Beginner's Guide For Travelers To India

Traveling to India can be an experience of a lifetime, and you probably know that it can change your life for the good. However, if it is the first time you are planning to visit the country, here are tips that will help you in ensuring that you do not have negative thoughts about the country once you leave your hometown.

Remember that you have spent time and energy in getting the Visum indien application approved and you would not want to spoil the fun because you had no idea about what to expect from the country and how to respond if the situation is not as favorable as you had expected it to be.

Go With The Flow

If it is your first trip to India and you’ve worked hard to get your visa for India, you simply need to go with the flow. I am not talking about not over planning - I am referring to literally walking with the flow of traffic.

How do you do this? Try not to head in the direction if you see too many heads coming your way. This can mean trouble - not only in time but also pick-pocketing. India is an overpopulated country and you ’d not want to get crushed your first day there, right? So, simply go with the flow, and you’ll reach your destination sooner than expected.

Don’t Get Excited With All The Extra Attention You Receive

Being a foreigner in India makes you a celebrity almost instantly. I’m not kidding - Matt and I were asked for pictures constantly. This is because of the culture they follow in the country. Indians welcome guests with open arms and foreigners for them are guests.

Presumably, you’ll be happy enough to enjoy a certain amount of the attention at times. However, getting carried away with the attention you receive is not the right thing to do. The more pictures you take with people (and yes many will ask for pictures) the bigger the crowd will form. Sometimes these experiences can even ruin your time in a tourist spot. If someone asks for a picture think hard if you want that extra attention.

Plan Your Move

When moving from a place to another, you need to plan your move because the traffic is insane in most parts of the country. Moreover, the transportation system is not the most reliable of all. So, plan your move, and you’ll be happy when moving because planning often helps in saving time and can keep us away from stress.

If you are traveling from city to city I suggest booking a car service instead of relying on train travel. When you are traveling within the city most hotels can arrange a private driver for as low as $30 a day.

Water & food

Is Delhi belly a real thing? Hell yes it is.

If it is the first time you’re traveling to India, make sure that you take extra care with any food you eat and water you drink. When it comes to food you’ll mostly encounter very spicy things. If you don’t like - or are very sensitive to - spicy food, avoid it and let your server know if possible. Look for safe options, and you’ll enjoy your time moving around. When it comes to water, only drink from sealed bottles. Also, if you know you have a sensitive stomach I would suggest brushing your teeth with bottled water as well.

Mark The Spots You Wish to Visit

If you have some amazing spots on your list to visit in India, make a literal list of places and plan your travel accordingly. This will help you ensure that you do not end up missing out on any of the best locations.

During your research you’ll also find out which spots might not be ideal for you to visit at the moment. There can be many reasons for this. Some may be because of political issues, while some might not be ideal for a visit because of a natural calamity. So, mark the spots, and you’ll be able to decide which ones to let go if any.

Choose a Convenient Mode of Transport

Being in India, it is not necessary that you hop on the mode of transport most of the local people opt for. However, if it is convenient for you, and you want an adventure, I say go for it.

In India, trains connect you from one place to other and help you reach your destination quicker as compared to other modes of transport. With this though, comes dealing with train stations that can be loud and confusing at time. If you do decide to take a train look out for the peak hours and opt for these trains.

Final Thoughts

India is a gorgeous country and traveling there will be a trip of a lifetime. One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a travel guide for India along with you. Here are some of the best travel guides I recommend...

Also, a super common question I get is: What camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D5600 and I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens which I am genuinely obsessed with.

My full list of travel gear, that I take on every trip can be found here.

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette at gmail dot com). 

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