55 India Travel Tips You Should Know before come to India

India Travel Tips

India is the land of unity in diversity. You will find a multitude of cultures, religions, traditions, cuisines, and people in India. It is a magical land and most people fall in love with this country as soon as they come here. The first days on the ground in India are considered by many travelers to be the most challenging. Sensory overload combined with jet lag and the chaotic pace of urban life in India can be overwhelming. Here is a compilation of India travel guides and travel tips that you need to know before you make your trip to India. But mind you, this India travel tips is not the complete list.

55 Best India Travel Tips & Tricks

  1. Only eat freshly cooked food – This is the best way to avoid getting sick due to bacteria or a parasite. Cooking kills everything.
  2. Although no vaccinations are required for entry to India however consider taking the hepatitis A, Typhoid and malaria vaccinations. Other health risks could include dengue fever, bird flu, polio, meningitis, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, tuberculosis, diphtheria and rabies
  3. Do not show or flash your money in public
  4. Don’t eat salads, juices or anything raw. Uncooked food will inevitably be washed with contaminated water which will make you go running for the toilet. If you’re a raw foodist, I recommend you change your diet while in India.
  5. Eat exclusively from respectable restaurants that are busy. Also try the 4 and 5-star hotels if you want to be certain of amazingly delicious, safe food.
  6. Come with an open mind
  7. Keep cool. India is a hot country, try to keep cool, drink plenty of water and don’t get dehydrated
  8. Be careful with your money
  9. Avoid booking taxis from the hotel
  10. Politics is big in India. Try to be neutral
  11. A daily dose of probiotics or yogurt pills a month before coming to India and during your stay can help reduce stomach upsets
  12. The death penalty in India is alive and kicking for some crimes such as murder, kidnapping for ransom and drugs
  13. Homosexuality is not socially accepted in India and homophobia is prevalent. Although homosexuality is not a crime in India, Indian society is struggling with gay rights. By the way, men do hold hands in India
  14. Remember that it is unusual for the opposite sex to kiss in public
  15. Note the emergency phone numbers are: police (100), ambulance (102 or the nearest hospital), medical and fire emergency (101)
  16. Can use internet cafes to access the internet at a price of about 10-20 Rupees per hour. There are only a few Wi-Fi hotspots in India although there are wireless internet services
  17. Don’t be surprised to see poverty on the streets
  18. Be extremely cautious when traveling alone at night
  19. Try to organize money in various ways such as traveler’s cheques, cash, credit cards
  20. You cannot buy mobile sim-cards in India without permission. In Jammu and Kashmir, local government does not allow roaming facilities to foreigners. The best thing is to take your own mobile with roaming
  21. Carry mosquito repellents or nets with you
  22. India is not disabled-friendly. There are very few facilities at airports, trains, coaches or hotels. However Indian people are generally very helpful in this regard and will be more than willing to help disabled people
  23. Goa is the epicenter of tourism in India. Tourists have been coming to Goa for drugs, stay away from drugs. Drugs are illegal in India
  24. Always buy travel insurance before coming to India
  25. If you trek mountains, remember there are no rescue services above 3,000 meters. Only the Indian Air Force can rescue you once they know you are there. Don’t hike alone
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  27. Remember the state of Arunachal Pradesh is disputed with China. (the Chinese want to engulf the entire region)
  28. Remember Kashmir is disputed with Pakistan. Always travel to Kashmir by air. Although violence has decreased, there is a remote possibility of bomb or grenade attacks, shootings, and kidnappings
  29. Foreigners are known to have been kidnapped by Maoists also called Naxalites (Outlawed groups that want Communist rule) in exchange of prisoners. Two Italian tourists were abducted by Maoists from the Daringbadi area of Kandhamal district, in Orissa on 14 March 2012. They are active in states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Orrisa
  30. Carry your own medication. Sometimes fakes are sold in India
  31. Many Indian roads are poorly constructed, be prepared for bumpy rides
  32. Wear sunglasses, look cool and keep the extreme sunlight out of your eyes
  33. When entering shrines and temples remove your shoes. Some temples prohibit the entry of leather goods such as belts and leather wallets
  34. Don’t wear too much gold that will attract attention
  35. Try not to take too much luggage with you; you can find what you need in India
  36. Don’t eat too much if you are not used to spicy food
  37. Take it easy and slow down. India is not a day trip, you need months. So tailor your trip accordingly
  38. Always carry a handkerchief
  39. Beware of scams and touts. Avoid timeshare scams in Goa. If you do get pressured into buying one, go through a timeshare exit when you leave
  40. You can always bargain with the prices. Negotiate everything, prices, guides, fares, etc
  41. Always carry a bar of soap with you. You might consider taking anti-bacterial wipes or gel and toilet paper
  42. Wear a cap to avoid the heat on your head
  43. Be calm, India is a hot, crowded place and tempers can easily boil. Stay calm
  44. Be prepared to wait. India has more than 1.21 billion people, be prepared to wait at cues
  45. Acknowledge that Indians and foreigners have to pay different tariffs and entry fees at historical monuments and museums
  46. Don’t get cheated or overcharged
  47. Learn some Hindi or the local language. India has 22 official languages. Think of it this way, each Indian state has a different Indian language. Hindi is the official language and spoken by 60% of the population. English is common across India. Here’s my Hindi book for your travels in India
  48. Always wash your hands before you have your food
  49. Learn salutations used in India, such as Namaste (Hindi), Vanakkam (Tamil) although “Hello” or “Hi” is fine
  50. You might consider becoming a veggie in India. Firstly, as most Indians are vegetarian and there are great vegetarian food to be had secondly a dodgy meat kebab is more likely to harm you than undercooked vegetables
  51. Get more understanding where you are and about the local place
  52. Walk like a pro, show or pretend that you know the place. Don’t let anyone know that this is your first trip to India
  53. Don’t give too much to beggars perhaps Rupees 2 – 10. There are people who pretend to be beggars. Once you give a handout, be prepared to be swarmed for many more
  54. Buy from reputable shops. There are fake and counterfeit goods that may look like the real thing but they aren’t, common ones include Ray-Ban sunglasses
  55. Beware of corrupt police officers. Corruption and inefficiency are present in many aspects of the Indian police force. Be prepared to pay bribes to get your case registered
  56. Avoid local buses (not coaches), take taxis or autos instead

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