuine. I have been invited to a number of homes / parties / weddings / sharing of picnics etc in my years of travel to India, and made a few very good friends in the process.
    One last mention – as a tourist, you are going to attract a fair bit of attention, in the form of staring, pointing, giggling and people just crowding around you when you stop walking. Some may just stare, others try and talk to you, a few may beg for money, and many want their photograph taken with you. This is more true the further away from the main tourist circuit you travel. It can be charming at first, but after the 17th photo in as many minutes, it can become a real nuisance.
    Don’t let any of this put you off visiting India, it’s an amazing country!