Tips you should know when travel to India

Recently, people tend to travel to India more. The main reason is that it is a natural nation with a variety of culture and tradition to discover. As a hot trend, the young prefer discovering new scenic spots like India.

Although this is an attractive destination, there are some risks or accidents you should know to have a safe trip. Following this article, we share tips must-see when travel to India.

4/ Should bring a camera as necessary item

If you miss pictures at India, your trip becomes less interesting. So many photographers claim that India is a heaven to see and capture great views and landscapes like dreams. You shouldn’t miss this chance to have nice pictures for your memory.

Your camera looks like a small diary to take note amazing moments, new experience as well sweet feeling when you visit India. Even only a little boy picks up fruit and run across may become a nice picture when you see again. Maybe in this trip, you are too busy and surprising to see new views, you can’t feel full beauty of these destinations. Picture or video is a great way to save your mind when you return your home.

5/ Should bring cash

The fact that, almost big supermarkets accept to transfer by credit cards, other small shops or street restaurants only transact by cash. So, it’s better to bring cash during the trip. It’s more convenient to pay for cabs or taxi or foods at markets.

Going to bustling shops should be highly recommended when you come here. It is considered as paradise for lives of the Indian people. However, they only transact by cash.

In addition, paying by Indian currency helps you understand more about kind of currency as well meaning of symbol on it.  

Facts About India That Will Hit You (Part 3)

The Himalayas consist of 9 out of 10 World’s Highest Peaks

The mighty Himalayas has 9 out of 10 world’s highest peaks with the highest is Mount Everest at the height of 8,848 metres.

There are over 300,000 Mosques in India

Over 14.2% of the country’s population is Muslim, India has the most number of mosques in the world with some of the most famous ones are Jama Masjid (New Delhi), Mecca Masjid (Hyderabad), Taj-Ul-Masjid (Bhopal), etc.

The World Second Largest Road Network 

Travelling is rather convenient in India thanks to 1.9 million miles of roads in the country, making it the second-largest network of roads in the world only less than the USA.

World’s Highest Rail Bridge

About 35 metres higher than the Eiffel Tower, the arch-shaped Chenab bridge in Jammu and Kashmir is the world’s tallest rail bridge, standing at a height of 1,178 feet over the river Chenab.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link contains the amount of steel Wires Equal to those of Earth’s Circumference

Each of the cables can hold 900 tons of weight as the entire establishment’s weight is equivalent to the weight of 50,000 African elephants.

Benny Prasad is the men to Have Travelled Around the World in 6.5 years – the shortest duration

He is also the first person to have designed the first bongo guitar in the world and got the world record for traveling 257 countries in only 6 years and 6 months. 

The Number of People using the Indian Railways daily is Equal to the Population of Australia

Having more than 7,172 stations, the Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia transporting over 23 million passengers daily by 12,617 trains.

Most Visited Place in the World

Awarded by the World Book of Records, the Golden Temple of Amritsar is the most visited destination in the world with over thousands of devotees flocking at the shrine every single day.

The tea culture in India (part 1)

India and China are the world’s largest producers of tea. In India, millions of tea workers are employed by more than 100,000 tea estates across the country. Tea is deeply embedded in the fabric of India’s culture with millions of metric tons consumed by over 70 percent of Indian.

The differences in climate and geography divide its terrain into three main regions namely Assam in Northeastern India and eastern Himalaya; Darjeeling in Tibetan Himalaya as well as between high mountain ridges and deep mountain valleys and Nilgiri (Blue Hill) in the mountains of the southernmost feature high altitude ridges. 

Each India tea-producing region has a different but perfect climate for tea growing, generating many ways to explore the culture of tea.

Assam

Assam is the largest tea-growing region in India and in the world, planting variety of India’s indigenous, Camillia sinensis assamica.

This plant was discovered in 1815 and became a huge hit among both Indian and British. At that time, the British were heavily relied on China to supply their growing demand.

