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.

Survival tips for India first-time travelers (part 1)

India is utterly beautiful, fantastic, spiritual, fascinating but also chaotic, crazy, exasperating, daunting, and overwhelming. Travelling to India will give you an amazing experience; however, for first-time travelers, it can be daunting and frightening. How have you prepared yourself?

In this article, we bring you some travel tips for visiting India, which might make your stay in India seamless, safe and super.

Fulfill the Entry Requirements

You will need a valid passport, a visa and a return ticket to enter India. If you’re visiting as a tourist, you are allowed to stay is no longer than 30 days.

Take it Slow and Steady

India is vast and incredibly diverse therefore, many people try to cram everything in a single visit and burn out in the end. To get the best out of the trip, explore it bit-by-bit instead of tick-off as much as possible. Visit one destination, try to absorb the culture and appreciate them is much more rewarding than posing and checking-in to post on Facebook. We advise you to start with the classics such as the ‘Golden Triangle’ that includes Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. If you’re into adventure, head to Himachal Pradesh; for shopping, Mumbai and Delhi.

Pack well and Watch the Weather

India has diverse weather conditions of summer, winter, monsoon and post-monsoon. Your luggage should be determined by the climate of where you’re going and the activities you plan to participate. India summer is hot and humidity, your light-weight clothes are perfect. You should also pack a light coat/jacket for evening and an umbrella/raincoat for monsoon travel. High sun protection cream, water bottle, converters and adapters for your electronic appliances are also worth to bring.

Stay Healthy

Indian food is hot and a bit tangy so you can easily experience a swirling stomach. Never drink tap water only sealed water bottles, avoid food that have been washed in tap water, ice, ice cream, and salads and fruit you haven’t just peeled yourself, consume only freshly cooked food and drinking. Carry soap, anti-bacterial wipes and gels with you so you can wash your hands properly before eating with your fingers. Also, bring medications for diarrhoea, headache and other common ailments.

It’s better to be buy travel insurance from your own country that covers health issues, accident, travel delays, damaged or lost luggage, cancellation and other possible eventualities.