English explorer and botanist Robert Bruce and his brother are said to have confirmed the discovery of India’s native tea plant and its benefits as well as how to mass produce them.

By the late 1870s, the English had invented machinery to help speed up the tea production process and reduce its reliability on labor. 8,000 machines have replaced half a million of people in hand rolling, fire an dry tea leaves. In just a short time, the British had the ability to increase the per capita tea consumption from 1 pound to more than 4 pounds in 60 years (1820 -1880). Furthermore, Indian black tea was now on its way to beat Chinese green tea to become the most consumed tea in the world.

Top Things You Should Know Before You Go to India

India is one of the most colorful and cultural nations to visit in the world. Thanks to diversity of culture, custom, tradition and cuisine make India a worthwhile destination for anyone. Before travelling to India, you should know tips to have a perfect trip. The following is top things you should prepare before you go to India.

1/ Printing your visa

When you apply tourist visa to India, you should print out and present to the India government when they require. It is a compulsory step to go board the plane to India and to enter this nation.

2/ Taking your credit card

Please remember to take your credit card which you booked the reservation before. It is a necessary requirement to control your schedule. To avoid loss, you should print it some copies.

3/ Staying in touch but don’t overpay

You should buy a local SIM card to keep contact and use the internet everywhere. It becomes convenient and useful to surf some new information or ask some help from others.

You can make reference some SIM service first. There are various travel SIM card for your choice properly, such as AT&T, AIS…

4/ Staying mobile but exercise patience

You can use ride-share apps for travel. There are some famous apps like Uber and Ola Cabs. You can check easily all delivery fee before booking decision.

In addition, you can take a car, a tuk-tuk or auto rickshaw along the road. But you have to bargain about the fee and clearly point out the destination for driver.

5/ Making schedule detail for your trip

There are some opportunities to attend and visit movies, events and concerts in this country which is considered as the home of Hollywood. So you should make schedule detail about places you want to check in.

You can book yourself via Book My Show web. It is a fantastic way to get places to go as your offer.

Things you should note when first visiting India (Part 1)

India is a vast country with many different religions and cultures that can make tourists bewildered when they first visit. Here are notes to help you get a smooth ride.

Avoid exhaustion

Up to now the most common complaint from first-time visitors to India is fatigue, just because they try to do so many things, travel so many places in a very short time.

Large India needs a lot of time to explore.

India is a large, colorful and charismatic country, but take a realistic look at your capabilities. A well-planned trip to a few specific locations can give you a more comprehensive and insightful view of these places. And remember, India is still there, you can come back anytime.

Going out of the city

Although it may sound cliché, the only way to get a real experience of India is to visit the small suburban villages. It helps you get rid of the hustle and bustle big cities in India. Take a trip to the mountains or to the Kerala region in the south, you will feel the hospitality and friendliness of the people here.

Pay attention to what you eat and drink

Gastrointestinal disorders are quite common for first-time visitors to India. But it does not mean you have to skip the street food, just peel the fruits and even the food whether it’s boiled or fried. Only drink bottled water and avoid salads or ice drinks.

Public transport in India is always full of people during rush hour

You may end up being pinched on public transport or in an elevator. Indigenous people may ask questions that seem too intrusive in your personal life that can make you feel nervous. However, keep in mind that each country has a completely different culture and their questions are merely to show the polite care they have for you.

Things to Do in Northern India (part 1)

If you plan to visit Northern India, there are a whole lot more to the region than the well-known Golden Triangle, the popular route of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur such as the peaks of the Himalayas tower over the far north, tigers roam in the jungles and the scent of toasted spices fills in the air.
No matter how many times you visited India, the country ever fail to blown your mind by the chaos, colour and culture of it. Here are our top suggestions for what to do while you’re here:

Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, Agra

Watching the sunrise over the Taj Mahal is the sight of the lifetime, if you are in India. The delicately designed façade of the Taj Mahal is a monument commissioned by Shah Jahan Emperor in 1631 to honour of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. The building changes its colour throughout the course of the day. In the early morning, it is purples and pinks; in the late morning, it is bright gleaming white and in the late afternoon, it is soft orange and peach. If you want to see a different perspective of the Taj reflecting romantically in the calm waters, head across the Yamuna River to the Mehtab Bagh Gardens.

Hike up to the Amber Fort, Jaipur

The Amber Fort stands at the top of a large hill in Amber, around seven miles outside Jaipur, which can easily be accessed at day through ascending the steep pathways. It takes around 10 minutes in a sweaty walk, or take a taxi (or an elephant); however, the walk is a much better way if you want to take a look at the pretty views down to Maotha lake and the Kesar Kyari Gardens. As soon as you reach at the fort, it’s time to admire the gorgeous mosaics and colourful courtyards at one of Rajasthan’s stand-out architectural sights.

Free things to do in India (part 2)

Marvel at the Architecture

Marvel architecture from India’s past empires and rulers can be found all over the country. Both the old and new parts made up of spectacular India’s cities. For example, Mumbai is famous for grand colonial architecture, such as the Gothic looking Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus railway station, and Horniman Circle buildings. You can also visit the beautifully painted old havelis driving through the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan and many parts of ancient abandoned cities such as Hampi and Mandu.

Visit Free Monuments and Attractions

The majority of India’s most recognizable monuments are free to visit, including the Gateway of India in Mumbai, the Delhi Gate in New Delhi, the massive open air laundry known as the dhobi ghat, and renowned dabbawalas who are in charge of delivering over 200,000 packed lunches to office workers. If you plan ti visit Kolkata, you can walk across the Howrah Bridge which is the busiest bridge in the world due to the sheer volume and variety of traffic it carries. Besides, you can stroll through the grassy expanse of the Maidan which is across a number of monuments, such as Fort William, Shahid Minar, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Victoria Memorial.

Relax on the Beach

If you’re a beach lovers, there are plenty of incredibly scenic beaches that offer everything from action to solitude, and of course parties. On the east coast, visitors can visit Mahabalipuram near Chennai although the best India beaches can be found on the west coast such as the beaches in Goa, picturesque and popular Gorkana and Varkala or therelaxing and unwind Marari Beach in Karnataka.

Check Out the Nightlife

Female travellers, listen up, you’re in luck! Many bars in Indian organise lady nights during the week, often on Tuesday or Wednesday, where admission and drinks for women are complimentary. You must check out the local entertainment guides as soon as arriving to the city to find these events.

Interesting facts you may not know about India (Part 2)

The dance

Every gesture has a symbolic meaning, the sequence is also very important. The oldest dance is Bharatanatyam, which is over 5,000 years old. Kathakali is a man’s dance. The costumes and makeup are especially complicated, the faces are adorned like masks. Manipuri tune is popular in northwestern India.

Drinks

You can buy bottled water everywhere. However, it’s hard to find alcohol. In some states, official alcohol is banned but you can buy (illegally) in some hotels and restaurants.

Throughout India’s long history, there are a large number of shipwrecks. There are hundreds of Portuguese shipwrecks on the ocean floor. The sea here can compete with Rio, Ibiza, and Australia. Beautiful sand, clear water, a great atmosphere is all the reason why this place is the choice of many newlyweds.

History -lovers should definitely go to India. In Hampi, you can find the rest of the old cities, palaces, temples, and buildings of different architectural styles. Nearly all of human history is shown here. This is one of the oldest settlements in India and the world, so many tourists come here.

Tips

In cafes and restaurants, you should leave 3% to 10% of the tip. Children love pens, candy and coins. Tourists often assume that employees in hotels and cafes are not hospitable. Here, people have to work a lot and that has a negative impact on their mood. Anyway, the locals are always happy to meet you.

Film

Indians are very talented people. About 1,600 films are produced each year. India makes more movies than any other country in the world and Indian films are shown in more than 90 countries.

And some better things. Mobile internet services are very cheap in India. So you can take as many photos as you want and share them with your friends right away. Lunch with chicken or fish costs about 1 USD, a cup of tea costs about 0.2 USD. Food prices are much cheaper than most resorts in the world. In addition, there is no language barrier. India is the second country in the world after the US in terms of the number of English speakers.

Free Things to Do in India ( part 1)

Of course, people love free stuff, especially on holiday in a new country. Fortunately, plenty of the best things in India won’t cost you anything at all. Here are the top free things to do in India.

01. Enjoy a Festival

As a spiritual country, there are numerous free festivals that are held throughout the year which offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. You can experience dancing with Lord Ganesh in the streets during Ganesh Chaturthi fest, throwing colored dust all over people on Holi fest, watching beautiful fireworks displays at Diwali fest, seeing camels converge on Pushkar during the camel fair, and admiring the floral displays during Onam. Each Indian festival is exquisite and unforgettable!

02. Visit a Temple

If you love to join spiritual journey, India’s temples are the perfect choice which is magnificant in their construction, with so much intricate details such as the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, the Haji Ali mosque in Mumbai, the Galta Monkey Temple in Jaipur, Buddhist Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, and so much more.

Besides temples, there are numerous holy Hindu places are free to offer visitors such as Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi, etc. And if you visit Ganga, be sure to join the evening candlelit Ganga aarti prayer ceremonies by the river.

03. Admire Indian Art

Art lovers outthere must remember to visit Kolkata – the cultural capital of India where you can find the Academy of Fine Arts on Cathedral Road absorbing which is one of the oldest art societies in India. You can also participate in a fascinating journey through the Gallery of Contemporary Art, and carpet museum. You must also visit Mumbai where home to a dedicated arts precinct called Kala Ghoda (Black Horse), between Colaba and the Fort and art galleries, with the most famous one is the Jehangir Art Gallery. In these galleries, you will find many interesting displayed works by Indian artists.

04. Learn About Indian History

If you are an enthusiastic learner and want to study the history of India, let visit Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi. He is referred to as the “Father of the Nation” who has a special place in Indian history for his efforts in facilitating the country’s freedom. You will be shown the exact spot where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, the house where he lived for 144 days up before his passing.
In Mumbai, you can visit the engrossing Mani Bhavan museum where Gandhi stayed from 1917-1934 in which you’ll find the room that Gandhi occupied, his picture gallery, and the terrace where he was arrested on January 4, 1932.

ALL THE REASONS TO TRAVEL TO INDIA (PART 2)

BOLLYWOOD

If you love Hollywood, you will also love Bollywood which is far more entertaining and colorful to watch. Hundreds of Bollywood movies are being produced each year, so if you want to be in one of the movies go to Mumbai and join an audition. You might be a part of a fascinating movie.

WILDLIFE

The wildlife in India is diverse with plenty of endemic species and some of the most beloved and rare animals, such as elephants and tigers. However, don’t support tigers in captivity, or ride elephants instead let visit their natural habit and head on a Safari with an experienced guide. It doesn’t cost much and it’s magical and memorable experience.

RICH HISTORY

India is home to some of the oldest human civilizations stretching far back in time with lots of the old traditions, such as Ayurvedic medicine which is still being used today. If you are fond of researching history, India with various heritage sites all over the country is definitely a must-do for you.

YOGA AND MINDFULNESS

If you want to go on a spiritual journey, India is a popular destination for youths and even elderly to find themselves. Thanks to old spiritual techniques and beliefs, India is home to some of the best life gurus and various meditation and yoga retreats, so it’s no surprise that many soul searchers find their way here.

HOLI FESTIVAL

India has many famous holi festival. One of which is the festival of colors where thousands of people gather to join the celebration by throwing color dust all over the place.

TEA

India produces some of the world’s best tea such as the Darjeeling, sweet Chai Tea and so on. The tea plantations are both gorgeous and offer the most delicious tea! You might have tried it, but it’s even better here in India.

So, there you go! All the reasons to visit India, and if you were hesitating before, we hope that you’re going to book your next trip to India.